Columbus Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Patients have a right to expect a certain standard of care from their chosen medical professionals. If you have been injured because of a medical error or negligence, the results could be disastrous both financially and physically. Serious medical errors can alter the course of a patient’s life, potentially causing permanent disfigurement, chronic pain, financial ruin, and even death. An attorney can help if the medical treatment you expected to make you better has caused you further pain and financial loss.
The Columbus medical malpractice attorneys at Rinehardt Law Firm understand how important quality medical care is, and when a doctor or surgeon injures patients in Ohio, we help these malpractice victims recover the maximum amount of compensation possible. We see our role as advocates, helping our clients through incredibly difficult times by looking at the facts of their situation, building a strong case, and holding the negligent physician or hospital accountable for the damage that they have caused. Whether settling out of court or fighting in the courtroom, our capable legal team has won millions of dollars for our clients in medical malpractice cases.
Ohio has some of the world’s premier medical facilities like the Cleveland Clinic, and countless patients benefit from medical care at these facilities. Unfortunately, when there is any lapse in care, it could cause lasting harm or might be fatal. While Ohioans have access to excellent care, providers don’t always do their best. Our attorneys fight relentlessly on behalf of medical malpractice victims, because we know that lives depend on it. If you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact our capable attorneys at (419) 529-2020 to discuss your options.
Do I Need A Medical Malpractice Attorney?
Serious medical errors or improper treatment can cause irreversible physical damage in addition to throwing victims and their families into financial ruin. Healthcare costs can quickly pile up to where many Ohio families must slowly chip away at the costs, accruing interest and creating a cycle of debt that can cast a shadow on generations to come. An attorney can help victims and families fight for compensation to counteract the financial hardship.
Medical facilities and staff members are often the subjects of legal scrutiny. As such, their skilled lawyers have plenty of experience fighting on their behalf. If you have a potential medical malpractice claim, you need a lawyer who will be able to fight for your rights aggressively. Attempting to pursue a malpractice claim alone will not go well if you attempt to do so without a skilled injury attorney to help you.
A physician’s responsibility to his or her patients is enormous, and unfortunately, human error is impossible to avoid altogether. As such, hospitals protect themselves and their staff with comprehensive insurance packages and keeping skilled attorneys on retainer. After filing a claim, if anyone from the hospital reaches out to you about your case, it is reasonable to believe that they do not have your best interest in mind. Do not communicate with anyone without first consulting with your attorney.
If you have been the victim of malpractice, you should not be expected to foot the bill or any costs related to medical negligence. A lawyer can help you fight for compensation related to economic losses, non-economic losses, as well as punitive damages.
Why Choose Rinehardt Law Firm to Handle My Case?
The attorneys at Rinehardt Law Firm have gone up against hospitals and negligent doctors and won. Not only have we won financial awards for our clients exceeding 5 million dollars, but we care about the well-being of our clients. We know that being hurt by a healthcare provider can feel like a betrayal, and we fight to be a strong support system for those who need it most.
Our skilled legal team of John Rinehardt, Hillary Rinehardt, and Melanie Fahey work on behalf of Ohioans, making sure that they are empowered through what is often a discouraging situation. All three of our attorneys have a specific skill set that they put to work for the benefit of injury victims.
Patients have a right to expect a certain standard of care when it comes to receiving medical treatment. When there is a lapse in that standard of care and a patient becomes a victim of medical negligence, the results can be life-changing, if not fatal. If you think you could be a victim of medical malpractice, contact us.
Common Types of Medical Malpractice Cases
We can evaluate your case for free, and we are available to advocate aggressively for full compensation of your losses. Your medical malpractice case deserves a team of skilled attorneys on your side. Our team is available to handle cases of:
- Nursing home neglect, where a resident of a nursing home or elder community does not receive the physical and emotional attention that he or she deserves. This may come in the form of negligence, medication errors, and even abuse.
- Surgical errors, which are errors that could have been prevented during surgery. While there is some element of risk in all surgeries, surgical errors are mistakes that the surgical team made by failing to meet the standard of care resulting in a serious injury to the patient.
- Anesthesia errors, similar to surgical errors, occur when a medical professional makes a mistake that could have been prevented. If administering the anesthesia, whether it was the wrong dose or the wrong kind, resulted in injury to the patient, the patient may have a medical malpractice case.
- Birth injuries are injuries that affect the mother or child during or after childbirth. Injuries can occur during a birth even when the procedure follows all best practices, but they can become medical malpractice cases if the doctors and/or nurses involved could have prevented the injury.
- Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis is frustrating for any patient. When a doctor fails to diagnose early enough, the patient’s condition can worsen because it didn’t receive proper care. Misdiagnosis can be equally detrimental because while the patient receives the wrong treatment, his or her real condition deteriorates.
- Medication errors, which can make a patient’s condition worse while failing to treat the underlying symptoms.
Damage Caps and Wrongful Death Claims
For medical malpractice claims, damages can be categorized in the following ways:
- Economic losses – Patient expenses related to the inadequate medical treatment
- Non-economic losses – Pain and suffering endured by the patient
- Catastrophic losses – Loss of a limb, permanent disfigurement, serious injuries that permanently prevent a patient from living independently
Depending on the loss, the law could place a limit, also known as a “cap,” on the amount of compensation that medical malpractice victims can receive from the responsible party.
- Economic losses –There is no cap in Ohio for the amount that can be pursued for financial losses.
- Non-economic losses –$250,000 or three times the incurred economic damages. The maximum is $350,000 if there is one victim. For incidences with multiple victims, the maximum is $500,000
- Catastrophic damage –$500,000 per victim or $1,000,000 for cases with multiple victims
If you lost a family member due to negligent medical treatment, the surviving family members might choose to pursue both a medical malpractice claim and a wrongful death claim. Medical malpractice claims will hold those responsible financially accountable for the pain, suffering, and financial loss endured while the patient was living.
A wrongful death claim will help family members recover costs related to loss of income and various other factors. Families who choose to pursue a wrongful death claim have up to two years from the time of death to file a wrongful death claim.
It’s Important to Seek Help Immediately
The process is very complex when it comes to recovering financial compensation for past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other losses originating from medical negligence. If you or your loved one has suffered due to a health care error, you need an experienced trial attorney. Our Columbus medical malpractice attorneys are available to represent people injured due to medical negligence across Ohio.
At Rinehardt Law Firm, we offer a team of experienced trial lawyers. Our attorneys work together to accomplish more than they could individually. Attorney John Rinehardt is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate, and he is a certified member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which means he has won verdicts, awards, or settlements of more than a million dollars for clients.
Enlist a team of experienced medical negligence trial attorneys for your case. We are ready to help you, so schedule a free consultation today.
Rinehardt Law Firm is the answer to your personal injury. Our team of attorneys and case managers have represented clients in in Columbus and throughout central and north central Ohio for years. We treat every new client as if they were part of our family by providing clear communication, building a strong relationship, and using our experience to provide legal guidance that’s in their best interests. We offer free consultations with no obligation, so don’t hesitate to contact our team about your legal matter.