As we have discussed before in this blog, Ohio law sets a time limit on filing a personal injury claim, such as a medical malpractice lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations, and it prevents medical professionals having to defend themselves from malpractice claims long after the alleged incident occurred.
When a medical malpractice claim is particularly weak or unsupported by the evidence, it may not be necessary for your hospital or medical practice to settle or take the case to trial. Instead, your attorney can move to get the case dismissed.
Though there are cases where a business must go all the way in defending itself against a personal injury claim, most of the time lawsuits do not make it to trial. Generally, the parties negotiate a settlement instead.