With more than 70 years of combined legal experience, the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys at Adler & Adler, P.C. offer the authority and expert knowledge required for handling Illinois medical and dental malpractice claims. If you or a loved one is the victim of an injury, illness, or wrongful death due to a mistake made by a doctor, dentist, or other medical professional, we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
From free initial consultations to thoroughly prepared court appearances, our goal is to expertly guide you through the complexities involved in your medical or dental malpractice case in order to collect the financial compensation you deserve.
If you believe that you or a loved one have suffered due to negligent medical care, or that a healthcare provider has made an error in your treatment, we are available 24-hours a day. Contact us for a free consultation immediately through our 24-Hour Hotline: (312) 443-1488 – even if you aren’t sure that you have a case. If we don’t recover compensation on your behalf, you don’t pay.
What is a Medical or Dental Malpractice Claim?
What may appear to be a malpractice claim against one professional may actually encompass errors or negligence on the part of several health providers. Negligence claims can include such healthcare professionals as doctors, physicians’ assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and radiologists, as well as medical clinics and hospitals. In some cases, what may appear as a medical malpractice case is the result of a defective medical implant or dangerous medication, which means that you may have a Product Liability (link to this section) claim.
We have the expertise required to help you determine whether your situation is cause for a malpractice claim, identify all liable parties, and thoroughly and aggressively pursue your rights to maximum compensation. Senior Partners Mark Adler and Valerie Harris Adler bring authoritative, expert knowledge to each malpractice case – knowledge that is critical for obtaining full compensation for serious illness or injuries caused by medical negligence. While many cases are negotiated and settled out of court, we are always prepared to stand up to insurance companies and their representatives in order to take a case to trial if doing so will lead to an optimal financial outcome for you.
Examples of Medical Malpractice:
- Failure to diagnose conditions that would have improved with timely & correct treatment, including infections & cancers
- Misdiagnosis of cancers, strokes, heart attacks or other medical conditions
- Surgical, anesthesia, or other medical treatment errors
- Emergency Room Errors
- Prescriptions errors, either on the part of doctor or the pharmacist
- Mismanagement of diagnostic testing, such as the misreading blood tests, x-rays, CT-scans, or other test results
- Improper handling of patient records
- Negligence on the part of hospitals, physicians, clinics, nurses, rehabilitation centers, & nursing homes
Medical errors & negligent care can have devastating consequences for patients, including:
- Wrongful Death from treatment error, misdiagnosis, or failure to diagnose
- Brain Injury or Damage, temporary or permanent
- Loss of a healthy limb
- Birth Injuries, including Cerebral Palsy & Erb’s Palsy
- Spinal Cord Injuries & Paralysis
- Septic Infections
- Ongoing physical pain
In addition to the serious physical effects of medical malpractice or negligence, the patient and his or her family often face drastic changes to their daily lives, including: loss of income; ongoing medical expenses; the trauma of placing a loved one into a long-term nursing home; or even, most tragically, the wrongful death of a spouse, parent, or family member.
Examples of Dental Malpractice
Dental malpractice may occur when a dentist or other dental care provider fails to properly treat or diagnose an oral health condition, causing serious illness or even death, including:
- Failure or delay in diagnosing an oral disease, such as periodontal disease or mouth cancer
- Misdiagnosis of an oral disease
- Oral care procedural or surgical mistakes
- Anesthesiology errors
- Radiology mistakes
In addition to the progression of oral cancer, other serious results of dental malpractice include:
- Nerve damage, including facial nerve damage, numbness, &/or paralysis
- Loss of the wrong teeth
- Loss of bone support
- Septic infections requiring hospitalization
- Permanent jaw damage
Like other medical malpractice cases, dental malpractice claims are often complex and require an experienced malpractice attorney to understand the facts of the injury and to make the necessary links between the negligent act and the actual injury or illness. If you believe that you are the victim of dental negligence or malpractice, call Adler & Adler, P.C. at 312-443-1488. We can help you determine if you have a viable dental malpractice claim.
What do I do if I think I am the victim of medical or dental malpractice?
First, if you are receiving ongoing treatment, it is important to transfer to a new hospital, physician, or dentist to obtain the proper treatment. Do not accuse or insult the health care providers. Instead, document everything that has happened and request your medical records. We are available 24-hours a day at (312) 443-1488. Do not hesitate to call, even if you aren’t sure that you have a case.
Dangerous Prescription Medications & Over-the-Counter Drugs
Every day, prescription and OTC drugs and supplements are marketed to the general public as promoting health benefits and enriching lives. A number of these prove to be far from safe.
While the FDA requires that new pharmaceutical substances go through years of controlled testing before doctors may prescribe them, pharmaceutical manufacturers put significant pressure on the FDA to approve their products quickly through a process called “fast track,” which is designed to reduce the time it takes to get FDA approval. History shows that “fast track” is often far too fast. The end result: Sometimes a drug intended to help may actually cause an injury or illness that is worse than the condition being treated.
If the manufacturer had reason to suspect that patients may experience negative side effects but did not disclosed them in the drug’s literature, thousands or even millions of people may be harmed and may be entitled to financial compensation. A recent example of this type of product liability is the popular VIOXX arthritis medication, which caused cardiac problems in many patients.
Black box warnings and voluntary recalls do not exempt manufacturers from responsibility.
The FDA also regulates the environments in which pharmaceuticals are manufactured. Drugs that are normally safe can cause harm if they are contaminated by other substances during production. The drug Heparin headlined the news with cases of severe allergic reactions and death due to substituted ingredients during manufacturing.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a medication, OTC drug, or supplement, it is important that you contact attorneys who have experience in this area. Adler & Adler, P.C. successfully represents patients and their families against those responsible for manufacturing and selling defective, dangerous medicines, and supplements. We’re here to help.
Defective or Dangerous Medical Devices or Equipment
The experienced product liability lawyers at Adler & Adler, P.C. represent individuals who have suffered serious injuries or illnesses because of dangerous prescription or over-the-counter medications, medical devices, or assistive medical equipment in matters
Our attorneys have more than 50 years of combined experience representing clients in individual, class action, and multidistrict product liability litigation suits against the companies that have produced, manufactured, or sold defective or dangerous medical products and pharmaceutical drugs.
As medical science advances, many health problems that were either disabling or fatal are now managed with the use of external equipment and prosthetics and/or internal devices, including implanted defibrillators, pumps, myocardial assist devices, replacement joints, and more. Each device must be designed and manufactured at the most detailed level and at the highest standards. All potential dangers and/or side effects must be fully disclosed. The same applies to many advanced instruments and machines used in healthcare settings. Should a medical device turn out to be defective, liability may fall on the company responsible for its design or manufacture.
Among the many medical devices that have caused complications, injuries, and/or illnesses in patients are:
- Pain pumps
- Hip & knee implants
- Defibrillator leads
- Zimmer hip & knee replacement implants
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or illness due that may be due to defective medical equipment, please contact Adler & Adler, P.C. for a free initial consultation. We can review your situation and let you know if you have a case.
While each case is different, compensation depends on many factors, including the severity of your injuries and your recovery time. We work on behalf of our clients to seek maximum compensation for all damages, including:
- Related Medical Expenses: Hospital & Physician Bills, Prescriptions, Physical Therapy, & Medical Equipment
- Future Medical Care: Anticipated Surgeries, Long-Term Care, & Rehabilitation
- Lost Wages & Future Loss of Income &/or Earnings Capacity
- Pain & Suffering
- Loss of Limbs & Permanent Impairments
- Loss of a Normal Life