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The Ohio Innocence Project Celebrates Exoneration of Evin King

Last week, the Ohio Innocence Project helped vacated the conviction of Evin King, a man who has spent the last 23 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit. This marks the 25th individual the Ohio Innocence Project has exonerated since its founding in 2003. Leeseberg & Valentine would like to extend their sincere congratulations to everyone who had a role in Evin's exoneration.

Like many of the cases worked on by the Ohio Innocence Project, this was a long time in the making. After exhausting his appeals after trial, Evin sought the help of the Ohio Public Defender's office ("OPD"), who started working on his case in 2004. In 2009, Evin and OPD had huge break in the case when DNA testing revealed that male DNA found under the victim's fingernails matched the male DNA found on the victim's vaginal swabs and that both of these samples excluded Evin King. Despite this evidence, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas held this evidence was insufficient to prove that Evin was "actually innocent."

Victim of medical malpractice? Time may be of the essence

Countless individuals over the years have suffered serious health issues because of the negligence of a medical professional and/or facility. Perhaps you visited the hospital with a serious medical condition, and if you were diagnosed incorrectly, you may have received the wrong type of treatment. In some cases, the actual medical problem goes undiscovered entirely. Regardless of the circumstances, negligent treatment can cause you to suffer both emotionally and financially.

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you are likely considering your options to seek restitution for your financial burdens. There is a time limit for pursuing compensation, and if you let this period pass by, you will probably be unable to file a claim against the culpable party.

Don't Believe the Myth: Malpractice Rates Are Not Going Up

"The high costs of healthcare and malpractice premiums are a result of frivolous lawsuits filed against us." This is a common refrain from the Ohio State Medical Association and Ohio Hospital Association, but this notion is essentially nonsense. Over the last 25 years, claims paid out from medical malpractice lawsuits have declined by over half. This is a direct result of the "tort reform" effort that has rendered it extremely difficult to justify bringing a medical claim against a doctor, especially if the injured patient has not suffered a permanent, disabling, and/or catastrophic injury. Despite consistently limiting a patient's access to justice in the courts his or her injuries, the health insurance industry continues to point the finger at lawsuits as being the problem.

Former LV client Blake Haxton to speak at Crossroads event this Sunday

This Sunday at 7:00 p.m., former LV client Blake Haxton will speak to middle school children and their friends and families at Crossroads 2.0, an event held by First Community Church at their North Campus location. Click on this link for details about the event. Please also see the attached flyer for information about Blake and what he will be speaking about.

Wrongful life: Can medical providers be sued for failing to honor advance directives?

Most people know that medical providers can be sued for harm caused by mistakes, as well as for injuries caused by abuse or neglect.

But what about injuries caused by a refusal to honor an advance directive calling for a patient to be allowed to die, rather than being kept alive through ventilators or other extraordinary interventions?

In this post, we will use a Q & A format to address this important question.

L&V Gives Back to the Community

Members of the Leeseberg & Valentine team, along with others from the Ohio Association for Justice, took some time out of their days to give back to the greater Columbus area yesterday. In all, roughly 40 volunteers sorted over 19,000 pounds of frozen food at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank for those in need. According to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank staff, the food pantry opens at 7 a.m. and by 7:30 a.m., all of this food will be picked up to go to food pantries across Ohio and all the way over to the Pennsylvania border. This experience was a reminder that thousands of people go hungry in our community every day. Please consider donating your time, money, or food to food banks throughout the state to ensure that hungry peopl have access to food in their greatest times of need.

Preventable hospital errors occur all too frequently

Everyone gets sick. Unfortunately, illness is an unavoidable fact of life. That's what doctors are for. When sickness or injury occurs, you have no choice but to trust in the education, experience and expertise of medical professionals, no matter the expense.

However, despite the high cost you pay for health care from experienced professionals, more than 200,000 people die every year from preventable medical errors. The fact that these mistakes are preventable means that, not only do you have to worry about unavoidable illness or disease hurting the ones you love, you also have to be concerned with whether your doctor is going to make a unnecessary blunder or oversight that injures you or someone you care about!

Ohio Concussion Summit attempts to solve problems in evaluation, treatment

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.

Big rig accident in the Buckeye State? We'll help you fight back!

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.

Johns Hopkins gynecologist secretly photographs patients

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.

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  • Apr 25 : The Ohio Innocence Project Celebrates Exoneration of Evin King
    Last week, the Ohio Innocence Project helped vacated the conviction of Evin King, a man who has spent the last 23 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit. This marks the 25th individual the...
  • Apr 18 : Victim of medical malpractice? Time may be of the essence
    Countless individuals over the years have suffered serious health issues because of the negligence of a medical professional and/or facility. Perhaps you visited the hospital with a serious medical condition, and if you were diagnosed incorrectly, you may have received...
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