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The first steps in a medical malpractice case must be completed fully for your case to have a chance at succeeding in court. Your case should be sought if you’ve suffered injuries or harm due to a doctor’s poor medical treatment or mistaken diagnosis. You could also choose to seek a malpractice claim if you feel you were injured due to negligence.

Your claim can go against a number of people including nurses, doctors, hospitals, technicians or others. The first thing you’ll need to do is to contact the doctor or hospital that is involved in the potential case. You need to discuss what happened, what went wrong and find out if the hospital or doctor is willing to remedy the situation. In some cases, a doctor or hospital will be happy to perform services to correct the situation free of charge.

If you can’t get the hospital’s help, then you will need to speak with the medical licensing board in the state. The licensing board is unable to order anything to be done about the situation, but it can hand out disciplinary punishments to the practitioner or hospital in question. The medical board may also be able to answer questions you have about what to do next.

You have a fair amount of time to file your claim in Ohio, but it’s not unlimited. Statutes of limitations in place could limit your right to claim after a few years, so it’s important to know how long you have to file and to file as soon as you can. Speaking with someone familiar with medical malpractice laws will help you determine how long you have to file.