New Medical Malpractice Law Being Considered by Ohio Senate

September 26, 2012

Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

Ohio Senate considers new medical malpractice lawEmergency health care is essential.  It requires quick diagnosis, careful judgment and calculated execution.  That is why doctors, like lawyers and other professionals, go through several years of schooling and training.  If for some reason a mistake is made and an injury occurs, a patient should have a course of action to recover for the damages he or she has suffered.

The Ohio Senate is currently considering a new bill that would essentially limit damage liability for emergency care physicians.  The summary of the proposed Ohio Senate Bill 129 states the following purposes:

To enact section 2305.2310 of the Revised Code to grant qualified civil immunity to a physician, physician assistant, dentist, or optometrist who provides emergency medical, dental, or optometric services, first-aid treatment, or other emergency professional care in compliance with the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act or as a result of a disaster and to a certified nurse-midwife, certified nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, or registered nurse who provides emergency services, first-aid treatment, or other emergency professional care as a result of a disaster and to provide that these provisions do not apply to wrongful death actions.

The proposed bill will leave an avenue for recovery should a patient suffer wrongful death.  It also provides an exception for situations where the care-giver acts in a reckless manner or acts outside the scope of his/her authority.  Ohio Medical Malpractice lawyers have flocked to Columbus to oppose the bill.  Their argument is that the bill will serve to lower standards for emergency medical care.

When you or a family member enters a hospital, doctor’s office, or medical clinic for emergency care, you expect doctors to follow appropriate procedure. You don’t anticipate becoming permanently or severely injured by the actions or lack of action from emergency medical professionals at that facility.

Unfortunately, things don’t always happen as one anticipates.  Medical malpractice in Ohio is a reality. Claims can involve complex litigation, negotiations with corporate ethics and dealing with large insurance companies.  When you face such litigation, you will need experienced Ohio personal injury attorneys who you can trust to recover maximum compensation for your injuries.

Please contact us, Slater & Zurz LLP,at 1-800-297-9191 for a free consultation to determine if medical malpractice has been committed and what action should be taken. You may also send a message from our website at slaterzurz.com.

Source:  http://www.healthcareglobal.com/press_releases/state-senate-considers-new-ohio-medical-malpractice-law

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