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.
A nursing home in Lima, Ohio, has been named among the defendants in a wrongful death lawsuit arising out of the death of a man placed in its care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Medical malpractice cases typically involve physical harm -- an injury or the worsening of a patient's condition caused by medical professionals' failure to provide treatment that meets the generally accepted standard of appropriate medical care. A single doctor, a medical team or even a hospital can be held liable in such cases.
Ohio residents may be interested in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis. An Army veteran, postal worker and father of three became paralyzed at the age of 43 as the result of several alleged medical mistakes. After hearing the case, a judge ordered the hospital to pay $8.3 million in damages. According to the victim's attorney, part of the money will be used to move him into a home that is wheelchair accessible.