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August 2018

Surgical Fires and Medical Malpractice

By | August 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.  [...]

June 2017

Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice

By | June 30th, 2017|Misdiagnosis|

Misdiagnosis is a common type of medical malpractice, but not all misdiagnoses are the result of negligence.  To constitute malpractice, the misdiagnosis must result from underassessment, under-testing or misinterpretation of test results that falls below acceptable standards of medical care.  I was thinking about misdiagnosis cases as I read the obituary of Lawrence Weed, M.D., [...]

Wrong Dose of Anticoagulation and Stroke

By | June 27th, 2017|Stroke|

Improper dosing of anticoagulation can result in stroke, pulmonary embolism, bleeding, or death. Despite the great risk, a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) shows that underdosing and overdosing of newer blood thinner medications is rampant. The study focused on the use of novel direct acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs), such [...]

April 2017

What is HIE?

By | April 13th, 2017|Birth Injury|

As a birth injury lawyer, I am often asked what is HIE or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy?  HIE occurs when a newborn’s brain is deprived of oxygen for a sufficient period of time during the delivery process to cause death of brain tissue.  Unlike other body tissues, brain cells do not regenerate.  Once they are damaged, they [...]

October 2016

Choosing a Lawyer for a Serious Injury Case

By | October 20th, 2016|Serious Injury|

Choosing a lawyer for a serious injury case can be an overwhelming undertaking.  Disabling injuries can put your entire future at stake.  So, the choice of a lawyer can make the difference between recovering adequate compensation for your injury, or being left to pick up the pieces on your own without adequate financial resources.  A [...]

September 2016

Investigating a Medication Error

By | September 16th, 2016|Medication Error|

Investigating a medication error as the basis for a medical malpractice claim requires a clear understanding of the way that medications are prescribed and dispensed. Medication error lawsuits typically involve serious injury or wrongful death as a result of an overdose, missed dose, misfilled prescription, administration of the wrong drug, or drug interaction.  A patient’s [...]

April 2016

Fatal Medication Error Avoidable

By | April 12th, 2016|Medication Error|

A number of systems are in place to prevent a medication error in the hospital.  Still, medication errors remain the most common source of hospital errors.  One system developed to reduce prescription error is the "computerized physician order entry," or CPOE, which is used by 97% of hospital nationwide as part of their electronic medical [...]

March 2016

Medical Malpractice Due to Unnecessary Heart Stenting

By | March 29th, 2016|Medical Malpractice|

Medical malpractice due to unnecessary heart stenting may warrant punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.  Generally, “medical malpractice” means the same thing as “medical negligence,” though some people mistakenly believe that malpractice sounds worse.  A finding of malpractice or negligence hinges on proving that a doctor or hospital fell below accepted standards of medicine.  [...]

Medication Error Related to Drug Interaction

By | March 23rd, 2016|Medication Error|

A medication error can lead to serious injury or wrongful death.  A recent study shows that medication errors related to drug and supplement interactions are on the rise, especially among the elderly.  As medical lawyers, we have seen numerous cases involving a misfilled prescription or an overdose, but there has been a spike in cases [...]

Misdiagnosis of Mesenteric Ischemia

By | March 17th, 2016|Misdiagnosis|

Misdiagnosis of mesenteric ischemia typically has catastrophic implications for the patient. Time is of the essence with this condition; delayed diagnosis can mean death or serious damage to vital organs. The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a review this month detailing the causes, symptoms and treatment for this condition which accounts for as [...]

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