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Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Portsmouth

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When a trusted medical professional fails to provide adequate medical treatment, it can leave you feeling confused, distressed, and can often result in severe, life-altering injuries. At Burnside Law, we are committed to helping victims of medical malpractice fight for the justice and recovery they deserve after a doctor, nurse, or other medical practitioner causes them harm. With years of experience under our belt, we have the skills, resources, and in-depth knowledge of complex Ohio medical malpractice laws to aggressively advocate for you. Our Portsmouth medical malpractice attorneys are ready to stand with you.

To schedule a free initial case evaluation with our team, call us at (888) 723-4650 today!

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is a legal term used to describe an instance when medical professionals act negligently and you are injured as a result. There are many different situations that can be considered medical malpractice. Essentially, doctors, nurses, and other medical practitioners have a duty to keep patients safe and provide adequate care. When they fail to do this, you may be entitled to compensation.

Common types of medical malpractice include but are not limited to:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Misdiagnoses
  • Surgical errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Medication errors

If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to a mistake or intentional action or inaction of a medical professional, Burnside Law can help you fight for your rights. We have helped numerous clients seek just financial compensation to deal with the ongoing costs of further treatment, lost income, and more.

Is My Injury Eligible for a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Some instances of medical malpractice are obvious, such as surgical errors or misdiagnosis. Other acts of negligence by a medical professional may not be so easily definable. Here are some general guidelines to judge if your injury qualifies for a medical malpractice lawsuit:

  • Violation of the standard of care - medical professionals are held up to a certain standard of care. If this standard was not met, you may be able to establish negligence.
  • Injury was caused by negligence - it is not enough that negligence occurred, or even that an injury was suffered. You must be able to prove that the injury you suffered was due to the lack of standard medical care.
  • Significant Damages - due to the expensive nature of medical malpractice claims, it is necessary for the patient filing the lawsuit to prove that they suffered significant damages as a result of the injury, such as disability, loss of income, heavy medical bills, or suffering.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse, or hospital, call the Portsmouth medical malpractice attorneys at Burnside Law today! We can review your case for free in an initial consultation and advise you as how to best pursue compensation for your injuries.

    Medical Malpractice FAQs

    • Can I file a medical malpractice suit against someone other than a doctor?

      Yes, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be brought against any healthcare professional or facility that provides medical treatment. This can include doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, technicians, hospital staff, nursing homes, and more.

    • Is a misdiagnosis is considered malpractice?

      Often, a misdiagnosis can be considered medical malpractice if the victim can show that, had a proper diagnosis been given, the victim would have not suffered injuries or had a condition worsen. In fact, a misdiagnosis is one of the most common reasons that patients file medical malpractice claims.

    • What does “informed consent” mean?

      Informed consent is a legal term used to describe the consent that a patient gives to a doctor to carry out a medical procedure. This consent is given based on a clear, straightforward understanding by both the patient and the medical professional of the procedure, its implications, and potential future effects of the procedure.

    • What is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Ohio?

      The statute of limitations is the time frame from the date of injury that a victim has to file a claim. While the general statute of limitations for medical malpractice in Ohio is two years, the actual length of time you have to file a lawsuit can vary depending on the complex circumstances of your case. Often, injuries do not appear immediately after a malpractice incident. Additionally, you may not realize that medical malpractice, such as misdiagnosis, occurred until much later. These and other circumstances can affect your specific statute of limitations. Burnside Law’s Portsmouth medical malpractice attorneys can help you examine the specific details of your case and determine your legal options.