Failures to Diagnose Can Cost Patients Their Lives

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jul 19, 2014 3:26:22 PM

In the past, we have routinely discussed medical malpractice involving a medical professional’s negligent treatment of a patient’s known disease or condition.  But this is not the only situation in which hospitals and doctors provide negligent medical care to medical malpractice victims.  As Ohio medical malpractice lawyers, we routinely represent clients who have suffered due to another shockingly frequent type of medical malpractice: failure to diagnose and/or misdiagnosis.

If you are like most people, you can probably recall a time when it felt like your or a loved one’s doctor was not giving you his full attention.  As patients, we take great care to tell our doctors all of our pains and symptoms so that they can properly diagnose us, and yet these doctors are often too preoccupied to give our cases the attention they deserve.  Unfortunately, this inattention to patients and details can lead to serious health problems and even death.

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Orwell Home Explosion Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jul 17, 2014 10:55:54 PM

Last night, an Ashtabula County house explosion left one person dead and another seriously injured.  Authorities said that a gas leak was to blame for the explosion at the home in the town of Orwell.  Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a spate of Northeast Ohio home explosions, occurring only four months after a Cleveland home exploded on the city’s East Side.

Is the Gas Company Liable for House Explosions?

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Medical Malpractice: Why Do Never Events Happen Every Day?

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jul 12, 2014 1:10:55 AM

While it is likely that you have heard of medical malpractice, you may not have heard of the closely related concept called a never event.  As the name suggests, a never event is a medical or surgical mistake so careless (and, yes, stupid) that it should never occur.  Operating on the wrong body part, administering adult dosages of medication to infants or, perhaps the most widely known never event, leaving a foreign object inside of a surgical patient—these are just a few examples of never events.

Although hospitals and healthcare lobbyists have fought to conceal the frequency of never events from the public, one report indicates that more than 4,000 never events occur each year.  Even more alarming is the fact that the >4,000 estimate only includes surgical never events.  Add the significant number of medical never events to that and it is clear that patients are routinely suffering as a result of medical mistakes that should not occur under any circumstances.  It is no wonder why the hospitals do not want to make this data public.

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Negligent Entrustment in Ohio

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jul 9, 2014 11:27:47 PM

As Cleveland car accident lawyers, we represent countless clients injured by negligent drivers.  In many of these cases, the negligent driver involved did not actually own the vehicle he was driving.  Of course, the driver can still be held liable for his negligence regardless of whether he owned the vehicle he was driving.  In some circumstances, though, the driver is not the only one liable for his negligence.

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Recent Headlines Highlight the Dangers of Fracking

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jul 5, 2014 2:51:46 PM

For years, the Cleveland, Ohio personal  injury lawyers at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA have been telling clients about the serious dangers created by fracking.  While the energy companies responsible for the fracking boom continually downplay the risks involved, several recent events highlight just how dangerous fracking can be.

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Air Conditioners Increase the Risk of Home Fires

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jul 5, 2014 12:19:20 PM

With the recent high temperatures, people in Cleveland and all around Ohio have been cranking up their air conditioners to beat the summer heat.  But whether you use central air, a window unit, or even just a simple fan, your preferred appliance for keeping cool comes with some risk that you should know about.

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Spinal Cord Injury Victims Do Not Have to Face Challenges Alone

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jun 28, 2014 10:14:31 PM

As any personal injury victim can tell you, even relatively common and treatable injuries can cause myriad short- and long-term effects on the way one lives his or her life.  Few injuries, however, are as life-altering as spinal cord injuries.

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Streamline Your Case With These Simple Tips

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jun 26, 2014 10:15:57 PM

If you have been injured and decide to pursue a claim, you should expect your case to take at least a few months to be resolved.  Complex cases like a medical malpractice lawsuit, class action lawsuit, or even a product liability lawsuit may even take years.  And that is not even accounting for the time taken up by appeals, a defendant’s bankruptcy filing, or other procedural detours to you receiving compensation.

At the outset, attorneys never know for sure exactly how long your case will go on.  But what we do know is that well-documented accidents and injuries tend to settle much more quickly than those where the facts are in dispute.  This means that, in many cases, Ohio personal injury victims have the ability to shorten the length of time they must wait to receive compensation.  Below are a few tips that may help you streamline your claim.

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Beware of this Insurance Adjuster Tactic

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jun 21, 2014 11:26:03 AM

Even non-lawyers know that personal injuries can result from a variety of causes--car crashes, defective products, or dangerous conditions on another’s property, just to name a few.  One thing that does not change from injury to injury, however, is that once the responsible party’s insurance company receives notice of your injury they will contact you and request a recorded statement.  Beware of insurance companies requesting recorded statements.

Letting Your Guard Down 

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Prevent Drowning Accidents this Summer

Posted by Michael Jagunic on Jun 18, 2014 6:49:55 PM

Though summer does not officially kick off for a few more days, many Cleveland residents have already taken advantage of the sunny weather.  Around Ohio, pools are open, beaches are crowded, and everyone is having a good time.  But it is important to remember that fun at the pool is not without its hazards, particularly for children.

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