Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Are Ready To Act
Many people believe that state-of-the-art medical equipment, sophisticated diagnostic procedures and highly trained specialists will see them through any health problem. Sadly, no doctor is automatically immune from errors that inflict complications, injuries, needless pain or even death of their patients.
Not every law firm is equipped to handle the complexities of a case involving medical malpractice, but the qualified attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law have helped countless clients who have suffered due to medical errors. If you have been affected by medical negligence, arrange a consultation with us. If you cannot visit our office, we will come to you.
Some of the regional hospitals that we have been up against include:
Cleveland: The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Rainbow and Babies Children’s Hospital, Lake Health Hospital, TriPoint Medical Center, Ahuja Medical Center, Southwest General Hospital and Metro Health Center.
Toledo: ProMedica, Toledo Medical Center, Toledo Clinic, Mercy Children’s Hospital and St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center.
Lexington: University of Kentucky Medical Center, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Baptist Health, Kentucky One Hospital and Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.
How Do You Sue A Negligent Doctor?
Doctors are not perfect, but their actions must breach the accepted standard of care to warrant a malpractice claim. “Standard of care” refers to the type and quality of care that a reasonably competent health care professional in a particular area would provide in a given set of circumstances. Failure to adhere to the standard can be the basis of a medical malpractice claim.
To win a medical malpractice lawsuit, the person bringing the case (the plaintiff) must prove every element of his or her claim, including:
- A legal duty of reasonable care existed when the hospital or health care provider undertook the plaintiff’s treatment
- The hospital or health care provider failed to conform to the standard of care for the plaintiff
- The breach of duty was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injury
- The plaintiff sustained damages (physical injury, death, monetary loss or emotional injury) for which he or she should be compensated
At trial, we can help build a strong case against the defendant, presenting evidence in your favor. A judge or jury would then weigh all the evidence and rule in your or the defendant’s favor, and decide the amount of compensation, if any, you ought to receive.
In most cases, the plaintiff has one year from the date of injury to file a medical malpractice lawsuit or formally declare intent to do so. The lawsuit must have an expert witness’ affidavit of merit, which contains their opinion regarding the breach of the standard of care and the related injuries.
What Are Some Examples Of Medical Malpractice?
There are numerous ways in which an act of medical malpractice can be committed. Some of the stories people come to us to tell include instances of:
- Anesthesia errors. These include harmful drug interactions, the use of too little or too much anesthesia, failure to recognize allergic reactions, defective anesthesia equipment, loss of airway and inattention by medical staff.
- Administration of hazardous drugs. Some medications, such as Dilaudid, can be dangerous if their producers fail to test them properly or manufacture them in safe ways.
- Medical device defects. Implanting a medical device, such as a heart valve or artificial joint, requires major surgery. So does replacing the device if it is defective or improperly installed.
- Errors made during emergency room treatment. In the high-pressure environment of an emergency room, the rush to diagnose and treat can cause mistakes.
- Failure to diagnose, or improper diagnosis or treatment. Failure to recognize or correctly treat a dangerous condition can have disastrous consequences.
- Surgical errors. These can range from mistakenly removing a healthy organ to amputating the wrong limb.
Malpractice can also arise from treatment without informed consent, treatment against the patient’s wishes, medication mistakes and failure to preserve an airway. Our team of experienced attorneys and registered nurses can evaluate your injuries with the compassionate and professional attention you deserve.
We Work Directly With You And Your Family
The Crandall & Pera Law team will work closely with you as we investigate your case and develop a strategy. As former malpractice defense lawyers, we can anticipate how the team on the “other side of the aisle” will build their strategies. We can plan safeguards from the very start.
To schedule a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer, please call 855-444-6651 or fill out our contact form. We have several convenient offices throughout Ohio and northern Kentucky.