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.
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.