Imagine driving home from work on Friday. You were looking forward to a nice, relaxing weekend. Instead, a commercial van made an illegal left turn in front of you, and now you are going to spend your time recuperating from your injuries. After the accident, you were able to exchange information with the other driver. By the time you got home from the doctor, the insurance company had called, offering to fix your car and send you $1,000 to cover your medical costs.
The majority of Illinois resident will require medical assistance at some point in their lifetime. Regardless of how minor or major the medical issue may be, patients depend on medical staff to carry out diagnosis, procedures or treatments free of error. It is an unfortunate reality that medical mistakes are made and patients suffer as a result. If negligence is believed to have contributed to a medical mistake, a medical malpractice claim -- among others -- may be an appropriate legal remedy.
Readers may know that many veterans are able to utilize medical services operated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that VA facilities constitute America’s largest healthcare system. In 2012, the VA treated about 5.6 million veterans.
Illinois readers might know that commercial vehicle and mass transit operators are subject to additional regulations, compared to other motor vehicle drivers. Since such individuals are charged with the safe transport of large groups of passengers, they need special licensing and may also be subject to additional training or safety checks.
Illinois readers may have read about medical negligence claims brought against health care professionals for alleged surgical errors. The injuries resulting from botched surgical procedures are often horrific, and hence, newsworthy. With the ever-increasing amount of new pharmaceuticals available on the market, media reports about patients suffering from adverse medical interactions or prescription errors also seem to be a growing presence.