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Medical malpractice claims on the decline in Ohio

Most Ohio residents are not medical experts. They do not know how to treat their own serious illnesses and injuries. In fact, most people need to rely on the skilled help of trained doctors and nurses in order to recover from even the most basic of illnesses, injuries and conditions. Doctors are expected to provide a certain amount of care in order to ensure that patients are receiving the best treatment possible.

However, doctors often fail to live up to this standard. Medical malpractice, including medication errors, are common. Doctors may have a momentary lapse in judgment, may misdiagnose or may fail to pay attention to all of a patients symptoms. In these cases, the patients often suffer from a worsened medical condition than when they first saw the medical provider.

In these cases, Ohio residents need to know that they have legal rights. A medical malpractice suit can help to compensate people when their doctors make serious errors. Recently, new data has shown that medical malpractice suits in the state have been going down. According to the data, in 2012 -- the most recent year where statistics are available -- 2,773 cases of medical malpractice were resolved. This was a record low.

The data also shows that victims received compensation in only one out of five cases. The cases related to obstetrics resulted in the highest average payout - more than $1 million - according to the study.

While the numbers of Ohio medical malpractice claims are reducing, even one case of medical malpractice is too many. Victims must do everything possible to ensure they are fairly compensated for their injuries, and consulting with a legally trained professional can help. Doctors need to be held to a higher standard and patients need to be kept safe. When this standard is breached, patients should not hesitate to exert their legal rights.

Source: The Clinical Advisor, "Ohio's malpractice claims hit record low," Ann W. Latner, JD, May 20, 2014

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