June 11, 2014
Doctors and medical staff have a responsibility to protect their patients’ safety and health at all times. Errors or negligence that results in a patient being harmed may be grounds for the victim to seek compensation through civil litigation.
A former United States Marine is seeking such damages through an Indiana medical malpractice lawsuit that stems from allegedly negligent care he received as a patient at an Indianapolis Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) medical facility.
A story released by Indiana Public Media explains the Marine filed the lawsuit after a doctor at the facility pushed a medical tool into his urethra with only minimal local anesthetic. The procedure resulted in the patient suffering from pain, bleeding, and complications that resulted in the need for further surgery.
After having been told the doctor who originally botched the patient’s care would not be performing his surgery, the opposite occurred. Instead of being healed, the patient was harmed by the doctor again after his prostate was punctured during the surgery.
So what should you do if you have been harmed while receiving medical care? At Stewart & Stewart Attorneys, our team of Indianapolis personal injury lawyers suggest taking the following steps if you suspect you are the victim of medical malpractice:
- Report The Incident- Any problems you receive in your medical care should be reported to hospital or doctor’s office management immediately so the complaint can be documented.
- Collect Evidence- Gather any documents, receipts, records, or notes that pertain to the supposed negligent care you have received.
- Speak With An Attorney- having a qualified legal professional by your side to answer your questions and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions can be the difference in you being compensated for your losses or not.