Former client Blake Haxton will compete in the 2016 Rio Paralympics as a member of the U.S. Paralympic Rowing Team. Blake was a standout athlete at Upper Arlington High School and was being recruited by several prominent national rowing programs until he had both of his legs amputated after he contracted necrotizing fasciitis. (L&V represented successfully Blake in a lawsuit alleging that his medical providers failed to timely diagnose and aggressively treat his infection in order to prevent the amputation of his legs.) Despite this challenge, Blake has gone on to earn his undergraduate degree in finance from The Ohio State University Fischer College of Business and his law degree from OSU Moritz College of Law - all while succesfully training to qualify for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Rowing Team. Blake finished fifth in the arms and shoulder single sculls at the 2015 World Rowing Championships and came in fourth in the arms and shoulders single sculls at the 2014 World Rowing Championships. We honor Blake for everything he has been able to accomplish and wish him the very best in all his athletic and personal endeavors.
A disturbing study conducted by researchers analyzing paid malpractice claims using the National Practitioner Data Bank reveals that doctors who get sued once, are twice as likely to have another claim made against them. That percentage continues to grow with each and every claim made after that: four times as likely for one who had four claims and 12 times more likely for a provider with 6 or more claims made against them.
The prescription of opioid painkillers, such as OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin, is a popular way for doctors to treat chronic non-malignant medical conditions, such as lower back pain. Recently, however, the effectiveness of such treatment has been called into question. A disturbing new trend reveals that there is actually very weak evidence that opioid painkillers are safe or effective for the long-term treatment of non-malignant pain. Moreover, these drugs are highly addictive and can produce significant states of depression and anxiety.