Is It A Medical Malpractice Case? Get Answers From An Attorney

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 8, 2020 2:02:14 PM

People often call our office wanting to know if their case meets the elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit. This can be a tricky question, but one which our attorneys at Lowe Eklund Wakefield take the time to look into in earnest with each call.

There are several key components that are required for a law firm or attorney to accept a medical malpractice case. These include the following:

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Ten interesting statistics about medical malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 4, 2019 9:15:00 AM

Medical malpractice deaths are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States, according to a set of statistics published by Rosenbaum and Associates, an injury and medical malpractice firm in Philadelphia. The statistics include information sourced from peer-reviewed studies, physician surveys, and information retrieved from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a government database of all medical malpractice reports and payments.

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What is a catastrophic injury in personal injury law?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Oct 4, 2019 11:39:58 AM

In the world of personal injury, terms such as soft tissue injury, skeletal injury, loss of use, and catastrophic injury (just to name a few) are used to broadly describe the extent of the injury a victim suffered because of an accident. With some injuries, a victim can recover in weeks or months of medical treatment. But with more serious injuries, like catastrophic injuries, the impact is permanent and can alter a person's quality of life.

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Medical Malpractice FAQs

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jan 5, 2019 11:01:14 AM

Medical malpractice affects hundreds of thousands of patients and families every year.  If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is.  Despite all of the advances in medical science and technology, a few key factors continue to cause significant risks to patients.

With so many instances of medical malpractice, medical lawsuits remain a significant portion of Ohio civil lawsuits.  As one of Ohio’s leading medical injury law firms, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA represents numerous clients and families injured by medical or surgical malpractice. 

Medical malpractice clients typically ask a similar set of questions regarding medical malpractice claims.  For that reason, the following article offers a high-level overview of medical malpractice claims under Ohio law.  But remember: because every case is different, any suspicion of medical malpractice should be brought to the attention of a qualified attorney.

If you suspect you or a family member were injured by medical malpractice, call or email Lowe Eklund’s lawyers for a free consultation regarding your claims.  Otherwise, read on below to learn about the basics of Ohio medical malpractice law.

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Diagnosis, Treatment, and Post-Treatment: Medical Malpractice at All Stages of Patient Care

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 24, 2018 8:08:00 PM

Medical malpractice may become apparent during diagnosis, treatment, and even years after treatment occurred.  Depending on when errors occur and when they are discovered, your medical malpractice lawsuit may involve varied and complex legal issues.

Below is a review of how the stage at which malpractice occurs or becomes apparent may affect your case.  Before continuing, though, it should be stressed that anyone who has been injured as the result of medical malpractice in Ohio should consult an experienced malpractice attorney as soon as possible.  Having an attorney like those of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA representing you and your family can both limit your stress and improve your chance to recover the compensation you deserve.

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Ohio Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 10, 2018 6:17:00 PM

Ever since hospital and insurance lobbyists successfully limited injured patients’ rights in the early 2000s, Ohioans and families have had a much harder time holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their negligence.

But personal injury attorneys like the team at Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA have not given up the fight.  Medical malpractice verdicts and settlements can still be obtained under Ohio law, and our dedicated malpractice lawyers continue to help injured patients and their families get the compensation they deserve.

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How Medical Malpractice Causes Cerebral Palsy

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 9, 2018 4:09:23 PM

Expectant mothers and growing families never expect their medical treatment to lead to a newborn developing cerebral palsy.  Unfortunately, malpractice both before and during childbirth can cause this life-altering condition.

While cerebral palsy can develop in infants and children independent of medical malpractice, a diagnosis of infant cerebral palsy should raise red flags that malpractice may have occurred.  Parents of infants with cerebral palsy should consult with an experienced medical malpractice or birth injury lawyer to determine if negligence or hospital error may have caused their child’s injury or condition.

