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The connection between brain injury and heart attack

Did you go to the emergency room or your family doctor with symptoms you think may be a heart attack, but your doctor sent you home with another diagnosis or no diagnosis? Hopefully that was the end of it, but you may have suffered a serious heart attack that required the administration of CPR and a trip to the hospital.

When you awoke, you may not have been the same person you were prior to the incident. First, you are alive, but that doesn't let your doctor off the hook for failing to properly diagnose your condition earlier when it may have spared you any lingering effects from your serious heart attack.

Many medication errors can be prevented

Between the opioid epidemic and the high volume of medications that many older patients take these days, the risk of a medication error continues to be a primary concern for many people. Whether the errors occur while a patient is in the hospital or occur at home, there are numerous places where the system can break down and end up causing harm.

If you are lucky, someone catches the error before the drug reaches you, but that is not always the case. In fact, estimates indicate that at least half of all medication errors could have been prevented. The questions then become: what is the problem and what will correct it?

Did you never fully recover from a bout of severe sepsis?

You would think that there should be no reason why you would suffer from severe sepsis while in the care of an Ohio hospital and its medical personnel. Unfortunately, it happens more often than anyone would like to admit. Failing to diagnose an infection in a timely manner may have led to your sepsis, which is your body's over-reaction to an infection. Your body begins to attack itself and can kill you if not treated timely and properly.

You already know that someone probably failed to provide you the care you should have received, but even after surviving a bout of severe sepsis and returning home, you notice that you just never quite fully recovered. If so, you may be in good company. Up to 50 percent of patients who survive severe sepsis suffer from post-sepsis syndrome, which can cause a myriad of health issues for the rest of your life.

Misdiagnosis of this pregnancy-related illness happens often

If you are like other Ohio women, your largest concerns regarding your pregnancy were during the first trimester, which many consider the most dangerous time for the baby. In fact, many women don't announce their pregnancies until they pass the three-month mark believing the danger has passed.

For many women, that may be true. They go on to have uneventful pregnancies and ultimately leave the hospital with a healthy new baby, but not everyone gets this type of happy ending. Any number of things could happen during the third trimester of your pregnancy that could put your life in jeopardy and possibly your baby's as well. Perhaps you neglected to think that your own life could end up at risk due to pregnancy-related ailments.

Deadly infections linked to hospital stays

You may still be in shock. It seemed like everything was going as well as could be expected. Your loved one pulled through surgery like a champ, and you and your family were making plans for his or her care once the hospital gave a release date.

Perhaps your loved one was still hospitalized or had only been home a day or two when things suddenly took a turn for the worse. Within days, your loved one was gone, taken by an infection that raged through the body. It seems unthinkable that a place of healing could also be the place where someone could contract a deadly disease.

Where to turn for guidance when medical negligence causes harm

Having to visit a hospital in Ohio for treatment of a medical condition can be a harrowing experience. However, in some cases a trip to the hospital could be unavoidable, and while visiting a facility, you probably expect to receive a certain standard of treatment.

Regardless of the severity of your condition, you might rely on doctors to place the same level of importance on your health as you do. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case, and any form of negligence in a medical setting can pose a significant threat to your well-being.

A pulmonary embolism could be fatal if undiagnosed

Even if a pulmonary embolism isn't fatal, it can cause significant damage. Having said that, you may not be familiar with what this particular ailment entails. In lay terms, a pulmonary embolism is (most often) a blood clot that travels from somewhere in your body to your pulmonary artery, which then cuts off oxygen to your lung tissue.

Many of these clots begin in an arm or leg. Then they break free and travel to the lungs. Once it reaches a choke point, it gets lodged and forms the blockage. Both fortunately and unfortunately, a pulmonary embolism comes with certain symptoms, which can also mimic other conditions. This means that in order to properly diagnose this condition, a doctor needs to take the time to conduct thorough examinations and tests.

Did your OB fail to anticipate shoulder dystocia?

As an expectant mother, you may agree that pregnancy falls into the category of amazing. The changes your body goes through at this time could easily cause life threatening adverse health consequences if you weren't pregnant. Moreover, your body provides everything a developing fetus needs in order to allow it to grow from some simple cells into a living, breathing human being. Your body even provides a way for the baby to enter into the world.

It is during this last phase when many women experience some anxiety. The birth remains the part where any number of things can go wrong, but your obstetrician does this all of the time and won't let anything happen to you or your baby. Right? Sure, women have been giving birth for thousands of years, but having backup and experienced guidance throughout the process is one of the advantages of modern medicine.

Let Your Voice Be Heard - Register to Vote!

As the primary elections approach, we wanted to take a moment to remind our clients and followers of this blog to register to vote. The deadline to register for the upcoming midterm elections is October 9, 2018. If you are unsure whether you are registered to vote, you can visit the Secretary of State's website and click "check my voter registration".

L&V Takes Part in OAJ's Day of Service at Mid-Ohio Food Bank

On Monday March 19, 2018, the attorneys and staff at Leeseberg & Valentine participated in the Ohio Association for Justice's 2018 Day of Service. This was the second consecutive year L&V has taken part in this great event that ensures thousands of families throughout central and eastern Ohio do not go hungry.

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  • Jun 29 : Many medication errors can be prevented
    Between the opioid epidemic and the high volume of medications that many older patients take these days, the risk of a medication error continues to be a primary concern for many people. Whether the errors occur while a patient is in the...
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