When we consult with or retain the services of a licensed professional, we expect that person to keep our best interests in mind and also to conduct themselves within the standards we expect from their particular profession. Every day, millions of people place their personal well-being and future into the hands of a professional who is expected to conduct themselves according to a certain level of skill and professionalism. When this does not occur, people can be seriously injured or suffer other adverse results, and may be able to recover in an action for professional negligence.
From a physician misdiagnosing a patient to an attorney failing to file a document in time, often people fall victim to instances of malpractice through no fault of their own. In order to determine whether you may have a professional negligence claim, you should consult with an experienced Indianapolis medical malpractice lawyer. A malpractice lawsuit could result in significant recovery for you and your family, and can help uphold the standards of a profession.
Ordinarily, a lawsuit for negligence seeks to hold another person or party financially responsible for injuries or other damages the plaintiff suffered as a result of the defendant’s negligence. In a legal action for negligence there are usually four elements that need to be shown:
In a case involving professional negligence, the question of what constitutes “breach” changes. Rather than analyzing the defendant’s conduct against the standard of a “reasonable person,” the applicable standard to which professionals are held is that of a “reasonably prudent member of the profession.” The exact rule depends on the profession that is at issue, but the fundamental idea is that professionals are held to a higher standard of care that takes into account their training and experience. In this way, the custom and standards set by a particular profession or industry come into question when determining whether a professional acted negligently. Some of the types of professionals that may be held liable for professional negligence include:
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Professionals may also be liable for the negligent actions of their support staff; for example, a physician may be liable for actions performed by his or her assistant, or a lawyer liable for the actions of his or her paralegal. Also, depending on the circumstances of a professional’s working situation, you may be able to hold another party, such as a hospital or law firm, liable for any negligence on the part of the professional.
If you feel that you have been harmed by professional negligence, you should contact an experienced Indianapolis personal injury attorney as soon as possible. These types of claims are governed by a strict statute of limitations, meaning that there is a limited amount of time in which you can bring a claim.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.