Cleveland, Ohio’s leading personal injury firm, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, is proud to help the children and families whose lives are affected by cerebral palsy.  For more information about medical malpractice and cerebral palsy, continue reading below or contact us today for a free consultation regarding your potential claims.

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Medical Malpractice in the Emergency Room

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Sep 7, 2018 4:59:58 PM

When you or your loved one suffer an injury or medical emergency, you rely on emergency room doctors and staff to provide fast, adequate treatment. Unfortunately, medical malpractice in the emergency room happens all too often.

Undue delays, medical errors, and doctor or hospital negligence can end in tragedy.  Having helped countless individuals and families harmed by medical malpractice, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s attorneys have seen the damage that negligent medical care can cause.

If you or your family member received suffered injury or wrongful death in the ER and you believe malpractice is the cause, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.  The personal, emotional, and financial hardship that results from malpractice can seem insurmountable, but an experienced attorney can fight for you and help you find justice.

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Brain Trauma Caused by Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 30, 2018 5:57:00 PM

We trust hospitals and doctors with our lives.  When providing proper care, their decisions have the power to heal and to save.  But when they ignore their duty and act negligently, the consequences can be disastrous—even fatal.

Medical malpractice is a major cause of brain trauma, including both direct injuries and injuries occurring through blood and oxygen deprivation.  Injuries can be attributed to the negligence of doctors, surgeons, supporting staff, and even facility administrators and policies. 

If you or your loved one suffer brain trauma or other injury as the result of negligent medical treatment, you need the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.  Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s team of injury lawyers can help you and your family hold dangerous and negligent medical professionals responsible.

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Mothers’ Birth Injuries: A Medical Malpractice Report

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 17, 2018 4:50:41 PM

It hardly needs stating that birth injuries, whether to mother or child, can cause tremendous suffering to the victims and their families.  Over decades of law practice, Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s medical malpractice lawyers have rarely dealt with more emotionally trying and heartbreaking injuries than those related to childbirth.

When medical malpractice turns a sacred, life affirming experience into something painful or tragic, families are torn apart.  Yet careless hospitals and medical professionals continue to put lives at risk by failing to take the reasonable steps necessary to ensure the safety of infants and mothers.

Now, a new investigation by USA TODAY is shedding even more light on the severe and substantial risk of birth injuries to mothers as the result of dangerous and deadly medical malpractice.

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Birth Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 10, 2018 4:25:08 PM

A birth injury to either infant or mother can turn a blessed day into tragedy for victims and their families.  In Cleveland, Ohio, and throughout the nation, birth injuries continue to plague innocent families and all too often medical malpractice is to blame.

While it may be impossible to stop malpractice, those injured by careless medical professionals can fight back.  If you, your child, or your loved one suffered injury during or following birth, you may be entitled to hold the negligent hospitals and doctors responsible in court.

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How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Spinal Cord Injury

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 23, 2018 7:20:00 PM

A spinal cord injury is among the worst injuries that anyone can suffer.  Those who sustain spinal cord injury will, at best, struggle with impaired feeling and function of a portion of their body.  At worst, injury can result in total paralysis and require permanent, round-the-clock care.

When spinal cord injuries occur under the care or treatment of medical professionals and facilities, the news of the injury is all the more devastating.  Something like a betrayal, when we or our loved ones put ourselves under hospital or medical care we expect to be safe.  Yet medical negligence can and does cause spinal cord injury to unsuspecting patients each year.

If you or your family member suffer a spinal cord injury as the result of poor medical care or treatment, an Ohio medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you.

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Who is Liable for Defective Medical Device Injuries?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 20, 2018 5:42:00 PM

Last year, the FDA issued more than 3,000 recalls of defective medical devices.  Dozens of the recalled devices were Class I recalls, reserved for defective medical products that pose a reasonable likelihood of causing serious injury or wrongful death.

With this many known defective and dangerous devices on the market, it is easy to understand why personal injury attorneys continue to represent countless individuals harmed by these dangerous products.  What may not be so easy to understand is just who is liable for your injuries. 

