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scrabble letters placed on a white backgroundAltercation in Psychiatric Hospital Falls Under Medical Malpractice ActBy Jack H. FarnbauchJanuary 21, 2020An altercation that occurred at a psychiatric hospital between a patient and a resident assistant has resulted in The Indiana Court of Appeals affirming a prior ruling that a wrongful death claim brought by the patient’s estate is subject to the Medical Malpractice Act, even when there is a factual dispute.Numerous women who had the once-popular, hammock-like devices implanted claim they caused severe pain, bleeding, infections and other complications.Johnson and Johnson Settles Pelvic Mesh Class Action for $117 MillionBy Jack H. FarnbauchJanuary 21, 2020Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has reached a settlement with 41 states (including Indiana) and the District of Columbia following injuries caused by J&J’s pelvic mesh products.The NP did not review and approve of the physician’s report until Dec. 11, 2015 and made no further testing or treatment recommendations.Nurse Practitioner Subject to Lawsuit After Signing Off on Doctor's ReportBy Jack H. FarnbauchJanuary 21, 2020On Dec. 1, 2015 Peter Strickholm was prescribed a medication for his high blood pressure by a nurse practitioner (NP) who had recently been established as his primary-care provider.A trial court later granted the NP’s motion for summary judgment, finding she did not provide any medical care to Strickholm after Dec. 1Question of When NP Gave Care to Dead Patient Goes to Trial CourtBy Jack H. FarnbauchDecember 6, 2019On Dec. 1, 2015 Peter Strickholm was prescribed a blood pressure medicine for his high levels by a nurse practitioner who had recently been established as his primary-care provider. One of the hospital’s seven surgical instrument sterilization technicians failed to complete one of the necessary steps in the hospital’s multi-step sterilization processGoshen Hospital Patients File Lawsuit after “Sterilization Processes May Cause Infections” By Jack H. FarnbauchDecember 6, 2019Goshen Hospital patients who underwent surgery between the dates of April 1 and Sept. 30 may have been exposed to potentially serious diseases as a result of a recently discovered sterilization issue, hospital officials say.The causation issue here was not complex, and therefore we conclude that Southers was qualified to render an expert opinion and thus establish a genuine issue of material fact on issueCourt of Appeals Rules Radiology Technologist Qualified to be Expert WitnessBy Jack H. FarnbauchDecember 6, 2019After deciding that a radiology technologist (RT) is qualified to give an opinion in a medical malpractice case, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment for St. Mary’s Medical Center of Evansville Inc. on Oct. 29, 2019. doctor typing on a laptopPrincipal Office Determines VenueBy Jack H. FarnbauchNovember 14, 2019An organization’s principal office, not the location of its registered agent, is the appropriate preferred venue, a divided Indiana Supreme Court has determined. Typically surrendering a medical license comes with no restriction on practicing elsewhere.Surrendered Medical License in One State Doesn’t Stop Physicians from Practicing in Other StatesBy Jack H. FarnbauchNovember 14, 2019urrendering a medical license is often done in the face of overwhelming evidence of unprofessional conduct.In Indiana, the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is two years.How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Suit in IndianaBy Jack H. FarnbauchNovember 14, 2019Every medical malpractice case, in which improper or negligent treatment of a patient by a health care professional results in the patient’s injury, has a time limit known as a “statute of limitations.”Spilled pills on cashHigh Healthcare Costs in Indiana May Be Responsible for Businesses Choosing ElsewhereBy Jack H. FarnbauchNovember 14, 2019When people think about Indiana, they associate it with a low cost of living and affordable housing. It should follow then that Indiana has affordable healthcare, right?