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Can I sue the military if a military OB/GYN injures by baby?

Can I sue the military if a military OB/GYN injures my baby? Traditionally, it has been very difficult to sue the military for injuries suffered while on active duty, even if those injuries were caused by negligence of military doctors.  In 1946, Congress enacted the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) which makes it almost impossible [...]

AARP publishes list of Health Care Mistakes

  According to AARP, 250,000 deaths a year were caused by health care mistakes in America.  That would make health care mistakes the third leading cause of death in the United States.  AARP published a list of the “Dirty Dozen,” 12 Sources Of Harm That Plague the American Health System.  The first, and most common [...]

Doctors Ignore Electronic Warnings

Doctors ignore electronic warnings   Electronic medical records are becoming the norm in all medical facilities.  These records are helpful because they standardize information between medical providers.  They also come with built-in warnings to alert doctors when there is a potential problem.  The warnings might be because certain drugs entered into the record may have [...]

Distracted Doctoring Increases Patient Risk

In the last few years, we have all heard of the dangers of “distracted driving.”  We know that the brain cannot effectively multi-task, and that driving while texting or viewing things on your phone can be deadly.  What you might not know, however, is that the problem of becoming distracted by your cell phone has [...]

Breast Cancer Detection and Malpractice

  The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling invalidating patents that a company had obtained on the human genes BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.  These two genes are basically associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risks.  The company that had obtained the patents was called Myriad.  They were attempting to stop other laboratories [...]

Cervical Cancer Misdiagnosed 30 Times

I read a tragic story today about a British woman who recently died after doctors missed 30 chances to diagnose her cervical cancer.  Jeannine Harvey was a 33 year-old mother of 4 who died as a result of cervical cancer.  She died more than eight months after blood tests revealed health concerns.  She first complained [...]

12 Million Misdiagnosis Mistakes Every Year

At The O’Keefe Firm, we have spent many years dealing with misdiagnosis mistakes.  These are mistakes made by doctors and other health care professionals in deciding what is wrong with a patient.  A very common situation is when a doctor misses signs of an injury or disease.  We see this often with failure to diagnose [...]

8th Grader Declared Brain Dead after alleged Surgical Error

You might have seen the tragic story of Jahi McMath on the news recently.  Jahi is a 13-year old girl who went to Children’s Hospital Oakland for a routine tonsillectomy.  Shortly after the surgery, she was pronounced brain dead.  The family’s uncle has stated that the family believes there was a surgical error that led [...]

Can I sue my doctor?

One of the most common questions I get asked is “ Can I sue my doctor ?”  The answer can sometimes be complicated.  Under Ohio law, there are many standards that must be met before someone can sue their doctor, nurse or hospital.  The entire subject of suing a health care provider is often referred [...]

VA Malpractice Tab

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by the news team at WHIO, our local CBS affiliate.  Over a period of several months, reporters from WHIO worked with reporters from the Dayton Daily News to investigate medical malpractice at hospitals administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  We spoke on camera for nearly an [...]