People in Illinois should soon be able to find out if their doctors were
ever guilty of
Medical Malpractice. That’s part of a new bill, the Patients’ Right to Know Act,
that the governor is expected to sign. The Illinois General Assembly passed
the bill Tuesday.
As reported by the
Chicago Tribune in the article, “Patients’ Right to Know Act Passes Assembly,”
the bill also would give people information about whether an Illinois
doctor was ever fired or found guilty of a crime or made a Medical Malpractice
payment in the last 5 years. The Illinois Department of Financial and
Professional Regulation would compile the doctors’ histories and
make them public by putting them on its website.
Illinois lawmakers have been focusing on Medical Malpractice reform and
patients’ rights in recent years. Just last year, the Illinois Supreme
Court ruled that caps on Medical Malpractice or Medical Negligence awards
were not constitutional. Those caps had been in place due to a 2005 law
which placed awards at $500,000 for non-economic damages against doctors
and a million dollars against hospitals.
Experienced Illinois Medical Malpractice Attorneys are familiar with the
changing legal landscape that surrounds medical malpractice in Illinois.
The Medical Negligence Lawyers at Crossen Kooi also know how devastating
a medical error can be for the patients and their families. If you or
someone you love is suffering from medical malpractice, contact the Chicago
Medical Malpractice Lawyers for a FREE consultation.