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The premise behind all medical malpractice lawsuits is simple: negligence on the part of a medical professional. Doctors and other medical professionals owe a duty to their patients to practice medicine with the degree of skill, care, and diligence possessed by any reasonably competent physician under the same circumstances. These professionals breach their duty of care when they fail to live up to this standard.

A personal injury claim arises when the physician’s negligence causes an injury in the patient, and the patient suffers damages as a result.

When we are sick or injured, we trust doctors to help us get better. However, sometimes doctors make mistakes—and these medical mistakes can have extreme consequences in the lives of their patients. If you or a loved one were injured due to the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional, our legal team can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Medical Malpractice Examples

Whether you have suffered a surgical error, were incorrectly diagnosed with a disease, or acquired an infection during a hospital stay, our legal team has the necessary experience to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Our Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyers handle a wide variety of case types.

Diagnosis Errors

Doctors are human beings, and they sometimes make mistakes. However, diagnosis errors can have a lasting impact on the life of a patient. Inaccurate or delayed treatment could allow the condition to progress further in the meantime, leading to severe or permanent injury.

Commonly misdiagnosed conditions include heart attacks, cancer, thyroid conditions, pulmonary embolisms, and strokes. If you were diagnosed with the wrong disease, had a delayed diagnosis, or a healthcare professional failed to diagnose you at all, you may have a medical malpractice case.

Birth Injuries

The birth of a child should be a joyous occasion, Unfortunately, medical errors during birth can cause lifelong physical pain or injuries for both mother and child.

Birth injuries include brachial plexus injuries, shoulder dystocia, intellectual disabilities, head trauma, oxygen deprivation, and even death. If a healthcare professional made a mistake during birth or prenatal care that injured your child, talk to a qualified personal injury attorney about building a strong medical malpractice lawsuit.

Medication Errors

Medication errors, such as a doctor writing the wrong prescription or a pharmacist dispensing the wrong dose, can cause a patient to be given too much or too little medication, take the wrong medication, or have an allergic reaction to the drug. If a doctor, pharmacist, or any other healthcare provider made a mistake with your medication, you may be able to pursue a medical malpractice case.

Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia refers to the drugs used during surgeries and painful medical procedures to prevent patients from feeling pain. These drugs can be highly dangerous and—depending on the type of anesthesia administered—can have severe complications.

Errors on the part of an anesthesiologist or other medical professional responsible for administering and monitoring anesthesia can occur throughout the process, from dosage errors and inadequate patient monitoring to aspiration and anesthesia awareness.

If you suffered from an anesthesia injury because of the careless or reckless actions of your medical team, you should speak with an attorney who has experience in medical malpractice.

Surgical Errors

Any surgery involves a level of risk; however, some surgical errors are avoidable and can be considered medical malpractice. Although unlikely, a retained surgical object or wrong site surgery (where, for example, a doctor operates on the left kidney instead of the right) is grounds for a medical malpractice case.

This example of medical malpractice is especially scary—the idea of someone making a mistake while you are on the table is deeply unsettling. You deserve care from a surgeon who is experienced, capable, and professional. If a critical error during surgery caused your injury, consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Hospital Infections

You go to a hospital to get treatment and care for an illness or injury. The last thing you expect is for your hospital visit to make you sick.

Hospital infections, which are infections acquired two to three days after being admitted to a medical facility, can be caused by a variety of bacterial, viral, or fungal pathogens. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals have a responsibility to follow safety guidelines and practices that keep you and other patients from acquiring an infection at the hospital.

These infections can be serious, and in situations where your hospital infection was caused by the negligent action or inaction of a medical professional, you may be able to sue the individual or facility for medical malpractice to compensate you for your damages.

Do I Have a Case for Medical Malpractice?

Not all injuries a patient suffers under the care of a healthcare professional are considered medical malpractice. To qualify for a medical malpractice lawsuit, victims must prove these four essential elements:

  • Duty: There was an established relationship between the healthcare professional and the patient.
  • Breach: The healthcare professional breached that duty of care.
  • Injury: The victim suffered injuries or harm that resulted in economic or non-economic damages.
  • Causation: The victim’s injury or harm was directly caused by the breach of care.

An experienced medical malpractice attorney can determine if medical negligence caused your injuries and help you construct a strong medical malpractice case.

Filing Medical Malpractice Cases in Indiana

The purpose of filing a medical malpractice case is to provide an injured patient with the opportunity to recover financial compensation for the damages caused by a medical professional.

For example, if a doctor fails to diagnose a disease properly or makes an error during surgery, the affected patient can recover money for the costs of additional medical treatment, lost wages or missed professional opportunities, and real instances of emotional pain and suffering.

Contact a Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

The Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham have extensive experience handling cases just like yours. If you or a loved one have been impacted by medical malpractice, contact the lawyers at WKW. We can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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