Illinois Supreme Court Rules Favorably for Physicians!

December 14, 2021

The Illinois Supreme Court recently reversed a ruling that would have set a harmful precedent for Illinois doctors. In the case of Bailey v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, the high court struck down a flawed ruling that pertained to jury instructions.
Had the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the First District Appellate Court’s ruling, it would have lowered the burden of proof standards for medical negligence claims. In other words, it would have had a chilling effect on the ability of Illinois physicians to effectively defend themselves at trial.
This case started when a patient came into the emergency department for treatment, then left the hospital against the recommendations of the healthcare professionals, and later passed away.
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