The lingering and devastating consequences of medical malpractice

Medical errors affect hundreds of thousands of people every year. An estimated 250,000 people die as a result of these errors every year, according to data analysis from experts on patient safety from Johns Hopkins.

However, even if a patient survives a medical mistake or misdiagnosis, they can still suffer considerable damages that affect every area of their lives. In these situations, taking legal action to pursue compensation for these damages can be critical.

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Misdiagnosis results in $7 million verdict

A serious injury or illness can change a person’s life in the blink of an eye. However, with immediate medical attention and treatment, hopefully a person will be able to recover if doctors can minimize the long-term damage of a specific condition.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes treatment is ineffective; sometimes it is medically impossible to repair the damage already done. And sometimes, misdiagnosis is to blame.

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The long-term effects of brachial plexus birth injuries

Having a child is one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences a mother can have. However, as exciting as this event is, labor and delivery can also be very frightening and stressful.

The reality is that complications do happen during childbirth. And these complications can lead to serious birth injuries that can affect a child long after birth. One such injury is a brachial plexus injury.

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Why July is the most dangerous month for surgeries

medical malpracticeDid you know July is the most dangerous month to undergo surgery?

At teaching hospitals across the country, July 1 generally marks the first day on the job for medical school graduates beginning their residencies. While teaching hospitals do their best to create a safe and seamless transition, studies have raised concerns about the “July effect” – the suspected link between the start of the residency period and increased risks of surgical complications and medical errors. Continue reading “Why July is the most dangerous month for surgeries”

Dancing doctor faces multiple lawsuits, has her license suspended

Two of the most important tenets of medical care are trust and privacy. When medical workers violate the trust or privacy of a patient, his or her health and rights could be put in jeopardy.

Unfortunately, this happens far too often when reckless or negligent care providers, medical staff and hospitals fail to take their role in protecting patients seriously. Recently, for instance, a doctor was sued by seven patients who claim she violated their privacy and/or committed malpractice during surgical operations.

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Studies suggest overuse of antibiotics among premature babies

When babies are born very early, it is crucial that they receive competent, continuous medical attention. Often, these babies have highly underdeveloped body organs and systems, including their immune system. As a result, they can get very sick very quickly.

One step that clinicians often take to protect babies in this situation is administering antibiotics. However, this practice is under scrutiny after studies revealed a potentially high rate of unnecessary exposure to antibiotics among premature babies.

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Recommendations aim to improve medical care for new mothers

Having a baby is an exciting – albeit, frightening – experience for many women. It is typically the most important event in a mother’s life, and it is crucial that she receives the care and medical attention to ensure the labor and delivery goes as smoothly as possible.

Unfortunately, for many mothers, the attention to their well-being drops off considerably after the baby is born. According to this recent report from NPR, new mothers typically go months without a doctor visit after having a child. This is far from ideal, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the group is recommending changes to address that.

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When nursing home residents wander off

Nursing homes have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their residents. This means ensuring the proper distribution of medications, providing adequate food and water, repositioning residents that are prone to bedsores, taking measures to prevent wandering in certain residents, etc.

Unsupervised wandering, or elopement, is a risk when a resident has good mobility and is confused in his or her surroundings.

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Recovering for a Birth Injury in Ohio: Compensation can provide for extensive care needs

Elk & Elk Partner Marilena DiSilvio recently shared her extensive experience in the area of birth injuries in an interview with Super Lawyers. This article originally appeared on superlawyers.com.  

By Judy Malmon

babyAwaiting the birth of a baby is an exciting time that brings with it countless things to think about, including planning for labor and delivery. In an ideal world, the worst thing that happens at your baby’s birth is that your carefully organized playlist doesn’t make it to the delivery room. In some cases, however, much more serious problems occur.

Marilena DiSilvio represents families who have suffered an injury during birth due to medical malpractice. She draws on her background as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse to understand and explain to clients and juries the medical complexities of these cases. Continue reading “Recovering for a Birth Injury in Ohio: Compensation can provide for extensive care needs”

Signs that could point to nursing home abuse, neglect

If you have a loved one in a nursing home facility, you likely expect that the facility will provide the care they promise and treat your loved one with the dignity he or she deserves.

Tragically, this doesn’t always happen. Patients and residents in too many nursing homes across Ohio fall victim to neglect and abuse. And between cognitive decline and emotional vulnerability, many of these victims cannot or do not report misconduct. As such, it can be up to friends, family members and others to watch for signs of abuse or neglect in a nursing home.

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