Sometimes a visit to the doctor or hospital for what may be a routine treatment can take an unexpected turn, leading to an injury or even death. In these cases, most people will turn to a Cleveland medical malpractice attorney for help filing a claim. However, even though the cause of your injury or illness may be clear to you, the doctor in question may try to discredit your claim by using some common defenses.
What defenses might a doctor use in a medical malpractice claim?
- the patient acted negligently, therefore, causing his or her own injury or illness;
- the patient signed informed consent paperwork;
- the patient did not fully disclose medical history to the treating physician; and
- the alleged act of negligence or medical malpractice did not harm or worsen a patient’s condition.
A doctor likely will have a legal team on his or her side that will try to use one or more of these defenses to disprove your medical malpractice claim. However, with the right Cleveland attorney, you can craft your own defense that supports your claim.
If you are entangled in a medical malpractice case in which a healthcare professional refutes your claim, call the team at Mellino Law Firm at (440) 333-3800. Our attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you get the compensation you deserve.