How do I know whether I have a case for medical malpractice in Ohio?

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Answered by: Gerald S. Leeseberg

Leeseberg & Valentine
Columbus, OH
Phone: 614-221-2223
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Determining whether you have a medical malpractice claim requires rigorous investigation to evaluate whether medical professionals were at fault. This is best done by a law firm with access to qualified medical experts and experience in reviewing detailed medical records. 

Under Ohio law, a medical malpractice claim has to be filed within one year of the injury or it is blocked by the statute of limitations. It is therefore critical that your potential claim be evaluated quickly and efficiently to assess whether health care professionals provided the appropriate level of care or whether they made mistakes. 

Evaluation By Experts And Extensive Record Review 

Getting trusted evaluation by experts in specialized areas of medicine is critical when assessing whether injuries or death were caused by a health provider’s failure to meet the acceptable standard of care. Extensive review of detailed medical records is also very important in establishing what went wrong and why. 

At Leeseberg & Valentine, we have a database of expert physicians from across the country that we can call upon, depending on the type of medical condition involved. We also have three highly trained nurses on staff to conduct reviews of medical records. 

Determining What Happened 

The evidence that an expert will look at in investigation naturally depends greatly on the type of malpractice that may have occurred. Common types include:

  • Delay in diagnosis of heart attacks
  • Delay or misdiagnosis of cancer
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Brain injuries to babies during delivery
  • Misreading X-rays 

Medical records that contain possible evidence of such malpractice tend to be voluminous and packed with dense details. A law firm with the experience and resources to understand and interpret them properly is crucial. Such a law firm can help you get to the bottom of these records and make them part of your potential claim. 

Taking The Necessary Steps 

In short, evaluating whether or not you have a meritorious claim requires assistance from specialists in the given area of medicine. Depending on your situation, this could include cardiologists, surgeons, OB-GYNs, radiologists and pediatricians, as well as experts in infectious disease. It also requires extensive document review of your medical records by trained professionals. 

A law firm with these resources and relevant experience can help you determine whether you can have a viable medical malpractice claim — and take the necessary steps to pursue it.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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