What Is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month?
Posted in Health & Wellness, Medical Malpractice on March 22, 2023
March is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of cerebral palsy, including its causes, symptoms, and treatments. Cerebral palsy affects approximately 500,000 children and adults in the U.S. It's the most common motor disability in childhood, with nearly 8,000 infants and babies diagnosed yearly. Facts About Cerebral...
Are You Experiencing Medical Gaslighting?
Posted in Health & Wellness, Medical Malpractice on March 3, 2023
Have you ever visited a healthcare provider seeking help for your symptoms, only to be brushed off and told that it's all in your head or there's nothing wrong with you? This situation is an example of medical gaslighting. The phenomenon occurs when healthcare providers dismiss patients' concerns or complaints without adequately addressing them−leaving...
What Are the Most Common Causes of Medical Malpractice in the U.S.?
Posted in Accident & Injury, Drug & Medical Devices, Health & Wellness, Medical Malpractice on February 3, 2023
Medical mistakes can occur in just about any area of healthcare. In the United States, medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death and injury, with 1.5 million injuries and nearly 100,000 deaths each year. Some areas of healthcare are more commonly associated with medical errors, and several causes that are seen...
Nearly 25% of Patients Experience Harm in U.S. Hospitals
Posted in Drug & Medical Devices, Health & Wellness, In the news, Medical Malpractice on January 19, 2023
When you go to a hospital, you believe you are being cared for and treated in the best way possible. However, a recent study shows this is not the case. New England Journal of Medicine recently released a report revealing that nearly 1 in 4 patients admitted to U.S. hospitals will experience harm during their stay. The...
Common Anesthesia Errors that Lead to Medical Malpractice
Posted in Medical Malpractice on February 17, 2022
For most patients, a procedure requiring anesthesia goes according to plan. Unfortunately, when emergency rooms, operating tables, or surgical centers get busy, mistakes can happen. Learn more about the common types of anesthesia errors and the injuries caused by them: Common Types of Anesthesia Errors Anesthesia errors often happen because anesthesiologists and other medical...
Medical Misdiagnosis: False Positives in Prostate Cancer Biopsies
Posted in Medical Malpractice on January 5, 2021
Facts about prostate cancer Prostate cancer begins when cells in the prostate gland start to grow out of control. It is a serious health concern, especially for older men. In fact, prostate cancer is the second most common cause of cancer mortality for males in the United States. About one in nine men will...
Elk & Elk Recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2021 “Best Law Firms”
Posted in Firm News on November 6, 2020
U.S. News – Best Lawyers® announced the Eleventh Edition of the annual "Best Law Firms" rankings. Elk & Elk was named a Tier 1 firm in Cleveland for Medical Malpractice Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in 2021. Organizations with a tiered ranking demonstrate a unique combination of quality law...
University Hospitals’ egg and embryo tragedy: The story
Posted in Accident & Injury, Class Action, Firm News, Medical Malpractice on January 28, 2020
The Story In early March 2018, catastrophic events at a University Hospitals' (UH) fertility center permanently changed the lives of approximately 950 patients and their families. A malfunction caused temperatures to rise in a freezer tank containing eggs and embryos. Nobody was present in the lab at the time of the incident. A remote...
What Are the Long-Term Effects of Medical Malpractice?
Posted in Medical Malpractice on September 26, 2018
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...
Why July is the most dangerous month for surgeries
Posted in Medical Malpractice on June 25, 2018
Did 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...