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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2013 – In Washington alone, at least 30 patients a year discover they have a surgical instrument or sponge left inside them after an operation. “This doesn’t just happen in Washington State,” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer of Mellino Robenalt LLC. “It happens in just about every state across America. In fact, it is one of the most common medical mistakes surgeons commit.” Even though there is a pre and post-surgery checklist of the many instruments used during an operation, and a verbal count and check routine, patients may still […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2013 – The job of an anesthetist is crucial. Without proper administration and care during surgery, a patient’s life may be in jeopardy. “People facing surgery have an enormous amount of faith and trust in the person who will be putting them under for surgery. The anesthetist plays a crucial role before, during and after a surgical event, and if something goes wrong, and the doctor commits a preventable error, they may be held accountable for the results,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland anesthesia injury lawyer. Administering anesthetic is a job that requires […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2013 – MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland was held accountable for medical negligence in a recent birth injury lawsuit. “This reported case, one that I was not involved in, began three years ago,” explained Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland birth injury lawyer. “The baby suffered a brain injury while in the care of the hospital; an incident deemed as medical malpractice. The facility was ordered to pay $8.5 million.” The Myers family was expecting three years ago. The baby was delivered, but unbeknownst to the mother, she may have contracted a placental infection. She […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – Patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to seek compensation for those mistakes. “When someone goes to hospital, they go with the expectation they will be helped and healed. When something goes wrong, such as a preventable medical error, the patient is left devastated and faces a life they no longer recognize,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Consider the case of a woman admitted to a New York hospital for brain surgery. Surgeons operated on the wrong side of her brain. The 36-year-old woman ended up […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2013 – Another set of changes to medical malpractice rules has been passed in Florida. “Each time a state trots out more legislation to change medical malpractice rules, it’s a fair bet medical negligence victims end up taking the brunt of the changes,” indicated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The most recent legislative addition to the Florida legal landscape is SB 1792, that mandates that an expert witness called for the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case must practice precisely the same kind of medicine as the defendant. They can no […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2013 – Medical malpractice laws may soon not be an issue. Looming large is a recent trend for corporations to buy physician’s practices. “Although most of the states in the country are focusing on tightening medical malpractice laws, rules and regulations, Florida is giving the heads-up to a trending issue that may change the landscape of how medical care is delivered. Many small physicians’ offices are being snapped up by large corporations, effectively making the doctor an employee, and no longer an owner,” explained Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer, Tom Robenalt. Physicians view this […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2013 – Nevada’s courts ruled health insurance companies must monitor the practices of health care professional members. “Nevada just handed down a ruling with the potential for an octopus-like reach —- a $24 million jury verdict in a hepatitis C outbreak case that indicated health insurance companies are required to watch over the practices of their members,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. “It’s well worth reading: Helen Meyer v. Health Plan of Nevada Inc, Eighth Judicial District Court (Clark County), No. 09A583799; and Bonnie Brunson v. Health Plan of Nevada […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) June 6, 2013 – Traumatic brain injury stalks those who play contact sports, military personnel deployed in a war and those involved in vehicle accidents. “It is not a stretch of the imagination to state that traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a living nightmare. Just read the news relating to the high number of big name sports celebrities who took their own lives as a result of TBI,” suggested Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. While brain injuries are considered to be silent, because no one can see them, the effects on those with […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – Florida is not the only state where patients will need to fight harder for justice, only to have the rug pulled out from under them. “It’s extremely troubling to hear about what is happening in other states, like Florida, when it directly affects the rights of medical malpractice victims. For instance, Florida now wants to require a higher burden of proof in medical malpractice lawsuits and would block litigation against hospitals for malpractice if it was committed by individuals who are not employees —- which would mean most of the doctors,” […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2013 – The possibility of medical malpractice is a patient’s nightmare; a nightmare that often comes true. “I recently read a case where a man had gone to hospital to have his gallbladder removed; certainly a fairly routine operation. However, the results of the operation were anything ‘but’ routine. The man spent six months in intensive care fighting blood poisoning and multiple organ failure. What had happened? His surgeon severed his bile