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Medical Malpractice

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a medical or surgical error, the process of hiring the right law firm is critical. Medical malpractice claims are complex and require proof that a medical provider breached the standard of care and caused an avoidable injury or death. To successfully pursue a medical malpractice claim, an attorney must have experience handling these complex claims.

Hovde Dassow + Deets attorneys have represented victims of medical malpractice for more than 30 years. Our experience results in careful analysis of potential claims and meticulous case preparation. As a result, our firm is ranked as one of only seven First Tier Law Firms in Indiana for Medical Malpractice Law—Plaintiffs by U.S. News and World Report.

We are here to put our experience and expertise to work for you. Contact us to learn more about what your next step should be.


Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, healthcare providers, hospitals, or their staff provides care that is below accepted standards and an injury or death results from that failure.

A bad result from a medical treatment or procedure is not always the result of negligence or medical malpractice. Bad results can occur without medical malpractice. However, if the doctor or staff member did something a reasonable person would not have done or failed to do something a reasonable person would have done under the same or similar circumstances, then they were below the standard of care and are responsible for the resulting harms and losses.

Defining the standard of care and determining the resulting harms and losses caused by medical malpractice require testimony from experts qualified in and knowledgeable about the particular medical specialty. Our attorneys work with highly-credentialed medical experts to build a strong case with the goal of obtaining a significant recovery in meritorious cases.

Contact us to find out if you may be entitled to compensation for medical negligence.

Types of
Medical Malpractice

+ Improper diagnosis or delay in diagnosis

+ Failure to diagnose

+ Medication errors

+ Failure to properly treat a fracture

+ Surgical errors, such as damaging a nerve or blood vessel during an operation

+ Failure to properly treat an infection

+ Prenatal treatment errors

+ Delivery errors

+ Failing to inform the patient of alternative treatments

+ Medical instruments, sponges, needles, or other foreign objects left inside a patient during surgery

+ Failure to treat an injury or disease in a timely manner

+ Failure to refer a patient to a specialist

Maximum Recovery Amount

The Indiana Medical Malpractice Act currently provides for a maximum recovery of $1,250,000 for acts of malpractice occurring before July 1, 2017 and $1,650,000 for acts of malpractice occurring after July 1, 2017, regardless of the extent of the injuries and damages. The payment of medical malpractice settlements or judgments is a combination of a payment from the healthcare provider’s insurer and a payment from the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund, a pool of money managed by the state of Indiana and funded by a part of the insurance premium paid by the doctor or hospital.

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