Toledo Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Throughout our over 30-year history, our skilled attorneys at Slater & Zurz have skillfully handled medical malpractice cases in Toledo and across Ohio.
With our experience and resources, we successfully secure maximum recovery for injured victims and their families and provide them with comfort and closure, knowing those who caused these highly-preventable injuries were held liable for their actions.
We consider it our duty and privilege to represent you in your time of need and will do everything within our legal power to secure the outcome you need and deserve. We encourage you to reach out to our Toledo, Ohio, medical malpractice law firm to learn more.
Ohio Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
Any form of substandard medical care can result in a medical malpractice case. Our seasoned medical malpractice lawyers have secured maximum compensation in a wide range of matters, including:
- Surgical or procedural errors
- Unnecessary surgery or procedure
- The administration of the wrong medication
- The incorrect dosage was given to a patient
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to treat
- Birth injuries
- Incorrect treatment of a medical condition
- The use of defective medical devices
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Anesthesia errors
- Failure to prevent or treat an infection
Compensation in Toledo Medical Error Cases
If you or a loved one sustained injuries due to medical malpractice, you have the right to recover compensation for your losses under Ohio law. Depending on the details of your case, you might be entitled to the following:
- Medical expenses
- Costs for future medical care
- Rehabilitation expenses, including physical and occupational therapy
- Lost income
- Lost or diminished earning capacity
- Costs for long-term care or residential care facilities
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment
- Wrongful death damages (if you lost a loved one due to medical malpractice)
In rare cases, Toledo, Ohio courts will award punitive damages. These awards are not ordered as compensation to the injured victim. Instead, they aim to punish the defendant for their especially harmful, intentional, or grossly negligent actions. Punitive damages are also given as a warning to others to not act in a similar manner.
Our medical malpractice lawyers will work with our team of experts to hold at-fault parties liable and secure full and fair compensation for your losses, giving you the means to recover physically, emotionally, and financially from the results of their actions.
Liable Parties in Medical Malpractice Claims
Sadly, medical malpractice is far from uncommon. Johns Hopkins Medicine recently found that approximately 250,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical errors, making it the third leading cause of death behind cancer and heart disease. So, who is responsible for a quarter of a million deaths each year?
Medical malpractice claims seek to recover damages from a wide range of parties, commonly including:
- Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants
- Urgent care facilities
- Manufacturers of defective medical equipment
Proving Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice occurs when a patient suffers harm through either the actions or inactions of a doctor, nurse, or other medical providers. Proving that medical negligence occurred often involves a highly complex area of law.
In some cases, negligence is quite clear. In other cases, especially those in which the injury wasn’t immediately apparent, it may be challenging to attribute it to the medical professional or provider.
To prove medical malpractice occurred, your Toledo, Ohio medical malpractice lawyer must establish all five of the following legal elements:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship – This relationship can be established either by agreement or by treatment received.
- A standard of care existed – The medical professional or provider had a legal obligation to provide a level of care that meets the accepted standard within the medical community.
- A breach of duty occurred – The medical provider did not uphold their duty to the patient and failed to provide acceptable care.
- The breach of duty caused injury to the patient – Their failure to provide acceptable medical care was the primary cause of the patient’s injury or condition.
- The patient’s injury caused losses – Damages caused by their injuries could include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among others.
These elements can be proven by providing medical records, eyewitness accounts, and testimony from medical and financial experts. Our team works with some of the most highly-regarded medical and financial experts in Ohio to establish that medical negligence took place and provide sufficient proof of the full extent of your losses.
You Owe Us Nothing Unless We Win Your Case
At Slater & Zurz, we understand the extreme financial burden a medical error can cause. To ensure you can seek the compensation you deserve, we handle all cases involving medical errors and malpractice on a contingency fee agreement.
Under this arrangement, you will never be asked to pay anything up-front. We will only be paid for our services if and when we recover damages on your behalf. This means that you can pursue compensation from the at-fault parties with NO risk to you.
Ohio Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice
Every state sets the amount of time an injured victim has to take legal action against a liable party. In Ohio, this time frame, known as a “statute of limitations,” is one year (and four years in certain circumstances.) This means that you have exactly one year (or four years) from the date of your injury – or the date you first became aware of it, to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.
Should you fail to act within the given time frame, you will forever lose your right to compensation for your damages.
Our Toledo medical malpractice injury lawyers always recommend acting as quickly as possible. Promptly taking legal action will ensure your case falls within the statute of limitations but will also show the insurance company you are pursuing full and fair compensation. Lastly, acting quickly will ensure critical evidence is not lost, such as any recordings, medical records, or eyewitness accounts.
Top Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Toledo, Ohio
When we seek medical care, we do so because we believe the medical professional will help. The last thing we would ever anticipate is that they will actually be the ones who will cause us harm.
The sad truth is that serious injuries and wrongful death are all too often caused by those we trust to take care of us. Doctors, other medical professionals, and healthcare facilities have a responsibility to provide adequate care to keep us healthy and help us recover from our injuries and illnesses.
At Slater & Zurz, we advocate strongly on behalf of injured victims and their families. If you or a loved one was injured by a doctor, nurse, or medical facility, know that we will fight tooth and nail to ensure they are held liable for their negligent actions and that you receive a complete financial recovery.
To discuss your legal options following an injury, call (419) 658-7171 to schedule your FREE, no-obligation consultation with leading personal injury lawyers in Toledo.