Nurses, social workers, physical, occupational, and speech therapists, and others, came together last week to learn more about concussion injuries. The summit, held at Ohio State's Fawcett Center and sponsored by OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital and the Brain Injury Association of Ohio, hopes to shed light on an issue affecting thousands of people - roughly 100,000 Ohioans suffer traumatic brain injuries each year with as many as 750,000 people around the state being at risk of permanent disability.
As the mid-way point between Cleveland and Cincinnati, and the confluence of interstates heading to all points of the compass, Columbus is both the destination and the way station for a lot of commercial traffic. Large trucks make their way to and from the city and surrounding area on a daily basis.
Despite the many regulations governing commercial vehicles and their operation, including restrictions on the use of handheld devices, hours of operation, and vehicle safety, truck accidents still happen. Unfortunately, when heavy trucks and passenger cars interact, the results typically favor the larger vehicle.
Over 8,000 women were victims of a rogue gynecologist at Johns Hopkins who secretly took sexually explicit pictures and videos of his patients' during his examinations. Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who began practicing at Johns Hopkins in 1988, had been photographing his patients using hidden cameras in his exam room, including some he carried with him in the form of a pen. These patients filed a class action lawsuit, which later settled for $190 million, all of which was to compensate these women for the psychological trauma they experienced knowing Dr. Levy violated their trust when they were at their most vulnerable.
Last month, a neurosurgeon from Texas was convicted of harming an elderly patient in his operating room. Dr. Christopher Duntsch was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of harming an elderly person, however the prosecution decided to only try the latter. The patient, 74-year-old Mary Efurd, was supposed to be undergoing a routine fusion of two vertabrae, but instead suffered severe pain from fusion hardware being misplaced in her soft muscle causing nerve damage. So how did this become a criminal case instead of a medical malpractice claim? Because Dr. Duntsch had done this before and he knew that his outcomes were so poor that Ms. Efurd was likely to wind up injured under his care.
Undergoing surgery for the implantation of a medical device is frightening, no matter how much the doctors and surgeons have assured that you will be safe. Coming through surgery with no harmful side effects or additional damage is a relief, but those feelings of worry and concern can come back if you learn that the device implanted in your body is under recall.
Receiving notice of a medical device recall is enough to raise concerns over the likelihood that you may experience a serious medical episode. You want this issue resolved effectively and fast, but where should you turn? By seeking the guidance of an Ohio attorney experienced in medical malpractice and medical device recalls, you can know your options and have a better chance of securing the recovery you deserve.
There has been a significant amount of progress made in the area of cervical cancer. Screening processes such as pap smears along with the HPV vaccine have contributed to a sharp decline in the morbidity and mortality of a disease that used to cause major problems for women everywhere. Unfortunately, the screening process related to cervical cancer may not be as effective as people once thought.
A study was recently published in Cancer that shared scientific evidence that the mortality rate of cervical cancer may be higher than people think. The journal stated that the old statistics did not include women who died of cervical cancer after having their cervix removed during a hysterectomy. This means that women are dying at a higher rate than the prior estimates led people to believe. How could this be?
Most individuals may lack any significant medical knowledge outside of information learned from watching television or searching the internet. For that reason, you may have 100 percent trust in the many medical professionals in your lives, and count on them to take care of your health issues to the best of their abilities.
If you're an adult child of an aging parent, you may have already dealt with various urgent situations regarding your mother's or father's physical or mental health. Like most adult children in Ohio, you likely do whatever you can to provide the care your parent needs for as high quality of life as possible in his or her Golden Years. You may have even spent hours extensively researching nursing homes throughout the state before choosing one that best aligned with your parent's immediate and long-term needs.
During pregnancy, you were probably like most Ohio parents in that you expected to take home a happy and healthy baby. Somewhere along the way, however, you began to notice that something just was not right, and your pediatrician diagnosed your child with cerebral palsy.
One of the toughest things we have to deal with as trial lawyers is the misconception that all lawsuits are frivolous. The hallmark example jurors often point to is the McDonald's coffee lawsuit. We spend a great deal of time at the beginning of every trial educating jurors about the case and how what they have heard about the case is likely not accurate. Our firm recently came across an interesting, funny, and informative video that does a great job of presenting the truth about that lawsuit, which can be seen here. If you feel inclined to gain a deeper understanding of the lawsuit, HBO produced an informative in-depth documentary about the case.