Medical Malpractice

Experienced Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Indianapolis Injury Lawyers with Experience in Complex Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle in Indianapolis

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:

Birth Injuries

  • 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)

Pediatric Mistakes

  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of meningitis
  • Misdiagnosis of appendicitis
  • Medication errors (including ordering the incorrect medication and administering medications to children improperly)

Failure to Monitor

Medication Errors

  • 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 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.

Failure to Follow Doctor's Orders

Performing Procedures Improperly or without Adequate Training

Surgical Errors

  • 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

Prescription Errors by Pharmacists

  • 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

Failure to Recognize the Symptoms of a Condition or Disease

Failure to Recognize the Severity of a Condition or Disease

Misdiagnosis

Delayed Diagnosis

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