If you are dealing with personal injury or the loss of a loved one due to medical malpractice, you have our greatest sympathy. The Henry Law Firm knows how devastating it can be when a person is taken too soon, leaving family behind with questions and uncertainties. When someone is killed by negligence, it’s essential to hire a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer right away. In cases of medical errors that lead to injury or personal damage, hiring an attorney is also crucial.
When someone is injured or dies because of medical malpractice, there is a trail of unanswered questions left behind. Working with a medical malpractice lawyer in Ohio means you don’t have to do the investigating. The Henry Law Firm will work hard and diligently for every client to find the answers for you and determine who is responsible. We will get your family the fair compensation you deserve after wrongful death or injury due to medical malpractice.
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You Are Our Agenda
As a client, you are our top priority, meaning you will have compassionate legal representation at your disposal. The Henry Law Firm is committed to working hard on every medical malpractice case, combining legal and investigative methods to get to the bottom of what happened. We have years of wrongful death experience paired with a modern approach to communication, ensuring clients stay informed and in the loop. If your loved one experienced medical malpractice or a medical error that resulted in death or injury, personal injury lawyers can help you exhaust every resource and obtain fair compensation for the negligence that impacted your health.
Understanding Medical Malpractice
When a healthcare professional provides inadequate treatment or strays from medical standards, injury to the patient can occur. Healthcare professionals include surgeons, doctors, nurses, hospitals, and any other party acting with negligence. They may be held liable by an attorney for any losses that result from the injury or death of a patient.
Unfortunately, there are various ways that medical malpractice occurs which can lead to poor standard of care of the patient. Medical negligence typically refers to an act of omission that causes injury. For example, a surgeon leaves a tool in a patient’s body or removes an organ. These might sound like extreme cases, but they have happened during surgeries. If the patient has suffered an injury due to negligence, litigation will ensue and personal injury lawyers can assist with the court details and trial.
We can help by pursuing punitive damages that are designed to punish the wrongdoer and make the community safer. In many cases of medical malpractice, the wrongdoer has consciously disregarded the patient’s safety. We take this seriously and will exhaust every avenue working for you and your family. Various damages for lost wages, medical expenses, and emotional suffering may be awarded with the help of a lawyer.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs in a variety of ways. Medical malpractice lawyers in Ohio can help you determine if the accident or care error could lead to a case. Here are a few examples of how it can occur:
There are several different types of anesthesia, including general, regional, and local. Each type of anesthesia has its own use, along with the risk of complications. When a patient regains consciousness during surgery, it can result in an accident or damages. A Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer can help the client determine if the case is strong enough.
A few examples of anesthesiologist negligence include:
- Administering the wrong dose
- Administering the anesthesia too late
- Failing to put a patient under anesthesia when required
- Failing to manage the medication and fluids
Unsafe childbirth can result in severe injury to the mother or baby and cause a medical malpractice case. Many common birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy or brachial plexus palsy, could be prevented with reasonable medical care. An experienced attorney will be familiar with cases of birth injury in which there are grounds for litigation.
A few common examples of negligence that lead to birth injuries include:
- Excessive force
- Delayed C-section
- Oxygen deprivation
- Failure to monitor
EMERGENCY ROOM ERROR
Emergency rooms can be busy and stressful, and unfortunately end up being the site of negligence when standards of care aren’t met. Oftentimes emergency room patients are already dealing with a tense situation, and if they don’t receive the right care they could be dealing with even more injuries. A knowledgeable lawyer can help you dig to the bottom of your case when dealing with emergency room negligence.
Not only are individual healthcare workers responsible for providing the right care to patients, but hospitals also have a duty to hire appropriate staff and keep track of patient records. In some cases, an entire hospital might be held liable for a medical malpractice lawsuit. A medical malpractice attorney can help their client determine which cases would include the entire hospital.
MEDICAL DEVICE ERRORS
Medical malpractice law often sees cases in which medical device errors result in serious issues. Whether the device is being used in a hospital or clinic or is placed in your body, such as a knee replacement, the device must work properly without causing any additional injuries to the patient. Working with a lawyer can help you determine the best course of action if you’ve experienced medical device error.
MISDIAGNOSIS OR DELAYED DIAGNOSIS
Another example of negligence seen is a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Unfortunately, these can lead to terrible repercussions for the patient, depending on what kind of medical issues they’re dealing with. Enduring more pain or living with severe side effects is grounds for a case under medical malpractice law and one that an experienced attorney can assist a client with.
