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Experienced Cincinnati Medical Malpractice Lawyers

When you seek medical attention and treatment for injuries and illnesses, you place your trust in the training, background and care of the doctors, nurses and staff that take care of you. Throughout the process, dozens of individuals may attend to your needs, from physicians and nurses to radiologists and anesthesiologists. You trust each medical professional to follow protocol and training, so they will provide the high-quality care that you expect.

When these trusted professionals fail to do so, and this failure results in more harm and injury, you have the right as a patient to hold these professionals accountable for medical malpractice. With a medical malpractice claim, you can seek compensation for your pain and protect future patients from experiencing the same pain you did. At Rittgers Rittgers & Nakajima, our knowledgeable Cincinnati medical malpractice lawyers can help you get your deserved compensation.

Proven Representation For The Victims Of Medical Negligence

Our medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience helping clients right the wrongs caused by medical errors. We fight to get compensation and treatment to give you the fullest recovery possible and prevent these types of medical mistakes in the future. To arrange an initial consultation to discuss what has happened to you and the case you may have, please contact our law firm today at 513-496-0134.

We assist clients in all medical malpractice matters, including negligence related to:

We also represent clients in cases of failure to consult, failure to communicate, delayed diagnosis, x-ray and diagnostic image misreading, and misdiagnosis.

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice?

Even the most professional and experienced medical professionals can make a mistake, and not every error that harms a patient is necessarily medical malpractice. Malpractice is when a doctor, nurse or other health care professional commits a negligent act and the patient is harmed or dies as a result. Examples of negligent acts by a medical professional include:

  • Failing to take reasonable steps to diagnose the patient, and misdiagnosing them as a result.
  • Accidentally leaving a sponge or other surgical instrument inside the patient after an operation.
  • Prescribing an inappropriate medication or a dangerous dosage.
  • Failing to keep the patient’s hospital room clean and sanitized.

While most medical errors are minor and cause little to no harm, serious malpractice can aggravate the patient’s condition or cause new health problems that lead to permanent disability or death.

What Are Common Causes Of Medical Malpractice In Cincinnati?

Medical malpractice is rarely intentional. Still, a doctor’s failure to provide a reasonable level of care can put their patients in danger, whether they are meant to or not. Common causes of malpractice incidents include:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Inexperience
  • Lack of attention toward the patient
  • Poor communication or not listening to the patient
  • Faulty or poorly maintained equipment
  • Acting out of compliance with established medical standards

One or more of these types of negligence can result in medical malpractice injuries.

How Do You Prove Medical Negligence In Ohio?

To prove a malpractice claim, you must prove the following:

  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • The defendant’s care fell below the standard of care owed
  • The failure to provide adequate care caused your injuries
  • You were harmed as a result

Proving medical malpractice can be highly technical and complex, involving medical procedures, diagnoses and decisions that only medical experts can make sense of.

More Ohio Medical Malpractice FAQ

Medical malpractice law is very complicated. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions our malpractice clients ask.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim?

Ohio law allows malpractice victims just one year to file a lawsuit, starting from the date your injury occurred. This is why it is vital for you to speak with a medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible after you suspect you or a loved one was harmed by medical negligence.

What are the punitive damages for medical malpractice in Ohio?

Punitive damages are a special type of damages in personal injury law. Instead of compensating you for the harm you have suffered, punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant for gross negligence or intentionally hurting you. They are rare, and state law limits punitive damages awards to twice the amount of compensatory damages awarded. For example, if the jury awards you $100,000 in compensatory damages, the most it could give you in punitive damages is $200,000.

Who can be sued for medical malpractice?

Any medical professional or institution who negligently caused or contributed to your harm can potentially be liable. This includes doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, dentists, hospitals and clinics.

Contact A Trusted Cincinnati Medical Malpractice Attorney

Our team members are regarded as some of the most knowledgeable medical malpractice advocates in Ohio. We have a thorough knowledge of medical procedures and will apply that understanding to your case.

We take a limited number of new cases each year to ensure that each client is provided with the highest level of attention and preparation possible. Unlike other firms, our team of four lawyers and staff work together on each case. You will be represented by the breadth of our firm’s experience and understanding.

We understand the pain you have endured. When it feels like the trust you placed in medical professionals has been violated, know that we will be by your side, fighting to make this right.

If you have been further injured or hurt by the negligence of a doctor, hospital or staff member, please contact us now by calling 513-496-0134 or send us an email. We want to help.