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Did you grow up thinking that doctors are all knowing? Many of us were. If a person spends the time to get the education and earns a license to practice medicine, there’s a presumption they are smarter than the average person is when it comes to health care.
That may be a safe assumption to make in most instances, but the truth is that individuals who got all A’s in med school and those who got all C’s are all called doctor if they have a license. It also can be true that the person who made all C’s might be the better care provider. Still, errors occur.
Medical competency depends on the solid delivery of the standard of care. To ensure it’s delivered these days, great emphasis is put on patient advocacy. Nurses may be in a prime position to serve in this role, however most medical professionals say patients fare better when they become active participants in their own care.
Being proactive can help ensure you get the right care at the right time. But if the proper standard is not met, how can you tell? You can’t be expected to know what procedures, tests and treatments constitute the standard of care. You can and should ask questions and press for answers, but If they don’t come or come too late, what then?
If you or someone you love suffered injury or died because of suspected malpractice, you need a legal advocate experienced in the processes required to obtain the information that’s essential to understanding your case and equipped to fight for your rights.

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Gayle Gerling Pettinga

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at Indiana University’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you.

Gayle has received numerous awards and honors including Martindale-Hubbell — Peer Review Rated: AV®, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Attorneys in Indiana for Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service, and YWCA Evansville 100 Years, 100 Women Honoree, 2011.

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