Mistakes happen. But when health care providers make mistakes, the effects may lead to chronic issues or even death. Studies have shown that over 250,000 deaths each year in the US may be related to medical errors.
Medical malpractice is the failure of a medical professional to perform medical duties and/or provide the industry’s customary standard of health care. There are a variety of reasons for medical malpractice claims, ranging from surgical errors to wrongful death. Failure to diagnose, incorrect treatment, and lack of informed consent are three of the most common medical errors.
Avoiding Medical Errors
As a patient or caregiver, it is vital to ask questions, do your own research, and request additional information when needed. Keeping your own set of medical records can be invaluable. Learn about other actions you can take to help prevent medical errors.
While you can do your best to prevent medical errors, your health care provider is responsible for providing acceptable care. If the provided care causes you or a loved one harm, speak to the experts at Schuerman Law.
Indiana Medical Malpractice
Indiana law requires that four facts be proven in a medical malpractice case:
- The injury suffered must be permanent.
- The doctor or hospital was responsible for providing care.
- The injury was caused by the doctor or hospital.
- The medical provider failed to provide care consistent with acceptable medical standards.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by medical errors, seek expert advice as soon as you can. In Indiana, medical malpractice claims must be made within two years of the incident. Children under age six have until their eighth birthdays to file a claim.
No sooner than 20 days after a proposed complaint is filed, either party can request the formation of a medical review panel. The panel will listen to arguments, evaluate evidence, and review expert testimony. Then the panel determines whether malpractice occurred. The medical review panel does not replace a lawsuit, and it cannot award damages. However, panel findings may be presented in court.
In over 40 years of helping Indiana personal injury victims, John Schuerman has handled thousands of injury and death cases. Schuerman Law has a large network of medical experts and accident investigators who help us prove your case.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a medical error, contact the Schuerman Law office today. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.