Medical Malpractice FAQs
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here, Cleveland’s medical malpractice lawyer. One topic that I would like to discuss today is anesthesia malpractice. Folks, when you go to have surgery, a lot of times you have to be given what’s called “general anesthesia.” That’s when you’re put asleep in order for the surgeon to carry out the operation.
Now, there are specific guidelines any anesthesiologist must follow in order to make sure that the patient is safe. One of those guidelines has to do with looking at the medical history of the patient. Specifically, you have to know what allergies the patient has. If that patient is allergic to the specific type of anesthesia that’s going to be given, you don’t want to give that type of anesthesia. The other aspect is you have to monitor the patient when they’re under anesthesia. If not, that patient could have a lack of oxygen to the brain and suffer a brain injury.
Folks, if you or a loved one feel that you’ve been a victim of anesthesia malpractice, please give us a call. Thank you.
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here. Cleveland’s medical malpractice lawyer. The topic that I’d like to discuss today is nursing home malpractice. Now folks, nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system and, for the most part, are hardworking and want to do what’s best for their patients. But occasionally, because of understaffing or just carelessness, things happen. Bad things. One example that we see from time to time, generally because of understaffing, is a failure to reposition or turn the patients. This leads to pressure sores. Other common mistakes are simply giving the wrong medication, failing to monitor the patient in a hospital session settings such as their pulse ox, or how much oxygen they have in their blood, or even their blood pressure. Last but not least, the most common source or example of nursing malpractice has to do with falls. They just aren’t monitoring the patient because they have, generally speaking, too many patients to deal with, and a patient may have to go to the restroom. They try to get up on their own, and they fall and break a hip. Or the order calls for what’s called a “two person assist,” and one nurse decides to try to move or transfer the patient by themselves. They drop the patient, and the patient fractures their hip. Folks, nursing malpractice is a serious issue in today’s healthcare system. If you or a loved one feel like you’re a victim of nursing malpractice, please give give us a call.
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here; Cleveland’s medical malpractice lawyer. One question that we get from time to time here in the office and also during jury selection and a trial is, ‘what is the difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence?’ The truth is they’re one and the same. There is no difference. This means that in order to be successful in a medical malpractice case we have to show that the medical professional did not act as a reasonable, prudent provider would under the same or similar circumstances. In other words, did that medical professional break the rules that they must follow? If you feel that you have suffered an injury or a loved one to suffered an injury as a result of a doctor, nurse, or anesthesiologist breaking the rules, please give us a call or visit our website. I hope that provided some more information on the difference or lack thereof of medical malpractice and medical negligence. Take care.
Hey folks Allen Tittle here. Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice lawyer. Of late we’ve been getting a lot of calls and inquiries about the tragedy that has affected close to a thousand patients, relating to the destruction of their eggs and embryos at university hospitals. First let me say that here at Tittle and Perlmutter our our hearts go out to the folks that were affected by this, but I do want to discuss what we know so far. First of all, we know that this destruction likely occurred, because of human error. First the facts that are out there in the public right right now tells us that number one, there was an issue with the alarm system, being physically turned off, by an individual. This alarm system would alert the folks at university hospitals that there was an issue with the temperature in the freezer. The second issue that we’re aware of has to do with the liquid nitrogen that keeps these freezers cool. Folks the facts are changing everyday. We now know things today that we didn’t know last week. My guess is there’s gonna be new facts out there a week for now from when I’m shooting this video. Here at Tittle and Perlmutter we are handling these cases, we are investigating every day, and we are getting to the bottom of what really happened. Let me let me talk for a moment on the class actions that have been filed, here at Tittle and Perlmutter we don’t feel that class actions are the best way to handle these cases, instead, each case will be handled on an individual basis. Its been my experience with my clients they who have been affected by this tragedy, that each one of them have very individual damages there is special only to them and I suspect that that’s how most cases are. So if you or a loved one has been affected by the tragedy through University Hospitals, have lost eggs and embryos through university hospitals, please give us a call or visit our website. Take care.
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer. One of the biggest issues for potential causes of action that we see in medical malpractice cases has to do with misdiagnosis. Doctors must rule out or treat conditions that are the most life-threatening or most life-altering first. And when they don’t, patients can either die, become paralyzed, or lose a limb. A common example that we see in cases are cancer examples. So you have signs and symptoms of cancer, the doctor doesn’t act to treat or rule out, and then a year later that patient gets diagnoses with cancer and it’s no longer treatable. Other examples are much more short in a time frame. Things such as stroke, heart attack or a spine infection. These are conditions that are life-threatening or life-altering because it can cause paralysis permanently. If you or a loved one feel you are a victim of misdiagnosis, please give us a call or visit our website today.
