Northwest Indiana Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Our northwest Indiana medical malpractice attorneys are dedicated to the mission of ensuring medical professionals adhere to the standards of care they owe their patients. We fight against breaches of these standards in our mission to make our communities safer. The best way to do this is to hold medical practitioners accountable for their actions when a patient’s well-being is compromised. The northwest Indiana medical malpractice lawyers at Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., have a thorough understanding of Indiana medical malpractice law as it applies to all forms of medical negligence and wrongdoing. With more than 110 years of combined experience in the legal arena, we know how to structure an effective lawsuit against health care professionals whose actions fall below the acceptable level of care.
Why Hire Our Firm?
- 100-plus years of combined experience
- Free consultations
- Track record of success
- Award-winning representation
- Available 24/7
Statute Of Limitations For Medical Malpractice
In Indiana, the statute of limitations for medical malpractice is two years. This means that if you do not file a claim within two years from the date of your injury you will not be eligible to pursue compensation unless the injury is not discovered right away, or the injury victim is a minor. If an injury is not apparent right away the two-year clock begins ticking the day of discovery or the date the injury should have reasonably been discovered. In the case of a minor, if the child was under the age of 6 at the time of injury, they have until their 8th birthday to file a claim.
How Common Is Medical Malpractice?
Medical professionals have a duty to provide a standard level of care to all they treat. Yet medical malpractice is alarmingly common. The Indiana Department of Health documented that there were 118 medical errors reported in 2015 – these incidents are alarming and absolutely unjustifiable. The top three most common errors involved the following:
- Foreign objects remaining in the body after surgery (60 events)
- Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers occurring after a patient was admitted to the hospital (37 events)
- Surgery performed on the wrong body part (20 events)
At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., we recommend you check out every doctor you see. Click here to see how many medical malpractice claims have been filed against your doctor. If you are interested in checking on your doctor’s license status, our Northwest Indiana medical injury attorneys can review it here.
Types of Malpractice Actions We Handle
At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., we know how frustrating a medical malpractice lawsuit can be due to its complex nature, and we are committed to providing responsive, effective service from the moment we begin to work on your case until its ultimate resolution. We regularly represent clients in a wide range of medical malpractice cases across Northwest Indiana, including those involving:
- Failure to diagnose
- Failure to diagnose breast cancer
- Failure to diagnose heart attack
- Emergency room errors
- Birth injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy
- Surgical errors
- Nursing malpractice
- Hospital negligence
- Anesthesia errors
- Bacterial infections
- Unnecessary surgeries
- Hospital freezer malfunction
How Do You Know If You Have A Case For Medical Malpractice?
There are a variety of different types of medical malpractice, however, there are some warning signs that you should be on the lookout for when identifying instances of medical malpractice:
- You were not fully informed about a procedure and if you had been fully informed you would have declined the procedure.
- Your doctor performed a procedure you did not agree to allow them to perform.
- An error occurred during your procedure that was not mentioned as a possible risk (for example, a foreign object was left in the surgery zone).
- The doctor failed to consult your medical chart or allergies before prescribing a drug to which you had a bad reaction.
These are just a few of the common warning signs that you may have been the victim of medical malpractice.
Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Damage Caps
In 1975, Indiana passed the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act, which was the country’s first medical malpractice reform law. Unlike many other states, Indiana law puts a cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded to a medical malpractice plaintiff. As of 2019, the law caps total damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit at $1.8 million. The damages cap has been raised several times since the law was enacted. Another unique aspect of Indiana malpractice law is that in Indiana, there is a Patient’s Compensation Fund which provides a guaranteed source of income for patients who have been injured due to malpractice. This is different from many other states.
Call Us Today To Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation
Not all injuries resulting from a healthcare professional’s error are grounds for medical malpractice lawsuits. To determine whether you have a valid suit, you must meet with a qualified Northwest Indiana medical injury lawyer to discuss the circumstances of your injury. At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., we offer free initial consultations and can have a skilled lawyer meet with you to assess whether the healthcare provider’s actions were negligent. Our office works with trusted expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf to help prove liability in your case.