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Curtis Fifner, Attorney at The Donahey Law Firm, Wins Medical Malpractice Case


(PRWEB) February 14, 2013

Columbus, Ohio: A routine procedure to break up a patient’s kidney stones with shock waves resulted in the destruction of one mans spleen. Attorney Curtis Fifner of The Donahey Law Firm took on the case (Franklin County Case Number 10 CV 014046) hoping to get his client fairly compensated for his pain and suffering.

The Donahey Law Firm of Columbus, Ohio, has attorneys who regularly represent individuals who have died or suffered extensive injuries resulting from negligence of a hospital, physician, nurse practitioner or other health care provider. Our client should not have had to file a lawsuit to make the doctor take responsibility for his actions, stated Fifner. A jury, therefore, made sure the doctor was held accountable for negligently causing these severe, permanent injuries.

The jury returned a verdict against the central Ohio urologist who performed the procedure and awarded 100% of what Fifner argued the damages were worth for his client. Ive never heard of another case in which a jury awarded 100% in a medical malpractice case, exclaimed Fifner. This is highly unusual.

The defense tried to argue that injuring a spleen during the procedure was an accepted, albeit unusual complication. Fifner remarked. We showed the jury that the only way this injury could have occurred was that the doctor shocked the spleen rather than the kidney stone he was attempting to hit. As proof, we showed the jury that the kidney stone closest to the spleen did not break up, but the spleen was severely damaged. Additionally, the pathology report from the spleen showed the shock waves directly contacted the spleen, and the defense could not refute this evidence.

Fifner further indicated that he would pursue pre-judgment interest in the case since an offer to settle was never made. While the jury made sure our client was compensated, at the end of the day, a dollar amount cant be placed on what he and his family have had to go through since the initial procedure.

The Donahey Law Firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Central Ohio. Established in 1968, their mission has always been to help injured people obtain fair compensation for their pain and suffering. Visit http://www.donaheylaw.com for more information.







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Popular Medical Tourism Portal, myMEDholiday.com, Expands Its Functionality by Adding RSS Feeds


Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) February 03, 2013

RSS, or Rich Site Summary, allows regular visitors to subscribe to their favorite websites and receive notifications whenever new information is published, making it easy to stay up-to-date without the inconvenience of manually inspecting multiple websites for fresh content. Instead, RSS feeds are sought out automatically and advertised in web users browsers as soon as they are available.

When asked about the most recent development to the myMEDholiday.com portal, one marketing representative at the company said, The RSS feeds will benefit readers who are interested in receiving newly-added information pertaining to any of our offerings, from medical treatments and providers abroad, to the best destinations for medical tourism, to new posts on our informative blog. Were excited about having the ability to reach our growing customer base in this way.

RSS feeds also benefit the websites themselves by allowing them to syndicate their content automatically. They can distribute lists of headlines, content updates and even detailed reports virtually in real time. The technology is common amongst blogs, news sites, and multimedia platforms, and increasingly with portals which maintain broad directories of service providers and contain important and dynamic data on serious topics like medical tourism, as myMEDholiday.com does.

They offer valuable information on everything from anti-aging treatment providers to a directory of the medical wellness spa business to clinics specializing in cancer treatment surgery, providing in-depth profiles of over 400 such facilities in Thailand, Singapore and India. The blog keeps readers up-to-date with the latest industry news and trends, offers advice on the top medical tourism destinations, and aims to establish a community for would-be medical travelers to submit inquiries and interact with the professionals operating the site.

About MyMEDHoliday:

myMEDHoliday.com is a comprehensive Medical Tourism portal and ratings site with offices in San Francisco, CA and Bangkok, Thailand. They provide direct access to detailed information about top medical and healthcare facilities around the world, giving patients the tools to locate, compare and contact medical travel or medical tourism providers quickly and conveniently. Their management team has over 15 years of experience with online travel and internet marketing, and has implemented a wide range of successful websites and e-marketing campaigns, and their aim is to work on behalf of patients and give them the information needed to make the right choices, while helping them find a safe, effective and cost-saving alternative for their health and medical needs.

To learn more visit – http://www.mymedholiday.com/







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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyer At Ginarte ODwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd Calls For Stronger Safeguards After New Surgical Error Study


Newark, NJ (PRWEB) February 02, 2013

Surgeons and other medical practitioners are making too many preventable errors in American hospitals that result in injuries and deaths, Joseph A. Ginarte, a medical malpractice attorney in New York and New Jersey, said today in response to a recently released report on the frequency of surgical errors.

Everyone makes mistakes. But a new study shows that surgeons are making preventable mistakes thousands of times each year, said Ginarte, founder of Ginarte ODwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, a medical malpractice and personal injury law firm. Surgeons and the medical profession as a whole must get serious about reducing medical errors to prevent the kind of injuries and deaths that ruin families lives.

Ginarte was referring to a study recently released by Johns Hopkins researchers that estimates surgeons make about 4,000 serious errors, referred to as never events, at least 4,000 times per year — 80,000 between 1990 and 2010. Never events are defined as occurrences for which there is universal professional agreement that they should never happen during surgery. Such events include operating on the wrong body part or leaving surgical tools inside a patients body.

The study, reported online in the journal Surgery, estimates that 39 times each week a doctor in the United States leaves a foreign object, such as a sponge or a towel, inside a patients body after surgery. The wrong procedure is performed on patients 20 times a week, and surgeons operate on the wrong body site 20 times.

This is simply inexcusable, Ginarte said. They are called never events for a reason. The medical community must find out why so many of these mistakes happen and take steps to make sure they do not happen again.

