causes of medical malpractice

Reducing Indiana Medical Malpractice Claims Through Better Communication

by Staff | August 7th, 2015

There are many contributing factors that can play a role in causing an injury that results in an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit, but two of the most common are a misdiagnosis or a miscommunication between patients and/or medical staff.

So what can be done to reduce the number of these types of medical errors? Our Terre Haute medical malpractice attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain some experts feel these mistakes could be prevented if doctors simply talked to their patients more.

A 1989 study found that in Florida, a mere six percent of obstetricians in the state were responsible for 70 percent of medical malpractice payouts over a five-year period. “What did each these doctors have in common?” you may ask. The answer is simple. It was a lack of communication with their patients.

An article from The New York Times explains that, of the lawsuits filed in the initial study, 33 percent reported their doctor would not talk openly with them, while approximately half stated their physician had attempted to mislead them. Still, 70 percent claimed they had not been warned by their doctor of developmental problems their unborn children may suffer from.

Other studies showed similar results.

Even if a medical professional communicates with patients and their staff well, mistakes can still be made. Our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin encourage you to get educated about your rights if you or a loved one have been harmed as a result of a medical professional’s error. Our legal staff is standing by to answer any questions you may have.