Medical Malpractice

WHAT KIND OF DAMAGES CAN THE PLAINTIFF GET?

The plaintiff can be awarded a settlement with both compensatory and punitive damages in a medical malpractice case. Compensatory damages include economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include lost wages, lost earning capacity, medical bills, future medical bills, and transportation to appointments. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering. If the defendant is found to be guilty of malicious or willful negligence, the judge may award punitive damages as an additional punishment.

If you believe that you or a family member is the victim of medical malpractice, reach out to the experienced team at Alvarez Law. We have the expertise needed to get you the settlement you deserve. You can reach us by phone at 219-852-7089 or our convenient online contact form so we can answer your questions or get you set up for a consultation.

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  • $3 Million Prescription Medical Defect
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Why did Alvarez Law Office file the lawsuit?

Why did Alvarez Law Office file the lawsuit? We filed a proposed class-action lawsuit for several reasons. First and foremost, it allows us to subpoena records and get much-needed answers about what happened. The Hospital’s communications so far have been vague at best, and we are told that the Hospital’s helpline folks are no more helpful. Second, we want to preserve everybody’s rights. Third, we wanted to immediately start the process of asking the court to “certify” the case as a class action, and we have already filed a motion and brief with the court seeking that certification.Have questions? We are here to help. Still have questions or can't find the answer you need? Give us a call at 219-300-5204 today!

  • Battery of Children

    Battery occurs when any person knowingly touches another in a rude, insolent, or angry manner. A simple battery is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and no more than 180 days in jail. If the battery results in bodily injury, it becomes a Class A misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and no more than one year in jail.

    When the battery occurs against a child, the severity of the crime increases significantly. If the battery is committed by someone who is at least 18 years of age against someone who is less than 14 years of age, it becomes a Level 3 felony. This is punished with a fixed prison term between six and 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the battery results in death, it’s a Level 2 felony with a prison term between one and 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

    If the case is considered an aggravated battery, the charges are more severe. Aggravated battery occurs when the individual intentionally or knowingly inflicts injury that creates:

    • Substantial risk of death.
    • Loss of a fetus.
    • Serious permanent disfigurement.
    • Impairment or protracted loss of the function of an organ or part of the body.

    Aggravated battery is typically a Level 3 felony, but it becomes a Level 1 felony if it results in death and is committed by a person at least 18 years of age against someone less than 14 years of age. This is punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Nonsupport of a Dependent

    If you fail to provide support for a dependent child either knowingly or intentionally, you can be charged with a Level 6 felony. Support includes food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. This is a Level 5 felony if you have a previous conviction under this charge. 

    You may have a valid defense against this charge if the child has abandoned the home of the family without the consent of their parents or an order of a court. However, if the child left the home due to abuse, this is not a defense.

  • Neglect of a Dependent

    If you’re charged with neglect of a dependent, you’re facing a Level 6 felony. This is punishable with imprisonment for anywhere from six months to two-and-a-half years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the offender has a previous conviction under this statute, the offense is elevated to a Level 5 felony. Neglect occurs if a child:

    • Is put in a situation that endangers their life or health.
    • Is deprived of education as required by the law.
    • Is abandoned.
    • Is cruelly confined.
    • Is deprived of necessary support.
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  • Battery of Children

    Battery occurs when any person knowingly touches another in a rude, insolent, or angry manner. A simple battery is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and no more than 180 days in jail. If the battery results in bodily injury, it becomes a Class A misdemeanor punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 and no more than one year in jail.

    When the battery occurs against a child, the severity of the crime increases significantly. If the battery is committed by someone who is at least 18 years of age against someone who is less than 14 years of age, it becomes a Level 3 felony. This is punished with a fixed prison term between six and 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the battery results in death, it’s a Level 2 felony with a prison term between one and 30 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

    If the case is considered an aggravated battery, the charges are more severe. Aggravated battery occurs when the individual intentionally or knowingly inflicts injury that creates:

    • Substantial risk of death.
    • Loss of a fetus.
    • Serious permanent disfigurement.
    • Impairment or protracted loss of the function of an organ or part of the body.

    Aggravated battery is typically a Level 3 felony, but it becomes a Level 1 felony if it results in death and is committed by a person at least 18 years of age against someone less than 14 years of age. This is punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

  • Nonsupport of a Dependent

    If you fail to provide support for a dependent child either knowingly or intentionally, you can be charged with a Level 6 felony. Support includes food, shelter, clothing, and medical care. This is a Level 5 felony if you have a previous conviction under this charge. 

    You may have a valid defense against this charge if the child has abandoned the home of the family without the consent of their parents or an order of a court. However, if the child left the home due to abuse, this is not a defense.

  • Neglect of a Dependent

    If you’re charged with neglect of a dependent, you’re facing a Level 6 felony. This is punishable with imprisonment for anywhere from six months to two-and-a-half years and a fine of up to $10,000. If the offender has a previous conviction under this statute, the offense is elevated to a Level 5 felony. Neglect occurs if a child:

    • Is put in a situation that endangers their life or health.
    • Is deprived of education as required by the law.
    • Is abandoned.
    • Is cruelly confined.
    • Is deprived of necessary support.
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