Why might someone be afraid to file a malpractice claim?

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

Not every situation where you are unhappy with a doctor or medical service qualifies as malpractice in Ohio, but there are still many cases that do. While there are many people who do file malpractice claims, there are also just as many if not more who decide not to file a claim. In some of these cases, the person really does have a valid claim, but something holds them back from filing the lawsuit. Forbes explains that people who decide not to pursue medical malpractice claims may do so because of misunderstandings or a lack of knowledge about the process.

One reason why you may not choose to file a claim is that you are concerned about the costs associated with going to court. This is a reasonable concern, but if you have a valid claim, then you will walk away in the end with a payment for damages. Besides that, most attorneys will not take your case if it is not likely to win. If time is more of a concern, then you should understand most cases will not go to trial. Rather they end up with a settlement, which will not usually take as long as a trial.

You may also forego filing a claim because you worry about your future medical care. You may have a concern than once other doctors find out you went court, they will not want to treat you. This is a huge concern, especially if you have a medical condition where you need continuous or regular care, but you should understand that not every doctor will hold a case against you.

The final decision is always yours to make. You should do what you think is best for your situation. This information is for education and is not legal advice.


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