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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.

Study Finds Misdiagnosis To Be Leading Cause Of Medical Malpractice Payouts

by Staff | May 1st, 2013

May 1, 2013

A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit can be filed for any number of negligent acts performed by a doctor that result in injury to a patient; however, a new study has shown that misdiagnosis is the leading cause of claim payouts.

According to a story released by FOX 7 News, researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine examined a database of medical malpractice claims that had been filed between 1986 and 2010. Of the claims that were looked at, it was discovered that misdiagnosis was responsible for roughly 35 percent of all claims and accounted for more than $38.8 billion in payouts to injured patients. These findings led researcher to conclude that an estimated 160,000 patients per year are the victims of misdiagnosis.

This common mistake seemed to be more prevalent among those who were considered outpatients. When a misdiagnosis was made with a person who had been checked into the hospital, the results were more likely to be fatal.

The findings have left many citizens concerned for their safety and wondering what they can do to prevent being the victim of such a medical error. Experts say one of the best ways to prevent misdiagnosis is to be thorough in the explanation of symptoms to a doctor and to ask plenty of questions.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful these safety tips will help protect the public from the dangers of a misdiagnosis by a physician.