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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.

Did you leave the operating room with more than just stitches?

The ordeal of having surgery is a big concern on its own. One thing you shouldn't have to worry about is leaving the operating room with more than just the stitches you expected; yet, for many Ohio patients every year, this is exactly what happens. A number of studies show that surgeons across the nation leave up to 6,000 surgical implements inside patients' bodies on an annual basis.

This easily preventable mistake has the potential to result not just in serious consequences to patients' health, but death. So how and why do doctors keep leaving foreign objects inside patients' bodies, and what does this mean for you?

Did your baby experience nerve injury during delivery?

Delivering your baby girl into the world at your local Columbus hospital did not go as smoothly as you would have hoped. Her shoulder got stuck in the birth canal, your doctor was more forceful than you would have liked while trying to free her, and now she is experiencing nerve damage that may or may not be reversible. She has little to no movement in her affected arm and hand as a result. What can you do?

The simple truth is that babies often get stuck in the birth canal and suffer some level of damage to the brachial plexus -- the nerves between the neck and shoulder. Most often, such damage is temporary. However, there are select cases that result in permanent injury.

Anne Valentine Takes Part in "The Concert for US"

Partner Anne Valentine and the rest of the Harmony Project took part in their annual winter concert last Thursday at Nationwide Arena. The Harmony Project, a community service organization working to unite our neighbors and neighborhoods to tear down the social, cultural, and geographic divides, was founded in 2009 by Director David Brown. "The Concert for US" was a celebration of eight years of tremendous growth from just 100 members and performing at the Lincoln Theater to having multiple choirs consisting of 1,000 voices and performing at Nationwide Arena. More information about the Harmony Project can be found here.

Physicians Mindful of the "Power of the Apology"

In the wake of the Ohio Supreme Court's decision in Stewart v. Vivian, physicians around the country are paying more attention to the "apology laws" in their state. In a recent article written by a physician for the Huffington Post, he advises that "it would be prudent for a physician expressing sympathy, condolence, or an apology, to pick his words carefully." This is because there are 30 states that partially protect apologies from being admitted as evidence, but there are now 8 states, including Ohio, that offer full protection to apologies.

Communication issues could result in medical errors

Many people have apprehensions when it comes to seeking medical attention. Some parties may think that they do not have the means to cover the costs associated with medical care, and other individuals may worry about the procedures or treatments they may need. While these concerns can often be easily attended to with the help of financial assistance or additional information about treatments, some issues may not have such simple remedies.

You, like many other Ohio residents, may worry about the potential for medical mistakes to occur. Unfortunately, these errors are not uncommon, and even a simply procedure could turn deadly if even a seemingly small mishap takes place. Several factors could potentially contribute to a mistake affecting you.

What to expect when you talk about medical malpractice

Perhaps you or someone you know has suffered bad effects or has even died because of a health problem made worse by medical care. Either they had a complication from a medicine, or they developed a problem after a surgery. You wonder, is the doctor responsible or is it just one of those things that happen in life?

Not every medical injury leads to a successful malpractice case. Some find it tough to understand complicated medical procedures, but help is available. When you educate yourself on the basics of medical malpractice, you may have a better understanding of the issue.

Monitoring your blood pressure is essential during pregnancy

Women have given birth for thousands of years. Even so, you more than likely feel safer having someone monitor you and your baby during your pregnancy. You should have the freedom to worry about the theme of your baby's nursery and the kind of stroller you should purchase — not your health.

After all, that's why you have an obstetrician, right? For instance, your doctor should watch your blood pressure closely during your pregnancy to be on the lookout for the possibility that you could suffer from gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, eclampsia or HELLP syndrome. The failure to monitor for these conditions could result in serious or life-threatening complications.

LV Attorney Craig Tuttle is "Person to Know" in Columbus

Please join our firm in congratulating attorney Craig Tuttle for being named one of Columbus Business First's "People to Know" for October 2017. This is a great accomplishment and he should be proud of all the hard work he has done and is doing on behalf of his clients.

Counting on an accurate diagnosis? First, seek a second opinion

Like most people, you probably have little in-depth medical knowledge. When their education and talents lie elsewhere, most individuals have little choice but to place their trust in doctors when it comes to medical treatments. After all, physicians go to school for years to make sure they have the training and expertise necessary to keep patients healthy.

Doctors, however, are only human, and humans make mistakes. Everyone has the occasional lapse in judgment or an off-day, prone to errors. Problems arise, though, when a doctor makes a poor judgment call, because it's no longer just an innocent oversight when lives are at stake. But how can you try to keep yourself and your family safe if you can't necessarily rely on your physician?

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    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...
  • Dec 30 : Did you leave the operating room with more than just stitches?
    The ordeal of having surgery is a big concern on its own. One thing you shouldn't have to worry about is leaving the operating room with more than just the stitches you expected; yet, for many Ohio patients every year,...
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