Hensley Legal Group Is Here for Victims of Medical Malpractice
John Hensley and his team of Indianapolis injury lawyers represent victims of medical malpractice throughout the state of Indiana. Our Indiana medical malpractice attorneys assist those who have been injured or have lost their lives because of any of the following situations:
- Failure to diagnose a medical condition
- Medical misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and/or diagnostic errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Mistakes in non-surgical medical procedures
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Negligent care
- Injury because of unsanitary or unclean conditions
- Physical, sexual, or mental abuse by medical professionals
- Prescription errors and medication errors
- Dangerous medications and adverse reactions
- Medical device errors, malfunctions, and adverse reactions
Doctors aren’t the only people who could be responsible in a case of medical malpractice. In fact, a number of individuals and organizations could be liable, including:
Do You Have a Medical Malpractice Case?
We count on medical professionals to keep us healthy and treat our injuries. The last thing we expect when undergoing care is to fall victim to medical malpractice.
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional provides a substandard treatment that causes harm, injury, or death to their patient. However, not every medical mistake is a form of medical malpractice. Practicing medicine is difficult and often imprecise. The law doesn’t punish medical professionals for being unable to predict how every person’s body will react to every treatment.
The key to medical malpractice is negligence. Negligence is a failure to take reasonable care to protect others from foreseeable harm. In medical malpractice cases, you must determine if the medical professional neglected to administer the accepted standard of medical care. Essentially, if the average medical professional could have taken steps to avoid the injury or illness, it may be a case of medical malpractice.
If you’re a victim of medical malpractice, Hensley Legal Group may be able to help.
Why Indiana Medical Malpractice Cases Are So Complex
Victims of Indiana medical malpractice may suffer more than physical injuries. The consequences of medical malpractice include:
- Loss of income
- Loss of lifestyle
- Marital problems
- Family problems
- Future and/or permanent medical expenses
- Loss of life
These damages are both economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are easily calculated, often accompanied by bills or receipts. Noneconomic damages, however, are more difficult to quantify. They can include abstract ideas like emotional trauma, the effects of disfigurement, and pain and suffering. While no less real than economic damages, it can be difficult to assign a monetary value to noneconomic damages.
Indiana medical malpractice cases are difficult because of Indiana’s medical malpractice cap. Indiana was the first state to ever pass a medical malpractice cap all the way back in 1975. This cap limits the amount of compensation medical malpractice victims can receive for their injuries.
Currently, Indiana victims of medical malpractice can receive up to $1.65 million for both their noneconomic and economic damages. In 2019, the cap will increase to $1.8 million.
Although $1.65 million certainly isn’t nothing, it may not cover all of a victim’s damages. For serious cases of medical malpractice, $1.65 million may not even cover the victim’s medical bills.
The medical malpractice cap is just one example of how difficult it is to get the compensation you deserve if you’re a victim of medical malpractice in Indiana. The system is set up to make it as difficult as possible for medical malpractice victims to get the compensation and justice they deserve.