Month: September 2021

What’s an affidavit of merit in an Ohio medical malpractice claim?

Medical malpractice can lead to absolutely devastating personal injuries -- but they aren’t treated quite like other personal injury claims. Per the Ohio Revised Code, your medical malpractice claim can’t even begin until you obtain an “Affidavit of Merit” from a physician, specialist or another expert witness. Why do you need an Affidavit of Merit? Why do you have to jump through an extra hoop or two to file a medical malpractice claim?  Officially, this requirement helps weed out “frivolous” cases that don’t have any real merit and would otherwise clog up the court system.  In practice, it...

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Is an erroneous cancer diagnosis medical malpractice?

You don’t feel well, so you go to a doctor in Ohio. The diagnosis comes back grim – the physician you saw tells you that you have cancer. You are reeling from denial and fear. Your mind is racing from one scary possibility to another, such as surgery, chemotherapy and perhaps a reduced life span. You can’t even begin to imagine conveying this unsettling information to your family. That scenario happens all the time. But what if, for a variety of reasons, the diagnosis you received was not correct? According to the National Law Review, “a shocking number of Americans” are informed that they...

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