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Cincinnati medical malpractice lawyersAccording to the National Academy of Sciences, medical errors injure 1.5 million people annually and cost well in excess of $3.5 billion each year.

These types of cases are expensive and difficult, requiring an understanding of medicine and the law. Further, an attorney representing doctor malpractice victims must commit an extraordinary amount of time and money to each case. Having contacts in the medical community is essential to locating doctors willing to criticize other doctors.

Work With Highly Experienced Malpractice Attorneys

The lawyers at The Moore Law Firm have handled many medical cases over decades. As dedicated Cincinnati medical malpractice attorneys, they have the experience and background to effectively represent victims of medical errors.

Donald C. Moore, Jr. first started investigating medical malpractice cases as a claims adjuster for some of the largest hospitals in Cincinnati, back in the 1970s. Since he began his private practice, he has only represented the victims in medical malpractice cases. His son, Daniel N. Moore, clerked for a well-known medical malpractice law firm before he began working with his father. Our unique background prepares us well for this type of case, and we are ready to put our skill and experience to work for you.

With more than 50 years of combined experience, our firm has the legal expertise you need. Contact us today to speak with our medical malpractice lawyers in Cincinnati about your claim.

How is Fault Determined in Medical Malpractice Cases?

Doctors and specialists undergo years of training to become licensed physicians. So, when we visit the doctor, or agree to undergo a certain procedure, we should be able to trust that we will receive the highest quality care. Unfortunately, medical malpractice statistics show that things don't always go as planned.

Doctors, nurses, and hospitals do make their fair share of mistakes; these are called "medical errors." Other times, healthcare professionals simply make bad decisions, and in such cases the patient can be subjected to irreparable harm.

Medical Liability

Medical liability occurs in a variety of situations. It can happen because of a misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis, improper surgical technique, or wrong-site surgery. The wrong patient can be operated on or a patient can undergo surgery without giving their "informed consent."

Other times doctors accidentally cut a nearby organ, or they make an anesthesia or medication error that kills the patient. In any case when a doctor's medical treatment falls below the standard of care, the injured patient may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

Liability in a medical malpractice case is not limited to just doctors. The responsible party may be a doctor, a nurse, physician's assistant or even the hospital or a pharmaceutical manufacturer. In order to prove fault, you must be able to prove:

  • A duty was owed because of a doctor-patient relationship existed
  • The negligent party deviated from the applicable standard of care
  • The deviation "substandard care" caused the patient's injuries
  • The patient sustained injuries as a result of the substandard care

In order to prove that you have a valid medical malpractice claim, you must be able to show that your doctor's conduct fell below the accepted standard of medical care. To establish this, it will be necessary to obtain testimony from a medical expert, who is qualified in the same field of medicine as the negligent doctor. It will also be necessary to show that the defendant failed to meet this standard.

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can occur in a variety of settings, from the doctor's office to the operating room. Some common types of medical malpractice include:

  • Birth Injuries: These potentially life-altering injuries can be caused by issues such as blatant negligence, inexperience during the birthing process, or mismanagement during the pregnancy.
  • Administering the wrong dosage of a medication: If an incorrect dosage of anesthesia or wrong medication is given to a patient, because of errors in communication between members of a medical staff or even bad handwriting in medical records, it could result in serious consequences.
  • Surgical errors: Such as leaving a foreign object like a tool or sponge inside the patient following the medical procedure, or performing a procedure on the wrong part of a patient's body.
  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis: If a medical provider overlooks or misidentifies a serious medical condition, it can delay appropriate medical treatment, making the condition worse or even resulting in the death of the patient. Medical professionals sometimes even diagnose diseases the patient does not have, such as cancer, causing unwarranted psychological trauma and subjecting the patient to treatments he or she does not need and that might make a healthy patient sick. For misdiagnosis cases involving children, the resulting trauma can be even more devastating.

Find the Legal Advocacy You Deserve

You don't have to go through this difficult and challenging time alone! Allow us to review your case today. The Moore Law Firm has extensive experience in representing victims of doctor malpractice. We serve clients in Cincinnati, Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. When you work with us, we make sure you are treated like a person, not a case number. You can rest assured that we have the resources, experience, and insight to handle your case.

Contact us now if you are ready to speak with a Cincinnati medical malpractice lawyer about your claim.

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