Learning if your Illinois doctor has a history of Medical Malpractice will
soon be much easier. Such information will soon be available online as
part of the state’s new “Patient Right to Know Act”
which Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Tuesday. Experienced Medical
Malpractice Lawyers are familiar with this online Medical Malpractice
information source because it’s not new. The law reinstates the
website that had been in place for a few years until the Illinois Supreme
Court ruled last year that a Medical Malpractice reform law was not constitutional.
Thus, the state had to take down the website.
So what will the database entail? People should be able to find a more
detailed history on Illinois physicians such as any judgments and settlements
against the doctors in Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence
lawsuits in the past five years. Appeals will also be noted. People can
also learn if a doctor was disciplined in Illinois or in another state.
Doctors will have about two months to look over the information before
the website is active for consumers. Then, information on almost 50,000
licensed doctors will be back on the web, and it will be updated continuously.
If you are interested in using the database, you can find it on the
Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s website. Illinois is not the only state to offer such medical information to people.
California, Idaho and Florida are just a few of the other states with
similar searchable databases.
Illinois lawmakers and the state’s court system are constantly changing
and reforming Illinois’s Medical Malpractice rules and laws. Thus,
the honest and hard-working Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Crossen
Kooi are staying on top of these changes to better serve their clients.
This is also why it’s important to carefully choose a Medical Malpractice
Lawyer if you believe you are the victim of a medical error.
One such change was mentioned earlier, and it was a big one. In February
of last year, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the state’s
Medical Malpractice law which had been in place for five years. The law
was overturned because it limited compensation to injured patients for
pain and suffering. Thus, what’s commonly known as “caps”
on jury awards in Medical Malpractice and Medical Negligence cases were
done away with. The caps had been set at $500,000 for non-economic damages
in decisions against physicians and $1 million in verdicts against hospitals.
Now, juries are not restricted on how much they can award a victim of
a medical error.
Another key element of Illinois’s Medical Malpractice Act is the
statute of limitations. This aspect mandates that an apparent victim of
a medical mistake must start Medical Malpractice actions within 2 years
of when the supposed error happened. However, there are circumstances
that can allow a victim a longer period of time to file a Medical Malpractice lawsuit.
An experienced Illinois Medical Malpractice Lawyer
would be able to assist you with filing a Medical Malpractice lawsuit and
answer all you questions regarding your rights as a victim of a medical
error. If you or someone you love is suffering from Medical Negligence,
contact the Medical Malpractice Attorneys
at Crossen Kooi for a FREE consultation.