If you believe a medical professional’s negligence caused your amputation or loss of a limb, you could hold them accountable for their actions or inaction. A Columbus amputation or loss of limb medical malpractice lawyer with The Fitch Law Firm, LLC can help. While amputation is necessary sometimes as it can mean the difference between life and death, there are many times it can be prevented.
We trust doctors to properly treat us. They owe all patients a standard of care, and when that is violated, you may want to take legal action as they have committed medical malpractice. You may be entitled to financial compensation for damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and more. Our attorneys will learn the facts from you during a free consultation and go from there.
How a Columbus Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Benefit Your Amputation or Loss of Limb Case
The Medical Professional Liability Association (MPL) reports that 88% of the malpractice cases that go to trial are won by the defendants. That’s likely because medical malpractice cases are a huge undertaking.
Pursuing this avenue for compensation means gathering sufficient evidence of your injuries, finding convincing proof they were the result of a medical provider’s unacceptable error, and obtaining testimony from a qualified medical expert to substantiate your claim.
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Proving Negligence Can Be Challenging in Medical Malpractice Cases
The biggest obstacle in a medical malpractice claim is that a doctor’s error does not necessarily mean negligence. You would need to prove they deviated from the expected standard in healthcare and that error led to your injury. That can be challenging to do without connections, resources, and experience in medical malpractice law.
Trusting our amputation injury attorneys lawyer will enable you to build a viable case for compensation that will stick in court or arbitration. Our law firm can ease the burden of fighting a legal battle by handling your case from start to finish while you focus on your physical recovery. There is nothing more important than your health.
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Causes of Medical Malpractice Our Columbus Amputation or Loss of Limb Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You Sue for
The following are ways a doctor may have acted negligently, leading to a patient’s amputation or loss of a limb:
- A doctor failed to diagnose (or correctly diagnose) and treat an infection.
- A doctor operated on the wrong limb or damaged a limb.
- A doctor improperly treated a wound, and it led to an infection.
- A doctor encountered complications from surgery and did not adhere to the standard of care.
- The patient was prematurely discharged
- Incorrect medications were prescribed
- Surgical instruments were left inside the patient
- The patient’s symptoms or concerns were ignored
A medical malpractice lawyer in Columbus, Ohio can investigate what caused your amputation or loss of a limb.
It is possible a doctor deviated from the standard of care you were owed. If this is the case, your lawyer can prove your injury was a direct result of medical malpractice. We will handle the entirety of your case; you only must focus on healing.
How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice Happened?
Patients can receive negative medical results, and it is not a case of medical malpractice. However, medical malpractice occurs when you have the following:
- A doctor-patient relationship: You were a patient of the doctor or medical professional who harmed you.
- A violation of the standard of care: The doctor or medical professional did not meet the standard of care. They neglected to take action that could have prevented further harm.
- Negligence caused injuries: Medical negligence that the doctor or medical professional committed caused your injuries.
- Quantifiable harm: Your damages from medical negligence are calculable, and you can receive compensation for your harm.
Your Columbus amputation medical malpractice lawyer will leave no stone unturned in proving you suffered from medical negligence and deserve financial compensation for this irreversible harm.
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Our Lawyers Can Help You Litigate Your Case If It Comes to That
An amputation or lost limb lawyer with our firm will manage everything for you. Some of the services you will be provided with include:
Investigating the Malpractice That Occurred
We can identify the party responsible for your injury, look into the treatment you received, and gather evidence to build your case.
Evidence can include your medical records, pictures or videos of your injuries, documentation of your treatment from the hospital, and witness statements.
Handling Communication with All Parties Involved
We will be speaking with the doctor who harmed you and their representatives on your behalf.
Filing Your Claim and/or Lawsuit
We will take care of all the paperwork and file your insurance claim and/or medical malpractice lawsuit. We can also handle negotiations with the insurance company as well.
Litigating Your Case, If Necessary
If the insurance adjuster refuses to offer a fair settlement, then we will take the case to court and continue to fight for an adequate financial award.
Your lawyer will keep you updated and informed and answer any questions you may have—all while working for a contingency fee. At the Fitch Law Firm LLC, we will not charge you anything out of pocket for our help. Instead, we will not get paid unless and until you obtain compensation. Our fees will then come from your earnings, not your bank account.
Damages You Could Recover
The amount of compensation you receive depends on your case. Your lawyer will determine what damages you are entitled to and valuate them. In a medical malpractice case, you may be compensated for several damages, including:
Pain and Suffering
A patient injured due to medical malpractice will likely experience pain and suffering, which is non-economic damage. Your lawyer will calculate the amount of compensation you deserve for this turmoil.
Lost Wages/Diminished Earnings
If you have had to miss work due to your amputation or loss of a limb, you may be compensated for the wages you lost.
If you cannot work the same job you had before the malpractice occurred, you may have to take a lower-paying job. You may receive compensation for this loss, too.
You may receive compensation for past and future medical expenses related to your amputation or loss of a limb.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
If you are suffering from depression and/or unable to partake in the activities you enjoyed before the medical malpractice incident, you may be compensated for this non-economic damage.
If the amputation or loss of a limb led to a family member’s death, your family could receive compensation for damages, such as funeral and burial expenses, loss of companionship/guidance, and loss of financial support.
Who Is Liable for My Medical Malpractice Amputation or Loss of Limb Injury?
In medical malpractice claims, the compensation usually comes from the doctor’s insurance. In the U.S., physicians and medical facilities are required to have professional liability insurance. Most of the common medical malpractice errors are covered by this insurance, such as incorrect prescriptions, birth injuries, anesthesia errors, misdiagnosis, and many others.
In some cases, a doctor must sign off on a settlement with a claimant; in others, the insurance company can settle the claim on its own with the doctor’s consent.
Vicarious Liability in Medical Malpractice Cases
Depending on the circumstances of your case, the medical facility or the medical professional may be held liable for the loss of your limb. Under the concept of vicarious liability, the hospital may be responsible for paying out your medical malpractice claim if their covered medical staff is found negligent. Alternatively, if the medical professional is an independent contractor or owns their own practice, he or she may be liable for damages.
A Hospital May Be Directly Responsible for Medical Negligence
A medical facility may be directly responsible for medical negligence in other cases. When hospitals fail to perform their duties, there can be serious consequences. Many times, these duties relate to hiring staff members. Some of the reasons a hospital may be found negligent are:
- Failing to perform due diligence in vetting staff credentials
- Failing to investigate previous misconduct before hiring
- Ignoring complaints, concerns of misconduct, or ethical issues related to the medical staff member
- Retaining the staff member despite having knowledge of their misconduct
- Understaffing the facility
- Overworking nurses and other medical staff
- Failure to properly train medical staff
- Failure to supervise medical staff when necessary
When a hospital is aware or should have been aware that a healthcare practitioner on its staff was unfit, incompetent, or otherwise unable to perform the duties of their job, the facility should be held directly accountable for any injuries a victim suffers. A preventable amputation is an unacceptable loss at the hands of medical care providers.
When your lawyer investigates your case, they will determine how a medical professional was negligent, identify the liable party, and pursue them for fair compensation. You deserve justice, and it is our job to obtain it.
Contact the Attorneys at the Fitch Law Firm LLC for Legal Help Today
Call us today for a free consultation with a compassionate team member. We can advise you on your rights. We understand no amount of money can bring back the life you had before your amputation or loss of a limb, but we want to ease the financial burden you are facing. Let us help you through this difficult time.
We are an affordable law firm that can manage all the legal legwork of your case while you focus on your recovery. You can count on us to fight tirelessly to secure the best possible outcome for you.
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