What is my Claim Worth?

This is a very difficult question to answer because so many factors play into the value of a claim. However, there are some issues that affect each medical malpractice case.

There are two types of damages available in medical malpractice cases: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are losses that you can more easily put a number on, like medical bills, lost wages, cost of prosthetics, cost of care, etc. Non-economic damages are more difficult to pinpoint, and include losses such as pain and suffering and the loss of the companionship of a loved one.

In Ohio, economic damages are not capped, meaning that you can recover all economic damages suffered. However, there are laws which limit, in some circumstances, how much money can be recovered for non-economic damages. Wrongful death cases have no non-economic damage cap. Catastrophic injury cases – meaning where there has been loss of a limb, loss of use of a bodily organ system, or permanent and substantial physical deformity – are subject to a non-economic damage limit of $500,000. Non-economic damages in all other cases are capped at $250,000-$350,000, depending on the amount of economic damages.
Remember that no two cases are the same, so each has a different value and must be handled accordingly.

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