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. Fortunately, this trust is often well-founded, and every day, medical treatment, when properly given, saves and improves the quality of countless lives. Unfortunately, however, 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 fairly, 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 and we consider it our responsibility to our clients to take every effort to make sure that happens.
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 birth injuries, 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 our established and experienced Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyers about your legal rights. We will listen to your story, advise you of your rights under the law, and help you to devise a strategy, going forward, to seek the compensation you deserve. Our trusted and skilled Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyers represent patients and families in Indianapolis. Call (317) 255-5400 for a free consultation.
Medical malpractice cases are unlike other types of personal injury lawsuits. The facts necessary to prove your case will come from your medical records and the testimony of medical experts. They often involve highly technical information, and it is important to have someone on your side who is familiar with everything that may be very unfamiliar to you. Your attorney must thoroughly understand both the medical evidence and the legal principles involved in order to help you recover just compensation.
Tim Caress, founder of the Caress Worland Law Group, has more than 20 years of experience helping Indianapolis medical malpractice victims secure just compensation through insurance settlement negotiations and skilled legal representation at trial. The team at Caress Worland 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 medical malpractice team to represent you, we will begin working immediately to collect the evidence we need to seek maximum compensation on your behalf. If you have been a victim of any of the unfortunate situations described below, don’t hesitate any longer before giving us a call so that we can begin fighting for you.
Our firm provides legal representation for individuals and families in cases involving all forms of medical malpractice throughout the greater Indianapolis, IN, area. If you, or a loved one have suffered harm as a result of a medical procedure gone wrong, we’re here to listen and to help you assert your rights. Contact our proven Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation about your case involving:
The arrival of a new baby should be, and often is, one of the most joyous moments in the life of a family. Sadly, birth injuries are among the most-common consequences of medical malpractice and what should be an occasion of great happiness becomes otherwise. Mistakes during pregnancy, labor, and delivery can lead to a variety of complications, many of which can have lifelong effects. If you find yourself in this very unfortunate situation, we are here to help. We represent families in birth injury cases involving:
- Cerebral palsy (spastic, athetoid, ataxic and mixed)
- Erb’s palsy
- Failure to recognize maternal infections
- Failure to recognize or treat maternal/fetal distress
- Failure to perform a timely c-section
- Failure to diagnose or treat jaundice, meningitis, or seizure disorders
- Improper use of delivery tools (vacuum extraction and forceps)
If you or the family member you love are a victim of this sort of tragic medical malpractice, our team is here for you. When you may be too overwhelmed with emotion to know exactly what to do next, we can help you to create a plan. We understand the appropriate standards of medical care and can help to identify when those standards of care have not been met. We can fight for you when you don’t feel that you can fight for yourself.
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:
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of meningitis
- Misdiagnosis of appendicitis
- Medication errors (including ordering the incorrect medication and administering medications to children improperly)
While these are some of the most common scenarios, 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.We can help you to understand exactly where your medical treatment went wrong and what you can do to assert your right to the compensation you deserve.
Failure to Monitor
Fortunately, we live in a time of incredible medical innovation. The horizon is bright for medical development, and scientists and physicians across the globe are continually making discoveries and advances that benefit us all, including advances for medications that can greatly improve the quality of, or in some cases, even save our lives. As long as it is prescribed and administered as intended, medicine can be wonderful. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t always the case.
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. Patients should be able to trust that their healthcare providers are prescribing and administering necessary medications correctly and with due diligence. When that doesn’t occur, we’re here to help. Here at Caress Worland Law Group, our skilled Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers handle cases involving all types of medication errors, including:
- Overdose or underdose in a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office: This can happen more often than patients realize in a busy hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office where healthcare providers simply fail to administer the medication prescribed in the correct amounts. Failing to do so can have any number of negative consequences for you as a patient.
