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November 2016 Archives

When the medical team you trusted does more harm than good

Do you know that many studies suggest medical error is one of the top three causes of death in the United States? When you need surgery, it's understandable you might feel a bit worried and concerned about many things. Perhaps you will need to take an extended leave of absence from work and are unsure whether you're prepared to meet the possible financial debt that could result.

Overcoming the assumption of immunity: an analysis of R.C. 2744

The Columbus Dispatch recently published an article regarding a $1.2 million settlement Leeseberg & Valentine obtained against the City of Columbus. Since then, the Dispatch has published an additional four articles, which can be read about here, here, here, and here. For an overview of Bray v. City of Columbus, please see our initial blog post published on June 27, 2016.

Jury Selection in Medical Malpractice Cases

In Ohio, every plaintiff is entitled to a trial by jury should they decide to exercise that right. Civil juries are generally composed of 8 individuals who reside in the community where the case is filed. In order for a plaintiff to win a case, at least 6 of those 8 jurors (or three-fourths majority) must vote in the plaintiff's favor. Because of this, the process of selecting a jury, or voir dire, is very important.

Medication errors: There is often enough liability to go around

Did you know that a division of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does nothing but review reports regarding adverse events involving prescription, over-the-counter, and generic drugs? The Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) works with other agencies and organizations in an attempt to ensure the safety of patients here in Ohio and elsewhere when it comes to medications. Health care professionals with DMEPA and the other organizations review reports of adverse events to determine what happened and compile the data so that recommendations can be made regarding how to avoid the same mistakes in the future. Despite their efforts, people continue to be seriously or fatally harmed.

Our Recent Blog Posts

  • Mar 16 : 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...
  • Feb 28 : 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...
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