Chicago patients visit doctors with the expectation of an accurate diagnosis -- maybe not on the first visit but eventually. We trust doctors to get it right, but that doesn't happen as much as patients would like to believe. Misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses are frequent occurrences, even for common illnesses.
In the medical community, as with other professions, problems must be acknowledged and identified before solutions can be effective. The risks of causing serious injuries or deaths are high when Chicago doctors and hospitals fail to change unsafe behavior patterns.
Liability claims may be filed in Cook County civil courts for injuries and deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes. Personal injury lawsuits are brought by victims whose car accident injuries are due to a defendant's negligent, reckless or intentional actions. Wrongful death claims seek compensation for surviving family members' losses when a victim dies.
A suburban Chicago teenager can't remember the car accident that caused her brain injury. The father of the 14-year--old passenger is glad she doesn't recall the day in March that she nearly drowned. He is thankful she does not recollect her pain and suffering or the death of the driver, a 20-year--old mother.