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.