indiana 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.

New Test Hopes to Reduce Indiana Medical Malpractice Claims

by Staff | March 13th, 2015

Our attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin know that a misdiagnosis is one of the leading contributing factors to Indiana medical malpractice claims today. That’s why we’re excited to learn that a new advancement in medical technology is working to prevent such errors from occurring in the first place.

According to an article from the Indianapolis Star, an Indianapolis-based company, Strand Analytical Laboratories, is using DNA testing to help reduce the chances of a surgeon or doctor giving a patient the wrong diagnosis after undergoing a biopsy.

The company got its start after hearing about how common mix-ups were with prostate biopsy results. In fact, one in every 200 patients who undergo the procedure will have their results swapped with those of another patient. This often leads to misdiagnosis and patients undergoing unnecessary medical treatments.

To prevent the errors from occurring, the company’s Know Error system works by matching DNA samples from the patient to those of their biopsy. This reduces the chances of the samples from one patient being recorded as those of another.

So far, the system is being considered a success and Strand is hoping to expand their operations to serve more labs and hospitals in the future.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we are always excited to learn about new ways that medical errors are being prevented and our Terre Haute personal injury lawyers are hopeful this new technique can be adopted by other facilities.

Indiana Family Settles Medical Malpractice Suit Out of Court

by fst | August 10th, 2011

August 10, 2011

A family can rest a little easier now that their Indiana medical malpractice suit against a Florida-based healthcare company came to an abrupt close less than two weeks ago, with an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed amount.

The South Bend Tribune reports that the deal was struck hours before a fourth day of testimony in a trial before six jurors. The family was seeking a $10 million settlement against Interim Healthcare Inc., a home healthcare company,  for damages the family contends came after a nurse failed to follow proper procedure when a respiration tube became blocked by mucus in the throat of their 2-year-old, who was under the company’s care in 2007.

Rather than clearing the blockage and replacing the tube, the nurse called 911 and waited for more than 10 minutes for paramedics to arrive and care for the child. During this time, the child’s brain didn’t receive oxygen and he suffered severe and permanent brain damage.

According to representatives of the family, “They are glad it is over.”

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) states that an estimated 225,000 people die each year in the United States because of some form of medical malpractice. Issues from incorrect medicine dosages and misdiagnoses, to surgical errors and judgment mistakes lead to medical malpractice being listed as one of the most common killers in the United States.

The Indiana Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin may be able to assist you with your case if you were injured due to a doctor’s negligence.

Court reinstates suit for Fort Wayne wrongful death case

by fst | April 15th, 2008

April 15, 2008

An Indiana medical malpractice case that was originally dismissed by a trial court has now been turned into a Fort Wayne wrongful death case.

According to The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, a Fort Wayne wrongful death case has been filed against a Fort Wayne nursing home for the neglect and death of a woman who was supposed to be recovering from surgery on her femur.

The Fort Wayne wrongful death suit claims that the Indiana woman tore her surgical incision because she was given a wheelchair that was too small, suffered from ulcers because she was left on a bed pan for six hours, and after a dialysis treatment was found in her room lying in her own pool of blood.

A possible trial will determine the outcome of the Indiana wrongful death suit.