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The importance of warning labels on prescription medications

Invokana belongs to a relatively new class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors, which helps remove excess blood sugar through urine. The FDA just recently required Invokana to include a warning about a high risk of foot and leg amputations in diabetic patients. This change in the required warning is the result of two clinical trials that concluded that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with Invokana, which puts a great many diabetic patients using Invokana at risk.

You probably don't consider this common surgical error

When you think of surgical errors, what comes to mind? Does this question conjure images of foreign objects left inside a patient, a surgeon operating on the wrong person or body part, or maybe a surgeon removing a healthy organ? If so, you aren't alone since most Ohio residents probably envision the same things.

However, many people miss one glaring and common surgical error: medication mistakes. When you're scheduled for a surgical procedure, you will more than likely receive medications before, during and after the procedure. That leaves a lot of room for error.

Would new technology help prevent bedsores?

One of the most common conditions for patients who are immobile or otherwise bedridden is bedsores (also known as "pressure ulcers" or "decubitus ulcers"). Bedsores generally develop along bony areas of the body, such as the hips or tailbone, because immobile patients are constantly putting weight or pressure on that part of their body. This condition is easily preventable by simply rotating the patient to change their position or using a medical air mattress, which inflates and deflates intermittently to change a patient's pressure points. Unfortunately, even though bedsores are easily preventable, this condition is not uncommon for many patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

Stunned by this widespread problem of what seems to be a preventable condition, Sanna Gaspard took it upon herself to develop a solution to an issue that for the most part "nobody cared" about.

What is your life expectancy? It depends on where you live

Life expectancy in the United States has steadily increased across the board over the past few decades, according to a recent report published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Much of this can be attributed to great advances in healthcare technology during that time. However, when looking at the life expectancy rates on a smaller scale, there is a huge disparity based on the county where a person lives. For example, counties in central Ohio have seen a 5-10% increase in life expectancy over the last 25 years, while the life expectancy in southern Ohio counties remains the same now as it was in 1980. Why?

The frightening facts about maternal mortality

If you are like most expectant mothers, you probably spent most of your pregnancy excited and full of anticipation. There may have been some feelings of trepidation or worry mixed in, too, but they were likely concerns over the health of your unborn infant or new baby, rather than worries for your own well-being. Frighteningly, though, for many U.S. mothers, their own health — or rather, the lack of adequate health care for women during the maternal period — may be cause for the utmost concern.

Maternal mortality

Is a prescription for compensation in your future?

While admitted to the hospital, the doctor or doctors attending to your care will more than likely prescribe at least one medication for you. Your doctors, other medical staff and hospital pharmacy staff are required to ensure that they provide you with the right medication in the right dosage at the right time.

Alarmingly, there are numerous times and steps in that seemingly simple procedure where something can go drastically wrong. If this happened to you, and you suffered irreparable harm, you may find it appropriate to file a medical malpractice claim.

Bad medicine: When a doctor's errors causes harm to patients

As a patient, you have the right to medical care that meets a certain acceptable standard. When an Ohio doctor makes a mistake, an innocent patient can suffer physical and emotional harm, as well as face additional surgeries and financial losses. In certain cases, a doctor or hospital can be financially liable for the pain and suffering caused by a mistake or medical malpractice.

If you suffered harm due to a medical mistake or negligence, you could have a valid malpractice claim. Proving that negligence played a role in what happened to you can be complex, but you do not have to suffer through the aftermath by yourself. Malpractice victims have the right to a full and fair recovery.

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.

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  • Jun 16 : The importance of warning labels on prescription medications
    Invokana belongs to a relatively new class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors, which helps remove excess blood sugar through urine. The FDA just recently required Invokana to include a warning about a high risk of foot and...
  • Jun 15 : You probably don't consider this common surgical error
    When you think of surgical errors, what comes to mind? Does this question conjure images of foreign objects left inside a patient, a surgeon operating on the wrong person or body part, or maybe a surgeon removing a healthy organ?...
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