As the premier law firm handling the toughest cases of Medical Malpractice in Indiana since 1980, the team of lawyers for medical malpractice at Montross Miller LLP has a successful track record representing injured clients and their families as they seek compensation for resultant losses. One of the reasons for that success is our thorough knowledge of the many answers to that deceptively simple question: What is Medical Malpractice?
Whereas we’re the lawyers other Indiana lawyers turn to when cases of Medical Malpractice become exceedingly complex, we’d like to take this webpage to define this legalistic term for the lay audience. We’ll also enumerate some typical examples of legitimate, injury-causing Medical Malpractice by a doctor, nurse, chiropractor, dentist, obstetrician, hospital, nursing home, extended-care facility or any healthcare provider in whom patients place their trust and well-being, so that you might better recognize possible instances of Medical Malpractice when you see it.
In fact, the vast majority of medical professionals in Indiana are highly competent, dedicated, and at all times beholden to their sworn oaths as healers of people; theirs is indeed a noble profession. However, when those relatively rare cases of Medical Negligence do occur and injuries result, a lawsuit could be warranted – and they typically originate when something like this happens:
– Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose, including failure to recognize symptoms of and order appropriate testing for serious health problems such as heart ailments or cancer.
– Misreading or ignoring patient’s medical history, X-rays, lab reports, and CT and MRI scans.
– Pharmaceutical or medication error resulting in inaccurate dosages, harmful or injurious drug interactions, and administration of wrong medicines.
– Injuries during childbirth, including cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, and brain trauma, due to asphyxia, hypoxia, incorrect monitoring of fetal strips, or other specific cause.
– Improper or delayed emergency treatments or ER care.
– Anesthesia injuries causing stroke or brain damage.
– Surgical mistakes such as wrong-site surgery, incorrect limb amputation or organ removal, and medically unnecessary surgery.
– Premature hospital discharge or inadequate follow-up care.
– Neglect or abuse by nursing home or extended-care facility staff.
There are many actions (or inactions) which could be construed as Medical Malpractice due to negligence…and “negligence” is the key concept: Medical Malpractice is defined as improper, incorrect or insufficiently attentive care – i.e., negligence – that’s demonstrably below what’s reasonably expected of a healthcare professional, and which directly results in harm, injury or even worse outcomes for the patient. Indiana law allows civil action to remedy claims of Medical Malpractice so that the injured patient can be fairly compensated for all losses and damages, including present and future loss of income, increased medical expenditures, and restitution for the person’s undue pain, suffering and anguish.
How much a plaintiff receives in compensation, whether in pre-court settlement with the doctor’s or hospital’s insurance company or at a courtroom trial before an Indiana jury, depends in part on the seriousness of the defendant’s negligence or recklessness in committing the injury-inducing malpractice, as well as the severity of the injuries thus induced. Other factors entering into the award amount’s calculation are lost wages, medical bills, legal fees, and physical disability caused by the malpractice. The Indiana Medical Malpractice Act establishes upper bounds on Med Mal settlements, as well as the percentage of a settlement attorneys can take as their fee.
Obviously, every case that requires Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Indianapolis is unique; like snowflakes, fingerprints or faces, no two sets of Med Mal circumstances are ever exactly alike. Montross Miller LLP of Indianapolis, IN, is a law firm distinguished among the Hoosier State legal profession for taking on the most intractable, complicated cases of Medical Malpractice and turning out the most compelling argument backed by thorough research and unparalleled expertise. While every Medical Malpractice case is indeed unique, chances are we’ve handled a case like yours before.
When convalescing from the aftermath of a severe personal injury due to medical negligence, you and your family need one less thing to worry about. Call experienced medical malpractice attorneys in Indianapolis, the law firm of Montross Miller LLP, at 317-574-4500 or 888-599-2640; request your FREE introductory meeting to discuss the details of your Med Mal claim so we can determine whether and how to move forward with litigation. If you’ve suffered injury or been harmed as a result of Medical Malpractice & Negligence, work with the Indy-based lawyers who for 40 years have provided Strength Today and Security Tomorrow.™
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