Addressing Your Questions About Malpractice Cases
You placed your trust in the hands of your doctor or another medical professional, only to have them harm you. If you believe you have a case for medical malpractice, you should speak with a lawyer. A lawyer can also answer any questions you have about medical negligence cases.
Our attorneys at Ladendorf Law are here for you. In our practice, we have helped patients throughout Indiana recover compensation following a medical practitioner’s negligence. We can also answer your questions, starting with some of the frequently asked ones that we have answered here.\
What qualifies as medical negligence?
There are a few strict criteria that must be met to have a successful medical malpractice case. These include:
- Your doctor or other medical provider owing you a duty of care as a patient
- Your health care provider or the health care facility deviating from the expected standard of care
- The deviation from the standard of care causing harm to you
If your injury involves these three criteria, it may qualify as medical negligence.
How do I know if a medical provider made a mistake? How do I prove it?
An unfavorable outcome from a medical procedure does not necessarily indicate malpractice. However, if you had a patient-doctor relationship with your provider, you believe they acted with negligence and this resulted in harm, you may have a case on your hands.
Proving medical negligence allegations is not easy. It usually requires extensive research, paperwork and expert witness testimony. Your best chance of proving your case is to hire an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
What damages might I be eligible to receive?
In medical negligence cases, you have the right to seek compensation for damages, including:
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Corrective procedures
- Hospital visits
- Prescription drugs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
Medical negligence can affect your life in many unexpected ways and have unexpected costs. If you have other damages for which you need compensation, speak with us in greater detail.
What are some examples of medical malpractice?
Malpractice in the medical world happens far more often than many people think. Some of the most common instances include:
- Performing the wrong surgical procedure
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Injuring an infant or mother
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Failing to diagnose a condition
- Misdiagnosing a condition
The ramifications of just one of these actions can last a lifetime. No one should have to suffer because of a medical error.
Why is standard of care important?
All medical practitioners are expected to provide a certain level of care to patients. When they deviate from this standard, a case for malpractice may exist. The standard of care is critical because it is the measure that courts use to determine negligence.
Do You Have More Questions? Ask Us More.
Medical negligence cases are incredibly complex. Fortunately, we have the experience and skill to help you understand your options. When you contact our Indianapolis office, you can schedule a consultation where you can ask more questions to one of our staff members. To reach us, call 317-842-5800 or send us an email.