Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorney

Increase in Trauma Treatment Centers May be Partly Responsible for Decrease in Fatality Rates

by Staff | July 17th, 2015

The sheer nature of accidents dictates that when they occur, it’s almost inevitable that injuries will be involved. In fact, injury is the leading cause of death among people under age 45—a demographic especially prone to accidents.

Our Indiana personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that some experts say the best way to reduce this fatality rate is to provide higher volumes of better medical care. The state has been working to increase the number of trauma centers across Indiana in recent years and the efforts seem to be paying off.

According to an article from The Times, Indiana has seen a more than 100 percent increase in the number of trauma centers within its borders during the past two years. Furthermore, Art Logsdon, Assistant Commissioner for the Indiana State Department of Health, says more of these facilities are on the way—especially in the northwest region of the state.

The increase in treatment facilities seems to be effective in helping to keep fatality rates in check as well. Officials say preventative death rates drop by as much as 25 percent when an injury victim is treated at a local trauma center.

In order to qualify as a state-certified trauma center, a facility must have a surgeon on hand within 30 minutes and must have transfer agreements in place with larger facilities.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the importance of quality medical care in the event of an accident like a car crash, dog bite, or a traumatic brain injury. That’s why our attorneys applaud the efforts being made to give Indiana’s citizens better access to these facilities.

Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers Give Back to the Community This Holiday Season

by Staff | December 19th, 2014

With Christmas just around the corner, you may find yourself listening to—or even singing—“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.” The Indiana personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to remind you that if you’re in Terre Haute over the weekend, there’s one more chance to get your Christmas wish list to the big guy before he makes his rounds for the holiday season.

On this coming Saturday, December 20, our firm will be hosting a meet and greet with Santa Claus himself, as well as an opportunity to have your picture made with him free of charge. The event will take place from 10 A.M. until 1 P.M. at the Ohio Building in downtown Terre Haute. Crafts and treats will also be available, so come on down and enjoy the celebration of the season!

The visit with Santa may remind you that Christmas is truly about giving, and that’s why we at the firm have been working tirelessly with several organizations who are looking to brighten the holidays for others this year. Our team has helped collect donations for not only The Salvation Army, but also Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wabash Valley.

At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we recognize the importance of giving back to the neighborhoods we serve, so we encourage you to stay up to date on our community news by regularly checking our website and social media outlets.

From our family to yours, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday season!

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.

Indiana Works To Prevent Accidents With Work Zone Safety Awareness Campaign

by Staff | April 17th, 2013

April 17, 2013

As the weather begins to warm in Indiana, crews with the state Department of Transportation are beginning to break ground on several new highway projects. With more employees on the state’s highways though, the chances of a worker being killed by an Indiana Auto Accident also increases. To help combat this problem, Governor Mike Pence announced this week would be Work Zone Safety Awareness Week.

According to a story from WTHITV 10 News, Pence kicked off the campaign, called “We’re All In This Together”, earlier this week at a news conference that was held in conjunction with the Indiana State Police (ISP). An ISP spokesperson, veteran Trooper Joe Watts, explained that as part of the campaign, the agency would be cracking down on motorists who commit any violation that puts state highway workers at risk of death or injury. Some of the most common infractions Troopers will be watching out for include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted Driving
  • Tailgating
  • Driving Under The Influence of Drugs or Alcohol

Watts added that Troopers would be utilizing several undercover vehicles to catch motorists committing safety violations. Another new technique being tested is clocking speeding vehicles from the air via helicopter.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to better protect both workers and motorists from the dangers construction zone accidents can present. The firm asks that motorists be extra vigilant when traveling through these areas.

IU Health Utilizes New Technology To Prevent Medical Errors From Occurring

by Staff | April 10th, 2013

April 10, 2013

Surgical sponges being left in the bodies of patients can be a costly, and potentially deadly, mistake that can result in an Indiana Medical Malpractice claim being filed. To keep these mistakes from occurring at facilities in the IU Health system, the group has invested in a piece of technology that can help prevent such surgical errors.

An article from FOX 59 News stated three hospitals in the IU Health system have been equipped with radio frequency tracking devices that can be used to ensure surgical sponges are not left in the body of patients after having a procedure preformed. The devices cost the hospitals around $250,000, yet only adds an additional cost to patients of around $8 per procedure when the device is used.

One particular hospital saw a total of 13 incidents involving sponges being left in patients six-years ago; however, since the system was implemented, the facility has recorded no such surgical errors.

The use of the technology came just after an executive order mandated that all cases of foreign objects being left in a patient’s body be reported to the state.

Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys applaud the efforts being made to prevent surgical errors at hospitals in Indiana; however, accidents can still occur. The firm may be able to help if a patient has been harmed by an error that was made while under the care of a physician.

Indiana Announces Initiative To Make Healthcare Industry Safer

by Staff | February 27th, 2013

February 27, 2013

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that healthcare workers make up a large portion of employees who sustain work-related accidents. In fact, the healthcare industry has the second highest rating in the state when it comes to workplace accidents and injuries resulting in claims for Indiana Workers’ Compensation. According to the Indiana Department of Labor, those numbers were a major driving force behind the implementation of a new safety initiative being launched in the industry statewide.

The initiative is aimed at educating workers about some of the most common causes of accidents that are recorded in the healthcare industry. These include:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Accidental Needle Sticks
  • Exposure to Blood-Borne Pathogens

The first in a series of educational events and conferences was held at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, on February 5. During the conference, officials announced several plans to educate workers about the dangerous employees in the healthcare industry face and how prioritizing workplace safety will create a better work environment and cut costs.

The initiative will also put healthcare facilities and their staff in touch with available resources, such as articles, flyers, and public service announcements, to make the workplace safer.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the initiative will be successful in reducing the number of workplace accidents reported in the state of Indiana.