Surgical Fire Burns

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Surgical Fires Cause Severe Burns

Surgical fires are fires that occur in, on or around a patient undergoing a medical or surgical procedure. Surgical fires are rare but very serious events.  These events happen some of the time and can leave a patient with serious burns, or even cause death.

The ECRI Institute estimates that approximately 550 to 600 surgical fires occur each year. The fire can usually happen because of the anesthesiologist using tools to administer anesthesia that become very hot and start a fire from overheating. Miscommunication between the surgical team will cause these types of mistakes. In the medical field it is important to follow all steps but mistakes will happen and someone needs to be held accountable for their actions.

Most of the time surgical fires can be prevented if all the steps are correctly followed by the hospital staff.  It is a team effort and everyone is responsible for a particular task. The CRNAs are to monitor at all times the potential hazards that cause and start surgical fires. Each staff is equipped with safety rules to also follow in case of a fire and are trained in how to extinguish and properly shut down fires. There should be no reason for an innocent patient to be involved in or harmed by this life-threatening situation.

If you or a loved one has been involved in one of these fires Call Me! I’ll be there for you and I’ll Make Them Pay!® Call Me Tim Misny right away at 1.877.944.4373. I’ll Answer any questions you may have and I’ll be there for you! I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. 

Filing A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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Everyone having a major operation may be concerned for the outcome after it is done. For most it can go smoothly and be very rewarding, but for others, the operation could cost you your life or leave you with a disability that will affect you for your remaining years. A patient who suffers through a failed surgery, or a surgery with less than satisfactory results, is often tempted to take legal action. This is a common action given the circumstances caused by the surgery. However, cases as unfortunate as they are, there are only some cases that have the ability for us to take legal action.

Taking Legal Action

To pursue a doctor for malpractice due to a failed surgery, you must prove that the doctor failed to provide standard care that most other doctors are likely to execute during the same surgery. This means that no other reasonable doctor, in a similar situation, would have done the same as what your doctor did. This will be hard to prove, but you can also sue for a unnecessary act of surgery that did not need to be done.

Reasonable Standard of Care

The statement made that a surgery, such as a hysterectomy or reconstructive surgery, was failed, by itself, is not enough to pursue a failed surgery case. It is common that no medical procedure has a guarantee for success and involves certain risks, which makes the law focus more on a doctor’s conduct rather than just medical results.

In medicine there are many different ways to fix or solve a common problem among most injuries resulting from surgery but also there are certain ways other doctors may approach the problem. Therefore, it does not matter if one doctor would have done something different than another. What is important is know whether your doctor’s way of conducting the problem was below the standard of care.

Contacting Me As A Lawyer

If you feel you have been a victim of Medical Malpractice, you need to Call Me Tim Misny right away at 1.877.944.4373. I’ll Answer any questions you may have and I’ll be there for you! I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. 

 

Back Surgery Malpractice

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Why We Don’t Pursue Back Surgeries

Every day hospitals preform many different types of surgeries. Out of every type of surgery there is, one really stands out. Back Surgery. Having back surgery involves a lot of associated risks that can be caused by the surgery itself. As a patient getting back surgery you must be aware of possible risks that come with it. Our office does not pursue this because of all those associated risks. 

Risks Of Back Surgery

  • Reaction to anesthesia or other drugs.
  • Bleeding.
  • Infection.
  • Blood clots, for instance in your legs or lungs.
  • Heart attack.
  • Stroke.
  • Herniated disc.
  • Nerve damage, which can lead to weakness, paralysis, pain, sexual dysfunction, or loss of bowel of bladder control.

Unfortunately this happens to many people after receiving a major surgery like this. This leaves most people helpless and feeling like there is nothing to be done. Most people mistake these risks as being caused by the doctor, so they try to file a claim on them. This is not the case and because they are pre- associated risks of back surgery there is nothing for me as an attorney to pursue.

Have you suffered another type of injury or disability due to surgery malpractice and have decided to take action? Does a family member need help filing medical negligence claims? Contact my offices immediately.

I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!® 877.944.4373

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. 

 

 

Cleveland Hospital Reports Potential Damage to Embryos and Eggs

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Disaster at Cleveland Hospital – May Have Damaged more than 2,000 Embryos and Eggs

Currently at the Cleveland University Hospital Fertility Center, a liquid nitrogen tank began to thaw containing more than 2,000 eggs and embryos. This center is responsible for thousands of births for families with little to no chance of having kids on their own. “It’s devastating, it’s absolutely devastating,” stated Patti DePompei, President of University Hospital MacDonald Women’s Hospital and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Employees are stating that they do not know the reasons yet for this mishap, just that one of the tanks just started to heat up randomly. The temperature increase of the tank could have caused damage to the 2,000 eggs and embryos inside that belonged to over 500 patients. The tanks are equipped with multiple sensors that are supposed to alarm when the tank starts to heat up, but the hospital is unsure whether the mishap was a mechanical or human failure.

“Some of the eggs and embryos that were stored date back decades and people move, their addresses change, but we’ve made our best attempts to track down everyone that we can,” DePompei said. There is a call center available to answer questions and set up appointments. The number is 216-286-9740.

