Medical Malpractice and Other Injuries in Indianapolis
Since this blog was posted, Indiana lawmakers have enacted changes in Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Law. To learn more about changes that benefit Indiana’s residents, visit our blog, 2016 Update on Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act.
Take action when medical professionals fail to provide proper care
When you seek care at a hospital, clinic or other medical facility, you expect medical professionals to provide you with the proper care to help you recover. That does not always happen, and if you or a loved one has suffered due to medical malpractice, speak with the skilled medical malpractice lawyers in Indianapolis right away. At Ward & Ward, we have years of experience in medical malpractice law and are ready to help you seek compensation for your injuries or medical conditions.
Dealing with a medical malpractice issue
The emotional, mental and physical impact of medical malpractice can be devastating to you or a loved one, yet the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act places a cap on malpractice claims in an effort to keep insurance rates low. This law also includes the following stipulations:
- With few exceptions, medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years from the alleged act.
- The law does not require physicians to have malpractice insurance, but they must have it to qualify for the capped liability law.
- Patients must file their complaint with the Indiana Department of Insurance and have their cases reviewed before they can sue. This panel determines if the case will go to court.
Medical malpractice can take a number of forms, so you should seek the advice of an attorney with Ward & Ward to find out more about your particular case and if you might be eligible to pursue compensation.
Recovering from errors, injuries and neglect
Since 2006, the Indiana State Department of Health has used a robust medical error reporting system to track and record mistakes occurring in the field of medicine to study current practices and find out if there are ways to improve the level of care provided to patients. If you need to move forward with a medical malpractice lawsuit, state law mandates that the total compensation provided through the final claim cannot exceed $1.25 million. The result of your case may depend on the specific medical professional who made the mistake and the person’s history, per the Indiana database. See Charlie Ward’s blog explaining Medical Malpractice Tort Reform in Indiana.
Other important medical malpractice issues
Birth injuries are another major form of medical malpractice. The most common types of birth-related injuries and resulting illnesses include the following:
- Cerebral palsy caused by lack of oxygen
- Bleeding in the brain
- Sprains, strains and fractures
- Head and spine injuries
In addition, elderly individuals may suffer injuries or worsened conditions due to neglect, medication errors, physical or sexual abuse when hospitals and nursing homes fail to provide proper care. In many cases, these patients cannot defend themselves and are unable to report the abuse themselves. The state of Indiana has statutes in place that require medical professionals to report nursing home abuse issues to Adult Protective Services authorities immediately.
Speak with a compassionate Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyer
Don’t wait to speak with a knowledgeable and attentive attorney after medical malpractice impacts you and your family. Call Ward & Ward today at 317-639-9501 or contact us online to set up your free initial consultation. Our Indianapolis office is open during normal business hours, but we’re also available 24/7 if you need us.Ward & Ward Law Firm 728 S Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46225 317-639-9501 888-639-9501