To practice law in the United States the individual must first graduate law school and then pass the state bar exam. However, graduating law school and passing the bar does not mean the attorney can handle every matter concerning the law. Attorneys invariably settle on an area of law and become specialists in it.
Trying a medical malpractice case takes a great deal of knowledge and skill. A medical malpractice claim alleges that a medical practitioner deviated from what is considered standard practice and as such, his or her patient was injured. A Chicago medical malpractice attorney must be not only intimate with the laws that apply; he or she must be in a position to comprehend the medical facts of the case.
The injured party, the plaintiff, must prove to the satisfaction of the court that a relationship existed with the defendant; then the plaintiff must prove that the defendant failed to provide the accepted standard of care and that the deviation from this accepted standard was the cause of the injuries suffered.
One can see the complexities associated with a case of this nature; there is no doubt that the plaintiff will need to be represented by an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney.
To adequately cross examine expert witnesses that will be brought forward by the defendant’s attorneys, it is extremely important that the plaintiff’s attorney have a sound understanding of terms that are used in the medical profession as well as an understanding of procedures and medical theory. The majority of attorneys that handle medical malpractice cases are well armed with doctors, nurses and others involved in medical care with whom they can consult about the standards of care.
Not only must the attorney have a great deal of medical knowledge, he or she must have considerable experience in litigating or settling medical malpractice claims.
If you have been injured while in the hospital or under the care of a physician or other medical professional you can sue for compensation. If you are looking for an experienced Chicago medical malpractice attorney you are welcome to discuss your case with the Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo, LLC.
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