If you or someone you love suffered unnecessarily due to a doctor error, you have legal options under Ohio law. Doctor errors are often cited in medical malpractice suits in the state, along with errors made by other medical professionals, such as nurses and pharmacists. At the law firm of Colley Shroyer & Abraham, we have years of experience helping victims of doctor errors pursue compensation via medical malpractice suits, and we can help you as well.
It would be comedic if it weren't so terrifying, especially knowing it could happen to you, or your child or your mother. Or maybe it did happen to you, or your child or your mother. You trusted your doctor and a medical team with the only life you have and the most important thing you have, your health. Once either of those goes, you go too. So what happens when the importance of that responsibility becomes routine and loses the depth of its importance?
Medical malpractice in a hospital setting can result in injuries that can have a lasting impact on the life of the victim, and this in turn means that even if a medical malpractice lawsuit does not go all the way through trial to a jury award, a plaintiff can still receive a substantial sum of money as compensation through settlement.
When a doctor tells you that you need heart surgery, you may look at him or her with disbelief. Even if you've been having symptoms, it will take some time for that news to sink in. But what if you later discovered that the surgery was unnecessary?
When you put your trust in an Ohio doctor, you expect that they will provide you with the medical care that you need to get well. Unfortunately, medical malpractice and negligence are all too common, often leading to worsened medical conditions. People who have been the victim of medical wrong-doing might be entitled to compensation.
The legal theory of vicarious liability is based on the concept that an employee engaged in activity on behalf of his or her employer can, if his or her behavior is culpable, lead to liability on the part of the employer as well. In Ohio vicarious liability can occur in the setting of medical treatment, because although some health care professionals like physicians are solo practitioners, many others work for a larger organization like a hospital.
In our age of instant communication, few groups have benefited more from cellphones than doctors. Yes, pagers are still widely used, but often a quick text or a phone call can say a lot more than a message on a pager can. While there are innumerable benefits of doctors carrying cellphones, there are also drawbacks -- and not the obvious one, it being a distraction. Rather, doctors could be causing their patients to become sicker by carrying their phones around the hospital, especially in the operating room.
Not long ago there used to be a television series titled, "A Thousand Ways to Die". It featured allegedly true stories of people who met their ends in unpredictable and often bizarre ways. Aside from its ghoulish entertainment value, the series was a reminder that sometimes events can occur that you have no way of preparing for, and which can have enormous long-term consequences.
Choosing a doctor is a serious matter, and you can invest considerable time and effort researching your decision. The good news is that in today's information age, you have many options available to do your homework, including the Internet and a variety of consumer reporting sites. But how much faith can you place in the information you gather from such sources?
You may recall a recent post where we discussed the importance of time in medical malpractice cases. The statute of limitations in Ohio dictates that you have precisely one year to file a medical malpractice case, though there are rules on when that clock starts running. If you or a loved one has been harmed by or in the care of a medical provider, your instinct may be to file a medical malpractice lawsuit immediately. Before you do so, there are some steps you should take.