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First responders use a new procedure to help TBI victims

Falls and motor vehicle accidents are responsible for most traumatic brain injuries in our country. First responders only have a few minutes in which to treat a TBI victim.

An innovative public health initiative revealed in May 2019 helps save brain cells that can quickly die and cause the patient a lifetime of cognitive and physical impairment.

Ohio University suspends fraternities following wrongful death

Filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help victims' families recover damages to cover medical costs, funeral expenses and other expenses relating to the loss of their loved one. But, that's not all they do. In many cases, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can bring attention to serious issues within a community and force those responsible for the victim's death to take action to prevent future deaths.

Earlier this year, the parents of an 18-year-old freshman student at Ohio University filed a wrongful death lawsuit after the student reportedly died as a result of a hazing incident at a fraternity house. According to the lawsuit, the student, who was pledging at a fraternity at the university, ingested nitrous oxide and died of asphyxiation at an off-campus fraternity annex. The lawsuit alleges that fraternity members provided and forced drugs on the student.

Filing a wrongful death claim in Ohio

While no amount of money can ever ease the pain of losing a loved one, families that have suffered a loss may find financial support helpful during a very difficult time. Filing a wrongful death lawsuit against parties responsible for your loved one's death could allow your family to recover damages for loss of support, medical and funeral expenses and other pecuniary injuries.

According to Ohio Rev. Code, Chapter 2125.01, a wrongful death is defined as a death caused by a "wrongful act, neglect or default" of another party. In other words, a wrongful death claim is essentially a personal injury claim filed on behalf of a deceased person who can no longer file their own claim.

Webcams in nursing homes may help prevent elder abuse

Over one million elderly adults reportedly live in nursing homes all across America but, unfortunately, many of them are not getting the care they deserve. Families often leave their loved ones in elder care living facilities, trusting that they will be treated with respect, only to later discover that their loved ones have been physically, emotionally or sexually assaulted by staff members.

As the number of elders in America increases, incidents involving nursing home neglect and abuse may become even more common. That is why a number of states are making changes to current legislation regarding care for elders. Some states have introduced statutes allowing relatives of elderly nursing home residents to set up webcams in resident rooms to ensure that they are being properly cared for.

Accident victims may experience memory loss after an accident

Many Ohio car accident victims suffer head or brain injuries that can affect the rest of their lives, even with extensive medical treatment. Traumatic brain injuries can sometimes result in amnesia, or the loss of memory.

While people suffering from amnesia will generally be aware of who they are, they may be unable to recall past memories or retain new information, depending on the type of amnesia they have and the severity. Generally, those suffering from retrograde amnesia will lose their existing memories. The most recent memories will be affected before memories formed many years ago. Accident victims with damage to the hippocampus may suffer from anterograde amnesia, or an inability to create new memories. This can be temporary, but it can also be permanent.

Causes of bedsores in nursing homes

Deciding to place an aging parent in long-term nursing care can be tough. After all, nursing homes often represent the final stage before a loved one passes. Still, when you move your parent into a nursing home, you want to be sure he or she receives the best possible care. 

As you may suspect, correctly documenting nursing home abuse can be challenging. Still, according to the National Council on Aging, an estimated 10% of individuals over the age of 60 have experienced some type of elder abuse or neglect. Bedsores are often an early indicator of a problem. Here are some reasons bedsores tend to form: 

Poll: One in six doctors admits to making diagnostic errors daily

When we go to an Ohio physician with a medical issue, we expect them to properly diagnose our condition, order the right tests and recommend the best possible course of treatment. If we choose to consent to the treatment, the physician and other medical professionals are responsible for administering the treatment in accordance with the applicable standard of care.

Failure to properly diagnose a patient can be a form of medical malpractice. However, according to a recent poll by Medscape, many doctors, nurses and physician assistants say they make diagnostic errors on a daily basis.

Accident victims can recover damages for catastrophic injuries

While some accident victims suffer minor injuries that heal quickly, many accident victims face catastrophic injuries that will affect them for the rest of their lives. Catastrophic injuries often involve damage to the brain or spinal cord, which could put victims in a coma or result in permanent disability. In addition to dealing with the emotional trauma and physical pain, victims and their families may find it difficult to come up with the money to pay for the countless medical procedures, hospital stays and hours of rehabilitation.

Fortunately, many accident victims find that they can recover damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the parties responsible for the accident and injuries. Compensatory damages can help pay a patient's past and future medical bills and cover lost wages for the time spent out of work due to accident-related injuries. Compensatory damages can also cover the loss of earning capacity if the accident victim no longer has the physical or mental capacity to do the work he or she did before the accident.

Wrongful death suit filed following death of 16-year-old boy

The pain of losing a child is one that no family should have to experience. However, many children lose their lives each year in accidents caused by someone else's negligence. One Ohio family is dealing with the loss of a 16-year-old boy after a tragic accident involving a minivan. The boy's family has filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Cincinnati and city officials, seeking reform of the city's 911 system, as well as compensatory and punitive damages.

In April 2018, the boy was reportedly inside his minivan that was parked in a school parking lot, when he reportedly tried to retrieve his cell phone. The boy apparently became pinned between a third-row seat and the floor, after the seat collapsed on him. The boy apparently called 911 twice that day. When he called the first time, the 911 dispatcher had trouble hearing him because he could not reach his phone, which was in his pocket. The dispatcher apparently misclassified the boy's call in the system, referring to it as "unknown trouble," even though she could hear him screaming. Due to this misclassification, officers were dispatched to the scene, instead of fire and rescue, who had superior vehicle mapping equipment.

Misdiagnosis is a common form of medical malpractice

We often hear about medical negligence claims stemming from mistakes made during surgery or throughout the course of treatment of a patient. However, many medical malpractice claims stem from the diagnosis of the patient's condition. Misdiagnosis of a patient's condition, or failure to diagnose a patient, can lead to improper care and eventually result in medical complications or death. In many cases involving misdiagnosis, a physician may ignore the severity of a patient's symptoms and send them home without treatment. This delay in treatment may cause the patient additional harm.

Misdiagnosis of a patient is more common than we like to think, with studies showing that 10 to 30 percent of medical cases involve some form of diagnostic error. However, misdiagnosis does not always mean that your physician is liable for malpractice.

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