Medical Malpractice Lawyer Cleveland
If you were injured due to a doctor’s mistake, hospital negligence, or the error of another healthcare provider or facility, you may be entitled to compensation. Our medical malpractice lawyers in Cleveland can evaluate your case in a free consultation and help you make informed decisions about proceeding with legal action.
Medical malpractice is one of the most complex areas of personal injury law. Our attorneys can explain the statutes that apply to your case and help you plot the way forward. For a free consultation, call 216-529-9377.
Types of Cases Our Cleveland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Handle
Medical mistakes can be very costly. They may require additional care, treatment, or hospitalization. Unfortunately, in many cases, they lead to permanent physical damage and sometimes even death. Our law firm represents clients for situations involving:
- Medical mistakes
- Surgical errors
- Birth injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Anesthesia errors
The team at Obral Silk & Associates, LLC works with experienced medical professionals to investigate and uncover any acts of negligence occurring in a medical setting.
The statute of limitations for malpractice claims in Ohio approaches quickly. If you have any questions regarding the medical care that you or someone you know received, we can provide you with answers.
Will the Opposing Party Dispute My Personal Injury Claim?
Although there are laws in Ohio that compel insurance companies and other relevant parties to act in good faith, there is still a good chance the opposing party in a medical malpractice case will try to dispute your claim. They will look for any mistakes you have made since the alleged error and scrutinize every piece of evidence you present in the hopes of finding cause to reduce the value of your settlement, or even deny your claim completely.
Below are a few of the most common reasons why a medical malpractice plaintiff may face a dispute against their claim:
- Delayed Seeking Medical Care Immediately After the Injury: If you do not seek prompt medical care to address new injuries or medical conditions, it could be argued by the insurance company that you failed in your duty to mitigate damages. Not seeking immediate medical care could have resulted in the aggravation of your injuries, placing partial liability on you, and the value of your settlement could be significantly reduced or even denied as a result.
- Provided the Opposing Party with a Recorded Statement: You may be contacted by someone associated with the opposing party or their insurance provider. They may ask you questions that are intended to get you to make statements that can be easily misrepresented or used out of context to dispute your claim. Therefore, it’s wise to let your Cleveland medical malpractice attorney handle all correspondence with the opposing party to ensure you say nothing that could potentially damage your case.
- Posted on Social Media: The posts you make on social media during your case could be used against you by the opposing parties. For example, if your doctor has told you to stay home and a friend tags you in a post on Facebook where they have checked in to a coffee shop, this could seriously damage your case. Your claim could be disputed because you ignored your doctor’s instructions, and it may even be argued that this caused your injuries to worsen.
- Failed to Present Strong Evidence: The strength of the evidence will ultimately determine the outcome of your medical malpractice case. The more proof you have collected to support your claim, the less inclined the opposing party will be to dispute it.
Steps to Strengthen Your Medical Malpractice Case
It may take some time for your personal injury case to be resolved as many factors need to be investigated before a settlement can be reached. The longer your case takes, the more financial strain you may experience. As such, you’re likely looking to do all you can to speed up the proceedings so you can receive your settlement money and get your life back on track.
While the outcome of your case is out of your hands, there are a few ways in which you can help your Cleveland medical malpractice attorney during your case. Read on to learn what they are:
- Attend All Your Doctor’s Visits and Follow-Ups: Recovering from a serious injury can leave you with extreme pain and discomfort. Getting up and out of the house to visit your doctor may seem like an impossible task, especially if you’ve already experienced physician negligence. However, if you have been instructed by your doctor to go for follow-up examinations with a specialist, attend physiotherapy sessions, or undergo special procedures, you need to make sure to do so. If you skip an appointment, the opposing party is sure to use this mistake to dispute your claim and argue negligence on your part for not mitigating damages. You are then at risk of being held liable for part or all of your damages.
- Keep Thorough Records of All Evidence: The evidence you provide may make or break your case. Gaps in evidence are likely to weaken your claim and, as a result, reduce your settlement. As such, make sure to preserve all evidence that relates to your injury. Keep all invoices documenting medical expenses, photographs of your injuries, healthcare records, eyewitness accounts, pay stubs that show loss of income, a personal injury journal, and all relevant receipts. This will help your medical malpractice attorney in Cleveland prove the extent of your damages, so you can seek a fair settlement.
- Refrain from Using Social Media: Being stuck at home recovering may be frustrating and lonely. Social media may be your only connection to the outside world and a means for you to keep your family and friends up to date on your recovery. However, as mentioned above, your social media platforms are likely being monitored by the insurance company, and they’re looking for any reason to dispute your claim. It is, therefore, best to refrain from using social media during your case to make sure any pictures, check-ins, or posts you make do not negatively influence the outcome of your claim. If you lost a family member due to medical malpractice and want to sue for wrongful death, you should refrain from discussing the malpractice online.
Hospital Negligence Is a Leading Cause of Death in Ohio
Medical negligence happens all too often. If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a medical professional, call us. Don’t let the strict statute of limitations expire. Contact our attorneys to discuss your potential medical negligence claim today.
Free Consultation with a Cleveland Medical Malpractice Lawyer
When you are ready to discuss your case, contact one of our medical malpractice attorneys for a free consultation. We won’t charge any fees unless you win. Dial 216-529-9377 to learn more.