Medical Malpractice Lawyer Representing Victims in the Springfield Area
The knowledgeable team at Ackerman Law Office assists people throughout Illinois who have been injured in a wide range of ways, such as incidents of medical malpractice. We have decades of experience fighting for injury victims and a strong track record of success for the people whom we represent. We accept and enjoy working on cases like failure to diagnose. Springfield medical malpractice lawyer James W. Ackerman offers clients the opportunity to take the time that they need to put their lives back together after suffering serious harm while he fights for their rights in settlement negotiations or the courtroom. He carefully investigates the circumstances of each client’s case so that he can tailor his strategy to their needs and concerns.
Compartment syndrome is a serious medical condition that can result from trauma. This potentially life-threatening condition is caused by a buildup of excessive pressure in groups – or compartments – of muscles and vessels. That pressure is often caused by significant bleeding or swelling following an accident. It stops the flow of blood to and from affected parts of the body, often causing substantial pain and muscle damage. Acute compartment syndrome should be treated immediately in order to relieve the pressure and ensure proper blood flow. If it is not treated promptly and properly because of a health care provider’s negligence, the patient may be able to sue that health care provider for medical malpractice.
Pursue Compensation for a Failure to Diagnose Compartment Syndrome
A failure to properly identify and treat compartment syndrome can have devastating or fatal consequences. It is also a serious breach of the trust that patients put into medical professionals. This is why state law makes doctors and other health care providers legally responsible when they offer substandard medical services.
If you have been injured as a result of medical malpractice, you have the right to seek compensation. The damages typically available in Illinois medical negligence cases cover compensation for medical bills, missed pay due to time away from work, and more subjective forms of harm like pain and suffering.
Medical malpractice is a form of negligence. Illinois law requires doctors to exercise “the same degree of knowledge, skill and ability as an ordinary professional would exercise under similar circumstances.” That means that a general practitioner is held to the standard of an ordinary general practitioner in the state, for example, while a surgeon is held to the standard of an ordinary surgeon. To successfully sue for malpractice, you need to first establish what the standard of care was under the circumstances, usually with expert evidence. You also must show that the doctor did not live up to that standard – by failing to diagnose compartment syndrome, for example – and that this directly caused you to be injured. That often means presenting detailed evidence that explains how the failure to identify and properly treat the condition made it worse.
Talk to a Seasoned Springfield Attorney About Your Malpractice Claim
James W. Ackerman and the staff at the Ackerman Law Office work aggressively to get clients the full legal remedies that they deserve after they have been improperly treated by a doctor. As an experienced personal injury lawyer, he guides patients through the legal process with compassion and professionalism. In most of our cases, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless you do, and our compensation is a percentage of a settlement or judgment that a client is awarded. We serve people in Springfield, Virginia, Champaign, Urbana, Taylorville, Decatur, Mount Zion, and Hillsboro, as well as other areas of Cass, Champaign, Christian, Logan, Macon, Montgomery, and Peoria Counties. Call us at (888) 889-1977 or (217) 789-1977 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your potential claim with an attorney. We also serve victims of many other serious health conditions that were caused by the negligence of medical providers.