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Legal Help for the Injured
Medical malpractice is any form of improper medical care, often caused by the negligence or recklessness of a doctor, nurse, or another medical provider. And whether you are dealing with more treatment, high medical costs, being out of work, or strained relationships, the consequences of malpractice can be life-changing.
Medical malpractice is also a lot more common than many realize. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, as many as 225,000 people die from some form of medical malpractice every year. Many more people sustain life-altering injuries. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we understand how serious these situations can be. With centuries of combined legal experience, our medical malpractice lawyers will work tirelessly to help.
Call (216) 658-1330 for a free consultation about a potential medical malpractice claim for your injuries.
Since the definition is broad, medical malpractice can vary considerably based on the circumstances. However, this also means that the consequences of inadequate care can range from minor injuries, such as scarring or bruising, to death.
Any time you’re in the hospital, you’re facing serious medical treatment. Errors by hospital staff can cause negative repercussions.
Doctors that make mistakes can cause serious injuries to patients who rely on them for quality care. If a doctor fails to take proper precautions or is distracted by other patients, they may be held liable for harm they cause.
Pharmacists must measure and give out thousands of prescriptions daily. They must be sure to provide the right type of medication and the proper amount to the right patient. They must also make sure medications will not interact negatively.
Medical providers who provide anesthesia to patients must be careful to give the proper dosage and type of medication. One small mistake can have horrible consequences for the patient.
When a person is cut open and operated on with a number of surgical tools, many things can go wrong. From sliced blood vessels to organ damage, the consequences of a botched surgery can warrant seeking funds for a variety of losses.
Sometimes doctors get the diagnosis wrong. Being told inaccurate information about one’s condition can lead to terrible consequences, such as unwanted side effects of improper medications, further injury, or death. When the diagnosis is wrong, the prescribed treatment can be useless.
In many cases, a patient may be prescribed the wrong medication. In addition to making their condition worse, this can lead to unwanted side effects. Incorrect dosages and failure to identify dangerous medication interactions can also cause injuries.
During pregnancy, both mother and child are in an extremely delicate state. Anything from improper prenatal advice to a poorly executed fetal surgery can lead to injury or death. Injuries can also be inflicted during childbirth if improper techniques are used.
Medical professionals and facilities have a higher-than-normal duty when treating their patients. They must provide treatment that conforms to a reasonable standard, which means the way other qualified medical practitioners would manage your care under similar circumstances. Therefore, when a doctor, nurse, or hospital fails to provide treatment that meets the standard, malpractice can occur and the party in question can be held liable.
Common professionals & facilities that may be liable for medical malpractice are:
For example, it’s a widely accepted standard for medical professionals to confirm medications. If a doctor or nurse fails to perform the required check, they may be guilty of malpractice. However, if a hospital administrator or systemic failure regarding medication safety contributed to your injuries, the Cleveland hospital where you were treated may share liability.
When taking your case to court, the first step is proving that medical malpractice took place. Once this has been established, you are required to prove that the injury was a direct result of the malpractice.
While a skilled Cleveland personal injury attorney will do their best to resolve your case in a timely manner, certain case elements take time. For instance, malpractice instigations can take time and require specific legal documentation, called An Affidavit of Merit. This document comes from an outside medical expert and supports that a breach of the standard of care resulted in your injuries.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
Initiating this type of legal action on your own can be difficult. With the help of our dedicated legal team at KNR, however, all you will have to worry about is your recovery. We will handle all the legal aspects of your case.
Possible losses in a medical malpractice case include, but are not limited to:
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Our experienced Cleveland medical malpractice attorneys will help you file legal documents, interview witnesses and responsible parties, and conduct a thorough investigation within the time constraints set out by Ohio law for medical malpractice cases. We will help you develop a strategy that gives you the best chance of success with your case.
If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you can also file an incident report with the State Medical Board of Ohio. This report can detail exactly what happened and may result in disciplinary action for the responsible medical professional. We will discuss the benefits of filing this report and then work to prove that you were injured by those who should have helped you.