When you go to a hospital, you expect that the medical care you receive will make you better. But with multiple health care professionals in hospitals involved in your treatment, the risk of medical error increases. Sometimes, inadequate patient safety procedures cause hospitals to commit serious medical errors and patients are seriously or fatally injured. Our law firm is here for you.
A recent report by the Indiana Department of Health said hospitals and surgical centers in Indiana committed 114 serious medical errors in 2014. It is the highest number of hospital medical errors since the state began reporting the data in 2006.
When the error involves a failure to follow the recognized standard of care, the hospital staff may have committed medical malpractice. But don’t expect a hospital to admit to you that your treatment was substandard, your surgery botched or your diagnosis delayed.
Does the Indiana Medical Malpractice System Favor Hospitals and Doctors?
The Indianapolis hospital malpractice attorney at the Law Office of Kelley J. Johnson helps families whose loved ones have been injured during hospital visits in Indiana. We work with medical professionals to evaluate instances of hospital malpractice so families may receive answers they can trust.
Unlike many firms, the Law Office of Kelley J. Johnson does not charge for having medical experts review your medical records to identify hospital errors.
With over 15 years of litigation experience, Kelley J. Johnson has the knowledge and skill to hold accountable hospitals that have harmed patients through preventable errors.
Can I Sue a Hospital?
Pursuing a hospital malpractice claim in Indiana is challenging and complex and requires an experienced Indiana medical malpractice attorney. It is a time-consuming process that requires commitment to seek justice as well as perseverance, and any lawyer that says otherwise is inexperienced.
As stated in the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act, a panel of health care providers must review proposed hospital malpractice claims before they can be filed in court.
The health care panel issues an opinion as to whether the evidence supports the conclusion that the hospital or medical staff failed to follow the appropriate standard of care. This panel’s opinion will be influential in the outcome of pursuing a hospital malpractice lawsuit.
Who Can be Held Liable For Patient Injuries in Hospitals?
Medical errors frequently occur as a result of failures in hospital systems or a lack of safety protocols as much as individual mistakes. Under the legal doctrine Respondeat Superior, a hospital may be held legally liable for a hospital staff member or employee’s negligence in the course of performing their job duties.
A hospital may be liable for errors committed by a hospital surgeon, emergency room doctors and staff, operating room nurses, hospital x-ray technicians, nurses who make medication administration errors, laboratory technicians, a hospital pharmacist and others.