Merrillville – Crown Point – Gary - Valparaiso - Lake County – Porter County
Doctors, hospitals, nursing homes and other medical providers are obligated to provide health care that meets specific standards of care. If a violation of these standards causes injury or death to a patient, the patient or the patient's family may have grounds to pursue compensation by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.
I'm Julie R. Glade, a personal injury and medical malpractice attorney in Merrillville, Indiana. My experience as a licensed attorney, a registered nurse and hospital administrator assists me in handling cases of alleged medical malpractice. Injured parties may pursue malpractice claims such as:
- Failure to diagnose diseases such as cancer and heart attack
- Surgical mistakes
- Hospital infections such as staph and nosocomial infections
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Birth injuries
- Lasik surgery errors
- Dental injuries
- Injuries caused by improper use of restraints in a hospital or nursing home
- Nursing home neglect such as bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition and medication errors
One of the biggest challenges in pursuing a medical malpractice or nursing home injury claim involves understanding the hospital and medical procedures that pertain to the patient's condition and injuries. As a former health care administrator, I am familiar with the process of establishing hospital policies and standards, and I know how to read and interpret medical records and how to communicate with medical personnel. My nursing background helps me uncover the negligent actions or omissions of a health care provider/health care organization and analyze a client's personal injury.
In Indiana, medical malpractice lawsuits must be reviewed by a medical review panel consisting of three medical professionals with training and experience in the relevant area of expertise. Both plaintiff and defense attorneys are given the opportunity to submit their claims and evidence as to whether the medical provider breached the applicable standard of care, and whether the breach and medical negligence caused your injury. Once the medical review panel renders its decision, the plaintiff is free to file his or her lawsuit in court.
Many medical malpractice and personal injury law firms rely heavily on outside experts to interpret evidence in their cases, at considerable expense to their clients. While medical experts may be necessary in any case, my health care experience allows me to interpret and present much of the medical evidence in my cases with the clarity and skill of a registered nurse and mental health care professional. I have found that my background assists me during the medical review panel submission process.
In order to prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit, the plaintiff must establish the negligence of a defendant by use of expert testimony, and medical malpractice lawsuits can be quite expensive because of this requirement. If the medical review panel finds in favor of the plaintiff, this opinion may serve as expert evidence. However, if the panel finds against the plaintiff, he or she must provide an expert witness or other expert evidence in order to proceed to trial.
I would be happy to discuss the details of your case. Simply schedule an appointment with me, Julie R. Glade, RN, JD, by calling (219) 576-6194 or toll-free (888) 341-8044 or by filling out the contact form on this web site. From my law office in Merrillville, I serve clients throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana.