Far too many patients seek diagnoses and treatment from healthcare providers only to sustain serious or life-threatening injuries because of a medical error. When you have sustained a severe injury because a doctor or nurse was negligent, it can be difficult to know how to move forward with your claim. You might be wondering: is more than one of my doctors responsible for my injury? Or, you might be asking yourself: is the hospital where I sustained the injury also liable for damages? Determining responsibility or liability for medical injuries can be complex, but I can evaluate your case and help you to move forward with a medical malpractice claim.
What Type of Injury Did You Sustain?
To determine liability for a medical injury, one of the first issues you will want to consider is how the specific type of injury you suffered could point to liability. For example, if you recently learned you have cancer that has metastasized due to a missed diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis, the healthcare provider who initially diagnosed you—and misdiagnosed you, leading to your delayed diagnosis injury—likely is liable for your injury. Or, for instance, if you recently discovered that you need surgery to remove a sponge left in your body a year ago during a routine surgery, you will most likely want to file a claim against the surgeon who performed the surgery, and potentially other healthcare providers involved in that surgery.
Where Did the Injury Occur?
Next, you will want to think about where the injury occurred. If it occurred in your doctor’s office, then it is unlikely that an employer of your doctor or a larger healthcare facility will also be liable for your injury. However, if your injury occurred in a hospital setting or in another larger healthcare facility, the facility itself could potentially be liable for damages in addition to the doctor whose mistake resulted in your injury.
How Much Time Has Passed Since You Were Injured?
Finally, how much time has passed since you were injured? In general, Ohio law requires that a claim for medical malpractice be filed within one year from the date of the incident that caused your injury. If too much time has passed and the statute of limitations has run out, you will not be able to obtain damages from any of the responsible parties. Accordingly, you should get started on your claim quickly.
Contact Me for Assistance with Your Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Determining liability for a medical injury can be complicated, especially when more than one party could be at fault for your injury. I can assess your case and can determine who bears responsibility for your injury. If more than one healthcare provider may be liable, we can discuss your options for filing a lawsuit against multiple parties. In many cases, a specific doctor may be at fault in addition to a healthcare facility where the injury occurred. Do not hesitate to get in touch with me to learn more about your options for filing a medical malpractice claim. When it comes to negligence healthcare providers, I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call my office at 877.944.4373 today for more information about getting started on your medical malpractice lawsuit.