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Medical Malpractice Lawyer With 40 Years’ Experience

Medical malpractice is the fourth leading cause of death in the country, killing more than a quarter million people annually, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Other studies report that the number is much higher -- more than 400,000 per year. The top 3 causes of death are heart disease, cancer, and COVID-19, says the CDC

This means hundreds of thousands of victims and their families are left to deal with the consequences of a medical provider’s negligence, often without the financial resources they need to navigate the process of recovery.

That’s where we come in. 

Our Experience, Your Success 

When the negligence or carelessness of a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional causes you or a loved one harm, you need someone on your side who knows what to do. The Mellino Law Firm can help you find out what happened and why, so together we can hold the people responsible for your injury or your loved one's untimely death accountable under Ohio law.

We have the extensive experience necessary to investigate your case from start to finish, leaving no stone unturned and helping you get access to the support you need for success.

WATCH: What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a healthcare provider injures a patient. Medical errors can have numerous causes such as doctor fatigue, an understaffed operating room, miscommunication, faulty equipment, and inexperience.

If you or a loved one have been disfigured, disabled, or have lost a family member due to wrongful death, Ohio law says you are entitled to pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve.

Our Cleveland medical malpractice lawyers are committed to providing clients and their families with comprehensive, zealous legal representation when they need it most. Call (440) 333-3800 or complete this short form to schedule your free initial consultation.

Our Results Speak for Themselves

We’ve helped dozens of families just like yours get results

  1. $12.5 million for a man with a leaky cardiac bypass graft that resulted in irreversible brain damage.
  2. $4.3 million for a woman with a delayed diagnosis of uterine cancer resulting in poor prognosis.
  3. $3 million for a woman who was administered a drug she was allergic to during surgery, resulting in coma and permanent disability.
  4. $1.75 million for a man who died during surgery as a result of failure to obtain cardiac clearance first.
  5. $1.5 million for a man left with permanent leg paralysis after an artery was cut during a bone marrow biopsy.

Why Choose The Mellino Law Firm?

There are many great reasons to select The Mellino Law Firm as your partner in justice:

We don’t chase ambulances.

You will never see us on TV, the side of a bus, or a billboard. Attorneys and satisfied clients send us the majority of our cases; others find us online.

We’ve won landmark cases.

Cleveland, Ohio medical malpractice attorney Chris Mellino is respected throughout northeast Ohio for his ability to dig below the surface and make sure no fact is overlooked.

Chris has been involved in several landmark cases, including Moskovitz v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center (1994) and Watkins v. Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1998). In the latter, he and his previous partner were awarded the largest verdict in the state that year.

We’re a small firm.

Since medical malpractice claims are time-consuming and labor intensive, we’re selective about the cases we accept. Some firms take every case that walks in the door and settle those cases for the first amount the defendant offers, so they can fund their next commercial to bring in even more clients. Often, this leaves their clients in the hands of first-year associates, paralegals, or case managers.

At The Mellino Law Firm, we only pursue compensation for patients who suffered a severe injury or disability. By limiting the number of cases we accept, we’re able to give each one the unique attention it deserves. And, when you call us, you talk to us, not an assistant.

We wrote the book on medical malpractice.

Malpractice lawyer Chris Mellino takes an in-depth look at what clients can expect when filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio. With nearly 40 years of practice under his belt, Chris has successfully taken cases all the way to the Ohio State Supreme Court.

He has helped pave the way for victims of senseless injuries made by negligent medical providers to obtain justice and compensation and now walks you through, step by step, what it takes to file a claim.

Download Was It a Mistake? Your Ohio Medical Malpractice Questions Answerednow.

We come to you.

Our West Side location is more convenient for injured clients who may not be able to drive downtown, find parking, and walk to meet with their lawyers or sign papers. We’ll also drive to your home if you’re unable to come to our office. We also have an office in Rocky River for clients who would like to meet there.

