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Do you have questions about medical malpractice claims?

When you are suffering, you turn to doctors and other medical professionals to determine what is wrong with you and provide you with a course of treatment that will make you better. Part of your treatment may involve the need for surgery.

Every surgery comes with risks, and your surgeon more than likely presented you with paperwork to sign, indicating that the surgeon informed you of all of the potential risks associated with the procedure. Your surgeon probably went on to say that the benefits you will receive from the operation outweigh the risks. You signed the paper and underwent the procedure, but something went terribly wrong.

When it comes to surgery, does practice make perfect?

If you have an upcoming surgery, you're likely concerned over any number of issues. Whether your procedure is large or small, you're probably worrying about things like pain and recovery time. One thing you shouldn't have to worry over, though, is whether your surgeon has enough experience to safely perform the operation. Unfortunately, it appears this concern may be a valid one.

Generally, larger hospitals have surgeons on staff who have experience or even specialize in performing certain complex procedures. In smaller areas, however, an inexperienced doctor may not have the practice to do as skilled a job. Is that a risk you want to take, either with your own health or with the life of someone you love? Is there anything you, the patient, can do to avoid this risk of a botched surgical procedure by an inexperienced surgeon?

Drug errors: When your medication isn't the best medicine

Even if you are one of the very few lucky individuals who doesn't take a prescription medication (or several) on a daily basis, you likely know many people who do. With so many Ohio patients, young and old alike, relying on medication to keep them healthy, you would think that medication errors would be almost unheard of because doctors and pharmacists would take the utmost caution when it comes to ensuring drug accuracy and safety.

Sadly, this is not the case. Millions across the United States suffer injuries ranging from minor to severe because of drug errors and pharmaceutical mistakes every year. Exactly how do these life-threatening mistakes occur? More importantly, is there anything you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe?

Let's take a deep breath and talk about birth asphyxia

You expected the day you gave birth to be one of the most exciting and joyous times of your life. Instead, you now find yourself worried over the health and well-being of your infant. For one reason or another, your baby didn't receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery. Even when this doesn't prove fatal, this lack of oxygen during the birthing process -- known as birth asphyxia -- can have devastating long-term effects.

So what, exactly, is birth asphyxia? What are the signs, and how can you tell if your baby suffered this condition at birth? What can you do now and how can you get your child the help he or she needs?

New Digital Technology Allows for Quicker More Accurate Cancer Diagnosis

The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at The Ohio State University has implemented exciting new technology to assist pathologists in reaching diagnoses from biopsies. This allows doctors to scan medical samples from glass slides into digital copies, and is being used to make pathological diagnosis much more efficient and accurate.

Medical malpractice: Hospice care concerns

Your family members may require hospice care as they reach the end of their lives. You may not expect that medical malpractice exists for hospice patients due to the sensitive nature of the type of care, and the fact that patients are terminally ill. However, this is not necessarily the case. Hospice nurses, like any other medical professional, may fail in giving the proper standard of care and cause unnecessary harm to you or your family member.

In-home health care providers often receive the contracts for hospice work. These providers still must follow standards and protocols that apply when a person is in a hospital or nursing home. Your family member has the right to safe, effective and humane treatment as a hospice patient. There are several types of medical malpractice claims that may apply to hospice care.

Your physician misdiagnosed your breast cancer. Should you sue?

A breast cancer diagnosis can truly be devastating to your quality of life. A delayed or misdiagnosed case of breast cancer can be even worse because you may suffer additional harm due to the lack of treatment. A delayed diagnosis can result in permanent injury or even death.

What constitutes medical malpractice due to negligence? Having this information can help you make informed choices about whether it is appropriate to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. Generally, in Ohio, there are four essential elements that you will need to demonstrate to prove your medical malpractice claim.

Malfunctioning Ride at the Ohio State Fair Leads to Multiple Injuries and Death

On Wednesday July 26, the first night of the 2017 Ohio State Fair, tragedy struck. While the "Fire Ball" carnival ride was operating on the evening of the 26th, the sudden and loud sound of cracking metal rang through the fairgrounds, and a large piece of the ride snapped loose and crashed to the ground, throwing riders through the air and onto the ground. One rider died upon hitting the ground, while at least seven others have suffered critical injuries.

A New Approach to Medical Malpractice

When someone is severely or fatally harmed due to medical errors the first concern should always be about the patient and their families. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case as many hospitals immediately engage in the "deny and defend" model. This approach just makes the experience that much more difficult for the victims of medical errors to find out what happened. In fact, most patients never learn that they have been injured due to a medical error. This is corroborated by a recent study that found that 77 percent of 300 primary-care doctors admitted they would not fully disclose to a patient when there had been a delayed breast cancer diagnosis.

Officials push to change federal rule limiting number of beds in addiction facilities

Like many states throughout the country, Ohio has been battling an opioid epidemic for several years and many victims of this epidemic are seeking treatment. With so many Ohioans seeking treatment, it is difficult for treatment facilities to make room for everyone who needs help. This is partly due to a 50-year-old federal rule that states community-based mental-health and addiction treatment centers can't receive Medicaid funding if their facility exceeds 16 beds. While it may not seem like a big deal to be put on a waitlist until a spot opens, this wait can be the difference between life and death for many of these addicts.

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