One medical negligence definition is that a healthcare provider’s actions or inaction deviated from the accepted standard of care. If you think a physician’s negligence caused you or a loved one to suffer a catastrophic injury, contact our attorneys for a free consultation or request our free guide to filing claims in Cleveland, Ohio.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
- Misdiagnosis – an impending heart attack, for example, could be misdiagnosed as chest strain, anxiety, or acid reflux.
- Failure to diagnose – if a cancer diagnosis is delayed too long, the disease can spread to other organs.
- Surgical error – a surgeon could remove the wrong body part or leave implements inside a patient.
- Anesthesia mistake – giving too much or too little can result in serious or even fatal injury.
- Medication errors – administering the wrong drug or the wrong dosage could cause a patient to develop a severe allergic reaction or suffer serious adverse side effects.
Proving Your Medical Malpractice Claim
In order to file a successful medical malpractice claim, you must prove four elements:
- that your physician or healthcare facility owed you a duty of care;
- that the standard of care was violated;
- that you suffered an injury; and
- that substandard conduct caused your injury.
Although the first element is easy to prove, the other three factors are more difficult and will require the guidance of an experienced trial attorney, who can determine liability, hire an expert to testify on your behalf, and help build your case.
If you have questions about negligence, attorney Chris Mellino invites you to contact our Cleveland office today for a free consultation. You may also visit our medical malpractice page to learn about the cases we accept or download Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.