Ohio Personal Injury Law Blog

Lack of physician information leaves patients in the dark

As consumers, Americans can be pretty savvy in terms of doing their research and getting the best deal possible, both in terms of price and quality. One of the problems with health care from a consumer perspective, though, is that it is difficult to know beforehand whether you will be receiving quality medical services.

One of the ways this problem has been addressed is to establish databases which allow patients to track physician performance. The federal government actually has its own database for this purpose, known as the National Provider Identifier Database. The problem with the database is that it isn’t really accurate, at least according to David Marsidi, the founder of EZDoctor, a company that does its own tracking of physician performance. 

Under a microscope: VA's opioid prescribing policy for vets

When it comes to the topic of prescribing heavy-hitting painkillers for many military veterans who were wounded or otherwise injured while serving in overseas combat theaters, it's quite clear that mixed opinions regarding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' performance dominate the discussion.

Unsurprisingly, officials with the VA assess that performance in salutary -- even glowing -- terms. One ranking VA employee told a U.S. Senate committee recently that the agency "has been at the forefront in dealing with pain management."

Doctor sentenced to decades of prison in malpractice case

It is a tale that many of our readers in Ohio and elsewhere will likely find both stunning and tragic.

And it also seems flatly beyond belief, something so beyond the realm of possibility that it surely could not occur anywhere in the United States.

Study points to Cesarean section delivery effects later in life

As noted in a recent media article profiling a couple of doctor researchers who recently concluded a study on Cesarean section deliveries, those scientists voice a hope that their work will "start a dialogue" in the medical community.

The focus of that discussion would be well defined and narrow, posing this central question: What are the long-term risks of C-section deliveries?

What is the Feres Doctrine, and how does it affect legal liability?

Many of our civilian readers in Ohio and elsewhere might understandably lack familiarity with the so-called Feres Doctrine and its implications for military members seeking to obtain remedies from the federal government for medical malpractice-related injuries suffered following the receipt of negligent medical care.

In the civilian world, a person who is injured through a medical malpractice act or omission can seek redress by filing a personal injury lawsuit for compensatory and related damages.

Check them: your medical records could indeed contain errors

If you're an Ohio resident who is similar to scores of millions of other persons across the country in that you lead a busy and seemingly non-stop life, you're probably intimately familiar with post-it notes.

Or, alternatively, index cards are an integral part of your life. Maybe an appointment reminder on your smartphone. Perhaps a scribbled to-do list you scratch out in a notebook each morning and systematically cross through upon the completion of successively numbered tasks.

That darned smartphone: recorded surgery leads to MD's job ouster

Admonition to surgeons while patients are apparently oblivious due to anesthesia: Talk objectively about the surgery at hand. Talk about golf. Talk about home repairs or sports or favorite movies.

But do try to avoid making false and derogatory remarks about your immediate patient, who in good faith and utter dependence is relying upon your skills and professional integrity.

Electronic health records: a fundamental reassessment?

Reportedly, the federal government has plowed about $28 billion over the past few years into incentives to spur doctors and medical facilities across the country to implement so-called electronic health (EHR) systems. Much fanfare has accompanied the electronic format's supplanting of patients' paper charts and records in hospitals nationally, including in Ohio.

How has that been working?

Study closely links opioid-based meds to respiratory depression

A number of medical groups and regulatory authorities have pushed in recent years for a greater focus upon respiratory depression (RD) and better patient outcomes regarding the post-surgical complication.

The need for greater awareness of RD is both dire and obvious, given the rapid onset that frequently marks this frightening medical condition following surgery and the adverse results -- including serious brain injury and, for some patients, death -- that can occur when RD is not timely noted and responded to by medical professionals.

Pfizer's growing concerns re Zoloft and heart defects, Part 2

Our blog post from earlier this week cited the certain and growing concerns of executives at the global drug-manufacturing firm Pfizer Inc. regarding a claimed -- and close -- nexus between the company's anti-depressant drug Zoloft and heart-related abnormalities in some newborn babies.

Lots of babies, as a matter of fact, with more than 1,000 lawsuits having been filed that allege a direct link between Zoloft use by pregnant mothers and subsequent congenital birth defects in their children.