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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Letter from University Hospitals reveals new details about catastrophic failure at fertility clinic

university hospitalsA new letter to patients affected by the recent storage tank malfunction at University Hospitals fertility center revealed the actual number of affected eggs and embryos was twice the amount initially reported. The hospital is blaming the malfunction on human error as investigations into the failure continue. Continue reading “Letter from University Hospitals reveals new details about catastrophic failure at fertility clinic”

Women may have trouble getting treatment for heart attacks

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, women are more likely than to die within one year of a heart attack than men are. This may be because women don’t necessarily get the same care as men. Women in Ohio and elsewhere who are under the age of 50 may be more likely to experience a spontaneous coronary artery dissection. They may be especially harmful because they tend to be incorrectly diagnosed.

One reason is because doctors have a hard time acknowledging that a healthy woman could have a heart attack. Overall, women are 34 percent less likely to have a bypass or stents installed if their heart attack is because of a blocked artery. However, when women were given the same type of treatment as men did, they were just as likely to survive as a man was.

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Seeking compensation when a baby is born with broken bones

Expectant mothers and fathers in Ohio often do a great deal of planning when it comes to the birth of their child. They consider the medications the mother does or does not want during labor, where they want to have their baby and even what type of music they want playing during the delivery.

Unfortunately, no matter how well soon-to-be new parents plan, situations can and do arise during childbirth that change everything. For instance, a baby being born with a broken bone is likely not in most parents’ birth plan. Sadly, broken bones are some of the most common birth injuries.

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Gallbladder surgery and trauma to bile ducts

Patients who have gallbladder surgery may sustain injury to their bile duct. Experts estimate that up to 1 percent of gallbladder surgeries results in a bile duct injury and then a bile duct stricture.

Bile duct strictures are the result of scars that narrow the bile duct. Narrowed bile ducts do not allow the bile to drain into the intestine. As a result, the bile will erupt from the liver and into the bloodstream and cause obstructive jaundice. People who have a bile duct injury as a result of a gallbladder surgery may begin experiencing symptoms shortly after the procedure. In some cases, it can take many weeks or months after the injury was sustained before symptoms are present.

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University Hospitals fertility patients notified of potential damage to stored eggs and embryos

University Hospitals fertilityAround 700 University Hospitals fertility patients and their families have been notified that frozen eggs and embryos stored at one of its hospitals may have been damaged by a freezer “fluctuation” over the weekend.

The issue occurred at UH Fertility Center housed in the Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood. It’s unclear what caused the temperature in the storage tank to rise. An alarm was sounding to alert staff of the issue when they arrived on Sunday morning, but no one was present in the facility when the problems began.

The liquid nitrogen freezer was holding around 2,000 egg and embryo specimens at the time of the malfunction. Some patients had multiple samples stored at the location.

If you were notified about the malfunction at UH Fertility Center, we can answer your questions and help you understand your legal rights.

Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation.

Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    

radiationAdvances in medical technology are sometimes a double-edged sword. A prime example? Medical scans that use radiation to peer into human bodies.

X-rays aren’t the only culprit. In fact, far greater doses of radiation are involved in CT scans, PET scans, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine studies (though these doses are still considered low when compared to high levels of exposure from events such as Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Chernobyl.) This ionizing radiation damages human DNA and disrupts normal cell functioning.

It has long been thought that even extremely low levels of radiation increase your lifetime risk of cancer. However, a growing body of research casts doubt on this assumption – with far-reaching implications for medical imaging. Continue reading “Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    “

Ohio bill threatens to give hospitals power to designate medical records

medical recordsWhether you’re switching to a new doctor or concerned about the care you or a loved one received, complete and accurate medical records play a crucial role in the health care process.

A new definition of these files, proposed by House Bill 172, threatens to give hospitals the power to decide what is, or is not, considered a medical record when a patient’s information is requested. The move could limit patients’ access to their own medical records and present new challenges in legal battles to hold medical providers accountable for negligence and malpractice. Continue reading “Ohio bill threatens to give hospitals power to designate medical records”