Spinal infections can have severe implications if medical providers fail to quickly identify and treat them. You can suffer paralysis due to an unchecked spinal infection, which could cause you to have a permanent disability.
A lawyer with the Fitch Law Firm LLC can examine whether medical malpractice led to your spinal infection and help you hold those Cincinnati medical providers accountable for their actions.
How Do You Know If You Have a Valid Case for Medical Malpractice?
You may have a case for medical malpractice if some improper action or inaction by a medical professional directly caused your injuries. In other words, if they had met the medical standard of care, you would not have suffered the injuries.
While not every medical complication or mistake leads to a malpractice claim, but many medical errors cause injuries to patients that never should have occurred.
What are the Different Kinds of Medical Malpractice?
Many different types of medical malpractice exist. Spinal infections, for instance, can result from:
- Unsanitary equipment
- Surgical errors
- Inadequate postsurgical care
- Failure to follow medical protocol
- Delay diagnosis
- Incorrectly interpreting medical screening and test results
An untreated spinal infection can have catastrophic and permanent consequences, including permanent paralysis. If a doctor or other medical professional fails to identify or take the proper steps to diagnose a spinal infection, the results can be disastrous.
Types of Compensation You may be Able to Secure in a Spinal Infection Claim
Typical types of economic compensatory damages include losses that you can easily convert to dollars and cents, like medical bills and lost income.
However, you also may be able to get other damages in a medical malpractice case based on your pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other intangible losses. These losses are referred to as non-economic damages.
If your loved one died from a spinal infection, you can request compensation for their burial and funeral costs and your losses of financial support and consortium.
Caps on Non-Economic Damages
Ohio law places caps or limits on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. Under Ohio Revised Code (ORC) §2323.43, injured parties can recover up to $250,000 or three times the amount of their economic damages for a maximum of $350,000 for one injured party or $500,000 for more than one injured party.
If the medical malpractice results in catastrophic injuries, the caps increase to $500,000 per injured party or $1 million per incident. Catastrophic injuries include:
- Permanent deformity, an inability to use a limb, or an inability to use an organ
- Permanent physical injuries that prevent independent living and self-care
However, if an incident of medical malpractice proves to be fatal, then the potential for non-economic damages is not limited pursuant to Ohio Constitution, Article I §19a. A medical malpractice lawyer can explain these damages caps to you and how they might apply in your case.
The Benefits of Hiring the Fitch Law Firm LLC Over Other Firms in Your Area
We have more than 30 years of experience handling a wide variety of cases for injury victims. These cases can be complex and require knowledge of medical terms and procedures. We have the experience to know how to handle these cases and how to enlist medical experts to help prove your case.
Services We Provide
Our goal is to meet all your accident-related needs and address more than your legal concerns. We can travel to wherever you are if you find it too hard to travel to us. We also can arrange for you to receive additional medical care if needed.
In addition, you can count on us to:
- Keep you up to date on the progression of your case
- Search for and organize evidence
- Identify the liable party
- Interview expert medical witnesses
- Handle communications with the relevant parties
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurer
- Adhere to state deadlines
- File a lawsuit, if needed
- Litigate your case at trial
How Much will It Cost to Hire a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?
We know that finances are likely on your mind as you suffer from unexpected injuries such as spinal infections. You may be off work and unsure how you are going to pay your bills. We want to make this process as easy as possible for you.
As a result, it will cost you nothing for us to evaluate your case. Because we work on a contingency-fee-basis, you will pay nothing unless and until we recover damages from your medical malpractice claim.
Call Our Attorneys Today for More Information
If you suspect that you or your loved one has suffered a spinal infection as a result of medical malpractice, we can help. The lawyers serving Cincinnati from the Fitch Law Firm LLC stand ready to hear from you about your case.
Call us today to learn more about whether you have a valid legal claim for medical malpractice. The first call is free, and you owe nothing until we secure compensation for you.