Medical Malpractice Verdict

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Medical malpractice occurs when a person is injured or has died due to negligence on the part of a medical professional. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence or fault of a hospital, doctor, or other medical professional, a medical malpractice lawyer in Shelbyville can help you get compensation.

The medical malpractice lawyers at Stephenson Rife provide a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the circumstances of your case, so call us today at 317-680-2011 to see how we can help.

Why Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

When you seek care from a medical practitioner, you expect to be helped, but medical mistakes can happen and do major damage. While not everything that goes wrong medically is malpractice, if the harm was caused by negligence, you may have grounds to hold the professional, facility, or company involved liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. While all of these parties usually have insurance, those companies will try to get you to settle for as little as possible.  Our medical malpractice attorneys know how to confront their tactics and hold all liable parties accountable.

Our attorneys know Indiana law and can determine whether your case is valid. The medical malpractice lawyers at Stephenson Rife take the burden off you by handling all aspects of your case. We conduct investigations, examine records, interview witnesses, negotiate with insurance companies and their lawyers, and take the case to court if necessary. We also help seniors harmed by medical malpractice.

Our team of medical malpractice attorneys in Shelbyville takes care of the legal hurdles so you can concentrate on your recovery.

Damages Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers May Recover

In a successful medical malpractice case, our injury attorneys may recover a compensation award, called damages, for your losses. Damages are categorized as general damages, special damages, and punitive damages.

General damages are non-economic and do not have a specific dollar value, such as:

  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment and quality of life
  • Loss of consortium and companionship.

Special damages are quantifiable monetarily and may include:

  • Medical and rehabilitative bills and expenses
  • Loss of wages and future earning capacity
  • Funeral expenses in case of death.

Punitive damages can also be sought in rare cases to punish a defendant if the malpractice was undeniably negligent or outrageous.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Proving Negligence

Medical professionals are expected to adhere to the same standard of care that other reasonably careful professionals would under similar circumstances. If they fail to do so and you were harmed as a result, they may be found negligent and guilty of malpractice.

Our attorneys can prove that malpractice existed because the medical professional …

  • Had a duty of care not to cause you harm
  • Breached that duty by acting negligently
  • Caused your injuries by breaching that duty
  • Caused you to suffer damages as a result.

Examples of negligence that may be medical malpractice include:

  • Making an incorrect diagnosis
  • Surgical errors
  • Making errors in giving anesthesia
  • Ignoring test or laboratory results.

Call Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Shelbyville For Help

If you or a loved one has suffered injury caused by medical malpractice, time is of the essence. Indiana has a statute of limitations for most medical malpractice claims. According to Indiana Code section 34-18-7-1, you have two years to get a medical malpractice lawsuit started from the time you discovered the injury. According to Indiana Code section 34-18-8-4, you must first file a complaint with a medical review panel. The panel will review records and hear testimony to see whether the evidence shows that the standard of care was violated.

Indiana regulations are complicated, so do not delay. Call the medical malpractice lawyers at Stephenson Rife today at 317-680-2011 for your free, no-obligation consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so you pay no fee until we win a settlement for you.