Satisfied Client Reviews

“The Mellino Law Firm went over and beyond to accommodate my family. It was a pleasure to work with Chris and his team! Professionalism is literally an understatement. They made sure I was knowledgeable and comfortable through the whole process. Although nothing could change what we forever have to deal with, they made sure that the proper people were held accountable!! If you need GREAT medical malpractice lawyers Look no further!” – Brittney Cheers

“A law firm dedicated to justice! They provide excellent service to their clients and put their needs above all else. There is no other law firm in the city that is better! They have the best malpractice lawyers and [are] a true warrior for [their] clients. I would recommend Mellino Law to anyone I know!” – Amy Vitrano Bowman

“The Mellino Law Firm took the worst thing that ever happened in my life and handled it with such professionalism, care and charisma. I could have not asked for better attorneys to deal with my husband's wrongful death case. They are super personable, patient, helpful, and make a terrible situation seem a little easier to deal with. Thank you for all you've done for me.” – Riley Miller

Medical Malpractice Claims We Handle

There are many ways in which negligence can lead to medical mistakes and countless ways in which malpractice can cause injuries. We represent clients in cases involving:

  1. Amputation
  2. Anesthesia errors
  3. Bedsore injuries
  4. Birth defects
  5. Birth injuries
  6. Brain injuries
  7. Burns
  8. Cancer misdiagnosis
  9. Cerebral palsy
  10. Emergency room errors
  11. Failure to diagnose
  12. Intubation errors
  13. Medical never events
  14. Misdiagnosis
  15. Nursing home neglect
  16. Paralysis/nerve injuries
  17. Pediatric malpractice
  18. Prescription medicine errors
  19. Prescription overdose
  20. Sepsis
  21. Surgical errors
  22. Surgical injuries
  23. Vegetative state comas
  24. Wrongful death

Often, medical negligence leads to serious physical, emotional, and financial harm. Victims may require additional costly treatment or may be unable to return to work. The family members and loved ones of a person who dies as a result of medical malpractice will often suffer severe emotional anguish and financial burdens.

While a medical malpractice suit cannot undo this harm, it can help you recover compensation for medical bills, lost income, lost earning ability, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more. It can also be used to ensure that negligent medical professionals and facilities are held responsible and that systematic problems are brought to light.

What Are Damages In Medical Malpractice Claims?

In a medical malpractice claim, three types of damages may be awarded to the injured party. Those are:

  1. Economic damages – these include expenses that can be quantified, such as the reimbursement of medical bills and lost income from time missed at work;
  2. Noneconomic damages – this compensation is meant to address the suffering caused by the malpractice, such as pain, mental anguish, psychological trauma, or decrease in quality or enjoyment of life resulting from the medical malpractice;
  3. Punitive damages – these damages are typically assessed against a defendant only when the medical error was perpetrated in such a way that is considered particularly egregious. For instance, a court may award punitive damages if the doctor was on drugs or drunk while treating you. Punitive damages are rare in Ohio.

WATCH: What Are Punitive Damages?

Hiring the Right Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Your Case

When choosing a medical malpractice lawyer to represent you, it is important to ask many questions and review your potential attorney’s past results and experience.

One of the most common questions that we get asked at The Mellino Law Firm is, “Have you handled this type of medical malpractice case before?” Although it’s rare that two medical malpractice cases would be identical, there are some cases that have similarities.

In almost 40 years in practice, we have seen a wide variety of medical malpractice cases and there are certain things that all medical malpractice cases have in common. It’s rare that we run into a tactic or expert that we haven’t seen before. This is what makes a skilled Cleveland medical malpractice attorney who focuses on this type of law such an asset to your case.

WATCH: What Are the Costs for a Medical Malpractice Case in Ohio?  

Proving Causation in Medical Malpractice Claims

One of the most important aspects of any medical malpractice claim is proving causation. In other words, you must show that your injuries or the death of your loved one was caused by medical negligence and/or malpractice.

Typically, this means you will need to show that a doctor, nurse, hospital, or another medical professional or facility breached the standard of reasonable care and this directly or indirectly led to your injuries or your loved one’s death.

You may also need to prove that, had a competent medical professional/facility provided you with acceptable care, you would not have suffered the same harm.

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Call for Your Free Consultation Today

Don’t wait after a medical provider’s negligence has caused you or your family harm. Take action right away to protect your right to compensation by contacting The Mellino Law Firm at (440) 333-3800 or completing this short form to schedule your free initial consultation.

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What our clients say. I found everybody there to be extremely professional and very caring and very friendly, and I was particularly impressed by the expertise of Chris Mellino. He did excellent work and was entirely realistic about our chances. I saw him interacting with the lawyers on the other side, who were definitely not pushovers, and I was very impressed by the way he conducted himself.
Lisa L.