If you suspect a health care provider or medical facility harmed you or a loved one, you should speak with a Columbus. Ohio. medical malpractice attorney to discuss the situation. Medical mistakes and neglect cause tens of thousands of injuries, illnesses, and, too often, deaths across the United States each year. But proving a case and receiving compensation is difficult.
To help you know if you may have grounds for taking legal action after an adverse health outcome, the Columbus medical malpractice lawyers with Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman explain five things everyone should know about medical malpractice. Each case is unique, however, so we invite residents of central Ohio to contact us with specific questions and concerns. Free, no-pressure consultations can be scheduled by calling (614) 678-3318 or completing this online contact form.
A partial list of harms to a patient that can give grounds for filing medical malpractice claims includes
Health outcomes are never guaranteed. Sometimes, a patient fails to recover or dies even though all the health care providers did their best. This is what makes medical malpractice cases so difficult.
In order to succeed with an insurance claim or lawsuit over malpractice, a patient must present evidence that
In less legalistic language, it is not enough to say you did not get better, rather, a patient should work with a Columbus medical malpractice to establish what would be the expected outcome if an error was not made, and then show exactly how the defendant did not act in a standard way. Getting expert analysis and testimony is often required.
Most people only think of surgeons when medical malpractice comes to mind, but all kinds of physicians may be held liable for making errors that harm patients. Dentists, nurses, and pharmacists also have many duties to patients. Beyond their person duties to patients, highly degreed health care providers can be held responsible for the harmful negligence of the assistants and aides they supervise.
Medical facilities and group practices that employ health care providers have duties to train, equip, and oversee those professionals. When a patient suffers harm because the managers of a facility failed to meet their duties, the facility can be named as a defendant in a medical malpractice claim along with any provider who was directly involved.
Ohio enforces a 1-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims. This means that, except in very specific circumstances, court will automatically reject a claim that is filed more than 12 months after the date on which harm was discovered or the date on which the patient last interacted with the provider and/or facility named as the defendant. Consulting with a Columbus, Ohio, medical malpractice will help you understand which rules of the statute of limitations apply to your potential case.