Understanding Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is defined as the level of care that is acceptable by a similar health care provider under similar circumstances. To put it simply, medical malpractice, also called negligence, occurs when a patient experiences harm that could have been prevented.

Malpractice injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Anesthesia errors include over or under administering anesthetic drugs, defective devices, delayed delivery where the patient experiences pain, drug interactions, and improper patient monitoring.
  • Birth injuries include improper forceps use, delayed decision to perform a Caesarean Section, improper use of Pitocin, insufficient prenatal and perinatal testing, failure to correctly monitor and/or notice changes in the fetus’ condition.
  • Failure to diagnose occurs if your healthcare provider fails to collect your medical history, order diagnostic tests or ignores symptoms of an illness, and you have suffered an injury because of it.

Hospitals are often understaffed and overworked—at the cost of the well being and lives of patients. Hospital errors account for nearly half of all patient deaths. Improper medication delivery or dosage, misdiagnosis, infection, and surgical errors all cost patients through their health, well being, and finances.

When you go to a doctor, dentist, hospital, or other healthcare provider, you entrust your well being to a professional who is responsible for your care. Negligence in medical care can cost your health, your livelihood, or even your life. When negligence occurs, you feel violated and your trust in your doctor is diminished. You have the right to compensation for your loss, pain, and suffering.

It is sad to think that malpractice occurs at all, and unfortunately, it occurs more often than most people realize. Medical professionals pledge to “do no harm.” However, a growing number of them break that promise by negligence, injuring thousands of Americans every year. The American Medical association has reported that medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Annually, that translates to more than 225,000 people who will die due to medical malpractice. Healthcare practitioners must be held accountable for their actions and victims of malpractice deserve to be compensated for their losses.

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Indiana malpractice laws are complex and the burden of proof lies on the patient. To succeed in the courtroom, you need experienced and confident representation. The attorneys at Jacobs Law are experienced in the field of medical malpractice, with more than fifty years of successful courtroom wins. Call today or fill out our online contact form for more information.