Saturday, March 12, 2011

Inherent difficulties in Medical Malpractice Cases

Our society relies on our medical professionals.  We place our lives in the hands of our doctors.  We let our medical professionals take complete control in many situations.  But when a medical professional breaches a standard of care, the patient who was injured should have a remedy.  Although you won't find it published anywhere that I know of, I am willing to bet that doctors in general feel that patients are entitled to compensation in situations where a standard of care was deviated because of medical malpractice.  In similar fashion, lawyers find it absolutely reprehensible when another member of the profession provides negligent representation.  Professionals do not like to see their profession tarnished by negligent conduct.

Medical malpractice cases are very difficult to bring successfully.  The cases can be very complex and very expensive.  Attorneys bringing medical malpractice cases must be sure that a meaningful deviation from the standard of care was committed.

Statistics for claims brought in medical malpractice cases show that frivolous claims will not be considered:

1. Only 24 percent of medical claims come to an end with a payment;
2. When medical malpractice claims are made, 47.5% of claims result in a payout of $100,000.00 or less;
3. Only 7.1 % of claims result in payment of $1,000,000.00 or more. 

These statistics show that if an attorney is to bring a medical malpractice claim the burden of proof is indeed: the slaughter rule.  Medical malpractice cases are not won when there is a significant dispute on liability. 

If you or a family member has been injured do to medical malpractice, a Chicago attorney at The Law Offices of Adam J. Zayed, P.C. will be able to assess your case and to protect your interests.  Contact one of our attorneys today.

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