Ohio Malpractice Lawyers

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Malpractice law varies from state to state. The field of malpractice law encompasses any breach of professional care, whether it is a physician-patient, attorney-client, or any professional relationship. When a professional person or firm is engaged for the purpose of providing a service and fails to render that service, thereby injuring the person who engaged them, malpractice may be established.

Malpractice Guidelines

In order for both medical and legal malpractice to be established, the plaintiff must first prove that a professional relationship existed. Then, some conditions must be met. In the case of legal malpractice, it must be shown that the attorney breached his or her duty to the client. An example might be a failure of the attorney to diligently apply his knowledge to a case. Another condition is that the attorney damaged the client's case and possibility of receiving damages through dereliction of duty.

Medical malpractice is the other most common form of malpractice suit. When a patient believes that his doctor in some way caused injury through negligence or incompetence, he will often sue for malpractice. Sometimes, a hospital can be held liable for the actions of one of its physicians. However, a clear cause and effect must be established between the doctor's actions and the injury before an attorney can file suit. In the case of wrongful death, the family of the deceased may be entitled to compensation.

Malpractice attorneys are trained to understand state laws as well as the accepted nationwide standards of law. Some states have statutes of limitations and damage caps that regulate malpractice lawsuits. Other states, such as Ohio, have recently experienced changes in their malpractice laws that will affect how cases are handled. When a professional relationship turns sour, the law provides recourse to those who feel that they have been wronged.


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