When we are sick or injured, we trust doctors to take care of us. A sick or injured person must put him or herself completely in the hands of a doctor, often with no way of determining if the professional’s choices are the right ones. Sometimes, doctors make mistakes – and these mistakes can have extreme consequences.
The attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham are experienced in medical malpractice cases. If you or a family member was harmed due to negligence from a medical professional, you may be eligible for compensation. An Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer can help.
What Defines Medical Malpractice?
A medical malpractice suit can have devastating effects.
Medical malpractice is when a health care professional fails to provide the level of service that is considered standard for their industry, or does not perform anything at all. A failure to act is typically referred to as medical negligence. The key to any malpractice or negligence case is that harm occurred due to the medical professional’s action or inaction.
Mistakes or treatment omissions can occur at any time during medical care. A medical professional must adhere to the agreed standard of care for a particular illness or injury. The standard of care is the widely accepted methods of diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients under similar circumstances as yours. Standard of care is determined by the patient’s age, location, and medical problem. If a lawyer can prove your doctor breached the standard of care for your medical problem, you stand a chance of pursuing a malpractice claim.
The breach of the standard of care must cause injury or damage to you to be a proper malpractice claim. For example, loss of a limb, brain damage, worsening of your condition, and death are all examples of cases where malpractice may have occurred.
The injury or damage must be connected to the doctor’s action or negligence to present a case for malpractice.
Common Medical Malpractice Issues:
- Lack of Action
- Surgical Errors
- Anesthesia Errors
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Missed or Delayed Diagnosis
- Obstetric/Labor and Delivery Errors
- Improperly or Wrongly Prescribed or Dispensed Medication
Winning Your Medical Malpractice Case
Does the above description sound like it fits your experience? Chances are you suffered from medical malpractice. You may be eligible for compensation for your suffering, medical costs, and lost wages from the time of the injury. The personal injury attorneys at WKW are experienced in medical malpractice cases.
Most of the time, a successful case requires an expert witness who can prove the action or negligence of the medical professional caused harm. These expert witnesses are usually medical professionals or doctors themselves. These experts can show the standard of care that should have been adhered to by your doctor and how your doctor breached it. WKW can find the correct expert witness for your case.
Contact WKW today for a free consultation. Our staff includes an attorney who is a former physical therapist, as well as two legal nurse consultants.
If you’d like to learn more about Medical Malpractice in the State of Indiana, visit these related pages:
Frequently Asked Questions about Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice: Definitions and Prevalence
Understanding Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act
If you believe you have a case, call the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham today.
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