October 16th, 2015|
When an Indiana patient is harmed as the result of a medical professional’s error or negligence, the victim may seek compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, the total amount of compensation that injury victims can receive is limited by state law. But our Indiana medical malpractice lawyers point out that state lawmakers are now considering reforming medical malpractice cap policies.
Current Indiana medical malpractice caps limit the amount of non-economic damages a victim can receive to $1.25 million. Experts say this limit is antiquated, as it was established 16 years ago when the costs of medical treatment were much lower.
According to Indiana Public Media, the amount of time that has passed since the law’s last updated has prompted some health care officials to become concerned about the constitutionality of the law. Furthermore, the current status of the medical malpractice cap has led to a legislative committee considering raising the limit.
Many feel an increase on the Indiana medical malpractice cap is long overdue, while opponents claim an increase may raise the costs of doctors doing business in The Hoosier State. No decisions have been reached in the matter yet.
The legal staff at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe in getting injury victims the compensation they deserve, and our Indiana personal injury lawyers are waiting to see if legislators decide to raise the Indiana medical malpractice cap.
November 21st, 2012|
November 21, 2012
An Indiana Department of Health study shows the leading causes of medical mistakes and errors in the state. According to the Indianapolis Star, bedsores and surgeries on the wrong body parts were at the top of the list.
The study examined 100 cases from nearly 300 hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, and clinics. Researchers found that bedsores or botched surgeries caused half of all the incidents that were being examined. Other mistakes that were examined included falls, medication errors, and in some cases, criminal behavior.
Indianapolis Hospitals tended to have the highest rates of incidence, with Indiana University Health’s three downtown locations seeing a majority of the mistakes, accounting for half of all serious incidences reported statewide last year.
Bedsores were the most common problem seen in medical facilities last year, with a total of 41 cases being reported to health officials. Surgery on the wrong body part was a far second with more than 20 cases. Seventeen patients reportedly had objects left in their bodies following surgery, while 12 falls were recorded.
The Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say that mistakes like these may lead to injured patients needing to file an Indiana Medical Malpractice claim to cover medical expenses that stem from a doctor’s mistake. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have if you have been caused harm while under the care of a physician.