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Medical device recalls: are you at risk?

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.

Problems with Pap Smears are Leading to Missed Cervical Cancer Diagnoses

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? 

Bad medicine: who is responsible for medical mistakes?

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.

Defending your parent from nursing home abuse

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.

Could your child's cerebral palsy be from medical malpractice?

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.

The truth about the McDonald's coffee lawsuit

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.

US Supreme Court Agrees: State Farm Defrauded Federal Government

As if Hurricane Katrina was not already devastating enough, the insurance industry tried to make it worse. Earlier this week, the US Supreme Court unanimoulsy upheld a jury verdict finding that State Farm defrauded the federal government after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005. Prior to the hurricane, State Farm sold federally-backed flood insurance policies to individuals and businesses throughout the area. However, after the hurricane, State Farm ordered its claims adjusters to classify what was actually wind damage as flood damage. In other words, State Farm's goal was to shift the cost to the federal government rather than pay out of its own reserves. 

Gerry Leeseberg Testifies Against H.B. 559

Earlier this week, Gerry Leeseberg testified in front of the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee against House Bill 559. H.B. 559 is proposed legislation designed to provide even more protections to negligent doctors and hospitals. Specifically, Gerry addressed two provisions of the bill - expanding the apology statute and reducing "shotgun" lawsuits.

You survived a preventable surgical error: Now, what?

You work hard and do your best to make ends meet. Like many others in Chicago and throughout the United States, the recent economic crisis and changes in the health care system may have hit you hard. The last you thing you need on top of all that is to suffer injury or illness because a surgeon botched your operation.

If you are wondering what can be done to seek justice in the aftermath of a medical error, you are not alone. Each year, thousands of surgical mistakes are made in hospitals across the nation.

When the medical team you trusted does more harm than good

Do you know that many studies suggest medical error is one of the top three causes of death in the United States? When you need surgery, it's understandable you might feel a bit worried and concerned about many things. Perhaps you will need to take an extended leave of absence from work and are unsure whether you're prepared to meet the possible financial debt that could result.

Of all the various issues that likely cross your mind, you should not have to think about suffering preventable injuries (or worse, death) because a surgeon or other staff member fails to perform according to the highest level of accepted medical safety standards.

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  • Feb 24 : Medical device recalls: are you at risk?
    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,...
  • Feb 03 : Problems with Pap Smears are Leading to Missed Cervical Cancer Diagnoses
    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...
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