Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The practice of medicine requires many years of rigorous study and training. Physicians are constantly honing their craft as new technologies and breakthroughs become available to increase the quality of human life. This belief of continuous learning is represented in the Hippocratic Oath, which many doctors recite prior to beginning their medical practice. The oath is an ethical and professional agreement that is held sacred by physicians. While there are several variations of the oath, the basic tenants of “I will not withdraw from my patients in their time of need” and “I will work to benefit my patients to the best of my ability and I will do no harm or injustice to them” are present in most versions.
What is Malpractice?
Unfortunately, mistakes happen. Whether through ignorance or negligence, medical malpractice has a profound effect on patients and their families. Medical malpractice cases can involve claims against doctors, hospitals, dentists, nursing home personnel, and a host of other healthcare providers. From a legal standpoint, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital employees or other caregivers fall below the applicable standard of care when treating a patient. The standard of care refers to the watchfulness and attention that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances. From a real-world perspective, malpractice occurs when doctors violate any one of the many patient safety rules that are in place to guide doctors in the care of patients, causing injury to the patient. Patient safety rules deal with the proper identification of patients, the safe use of medicines, the prevention of infections, and the prevention of surgical mistakes to name a few examples. When the standard of care is not met, a patient can suffer severe injury or other adverse consequences. A patient is entitled to bring a claim against the doctor, hospital, dentist, or other health care provider for damages resulting from professional negligence. Damages for medical malpractice claims include compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress and anguish, disfigurement and/or deformity, disability, lost wages, impairment of the patient’s ability to function as a whole person, and loss of consortium.
Our medical malpractice attorneys have been litigating cases for over 30 years and have handled a variety of Indiana medical malpractice claims. We have experience and resources necessary to fight for your rights and help you get the compensation that you deserve. If you believe that you or a family member has been injured as a result of medical negligence, contact our office now for a free consult. We will be happy to discuss Indiana medical malpractice law with you and help you evaluate your claim.
The Medical Malpractice Professionals at Cohen & Malad, LLP
David J. Cutshaw has been litigating medical malpractice cases since 1982. This practice area is assisted by an experienced and thorough Nurse Paralegal, Cheryl Keene and attorney and Justin Kuhn. Please see their individual biographies for more information.
Indiana Medical Malpractice Case Examples
Our firm has handled a variety of medical malpractice cases throughout the state of Indiana. Below are a few examples of the types of cases that we have litigated.
- Aspiration Pneumonia
- Bile Leak After Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Colonoscopy Prep Medication Error
- Delayed Diagnosis / Acute Appendicitis
- Dental Malpractice
- Excessive Prescription Of Addictive Medicines
- Failure To Diagnose Bladder Cancer
- Failure To Diagnose Buerger’s Disease
- Failure To Diagnose Developmental Displasia of the Hip
- Failure To Diagnose Kidney Failure
- Failure To Diagnose Malfunctioning Shunt In Hydrocephalic Child
- Failure To Diagnose Monteggia Fracture-Dislocation
- Failure To Diagnose Throat Cancer
- Failure To Timely Cardiovert Patient Resulting In Stroke
- Hyponatremia / Respiratory Distress / Wrongful Death Of 5 – Year Old Child
- Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims in Indiana
- Medication Error
- Misdiagnosis / Staph Aureus Bacteremia
- Myocardial Infarction / Failure To Diagnose
- Negligently Performed Nissen Fundoplication
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Peritonitis / Basilar Skull Fracture Wrongful Death
- Retained Foreign Object After Hysterectomy
- Retained Foreign Object / Surgical Sponge / Abdominal Surgery
- Severed Ureter / Loss Of Kidney
- Unnecessary Sinus Surgeries / Physician Abandonment
- Improper Pre-Delivery Fetal Heart Monitoring Leads to Stillbirth
Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. Case results vary dramatically depending on specific facts and circumstances.