Have you suffered from medical issues as a result of a misdiagnosis? Did you child experience an injury as a result of preventable birth complications? Doctors, nurses, and any other healthcare providers are required to use reasonable care when treating all patients. When the standard of care is not met, patients can suffer devastating losses such as injury or death.
Monish Patel, an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Indiana, is dedicated to ensuring that medical professionals follow the standards of care that patients deserve. If your life has been affected due to a medical error, do not hesitate to contact our office for a complimentary case review today!
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional who fails to follow the standard of care and perform his or her medical duties. Bad medical outcomes do not always warrant a medical malpractice claim. Treatments can cause unexpected or unintended side effects, be ineffective, or cause harm. A bad medical outcome can have a serious impact on your quality of life or even cause death.
Medical malpractice includes a healthcare provider failing to meet the standard of care and the failure results in an injury. If your healthcare provider meets the standard of care but you become injured, you do not have a medical malpractice claim. If your healthcare provider does not meet the standard of care and you were not injured, you do not have a medical malpractice claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of carelessness or negligence by a medical professional, we will thoroughly investigate all claims and work to build a solid case for you. In Indiana, it can be difficult to successfully pursue medical malpractice claims. An experienced Indianapolis medical malpractice attorney can provide you with a clear understanding of your case as well as any honest expectations you should have regarding your case.
Often, we don’t realize how much good health impacts our daily lives until we are sick or injured. A serious injury or illness can change your life and you will likely turn to a medical professional to help you get better.
Everyone makes mistakes, but when a medical professional makes the mistake, the results could be serious or life-threatening. Medical malpractice is centered around negligence in which a healthcare professional deviates from the standard of care.
The most common types of medical malpractice include:
- Misdiagnosis: Misdiagnosing a condition is the leading type of physician error. The most common misdiagnosis include stroke, heart attack, infections, cancer, and clots. The consequences can be life-threatening or fatal because the medical professionals have spent precious time treating the wrong illness.
- Prescription Drug Errors: Medication errors can be found at all levels of care from the doctor who wrote the prescription to the pharmacy who filled the prescription. Examples of prescription drug errors include over prescribing, under prescribing, or combining dangerous medications that should not be taken together.
- Birth Injury: Labor and childbirth are complicated and unpredictable. Some of the leading types of medical malpractice during pregnancy and childbirth include placental abnormalities, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and excessively long labor. A patient must prove the provider was negligent in their prenatal care, labor, or delivery in order to have grounds for a medical malpractice case.
- Surgical Errors: Typically, the risks with surgery are known, but errors not associated with the risks are common. Mistakes and errors include damaging a nerve, leaving a foreign body inside the patient, and being given too little or too much anesthesia.
- Failure to Treat: When a doctor or medical professional diagnoses a medical issue but then fails to treat the issue, refer the patient to a specialist, prematurely discharge the patient, or did not follow up or reevaluate the situation, the standard of care is breached. A patient may have a grounds for a medical malpractice case if the medical professional was negligent for any of the above reasons.
Medical malpractice claims are complex and can involve several parties. An experience medical malpractice attorney in Indiana can help walk you through the steps of your claim. In order to prove that medical malpractice occurred, there are several criteria that must be met including:
A doctor-patient relationship existed. You must be able to prove that you had a relationship with the doctor you are suing. If a doctor began to see you in their office and treated you, it is easy to prove that the relationship existed. The most common questions of whether or not the relationship existed most frequently arise when a consulting physician did not directly treat you.
The doctor was negligent. You cannot sue a doctor simply because you are unhappy with the treatment or care that you received. In order to have a malpractice case, you must prove that the doctor was negligent in connection with your diagnosis and treatment. A doctor’s care is simply required to be reasonably skillful and careful.
The doctor’s negligence caused the injury. Often, when you see a doctor you already have an injury or illness. The question of whether the doctor actually caused harm is at the center of the medical malpractice lawsuit. A patient must prove that the medical professional’s incompetence directly caused the injury.
The injury led to specific damages. If the doctor performed below the expected standards, the patient can’t file a claim for malpractice if the patient didn’t suffer any harm or damages. The most common types of damages a patient expects to recover are for pain and suffering, medical bills, and lost wages.
There are many benefits to hiring an experienced Indiana attorney when you have been injured as a result of medical negligence. At Patel Defense, we will not collect any fees unless we win your case. We offer complimentary case evaluations via telephone, home, or hospitals. If you have suffered an injury or loss due to medical malpractice, don’t wait to contact us! It is extremely important to contact an attorney before discussing your injury and case with the negligent party or their insurance company. Contact us for a complimentary case evaluation today!