Do I Have A Medical Malpractice-Wrongful Death Case?

The scope of the medical malpractice problem.

Statistics differ significantly on the number of medical mistakes that take place in the United States. Some research studies position the variety of medical errors in excess of one million yearly while other studies place the number as low as a few hundred thousand. It is commonly accepted however that iatrogenic illness (disease or injury brought on by a medical error or medical treatment) is the third leading cause of death in the United States after cardiovascular disease and cancer. See, The JOURNAL of the AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4, July 26th 2000.

As an attorney who has restricted his practice to representation of victims hurt by someone else's negligence, medical or otherwise, I have received countless calls from potential clients over the last 20 years asking me if they have a medical malpractice case. Considering that medical malpractice litigation is very pricey and very lengthy the attorneys in our company are extremely careful exactly what medical malpractice cases in which we opt to get involved. It is not uncommon for an attorney, or law firm to advance lawsuits expenditures in excess of $100,000.00 simply to obtain a case to trial. These expenditures are the expenses associated with pursuing the litigation which include expert witness costs, deposition expenses, exhibit preparation and court costs. What follows is a summary of the problems, questions and factors to consider that the legal representatives in our firm think about when discussing with a client a potential medical malpractice case.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice is medical treatment that breaches of the "Standard of Care" for medical physicians (or nurses, chiropractic physicians, dental experts, podiatrists and so on.) which leads to an injury or death. "Requirement of Care" means medical treatment that a reasonable, prudent medical service provider in the exact same community should supply. A lot of cases involve a conflict over exactly what the relevant standard of care is. The standard of care is typically offered through the use of expert testimony from speaking with physicians that practice or teach medicine in the exact same specialty as the offender( s).

When did the malpractice take place (Statute of Limitations)?

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In Ohio the medical malpractice statute of constraints is one year from the date of the malpractice, or the last date the accused treated the plaintiff (victim) or the date the plaintiff found or reasonably need to have discovered the malpractice. Some states have a two year statute of constraints. In Ohio if the victim is a minor the statute of constraints will not even start to run up until the minor becomes 18 years of ages. Be encouraged nevertheless derivative claims for moms and dads might run several years earlier. If believe you might have a case it is essential you get in touch with an attorney soon. Irrespective of the statute of limitations, physicians relocate, witnesses vanish and memories fade. The earlier counsel is engaged the sooner essential proof can be protected and the much better your possibilities are of dominating.

Exactly what did the medical professional do or fail to do?

Just due to the fact that a patient does not have a successful result from a surgery, medical procedure or medical treatment does not in and of itself imply the physician made a mistake. Medical practice is by no indicates a guarantee of health or a total recovery. The majority of the time when a client experiences a not successful result from medical treatment it is not because the medical service provider slipped up. of the time when there is a bad medical result it is despite great, quality healthcare not because of sub-standard treatment.

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When discussing a possible case with a customer it is essential that the client be able to inform us why they believe there was medical carelessness. As we all understand individuals typically pass away from cancer, cardiovascular disease or organ failure even with excellent treatment. Nevertheless, we also understand that individuals typically must not die from knee surgery, appendix elimination, hernia repair work or some other "minor" surgery. When something very unexpected like that happens it certainly is worth exploring whether there was a medical error. If in doubt most medical malpractice legal representatives will discuss your case with you informally on the telephone. The majority of legal representatives do not charge for a preliminary assessment in carelessness cases.

So what if there was a medical error (near cause)?

In any carelessness case not only is the burden of proof on the complainant to prove the medical malpractice the complainant should likewise prove that as a direct result of the medical neglect some injury or death resulted (damages). This is called "proximate cause." Since medical malpractice lawsuits is so pricey to pursue the injuries need to be substantial to necessitate moving forward with the case. All medical mistakes are "malpractice" nevertheless only a little portion of errors give rise to medical malpractice cases.

By way of example, if a parent takes his son to the emergency clinic after a skateboard mishap and the ER physician doesn't do x-rays despite an apparent bend in the kid's lower arm and informs the daddy his kid has "just a sprain" this likely is medical malpractice. However, if the child is correctly diagnosed within a couple of days and makes a complete recovery it is unlikely the "damages" are extreme adequate to carry out a claim that likely would cost in excess of $50,000.00. However, if because of the hold-up in being properly detected, the kid needs to have his arm re-broken and the growth plate is irreparably damaged due to the delay then the damages likely would require more investigation and a possible suit.

Other crucial considerations.

Other issues that are important when figuring out whether a customer has a malpractice case consist of the victim's habits and medical history. Did the victim do anything to cause or contribute to the bad medical result? of medical malpractice defense lawyer is to blame the client. If it is a birth injury case, did the mother have proper prenatal care, did she smoke or use drugs during her pregnancy? In other cases, did the patient follow the medical professional's orders, keep his appointments, take his medicine as advised and inform the medical professional the reality? These are truths that we have to understand in order to figure out whether the doctor will have a legitimate defense to the malpractice claim?

Exactly what occurs if it appears like there is a case?

If it appears that the client might have been a victim of a medical mistake, the medical mistake caused a significant injury or death and the patient was certified with his physician's orders, then we have to get the client's medical records. In many cases, acquiring the medical records includes nothing more mailing a release signed by the customer to the medical professional and/or hospital in addition to a letter asking for the records. In the case of wrongful death, an administrator of the victims estate has to be selected in the regional county court of probate and then the administrator can sign the release asking for the records.

When the records are received we evaluate them to make sure they are total. It is not uncommon in medical neglect cases to receive insufficient medical charts. Once all the relevant records are acquired they are supplied to a competent medical expert for evaluation and viewpoint. If the case protests an emergency clinic physician we have an emergency room physician examine the case, if it's against a cardiologist we have to obtain an opinion from a cardiologist, and so on

. Primarily, what we wish to know form the expert is 1) was the healthcare offered below the standard of care, 2) did the offense of the standard of care lead to the clients injury or death? If the physicians opinion agrees with on both counts a lawsuit will be prepared on the customer's behalf and typically filed in the court of common pleas in the county where the malpractice was dedicated or in the county where the accused lives. In some minimal circumstances jurisdiction for the malpractice suit could be federal court or some other court.


In sum, a great malpractice lawyer will carefully and completely review any prospective malpractice case before submitting a claim. It's not fair to the victim or the medical professionals to submit a suit unless the specialist tells us that he believes there is a strong basis to bring the claim. Due to the cost of pursuing a medical negligence action no good legal representative has the time or resources to waste on a "unimportant claim."

When seeking advice from a malpractice legal representative it is essential to accurately provide the lawyer as much information as possible and answer the lawyer's questions as entirely as possible. Prior to speaking with an attorney consider making some notes so you always remember some crucial reality or scenario the attorney might need.

Lastly, if you think you may have a malpractice case get in touch with a great malpractice lawyer as soon as possible so there are no statute of constraints issues in your case.

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