Q1. Can I Still Bring a Claim if My Relative has Died or is Incompetent?
A. Yes, a claim can still be established even if the victim is deceased or incompetent. If your loved one has passed away, his or her estate is allowed to bring a claim. If no estate has been opened, the attorneys at Slater & Zurz LLP will assist you and your family in opening the estate in order to pursue the medical malpractice claim.
If your loved one is still living but is incompetent due to injury or illness, a family member who has been named Power of Attorney may be authorized to bring a claim on his or her behalf. If no Power of Attorney was established before the incompetency, or the Power of Attorney is limited in scope, we can assist you with applying for a guardianship with the Probate Court. Once named guardian, you may bring a claim on behalf of the incompetent party.
Q2. Can I Sue the Doctor and the Hospital?
Q3. Do I Help Others by Bringing a Medical Negligence Claim?
Q4. How are Medical Malpractice Claims Evaluated?
A. Unfortunately, we can never undue an injury or bring back a loved one that has passed away as a result of medical negligence. However, we can fight for you to obtain monetary compensation for the medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering caused by the malpractice.
Once a lawsuit is filed the case is given a schedule of litigation dates, ending with a jury trial. However, the goal at Slater & Zurz LLP is not only to obtain the best possible settlement for you, but also to do it as efficiently as possible. Throughout your case we will constantly negotiate with the defense counsel and even go to mediation to attempt to reach a settlement that you are proud of. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the process and advise you as to what your best settlement may be.
If we are unable to settle your case, we will present it to the jury and fight to get you a favorable judgment in court.
Q5. How do I Choose the Right Attorney?
A. Choosing the right attorney is a critical element in bringing a medical malpractice claim. Unlike the attorneys at Slater & Zurz LLP, many lawyers and law firms are not equipped to deal with a large scale cases such as medical malpractice. They simply do not have the time, experts and resources to present the best possible case on your behalf. Many attorneys and law firms also lack the reputation of Slater & Zurz LLP. We have handled tens of thousands of injury and malpractice claims and the insurance companies and defense firms know who we are and know that we will fight to obtain the best possible settlement for our clients each and every time.
Aside from zealous representation in the courtroom, we also provide the care, comfort and counseling that you and your family need to understand the legal process during this difficult time in your life. We can promise that at the end of the day, you will be proud to have been represented by Slater & Zurz LLP.
Q6. How do You Prove a Medical Malpractice Claim?
A. Under Ohio law, medical malpractice claims must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence. This is the lowest evidentiary standard and is defined as “presenting just enough evidence to make it more likely than not that the fact the claimant seeks to prove is true.” Simply speaking, this means that whichever side can produce more credible evidence to the jury should win.
In order to prove our cases, the attorneys at Slater & Zurz LLP leave no stone unturned. Aside from thoroughly reviewing the medical records ourselves, we also retain the services of medical doctors and registered nurses to serve as expert witnesses. At trial, we present a comprehensive case to the jury, complete with exhibits, visual aids and expert testimony.
Q7. How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Q8. Is it Morally Wrong to Bring a Claim?
Q9. What if I Can’t Afford an Attorney?
Q10. What is a Medical Malpractice Claim?
If you have any questions, please contact us for a free consultation and case evaluation. Call us at 1-888-534-4850 on any day of the week including weekends and evenings or send us a website message.