Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Indiana Medical Malpractice Claims and Litigation
In order to recover damages for serious personal injury or wrongful death as a result of a physician's negligence, it is no longer sufficient to serve and file a complaint alleging the facts that would support a finding of malpractice. Instead, a proposed complaint must first be filed with the Indiana Department of Insurance, which is just the first step in a review process to determine whether your medical malpractice claim is supported by the evidence.
To learn more about your right to damages for the negligent treatment of a physician, surgeon, nurse or hospital, contact the Indianapolis law firm of Young & Young for a free consultation. Our experience with the changing requirements of Indiana medical malpractice law can give you a significant advantage in the ultimate resolution of your claim.
We represent clients in personal injury and wrongful death litigation against health care professionals whose errors or lapses in judgment have resulted in serious and disabling injury or death. Typical consequences of the most severe instances of professional negligence include organ failure, permanent brain damage, paralysis, or death of the patient. Examples of the kinds of medical malpractice cases we handle include the following:
- Misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose a patient's medical condition involving heart disease, cancer or stroke
- Serious errors in prescribing or administering drugs or other medication
- Surgical errors, including anesthesia mistakes or improper postoperative care
- Birth injuries caused by negligence in the delivery room
- Emergency room errors in diagnosis, treatment or discharge of the patient
- Radiology errors
- Negligent treatment by hospital staff
After the Department of Insurance receives the proposed complaint, many medical malpractice cases are considered by a medical review panel that goes over the documentary evidence relating to the alleged malpractice. The review panel then issues a written opinion stating its position as to whether or not the patient's injury or death resulted from negligence on the part of the health care professional. Although this opinion is not binding on the parties, it can later be admitted at trial as expert testimony that is usually given considerable weight by the jury.
Our experience with medical malpractice cases throughout Indiana helps us distinguish valid cases from doubtful ones, especially in establishing the causal link between a doctor's performance and the patient's injury. We engage medical experts early in the evaluation process to see whether your case stands a good chance of success before the medical review panel, in settlement negotiations, and at trial. For additional information about our approach to client service in medical malpractice cases, contact a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer at Young & Young in Indianapolis.