- Mislabeling the Medication: Medications can occasionally be mislabeled. This can happen either prior to the time the medication leaves the manufacturer, at the hospital, or at the pharmacy. When this happens, the patient will likely receive the wrong medication or the wrong dosage. The types of lawsuits that can result from this sort of error can vary. If a drug is mislabeled before the product ever leaves the manufacturer, a product liability suit might be warranted. If the pharmacist or hospital makes the error, it could be the subject of a medical malpractice suit.
- Prescription of an incorrect drug or an incorrect dosage: It goes without saying that it is the responsibility of your healthcare provider to ensure that you receive the correct drug needed and in the appropriate amount. Negligence in either regard can be harmful to the patient.
- Failure to consider drug interactions: It is the job of physicians and pharmacists to understand drug interactions. Certain patients may have certain allergies or may be taking multiple medications. In some circumstances, a doctor may be prescribing more than one medication at once, and certain medications do not interact well with each other. It is the job of doctors and pharmacists to track this information and understand it thoroughly, as the effects of not doing so can be severe and can cause lasting damage – and in some cases, even death.
- Transcription errors: If any of the healthcare providers in the transaction (from the prescribing physician, to the nurse, or the pharmacist filling the prescription) misses or transposes even one decimal point, the patient could be administered ten or even a hundred times more medicine than is actually necessary. This can, understandably, be extremely dangerous. Likewise, if a doctor’s handwriting is misread or mis-transposed and the entirely wrong medication is prescribed, the effects can be very damaging.
- Dispensing of an incorrect or inappropriate medication: It seems that this might be difficult to do if one were a trained physician, nurse, or medical assistant. Unfortunately, it can happen very easily.
- Incorrectly administering the prescribed medication: Certain medications must be administered in certain ways. For example, if an injection is prescribed, the nurse may have to give the shot in a very specific location on the body. Some drugs have to be injected into the muscles, and others have to be injected directly into the bloodstream. Failure to administer the medication as indicated can have a very harmful effect.
- Failure to warn of side effects: It is the job of your health care professionals to correctly advise you as to the common side effects of medications that have been prescribed. They should also advise you as to what foods and beverages you can and cannot consume when taking certain medications as well as advising you about any activities in which you should not participate while taking the medication. Failure to do so can most certainly cause harm.
Any one of the aforementioned errors can have significant and lasting consequences. We can help to advise you on what went wrong and on what we can do to help you seek recovery. When you contact the qualified team at Caress Worland Law Group, you’ll be able to rest assured in the knowledge that you are talking to a legal team with the experience and knowledge that you need on your side. We understand the law and the strategies often implemented by attorneys who represent the healthcare professionals on the other side. Our highly experienced and proven Indianapolis medical malpractice attorneys can fight for you and for your right to receive the compensation you deserve as a result of medical negligence that was in no way your fault.
Contact our team today. We’re here to listen to your circumstances and to help you build your case. Let our Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers focus on your case so that you can fully focus on your recovery. We look forward to speaking with you soon.
Failure to Follow Doctor's Orders
Performing Procedures Improperly or without Adequate Training
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:
- Anesthesia errors
- Damaging organs and tissue during surgery
- Failure to maintain sterilization (resulting in infection)
- Leaving surgical tools and supplies in the body
- Wrong side surgery
- Wrong site surgery
These are only a few examples of many. If your surgical procedure went wrong, we want to help fight on your behalf to make things right.
Prescription Errors by Pharmacists
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:
- Filling a prescription with the wrong drug
- Filling a prescription with an incorrect dosage
- Failing to provide appropriate directions or labeling
- Failing to review a patient’s current medications and allergies
- Failing to counsel patients on proper medication use, side effects, and drug interactions
If you feel you have been the victim of a prescription error, call us today to discuss your case.
Failure to Recognize the Symptoms of a Condition or Disease
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 Caress Worland 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 medical malpractice attorneys in confidence, call (317) 255-5400 or get in touch online today. We look forward to listening to your story and to working with you to seek the compensation you rightfully deserve.