What You Need to Know About Medical Malpractice

file8321273697614Mistakes happen. But when they involve medical procedures, they can result in chronic injuries or even death. The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that over 225,000 individuals die each year because of medical errors.

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional, physician, or other medical service provider does not meet the standard of care provided by the medical industry.

In the State of Indiana, four facts have to be proven in a medical malpractice case:

  • The affected individual suffered permanent injury.
  • The physician or hospital was responsible for providing care.
  • The physician or hospital caused the injury.
  • The physician or hospital did not provide a level of care consistent to acceptable medical standards.

You trust your health care provider to help you heal, which makes it all the more traumatic when something goes awry with your treatment. There are a number of reasons for medical malpractice claims, including: wrongful death, medication errors, improper treatment, surgical errors, birth injuries, lack of informed consent, dental malpractice, hospital negligence, and more.

If you or a loved one has been affected by medical malpractice, it’s important to seek expert advice as soon as possible. In the state of Indiana, you must file your claim within two years of the incident; minors under the age of six have until their eighth birthdays to file.

No sooner than 20 days after a proposed complaint is filed, either party in an Indiana medical malpractice case has the ability to request that a medical review panel be formed. This panel listens to arguments, reviews evidence as well as expert testimony, and then determines whether or not malpractice has occurred. This panel doesn’t replace a lawsuit and cannot award damages, but the findings can be presented in court.

Don’t attempt to navigate a medical malpractice case without an experienced attorney on your side. John Schuerman has handled thousands of personal injury and death cases. With over 40 years of experience, he has the knowledge necessary to provide compassionate advocacy for you and your family while aggressively fighting for justice and full compensation for your claims. Schuerman Law has an extensive network of medical experts and accident investigators who can help prove your case.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical malpractice, contact Schuerman Law today to get the help you need by calling 1-800-274-0045 today. Evening and weekend appointments are available in addition to home and hospital visits.