When misdiagnosis happens, a lawyer can work with the patient to prove their doctor did one of the following:
- Failed to listen
- Ordered an improper test
- Failed to order tests
- Failed to recognize key symptoms
- Failed to examine a patient’s medical history
- Failed to interpret test results correctly
Patients who have just come out of surgery are in a delicate state, often dealing with pain or dizziness following anesthesia and their procedure. If they are not taken care of properly, side effects can get worse and there are often risks for infection. Patients have to be monitored closely to ensure they are healing properly.
Postoperative negligence can lead to:
- Viral infections
- Internal bleeding
- Organ perforation
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Necrotizing fasciitis
- Infections at the site of surgery
- Tissue necrosis
- Blood clots or pulmonary embolism
- Respiratory infections such as pneumonia
- Staph infection
- Bloodstream infections
OTHER MALPRACTICE EXAMPLES
The example of negligence above is not an exhaustive list. Unfortunately, many other medical malpractice cases can arise. Thankfully, a medical malpractice attorney can assist in finding valuable medical records, evaluating the standard of care, and determining the best way for the litigation to proceed so that you receive compensation for the accident.
A few additional examples of medical malpractice are:
- Neglecting a patient
- Refusing to offer proper treatment
- Administering drugs that interact negatively with one another
- Giving a drug to a patient who is allergic
- Failing to adhere to hospital protocols
- Neglecting to monitor or act upon changes in vital signs
- Failing to intubate
- Failing to refer a patient to a specialist if their physician is providing inadequate care
- Performing nonconsensual surgery
- Neglecting to inform the patient of instructions regarding a procedure
PROVING MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN COURT
In order to demonstrate medical malpractice, the patient has to prove the healthcare provider acted negligently in a way that caused them harm. There are a number of ways for a lawyer to prove negligence. Any medical practice attorney should already be familiar with these legal avenues and can argue them in the courtroom. The typical elements necessary to prove medical malpractice include:
- Breach of the Standard of Care: the healthcare professional failed to act as a reasonable similarly-situated professional would have acted under the circumstances;
- Causation: the healthcare professional’s breach of the standard of care caused damage to the patient;
- Proximate Cause: The damages sustained by the patient were reasonably foreseeable for such a breach of the standard of care;
- Damages: the nature and extent of the damages caused to the patient.
WE’RE HERE TO HELP
Hire a Cleveland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Today
Here at The Henry Law Firm, we operate with open communication with our clients. You have our greatest sympathy when dealing with medical negligence of you or a family member. We have successfully represented families in wrongful death cases and after accidents or health scares relating to medical malpractice. Our team will work to understand what happened, investigate thoroughly, and then prosecute aggressively on behalf of your family.
After an accident has occurred, contact an attorney right away to get started on the legal process. Competent injury lawyers familiar with negligence cases will be able to help you and your family with unanswered questions and ensure you receive the care you need to heal. Eric Henry is a lawyer you can trust, with years of experience working on similar cases and winning maximum compensations for clients.
WE’LL TAKE CARE OF YOU
Our Practice Has Two Priorities:
- Making sure you get the best treatment possible to help you recover from your accident; and
- Maximizing the amount you recover for medical treatment, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other measure of your damage.
Personal injury is a particular area of law practice because attorneys have to understand medical diagnosis and treatment, liability insurance coverage and issues, health insurance coverage, reimbursement, and subrogation, as well as civil litigation.
When you work with the legal team at The Henry Law Firm, you can be assured you will receive the results you deserve. We are confident and reliable, knowing that we can take on your case and get the best results. Contact us today for a free consultation with a medical malpractice attorney to discuss medical records, trial details, and the best plan of action.
Experienced Cleveland Medical Malpractice Attorney
achieve your goals and the compensation you deserve, especially after a medical professional has acted below the necessary standard of care. Eric Henry is both a medical malpractice attorney and a licensed private investigator – meaning we have a unique advantage in negligence and wrongful death cases. We take advantage of leading experts in various industries to get to the bottom of your case.
Medical malpractice cases require lawyers with experience, in-depth knowledge, and a familiarity with the law. Contact our firm today for a free consultation with attorney Eric Henry so that we can assist you during these difficult times.