September 14th, 2015|
When a medical professional’s mistake or negligence leads to a patient being harmed, the victim may have a right to seek compensation for damages; however, the amount of damages an injured patient can receive is currently limited under Indiana medical malpractice cap laws. These limits could potentially increase in the near future though.
Our Terre Haute medical malpractice lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that under the current medical malpractice limits, a patient in Indiana who has been harmed can only receive $1.25 million. This limit was established more than 15 years ago. Since that time, medical costs have risen and the value of the American dollar has declined. This means that in many cases, $1.25 million may not be enough to cover the victim’s medical expenses.
These are just a few of the reasons state officials are considering raising the Indiana medical malpractice cap. Many believe there has been a need to increase these limits for quite some time, while others claim an increase to the cap could significantly inflate the costs of doing business for medical professionals. In fact, a lobbyist for the Indiana Medical Associations told Indiana Public Media that a $400,000 increase to the cap could raise a physician’s costs by as much as 15 percent.
Getting victims of medical malpractice the compensation they deserve is one of our goals at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and we have seen how the limits our state places on damages for these cases also limits a patient’s ability to fully recover. This is the reason our Terre Haute personal injury attorneys are hopeful state officials reach a decision to increase the Indiana medical malpractice cap.
September 12th, 2012|
September 12, 2012
With end-of-year-medical reports from December showing that Indiana has hit a five-year high in medical errors, many citizens are calling for the healthcare industry to better protect patients through advanced technology.
An article from The Clinical Advisor pointed out that last year, a total of 107 adverse events were reported in hospitals across the state. The number of medical errors was up from 94 the previous year and 105 the year before that.
The number one cause of reported medical errors came from patients complaining of pressure ulcers, with 34 reported cases in the last year of collecting data. Pressure ulcers were closely followed by 33 reports of foreign objects being left in patients’ bodies following surgeries. A total of 17 cases of death or seriously disabling injury were associated with slip and fall injuries in hospitals as well.
The Indiana State Department of Health is working to eliminate these mistakes, as they often result in the filing of Indiana medical malpractice claims, by implementing new technology into hospitals and medical facilities throughout Indiana. Some of the new devices include advanced patient alarm systems and paperless filing systems that centralize a patient’s information.
The Indiana disability lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope that his new technology will help to prevent patients from suffering at the hands of mistakes made by a negligent medical staff.
July 1st, 2010|
If a doctor is charged with liability, do you think his license should be automatically suspended?
A local doctor has been charged in the Terre Haute wrongful death of one of his patients, reports WTHI-TV.
The doctor is accused of prescribing narcotics to patients with a history of drug abuse. According to officials, he would have patients undergo invasive procedures they didn’t need to get the prescription drugs.
One patient with a history of drug abuse died from narcotic use prescribed by this doctor. The doctor has been indicted for charges related to fraud and other bodily injuries.
As investigation continues, the doctor’s medical license is still active. Do you think it shows negligence on the part of the state that this doctor is still practicing?
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, the Indiana medical malpractice attorneys at Fleshner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help you.