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Apology law could impact medical malpractice cases in Ohio

A medical malpractice attorney, like all lawyers, must constantly be aware of possible changes to the law that could affect current and future clients. There is a bill before the Ohio General Assembly that would allow doctors to apologize to patients for mistakes they made to the detriment of the patient, without having that apology or admission of error be used later as evidence or admission of guilt by the doctor in a possible future medical malpractice case.

Unusual medical malpractice lawsuit raises question of damages

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Ohio are variations of basic lawsuits for negligence. In addition to proving that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, one of the elements that the plaintiff must also prove to be successful is that some harm ensued as a direct result of that breach of duty.

Why is time important in medical malpractice cases?

At times medical malpractice cases go unreported. In other instances, victims file their complaints after a considerable amount of time elapses. This can be because of unawareness of the occurrence of an injury, or a long recovery period. If the delay in discovering or taking action on an injury resulting from a medical mistake takes too long, unfortunate victims can end up missing compensation that negligent doctors rightfully owe them.

Ohio woman wins $1.2 million in failure to diagnose suit

Most surgery complications are treatable. But in some cases, doctors miss the signs that something has gone wrong. A recent failure to diagnose suit resulted in damages for a Hamilton, Ohio, woman who suffered a debilitating medical mistake.

Late diagnosis of advanced lung cancer blamed on MRI of wrong leg

Sometimes making a mistake can cause serious consequences. And if other actions are then based on the mistake, the consequences can continue to grow even more serious. When that medical mistake is a medical diagnosis, the results can be devastating or even deadly.   

Brain injury leads to $14.5 million medical malpractice award

An Ohio hospital and a physician whom it employed have been held jointly liable for injuries suffered by an infant when a delayed delivery resulted in a devastating brain injury. The injury has led to serious, life-long disabilities for the boy, who is now 11. The child and his mother were recently awarded $14.5 million, including $8 million for the anticipated cost of care over the lifetime of the boy.

Nurse loses kidney, Ohio hospital agrees to $650,000 settlement

A young Ohio woman who was expecting to receive a kidney from her brother in 2012 had her hopes dashed when a nurse mistakenly threw the kidney away. The kidney would have been a perfect match for the 26-year-old woman, who has since received a kidney transplant that is not as suitable and will likely not last as long as the one she was supposed to have received from her brother.  

Unnecessary C-sections cause concern among patient advocates

Cesarean section, as readers know, is an alternative way of delivering a baby which is sometimes utilized as a last resort in emergency cases where a normal vaginal delivery becomes complicated. In other cases, C-sections are planned in advance at the discretion of the physician. Cesarean section deliveries, according to the Mayo Clinic, carry risks to both the baby and the mother. For the baby, there is an increased risk of breathing problems and surgical injury, and for the mother, there is the risk of inflammation and infection, increased bleeding, anesthesia reactions, blood clots, and additional risks for future pregnancies.

Ohio man claims medical negligence for unneeded surgery

The patient-doctor relationship is one that must inherently rely upon the trust that the patient places in the education, expertise, and medical knowledge of the physician. The medical opinion of other medical professionals may help to improve the patient's knowledge and confidence in how to proceed. Sometimes however, a second or third opinion will reveal negligent actions on the part of the first doctor and might lead to a medical malpractice case.