What constitutes as medical treatment?
Typically most people assume that medical treatment exists within the confines of receiving prescribed medication, but the state views medical treatment as a term that encompasses a number of different things -- from surgical procedures and diagnoses to pharmaceutical prescriptions and various forms of physical therapy. This essentially means that virtually any action taken by a licensed physician or medical professional can be considered medical treatment, and if those actions are found to be medically negligent, they can be held liable for medical malpractice.
You Can’t Afford To Wait
The state of Illinois has outlined a specific statute of limitations for anyone who wishes to file a medical malpractice claim. These statutes are designed to require a person to begin their claim within a certain time frame, otherwise, they will lose their right to file a lawsuit. In the state of Illinois, the current statute of limitations for medical malpractice lawsuits requires that an individual must file their lawsuit against a doctor or healthcare provider within two years of when they become aware of the provider's negligent actions in connection with their medical treatment. The state of Illinois also follows a "statute of repose" which stipulates that regardless of when you discover that you were harmed by the negligent actions of a doctor or healthcare provider, if more than four years have passed since the alleged negligent actions occurred, you will be barred from filing a lawsuit against the provider. This essentially means that if four years have passed since the occurrence of the negligent action, your lawsuit will be dismissed. This statute of repose differs from the statute of limitations in that the timeline is set against when the negligent actions occurred — whereas the statute of limitations is set for two years after you discovered that your provider was negligent in their treatment or care. At the end of the day, these various legal complexities can make or break any individual's medical malpractice claim, and is why you cannot afford to wait to put an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your side. If you or someone you know believes that they are the victim of medical malpractice, contact our office today and find out how we can help you pursue justice.