Medical Malpractice in Ohio: The BasicsNovember 30, 2017
Medical malpractice in Ohio occurs rather frequently. Unfortunately, many instances of medical malpractice go uninvestigated and unpursued. If you or a loved one are injured and you suspect a medical professional or hospital is to blame, the most important thing you can do is contact a medical malpractice attorney.
Medical malpractice attorneys in Ohio can assist you from the moment an injury occurs until the resolution of your claims. With the help of a legal professional, you can focus on your recovery and have the confidence of knowing a lawyer is fighting for your rights.
But what are your rights under Ohio law? Below are some of the basic points of Ohio medical malpractice law that you can expect to discuss with your attorney.
Your Time is Limited
Ohio law sets a statute of limitations for the filing of medical malpractice lawsuits. The length of time is one year from either the time you discovered your injury or your last date of treatment with negligent physician or party, whichever happened later. This is a very general statement of the law.
For specific inquiries, it is necessary to consult an Ohio medical malpractice attorney. The most important point, though, is that because a time limit exists injured patients are encouraged to contact a lawyer as soon as possible following injury.
What You Need to Prove
In Ohio, to win a medical malpractice case at trial a plaintiff (injured patient) must prove that a medical professional deviated from the accepted level of medical care in the circumstances, and that this deviation caused an injury to the patient. Once again, this is a general statement of the law.
What specifically needs to be proved will depend on the specifics of a case. For example, proving misdiagnosis, surgical negligence, or prescription errors all raise different legal issues. However, regardless of the specifics of your situation, if you were injured you have the right to investigate whether a negligence medical professional caused you undue harm.
How You Need to Prove It
Medical malpractice in Ohio is among the more expensive types of injury cases to pursue. This is because proving medical negligence requires opinions from an expert—or, often, many experts—regarding the standard of care and practice applicable in a given case. This can lead to great expense at trial.
Fortunately, because law firms like Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA represent injured patients on a contingency fee arrangement, clients can pursue medical malpractice claims and only be expected to cover expenses if their case is successful. The expense of pursuing a medical malpractice action, though, does lead medical malpractice attorneys to turn down many claims.
That should not discourage anyone suffering from a medical malpractice injury from contacting an attorney. Quite the opposite. The medical malpractice team at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA is available now to provide a FREE consultation to victims of medical malpractice.
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If you or a loved one were injured and you suspect medical malpractice is to blame, call now and find out if you may have a claim.Back To Blog