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Ignoring monitor warning may have resulted in medical malpractice

Living with pain can be debilitating. Few pains are as debilitating as severe pains in the back as this can be difficult to treat. Surgery is often indicated in Ohio as a possible means to relieve back pain. A woman who experienced severe pain in her back and tingling sensations in her arms, neck and hands underwent surgery in a nearby state in an attempt to relieve the suffering. As a result of the outcome of the procedure, the woman brought a medical malpractice suit against the doctors who operated on her.

During surgery, a piece of bone reportedly damaged the spinal chord's protective covering. Monitors reportedly detected the injury, but the doctor's proceeded with the operation. Following surgery, the doctors made no mention of abnormal occurrences. When examined by a nurse a few hours after surgery, the patient was reportedly able to move her arms and legs. The day following the operation, the patient's blood pressure fell, and she experienced paralysis in her arms and legs.

Undiagnosed broken bones a result of a medical mistake

Construction jobs involve certain risks and Ohio workers typically take appropriate precautions and safety measures to try to avoid injury. Even in the best situations, accidents still happen. When an accident resulting in an injury occurs in the workplace immediate medical care should be sought. People tend to trust the word of medical professionals when being treated in such circumstances, though a medical mistake led to a recent medical malpractice suit being filed.

A man was working on a construction site when a pipe, reportedly weighing 1,000 pounds, fell on his foot. The suit states that the injured worker sought medical care at a MedExpress in the area. The injury had caused a cut that required stitches. The medical staff at the urgent care facility arranged for an X-ray the foot and concluded there were no broken bones. They stitched up the cut and sent the patient home with instructions to take ibuprofen and keep the foot elevated.

Distracted driving may have contributed to tragic car crash

Increased traffic on Ohio roadways leads to an increased risk of being involved in a crash. A car crash can happen in the blink of an eye. Younger people are prone to distracted driving; it only takes an instant to drift out of one's lane, and that instant can be all that's needed to cause a serious car crash.

An accident near Columbus took the life of a woman on a recent Thursday afternoon. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband. They were proceeding south when a car driven by a 24-year-old man crossed the center line and collided with their vehicle. A pickup truck that had been driving south was also involved in the collision. The impact caused the northbound vehicle to flip and come to rest on its roof against a guard rail.

Medical mistake may have contributed to death of national hero

Heart disease is a major cause of death in both men and women. Improved care and new techniques can do more than ever before to improve one's chance of survival after suffering a heart attack or other heart event. Possible complications from an emergency heart bypass surgery brought on by a possible medical mistake in an Ohio hospital are being blamed for the death of Neil Armstrong whose celebrated walk on the moon happened 50 years ago.

Mr. Armstrong had what was said to be a successful cardiac bypass surgery in 2012. As part of the surgery, a temporary pacemaker was implanted to help stabilize the patient's heartbeat but according to the suit, when doctors removed the temporary device the patient began to bleed internally. He was reportedly taken to the cardiac catheterization lab and then to an operating room to attempt to stop the bleed but Mr. Armstrong died a few days later.

Could medication monitoring have prevented medical mistake?

A woman was watching television with her husband and started to experience trouble breathing. He took his wife to the hospital to find out what was wrong and get treatment. She died a few hours later from an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful pain medication. She was one of 25 suspicious deaths at an Ohio hospital, and all 25 of the patients were under the care of the same doctor. Were their deaths the result of a medical mistake?

The case concerns the amount of medication prescribed by the doctor as well as the hospital's control of the medication itself. According to the podcast accompanyng the article, the hospital makes use of an automatic dispensing machine to fill medication orders from the doctors. Nurses and pharmacists taking medication from the machine had the ability to override high dosage warnings and dosage limits. In addition, it does not appear that careful monitoring of inventory was in place. It is believed that awareness of the decline in inventory may have called attention to a possible issue.

Medical malpractice may have hastened patient deaths

When a loved becomes ill and needs to go to the hospital for care, one typically trusts that the medical staff at the hospital will do their best to deliver the highest level of care possible. At an Ohio hospital where 25 people recently died, that does not appear to have been the case. A doctor who has been charged with murder may be guilty of medical malpractice.

The patients were found to have received lethal doses of pain medication after an investigation into the suspicious deaths of several patients at the hospital. In addition to the doctor who has come under suspicion, 23 additional employees were let go due to their possible involvement in the patient deaths. The employees let go included nurses, doctors and pharmacy staff. In addition, the CEO announced his resignation.

Quality of prenatal care can lead to medical malpractice case

A child's birth is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in a woman's life in Ohio. Everyone hopes for the birth of a healthy baby and entrusts their care to the medical community in the expectation that they will do everything possible to deliver a healthy child. In a recent trial in another state, the jury awarded a mother a substantial sum in her medical malpractice lawsuit.

The woman went to the hospital complaining of discomfort and not feeling well. She was 25 weeks pregnant and was diagnosed as suffering from preeclampsia, a condition resulting in high blood pressure that can be very dangerous to both the mother and the baby. She was informed of her diagnosis but may not have understood the severity of her condition. In lieu of a cesarean section, labor was induced and the baby girl was born two days later. She weighed less than 2 pounds and had suffered severe brain damage.

Drunk driving accident can mar holiday celebrations

Midsummer is here and with it the sad and tragic increase in the number of highway fatalities in Ohio. A recent crash on I-70 in Ohio took the life of one person, and two others required hospitalization for their injuries. Alcohol is believed to be involved in what appears to be a drunk driving accident.

A man was driving a BMW sports car eastbound on the highway at about 2:30 a.m.. The vehicle reportedly clipped an SUV and sent the SUV careening to the right side of the highway. The SUV apparently hit an exit sign and a light pole before rolling and coming to a stop on its left side. The BMW continued driving until it became disabled a short distance away. It is believed that alcohol contributed to the cause of the crash, and speed may also have been a factor.

Medical malpractice: New hospital sued over water supply

Hospitals are typically where sick or injured people go to get well. As such, one would certainly expect a certain standard of cleanliness and freedom from bacteria, particularly in a newly opened facility in Ohio. There have been two lawsuits filed against Mount Carmel Grove City, a hospital that opened for patient care in April of this year. The most recent suit stems from a visitor to the hospital contracting a disease that is believed to have been spread through the water system. The presence of a dangerous bacteria in the water supply could be a contributing factor in a medical malpractice lawsuit and could also be grounds for a premises liability claim.

A woman visited a patient in the hospital in May of this year. She was later diagnosed as having contracted the Legionella bacteria, and it is believed she came in contact with the bacteria while visiting the hospital. The bacteria is not spread by casual contact and the hospital's hot water system is believed to be the source. 

Failure to disclose test results ends in medical malpractice suit

The anticipation of the birth of a new baby can be one of the happiest times in a woman's life in Ohio. If a woman is in her 30s or older, concern for the health of the unborn baby may prompt her to undergo certain tests to help determine the health of the fetus. Failure to accurately disclose the results of such tests resulted in a medical malpractice case in another state.

A woman who had a four-year-old son with Down syndrome had an ultrasound to check on the health of the child she was carrying. The test revealed the presence of a foot deformity known as a sandal gap. The deformity, a larger-than-normal gap between the big toe and the second toe, is sometimes seen in babies with Down syndrome.

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