October 22, 2017

Is Doctor Negligence the Cause of Your Injury?

Although no one wants to think the care they received by their healthcare provider resulted in further injury because of a doctor’s negligence, the alarming fact is that preventable medical errors seriously injury and kill thousands of patients every year.   In the 1998 landmark study on medical errors published by the Institute of Health, it was shown that as many as 98,000 people die from medical mistakes each year. 1  Unfortunately, the progress to improve patient safety has been slow over the 15 years since the study’s release.

Doctor negligence can occur when the doctor fails to act in an otherwise prudent manner when rendering care to a patient, thereby causing the patient harm or injury.  Doctor negligence can take many forms and occur across many different medical situations.  Examples of doctor negligence can include but are not limited to the following:

  • ● misdiagnosis

  • ● improper treatment

  • ● failure to treat

  • ● delay in treatment

  • ● failure to perform appropriate follow-up

  • ● prescription / medication errors


Doctor Negligence May Be More Prevalent Than You Think

According to the Department of Health’s survey conducted in 2008, it found that nearly 50% of doctors responded that they had been involved in a serious medical error and that almost 75% responded that they had been involved in a minor medical error.  However, even more unsettling is the fact that many instances of doctor malpractice go unreported, often due to a culture of looking the other way when it comes to their colleagues.


Why Pursue a Doctor Negligence or Medical Malpractice Claim?

The effects of doctor malpractice can be severe, life-altering, and even deadly.  A medical malpractice claim may be able to help you recover payments to help reimburse you for the harms you have suffered, including:

  • ● past and future medical expenses

  • ● lost wages and/or future earnings

  • ● pain and suffering

Many people also pursue a doctor negligence claim in an effort to help make sure the negligence is not repeated by this same doctor.  In a study conducted by the American College of Emergency Physicians it was found overall patient safety improves when injured patients can hold negligent doctors accountable. 2  By raising awareness and forcing the negligent doctor to correct the problem, you may be able to help ensure that the same event does not happen to someone else.


Don’t Miss Your Filing Deadline!

Time is of the essence when pursuing a doctor negligence or medical malpractice claim. Indiana law imposes strict deadlines (also called “statutes of limitations”) in medical malpractice cases that will forever bar the claim if it is not filed in a timely manner. The law relating to the deadline can be exceedingly complex; therefore, one should not delay in consulting a qualified medical malpractice attorney to determine the applicable statute of limitations and review the case.


How to Request a Free Evaluation of Your Claim Today.

If you believe you may have a potential doctor malpractice claim, The Powless Law Firm, P.C. would like to help. You can request a free case consultation today by calling us at 877-769-5377 or by submitting the free case consultation request form on this page.

 Here is important information you should know about us:

● We concentrate upon medical malpractice and nursing home neglect claims only, and have years of experience and success in doing so.

● We never represent the negligent hospitals, nursing homes, healthcare providers or their insurers.

● We offer free consultations.

● We never require any retainer fee.

● We accept cases on a contingency basis, meaning we only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you.

● We work with a variety of highly qualified medical experts to thoroughly evaluate and present our cases.

● We are committed to providing the attention and resources required in these complex cases to help make a difference for those harmed by medical malpractice, and to help force changes that will help protect others.

● We accept cases anywhere in Indiana.


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  1. To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, Institute of Medicine, 1999
  2. National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, 2006.
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