Hardworking Merrillville Attorneys Assist with Medical Malpractice Issues
Attending to the needs of injured people throughout Lake County, Porter County, Valparaiso, Crown Point, Portage and Hammond
Physicians, nurses and other medical professionals are supposed to provide an adequate level of care and treatment based on their years of education, training and practice. That doesn’t always happen, however, and when these professionals make mistakes, the consequences are sometimes devastating. At Schlyer & Associates, P.C., our medical malpractice lawyers assist individuals and families throughout Lake County, Porter County and the surrounding communities. We leverage our experience to offer the best representation for your claim. To work with dedicated trial lawyers who make a difference, turn to our respected firm.
Our firm includes a medical doctor who can evaluate you and who has decades of experience in medicine. He knows the ins and outs of the medical community and can assess your treatment while our attorneys assess your legal options.
The various forms of medical malpractice
In the United States, between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die each year as a result of preventable medical errors, and hundreds of thousands more suffer injuries, illnesses or long-term health complications. Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice are the following:
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis: This occurs when a physician fails to correctly diagnose an illness or does not diagnose it in a timely manner. Misdiagnosis can lead to incorrect treatment that can be detrimental to a patient’s health, or at the very least does not solve a medical problem. A delayed diagnosis is when a physician fails to notice a health issue until it has already caused significant damage to the patient.
- Birth injuries: These injuries may affect the mother, child or both at any time during the pregnancy or the birthing process. Prenatal injuries may be the result of a physician’s failure to identify health issues in the mother that could influence the development of the fetus. Injuries sustained during childbirth could be because of a doctor’s failure to identify, anticipate or respond to birth complications, or the improper use of extraction equipment.
- Medication errors: These errors occur when a physician prescribes the wrong medication or an improper dosage or fails to consider a medication’s effect on a patient’s allergies or other medications. By far, the most common prescription errors involve dosage. The patient may get too much or too little of the necessary drug, which may be the fault of the prescribing physician, the nurse administering the medication or malfunctioning equipment.
- Surgical errors: During surgery, a physician can puncture vital organs or arteries, operate on the wrong part of the body or leave surgical equipment in the body. Following surgery, improper care can lead to infection or other complications.
- Anesthesia errors: Issues with anesthesia are even more common than surgical errors. These issues may occur prior to surgery if an anesthesiologist fails to identify possible complications arising from a patient’s medical history. During surgery, the anesthesiologist may administer too much medication, fail to monitor vital signs, improperly intubate a patient or use defective equipment. Even the slightest error in anesthesia administration can be catastrophic or fatal.
To explore your legal options after a medical mistake has injured you or a loved one, speak with our experienced medical malpractice lawyers. In the past, we’ve worked on lawsuits against Franciscan Alliance, St. Margaret Mercy, Community Hospital in Lake County, St. Catherine’s in Chicago, St. Mary Medical Center, St. Anthony Hospital and more. We also regularly partner with the University of Chicago and Northwestern University doctors, who serve as expert witnesses in medical malpractice claims.
Work with a law firm that provides sound legal guidance for medical malpractice claims
For a free initial consultation, call Schlyer & Associates, P.C. at 219-757-0225 or contact us online. Our office is in Merrillville, close to Interstate 65 and less than an hour from Chicago. You pay no attorney fees unless your claim is successful.