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OHIO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEY REPRESENTING INJURED PATIENTS IN PERRYSBURG.
When you seek medical care from a healthcare provider in Ohio, or you visit a healthcare facility for a routine procedure or surgery, you should be able to expect that you will receive a high quality of care and that you will not suffer a serious or life-threatening injury because of a healthcare provider’s negligence. Yet medical negligence happens much more often than it should, and much more frequently than many patients suspect. Indeed, Johns Hopkins Medicine, citing recent research studies, underscores that medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the country, and many of these mistakes are classified as “never events” that should have been entirely avoidable.
If you were injured by a healthcare provider’s negligence, or if you lost a family member as a result of a hospital’s negligence or a physician’s carelessness, you should get in touch with a Perrysburg medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to find out more about your options for filing a claim.
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WHAT IS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE?
Medical malpractice, which is also known as medical negligence, is an area of personal injury law that allows injured plaintiffs to seek compensation when a healthcare provider’s negligence causes their injury. Medical malpractice can take many different forms under Ohio law, and a variety of healthcare providers or facilities may be liable.
It is important to keep in mind that, while many injuries or undesired outcomes are the results of medical negligence, some are not. Certain types of procedures may come with risks, and patients may accept those risks in moving forward with the procedure or treatment. In situations where a healthcare provider acted reasonably and provided a reasonable quality of care, a patient’s injury may not have been the result of negligence. An experienced Ohio medical malpractice lawyer can assess your case in order to determine whether you have a claim. Since every case is different, it is often difficult to know with certainty whether you may be eligible for compensation without speaking to an attorney.
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LIABILITY IN A PERRYSBURG MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CASE
Many different kinds of healthcare providers can be responsible for medical malpractice cases, and in some lawsuits, the injured plaintiff can be eligible to file a claim against more than one party. Examples of healthcare providers that may be liable for a medical negligence injury include but are not limited to:
- Primary care physicians;
- Physician assistants;
- Outpatient medical centers;
- Lab techs;
- Dentists; and
- Dental hygienists.
COMMON TYPES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN PERRYSBURG
Injuries resulting from medical negligence can occur in many different ways. Examples include:
Diagnostic errors, including misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis;
Medication mistakes, including prescribing the wrong medication or the wrong amount of medication, prescribing a medication that can harmfully interact with a patient’s existing drug regimen, filling the wrong prescription, or filling the wrong amount of the prescription;
Surgical errors, which can include operating on the wrong body part (also known as wrong-site surgery), operating on the wrong patient, giving the wrong amount of anesthesia, or leaving a foreign object inside a patient after surgery;
Falls and other injuries due to negligent care inside a hospital or other healthcare facility; and
Birth injuries and improper medical care during pregnancy.
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ELEMENTS OF A PERRYSBURG, OH MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIM
While you should speak with a medical negligence lawyer in Ohio about the elements you will need to prove to win your case, the following are general elements in a successful medical malpractice case:
Healthcare provider owed the patient a duty of care;
Healthcare provider breached the duty of care by behaving negligently;
Patient suffered an injury as a result of the breach of the duty of care; and
Patient sustained damages.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR A PERRYSBURG, OHIO MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWSUIT
To be eligible for compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit, you will need to file your claim within a specific amount of time. Under Ohio law, an injured patient must file his or her lawsuit within one year from the date of the medical mistake or other negligent act that caused the injury. As soon as the healthcare provider makes the error or engages in the negligent act or omission that causes your injury, the statute of limitations clock will start to tick. From that point forward, you will have only one year to file your lawsuit. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this time window, your claim ultimately could become time-barred by Ohio law, and you will be ineligible to recover damages.
There are some exceptions to the statute of limitations, however. If you suffered an injury that, “in the exercise of reasonable care and diligence, could not have discovered the injury” as soon as it occurred, then you may have additional time to file your lawsuit. In such cases, an injured patient can have one year from the date that she discovered the injury, or reasonably should have discovered the injury, to file a lawsuit. However, the claim still must be filed within four years from the date of the negligent act or omission that gave rise to the medical malpractice lawsuit. The types of claims that commonly fall into this exception are delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis claims, as well as surgical errors in which a foreign object is left inside the patient’s body.
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CONTACT A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE ATTORNEY IN PERRYSBURG
If you or someone you love sustained serious injuries as a result of a healthcare provider’s negligence, it is critical to seek advice from one of our Perrysburg medical malpractice attorneys as soon as possible. You may be eligible to file a claim and to seek financial compensation for your losses. Depending upon the specific facts of your case, you could be eligible to receive both economic and non-economic damages to compensate you for hospital bills, treatment costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you lost a loved one as a result of a medical mistake or a healthcare provider’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation through a wrongful death claim.
The experienced Perrysburg personal injury attorneys at our firm can talk with you today about your case, and we can discuss your options for moving forward with a claim. Contact Groth & Associates to learn more about the personal injury services we provide to injured plaintiffs and their families in Ohio.