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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?

COLONOSCOPY PATIENT SUES DOCTOR WHO MOCKED HIM DURING SEDATION

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.

THE COST OF MEDICAL MISDIAGNOSIS? IT CAN END UP IN THE MILLIONS

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.

Ex-Congressman Planning Malpractice Suit Against Federal Government

Steve LaTourette, an ex-congressman from Ohio, is planning to sue the federal government for malpractice. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year, and contends that his diagnosis could have been made much earlier if he would have been given crucial information on his health status. LaTourette was admitted to the hospital twice in 2012 for gastrointestinal pain and pancreatitis, and had an MRI in March of that year. The MRI showed a lesion on his pancreas, and it was recommended by the radiologist that LaTourette seek follow-up care. He claims that this information was never passed on to him, and he was never given the results of the MRI.

Johns Hopkins' Physician Sexual Misconduct Case is Costing the Hospital $190M

While most people put a lot of trust in their doctors, medical professionals are only human. Some of them make mistakes, and occasionally one of them will do something that seems both terrible and intentional. Such was the case with Dr. Nikita Levy, a gynecologist who recorded his patients in secret during their exams. While this happened back in February of 2013, it has taken some time to determine what will be done about it and what kind of compensation will be provided to the victims.

Proposed Alternatives To Malpractice Litigation Threaten Right to Jury Trial

Even when medical malpractice occurs and causes serious injury and death, a lawsuit rarely follows. When a lawsuit is filed, that generally results in an out of court settlement, or a jury trial if the case goes all the way to court. However, there's an alternative being proposed by Ohio Representative Jim Butler that would change the way medical malpractice claims are handled. His "comprehensive medical reform" would create a mandatory, binding administrative bureaucracy that draws some of its ideas from worker compensation regulations. Unlike the worker compensation system, however, which does not require a worker to prove their employer negligently caused his or her injury, Rep. Butler's proposal would force injured patients to take on the medical establishment and prove negligence to obtain compensation.

Injured by a Doctor? You May Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer

People make mistakes. Unfortunately, that means doctors don't always get things right - that's why the "practice" of medicine is called an art and not a science. If you've been injured by a doctor, either by an honest mistake or a doctor's negligence, you may need a medical malpractice lawyer. With the right attorney, your interests can be protected and you can receive fair compensation for any physical or mental injury you sustained.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers and Personal Injury Lawyers Honored as Super Lawyers

For the 11th consecutive year, the medical malpractice lawyers and personal injury lawyers at Leeseberg & Valentine have earned the distinction of being named "Super Lawyers."  Congratulations to Gerald Leeseberg and Anne Valentine for being named Super Lawyers. Both were honored among the Top 50 lawyers in Columbus.

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