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"M.A.," a 30-year-old man, was driving to work in New Mexico. Suddenly a commercial truck veered across the center line and struck his vehicle head on. M.A. died at the scene. The Stephenson Rife firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

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Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Lawyer

One of the tragedies found in all malpractice claims is the disparity between the power of the healthcare facility or medical provider and the vulnerability of the patient. We are each vulnerable and powerless when we surrender ourselves to the care of specialists, hospitals and other medical providers. When others breach their duty, we keep ours.

We are fortunate to live in a country with one of the highest standards of medical care in the world. The doctors and nurses in Indiana save millions of lives each year and work tirelessly to care for us in our weakest moments. But sometimes something in the system breaks. Something goes wrong. And we are left to wonder about those 250,000 patients each year who are victims of medical errors in Indiana and nationwide.

When something goes wrong we are left to wonder.

Our investigative team goes to work immediately to uncover the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of medical injuries caused by malpractice. We are committed to bringing together the most qualified experts available (irrespective of cost) to uncover what happened. Your experts will come from around the world if necessary. Medical malpractice claims can be complex, and the proficiency of your experts is crucial in both the investigation and litigation phases of your claim.

Following her death, the family of D.P. was left to wonder how a radiologist’s report never made its way to the treating surgeon. The error resulted in the failure to diagnose a small bowel obstruction. We took the medical malpractice claim to trial and a jury returned a verdict of $8.5 million. [Full Case Summary]

Who Is Liable?

Sometimes an individual doctor or other medical provider may be found to have been negligent in their duty. At other times, a series of missteps or oversight may have contributed to the medical error and hospitals, physician groups or medical laboratories may be at fault.

  • Physicians / Doctors / Surgeons: An individual healthcare provider may be held liable for a medical injury when it can be shown that the medical practitioner acted with disregard for the patient’s well-being and/or was negligent in the exercise of their duty to provide medical treatment based on an acceptable level of reasonable care. A physician may also be held liable for misdiagnosis.
  • Hospitals: Medical facilities provide a wide range of healthcare services; injury can occur due to emergency room errors, employee negligence, unsanitary conditions, infections, improperly dispensed medications, and other medical mistakes.
  • Clinical Laboratories: A lab or testing facility can be held liable if their actions caused harm due to carelessness, including errors in diagnostic testing, tainted blood, failure to identify genetic disorders in pregnancy screening, failure to transmit testing results, or improper use of equipment.

Only a thorough investigation of a medical malpractice claim and review of the healthcare provided can identify the negligent parties. Our attorneys leave no stone unturned in our investigation and litigation of your malpractice case. We are committed to doing what others have not done before if that is what it takes to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients in Indiana and beyond.


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Attorney Mike Stephenson was hired by the Estate of “D.P.” to pursue a medical malpractice claim against Community Hospital in Indianapolis, as well as a claim against a surgeon who failed to timely identify a small bowel obstruction. Our client had gone to the Community Hospital emergency room on three separate occasions within a five day period of time complaining of stomach pain. On her third trip to the hospital, a KUB series of films were ordered by the emergency room doctor.

For reasons unknown, after the films were interpreted by a radiologist in the hospital showing the life-threatening condition of a small bowel obstruction, the radiologist’s interpretation was not given to the treating surgeon. .The matter went to trial, and a jury returned a verdict in the hospital malpractice case in favor of the estate for $8.5 million.


Types of Medical Malpractice Injuries

Some cases of gross medical negligence are evident from the outset: an unexpected fatality, botched surgery, or failure to provide available medical treatment. It is important to understand that malpractice can occur at any stage throughout the medical process. This can include testing / laboratory mistakes, failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, emergency room errors, surgery complications, hospital infections, medication errors, birth injuries, and other lapses during the medical process.

Hand the worry over to us and let our resources back you up.

Only an experienced team of medical malpractice lawyers and experts can fully evaluate these complex situations to determine what went wrong. Medical malpractice claims can be costly to pursue, and many Indiana law firms are not in a position to effectively reach a resolution in these cases. You can be assured that our lawyers, and our financial resources, are willing to go the distance on your behalf.

Mike Stephenson is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney, the highest possible attorney peer rating. When you call Mike, you can have complete confidence that you are talking with an Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyer with over 30 years’ experience offering compassionate and successful representation for his clients.

Contact Stephenson Rife today using our contact form, or call 317-825-5200.