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Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim Against My Child's Pediatrician in Cleveland, Ohio?

Mellino Law Firm

You may file a medical malpractice claim against a pediatrician on your own, but it’s better to hire a lawyer who specializes in pediatric malpractice.

When interviewing an attorney, ask whether he or she has experience handling child injury cases. If so, he or she will provide both you and your child the compassion and resources you will need during this difficult time.

ReadWhat Should I Ask My Attorney Before/During Our First Meeting.”

When meeting with prospective legal counsel, be sure to take all the documentation you will need to build your case. This includes contact information for your child’s doctor(s), medical records and bills, and any other paperwork the attorney requests when you set up the appointment.

Proceeding With Your Pediatric Malpractice Claim

At the hearing, your attorney will present evidence and call expert witnesses to help prove the physician’s negligence. In order to win a malpractice case in Ohio, the court needs to see that the doctor did not provide your child with an acceptable standard of care.

In many situations, the case won’t even get to the trial stage because the doctor’s insurance company will offer your family a settlement to compensate you for your child’s injury, illness, or disability. Your pediatric malpractice lawyer will advise as to whether the offer is fair. Damages awarded can cover the costs of the child’s medical care, including rehabilitation and home care. You may also be eligible for non-economic damages for the pain and suffering you and your child have suffered because of the medical error.

If your child’s doctor caused an injury, nerve damage, or disability, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.

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