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Ozmon Law and Professional Negligence

Laird holds his record of medical malpractice awards and settlements among his most significant victories. He has taken difficult cases against health care professionals/institutions when others would not and not only won numerous significant victories but achieved record results in many.

Medical Negligence
Medical Negligence is commonly referred to as Medical Malpractice. Medical Malpractice Law can be generally defined as negligence on the part of a physician, hospital or other health care professional, which result in physical and financial injury as a result of that negligence.

Medical malpractice can involve a injury or even death (see wrongful death) which occurs in the course of medical treatment and which was proximately caused by the conduct of a physician or healthcare provider that deviated from the applicable standard of care for such treatment. Medical Malpractice cases are often very complicated, expensive and even the best may difficult to prove.

The decision as to whether you have a meritorious legal claim should seldom be made alone, but especially concerning medical malpractice claims. If you or a family member feels that you may have been a victim of medical negligence as the result of mistakes or carelessness at the hands of a doctor, a medical institution or any other medical professional consult Laird Ozmon today at 815.727.7700

Answers To Key Questions About Medical Malpractice & Ozmon Law


Malpractice cases can be complicated and tough to prove, don’t add to these complications by making careless, unrepresented mistakes early on in the process. If you feel that you or a family member may have suffered as a result of improper, inappropriate or insufficient medical treatment, contact Laird Ozmon, at 815.727.7700 to seek advice on what to do such as:

    Obtain a complete set of medical records relating to your treatment. This includes any doctors records, and a complete set of hospital records including:
    – Admission records
    – Nurses notes
    – Discharge summaries
    – Progress notes
    – Doctors orders
    – Lab reports
    – Autopsies
    As soon as it is suspected that you or a family member might be the victim of medical malpractice, contact an experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyer like Laird Ozmon. There are restrictions as to when and how a Medical Malpractice claim must be filed. This requires competent experienced legal advice. Knowing what evidence you need to prove your case is something only an experienced professional can provide.
    Prepare notes detailing everything the doctor or medical facility and staff told you or instructed you to do, including exact time & dates.
    Write down when you first sought treatment, the names of any specialists you were referred to, as well as any outpatient care, etc. Continue to document your symptoms as you continue your recovery.
    Get a second opinion from a qualified doctor concerning the source of your continuing problems. You need not share your suspicions of malpractice. However, you may want to initiate treatment with another doctor in order to address your problems and possibly obtain a different diagnosis for their cause. Should Ozmon Law take your case they will locate and retain all appropriate professional experts.
    It may not be in your best interest to continue receiving treatment from any physician or hospital that you suspect might have committed malpractice. This should be discussed with an experienced Malpractice attorney.
    Most often, even the best medical malpractice lawyers are not in a position to determine whether or not your claim of malpractice will have merit. Therefore, it is customary that you as the client will be asked to pay for an independent expert review before an attorney will commit to handling your case. This cost of review should involve only the expense necessary to pay a physician for his time. If that review is positive, then your malpractice lawyer may accept your case and assume the responsibility to pay all future expense, which will be deducted from your future recovery.
    If you sign a document provided by the negligent party, you may waive inadvertently waive your rights.
    Don’t talk about your case with anyone outside of your immediate family and your attorney.
    Do not confront the doctor’(s) or medical staff, lawyers for the medical facility or anyone else regarding your claim until you’ve spoken with Ozmon Law.
    Do not contact the doctor or his/her insurance company without speaking to a medical malpractice professional. Calls may be recorded, and miscommunication can be damaging.
    Don’t discuss with medical personal that you are considering a medical malpractice action. If asked, simply explain that you want your records for your file. You are legally entitled to them without explanation.

Malpractice can occur not only by committing a negligent act (commission, it also can occur by failing to act).

Types of Malpractice by Omissions

  • Failing to diagnose a condition involving:
    Internal problems
    Genetic disorders

Failing to properly monitor a critical medical condition

  • Post surgical complications
  • Development of unusual symptoms
  • Adverse drug reactions

Ozmon Law has over 30 years of extensive experience as a Personal Injury Trial Lawyer, having handled serious cases in State and Federal Courts in Illinois and the U.S. Laird Ozmon can see that your case is prosecuted anywhere in the U.S.

Illinois Jurisdictions:

  • Will County: Joliet, Plainfield, Romeoville, Lockport, Crest Hill. Shorewood, Minooka, Channahon, Elwood, Manhattan, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Peotone, Manhattan and Braidwood.
  • Grundy County: Coal City, Morris, Mazon, Verona, Gardner and Kinsman.
  • Cook County: Chicago, Cicero, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Blue Island, Harvey, Calumet, Countryside, Bridgeview, Matteson, Chicago Heights, Calumet, Evanston, Des Plaines, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Glenview, Northbrook, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village and Rosemont.
  • DuPage County: Naperville, Wheaton, Lisle, Warrenville, Glen Ellyn, Oakbrook, Downers Grove, Westmont, Hindsdale, Darien, Woodridge, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Villa Park, Lombard, Addison, Wood Dale, Itasca, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, West Chicago, Roselle, Wayne, Winfield, Warrenville, Eola and Bensenville.

Fees in most Medical malpractice cases are charged on a contingency basis. This means that your lawyer’s fee will be a percentage of the amount you ultimate recovery. Further, any expenses incurred in handling your case will also be deducted. In Illinois all legal fees in malpractice cases are set by statute at 33 1/3 percent of the recovery.


Just as there can be a case for the professional negligence of a doctor-medical malpractice, other professionals can commit malpractice in their area of specialty. Such as:

  • Legal (divorce, property, tax etc.)
  • Business (contracts, agreement, corporate etc.)
  • Financial Brokers (poor advice, investments, etc.)
  • Accountants/Tax Professionals
  • And others.

The rights of recovery in these cases are usually related to an economic loss related to that professional negligence.


Laird holds his record of medical malpractice awards and settlements among his most significant victories. He has taken difficult cases against health care professionals/institutions when others would not and not only won numerous significant victories but achieved record results in many. If you or a loved one loved are suspicious of having received negligent care, they are justified in having those concerns investigated.

Contact Ozmon Law Today for a FREE Consultation at 815-727-7700

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