Archives for October 2012
by: Jeff S. Gibson, Attorney
The fungal meningitis outbreak that has spread across the nation which has sickened over 250 people and left 23 dead has raised many questions about compounding pharmacies. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been providing updates on the outbreak since the recall was issued on September 26, 2012 and has stated that is working in conjunction with local and state health agencies and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its investigation.
by: Melissa L. Stuart, Attorney
When your special needs child turns 18, they become a legal adult. Guardianship is a legal action that can allow you to continue to care for your child by making decisions about their healthcare and finances. My recent article on the Friendship Circle Blog discusses some things to consider about filing for guardianship.
Indiana Court of Appeals Issues Ruling about Liability for Contractor Negligence in Medical Malpractice Case
by: David J. Cutshaw, Attorney
When a patient goes to a hospital and is attended by doctors like radiologists or anesthesiologists whom they have never met, is the Hospital liable or responsible for such doctors’ negligence? For example, if a patient goes to the hospital for a biopsy, the tissue removed is then sent to a pathologist (a doctor who examines and tests the tissue) who fails to detect that the removed tissue contains cancer. Is the Hospital responsible for the negligent failure of the pathologist to diagnose cancer? If the patient is scheduled for surgery and then is assigned an anesthesiologist whom the patient has never met, is the hospital responsible for his or her negligence? If the patient goes to an emergency room and is assigned an emergency room doctor who the patient has never seen before, is the hospital responsible for his or her negligence?
by: Jeffrey A. Hammond, Attorney
On Monday, the Indiana Department of Labor released its preliminary data analysis report on the number of workplace deaths in 2011. The report concluded that “if there is a silver lining here, it is that our more dangerous workplaces are becoming safer as a result of a conscious understanding of safety concerns by businesses and cultural shift towards safer work environments at all levels.” In 2011, 19 construction workers died on the jobsite in Indiana. The highest number of construction site deaths in the past decade was in 2005 when 29 workers died. Certainly, it is a blessing that fewer men and women have suffered fatal injuries while working on Indiana construction jobsites. But are Indiana construction projects really getting safer? No, they are not.