Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Southern Ohio
Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Fights for Maximum Damages for Victims of Medical Malpractice in Jackson, Chillicothe, Ross County and across Southern Ohio
No one wants to be sick or injured. Going to the doctor or hospital, for a lot of people, is a last resort. So, when you make an appointment and put your health and, often, your life, into a medical professional’s hands, you do so with trepidation and hope. You have every right to expect that the doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers will be at the top of their game. You are entitled to high-quality medical care and a course of action that will help you recover and heal.
However, when a medical professional makes a mistake, especially a preventable error, you deserve maximum compensation for your injuries. If you or a family member is the victim of medical malpractice, please contact the compassionate and skilled personal injury lawyers at the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis in Chillicothe and across Southeastern Ohio. If someone you loved has suffered the ultimate injustice, wrongful death, we will fight for justice for your family.
Common Preventable Medical Malpractice Errors Occur Far Too Often in Chillicothe, Gallipolis, Portsmouth, Jackson and throughout Southern Ohio
They’ve pledged to “do no harm.” And, yes, mistakes do happen. However, when a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional’s negligence causes you injury, you may be able to file a personal injury medical malpractice lawsuit to collect damages to pay for medical bills, pain and suffering and more.
The truth is that preventable medical mistakes are on the rise throughout the United States. In fact, it can be hard to hear the sobering facts. Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the nation, falling in just behind cancer and heart disease.
Further, a prestigious medical journal reports that over 440,000 patients lose their lives because of preventable mistakes made in hospitals by doctors and nurses and other workers each year. The Journal of Patient Safety’s 2014 study says tens of thousands of people are victims of wrongful death caused by medical malpractice in the country.
Richard M. Lewis is a compassionate, yet aggressive, lawyer who always puts his clients first in Athens, Gallia, Jackson counties and Ross. He fights for good people, like you and your family, who have suffered at the hands of negligent medical professionals. He has collected millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients and you can rely on the fact that he will work hard to get you the compensation and justice you need, want and deserve.
Common medical mistakes made in Gallia, Pike, Ross, Scioto and Vinton Counties in Ohio:
Surgical Errors: When a doctor mistakenly operates on the wrong body part or makes any mistake during surgery, the resulting injuries can be disastrous.
Doctor Negligence: If a physician makes any preventable medical error during the course of your care, either during your treatment or follow-up appointments, you can hold them responsible for the injuries their negligent behavior caused.
Medication Mistakes: If you are prescribed the wrong medicine, or given an incorrect dosage of a drug, you can suffer life-altering injuries.
Misdiagnosed Diagnostic Tests: If the radiologist failed to read your x-rays, CAT scan, MRI or any other test correctly, and your condition was subsequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, you will likely not get the necessary treatment you need.
Birth Injuries: If your child is suffering from cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, shoulder dystocia or any other birth-related injury, we may be able to hold the healthcare professional responsible for your child’s condition.
Obstetrical/OB-GYN Errors: You have a right to expect high-quality, attentive care from your obstetrician, labor and delivery nurse and any other medical professional involved in your prenatal, postnatal or labor and delivery care. Failure to properly monitor the pregnant woman can result in serious injury to the mother and baby. This type of negligence can lead to the baby suffering a condition such as spina bifida. Other conditions, such as placental abruption, left undiagnosed can cause serious injury to the unborn child.
Anesthesia Errors: If you were given the wrong type or amount of anesthesia during a surgical procedure, the result can be brain or nerve damage, paralysis, stroke, coma and even wrongful death.
Failure to Diagnose Cancer (or misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis of cancer): Detected at the earliest stages, most cancers are treatable. However, if the doctor failed to diagnose your condition, misdiagnosed it to be something else, or treatment was delayed because the doctor didn’t diagnose your tumor early enough, you may suffer serious complications and injuries. Worse, wrongful death is a common result of failure to diagnose cancer.
Health Facility Negligence: One in every 25 people admitted to hospitals in the United States contracts an infection, according to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Failure to Diagnose Conditions: Obviously, in order to get the treatment you need, your medical professionals must diagnose your illness or injury in a timely manner and prescribe the correct treatment. Failure to diagnose a condition, whether heart attack or cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, a serious illness or any other ailment, can have life-changing consequences – including wrongful death.
Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations: Don’t Wait to File Your Lawsuit!
Time may be running out to file your medical malpractice claim. The State of Ohio poses deadlines for filing a lawsuit if you were injured in a healthcare facility or by a healthcare professional. Depending on the type of injury, the age of the victim, and the circumstances of the alleged malpractice, you have between one and four years to file – from the day the injury occurred.
These statutes of limitations are up for interpretation based on your particular situation. Speak to an attorney who can explain your rights and deadlines for filing as they relate to your case. Mr. Lewis is particularly knowledgeable about medical malpractice laws and deadlines for filing these types of personal injury lawsuits. Put his experience to work for your family.
Contact a Savvy, Knowledgeable Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Chillicothe, Ohio Today for a Free Consultation About Your Injuries
Accidents happen and people make mistakes. But you and your family shouldn’t have to suffer emotionally, physically or financially because a healthcare professional was negligent in performing their duties and made a mistake that could have been prevented.
Contact the Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis in Jackson today for a free consultation. We will listen to your story and review your records. There are no upfront legal fees and we work on contingency. That means that if we do not collect damages for you, you don’t pay anything for our legal representation. You have nothing to lose but the time it takes to discuss your case. Call today, don’t suffer in silence for another moment. Help, and hope, is one call away.