Ever since hospital and insurance lobbyists successfully limited injured patients’ rights in the early 2000s, Ohioans and families have had a much harder time holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their negligence.
But personal injury attorneys like the team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA have not given up the fight. Medical malpractice verdicts and settlements can still be obtained under Ohio law, and our dedicated malpractice lawyers continue to help injured patients and their families get the compensation they deserve.
Today, getting a malpractice verdict or settlement typically involves extensive litigation, significant expense, and tough legal sparring with greedy hospitals and insurers. Nevertheless, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA continues to offer free consultations, contingency-fee arrangements (you pay nothing unless a verdict or settlement is obtained), and dedicated legal representation.
Why? Because fair medical malpractice verdicts and settlements can still be had by those injured by a negligent doctor or careless medical facility.
Many Ohioans Obtain Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements Each Year
Despite the limitations imposed by statute, malpractice verdicts and settlements are still possible and, in fact, happen quite frequently. No matter what you may have heard, injured patients still have rights under the law. For example, recently a Sandusky family obtained a seven million dollar trial verdict following a misdiagnosis and prescription error.
Malpractice settlements are even more common than verdicts. Some recent examples of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s recently settled malpractice claims include:
- $600,000 Settlement for Morphine Overdose
Hospital overdose of morphine. Excessive amount of Morphine administered to patient following surgery causing respiratory depression when transferred to regular nursing floor. Nurses failed to monitor patient resulting in brain injury.
- $900,000 Settlement for Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack
An emergency room physician failed to recognize signs of impending heart attack, prematurely discharging the patient, who died at home.
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Malpractice Verdicts: Separating Fact from Fiction
The biggest misconception about Ohio medical malpractice law stems from damage caps. Ohio law does impose caps, or limits, on damages that patients can receive in a medical malpractice case. But these caps are not, as many believe, bars to bringing a successful and fairly compensated malpractice case.
Ohio’s damage caps apply only to non-economic damages. They can be limiting, depending on your particular situation, but those whose injuries entail significant expense, rehabilitation, and long-term treatment or care can still receive an award for the full measure of their economic damages.
Moreover, the damage caps limit but do not bar compensation for non-economic damages. A plaintiff may still obtain up to the greater of $250,000 or 3x economic damages (up to a max. of $350,000).
Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You Get the Compensation You Deserve
Medical malpractice still occurs with alarming frequency, both in Ohio and throughout the country. Fortunately, injured patients have the right to pursue legal action against those responsible.
If you or a loved one suffered injury or wrongful death caused by malpractice, we are here to fight for you. Call or email now to schedule your free consultation.