Researchers used the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a federal repository of medical malpractice claims, to identify malpractice settlements and judgments related to never events. They identified 9,744 paid malpractice judgments and claims over 20 years, with payments totaling $ 1.3 billion. Death occurred in 6.6 percent of these patients, with 32.9 percent experiencing permanent injury and 59.2 percent injured temporarily.

The researchers then used published rates of surgical adverse events resulting in a malpractice claim, estimating that 4,044 surgical never events occur in the United States each year.

One death or one injury from these surgical mistakes is one too many. This is so senseless and preventable, Ginarte said. These statistics are startling, and these are just the ones we know about from this particular study.

Hospitals are required by law to report to the NPDB all never events that result in judgment or settlement. Study leader Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a press release that his teams estimates of never events are low because not all items left behind after surgery are discovered. Typically, they are found only when a patient has a surgical complication and efforts are made to find out why, according to Makary.

This shows how important it is for hospitals to make sure safety procedures are tested and followed, Ginarte said. Protocols such as checklists, counting surgical tools and using ink to mark surgery sites seem to be not enough. Hospitals should consider using new technology to make certain these never events truly never happen.

Ginarte encouraged victims of surgical errors to seek counsel from a qualified medical malpractice lawyer like those at his firm. We take medical negligence and malpractice very seriously at our firm, he said. We help victims get what they are entitled to under the law.

About Ginarte ODwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP

For more than 30 years, Ginarte ODwyer Gonzalez Gallardo & Winograd, LLP, has served the residents of the New Jersey and New York metro area. In addition to its general practice, the firm assists clients with legal claims arising from car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice and other personal injury cases. The firm also represents clients in employment discrimination, Social Security Disability and workers compensation matters. The Ginarte law firm features offices located in New York City, Newark, Elizabeth, Clifton, Union City and Perth Amboy. The firms Newark office is located at 400 Market Street, Newark, NJ 07105 (local phone (973) 854-8400). The firm can assist Spanish-speaking and Portuguese-speaking clients. To learn more, call 1-888-GINARTE or use the firms online contact form.







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Western N.C. Medical Malpractice Lawyer at the Elmore Law Firm Calls For National Database of Surgical Never Events to Assist Patients and Surgeons


Asheville, NC (PRWEB) January 12, 2013

Western North Carolina medical malpractice lawyer Bruce A. Elmore, Jr., today endorsed a first-of-its-kind study that advocates public reporting of surgical never events, serious medical errors that are considered to be preventable.

Reporting so-called never events would help consumers make better decisions and, we would hope, spur surgeons, surgery teams and hospitals to work harder to reduce errors, said Elmore, whose practice is the Elmore Law Firm, P.A., in Asheville.

Public disclosure is always an effective remedy for errors that grow from the kind of carelessness and negligence that causes a surgeon to leave a sponge in a patients body or to operate on the wrong patient, the veteran health care negligence attorney continued.

Johns Hopkins researchers reported that surgeons in the United States leave a foreign object, such as a sponge or a towel, inside a patients body about 39 times a week, perform the wrong surgical procedure about 20 times a week and operate on the wrong portion of the patients body about 20 times a week.

About 80,000 never events occurred in American hospitals between 1990 and 2010, the researchers said in the online journal Surgery. They added that they believe their estimates are likely on the low side.

Ken Kizer, M.D., former CEO of the National Quality Forum (NQF), coined the term never event in 2001 to refer to egregious medical errors that should never occur, such as wrong-patient surgeries.

Johns Hopkins said in a news release that the report is the first attempt to quantify the national rate of never events. Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., an associate professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, led the research team.

Documenting the magnitude of the problem, the researchers say, is an important step in developing better systems to ensure never events live up to their name, the release says.

Makary said better reporting systems for serious surgical errors will speed the development of safety efforts.

A public database of never events, which would provide information to help health care consumers make better-informed choices about where to have their surgical procedures, would also put hospitals under the gun to make things safer, Makary said.

Makarys team used the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), a federal repository of medical malpractice claims, to identify the incidence of never events in the United States. They found 9,744 paid malpractice judgments and claims totaling $ 1.3 billion from 1990 to 2010.

Elmore, whose firm has assisted numerous Western North Carolina residents who were harmed by surgical error and other types of medical malpractice, said available technology would enable the federal government or a group like the American College of Surgeons to develop and maintain a never-event database.

This report is a call for the health care industry to get serious about preventing avoidable medical errors, Elmore said. Every hospital and every practicing surgeon should favor any means of reducing the rate of never events and avoiding the subsequent medical malpractice claims, Elmore said.

Western North Carolina residents who have been injured while under a doctors or hospitals care have rights that a personal injury lawyer experienced with medical negligence cases can protect, he said.

As long as never events, which by definition are preventable, continue to injure surgical patients, the Elmore Law Firm will be ready to stand as advocates for those who have been harmed, Elmore said.

About The Elmore Law Firm

Since its founding in 1976, The Elmore Law Firm has successfully represented individuals and families suffering serious injuries or wrongful death as a result of the negligence of others in car accidents, tractor-trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents and railroad accidents, as well as medical malpractice and nursing home negligence / abuse cases. Based in Asheville, the Elmore Law Firm is committed to helping the citizens of Buncombe County and surrounding communities in Western North Carolina. The firms office is located at 53 N. Market St., Suite 100, Asheville, NC 28801 (local phone 828-253-1492). To learn more, contact the firm by calling 888-358-8734 or by filling out its online form.