As soon as possible, especially if your injury can potentially have debilitating or life-threatening complications. Depending on the error that occurred, you might be able to receive corrective treatment from your original doctor. Contact him or her to discuss your injury, how it occurred, and what can be done to remedy it. If your doctor denies that any errors or complications occurred, seek treatment from another doctor.
Discuss your initial treatment with your new doctor so he or she can accurately pinpoint your issue and work to correct it. Do not concern yourself with contacting the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Medical Licensing Board or a medical malpractice lawyer until you are in stable condition and on the way to recovery. Your new doctor may be able to help your claim later by providing his or her testimony as not only a witness to your injury, but an expert witness who can discuss the type of treatment you received, the type of treatment you needed to correct the injury, and the type of negligence that occurred during your initial treatment that caused your injury.
Remember the Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice Claims
In Illinois, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is typically two years from the date that the patient knew or should have known about his or her injury that resulted from a healthcare provider’s negligence. This means that once two years pass since you determine that you are suffering from a malpractice injury, you are no longer entitled to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
The statute of limitations is one of the reasons why you need to be proactive about seeking the treatment you need, then seeking legal counsel from an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Your lawyer will handle the development, filing, and pursuit of your claim, but you need to take the first steps by getting yourself appropriate corrective treatment and then contacting a lawyer in a timely manner.
Work with an Experienced Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you are suffering from an injury due to a physician’s negligence, consider seeking compensation for your damages through a medical malpractice claim. But always remember to put your health and safety first. After you have received the corrective treatment you need, contact our team of experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Baizer Kolar, P.C. to set up your initial consultation with our firm. We are a small, close-knit team dedicated to seeking the compensation our clients deserve.