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Hospital Mistakes: When Are They Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jul 18, 2018 6:03:00 PM

Hospital mistakes happen all the time.  For the lucky ones, hospital mistakes do not result in injury or illness.  But for thousands of patients each year, hospital mistakes cause serious and even fatal injuries and complications.

Not every mistake that happens in a hospital amounts to medical malpractice.  Some mistakes do not involve medical treatment, some do not amount to a breach of the appropriate level of care, and some do not result in injuries.  So how do you know when you should contact an attorney?

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Prescription Errors in Ohio Hospitals

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 11, 2018 7:44:35 AM

Like all medical malpractice, prescription errors occur far more frequently than most people think.  When hospitals policies or hospital staff do not put the focus on appropriate and safe patient care, mistakes are made and patients suffer the consequences.  And, since thousands of prescription errors occur in U.S. hospitals each year, the consequences to patients are widespread and dangerous.

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Brain Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 29, 2018 9:29:13 PM

A brain injury is among the most severe and devastating types of personal injuries.  Known to cause comas, vegetative states, and even wrongful death, brain injuries impact victims and their families physically, emotionally, and financially.  Motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, falling objects, or defective products can all cause brain injuries.  But injuries to the brain also frequently occur as the result of medical or surgical malpractice. 

If you or your loved one suffered a brain injury as the result of a negligent physician or hospital, you need an experienced medical malpractice law firm like Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA to help you fight for justice.  Brain injuries can burden families with heavy personal and financial losses, and you have the right to pursue compensation from those liable for your loved one’s injuries.

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Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 24, 2018 6:15:00 PM

When we leave our loved ones in the care of hospitals and doctors, we literally trust these medical professionals with the lives of our family and friends.  We count on them to provide those we love with competent and attentive care.  So when a loved one is injured or suffers wrongful death caused by medical malpractice, the emotional and personal devastation can be unfathomable.

The lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA are dedicated to helping those who have lost a loved one because of medical errors and hospital carelessness.  Families of the victims of wrongful death have a right to pursue justice for their loss, for their pain, and to show the increasingly profit focused healthcare industry that patients will not tolerate shoddy and negligent care.

How Does Malpractice Cause Wrongful Death?

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Case Evaluation of Medical Malpractice Claims

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 13, 2018 11:08:45 PM

The case evaluation process for medical malpractice claims can be different than the process for evaluating other types of injury claims.  This is in part due to the nature of medical malpractice laws and in part due to unique nature of pursuing medical negligence claims.

Relying on an experienced medical malpractice attorney, like those of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, can help you better understand whether taking legal action in your particular circumstances is the right move for you.  Here are a few things to know before calling for your free case evaluation.

Medical Malpractice Occurs Frequently

Medical errors occurs frequently.  According to Forbes, medical errors are responsible for literally hundreds of thousands of deaths each year.  The corresponding rate of medical errors that cause or exacerbate non-fatal injuries and illnesses can be assumed to be astronomically high.  In short, medical errors happen all the time.

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Surgical Error in Ohio

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 28, 2018 9:33:07 PM

Surgical error can result in a media frenzy and big headlines.  Stories about doctors operating on the wrong patient or amputating the wrong limb are astonishing to everyone.  After all, how could medical professionals make such terrible mistakes?

But the unfortunate truth is that surgeons, staff, and medical facilities do make mistakes.  All the time.  While most cases of surgical error are not as clear-cut as the headlines about incorrectly amputated legs, the very fact that errors of this magnitude can—and do—occur demonstrate that medical professionals are as capable as error as anyone else.

Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA’s medical malpractice attorneys have represented countless clients injured by surgical errors.  Whether a surgery is major or minor, errors and malpractice by medical professionals can have severe, long-lasting, and even permanent consequences.

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Is Failure to Diagnose Medical Malpractice?

