The attorneys at Leeseberg & Valentine just filed its second lawsuit against Mount Carmel, Dr. William Husel, and other medical staff on behalf of the family of Troy Allison. On July 15, 2018, Troy Allison went to the Mount Carmel ER for shortness of breath and an infection in his leg. He was admitted to the ICU and within 3 hours was declared brain-dead. At the urging of Dr. Husel and other medical staff, the family agreed to withdraw care. At this time, Dr. Husel ordered that Troy be given 1,000 micrograms of fentanyl, a lethal dosage, without the knowledge or consent of the family. He was pronounced dead within minutes of receiving the deadly dose of dentanyl. He was 44 years old at the time of his death.
The attorneys at Leeseberg & Valentine filed a wrongful death lawsuit earlier today against Mount Carmel Health System and Dr. William Husel, as well as a pharmacist and a nurse, alleging they intentionally administered a lethal dose of the narcotic Fentanyl to Janet Kavanaugh, who died on December 11, 2017 at the age of 79. According to a medical expert, who signed an affidavit of merit filed with the Complaint, the amount of Fentanyl prescribed and given to Ms. Kavanaugh was grossly inappropriate and excessive, and was intentionally prescribed by Defendant Husel for the purposes of hastening the termination of Janet Kavanaugh's life.
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:
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.
Earlier this week, the Ohio Supreme Court continued its decade-long campaign to protect doctors at the expense of injured patients. First it was the arbitrary "caps" on damages, heightened pleading standards, and shortened statute of limitations. Now, doctors can even admit they were negligent, tell you exactly how they were negligent, and explain why it should not have happened, yet simply couple all those statements with an apology for the court to deem those statements inadmissible.
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.
Medical providers in central Ohio are experimenting with a new method in an effort to make "going to the doctor" a little bit easier. On November 2, 2015, OhioHealth will have some of their doctors begin seeing patients for primary care visits via video and online consultations. What remains to be seen, however, is how this ease of access will affect the quality of care being provided.