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Leeseberg & Valentine Once Again Named One of "Best Law Firms" in Ohio

Once again, the medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers at Leeseberg & Valentine have earned the distinction of being named one of the "Best Law Firms" in the country by U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Lawyers publication. Leeseberg & Valentine was named a Tier 1 law firm, which is the highest distinction given by the publication. This honor is especially rewarding in that the "Best Law Firms" are determined by a rigorous evaluation of a combination of client feedback and our firm's reputation among other lawyers in the legal community.

Telemedicine: The Risk of Seeing the Doctor from Home

Medical providers in central Ohio are experimenting with a new method in an effort to make "going to the doctor" a little bit easier. On November 2, 2015, OhioHealth will have some of their doctors begin seeing patients for primary care visits via video and online consultations. What remains to be seen, however, is how this ease of access will affect the quality of care being provided.

Medication errors during surgery: the scope of the problem

If you are going in for surgery, you probably have a lot on your mind. The questions come in bunches: Will the operation be successful? Will insurance pick up the bulk of the cost? How long will the recovery period be? And so on.

It's good to know that many hospitals have been taking steps to improve safety for surgical patients. These steps include using checklists to monitor proper hand-washing hygiene and guard against wrong-site surgery.

But even when checklists are used, do you still need to be worried about medication errors during surgery? In this post, we will explore that question.

Arbitration Clauses: How Corporations Avoid Going to Court

Have you ever taken the time to actually read your Verizon or Time Warner Cable contracts? Or did you, like millions of other Americans, simply sign the agreement trying to get out of the store as quickly as possible? You might be surprised how one-sided it actually is.

Many large corporations are trying to avoid having to go to court when consumers of their product have a complaint. To accomplish this, they are placing arbitration clauses into their contracts. An arbitration clause is a clause in a contract that requires the parties to resolve their disputes through an arbitration process, and they generally look like this. The main difference between the arbitration process and the court system is it strips the consumer of their right to a jury trial.

Statute of Limitations in Ohio for Foreign Objects Left Inside a Patient

The statute of limitations for medical claims can differ greatly depending on the injury. One such injury that demonstrates this difference is one arising from foreign objects being left inside a person's body. A foreign object could be almost anything, such as a medical instrument, gauze pad, surgical sponge, or even a wedding ring.

Hearing loss and the role of audiology in preventing hospital falls

Preventing falls by hospital or nursing home patients is not always easy. Elderly patients may have neuropathy, movement disorders or other balance issues.

Younger folks may have issues as well. No matter how they happen, however, falls can be very serious, especially for the elderly.

In this post, we'd like to inform you about a contributing factor in many falls that should be better known: the role of hearing loss and problems with the vestibular system. Many medical professionals should be more aware of this role than they currently are

Diagnostic errors: Did your doctor get it right?

We live in a society that likes technological solutions. Medical care, in particular, has added more and more elaborate machines and expensive tests in recent decades.

What is often overlooked, however, is the importance of human judgment. In medicine, good judgment is necessary to make accurate diagnoses. Far too often, however, doctors make diagnostic errors that harm patients - and not enough attention is paid to admitting those errors and learning from them to prevent other people from being harmed.

An important new research report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine seeks to change this by focusing on the critical activity of diagnosis. In this post, we will inform you about what the report found and explain why it matters so much.

On guard in the hospital: the importance of patient advocates

A close friend or family member goes into the hospital, expecting to get better. Instead, he or she gets worse and maybe even dies.

How can you know whether what happened was no one's fault or the result of medical malpractice? And if a hospital visit is just beginning, how do you protect your friend or family member against the adverse events that happen so often there?


A patient in Virginia found that he had a very good reason to file a medical malpractice lawsuit when he played back a recording that took place during his colonoscopy. He had turned on the recording device while being given instructions, so he wouldn't forget them. He left the device on, simply because he didn't think about turning it off. Since it recorded all throughout the procedure, everything that the anesthesiologist and others in the room said was saved for him to listen to at a later date. When he listened to it, he found that the surgical team had insulted and mocked him during his entire procedure.


Medical malpractice attorneys exist to help those who have been harmed by the mistakes of doctors and other medical professionals. In cases where those mistakes lead to serious, debilitating problems or even death, it's very important to get justice. That justice was sought recently in the case of Gregory Leigh, who lost the use of his shoulder after a surgical procedure that was not actually needed. Leigh now has permanent disfigurement of his shoulder, nerve palsy, and can't extend his arm fully or raise it higher than his head. None of those problems with his left shoulder will get any better, and Leigh's attorney contends that the problems were from a doctor's misdiagnosis that could have been easily avoided.

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