Improper Treatment

We put a lot of trust into our medical system in the United States. This is because we believe doctors are educated enough to know what will best treat our medical condition. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that improper treatment methods happen in the U.S. daily. A study in 2016 by John Hopkins University suggests medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Doctors who refuse to treat you or have given you improper treatment are liable under Illinois law. If you’ve suffered because your doctor failed to treat you properly, then you may want to secure legal representation. You could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and additional suffering.

Personal Injury Attorney for Improper Treatment in Chicago, IL

Improper treatment can lead to a slew of medical issues and unnecessary bills. If your doctor failed to treat you, then you may want to contact Susan E. Loggans & Associates. The attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates have years of experience in personal injury law and have represented numerous clients who suffered from medical malpractice.

We can collect evidence, draft and file your claim and litigate for you if necessary. Set up a free consultation today by calling (312) 201-8600. Our offices can be located in Chicago, but we represent people throughout the Cook County area including Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg and Evanston.

Overview of Improper Treatment Methods in IL 

What Qualifies as Improper Treatment?

Improper treatment is a type of medical malpractice but differs from delayed or misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosis means the doctor incorrectly identified your medical condition and therefore gave you unnecessary treatment. Improper treatment, however, is when you’ve been diagnosed correctly, but the doctor fails to provide you with the right treatment.

Improper treatment methods by physicians is more common than you think. A study by John Hopkins University revealed that more than 250,000 Americans die every year from medical errors. This would mean improper treatment would rank just behind heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death in the United States.

Listed below are some common examples of improper treatment by a physician or surgeon.

  • Recommending a dangerous or new treatment without giving alternatives;
  • Failing to treat the condition in a timely manner;
  • Prescribing medication that could cause dangerous interactions with the patient’s current medication or allergies;
  • Recommending unnecessary surgery;
  • Delaying surgery;
  • Rushing surgery without explaining non-invasive alternatives; and
  • Ordering the wrong medical tests for the condition;

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Statistics and Data for Improper Treatment Methods in the US

In 2016, John Hopkins University of Medicine shocked the medical community by revealing a study on improper treatment and medical errors in the U.S. The analysis was over an eight-year period where experts examined four separate studies that analyzed the medical death rate in U.S. hospitals.  Listed below are some statistics collected from that study. 

  • 10 percent of all U.S. deaths are due to improper treatment or a medical error;
  • 251,454 people died in hospitals from improper treatment methods; and
  • It’s the third leading cause of death in the United States

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How Do I File a Claim for My Doctor Failing to Treat Me?

You can file a claim for improper treatment based on the grounds of negligence. Doctors are negligent if they make careless decisions for your treatment, fail to follow medical procedures or regulation, or are grossly unaware of the impact their treatment methods have on you. Essentially, your doctor is negligent if they administer improper treatment to you.

Personal injury law is confusing if you don’t have a legal background. It’s recommended you secure legal representation before drafting your claim.  An attorney can assess the situation, collect evidence and write your claim for you so there’s no errors. You can then file the claim, or your lawyer can do it for you.

If the defendant contests your claim, you will have to prove in court your doctor’s improper treatment lead to injury or worsened your condition. You must present to the court that:

  • You and your doctor had a patient-physician relationship;
  • The doctor had a certain duty of care to their patients;
  • They knowingly or carelessly recommended or used improper treatment on you;
  • You were injured or your condition worsened as a result; and
  • You suffered physically, financially or emotionally because of it

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What Can I Receive from Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim?

If you’re able to win your case, the court will grant you a monetary settlement which will reflect your damages. The term ‘damages’ refers to any losses you experienced because your doctor failed to treat you properly. These damages can be material such as medical bills or counseling costs. They can also be immaterial such as pain and suffering or loss of consortium. 

Listed below are some damages your settlement may cover. 

  • Medical bills;
  • Rehabilitation expenses;
  • Counseling costs;
  • Lost wages;
  • Loss of future earnings;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of consortium; and
  • Loss of quality of life

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Additional Resources

John Hopkins Study on Medical Errors – Visit the official website of the John Hopkins School of Medicine to learn more about statistics surrounding improper treatment. Access the site to read statistics, how the study was conducted, who was in charge and Hopkins’s open letter to the CDC to change the leading causes of death in the U.S.

NMMAA – Visit the official website of the National Medical Malpractice Advocacy Association (NMMAA), a non-profit designed to raise awareness about medical errors in the U.S. Access the site to learn survivor stories, consulting services and how to help.

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Improper Treatment Lawyer in Cook County, IL

Did your physician administer the wrong treatment on you? Were you injured or did your condition worsen because of it? If so, it’s highly recommended you get in contact with the attorneys at Susan E. Loggans & Associates. You may be able to receive a monetary settlement to cover all the costs related to your condition. 

Don’t suffer without holding the responsible party accountable. Find a skilled attorney by contacting us at (312) 201-8600 to schedule a free consultation. Our personal injury attorneys will work round the clock to help you get the best possible outcome from your case.

Susan E. Loggans & Associates represents people throughout the greater Cook County area including Evanston, Arlington Heights and Schaumburg.

This article was last updated on May 31, 2019.