When you’re sick or injured, you visit a doctor. You’re hoping to feel better afterward. But what if you don’t? What if the doctor makes some kind of mistake, and you end up getting worse instead of better? Depending on the severity of your illness or injury, there are a couple steps you might take…

Often, when you aren’t feeling well, you may wait for the illness to resolve itself before seeing a doctor. And, in many cases, that’s what happens. If the problem persists, off you go to see a doctor. Determining the Problem is the Problem You go to your doctor with the goal of feeling better. The…

If you’re considering legal action after an unsuccessful or otherwise botched surgery, you will have to demonstrate that whatever error the surgeon or other practitioner made was preventable. You’ll need to establish that another, reasonably competent practitioner would not have made the same mistake under similar circumstances. This may not be easy for a regular…

Many people may think that having a pre-existing condition might mean that you can’t file a malpractice lawsuit if a doctor makes a mistake. Given the number of news stories and opinion pieces in the media over the past few years about pre-existing conditions and insurance companies, that’s not surprising. It is, however, a common…

Permanent total disability, or PTD, is a benefit paid to an employee if he or she is permanently and totally disabled. Under Indiana law, the employer’s worker’s compensation insurance pays this benefit if the employee is unable to work due to his or her injuries. Collecting a PTD settlement or payments does not preclude the…

The number of injuries and deaths linked to GM’s faulty ignition switches continue to mount. On Monday, July 20, administrators of a fund set up by the automaker to compensate victims updated the totals. So far, fund administrators agree that 124 fatalities and 269 injuries resulted from faulty ignition switches, according to a report in…

“Pain and suffering” is a phrase often associated with tort law. Under Indiana law, pain and suffering is “physical or mental distress” for which one can seek damages in a personal injury lawsuit. The plaintiff must show that the pain and suffering resulted from the defendant’s negligence. Pain and Suffering in a Personal Injury Case…

According to the Centers for Disease Control, car crash deaths result in $41 billion in medical and work loss costs across the nation, and Indiana takes approximately $883 million of that figure. The breakdown of that $883 million, which is from the last year the CDC had available data, looks like this: Bicyclists: 1 percent…

The word “negligence” is one of many terms that people use broadly in everyday conversation but which carries a more specific meaning when used in reference to the law. Proving negligence is key to winning a personal injury lawsuit. The law defines “negligence” as “A failure to behave with the level of care that a reasonable…

After recovering from a motorcycle accident, you may have mixed feelings about getting back on that steel and chrome horse once again. Some motorcycle crashes are more serious than others are, but it’s safe to say that if you fixed your bike or purchased a new one after a crash, you did so with the…

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