October 22, 2017

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

The One That Got Away – Patients Often Exit Surgery With “Retained Surgical Items”

As patients, we rely on our health care professionals for our safety and well-being, no more so than when we have to undergo a surgical procedure.  Yet, according to a recent New York Times article nearly 4000 patients leave the operating room with a “retained surgical item”, what should be a preventable medical error.  The … Read more

Recently, we posted an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity that found that fraudulent billing practices by hospitals and physicians appears to be on the rise, wasting billions of taxpayer dollars that could be better spent.   In an example of just such a case that hits close to home, a Bloomington, Indiana, doctor was … Read more

Health care dollars that could be spent on finding ways to reduce medical malpractice and improve patient safety appears to be falling victim to healthcare fraud and abuse.  A recent investigation by the Center for Public Integrity found that fraudulent billing practices by hospitals and physicians appears to be on the rise, wasting billions of … Read more

Ask The Medical Malpractice Attorney

Question: How long does it take to prosecute a medical malpractice case in Indiana? Answer: This is difficult to precisely answer because there are many variables that can come into play.  As a starting point, it can often take several months or longer in order to obtain the necessary medical records and conduct the the … Read more

The Missouri Supreme Court struck down a $350,000 limit on jury awards for “pain and suffering” in medical malpractice cases, saying the law violates a patient’s right to a jury trial.  The case began as an action filed by Deborah Watts of Springfield, Mo., whose son, Naython, was born with catastrophic brain injuries at Cox … Read more

A local Indianapolis doctor was arrested Monday on warrants for sexual battery and battery. The warrants for the arrest were in response to several female patients’ complaints of sexual misconduct against Segun Rasaki, M.D. Dr. Rasaki is a board certified family practice doctor with 25 years experience, 12 of which he has practiced in Indiana. … Read more