Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers damages due to the inability of a medical professional to comply with the standard of care. In order to have a successful medical malpractice claim, a plaintiff must be able to prove that a doctor-patient relationship existed, that the doctor was negligent in his/her healthcare of the patient, and that the negligence caused specific damages to the patient. Proving negligence in a medical malpractice claim can be extremely difficult and that is why the Indianapolis medical malpractice attorneys at Ladendorf Law combine their legal experience and their medical experts’ knowledge and skills to provide clients with the assistance they need for their medical malpractice lawsuit.
Common Medical Malpractice Claims
There is a wide variety of situations in which medical malpractice can occur. However, many medical malpractice claims fall under the following categories:
- Failure to diagnose – If a medical professional fails to properly test for or discover the patient’s illness, injury to the patient may occur.
- Improper treatment – If a medical professional does not properly treat a patient, unnecessary injury to the patient may occur.
In order to prove negligence in a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is almost always necessary to obtain the testimony of an expert witness. This witness will be able to demonstrate that your medical professional did not live up to the standard of care that a reasonable professional would under similar circumstances. Additionally, the expert witness will be able to show that your doctor’s failure to live up to this standard of care resulted in your injury.
Damages in Medical Malpractice Claims
The injured party in a medical malpractice claim may be entitled to a variety of damages, including compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. There are also some damages that aren’t easily calculated, such as loss of enjoyment of life and lost future earning capacity. One of the knowledgeable, passionate personal injury lawyers at Ladendorf can help you take the guess work out of it.
Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyer
You do not need to shoulder financial and emotional burdens because your medical professional acted incompetently. For more information regarding your rights after a doctor, nurse or other medical professional caused you injury, contact Ladendorf Law. Call for a free initial consultation: 317.842.5800