A medical malpractice attorney specializes in securing damages (usually monetary) for patients that suffer an injury (or even death) when a medical professional fails to perform his or her medical duties due to negligence. It appears there will be plenty of work for medical malpractice lawyers in the state of Indiana for the foreseeable future after. In one of the more unfortunately bizarre incidents a cardiologist, Dr. Arvind Gandhi, is being served almost 300 medical malpractice lawsuits, according to TheIndianLawyer.com.
The accusations range from implanting pacemakers and defibrillators patients didn’t really need to routinely scheduling unnecessary procedures, among other allegations. Gandhi is not the only one to come under fire as allegations have been brought against other practitioners at the Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana, but he is the most prominent and prolific in terms of number of patients.
Many of the couple hundred malpractice lawsuits against Gandhi and his subordinates also name the Community Hospital of Munster as a defendant.
“We believe we have ample evidence to show Community Hospital was acting in concert with the doctors, and that the hospital was putting profits ahead of patient safety by allowing doctors to do things they were not qualified to do,” said Barry Rooth, an attorney involved in some of the malpractice lawsuits.
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be long and difficult processes to win, but it’s certainly worth the effort. Medical malpractice negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). In the inpatient setting the average compensation for medical malpractice was about $363,000, while the average amount for healthcare mistakes in the outpatient setting was around $290,000.
One of the cases against Gandhi has already been decided on against his favor. Even though the majority of plaintiffs in malpractice lawsuits (60%) in one recent study were female, it was Shannon Greer’s husband that died from an infected pacemaker. Greer was awarded $450,000.
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