In the United States, we have access to the best medical care in the world, and we trust our doctors to make us better when we get injured or fall ill. Unfortunately, while the majority of Americans will go through life having these expectations met, a significant percentage of patients will fall victim to medical malpractice.
Despite all the information and technology that have helped to structure modern medicine, medical mistakes remain common. With an estimated 250,000 patients dying due to medical mistakes every year, medical malpractice is now recognized as one of the leading causes of preventable injury and death in the United States. If you are alarmed by this statistic, you are not alone. Our health care providers need to do better. And when they make costly mistakes, they need to be held accountable.
In Indiana, medical malpractice occurs when a physician or other health care provider fails to treat a patient with the appropriate standard of care. From failing to diagnose injuries in the emergency room to harming a patient during surgery, all types of mistakes have the potential for life-altering (and perhaps life-threatening) consequences. If you believe that you or a loved one may be a victim of medical malpractice, it is important that you seek help promptly. This starts with talking to an established and experienced Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyers about your legal rights.
Medical malpractice cases are unlike other types of personal injury lawsuits. The facts necessary to prove your cases will come from your medical records and the testimony of medical experts. Your attorney must thoroughly understand both the medical and principles involved in order to help you recover just compensation.
Tim Caress, founder of the Caress Law Group, has more than 20 years of experience helping medical malpractice victims secure just compensation through insurance settlement negotiations and skilled legal representation at trial. The team at Caress Law Group includes attorneys, paralegals, a legal nurse consultant, and nationally recognized and board certified medical specialists from all over the country. When you contact us, our Indianapolis medical malpractice attorneys will provide a clear and straightforward assessment of your rights in language you can understand. If you hire our team to represent you, we will begin working immediately to collect the evidence we need to seek maximum compensation on your behalf.
Sadly, birth injuries are among the most-common consequences of medical malpractice. Mistakes during pregnancy, labor, and delivery can lead to a variety of complications, many of which can have lifelong effects. We represent families in birth injury cases involving:
Pediatric malpractice can involve any type of mistake that has a negative impact on a child's health or wellbeing. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), three of the most-common forms of pediatric malpractice are:
However, any form of medical malpractice that can affect an adult can affect a child as well. As a result, if you have any reason to expect that your child may have received substandard medical care, we strongly encourage you to contact us as soon as possible.
In many circumstances, patients undergoing medical treatment will require periodic or ongoing monitoring by a nurse, physician, or physician assistant. Patients who do not receive adequate monitoring can face a variety of risks, from treatment and medication-related complications to failure to diagnose changes in medical condition.
Medication errors can take several different forms, all of which are equally dangerous for patients who are relying on their health care providers to provide them with appropriate medications. We handle cases involving all types of medication errors, including:
Whether due to inability to read a doctor's handwriting, misinterpretation of a patient's chart, inattentiveness, or lack of training or experience, failure to follow a doctor's orders can have devastating consequences if it leads to inadequate care. When you receive a diagnosis and treatment plan, you expect these to be followed. When they aren't, you deserve to make a full physical and financial recovery.
Despite what we would all like to believe, some doctors are simply better equipped to treat patients than others. Whether due to lack of specialization, inadequate training, or simple negligence, improper performance of medical procedures is an unjustifiable mistake that should not be ignored.
Surgical errors are another category of medical mistakes that can take a variety of different forms. We represent patients and families who have suffered and lost loved ones due to errors including:
Your pharmacist's job involves much more than simply filling your prescriptions. Pharmacists have a number of obligations, and failure to meet any of these obligations can support a claim for medical malpractice. Some of the most-common malpractice claims against pharmacists include:
Failure to diagnose is one of the most common forms of medical malpractice. Generally, physicians and physician assistants must use differential diagnosis techniques in order to precisely identify a patient's injury, illness, or other condition. When a practitioner fails to recognize the symptoms of a condition or disease, the resulting failure to diagnose can have drastic and irreversible consequences.
Another form of failure to diagnose involves failing to recognize the severity of a condition or disease. Examples include sending a patient home with a diagnosis of a sprained ankle when the patient actually requires surgery to repair a tear or fracture and diagnosing a patient as having an acute respiratory infection when he or she has contracted a potentially life-threatening illness.
In some cases, doctors simply get it wrong. In fact, according to numerous sources, misdiagnosis is the single most common form of medical malpractice. Misdiagnosis is dangerous, not only because it means lack of treatment for the patient's actual condition, but because it may mean receiving medications or undergoing surgery for a condition that the patient does not have.
Many times, the effects of a delay in diagnosis can be just as substantial as the effects of not receiving a diagnosis at all. If your diagnosis or a loved one's diagnosis came too late to prevent serious illness or injury, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
As a patient, it can be difficult to know if you have a claim for medical malpractice. Your provider may be unwilling to admit that he or she made a mistake, and you may not know whether your condition was preventable with appropriate medical care. To find out if you have a claim, the best thing you can do is to speak with an attorney promptly. At the Caress Law Group, we do not expect you to know your rights when you call. Our skilled Indianapolis medical malpractice attorneys will carefully review your medical records and treatment history to determine if you have a claim for financial compensation.
In most cases, you have two years from the date of treatment to file a claim for medical malpractice. However, there are exceptions in certain cases where it was not possible to discover the malpractice immediately. We encourage you to contact us regardless of how long it has been since you last received treatment for your illness or injury.
Medical malpractice cases are unique. The more you know about your case, the better able you will be to make informed decisions along the way. For more information, you can read our additional answers to medical malpractice FAQs.
Do you have a claim for medical malpractice in Indianapolis, IN? To find out, please contact one of our Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyers to arrange your free, no-obligation initial consultation. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys in confidence, call (317) 255-5400 or get in touch online today.