Legal Options if Physician Error Caused Serious Harm
Physicians hold a relationship of unique trust in our lives. You may have a relationship with a doctor that stretches over years, or even decades. But, if a physician causes an error, you could seriously suffer. If this is the case, you should reach out to an Ohio medical malpractice lawyer right away.
When a doctor is negligent in our care and causes some injury or harm, the effects can be both physically and emotionally devastating. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence, you may have legal options for holding a physician accountable through a medical malpractice claim.
With the help of a dedicated Ohio medical malpractice lawyer, you may be able to obtain compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Kisling, Nestico & Redick is one of Ohio’s most experienced medical malpractice law firms. We earned this reputation by providing personalized service to all of our clients and by establishing a history of success in even the most complicated medical negligence cases. We have close working relationships with medical professionals and expert witnesses, allowing us to conduct thorough investigations and a full examination of all possible causes of your injuries.
Call our Ohio medical malpractice attorneys at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free appointment to discuss your specific claim and learn how we can help.
Medical Malpractice Basics
Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other medical professional fails to provide appropriate health care or treatment and you suffer some harm as a result.
In order to meet the legal threshold for medical malpractice, you must prove that the doctor was negligent in a manner that caused you harm. This situation can arise when a doctor is not reasonably skilled or competent and their lack of competence led to an error that caused you injury.
In order to prove you were the victim of medical malpractice, you must be able to demonstrate:
An existing doctor-patient relationship
The doctor was negligent, meaning that the doctor made an error that harmed you and violated a medical standard of care. The question here is whether a doctor was reasonably skilled and careful in treating you
The doctor’s error caused injury, pain or other harm, up to and including death
Here, you must demonstrate that it’s more likely than not that the doctor’s incompetence led to the direct result of injury or harm. This requirement usually means that medical experts must be called to show how the doctor’s error caused injury
The injury led to explicit damages
This requirement means you suffered harm or injury, which can include physical pain, mental distress, additional medical bills, or lost wages or earning capacity
Common Physician Errors
Doctors can make many different kinds of errors in the course of treating a patient. Most medical malpractice claims fall into a specific category.
We help parents of injured children hold physicians, obstetricians and other liable parties accountable for the negligent conduct that led to cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), Erb’s palsy, and all other birth injuries.
Negligent Prenatal Care:
If poor medical treatment is provided during pregnancy, it could harm the child or mother, or both. A doctor may misdiagnose a condition inherent to the mother that may cause harm to a child, fail to identify birth defects, or fail to diagnose a disease in the mother that could be passed to the fetus.
Failure to Diagnose:
If it can be demonstrated that a competent doctor would have discovered a patient’s illness or condition and would have made a different diagnosis, the patient may have a viable malpractice claim. It helps the patient’s argument if a different diagnosis would have led to less harm or a better outcome.
If a doctor treats a specific patient in a manner that no competent physician would, the patient may have an authentic claim for malpractice. Conversely, malpractice may also have occurred if the doctor selects the appropriate course of treatment but executes it improperly.
Misdiagnosis or Delayed Diagnosis:
This factor accounts for a great percentage of medical malpractice lawsuits. If a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a condition or fails to identify the root cause of an illness, the patient misses treatment options that might have prevented serious harm or even death.
Failure to Warn a Patient of Known Risks:
As a duty of care, doctors must warn patients of known risks of a course of treatment or medical procedure. This is known in the medical community as the duty of informed consent. If a patient armed with the knowledge of potential risks would have elected not to have the treatment, the doctor may be liable for medical malpractice.
When surgical instruments are left inside a patient, surgery is conducted on the wrong site, arteries or organs are nicked during surgery, or any other type of surgical error is committed, the consequences can be life-altering.
Medication errors take on many different forms, including overdose, under-dose, improper drug combinations, and avoidable drug interactions. These errors can lead to severe allergic reactions, cardiac arrest, deadly drops in blood pressure, and many other catastrophic consequences.
This form of malpractice may identify a doctor, an anesthesiologist, or the hospital or medical facility as a liable party. Giving too much anesthesia, failing to monitor the patient’s vital signs, or using defective equipment can all lead to a medical malpractice case.
Contact Our Ohio Medical Negligence Lawyers
Medical malpractice cases are full of complexity and legal nuances. They require testimony from expert witnesses and an examination of what the accepted standard of care is in a particular situation. Due to the complicated nature of these claims, it’s important to turn to an experienced Ohio medical malpractice attorney, such as our lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick, when you or a loved one has been harmed by a physician’s error.
Our Ohio personal injury lawyers have more than four centuries of combined experience helping people who have been injured by the negligence of others, including by medical negligence. We are dedicated to helping you pursue justice and obtain the compensation you deserve when you’ve been harmed by a doctor’s error.
Our medical malpractice attorneys serve clients throughout Ohio, and we will to travel to your location if you are unable to make it to one of our offices due to your injuries.
Call 1-800-HURT-NOW or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of the experienced Ohio medical malpractice lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick. We do not charge an attorney fee unless you recover compensation for your case. One call does it all — contact us today to make your appointment.