Advances in medical science and technology has not eliminated errors. There is a large volume of medical records containing mistakes that can cause medical malpractice. Almost one in ten people who have online access to their medical records requested corrections, according to Office of National Coordinator for Heath Information Technology estimates. In the worst cases, an incorrect diagnosis or laboratory or scan result in a record can cause inappropriate evaluation or treatment or the administration of unwarranted and potentially dangerous drugs.
On average, Stark County has 50 medical negligence lawsuits filed each year with many of these being settled and dismissed before trial. However, after a one-week trial, a jury recently issued a $636,000 medical malpractice verdict in favor of a 79-year old man and against his treating physician for injuries suffered.
Ohio residents undergo surgical procedures for a number of reasons. While some are subjected to operations in order to save them from life-threatening conditions, others have elective surgeries to fix issues that they perceive in their own bodies. All surgeries introduce serious risks into the lives of those who endure them and it is an unfortunate fact that many surgical mistakes happen to Americans each and every year.
Changing technology can complicate negligence lawsuits. For instance, in a recent situation, Ohio courts will need to rule on whether the destruction of thousands of eggs and embryos at University Hospitals is a personal negligence or medical malpractice case, which can limit the award of extra punitive damages.
The complications of medical malpractice can go beyond personal injury and financial loss. Plaintiffs can also face obstacles in legal proceedings.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for providing medical care to veterans in Ohio and across the country. However, a recent US Today report shows that the VA hired physicians who lost their state licenses to practice for medical malpractice or misconduct.