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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 McNeely Stephenson firm was hired shortly after the crash to represent the family of the deceased.

our client results

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.

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.

real-life cases

“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

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 McNeely Stephenson today using our contact form, or call 855-206-2555.

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