What we don’t know:

  • How the thaw happened.
  • How many eggs and embryos were affected due to the thaw and are no longer viable, because they cannot be refrozen.
  • The cost to fix it. Procedure fees may affect patients for future treatments.
  • The financial impact on patients, fertility cost $10,000

It is a shame for anything like this to happen, and for anyone to ever have to go through this. If you have been affected call me, I will be there for you and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

 

Brain Surgery on Wrong Patient

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Brain Surgery on the Wrong Patient

Every day hundreds of patients go in and out of hospitals to get treatment they need, and every day patients go in for surgeries commonly preformed thousands of times on different people. However, what happens when someone goes in for a surgery and the doctors mistake them for someone else?

After a brain surgery was done on the wrong person, an associate at a Kenyan hospital is being victimized and blamed for the surgery, rather than the hospital taking blame for their systematic failures and wrong labeling. This certain hospital has had hundreds of medical professionals walk off the job after demanding change in the way the hospital is ran.

On Monday, the Daily newspaper said 700 workers left the Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi claiming unfair treatment of the staff. People are claiming the only person being punished for the surgery is the one who supervised it, instead of the hospital being at fault. Due to the strike, the person who performed the surgery, several junior members of the surgery team including the staff who mixed up the labels and a couple administrators have all been suspended and it is under further investigation.

Although the hospital has said that both patients are fine and okay with what has happened, but the strikers are still outraged and continue to share their voice and have taken upon social media platforms to get the word across.

How refreshing it is to see a hospital policing itself, if there was more of that in the United States, then 250,000 people would not die each year as a result of medical errors, etc. I think this should be heard and mistakes like that should never happen, especially in the medical field.

Have you suffered an injury or disability due to surgery malpractice and decided to take action? Does a family member need help filing medical negligence claims?

If you have been the victim of negligent or unsafe medical practices, call me today at 1-800-55-MISNY and we’ll discuss your case.

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

MEDICAL DEVICE GIVES WOMEN CANCER

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MEDICAL DEVICE GIVES WOMEN CANCER

A company known as Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division created and distributed power morcellator devices, which were recently pulled from the market. This was due to a claim by the FDA stating that the device can spread cancer. This specific device has been under investigation by the FBI to discover the underlying problem and how it spreads cancer amongst women.

The device, known as a laparoscopic power morcellator, is used by surgeons to perform hysterectomy procedures or use for the removal of uterine fibroids. The morcellator grinds up tissue so it can be removed. The problem with the device is for women who have undiscovered uterine sarcoma cancer, it would then spread the cancerous tissue among the body, effectively making the cancer worse.

The FDA has issued several warnings since 2014 about the device and its cancerous effects amongst women, stating how it worsens the chance of survival for every case. Although the device was taken off of the market, there are companies that still make it available for doctors to use. Although this device is still out there, I feel we must understand the risk and effects of it to protect ourselves.

If you or a loved one were victimized by this device, call me, I’ll be there for you and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Dangers Of Surgery Centers

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The Dangers Of Surgery Centers

New information currently released by CBS this morning informed us about the dangers of surgery centers and what has lead to multiple deaths across the United States. The centers are non-hospital facilities that perform major surgeries and have killed over 260 people since 2013. Although these centers might be cheaper and perform daily routine surgeries like a hospital, it does not mean they are always safer and that everyone should utilize them.

Two parents who lost their 10-year old son during a routine tonsillectomy in 2016 due to a medical mishap, have led the charge in investigation of these facilities.

It was discovered that there are over FIVE thousand surgery centers in 2018.  In fact, there are more surgery centers then there are medical hospitals. This makes it more convenient for patients to get surgery done because of a cheaper price.

SOME ROUTINE SURGERIES:

  • Colonoscopies
  • Tonsillectomy’s
  • Complex Spine Surgery

Although many of these types of surgeries performed in these centers do go as planned, there are patients with preexisting conditions that are not fit to be operated on, but still are. The centers claim that they are not responsible for any death that may result from these surgeries and have not been held liable. I encourage everyone to go an established medical hospital when seeking medical attention due to the responsibility of the trained professionals at facilities. Don’t spend less money to take a chance with your life.

Have you suffered an injury or disability due to surgery malpractice and decided to take action? Does a family member need help filing medical negligence claims? Contact my offices immediately.

I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.

Anesthesia Errors and Deaths

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Are You A Victim? –  Anesthesia

Medical Errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States every year. With at least 250,000 deaths, a very small percentage of those happen to be from the misuse of Anesthesia. Before a surgery you may be instructed on what is going to happen. A famous line you may hear is “Don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing.” This happens to be the use of different types of drugs to numb the body, giving patients a high pain tolerance so they can proceed with the surgery. Although many may feel as if this is the best thing, it is also very dangerous if given by the wrong medical professional.

With thousands of registered hospitals across the U.S. and their workers, there is not a doubt in my mind that mistakes happen every day and this type of medical malpractice shouldn’t affect hardworking Americans just like you. You shouldn’t have to be a victim and suffer from someone else’s mistake.

