NOAKES LAW GROUP
Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorney
Your Indiana Medical Malpractice Law Firm
Handling Medical Malpractice Claims in Indianapolis & Throughout Indiana
Doctors make mistakes, just like everybody else. But their mistakes can have dramatic consequences for their patients and their patients’ families. At our firm, we have met with injured victims whose lives have been completely changed because of medical malpractice.
If you have been injured by a doctor or other medical professional, you are not alone. Medical errors are one of the leading causes of death in the country, and thousands of people suffer serious injuries that deserve compensation. Please contact an Indiana medical malpractice attorney for more help.
Examples of Medical Malpractice In Indianapolis
Doctors and other medical professionals must follow the proper standard of care. This standard requires that they use the skill and care that other professionals in their field would use under similar circumstances.
As experienced Indiana medical malpractice lawyers, we have seen many patients injured in labor and delivery, during surgery, and when under anesthesia or sedation. Every case is different, and there is no “typical” medical malpractice case.
A doctor can breach this standard of care in many ways:
- Failing to diagnose an illness, which delays proper treatment
- Misdiagnosing a condition, leading to unhelpful or damaging treatment
- Performing a medical procedure improperly
- Leaving implements inside the body during surgery
- Failing to order necessary tests or bloodwork
- Prescribing the wrong drugs or the wrong amount
- Failing to follow up with a patient
- Failing to obtain informed consent before a medical procedure
Proving Malpractice in Indiana
Noakes can handle your Indianapolis medical malpractice case.
Doctors do not have to be perfect, and the fact that you were injured does not automatically mean that you have a valid lawsuit. Instead, you need to show that a competent doctor following the proper standard of care would have done something different that would not have injured you.
This can be hard to prove. Few of us are medical experts, and jurors are not either. To establish the proper standard of care, you will need an expert medical witness. This person can offer an opinion that the doctor (or other medical professional) made a mistake and that this mistake ended up causing you harm.
By working with a seasoned Indiana medical malpractice lawyer, you can find the expert witnesses you need to help you build a solid case for compensation.
Medical Malpractice Damages
If you or a loved one has been injured, then you can receive compensation for the following:
- Medical care, such as the costs of corrective surgery, rehabilitation, prescription drugs, or any treatment to address the medical malpractice
- Lost wages, if you could not work because of the malpractice, including lost future wages if your injuries are permanent
- Pain and suffering
Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act limits the amount of compensation (damages) you can receive to $1.65 million. In some catastrophic situations this amount of money is not nearly enough, though Indiana has adopted the law to protect doctors and insurance companies.
How Noakes Law Can Help
Noakes can handle your medical malpractice case.
Indiana has thrown some hurdles in the way of injured patients that make it harder for them to sue in court for their injuries. One hurdle is the requirement that patients file a complaint with the Indiana Department of Insurance before filing a lawsuit.
A panel made up of 3 doctors will review your complaint to make sure that the case has merit. You can still sue even if the panel finds the case is meritless, but their report is admissible in court and jurors might give it great weight.
Time Limits: What You Should Know
If you think a doctor’s error led to injuries, you shouldn’t delay talking to an attorney. Indiana gives injured victims only two years from the date of the malpractice to sue. Wait too long and you’ll watch as the judge throws your case out, leaving you without a legal remedy.
Children under the age of 6 get more time, until age 8. And in a few other cases, a patient gets more time if they could not reasonably uncover the malpractice or their injuries. It is best not to delay.