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December 2013 Archives

Parents awarded $28 million in federal birth injury case

A baby's birth should be a time of celebration, but in some tragic cases, the very act of birth causes serious injury to the newborn. Causes for birth injuries range from environmental situations to medical errors. In a court decision issued on Friday, Dec. 20, a judge ordered the federal government to make good on a settlement totaling over $28 million in a medical-related birth injury case.

Child faces wrongful death due to tonsillectomy

Ohioans shouldn't be strangers to routine medical procedures like tonsillectomies or wisdom tooth removal, but as you should know, it can go wrong. Most of the time, smaller things like breaking stitches won't result in a wrongful death, but in this case, a routine tonsillectomy left one little girl brain dead in California. The 13-year-old girl is now at the center of a case between her parents and the hospital. The hospital would like to take the child off life support, and her parents think it's too soon to let go.

Brain injury might lead to depression later in life

Suffering any type of injury is hard enough, but when that injury leads to problems later in life, the difficulty increases. Some injuries, such as concussions, can lead to mental health issues. Ohio residents might be interested to learn about the connection between multiple concussions and depression.

Doctor allegedly flees country due to medical malpractice charges

If you've been following the news in Ohio, you might have heard about a doctor from Cincinnati who was facing 36 charges of federal fraud. In addition, this surgeon faces over 160 civil suits from patients who claim he committed medical malpractice. Now, the surgeon is missing, and the U.S. Attorney's office has put out a warrant for his arrest. They feel that he has left the U.S.

New technology could help eliminate medication errors

Franklin, Ohio, residents should be aware that when you go to the hospital, pharmacy or other location for medical treatment, anything is really possible. You trust that a doctor knows what to give you for pain or for a medical treatment, but in some cases, a mistake is made. A wrongful death case can be the result of a prescription error or other medical negligence, so anything that can help eliminate those errors is welcome. Now, the University of Maryland Medical Center is claiming that the use of RFID technology can help eliminate medication errors.

Minor explosion impact can still cause brain damage

A new study of the impact of mild explosion injuries on active duty soldiers shows that they can still result in significant long term brain injuries. The result are important not only for those serving in the military, but for workers who come into contact with explosives as part of their work duties, such as when removing tree stumps from land or demolishing old buildings. There may have been instances where the failure to take adequate safety precautions around explosives at worksites have resulted in Ohio brain injuries.

Woman from Kenton sues over son's death

If you've been to Lima, Ohio, you might be interested in hearing about this medical malpractice case that was recently launched against three doctors who allegedly didn't deliver a baby in time to prevent his death. According to the news report, the medical mistake resulted in the death of the child because he outgrew his mother's womb.

Telemedicine can reduce errors

Physicians have been consulting with each other since the practice of medicine began, but now the ability to get guidance, advice and discuss treatment options is coming in a new form: telemedicine. No longer relegated to just making telephone calls, a consultation can be a video conference and include the medical staff, as well as the patient and the patient's family. In a recent study using pediatric cases in rural hospitals, the use of telemedicine greatly reduced the number of wrong drug prescriptions given to children who visited the rural hospital's ERs.

Man suffers from torn small intestine during surgery

Franklin, Ohioans are likely aware that surgeries have inherent risks. Even one that is completed perfectly can cause damage to a person, and side effects or complications are always possible. However, this differs significantly from a true medical mistake like this man faced after his surgery in 2002. According to the news from Nov. 20, the man had a four-hour surgery during which his intestine was damaged. Now, a jury has ruled in his favor to the tune of $6.7 million.

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