The first steps in a medical malpractice case must be completed fully for
your case to have a chance at succeeding in court. Your case should be
sought if you’ve suffered injuries or harm due to a doctor’s
poor medical treatment or mistaken diagnosis. You could also choose to
seek a malpractice claim if you feel you were injured due to negligence.
Your claim can go against a number of people including nurses, doctors,
hospitals, technicians or others. The first thing you’ll need to
do is to contact the doctor or hospital that is involved in the potential
case. You need to discuss what happened, what went wrong and find out
if the hospital or doctor is willing to remedy the situation. In some
cases, a doctor or hospital will be happy to perform services to correct
the situation free of charge.
If you can’t get the hospital’s help, then you will need to
speak with the medical licensing board in the state. The licensing board
is unable to order anything to be done about the situation, but it can
hand out disciplinary punishments to the practitioner or hospital in question.
The medical board may also be able to answer questions you have about
what to do next.
You have a fair amount of time to file your claim in Ohio, but it’s
not unlimited. Statutes of limitations in place could limit your right
to claim after a few years, so it’s important to know how long you
have to file and to file as soon as you can. Speaking with someone familiar
with medical malpractice laws will help you determine how long you have to file.