The availability of joint replacement is a wonder of modern medicine. Countless lives have been improved in Ohio by the availability of this technology. Surgery is never without risk, and major surgery comes with incrementally more risk. A successful operation brings with it great improvement in the quality of life. But when complications resulting from an operation occur, the outcome can be far less favorable and result in a case of medical malpractice.
When a person in Ohio is in intense pain, he or she expects to go to a doctor and be given relief. A person should also expect that he or she will be informed of any warnings associated with a medication. Failure to inform a patient could constitute medical malpractice.
When a loved one is seriously ill in Ohio or anywhere else, the family will trust the advice of the people they believe to be the experts: the hospitals and doctors. This could hold true particularly when a child is involved. The family is consumed with worry and the need to help each other through the crisis. They trust the medical professionals to do the best for their sick child. A medical mistake would not be at the forefront of their minds.
Ohio residents who have medical problems would naturally expect their physicians to provide a high degree of care. A patient is entitled to be informed of the diagnosis of his or her condition, what the recommended treatment will involve and whether any risks exist. A doctor must also notify the patient of alternative therapies and their risks, along with the potential consequences if the patient chooses to take no action. Failure to ensure that a patient understands this information could lead to a medical malpractice claim.
Whether in Ohio or anywhere else in the nation, doctors go through years of training and, consequently, charge high prices for the medical services they provide based on their area of expertise. Patients everywhere rely on this knowledge to ensure their well-being. A medical mistake can prove costly, and not just in terms of money; patients' health and even their lives are often at stake.
A young boy was recently awarded a $4 million dollars in a lawsuit against the doctor who was blamed for birth injuries to the boy's brain. Soon after, the city-owned hospital where the boy was born agreed to a settlement in the medical malpractice case. Birth injuries such as this happen far too often in Ohio and in other states.
Over $4 million has been awarded to a family in a wrongful death suit against a nursing home where their loved one died. The woman suffered a stroke while she was in the care of the home during recuperation from a fractured hip. Unfortunately, medical malpractice cases similar to this one are heard every year in Ohio.
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.