INJURIES ASSOCIATED WITH ANESTHESIA MISTAKES INCLUDE:

  • Blurred vision
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Loss of heart function
  • Death
  • Tracheal damage
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Brain damage
  • Anesthesia awareness (when the patient is still feels the pain of procedure but is unable to move or communicate)

Did you or a loved one suffer any of the injuries listed above? If so I will help you understand your rights, get the answers you need, and the compensation you deserve. As your Ohio Medical Malpractice Lawyer, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at tmisny@misnylaw.com or call at 877.944.4373.

 

 

Maternal Death During Childbirth in the US

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When a mother gives birth a new child, we all want the baby to be delivered without any birth injury or complications. We also want the mother to be healthy. Unfortunately, the United States ranks among the worst for maternal morbidity among developed countries. That is a scary fact, and new mothers and medical professionals should do everything they can to assure the health and safety of not only babies, but mom’s well being too.

It has been statistically shown that proper prenatal care decreases the chance of birth injury to the infant and decreases the chance of maternal death. While there is less research and statistics on the effects of post-partum care, it is obvious that proper care for newly delivered mothers will increase their chances of a speedy recovery and safer future pregnancies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 50,000 of those women experience life threatening or physically damaging complications immediately before, during, and after childbirth.

  • These complications can not only be physical injuries, but also can affect the mother’s financial stability. These complications are not as rare as is commonly perceived. Dangerous complications to mother and baby occur in over 1% of live births.

Some of these complications can not only affect the health of the mother, but future generations. Moms should be happy and healthy to raise happy and healthy infants. Sometimes complications can arise that result in the mom not being able to birth more children.

Complications seemed to have risen in the United States for women giving birth. This has results in turn, with an increase of women being intubated before and after being delivered of children and an over 60% increase in emergency hysterectomies over the last 30 years.

Part of what is causing serious complication in recently delivered mothers is the care, or lack thereof, provided after a pregnancy with serious or life-threatening complications. Sometimes when emergency procedures are done, the lack of follow up care can further exasperate the medical issue, or delay the physical healing process.

  • Moms should take care of their health, go to follow up appointments, and be sure to listen to their bodies and instincts if something may be wrong.
  • Many new moms report that medical professionals don’t always take their self-reported symptoms seriously.

Infants and children thrive when they have a healthy parent to raise them. Women should take care of their own health needs after giving birth, and we need medical professionals to do everything they can for these women.

Have you suffered an injury or disability due to medical malpractice and decided to take action? Does a family member need help filing medical negligence or birth injury claims? Contact my offices immediately at 877.944.4373.

I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities

Summary: We discuss the importance for proper prenatal and post-partum medical care for women who have given birth. This is important to reduce birth injury to the infant and long term damage to maternal health.

Author: Tim Misny

Traumatic Birth Injury

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The Reality of a Traumatic Birth 

A traumatic birth can be incredibly difficult to process, heal and ultimately recover from, both physically and emotionally.  Childbirth is so often depicted as a picturesque fairy tale, with the media portraying very little that resembles reality. If you talk to any parent, and for obvious reasons mothers in particular, TV depiction is often a far cry from the actual experience!

A birth experience that causes extreme stress, injury or emotional toll is more common than many think. It is estimated by PATTCH, Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth, that between 25-35% of women report a traumatic birth experience. In any birth in which the mother or child’s health or life becomes endangered, a spectrum of emotional and physical outcomes are possible.

What Constitutes a Traumatic Birth

Often used as a general descriptor for any difficult birth or birth injury, a traumatic birth is widely defined as any birth in which the mother or the child’s life became endangered. From unforeseen medical conditions to difficulty for either mother or baby during or after the delivery process, these close-to-tragic scenarios cover a plethora of issues.

While injuries or medical mistakes are often easily categorized, birth trauma can be different from one mother to another. A traumatic birth for one individual may not produce the same reaction in a second mother experiencing the same or similar scenario. Traumatic birth can be difficult to predict, given the intense emotional and physical demands that the birthing process already has.

For many, there are a few common denominators to a traumatic birth;

  • Extreme pain
  • Emergency deliveries
  • Un-planned or emergency C Sections
  • Lack of pain relief
  • Long and/or painful labor
  • Feelings of shame or loss of dignity
  • Stillbirth or birth injury
  • Complications like hemorrhaging or tearing
  • Safety concerns
  • Staff concerns

The Dangers of Traumatic Births

In addition to the immediate threat of life to a mother or child during the birthing process, traumatic births have residual impact that must be tended to appropriately.  The impact of a traumatic birth can take an incredible physical and/or emotional toll, and proper care and support is essential for healthy treatment and recovery.

For many that have experienced a traumatic birth, common symptoms include;

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anger and irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Social anxiety and avoidance
  • Detachment
  • Nightmares and flashbacks

In extreme cases of traumatic birth, PTSD diagnosis is seen in about 1.5-9% of all reported incidents.

If you or someone you love experienced a complicated and traumatic birth, it is important to seek and/or provide the proper support and assistance to aid in the healing process.  If your medical professional or medical negligence contributed to a traumatic birthing experience, you may contact my offices immediately.

I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 877.944.4373.