The use of midwives during the labor and delivery process is becoming more common. The Columbus Dispatch published a great story on the issue over the weekend where it highlighted the rising popularity of using midwives and the dangers associated with it. Here are a few highlights from the article:
On September 28, 2018, Gerald Leeseberg and the trial team at Leeseberg & Valentine obtained a $44.5 million verdict on behalf of Bradley Metts and his family. It is believed to be the largest verdict in Ohio history compensating an individual for injuries caused by negligent conduct. Bradley, who is now 14 years old, was injured when Athens Medical Lab failed to timely return stat laboratory blood tests causing a delay in diagnosis, which allowed a rare infection to progress from his ear to his brain. This infection caused significant pressure to build up in his head and resulted in a catastrophic brain injury. While Bradley is still cognitively intact and able to communicate, he is completely paralyzed and has no voluntary movements of any muscles other than those in his face and eyes - a condition known as "locked-in syndrome". Bradley requires 24/7/365 nursing care and this verdict will go a long way in helping him obtain the care he needs to keep him safe and thrive.
There is a reason so many ads are out there telling people to "Look Twice for Motorcycles". They are exposed and do not have all the safety features of a car. There are no airbags or seatbelts. If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the odds of it being serious are great. This same principle applies to the electric scooters popping up in cities across the country. These scooters, while a fun and convenient way to travel short distances, can be very dangerous - especially when sharing the road with other automobiles. Over the weekend, a young woman in Cleveland was struck and killed while operating one of these scooters. The crash happened around 10 p.m. on East 9th Street near St. Clair Avenue.
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.
Governor John Kasich is pushing for tighter regulations on nursing homes in Ohio. This push comes as a result of inconsistent levels of quality care across Ohio's 929 nursing home facilities. Governor Kasich's plan to improve the quality of care in these facilities is designed to offer incentives to facilities that offer higher levels of care.
Earlier this week, Gerry Leeseberg testified in front of the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee against House Bill 559. H.B. 559 is proposed legislation designed to provide even more protections to negligent doctors and hospitals. Specifically, Gerry addressed two provisions of the bill - expanding the apology statute and reducing "shotgun" lawsuits.
"It wasn't like, I'm going to lie." It was, "I'm going to support my colleague."
The medical malpractice attorneys at Leeseberg & Valentine obtained a $1.2 million settlement against the City of Columbus for their client. This is the largest personal injury payout in city history and sets an important legal precedent that will hold public employees responsible for their egregious conduct. This settlement exceeds the prior record payment of $1 million, which was also obtained by Leeseberg & Valentine, in the case of Wagner v. City of Columbus, on behalf of a young boy electrocuted by a defective lamp post on one of the City's bridges.
On April 12, 2016, the Tenth District granted a new trial to Kay Lynn Pontius on claims of medical negligence relating to her deceased husband. The appellate court determined that Pontius' case was clearly prejudiced by the trial court excluding damaging testimony that the defendant-radiologist's former partner, named Joseph Schultz, M.D., had reviewed the CT scan at issue in the case, and made statements that there were blood clots on the CT scan, that the defendant "blew it," and that "Todd (Pontius) should still be alive today." The Tenth District ruled that these statements were "party admissions" and should have been presented to the jury.
Once again, the medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers at Leeseberg & Valentine have earned the distinction of being named one of the "Best Law Firms" in the country by U.S. News & World Report's 2015 Best Lawyers publication. Leeseberg & Valentine was named a Tier 1 law firm, which is the highest distinction given by the publication. This honor is especially rewarding in that the "Best Law Firms" are determined by a rigorous evaluation of a combination of client feedback and our firm's reputation among other lawyers in the legal community.