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Are There Caps on Damages in Cleveland Medical Malpractice Claims?

Ohio lawmakers have passed a bill that limits the amount of reimbursement you may recover in a medical malpractice claim. There are two kinds of damages you may pursue: economic and non-economic.

Non-economic damages cover:

  • pain and suffering;
  • disability; and
  • life expenses.

This can also include punitive damages intended to punish the negligent doctor.

Economic damages cover:

  • medical bills;
  • lost wages; and
  • disability.

Non-economic damages, including punitive damages, are currently capped at $250,000 per plaintiff or three times the amount of the economic damages, whichever is closer to a maximum of $350,000 per plaintiff and $500,000 per incident.

If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, such as the loss of a limb or an organ, your claim could recover up to $1,000,000 dollars per occurrence. Ohio medical malpractice law delineates certain criteria for what is considered “catastrophic.” An experienced trial attorney can help you determine whether your accident qualifies.

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury or Medical Malpractice Attorney for My Case?

First, he or she can investigate and pinpoint all liable parties, which may include:

  • doctors;
  • nurses;
  • surgeons;
  • dentists;
  • clinics;
  • hospitals; or
  • specific hospital employees.

He or she can also help you by:

  • requesting and reviewing all medical records;
  • gathering evidence;
  • consulting with medical experts;
  • analyzing legal issues;
  • calculating your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, such as pain and suffering;
  • negotiating with insurance companies; and
  • demanding a jury trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached.

We understand that no amount of compensation can reverse an injury, but a substantial settlement may help cover medical bills and lost wages. Having an advocate in your corner who’s dealt with cases like yours could help you recover the highest amount possible.

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