A recent medical malpractice suit claims that one set of parents were not given the chance to abort their baby that was born with cerebral palsy. The lawsuit contends that doctor error prevented them from having the information that they needed in order to make a decision about the life of their child. This case was not heard in Ohio, but the Supreme Court of the state in which the couple resides upheld the parents' choice to sue.
After undergoing an operation in another state to remove a breast, a woman was told an error had been committed. She had been diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and opted to have the affected tissue removed. After the operation, she was told that the diagnosis was wrong; she did not even have the dreaded disease. The woman has since filed a medical malpractice claim. A false medical diagnosis is an all-too-common occurrence in Ohio as well.
The former governor of one state set limits back in 2003 as to how much a citizen of that state could sue for against medical facilities, doctors and other medical staff. The caps that were set in medical malpractice cases for non-economic damages were $500,000 for most cases and as much as $1 million in cases where the victim suffered a catastrophic injury, but those caps have been ruled unconstitutional by the state's supreme court. Although this case was not in Ohio, recent bills have been introduced that could limit the amounts that victims could receive in medical malpractice suits across the U.S.
Cerebral palsy is a name that doctors use to describe various disorders caused by some sort of damage to the extrapyramidal system of the brain. In many cases, this type of injury stems from medical mistakes that occurred during birth. There are usually two different reasons for the brain to be damaged during the birthing process: lack of oxygen, or improper use of suction and/or forceps. In Ohio, as in other states, parents may have grounds to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit if their child's cerebral palsy was caused by a medical mistake during birth.
A 26-year-old woman has filed a lawsuit claiming that an error in medication dosage caused her skin to melt off. The woman went to her doctor three years ago, asking for something for depression. The physician gave her a prescription for lamotrigine, and she took it to her local pharmacy. Her claim is that the dosage of the medication was wrong, and neither the doctor nor pharmacist caught it. While this incident did not occur in Ohio, a medical mistake such as this one is possible in any jurisdiction.
A doctor was recently ordered to pay $33.8 million to a woman whose child suffered birth injuries while under his care. It is not the first time that he has been sued for medical malpractice involving birth injuries. In fact, in the same year that this woman gave birth to her child, the doctor delivered one other child who was permanently disabled and two who suffered irreversible brain damage. While this case did not take place in Ohio, similar cases are heard in the state each year.
Two doctors are facing state disciplinary action because of their patients' claims that the physicians botched surgeries for liposuction. The doctors both worked at the same clinic during different times, and three other patients from the same set of clinics have died from the procedure in the last year. While this did not take place in Ohio, the outcomes of such cases are relevant throughout the country. Both cases were heard before their state's medical board early this month, and ar least one of the doctors has previously been involved in a medical malpractice suit.
A $75,000 lawsuit has been filed against an anesthesiologist from a teaching hospital affiliated with a leading university. The defendant had asked for a summary judgment, basing his request on sovereign immunity, but was denied. The medical malpractice case was filed in 2015. It is set to go to trial this June. Medical mistakes and doctor errors can cause pain and suffering for patients from every state, including Ohio.
When we go in for a surgery or medical procedure, we go with the reasonable assumption that the hospital and staff follow proper safety measures. We understand that things happen that can't be foreseen but when an error occurs that could have been prevented it can be tough to swallow.
Tort Reform is the buzzword that is tossed around state capitols and Congress as the silver bullet that will solve ballooning medical costs. Numerous insurance companies, special interest groups, and doctor’s groups argue that tort reform will save hospitals millions and thus shave thousands off of patient’s medical bills. But, those claims tell an incomplete picture. A study conducted by Cardozo School of Law explored the fallacies in these arguments and how tort reform reduces the checks on negligent doctors.