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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.

Common medical errors nurses make that may cause you harm

When you go into the hospital, you expect to leave in better shape than when you arrived. You rely on your doctors to properly diagnose your condition and provide an appropriate course of treatment. During your stay, you will probably see nurses more than doctors.

Because nurses often tend to numerous patients at a time, their time may be at a premium, which could cause mistakes to occur. If you happen to be the unlucky patient who doesn't receive a nurse's full attention, you could suffer harm. That harm may require you to undergo additional medical treatment, possibly including surgery and more time in the hospital.

Make no mistake about it, medical errors are a major problem

When you visit a doctor's office or other medical facility in Ohio, you can reasonably expect that all licensed professionals who tend to your care will do so in a manner consistent with the highest accepted standards in the medical industry. Every physician is unique in that each has his or her own style and bedside manner, so to speak. Overall, however, you should be able to logically assume that every physician will adhere to strict protocol and regulations that govern medical care.

If you undergo surgery or seek a medical diagnosis based on certain symptoms, then wind up in worse condition than you started due to substandard care, it's understandable you'd want those responsible held accountable for their mistakes. Medical errors are unfortunately not that uncommon, and there seem to be certain base causes for the types of mistakes reported most often. Knowing that you have rights as a patient and that support is available if something goes wrong may give you confidence to address any problem that arises.

Did your gallbladder surgery not go as expected?

Every year in Ohio and across the country, numerous individuals need to have their gallbladders removed. Medical providers claim this is a minimally invasive surgery, particularly as surgeons often perform the procedure laparoscopically. Unfortunately, there are those who experience complications due to medical negligence. Are you one of them?

After feeling unwell for a while and experiencing pain in your abdomen, you finally take a trip to the doctor. You find out you have gallstones that are causing inflammation and preventing your gallbladder from working properly. The prescribed course of treatment was surgery. You trusted your doctor and went for it and now you feel worse than you did before the procedure. What went wrong?

Leeseberg & Valentine Named Best Law Firm for 2018

Leeseberg & Valentine was once again named one of the "Best Law Firms" in the country by U.S. News and World Report. This award is based upon client feedback and the firm's reputation among other lawyers in the legal community.

Would a C-section have changed the outcome of your child's birth?

When you first found out you were pregnant, you probably pictured yourself going through natural childbirth, perhaps with the assistance of an epidural, but with no other medical intervention needed. You may have envisioned yourself exhausted, but happily holding a beautiful newborn.

However, when the time came to give birth, certain medical issues precluded you from experiencing a natural birth. You may believe that your baby suffered injuries that may change the course of his or her life, and yours, because your doctor failed to perform a Cesarean birth in a timely manner.

Did your doctor fail to meet the appropriate standard of care?

When you learn that you have a medical condition that needs attention, you certainly want to ensure that you not only receive the best care but also receive the correct treatment. Substandard care, misdiagnoses, improper treatments and other medical malpractice issues may have you concerned about your potential care. However, you will still likely need to move forward with some sort of treatment in order to address your condition.

If you find yourself among the numerous individuals whose medical apprehensions become warranted due to suffering from a medical mistake, you may feel disappointed, confused and concerned about your future. In some cases, you may suffer long-term effects from a doctor's negligence, and you may have reason to take legal action. If the basis of your claim relates to a doctor's failure to meet the standard of care, you need to prepare to prove that claim.

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    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...
  • Mar 30 : 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...
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