May 25, 2017
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Indiana Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Accepted into National Trial Lawyers Top 100

We are happy to announce that the National Trial Lawyers organization has selected attorney Jeff Powless for inclusion into the Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Lawyers in Indiana. The National Trial Lawyers is a professional organization comprised of premier trial lawyers from across the country who have demonstrated exceptional qualifications in their area of the law. … Read more

Medical Malpractice Claim Filed After Bladder Lacerated And Intestine Erroneously Removed During Ovarian Surgery

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis woman has filed a medical malpractice claim with the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) alleging medical negligence against an Indianapolis ob/gyn physician, Community Hospital East, and other defendants.  Filing a proposed complaint with the IDOI is a prerequisite to pursuing a claim in state court against healthcare providers covered by Indiana’s Medical … Read more

Complaint Filed Against Greensburg Nursing Home Alleges Negligence After  Patient Chokes To Death On A Pill

An elderly Columbus, Indiana woman has filed a “proposed complaint” with the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) alleging nursing home neglect and medical negligence against the owners and operators of Heritage House of Greensburg nursing home and other defendants for allowing her husband to choke to death on his medication. According to the complaint, the … Read more

The Problem of Pain Medication Theft in Nursing Homes

There is a wide-spread and growing problem of nursing home employees stealing pain medications from the patients they are being paid to care for. The industry likes to call this practice of pain medication theft, “drug diversion.”  To be clear, theft of pain medication is a form of nursing home neglect and abuse. A study … Read more

Lawsuit Filed Against ADT By Victims of Brutal Assault

  The Powless Law Firm has filed a lawsuit against ADT Security Services, Inc. and related corporations in Elkhart County on behalf of a mother and her two children who were viciously assaulted and injured during a home invasion by armed intruders.  On June 13, 2013, the woman was awakened in the middle of the … Read more

In its upcoming May 2013 issue, Consumer Reports is releasing their updated hospital safety ratings, and the grades show that hospitals are still a dangerous place to be.   It is estimated that medical mistakes, hospital contracted infections, and other substandard care contribute to the death of 180,000 hospital patients each year.  Deaths that could potentially … Read more

Area Hospitals Feel ‘Squeeze’ to Improve Patient Safety An article appearing in the Indianapolis Star reports on how hospitals are now coming around to reducing the occurrence of patient readmissions within 30 days of their original discharge.  The measures, including improved discharged planning, “health coaching” and “telehealth” monitoring are beginning to be instituted to discharged … Read more

Indiana Supreme Court Rules Hospitals Can Charge Uninsured Patients Unreasonable Fees of More Than Double Without Telling The Patient

At the end of 2012, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a ruling in favor of healthcare conglomerate Clarian Health Partners, Inc. (now known as IU Health) that largely went unnoticed.  In the case of Abby Allen, et al. v. Clarian Health Partners, Inc. (49S02-1203-CT-140), the Court held that Clarian and other hospital corporations can charge … Read more

What You Should (and Should Not) Do If You Suspect Medical Malpractice

Unless and until you or a loved one has been harmed by medical malpractice, you probably have not given much thought to this subject.  No one seeking healthcare expects to be the next victim of medical malpractice.  We want to believe that those in whom we’ve entrusted our healthcare will do as they are supposed … Read more

Surgical Malpractice “Never Events” Occur More Than 4000 Times Per Year in the U.S.

The healthcare industry has identified certain acts of malpractice, which are so egregious, there is universal agreement that they should never occur under any circumstances.  These acts of malpractice include leaving foreign objects (eg., sponges) in the patient’s body during surgery, performing the wrong surgical procedure, operating on the wrong body part, and the like. … Read more