Why File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
When talking with people who have suffered preventable medical errors, we frequently hear comments such as, “I’m not the kind of person who sues.” We understand.
Unfortunately, bad things do happen to good people, including serious, preventable medical errors. The law can’t erase those bad things that have taken place. However, Indiana has a legal system of accountability that compensates people harmed by preventable errors.
Should I File a Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you file a medical negligence claim because you have been harmed by another’s carelessness, then you are doing what is needed. You are calling attention to a serious problem. By standing up and speaking out, you may be preventing others from being harmed by a similar medical error.
The Indianapolis hospital negligence attorneys at Baker & Gilchrist help patients and families who have been harmed by preventable medical errors in Indiana. There are specific steps you should take to prepare for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. We’ll give you our honest evaluation of whether you have a viable legal claim.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Could Prevent Harm to Others
Problems that lead to serious medical errors are often systemic problems. They rarely occur in isolation. A chain of events such as a hurried pre-operative routine or the way medications are stored can cause a health professional to commit a preventable error.
Our experience is that the systemic problem that led to the medical error won’t get fixed until someone calls attention to it. A medical negligence lawsuit focuses attention on a problem and change that will benefit others in the future.
Indiana’s System of Accountability and Responsibility
Indiana has a legal system of accountability and responsibility. It depends on good people stepping forward and calling attention to problems. People who are harmed through the carelessness of others should be compensated under Indiana’s system of accountability. Those who cause injury should pay for the harm they cause. It sounds simple, but they’re challenging cases.
In many cases, a patient cannot determine without consulting a knowledgeable lawyer whether their injury was caused by an avoidable error. The medical injury attorneys at Baker & Gilchrist work in collaboration with doctors and expert health professionals to evaluate your malpractice injury and determine whether a medical error occurred. But that is just the first step.
As set forth in the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act, a panel of health care providers must review proposed medical negligence claims before they can be fled in court. The medical review panel gives an opinion as to whether the evidence supports the conclusion that a health care provider failed to follow the appropriate standard of care and caused a preventable medical error. This is our system of accountability.
People who file medical malpractice claims focus attention on problems that need to be addressed. While standing up for their own legal rights, our clients may be preventing others from suffering a similar injury and serving a greater public good. There is no need to apologize for calling to discuss a possible medical malpractice lawsuit. We’ll be glad to answer your questions and review your facts free of charge.
Contact Our Indiana Medical Malpractice Law Firm
The Indianapolis medical malpractice attorneys at Baker & Gilchrist stand ready to assist families whose loved ones have been injured by preventable medical errors. With over 60 years of combined litigation experience, Rex Baker and Caroline Gilchrist have the legal skill and dedication to hold accountable health providers who have injured patients.
Call us today or use our online contact form to have us review your case free of charge.