One of the most common types of cases we see here in the office are cases involving sepsis. Now there’s really two types of cases involving sepsis. One, the failure to diagnose or a delay in diagnosing sepsis. Or two, a complete mismanagement of the condition. So folks, sepsis is very dangerous. It’s essentially blood poisoning. In other words, an infection has gotten into your bloodstream and it’s spreading throughout your body. Because of that, it’s very important that the condition is diagnosed timely and treated properly.
There’s really two things that we see here in the office that results, that can be caused, by a mismanagement of sepsis. Number one, because sepsis constricts the vessels, the arteries, constricts the blood flow to the limbs, because your blood pressure drops. And because of your blood pressure dropping, you then have to be put on pressers, which cause your blood pressure to increase. However, blood flow to the extremities is cut off. Folks, that leads to amputations. Your arms, your legs, might have to be chopped off if mismanaged. And because of that, I’ve seen cases where an individual had to have amputated both the legs and their arms as a result of these types of cases.
And obviously, if sepsis is really mismanaged, it can lead to death. Folks, if you or a loved one feel that sepsis was mismanaged, and as a result, your loved one or yourself had limbs amputated, or passed away please give us a call.
Folks, another type of case that we see a lot of times has to do with medication or prescription errors. The most common types of cases that we see are the wrong drug quantity; drug interactions with one another; when the medical provider knows that the patient has an allergy to the medicine yet still prescribes it. Those are the three most common that we see.
Some specific examples. There’s a drug by the name of Coumadin or Warfarin. It’s a very beneficial drug, because it prevents drug clots for those who have the heart condition called AFib. However, it can also be a very dangerous drug if not monitored properly. So, if you are on Coumadin or Warfarin, a doctor has to be monitoring that drug and your blood levels; meaning how thin or how thick your blood is in order to make sure that that drug is therapeutic. Otherwise there’s a big risk of you bleeding. And what I mean by that is, certainly if you fall and hit your head, you could have a brain bleed. But also just bleeding on its own. Again, a very dangerous drug but a very helpful drug that has to be monitored.
Another example that I saw in my own practice, had to do with a drug allergy. So in one specific type of case, a client of mine had to have some surgery. And she had an allergy to a specific class of drugs of anesthesia. She goes into the surgery, the drug allergy is in the system, but the anesthesiologist didn’t take the time to look at her drug allergy history. Gave her the drug. She had an anaphylactic reaction, anaphylactic shock. Oxygen was cut off to her brain and she suffered a brain injury as a result.
Folks, medication and prescription errors are very scary. And if you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death as a result of a medication or prescription error, please give us a call.
Folks, Allen Tittle here- Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer. Another type of case that we see from time to time are surgical errors. Folks, there are simple rules that a doctor must follow when performing surgery. The most basic rule is that he or she must only cut when they know what they’re cutting! Unfortunately, that does not always happen. For example, I’ve had a case where an individual had to go in for gallbladder surgery. Unfortunately, the doctor cut through the wrong things- in this circumstance, something called the common bile duct, and rendered permanent, catastrophic injury to that patient because then that condition wasn’t discovered right away. Other types of things is the obvious, operating on the old body part. You go in for left knee surgery and they accidentally amputate your right. That happens more common than you think! But also, simple things like leaving instruments or sponges behind in the body after surgery. Folks, if you or a loved one has suffered medical malpractice as a result of a surgical error, please give me a call or visit my website today. Thank you, take care!
Allen Tittle, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer. I’ve discussed in the past that the third leading cause of death in America is Medical Malpractice. Let me repeat that. Right behind heart disease and cancer, the third leading cause of death is medical malpractice. This has to change. The most common types of medical malpractice that we see here in the office, and also, fortunately, studies have been done to show us what the most common medical malpractice claims are. In 2017, here in Ohio, 34% of medical malpractice claims had to do with Misdiagnosis, 24% had to do with surgical mistakes, 18% treatment mistakes, 10% birth injuries, 4% medication errors, 4% patient monitoring issues, and 6% other. Something has to be done to ensure that preventable deaths do not occur as a result of medical malpractice. One of the only ways that we can do that is through medical malpractice lawsuits. You folks that sit in that jury are the conscious of this community. If you or a loved one, or your father, your mother, husband, wife, feel that you are a victim of medical malpractice, please visit our website, give us a call, download our free E-Book. We have to do something to change this, and it starts with you. Take care.
