One element to filing a medical malpractice lawsuit is proving that your doctor breached his or her duty of care to you. A lawyer will often hire an expert witness to explain to a jury how your doctor deviated from what another doctor would have done under similar circumstances.
A breach of care can range from failing to diagnose a medical condition to making a mistake during surgery. If, for instance, you suffer serious injuries while taking prescribed medication, an expert witness may be able to show that your doctor prescribed a harmful drug or neglected to consider another medication you were taking and how the two would interact.
Since proving causation and the impact your injuries have had on your life can be difficult, it will not be worth your time and expense to file a claim for anything other than serious or life-threatening injuries. An experienced trial attorney can help you determine whether you have a viable case.
If you have questions about medical malpractice, attorney Chris Mellino welcomes you to download or request Chris’ free guide to file a claim in Ohio. You may also contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation.