With so much information available online, it makes sense to search for the best medical malpractice attorney Cleveland has to offer. Unfortunately, in the quest to rank on the first page and be seen by the highest number of potential clients, law firms often hire marketing companies to write their material and every website winds up sounding the same.
So how do you know who to hire? In his free guide, “Was It a Mistake? Your Ohio Medical Malpractice Questions Answered,” Chris Mellino offers several suggestions, such as asking other attorneys for a referral. For instance, another Cleveland law firm was representing client Cathy S. in a car accident case when her 78-year-old mother died of septic shock after surgery in December 2011.
“I thought there was something odd about that,” she says in her testimonial. “My case hadn’t settled yet, so I was talking to [my lawyer] Vince, and he recommended Chris Mellino. I contacted him, and he called a urologist for me. He is very, very good. Always returned my calls, answered all my questions. The staff was wonderful, and we won our case. It didn’t bring my mom back, but I got justice for my mom.”
If you don’t know an attorney, visit YouTube. Many post videos, so you can get a feel for their personality before picking up the phone or stepping foot in their office. Medical malpractice lawsuits can go on for months and, sometimes, years, so you want to make sure you like and trust the person you’ll be dealing with for such a long period of time.
Just about every personal injury and medical malpractice firm in Cleveland offers a free consultation, so don’t hesitate to contact us (or any attorney) with questions, such as, “Has the statute of limitations run out in my case?” since Ohio law limits the amount of time you have to file a claim. For a list of questions you should ask everyone you’re considering hiring, download or request Chris’ free guide.
Why You Should Call Us Before Speaking with Another Medical Malpractice Attorney in Cleveland
First, we don’t chase ambulances. You will never see us on TV, the side of a bus, or a billboard. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases. Others find us online.
Second, medical malpractice attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt are respected throughout northeast Ohio for their ability to dig below the surface and make sure no fact is overlooked. In fact, Chris has been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins_v._Cleveland_Clinic_Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.
Third, we’re a small firm. Since medical malpractice claims are time consuming and labor intensive, we’re selective about the cases we accept. Some firms:
- take every case that walks in the door,
- settle those cases for the first amount the defendant offers, so they can fund their next commercial to bring in even more clients, and
- leave their clients in the hands of first-year associates, paralegals, or case managers.
We only pursue compensation for patients who suffered a severe injury or disability, such as nerve damage. By limiting the number of cases we accept, we’re able to give each one the unique attention it deserves. And, when you call us, you will speak to us, not an assistant.
Last but not least, our west side location is more convenient for injured clients who may not be able to drive downtown, find parking, and walk a few blocks in rain or snow to meet with their lawyers or sign papers. We’ll also drive to your home if you’re unable to leave.
Can I File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
In 1999, an Institute of Medicine study showed that medical mistakes kill as many as 98,000 people each year. In 2013, a study published in Journal of Patient Safety reported that more than 400,000 people die from “preventable harm.”
Sometimes, negligence is obvious. For instance, November 5, 2013, upi.com reported that a nurse had noticed a patient’s worsening condition the night before he was scheduled for brain surgery. But when she called the neurosurgeon at 1 a.m., he didn’t bother to show up at the hospital or order anyone else to perform emergency treatment. The 24-year-old accountant died the next day.
November 6, 2013, Dayton Daily News and the Associated Press reported that a medical resident had discharged a pregnant homeless woman who’d suffered a ruptured uterus. The woman wound up returning to the hospital 12 hours later for an emergency C-section, and her baby was born with a brain injury. “The lawsuit asserted that during the 14 hours spent at the hospital’s labor and delivery unit, the mother was not seen by any of the three attending obstetricians,” per vstar.com.
And, as USA Today reported on March 8, 2013, “More than a dozen times a day, doctors sew up patients with sponges and other supplies mistakenly left inside. The mistake costs some victims their lives.”
But not every case is so cut-and-dried. The best thing you can do is discuss your potential medical malpractice claim with an attorney who can review your records and determine liability. We welcome you to contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation.
Are There Time Limits to Filing a Claim?
If you have questions about medical malpractice, attorneys Chris Mellino and Tom Robenalt welcome you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.