When you seek treatment from a medical professional, you want to improve your condition, not worsen it. If an act of a Columbus medical professional leaves you paralyzed, you have the right to seek damages from the medical professional or facility that caused your injuries.
A severe injury that results in paralysis can leave you with ongoing medical and personal care costs that you did not expect. You should not have to bear these losses on your own. A lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC can assess your losses, find out who caused your injuries, and work to get you any compensation available for the medical treatment or procedure that harmed you. You can learn more during a free consultation.
Do I Have a Case for Medical Malpractice?
Sometimes medical treatment or surgical procedures do not turn out as expected or end up worsening a patient’s medical condition. However, not every failed treatment method rises to the level of medical malpractice. A legal claim for medical malpractice only exists if the standard of care by the medical professional was negligent or unreasonable based on the actions of an equally qualified medical professional in a similar situation.
When medical treatment, whether it involves surgery, administration of drugs, or other procedures, is unreasonable based on the circumstances, the injured patient may have grounds for a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit.
All physicians or other medical professionals who treat patients owe those patients a clear duty of care. When a medical professional’s level of care falls below or violates the relevant standard of care and causes injuries, harm, or other losses to a patient, the medical professional may be liable for those injuries under medical malpractice laws.
Different Causes of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur in various ways. Some common types of medical malpractice that ultimately could lead to paralysis might include:
- Misdiagnosis, resulting in improper treatment
- Failure to diagnose, resulting in delayed treatment
- Surgical errors
- Errors in administering anesthesia or other drugs
- Understaffing of hospitals leading to poor care
Medical malpractice is more than a failed medical treatment or procedure. Instead, it involves a mistake, lapse in judgment, or failure to properly treat the patient’s medical condition. Our lawyers must prove your injuries are a result of negligence. Proving negligence by a doctor or other professional can be challenging to do on your own, but our legal team knows what to do when reviewing and evaluating evidence.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get in an Ohio Medical Malpractice Case?
The law permits you to seek compensation if you have fallen victim to medical malpractice. Although compensation cannot cure your paralysis, it can help pay for unexpected expenses that you may face for years to come. You also may be able to better access the care that you need.
In many medical malpractice cases, awards consist of compensatory damages. In some cases, usually involving reckless or intentional behaviors, punitive damages might also be a part of your award. A medical lawyer Columbus Ohio working in our firm can analyze the circumstances of your paralysis injury and determine the full range of damages for which you may be eligible.
Getting Compensatory Damages
Compensatory damages can be economic or non-economic. Usually, an incident of medical malpractice leads to both types of damages. Economic damages directly compensate injury victims for their losses. Common examples of economic damages are:
- Medical bills
- Lost salary or wages
- Other related costs, such as home health care, rehabilitation, medical devices, and prescriptions
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate injury victims for other kinds of losses they do not directly pay for money-wise. These damages can include pain and suffering from their injuries. Another type of non-economic compensation is for the loss of enjoyment of life, such as if victims are no longer able to enjoy running or gardening due to their paralysis.
Limits on Damages
Ohio law does place some limits on non-economic damages in some medical malpractice and personal injury cases. Non-economic damages are those that are related to losses not tied to a specific monetary expense and are frequently referred to as pain and suffering.
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How a Medical Malpractice Attorney Can Help You Prove Liability
The Fitch Law Firm LLC stands ready to help you if you or a loved one has fallen victim to medical malpractice in Columbus. A lawyer in our Columbus office at 900 Michigan Ave., Suite 200, can evaluate the situation that led to your paralysis.
We can document its causes and determine which parties are liable for your injuries. We can help you understand your legal rights and options to help you make the decisions that will best help you and your family.
There Are No Upfront Costs for Us to Start on Your Case
We want to make our legal representation available to everyone. As a result, we work on a contingency basis, which means you pay us nothing upfront for our legal services. We receive no payments until you receive an award for your losses.
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