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
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:
- 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.