Let Us Help You Seek Accountability After Being Injured By Medical Negligence
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to exercise reasonable care in the diagnosis, treatment, and/or care of a patient (i.e. is negligent) and the patient is directly harmed by such failure. If you or someone you love has been injured (or worse) by suspected medical malpractice, contact the skilled and caring attorneys at The Brunn Law Firm Co., L.P.A. We can help you assess your legal options in what is often a complex area of law.
The Necessary Elements Of A Successful Medical Malpractice Claim
It is not enough to show that you suffered harm or a negative outcome during medical treatment. This is where many claims fall short. In some cases, medical professionals are negligent in their treatment of a patient, but the patient’s present or anticipated future health will not suffer as a result.
In other cases, a patient may have been harmed in the course of his medical treatment, but such harm is considered a known risk of such treatment and cannot be attributed to the fault of the medical professional. Finally, in a third category of cases, a medical professional may have been negligent and the patient may have been harmed, but the harm is something that the patient, due to other health conditions or circumstances outside the professional’s control, was likely to eventually suffer from anyway.
In these examples, a patient may be able to establish some, but not all, of the elements required to prove his case. Unless a patient can establish all three elements of his claim (negligence, damage and a causal connection between the two) with the support of expert medical testimony, he cannot establish provable medical malpractice.
Additional Legal Considerations Anyone Pursuing A Claim
Ohio enacted legislation making it even more difficult for victims of medical, dental or chiropractic malpractice to pursue their claims in court. In order to even file a lawsuit, the claim must be supported by an affidavit of a medical expert in the same field as the negligent party, wherein the expert gives his opinion that malpractice occurred.
As medical malpractice cases require significant expenditures of resources, time, and money in their preparation and litigation, our firm is highly selective of the cases in which we become involved. Nonetheless, if you believe you or a loved one may have been the victim of malpractice, please contact us, as we would welcome the opportunity to evaluate your case.
Discuss Your Options During A Free Consultation
From our office in Cleveland, the attorneys at The Brunn Law Firm Co., L.P.A. serve clients throughout the surrounding areas of Ohio. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call us at 216-245-4397 or fill out our online contact form.