Medical Malpractice & Negligence
If a medical professional harms you or your loved one because of a mistake, you may be entitled to seek compensation. Medical malpractice is negligence by any health care professional, such as physicians, surgeons, nurses, nurse's aides, physician's assistants and technicians. It occurs when a health care provider departs from accepted medical practice and causes serious injury or death.
Types of Medical Malpractice
Malpractice can occur in a variety of ways. It includes a failure to diagnose a disease, improperly treating a patient’s condition, giving patients the wrong medication (medication error), failing to properly perform a surgery, failing to initiate appropriate treatment sooner, and failing to follow-up with a patient after a diagnosis. Hospitals can also commit malpractice due to inadequate supervision, the failure to follow established policies and procedures, or inadequate staffing.
- Surgical Errors
- Emergency Room Errors
- Birth Injuries/Labor Complications
- Hospital Negligence
- Medication Errors
- Nursing Home Neglect / Death
Financial Compensation for Patients
When medical malpractice occurs, the patient is entitled to seek “damages” to recover for past medical expenses, as well as any medical expenses needed to care for the patient in the future. Patients may also recover for past lost wages and any future loss of earnings. Damages for pain, suffering, disfigurement, and any sort of physical or mental limitations may be recovered.
Financial Compensation for Family Members
A spouse may recover for the loss of services of their loved one. In cases of death, the next of kin can recover for their loss.
Experience and Expertise to Handle Your Case
The attorneys at Tapella & Eberspacher have substantial experience handling medical malpractice cases. Our on-staff nurse and network of top medical professionals bring needed expertise to your case. We hire the best independent surgeons, infectious diseases specialists, radiologists, pathologists, and others to make a powerful case of medical malpractice.
If you believe medical professionals caused a permanent injury or death to you or a loved one, call our Central Illinois office at 217-639-7800, our St. Louis Metropolitan area office at 618-628-3800 or contact us online. We handle cases throughout Missouri and Illinois. We offer a free consultation and evaluation. If we take your case, there are no attorney fees unless you receive compensation.