Category: Medical Malpractice

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How Often Does Medical Malpractice Occur?

Medical malpractice—when a patient suffers harm due to the negligence of a healthcare professional—covers a variety of claims, including surgical errors, hospital-acquired infections, or birth injuries. The stories are often …

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What Are Life Care Plans?

Life care plans are dynamic and well-researched documents used to plan for the current and future needs of people who have chronic health issues or those who have experienced a …

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What Are Never Events?

Never events are, as their name implies, medical events that should never happen. These events are clearly identifiable, usually preventable, and overwhelmingly serious, and they often indicate a systemic problem …

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What Causes Surgical Fires?

When you or someone you love is preparing to undergo surgery, you are probably worried about the outcome—all surgeries are risky, and you might be thinking about things that could …

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What Is Medical Misdiagnosis?

When you are sick, hurt, or suffering from a health complication, you go to a doctor or other medical professional to get a diagnosis. In a perfect world, their diagnosis …

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What Are Common Radiology Errors?

Have you ever had an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound, PET scan, or mammogram? If so, you have worked with a radiologist. Radiology is a highly specialized field requiring years …

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When Should I Get a Second Opinion?

Making major healthcare decisions can be overwhelming and frightening. In addition to deciphering medical jargon, weighing benefits and risks, and communicating with insurance companies, you have to remember that doctors …

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What Questions Should I Ask Before (and After) Surgery?

As a patient, you have the right to be informed about any medical procedure or surgery you will undergo. Learn about the risks and benefits of the surgery, alternative options, …

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How Do Medical Review Panels Work in Indiana?

You want to file a medical malpractice case. You have consulted with an attorney, gathered medical evidence, and contacted the Indiana Department of Insurance. The next step? Requesting the formation …

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What Is the Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice?

You may have come across the term “standard of care” while researching medical malpractice lawsuits. But what does it mean? In any industry, professionals have a duty to uphold a …

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Why Do Medical Malpractice Claims Go Unexplored?

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional—a doctor, pharmacist, nurse, hospital, or other—causes harm to a patient through action or inaction. If you believe you have been injured by a …

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Who Can Be Sued in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex and often involve several parties. Doctors are not the only healthcare professionals that can be sued for medical malpractice—nurses, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and other parties …

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Has Your Colorectal Cancer Been Misdiagnosed?

Colorectal or intestinal cancers occur in the lower part of the digestive system, either in the colon or the large intestine. These types of cancers are particularly aggressive, and early …

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Is It True? Could My Cancer Have Been Misdiagnosed?

When you set foot into a hospital, the last thing you should have to think about is whether you should be able to trust your physician’s diagnosis. However, medical diagnostic …

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What Is Hospital Negligence?

When you seek medical care at a hospital, you expect the doctors, nurses, and staff are qualified and capable. More often than not, they are. But when a hospital professional …

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Is There a Time Limit to File a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical malpractice cases are challenging. Due to the nature of medicine, there are many factors that add layers of complexity to a case. There is an inherent risk in any …

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What Is Surgical Malpractice?

Surgery can be frightening for patients, even for simple procedures. While surgeons and other healthcare professionals have a great deal of specialized training in their field, human hands are prone …

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What Is Medical Malpractice Law? How Does It Different From Other Cases?

When a medical malpractice attorney proceeds with a case, they have two main goals in mind: getting compensation for their clients and holding healthcare providers accountable for their actions. These …

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Do Doctors Lose Their License After a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

No, a medical malpractice lawsuit does not directly affect the status of a doctor’s medical license. Even if the doctor is determined liable for negligence, revoking a license is a …

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What Exactly Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Do?

Have you been injured or neglected by a medical professional? Deciding to file a medical malpractice lawsuit and hiring a medical malpractice attorney can be a complicated task. Medical malpractice …

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What Is Medical Malpractice, and How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

When a patient is injured because of neglect or substandard care by a medical professional, they may have grounds to sue for medical malpractice. A simple injury throughout the course …

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Can Medical Malpractice Be a Crime?

It’s extremely rare for medical malpractice to become criminal. When physicians do face criminal charges, it’s typically in the event that they’re committing healthcare fraud or selling or over-prescribing medications—specifically …

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Is My Doctor Liable If My Medical Procedure Has a Bad Outcome?

A bad outcome from a medical procedure may not qualify for medical malpractice. There’s a clear line between a bad outcome and medical malpractice: known and preventable risks and negligence. …

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Can I Sue My Doctor for Malpractice If I Have a Pre-Existing Condition?

Yes, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit if you have a pre-existing condition. With the exception of routine physical exams, you’re at the doctor because you have a condition …

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What Does Medical Malpractice Mean?

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional. To be considered malpractice, this harm must be the result of negligence or a subpar …

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Can I Still Sue My Doctor for Malpractice If I Signed a Consent Form?

If a consent form was properly explained and signed, it is unlikely that you can sue for malpractice or lack of informed consent. If the consent form was not filled out …

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What Does Standard of Care Mean?

There is no definition for standard of care in medicine; it’s a term only used in law. Standard of care is a reasonable guideline of care that a patient should receive while being …

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What Does Medical Malpractice Insurance Cover?

Medical malpractice insurance—also called medical professional liability insurance—is a special kind of professional liability insurance for medical providers. Physicians and other medical professionals use it for protection in instances where …

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How Does Medical Malpractice Work in Emergency Situations?

There are special medical malpractice rules for medical mistakes that occur in an emergency room (ER). However, even though ER doctors aren’t immune to malpractice lawsuits, their cases have differential …

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Do I Sue My Doctor or the Hospital for Medical Malpractice?

Hospital stays aren’t necessarily going to be comfortable or easy. They should, however, leave you feeling a bit better than when you went in for treatment. Sometimes, though, you end …

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Does Having Insurance Affect My Settlement Amount in a Medical Malpractice Case?

Yes, your settlement amount may be affected if insurance covers all or part of your medical expenses. Insurance companies and healthcare providers can issue a lien against your settlement proceeds, …

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Can I File a Malpractice Lawsuit Against Someone Who Isn’t a Doctor?

Yes, you can file a lawsuit against someone who isn’t a doctor. Any licensed healthcare professional or entity that provides healthcare services can be subjected to a medical malpractice lawsuit. For …

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Can I Reopen a Medical Malpractice Case After It Has Been Settled?

No, medical malpractice cases cannot be reopened once they’ve been settled. Once a settlement is reached, both parties sign a release in which they forfeit the right to take any legal action …

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What Is Informed Consent?

The general definition of informed consent is when a treating physician or other healthcare provider must inform their patients of all potential risks, side effects, benefits, and alternatives before performing any course of medical …

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