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Blog Posts - Personal injury


Apr 2020

Is an Apology Enough? When A, B, C, D is really CYA

A report written by Miranda Hester and published in Contemporary Pediatrics in October 2019 discussed an interactive forum for physicians where the main subject was what physicians should do and not do when they make a preventable error that causes injury to a patient. The report referred to such mistakes as potentially “career-defining” and as one of the “scariest moments” a healthcare provider may encounter…

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Mar 2014

Treat Doctors Like Children: Make Them Wash Their Hands

On any given day, approximately one in 25 U.S. hospital patients has at least one infection picked up during the course of their care, adding up to about 722,000 infections, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recently released two reports detailing healthcare-associated infection estimates. The reports show that progress has been made in reducing hospital-acquired infections, but…

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Sep 2012

Could NHL players follow NFL players in brain injury lawsuits?

During the spring and summer of 2011, three professional hockey players were found dead unexpectedly. All three of the men were “enforcers,” or players whose primary duty was to fight. As anyone who has seen a professional hockey game knows, fights in the NHL mean gloves come off and blood spills. In the wake of these tragedies, the NHL-endorsed fighting has come under scrutiny. Two…

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Aug 2012

J&J settles first three defective hip implant lawsuits

In 2010, Johnson & Johnson recalled a hip implant device after it was deemed a defective product. Unfortunately, the damage was already done for thousands of Americans who underwent hip replacement surgery. Many of these victims ended up filing suit against J&J, charging that the company knew or should have known that the metal hip replacements could cause patients harm. Last week, it was reported…

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Jul 2012

The causes behind medical billing errors (2 of 2)

Welcome back. As we began discussing in the last post, hundreds of people may come into contact with your medical bill before, during and after your hospital stay. Because hospital bills are usually complicated and filled with medical terms, it can be hard to determine if mistakes have been made. In order to prevent being over-charged for your medical care, it’s important to understand how mistakes can…

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Jul 2012

The causes behind medical billing errors (1 of 2)

If you have ever received a bill for a complicated medical procedure it likely seemed like it was written in another language with all of the codes and medical terms. The problem is that when you can’t understand your bill, you have a hard time spotting errors, which are a lot more common than you may think. A recent article from Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer…

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May 2012

How medical apology programs can end up hurting patients

Whether it’s a medication error, surgical mistake or birth injury, medical negligence can change a person’s life forever. Medical malpractice lawsuits exist to compensate the victims of medical mistakes as well as improve the quality of health care in Ohio and the rest of the country. Recently, some states have decided to implement programs that attempt to limit the number of medical malpractice lawsuits by forcing…

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May 2012

Wrongful death suit filed against NFL by ex-player’s family

Cleveland residents have no doubt heard about the numerous lawsuits filed against the National Football League regarding severe brain injuries as a result of concussions received by players. As of this report, more than 2,000 players have filed suit and the numbers increase almost daily. One of the latest lawsuits includes a wrongful death suit filed by family members of former NFL player Dave Duerson. A wrongful…

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May 2012

Lawsuit alleges hospitals overcharged uninsured patients – Part 2

As discussed in last week’s post, there is a case scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court of a neighboring state that could potentially affect some hospital patients in the state of Ohio. The basis for this breach-of-contract lawsuit is two plaintiffs who were overcharged by a hospital group for treatments received. They are claiming they were billed more as uninsured patients than were insured patients…

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May 2012

Lawsuit alleges hospitals overcharged uninsured patients – Part 1

Ohio residents may be interested in a lawsuit being heard by the State Supreme Court of our neighbors to the west. The case involves one of the state’s largest hospital groups, which is being sued by two uninsured patients claiming the hospital charged them much more than it charged insured patients for the same care. The case addresses 120 years of common law that states…

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Apr 2012

NFL veteran players seek medical care and a safer game for all

It is no secret that professional football is a tough contact sport; however, a slew of lawsuits against the NFL regarding player concussions are gaining more steam since the recent bounty scandal came to light. With the purpose of informing football players about the latest in brain injury research, disability claims and the basis for these lawsuits, the second Independent Football Veterans Conference is scheduled…

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