Medical malpractice can encompass countless situations, but examples include:
- a doctor who misdiagnosed an illness or disease;
- a nurse who failed to monitor a patient’s vital signs during surgery;
- medical staff who turned off an alarm on a monitor, inhibiting alerts; and
- hospital staff who ignored a monitor’s alarms.
Ohio malpractice law also entitles a patient to sue healthcare providers for reckless behavior, such as providing treatment while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or neglecting to treat his or her own medical condition (such as an infection) that puts patients at risk.
On the other hand, a worsening condition does not necessarily constitute negligence. As long as your doctor provided the best treatment possible, he or she cannot be held responsible for the progression of a disease. Likewise, you may not file a claim if you suffer from an untreatable condition.
If you believe medical malpractice caused catastrophic injuries or the death of someone you love, attorney Chris Mellino invites you to contact our Cleveland office with any questions you may have. You may also download or request Chris’ free, easy-to-read guide to filing a claim in Ohio.