duct,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Spending six months in intensive care was just the tip of the […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) May 8, 2013 – Not all bad medical outcomes are the result of physician malpractice. This case is such an example. “This case resulted in a win for the defense, and two doctors sued for medical malpractice were absolved in misdiagnosing and improperly treating preeclampsia. The jury handed down the verdict after several days of deliberation on the facts of the case,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The plaintiff filed a medical malpractice lawsuit in 2009, stating the two doctors involved in the birth of her child caused her to lose her […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 15, 2013 – One in fifteen medical mistakes leads to the death of a patient. “If doctors had a good grasp on the ability to report, measure and understand their errors and how they affect the bigger picture, it may reduce the number of medical mistakes in the nation’s hospitals. Or it may not, as doctors are human and humans are not always comfortable with admitting their mistakes, even if it means obfuscation to retain their reputation,” suggested Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The events in question are not referred to as […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2013 – For those living in Ohio, there are several things to know about how medical malpractice cases are treated in the state. “When medical malpractice law changed in Ohio, in 2002, it only applied to claims that arose out of acts or omissions after April 1, 2003. This included a cap on non-economic damages. There have been no court issued opinions relating to the constitutionality of the provisions of that particular act —- S.B. 281, 124th Leg. (2002),” said Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. “However, the Supreme Court did uphold […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2013 – Missouri is considering changing the standard of proof for medical malpractice. “It goes without saying that medical malpractice is a hot button for not just victims, but for lawmakers, the media and insurance companies. Everyone wants to do something about the costs of medical malpractice, but few seem to get the point that it’s the victim they need to focus on, not the bottom line financial concerns for the insurance companies,” stated Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Missouri’s most recent proposal to control medical malpractice costs is a draft […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2013 – There is a long standing debate over whether cerebral palsy is caused by oxygen deprivation. It is important to know the cause to pursue medical malpractice litigation. “There is a long standing debate among doctors and medical malpractice lawyers, over whether cerebral palsy is caused by asphyxia during birth, which leads to a question of how many cases could have been prevented. It’s one of those things that no one can really quantify, but it is vitally important for a family to know if their child developed cerebral palsy as a […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 13, 2013 – It had to happen. A surgeon infects a patient with Hepatitis B. “When someone goes to the hospital for an operation, they do not expect to come home and find out later they have Hepatitis B. That is what happened to several patients in Virginia, after having joint replacement surgery. Evidently, the surgeon became aware he was infected on submitting to routine blood tests after sticking himself with a needle,” explained Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. In this instance, the doctor had no symptoms, despite having emigrated from a […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2013 – Many medical mistakes are not reported. Medical health professionals fear the repercussions. “If you asked yourself if you made a mistake that harmed someone, and you were a doctor, would you admit to making the mistake? While some may answer yes, there are a good number of other medical professionals out there that would say no; they would rather cover it up and hope for the best. They do not want their reputations torn to shreds in court. This is rather backward thinking, because if they are caught hiding their mistake, […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 15, 2013 – Cerebral palsy is an extremely serious birth injury. If the cause is medical negligence, someone must be held accountable. “Cerebral palsy is one of the most devastating birth injuries a child may encounter. It affects not only the child’s life, but the whole family. If the palsy was the direct result of medical malpractice, then the doctor or hospital care givers must be held accountable for their actions,” stated Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Cerebral palsy is the result of abnormal brain development, often as a result of damage […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2013 – Racism may be the basis for this whistleblower lawsuit against a judge. “This is going to be a touch and go case,” indicated Tom Robenalt, a Cleveland whistleblower lawyer, ”because it is not as clear cut as some whistleblower lawsuits may be. This one sounds in racism, with other factors added into the mix, and is a prime example of the “he said/she said” doctrine in action. The plaintiff says she was fired after reporting racism. The judge says she was fired for creating a negative work environment. However, it could […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2013 – A new study of medical malpractice claims indicates surgeons leave foreign objects in a patient or perform the wrong procedure far too often. “Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine released a report recently that shows medical malpractice is far more prevalent than once thought, which is depressing news for patients,” suggested Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. The study covered a time frame from September 1990 to September 2010, and it may be found online in the Surgery Journal. Lately, the media has been full of reports that the medical […]


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