Medical Malpractice FAQ
If you believe you or a loved one was the victim of a careless or incompetent health care professional, it’s likely you have questions. The Ohio personal injury law firm of Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC, is pleased to give you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding medical malpractice.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals owe their patients a legal duty to provide care that is within recognized standards. If your provider’s care falls below the standard and you were injured as a result, you could be entitled to compensation for the resulting damages such as further medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
What Are Examples Of Medical Malpractice?
Examples of medical malpractice include operating on the wrong body part, waiting too long to order a cesarean section, failing to order a necessary test, or prescribing the wrong medication.
What Kinds Of Damages Can I Potentially Collect?
Medical malpractice victims can seek compensation for the medical care they need to undo the damage the negligent doctor caused. They can also pursue damages for their lost past and future wages tied to their injuries, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
If I File A Malpractice Lawsuit, Will The Case Go To Trial?
Though personal injury lawsuits tend to settle out of court, medical malpractice cases are more likely to go to trial. These cases often involve death and more severe injuries, and thus higher damage claims. Doctors and hospitals (and their insurance companies) may choose to gamble on a trial verdict rather than agree to a reasonable settlement.