Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Cleveland
According to the Journal of Patient Safety, each year, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die as a result of medical negligence or medical malpractice. In other words, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second. Our Cleveland medical malpractice lawyers are ready to help the victims of medical errors.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a doctor or other healthcare provider, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses. Tittle & Perlmuter has handled numerous medical malpractice cases in Cleveland and beyond. This is because our Cleveland medical malpractice attorneys are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve. You need to cover medical bills and other losses associated with injuries as a result of being a victim of medical negligence – let us help.
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What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical Malpractice, also known as medical negligence, is an error on the part of health-care providers, such as a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or other hospital employee, who violated the accepted standard of care, and that this specific violation resulted in serious harm to the patient.
When an unexpected death, significant decline in a patient’s health, or a loss of limb occurs under medical care, a thorough investigation should take place by someone who is experienced in medical malpractice cases – Tittle & Perlmuter has that experience. If you have been hurt or lost a loved one as a result of medical malpractice, call Tittle & Perlmuter. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for their clients and will pursue every dollar of compensation you deserve.
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How Can Tittle & Perlmuter Help You or a Loved One If You Are a Victim of Medical Malpractice?
Tittle & Perlmuter is able to prosecute medical malpractices cases in Cleveland and elsewhere in Ohio. We treat each one of our cases with extreme care. You will never feel like “just a number” when you work with us. We have access to a network of medical experts who can weigh in and share teh facts of your case. Let us do the work while you focus on healing.
At Tittle & Perlmuter, we only agree to take on the most egregious malpractice cases. If we agree to accept your case, we do so with the confidence that your case is genuine, that you deserve compensation due to the negligence of a medical provider, and that we can prove these facts at trial. In other words, if Tittle & Perlmuter agrees to accept your case, it is because we are prepared to fully investigate and then take your case to trial if the insurance company will not settle for a fair amount.
What Types of Medical Malpractice Cases does Tittle & Perlmuter Handle?
Medical malpractice can come in a variety of forms, the effects of which can vary significantly depending on the patient’s situation. The following are common causes of patient injury or death that should be investigated to determine if a medical provider was negligent:
- Birth Injuries, including Brachial plexus injury (Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, and other nerve damage), cerebral palsy and other brain damage
- Surgical Errors
- Medication Errors
- Diagnostic Errors
- Anesthesia Errors
- Emergency Room Errors
- Radiology Errors
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Misdiagnosis of a heart attack or stroke
- Nursing Home Abuse, including bed sores (pressure ulcers), injuries from falls, and malnutrition and dehydration
- Hospital Malpractice
- failure to provide a necessary test;
- delay in diagnosis;
- leaving surgical instruments in the body;
- nursing negligence;
- inadequate staffing, training, or supervision of staff;
Medical malpractice claims can be made against any type of medical care provider including doctors, nurses, midwives, therapists, chiropractors, hospitals, clinics, and other medical providers.
However, be aware that there are strict time limits you must meet to file a lawsuit. These time limits are complex and strictly enforced by the courts. Generally, in Ohio, there is only one year to bring a medical negligence claim, unless an exception applies. It is in your best interest to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
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When you are ready to act, give us a call – it will cost you nothing to have your potential claim evaluated. We welcome the opportunity to hear your story.
For a free claim evaluation and consultation, call 216-308-1522 now or fill out our online contact form. We will respond promptly. We can arrange evening and weekend appointments, and we can come to you.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, occurs when a medical care provider, such as a doctor, hospital, nurse, technician, or other health care provider fails to provide care using good and accepted medical techniques or principles, which then causes harm or death to the patient. In other words, a medical care provider fails to provide care within the requisite standard of care, which leads to injury or death. A poor outcome or surgical complication does not necessarily mean that medical care provider was negligent. A medical malpractice lawyer can help you determine if your health care provider did not provide acceptable care or if medical mistakes occurred.
2. What are some examples of medical malpractice?
Examples of medical malpractice can include the following: birth injuries, surgical errors, medication errors, diagnostic errors, anesthesia errors, emergency room errors, radiology errors, failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, nursing home abuse, failure to provide a necessary test, delay in diagnosis, leaving a surgical instrument in the body, and more.
3. Does a poor outcome mean that medical malpractice has occurred?
Generally, no. To prevail in a medical malpractice action, the plaintiff must prove that the doctor or other healthcare provider was negligent. Unintended complications or side effects to a particular treatment may occur absent malpractice. For example, some types of unintended complications that can occur without malpractice are infections or bleeding.
4. Can I sue for medical malpractice?
If you suffered serious injury as a result of medical negligence, you can file suit – the same goes for family members of victims of medical negligence who have lost their lives. Further, suit can be brought against any type of medical care provider who provided healthcare services, not just doctors.
5. How long do I have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit?
In the state of Ohio, generally, you have one year from the date of the negligence to bring a medical malpractice claim. However, there are several exceptions to this general rule, such as the discovery rule, termination of the physician-patient relationship, or if the victim was under a legal disability. It is best to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to help you determine the proper statute of limitation.
6. How long will my medical malpractice case take?
In short, it depends on a number of factors, especially in light of the fact that every medical malpractice case is different. The factors that can cause the time to vary are as follows: the number of parties involved, the number of depositions and investigation needed, schedules and commitments of experts, the schedule of the court, and so on.
7. How much does a medical malpractice lawyer cost?
Tittle & Perlmuter handles medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we are able to make a recovery on your behalf, we will collect a percentage of your award to cover legal costs. Conversely, if we are unsuccessful in prosecuting your case, you will not be responsible for any of the costs incurred. For more information, please read the Tittle & Perlmuter pledge.
8. What kinds of expenses will you incur in medical negligence cases?
The costs involved in prosecuting medical malpractice cases are very high. For example, you must obtain medical records, retain expert witnesses, and carry out depositions. Expenses may also involve the cost of exhibits and technology to fully demonstrate the devastating injuries that are personal to each of our clients. Depending on the case, the cost to Tittle & Perlmuter to take a medical negligence to trial often runs from $50,000 to $200,000.
9. Do you represent doctors and hospitals?
No. Tittle & Perlmuter only represents injured persons and is committed to fighting for “the little guy.” We do not represent any doctors or hospitals in medical negligence actions.
10. What should I do if I suspect that medical malpractice has occurred?
If you suspect that medical malpractice has occurred, do not accuse the health care providers or threaten that you are going to call an attorney. Instead, as soon as possible, contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Additionally, if possible, obtain a copy of your medical records for the attorney to review. Further, if the patient’s care with physician suspected of malpractice is ongoing, you may want to transfer to another hospital or health care provider.
11. Are medical malpractice cases common?
According to the Journal of Patient Safety, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients die as a result of medical negligence or medical malpractice yearly. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease and cancer. Medical errors injur thousands of Americans annually. Despite this high incidence of medical malpractice, statistics prove most medical malpractice goes unrecognized and unreported. Only about two percent of injured patients seeking compensation through a lawsuit.