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Doctor error results in the loss of a kidney

Lower back pain is one of the most common ailments among older Americans. It is a malady suffered by people all over the country, including in Ohio. There are many treatments available that range from medication to back surgery to attempt to reduce the pain. A woman in another state had opted for surgery on her back. The surgery also resulted in the loss of a kidney as a result of a doctor error.

The woman had been admitted for a procedure that would result in the fusing of vertebrae in her lower back. This was being done in an attempt to reduce her back pain. A general surgeon whom the woman met prior to being wheeled into the operating room was responsible for preparing the surgical site for the orthopedic surgeon to perform the spinal fusion. This is a common occurrence, but what wasn't common was that the surgeon created the incision in the woman's pelvic area and identified what he believed to be a tumor; he then made a unilateral decision to remove it.

Accidental overdoses can result in medical malpractice

The opioid epidemic continues to plague Ohio and other states around the country. Many people still attach a stigma of moral failing to the problem of addiction and blame the addict. One of the refrains so often heard is that the addict had a choice to take the pills and made the wrong choice. But what if the pills are prescribed by a doctor to hard-working people simply trying to find relief for chronic pain? Accidental overdoses may be attributable to medical malpractice.

A patient treated for pain at the Cleveland Clinic recently died from accidental overdoses of opioid medications. He was a grandfather and a long-distance truck driver who was a big fan of Patsy Kline. He suffered from back pain brought on by years of long periods of sitting while driving his truck and back strain caused by loading and unloading cargo. He had also suffered prior injuries and surgeries to his back, knees and shoulder.

Prescription inserts can backup medical malpractice suits

Botched surgeries, incorrect or delayed diagnoses can frequently result in lawsuits. If a person suffers harm at the hands of an Ohio physician through insufficient care a medical malpractice suit is often the result. Another source of malpractice can be the incorrect prescribing or dosing of medications.

People are familiar with the small inserts that typically accompany prescription medication. Those pieces of paper are viewed as legalese and frequently discarded. However, in addition to the legal language provided by the pharmaceutical company is also information regarding dosages, drug interactions and precautions to be noted if taking or prescribing the drug. In some recent cases, this information has been used in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Failure to stop results in car accident, killing a young family

The impact of a fatal car accident is always life-changing to those who are left behind in Ohio. But when an entire young family dies in a car accident, the trauma can be overwhelming. There was a serious accident in Ashtabula that caused the deaths of four people.

The accident occurred about 11:30 one evening near West 58th Street and Adams Avenue. Four people were riding in a Toyota Corolla. They included a 22-month-old toddler, his 18-year-old father, his 19-year-old mother and a 47-year-old woman. The car was hit by a Dodge Ram truck.

Car crash involving a truck causes havoc

Trucks and cars share the same roadways in Ohio and around the country. As traffic increases, so does the likelihood of car and truck-involved crashes. A car crash involving a tractor-trailer and multiple vehicles caused numerous injuries and the closure of a stretch of I-71 that backed up traffic for several hours.

The accident happened in Medina County near mile marker 217. A semi struck another vehicle, a Nissan, causing the driver of the Nissan to lose control and hit a guardrail. The Nissan flipped into the median and came to rest on its roof. The semi continued moving and hit a Dodge Ram pickup truck. After hitting the pickup, the semi came to a stop.

Product recall of foods that could cause illness

When one goes to the grocery store in Ohio and purchases packaged, processed foods, one expects that the items will be safe to eat. One might check an expiration or sell-by date, but otherwise, the purchase is made with confidence that it is safe. A recent product recall by Ukrop's Homestyle Foods may give consumers a reason to take a second look at some purchases.

The company discovered that some products produced between Sept. 14, 2018 and Oct. 3, 2018 may be contaminated with the listeria bacteria. The company has issued a recall on many products that include turkey, bacon, chicken or beef. The products contain the marking of EST.19979 inside the USDA inspection mark. Ohio is among the states that received these products.

Product recall linked to a possible e-coli outbreak

The USDA exists to maintain safety in the United States food supply. People in Ohio go to a grocery store and trust the process that is in place to protect the food that they are purchasing. This allows them to shop with confidence that the food they are buying is safe to eat. While that is almost always the case, occasionally problems arise and a product recall is issued.

Recently, a batch of ground beef was delivered to a number of national grocery stores and was found to possibly be contaminated with e-coli. Many of these stores were in Ohio and include Meijer, Sam's Club and a Target distribution Center in West Jefferson. One person has died from a recent e-coli outbreak, and 17 people became ill. The outbreak is believed to have come from the batch of ground beef that has been recalled. The batch included 3, 10 and 20 pound packages, and the brands included Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified and Fire River; the items were tagged with a July 11 use by or freeze by date.

Car accident on Ohio 128 results in one death and injuries

The number of vehicles on Ohio roadways continues to increase, and with additional vehicles comes the additional risk of injury or death. Cars are being built with more safety features, but in spite of this, a fatal car accident is an ever present possibility. An accident in Fairfield Township resulted in the death of one person and injuries to two others.

A 2013 Nissan was travelling southwest on Ohio 128 when it crossed the center line and hit a Hyundai sedan travelling in the opposite direction. The Nissan then hit a tractor trailer that was also travelling northeast. After hitting the tractor trailer the Nissan came to a stop after hitting a guard rail.

Drunk driving accident kills man directing traffic

Minor car accidents are a fact of life and happen every day in Ohio and around the country. Most happen without any serious incidents, and people go on about their lives, get the car repaired and may even forget it ever happened. But when a drunk driving accident causes fatalities, there may be many people affected who will not easily forget the tragedy.

On a recent evening near Toledo, two gentleman were driving on West Laskey Road near Jamieson when they were involved in a crash. The accident happened at about 7:30 p.m. Both men got out of the car to inspect the damage. One of the two men began directing traffic around the accident scene. An approaching vehicle hit the damaged car and pushed it into the man who was attempting to direct traffic.

Misdiagnosis results in a medical malpractice case

When a person feels seriously ill in Ohio a reasonable thing for that person to do is to go to the hospital. One tends to trust the information received by a doctor and accepts the treatment prescribed. If a doctor or hospital fails to properly diagnose a symptom or administers an incorrect treatment, grounds may exist for a medical malpractice claim.

A woman in Sandusky fell ill in Oct. 2013. She was taken to the hospital and several tests were administered. The doctor's informed her husband that she had a brain tumor and required steroids to treat the tumor. This turned out to be an incorrect diagnosis. There was no tumor but instead the woman was suffering from an infection in her brain.

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