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The Dangers of Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is a deadly habit.  Research has shown that texting while driving is a distraction that is responsible for tragic accidents all over the country.  I came across the following information on the Ohio BMV website and wanted to share it with you.  This is an important topic.  I urge you to discuss [...]

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 [...]

The Effect of Tort Reform on Emergency Room Department Care

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine reminds us that Tort Reform does not lower health care costs.  Many people believe that the fear of malpractice lawsuits drive physicians to order otherwise unnecessary care and that their legal reforms can reduce such wasteful spending.  They argue that this causes defensive practice of [...]

Pressure Ulcers in Nursing Homes

Each year, thousands of nursing home residents needlessly suffer from pressure ulcers.  A pressure ulcer is an injury to the skin caused by unrelieved pressure that results in damage to the underlying tissue.  They are often referred to as bedsores, decubitus ulcers, or pressure sores.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that [...]

Driver in Tracy Morgan Trucking Accident had Not Slept

You might have read the sad news from the entertainment world recently about the trucking accident that killed a comedian and injured TV star Tracy Morgan.  According to news reports, Morgan had hired a driver and a limo bus to take himself and some fellow comedians home from a show in Delaware.  Kevin Roper was [...]

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 [...]

Why Courtrooms are Open to the Public

I was recently asked why courtrooms are open to the public. I’m not sure how many people know this, but anyone can go right into any courtroom and watch a trial. The reason for this is because the cases that are decided here affect the safety and well-being of everyone in the community. So when an insurance [...]

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 [...]

Should I give a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Adjuster?

     Very shortly after you have been involved in an automobile, motorcycle or truck accident, you will probably receive a call from an insurance adjuster.  The adjuster is an employee of the insurance company that represents the other driver.  They are usually very friendly and will want to discuss the accident with you.  They will [...]