Today, the Illinois Supreme Court handed down a ruling in favor of patients and victims of medical malpractice throughout the state. According to a press release issued by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Court ruled that medical malpractice caps are unconstitutional in a lawsuit about a young girl who suffered a significant brain injury due to medical negligence. ITLA president, Peter J. Flowers, applauded the Court’s decision, noting it will shift the focus to “meaningful insurance reform” that will cut costs for doctors and patients and will give Illinois residents access to quality care.
The Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Levin & Perconti support the Court’s ruling. Medical malpractice laws were designed to protect patients injured through no fault of their own. These laws allow victims to seek fair compensation for a health care provider’s mistakes. We are pleased that the Court ruled to protect patients’ rights to hold doctors and hospitals accountable.