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August 2018

Surgical Fires and Medical Malpractice

By |2019-04-24T18:00:11+00:00August 24th, 2018|Surgical Error|

Surgical fires occur with some frequency in Ohio hospitals and surgery centers.  Surgical fires are common enough that the Joint Commission, an independent, nonprofit organization that sets safety standards and accredits hospitals, published a Sentinel Alert in 2003 titled “Preventing Surgical Fires.”  Despite that, in 2012, the FDA published another warning by the same title.  [...]

August 2016

Surgical Error: Unnecessary Spinal Surgery

By |2019-03-18T22:01:44+00:00August 18th, 2016|Surgical Error|

A surgical error may carry serious consequences.  However, what happens when a patient develops a complication of surgery and later learns that the surgery was unnecessary in the first place?  This scenario is more common than you may think.  We have seen aggressive promotion of lucrative surgeries even when the indication to perform the surgery [...]

March 2016

Hospital Negligence and Patient Restraints

By |2016-06-08T18:51:02+00:00March 4th, 2016|Hospital Negligence|

Patient restraints have been implicated in a number of hospital negligence cases. Restraints can be physical, like lashing a patient to their bed. There are also medical restraints, where a patient is medicated to the point where they cannot leave their bed. Restraints are used to control patients in hospitals and nursing homes who are [...]

January 2016

Emergency Medicine (ER) and Medical Malpractice

By |2019-04-24T18:00:07+00:00January 14th, 2016|Emergency Medicine, Medical Malpractice|

We frequently review emergency medicine medical malpractice claims for merit. ER cases are unique in that they involve a brief but critical encounter between patients and doctors, who have no previous relationship, in a setting where life and death decisions are rapidly made. There are two types of ER encounters: (1) those involving trauma; and [...]

October 2015

New CPR Guidelines and Hospital Negligence

By |2019-03-18T22:01:58+00:00October 20th, 2015|Hospital Negligence|

The American Heart Association recently updated its CPR Guidelines.  You can read the updates here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/132/18_suppl_2/S315.full.  As Ohio medical malpractice attorneys, certain of these revised guidelines are welcome.  Too many hospital negligence cases arise out of failure to rescue, and mistakes and equipment failures during the course of resuscitation. Much has been written about unnecessary deaths occurring [...]

October 2014

Informed Consent and Ohio Medical Malpractice

By |2019-03-18T22:02:01+00:00October 19th, 2014|Informed Consent|

We often hear doctors say that a piece of paper called "informed consent" was signed, therefore the patient assumed the risk of a complication occurring and the doctor can't be held responsible when things go wrong. In Ohio and elsewhere, the reference to "known and accepted complications" is a hotly debated topic in the law. [...]

Surgical Errors at Outpatient Centers

By |2019-03-18T22:02:01+00:00October 17th, 2014|Surgical Error|

The risk of surgical errors is no greater at outpatient surgery centers than full-service hospitals for most patients.  However, certain patients may face increased risk when undergoing surgery at one of these facilities, as the case of Joan Rivers illustrates.  Yesterday, I wrote about news accounts relating the cause of Joan Rivers' death.  I suspect we will be [...]

August 2014

Surgical Errors and Rising Death Rates in Urology Patients

By |2019-03-18T22:02:03+00:00August 22nd, 2014|Surgical Error|

Surgical errors are a frequent source of medical malpractice claims in Ohio. Urologic Care reports this month that the incidence of wrongful death associated with common urologic procedures increased significantly over a 12-year study period.   The increase in preventable deaths coincided with a shift of more procedures to outpatient surgery centers.  It appears that, once again, profits are getting [...]

April 2014

What’s Wrong with Ohio Hospital Care?

By |2019-03-18T22:02:12+00:00April 5th, 2014|Hospital Negligence|

What is wrong with Ohio hospital care?  Why do we hear about never-ending medical errors and mistakes being made in Ohio Hospitals?  Every day we hear about or experience needless and countless numbers of tragic deaths and serious and catastrophic injuries in Ohio Hospitals due to system failures and communication breakdowns. Before I venture any [...]

February 2014

Surgical Never Events

By |2019-03-18T22:02:15+00:00February 18th, 2014|Hospital Negligence|

There are certain things that should never happen when you have surgery. One is that surgical equipment such as sponges, needles and other equipment used during the surgery should never be left behind. If the surgical team is working together and doing their job, all equipment used should be accounted for at the end of the surgery. [...]

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