Columbus Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Legal Blog

Medical mistakes can be dangerous in vasculitis cases

When people in Ohio go to a doctor for their painful symptoms, they expect to receive a correct diagnosis. Vasculitis is one condition that can be dangerous. The inflammation of blood vessels can destroy arteries and veins, and the disorder can be painful and serious, leading to damage to the heart, lungs, kidneys and other major organs. Therefore, many physicians want to begin treatment as quickly as possible when vasculitis is diagnosed in order to prevent further damage. However, quick treatment can lead to major problems when a misdiagnosis is involved.

Experts warn that there are other disorders that can be commonly mistaken for vasculitis due to certain common symptoms. However, the main treatment for vasculitis, beginning with high doses of corticosteroids, can make these other illnesses even more dangerous. For example, vasculitis can accompany cases of rheumatoid arthritis. However, the symptoms of endocarditis can also resemble many of the same symptoms. One patient was started on a steroids regime before all of her lab results were in. As a result of this misdiagnosis, she suffered a stroke and permanent disabilities without receiving effective treatment for her actual disorder.

Children: Injuries can be heartbreaking and devastating

In car crashes, one of the most tragic things to see is children who are suffering and hurt. Often, children are safer than others in vehicles, because they have special safety seats and belts to protect them. Sadly, even with these safety features, there's no way to prevent all injuries or deaths.

Children suffer a variety of injuries in crashes, but head injuries were the most common, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Those under 1 year old had the highest rate of head injuries compared to those in other age groups. They were also more likely to have thoracic injuries.

Saying no to distractions behind the wheel

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 3,166 deaths from distracted driving crashes in 2017. This alone goes to show that distracted driving is an epidemic in Ohio and across the U.S. To keep themselves from becoming a statistic, drivers should know that the number of potential distractions is great.

Distractions go beyond smartphones and navigation systems. Anything that takes drivers' attention from the road, even when drivers' eyes are not taken away from it, can be a distraction. Drivers should, of course, stay away from their phones even when these are hands-free devices. They should also minimize eating and drinking in the car and limit the number of passengers they take on if they are liable to get too caught up in conversations.

Diagnostic errors behind many malpractice claims

One study, the results of which have been published in the journal Diagnosis, shows that 34% of medical malpractice claims stem from misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses. Researchers further discovered that three conditions, in particular, were most susceptible to these errors. The "Big Three," of which Ohio residents should be aware, are infection, vascular events and cancer.

Together, these conditions made up 74.1% of diagnosis-related claims with the most frequently seen condition in each category being lung cancer, sepsis and stroke. Cancer was especially prone to diagnostic errors in outpatient settings while vascular events were commonly missed in emergency rooms and inpatient settings.

Study looks at deadly accidents caused by speeding

In Ohio, 14% of fatal motor vehicle accidents are caused by speeding. The state actually has the ninth-lowest percentage rate in the nation for fatal accidents caused by speeding. Ohio is far below the District of Columbia and New Hampshire, which have percentage rates of 39.5% and 38%, respectively. However, speeding is still a serious problem in the state.

A study by ValuePenguin looked at data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding fatalities to reach its conclusions. The states with the lowest rates of deadly accidents from speeding were Florida and Mississippi. Most other states in the Southeast were also among those with the lowest rates of speeding-related deaths. Overall, more than 20% of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the country happened because of drivers either traveling faster than the posted speed limit or going too fast for road conditions.

A car accident can cause a traumatic brain injury

A car accident is scary for many reasons, including the fact that it can result in a variety of injuries.

A traumatic brain injury, for example, requires immediate treatment. If not treated in the appropriate manner, it can lead to long-term damage and even death.

Diagnostic errors behind one third of fatal malpractice cases

Some 12 million people in Ohio and across the U.S. suffer as a result of a diagnostic error in a primary care setting. Now, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have found that misdiagnoses and delayed diagnoses are behind one in three malpractice claims involving a serious disability or death. Therefore, they are the leading reason behind serious medical errors.

For their study, researchers analyzed 55,000 malpractice claims in the national Comparative Benchmarking System. The majority (74.1%) of those involving a serious diagnostic error were linked to one of three major conditions: cancer, vascular events and infection.

Wife of man who died in beer cooler files wrongful death claim

The widow of an Ohio beer-dispensing system inventor who was found dead inside a baseball stadium beer cooler has filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages. The death happened in Georgia in June 2018.

The victim, a 48-year-old father of four, patented a beer-pouring system called "Draftwell", which was designed to reduce the amount of time it takes to pour a pint of beer from an average of 14 seconds to just five seconds. He marketed the invention to sports stadiums and installed it in two Major League Baseball parks. He was in the process of installing the system in a third venue, the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park, when he decided to work an overnight shift. He was found dead in a concession stand beer cooler the next day. According to police investigators, he died after being exposed to carbon dioxide that was leaking from the draft beer system in the park.

Your baby may be suffering due to midwife negligence

As a new mother, you will want to protect your child from harm at all costs. If you have already noticed that your baby is not developing or progressing as they should, you will want to know why, so that their issues can be dealt with as quickly as possible. One of the most common causes of delayed physical and mental development among young children is, sadly, preventable birth injuries.

Birth injuries count as any type of injury that occurs during the process of delivering a child. In most cases of birth injuries, the baby was completely healthy in the womb. Complications arising during delivery can cause the child to suffer from life-altering injuries, and, in many cases, these situations occur due to midwife negligence. It is important that you understand the common reasons why birth injuries occur, and how midwife negligence can play a role.

DUI fatalities on the Fourth of July

Every year, many Ohio residents flock the streets to celebrate the Fourth of July. While the day is full of fun and fireworks, it is also considered to be one of the deadliest days of the year. According to a study of DUI fatality data, car accident fatalities involving drunk drivers were estimated to be 57% more likely to occur on the Fourth of July than other days.

In 2017 alone, 184 car accident fatalities involving drunk drivers occurred during the holiday weekend. In addition, the Fourth of July seems to become even more deadly if the holiday falls on a Wednesday. According to the report, the DUI fatality rate was 43% higher when the Fourth of July fell on a Wednesday than when it fell on a Saturday.

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