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March 2017

Failure to Prevent Stroke in A Fib Patients

By | March 29th, 2017|Stroke|

I have previously written about misdiagnosis of stroke on this blog.  When stroke is not timely diagnosed, the patient misses out on time-sensitive treatments that can preserve brain tissue, such as tPA (a “clot buster” medication) or thromboembolectomy (where a blood clot is removed through a surgical procedure).  However, in many circumstances, blood clots that [...]

August 2016

Surgical Error: Unnecessary Spinal Surgery

By | August 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 [...]

July 2016

Medication Error: Aspirin for Stroke Risk in AFib

By | July 1st, 2016|Medication Error|

A medication error can carry serious consequences.  A popular medical journal recently reported that physicians are frequently prescribing aspirin to reduce the risk of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (“Afib”).  This is a medical mistake that can lead to a preventable stroke.  Afib is a condition wherein erratic electrical impulses in the heart cause [...]

May 2016

Serious Injury Involving Paralysis

By | May 26th, 2016|Serious Injury|

Serious injury cases involving paralysis, including quadriplegia, paraplegia or hemiplegia, present unique challenges to the personal injury attorney.  Paralysis results from injury to the brain or spinal cord caused by direct trauma, stroke, impingement of the spinal cord, or obstruction of blood flow to the spinal cord.  If the brain or spinal cord is compromised, [...]

Birth Injury with Home Delivery

By | May 18th, 2016|Birth Injury|

Two recent studies underscore the risk of birth injuries with a home delivery.  The first study compared the mortality rate of home delivery with in-hospital delivery.  Historically, the switch from home birth to hospital birth resulted in a 90% decrease in neonatal mortality and a 99% decrease in the deaths of mothers in childbirth.  Home [...]

Misdiagnosis of Stroke in Younger Adults

By | May 16th, 2016|Misdiagnosis, Stroke|

Misdiagnosis of stroke in younger adults is likely to be a growing problem as the rate of ischemic stroke in this population continues to increase.  A study published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that, while overall stroke rates have declined, strokes among individuals aged 25-44 increased by 44% during [...]

Birth Injury and Preeclampsia

By | May 12th, 2016|Birth Injury|

Birth injury related to mismanagement of preeclampsia has been well-studied and reported on.  Preeclampsia is a common condition affecting many pregnant women both during pregnancy and during the postpartum period. It affects 5-8% of all pregnancies in the U.S. While it can be asymptomatic in some women, symptoms may include high blood pressure, headaches, nausea, [...]

March 2016

Delayed Diagnosis of Heart Attacks in the ER

By | March 8th, 2016|Heart Attack|

Diagnosis of heart attacks in the Emergency Room has been made easier by a study recently published by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The study recommends following an algorithm to rule in or rule out a heart attack within one hour of a patient arriving at the ER with symptoms or signs that [...]

Medical Negligence at Hospital Discharge

By | March 2nd, 2016|Medical Malpractice|

A fellow medical negligence attorney from outside Ohio recently introduced me to the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHQR) Patient Safety Primers. These analytical pieces deal with a variety of healthcare topics. The first one that I read, “Adverse Events After Hospital Discharge,” contains some interesting information that I would like to share. [...]

January 2016

Antibiotics and Medical Negligence

By | January 20th, 2016|Medical Malpractice|

Medical negligence often occurs as a result of omissions, such as failure to order appropriate tests leading to a misdiagnosis. Other claims arise as a result of affirmative acts of negligence, such as ordering the wrong treatment after the correct diagnosis is made. One of the most frightening examples of the latter is when a [...]

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