Ohio Personal Injury Law Blog

Endoscope bacterial outbreak, controversy: FDA too slow to act?

We last talked about the so-called "superbug" designated CRE, which is an often deadly bacterial infection that is highly resistant to antibiotics, in our blog post dated February 24.

That ailment is an obvious concern whenever and wherever it arises, as noted by high-profile media stories that have emerged describing CRE outbreaks in hospitals scattered across the country.

Cerebral hypoxia in newborns

Every expectant parent hopes that, when their child is born, their child will be in good health. Thankfully, much of the time, child deliveries more or less work out the way one would hope. However, sometimes, newborns suffer injuries during, leading up to or directly after their delivery.

Sometimes, such injuries are relatively minor and don't end up having significant effects. Other times though, birth-related injuries cause major complications in a newborn. One type of serious complication such injuries sometimes lead to is cerebral hypoxia. 

Coumadin errors can have major impacts on surgical patients

Unfortunately, bad things sometimes happen during a surgery. Now, all surgical procedures have some inherent risks to them, so sometimes negative surgical complications are simply the result of these natural risks. However, sometimes, bad events that occur during a surgery are the result of medical professionals involved in the surgery not exercising the level of care that they should have.

It can often be difficult to figure out what exactly caused a given negative surgical complication. This can sometimes leave a person who was harmed in a surgery feeling frustrated and wondering if they will ever get a clear idea of what was behind the harm they suffered.

Who really benefits from medical malpractice damage caps?

Regarding the above-posed headline query, one strong and unequivocal response is readily offered by one media commentator on the medical industry, namely this: not the individuals suffering from botched medical care.

In fact, notes columnist Justin Lane, it can be hard to argue in any fashion that tort reform focused on the imposition of recovery ceilings in malpractice cases benefits those most in need of meaningful recoveries -- the patients harmed through hospital negligence and other malpractice acts and omissions -- in any way.

Lawsuit fears disturb the minds of neurosurgeons

Anyone who has ever undergone a major surgery has likely had many qualms and reservations. One of a patient's most pressing fears is likely to be, "What if the surgeon makes a mistake?"

What many people don't realize is that the surgeons themselves are asking themselves a similar question: "What if I make a mistake?" They, too, are deeply concerned about the ramifications of a surgical error on their lives and futures. A medical malpractice lawsuit could potentially destroy a surgeon's reputation and effectively end his or her career.

Endoscope infection concerns reach new level with reported deaths

When we recently termed an outbreak of infections in some hospitals across the country linked to endoscopes used to treat digestive disorders "a topic of notable concern," we certainly weren't overstating the threat.

In fact, and as we noted in our January 23 blog entry, so-called duodenoscopes inserted into patients' throats have a troublesome linkage with bacteria that adhere to the multi-use devices.

Is your newborn in danger from group B strep?

Group B streptococcal septicemia, often abbreviated as "group B strep," is a type of bacterial infection that poses a serious risk to newborns.

However, it is easy for a mother to harbor the bacteria in her body without even realizing it. Often, she will not exhibit any symptoms at all. This means that without proper medical tests, she may unknowingly infect her baby during or after delivery.

Jury finds in big way for plaintiff in stroke malpractice case

A recent outcome in an Ohio malpractice matter underscores the importance of a victim harmed through medical negligence to secure competent and aggressive legal representation and get a meritorious case to trial.

In a case before a jury in Lucas County last month, a unanimous outcome in favor of a woman who suffered a catastrophic stroke while pregnant resulted in a $10.9 million damage award to the woman and her family. The award was described in one media account written after the trial as "one of the largest verdicts for a single-plaintiff injury in Lucas County history."

Judge to NFL regarding concussion pact: I need more changes

It wouldn't be surprising if a fair number of our readers in Ohio were football fans, given the state's close and central nexus to the sport at both the professional and collegiate level.

It is likely that many of those readers are at least somewhat familiar with the material developments that have occurred in the monumental class action lawsuit between the National Football League and more than 5,000 of its former players.

Reducing medical errors: the quest, Part 2

Preventable medical harm -- that is, adverse care outcomes for patients that normally wouldn't result in the absence of medical negligence -- is a large and seemingly intractable problem in the United States.

Indeed, one recent research study concluded that perhaps more than 400,000 people die annually in medical facilities across the country because of what equates to a medical malpractice act or omission.