Hey folks, Allen Tittle Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice lawyer here again. Another question we get is what is the statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims here in Ohio. The short answer is only one year, and so you have one year from the date of the malpractice to bring the lawsuit. Now there are some exceptions, the exceptions are its it can be one year from the date of when you discovered the medical malpractice, but you got to be careful with that exception. Because what the courts have said is that it’s not one year from when you actually discovered it but it’s one year from when you should have discovered it. The other exception is the termination of the physician-patient relationship relating to the condition that’s at issue. Say your doctor botched your surgery leading to your leg being amputated, then that doctor continued to treat you for that same condition aftercare, the follow-ups relating to that amputated leg. The one-year clock would start to tick when the doctor no longer treated you for that condition or your physician patient relationship was terminated. So I hope that answered your question about what is the statute of limitations here in Ohio. If you have any further questions please feel free to take a look at our website or give us a call. Thank you.
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice lawyer. One question that we get from time to time here in the office and also during jury selection and a trial is, what is the difference between medical malpractice and medical negligence? The truth is they’re one of the same, there is no difference. This means that in order to be successful in a medical malpractice case, we have to show that the medical professional did not act as a reasonable prudent provider would under the same or similar circumstances. In other words did that medical professional break the rules that they must follow. If you feel that you have suffered an injury or a loved one to suffered an injury as a result of a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist, breaking the rules, please give us a call or visit our website. I hope that provided some more information on the difference or lack thereof of medical malpractice and medical negligence. Take care.
“Allen Tittle here, Cleveland Medical Malpractice Lawyer. One of the most common questions we get is, “Allen, how do I know how to choose the best medical malpractice lawyer in Cleveland?” or “How do I know how to choose the top medical malpractice lawyer in the state of Ohio?” Well, first of all, there’s a few things that I would look for. But before I get into that, you need to know that, per our ethical rules, we cannot say that we specialize in medical malpractice. However, as a consumer, the first thing that I’d want to know is, as a lawyer, what is your focus? In other words, what is your practice focused on? Are you doing a divorce one day, a DUI the next, and then the third a personal injury case? OR, is your focus, in terms of your practice, on personal injury and medical malpractice cases? If it is, then that would be the first thing I would check off. The second thing I would ask is, “Have you actually went to trial in medical malpractice cases?” These cases rarely go to trial, but oftentimes, in order to hold that doctor or that hospital accountable, you need to hold their feet to the fire and go to a jury. So the second thing I would ask, “Have you actually tried medical malpractice cases?” The third thing that I would look for is, “Do you actually keep up with the latest trends of practice?” So, in other words, do you just sit back, you don’t learn the new tricks, OR are you innovative in your practice? Are you innovated in prosecuting these medical malpractice cases? Things like electronic medical records, audit trails, these things are always changing. You need to be up on the latest trends in medicine in order to successfully prosecute medical malpractice cases. And finally, I would take a look at past client reviews. Are former clients of that lawyer happy with what they got? And if they are, the next step is simply, do you connect with that lawyer? If you are going to hire a lawyer to prosecute a claim for the death of your wife, the death of your mother, you better feel comfortable with that person. I hope that gave some guidance on how to choose the best medical malpractice lawyer for you and your family. If you have any other questions, please visit our website or give us a call, (216)-230-7131. I’m Allen Tittle, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer. Take Care!”
Hey folks, Allen tittle here, Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice lawyer. Another question that we get time to time is, Allen how do you prove a medical malpractice case, how do you win these things? Well the answer is we first have to get doctors to come in and testify on our own behalf, so it could be one doctor, it could be a number of doctors. The other thing that we look at is medical literature, textbooks, guidelines, anything that we can get our hands on that is peer reviewed by other doctors. We use that to try to formulate what is the standard of care that doctors must follow, in other words what do doctors have to do in order to follow the rules that every single other doctor must follow. Once we have that established we’re able to determine whether or not the care in question followed those rules, and if not we’re able to prove the malpractice through the literature and also through our own experts. I hope that answered the question of how do you prove a medical malpractice case. If you have any further questions please visit our website or give us a call. Take care.
Hey folks, Allen Tittle here again Cleveland’s Medical Malpractice lawyer. Another question that we get from time to time is when do you file a medical malpractice lawsuit? That’s not an easy question to answer but what I’d like to sort of tell you folks is what our case criteria is for us to accept your case. So we get a lot of calls every single day, and we probably only accept two to three percent of the calls that we take. In order for our law firm to take your case one of the following things must have occurred: Unfortunately a loved one had passed away some type of paralysis, a loss of a limb, a brain injury, or some other type of catastrophic injury, such as leaving a surgical instrument in your body for a long period of time, that’s the best way that I can sort of answer is when should you file a medical malpractice lawsuit. So if you or a loved one have suffered any of those terrible things please give us a call or take a look at our website. Take care.