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How Do I Know If I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Ohio medical malpractice lawyers, Mayle, Ray & Mayle, offer tips for knowing if youíve got a case or not.


In the aftermath of a medical treatment or procedure that has gone wrong, it can be hard to make sense of what happened, why, and who should be held responsible. Itís important to know when a medical malpractice case should be pursued, and in which instances it should not. Use the following advice from Mayle, Ray & Mayle, an , to learn more.

A medical malpractice case can be difficult to prove, and anecdotal or circumstantial evidence wonít be enough. Expert medical witnesses and other documentation will be of the essence to any case. Still, when evaluating a case from the beginning, a medical malpractice attorney will look at a basic 3-step process.

1. The type and severity of the injury needs to be established. Legitimate medical malpractice cases typically involve serious injuries and situations involving the death of a loved one or family member. Small injuries or inconveniences may not warrant a medical malpractice case being filed because medical malpractice cases usually require expensive experts.

2. Knowing that a patient was injured, did the doctor do anything wrong? A major battle in medical malpractice cases is proving negligence: did the care fall below the standard of care in the community? Even if there is a major injury or death, an Ohio medical malpractice attorney has to prove fault. Injuries can occur without fault -- the body reacts a certain way, a properly maintained wound still develops an infection, and so forth. However, doctors make judgment calls and perform the actual procedures, and others involved including nurses or anesthesiologists are also responsible for their work and could make dangerous mistakes.

3. The final major component is establishing the link between the doctorís error and the injury that resulted. As a medical malpractice attorney knows, there needs to be proof that the medical professionalís negligence caused the injury. Establishing this connection is often the most difficult and expensive aspect of most cases.

Ultimately, any potential medical malpractice case needs to be evaluated by a qualified attorney. And in most cases, the sooner legal advice and representation is pursued, the better.

Mayle, Ray & Mayle is ready to defend the rights of its clients, and takes pride in giving each and every case the commitment and attention it needs, with superior representation. Donít settle for anything less when it comes to choosing a medical malpractice attorney in Ohio.† The Ohio statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims is one year, with some exceptions.

The law firm has offices in both Fremont and Bellevue, and works with clients across the region, including Erie, Sandusky, Ottawa and Wood Counties, and towns such as Toledo, Tiffin, Findlay, Port Clinton, Perrysburg and Woodville. Learn more at or by calling 419.334.8377.

About Mayle, Ray & Mayle, LLC

Mayle, Ray & Mayle LLC is a leading Ohio law firm with a broad range of expertise.† The team consists of attorneys Ronald Mayle, Jeremiah Ray and Andrew Mayle, all of whom bring unique experience and specialties to the forefront, establishing a well-rounded law firm that can meet the needs of any client. With offices in Fremont and Bellevue, Mayle, Ray & Mayle serves clients in need throughout Ohio and also serves as co-counsel and local counsel for other law firms across the country. Contact their expert lawyers at 419.334.8377 or learn more about who they are and how they can help at


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