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Medical Malpractice

When a doctor’s or other medical professional’s actions fall below the appropriate standard of care, resulting in harm to a patient, it is considered medical malpractice. These actions can include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, birth injuries, or pharmaceutical errors. As a result of this kind of negligence, patients may experience lost income, take on rehabilitation costs, and suffer physical and mental anguish.

As a plaintiff suing for medical malpractice, you have to prove the existence of a doctor-patient relationship, the doctor’s failure to meet the standard of care, and your actual damages. An experienced attorney will be able to walk you through the process of gathering this information and establishing a case.

Frequently Asked Questions

While every state has different laws that govern the procedures for medical malpractice claims, they should generally be pursued as soon as possible. The statute of limitations in Ohio can be as little as one year. You should contact an attorney immediately if you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice.

In Ohio, victims of medical malpractice are generally entitled to recover any “money that they have had to pay or will have to pay as a result of the medical malpractice. This includes things like medical bills, medical treatment and medications, lost wages, an inability to earn the same or any money in the future, and future medical expenses. These are called “economic damages” and they aren’t limited in Ohio. A victim of medical malpractice is also entitled to recover “non-economic damages.” These damages are meant to compensate for pain and suffering and other negative impacts on a victim’s life as a result of the medical malpractice. In Ohio, non-economic damages are generally limited to $250,000 or three times your economic damages (up to a maximum of $350,000 per person and $500,000 per incident), whichever is greater.

The amount of money you’ll be rewarded depends on your injuries, the evidence you have, and whether or not you settle out of court. It’s simply impossible to accurately determine what the outcome of your case will be, but an experienced attorney may be able to give you an idea of the scope of your case once they have all the information.

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