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Apr 28, 2018 8:32:01 PM

A doctor’s failure to diagnose your illness or injury can have serious consequences.  Getting satisfactory and timely treatment is important to protect you from exacerbated symptoms, collateral health issues, and even death.

But is a failure to diagnose a condition actually medical malpractice in Ohio?

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Medical Malpractice in Ohio: The Basics

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Nov 30, 2017 10:23:36 PM

Medical malpractice in Ohio occurs rather frequently.  Unfortunately, many instances of medical malpractice go uninvestigated and unpursued.  If you or a loved one are injured and you suspect a medical professional or hospital is to blame, the most important thing you can do is contact a medical malpractice attorney.

Medical malpractice attorneys in Ohio can assist you from the moment an injury occurs until the resolution of your claims.  With the help of a legal professional, you can focus on your recovery and have the confidence of knowing a lawyer is fighting for your rights.

But what are your rights under Ohio law?  Below are some of the basic points of Ohio medical malpractice law that you can expect to discuss with your attorney.

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Medical Errors and Malpractice Injuries: How Medical Lawyers Can Help

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Aug 25, 2017 11:20:52 PM

It is no secret that the deck is stacked against patients injured by doctors and hospitals.  Large, powerful healthcare companies and their large, powerful malpractice insurers often care more about their profit margin than about the lives of those injured by medical errors and malpractice.

Fortunately for the innocent victims of medical malpractice, Ohio’s medical lawyers are empowered by law to help those injured by malpractice recover compensation for their injuries.  In fact, the lawyers of Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA have helped injured Ohioans collect millions of dollars in damages suffered as the result of medical and surgical malpractice.

While facing down an irresponsible or reckless healthcare professional or system can seem daunting, the right medical lawyers can help you stand up to businesses that so dangerously put profit ahead of health and safety.

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Protect the Rights of Injured Patients

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Jun 22, 2017 11:13:48 PM

A study published in 2016 estimated that approximately 250,000 deaths occur each year in the U.S. as the result of medical errors.  Despite this alarming statistic, medical malpractice claims continue to decrease, and injured patients and their families are left to cope with the aftermath of medical malpractice because of restrictive laws that limit patients’ rights.

In short, medical malpractice may be killing up to a quarter of a million Americans each year, and those responsible are getting away with it.  But injured patients and families still have rights under the law. 

If you or your family have been injured by a doctor or healthcare professional’s negligence, a medical malpractice lawyer may be your only chance to receive the just compensation you deserve.

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4 Types of Cases That Medical Malpractice Lawyers See Too Often

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on May 24, 2017 10:42:17 PM

Patients trust medical professionals with their lives.  Too often, though, hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare practitioners see patients as nothing more than profits.  This can lead to inattentive and careless treatment.  Worse, it can lead to injury or death due to medical malpractice.

At Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA, medical malpractice lawyers represent numerous clients who have been harmed due to medical and surgical negligence.  While the specifics of each case differ, the majority of injured patients who rely on Lowe Eklund’s experienced attorneys suffer as the result of just a few types of medical malpractice.

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Radiologist Errors and Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Mar 19, 2016 10:16:44 PM

The following post comes in response to a question from a non-lawyer. For those outside of the legal profession, understanding a medical malpractice lawsuit can be quite difficult. Sometimes even knowing what role medical professionals play in the treatment process can be hard to figure out, let alone navigating the legal system following a medical malpractice injury.

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Women Face High Risk of Misdiagnosed and Undiagnosed Heart Disease

Posted by Lowe Eklund Wakefield Co., LPA on Feb 2, 2016 9:58:22 PM

As part of American Heart Month, the American Heart Association has designated this Friday, February 5, 2016, as National Wear Red Day. Participants are encouraged to wear red clothes, makeup, jewelry, and anything else that might grab someone’s attention and lead to a discussion about the risks women face from heart disease and strokes.

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