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What is the potential liability in a medical malpractice case in Illinois?

Illinois physicians and hospitals face some certainty in the total amount of damages for which they may be liable in a medical malpractice case. As in other states, medical malpractice defendants who are found guilty of malpractice are responsible for the economic losses incurred by the plaintiffs. This includes things such as medical bills and loss of income. However, noneconomic losses such as damages for pain and suffering are capped at $500,000 per physician and $1 million per hospital. Punitive damages are not recoverable in Illinois.

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