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Is There a Cap for a Medical Malpractice Claim Settlement in Cleveland, Ohio?

Mellino Law Firm

In the state of Ohio, a reform bill was passed in 2002 that put a cap on the compensation that people can recover for their injuries through a medical malpractice claim settlement; however, it only refers to non-economic damages.

With a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney on your side, you can trust that you will get the right answers and the legal representation you need to recover from the losses you have endured because of another’s negligence.

The compensation limits imposed refer to the following non-economic damages:

  • pain and suffering;
  • permanent disfigurement;
  • loss of consortium; and
  • disability.

There may be other caps for other non-economic damages related to your case, but this is something your attorney can determine for you. The limit on non-economic damages is $250,000 per plaintiff, or three times the amount of the economic damages. This is allowable up to a maximum amount of $350,000 per person and $500,000 per claim/incident. In the event of a catastrophic injury, the cap is set at $500,000 per plaintiff and $1 million per incident.

Examples of catastrophic injuries outlined in the code are as follows:

  • permanent physical deformity to a high degree;
  • loss of an organ system;
  • loss of limb or limb use; and
  • permanent injury (physical) that prevents self-care.

In the state of Ohio, there is no limitation on how much you can receive for economic damages, which include things like lost wages and medical bills.

To find out if you have a valuable case to pursue and how much you may be entitled to, talk to a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney today at Mellino Law Firm: (440) 276-3535.


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