Most people place a great deal of trust in their doctors, surgeons, and healthcare providers. Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States – heart disease and cancer heading the list – and accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year.
If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact a Tiffin medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your situation. A determined personal injury attorney can devote the time and resources necessary to build your case.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider, including doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, or anyone licensed to provide health care, acts in a way which deviates from an accepted standard of care. While there are many types of medical malpractice, the most common include:
Although individual health care providers can be held liable for medical malpractice, hospitals, medical practices, medical facilities, and other entities can also be held liable when an injury occurs. It is also important to keep in mind that Ohio’s statute of limitations in which to file a medical malpractice lawsuit is generally only one year from the date of the injury itself, the date when the injury should have been discovered, or the date on which the doctor/patient relationship has ended – whichever comes later. A Tiffin medical malpractice lawyer can help individuals pursue a medical malpractice case if they choose to do so.
A Tiffin medical malpractice lawyer understands the types of damages or compensation that someone may be entitled to, how insurance companies operate, and what types of information is needed to file a lawsuit.
Medical malpractice damages can generally be divided into two categories, economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those which can be easily “quantified,” such as medical bills, lost income, and lost earning capacity for both the past and in the future. Non-economic damages are those which are subjective in nature and cannot be easily quantified, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional distress in the past and future.
As most Ohioans know, the state has a cap on non-economic damages. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2323.43 limits them to $250,000, or three times the plaintiff’s economic damages. There is a $350,000 cap per plaintiff or $500,000 cap for each case if there is more than one plaintiff.
That increases to $500,000 per plaintiff or $1 million per case if the malpractice caused certain permanent and/or catastrophic injuries. An experienced Tiffin medical malpractice attorney can explain how this might affect their situation.
Medical malpractice injuries can be life-changing. If you have been injured, remember that you have a right to compensation. Whoever is ultimately responsible for your injuries, rest assured that they will be represented by an insurance company who only has their client’s best interests in mind.
Medical malpractice claims are very complex and having a Tiffin medical malpractice lawyer on your side evens the playing field and ensures that you have an experienced legal advisor looking out for your best interests.
Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC