Doctors are supposed to heal and help keep you and your family safe. And, for the most part, they do. However, if you or someone you love has been hurt by a physician, you might have to file a medical malpractice claim.
When you are injured by a doctor, nurse or at a place like a hospital, it can be a scary time. You might not even know if you have a medical malpractice claim, let alone what to do next or how to seek help.
In Ohio, medical malpractice is when a medical professional or institution injures a patient during treatment. Also, the injury has to happen during a violation of the standard of care, which can be tricky to define and depends on several different factors.
So, what do you need to know about medical malpractice claims? Read on:
Statute of limitations on a medical malpractice claim
In Ohio, there is a statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims, meaning you have to file your claim in a certain amount of time. Once that time is up, you can’t file.
When you get money from your medical malpractice claim, that payment is called damages. Some of these damages have caps, or limits, on what you can receive – should you win your case. Compensatory damages (which are things like lost wages, medical bills etc.), are NOT capped.
Non-economic damages (which are for things like pain and suffering) ARE capped.
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