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When is it too late to file a medical malpractice suit in Ohio?

When it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits in Ohio, there are several factors that can complicate the timeline imposed by state law for filing. Sometimes, the cause of an injury or the actual malpractice occurs without symptoms of the injury becoming apparent until later -- in some cases, several years later. 

Ohio state law imposes a statute of limitations, or a time limit, on the amount of time permitted for filing a lawsuit before it is no longer permitted by law. However, there are several details that play into the statute of limitations, and each potential case must be examined on its own merits.

Nursing home aide: One of the most dangerous jobs in the nation

Nursing home aides have a rough job. They tend to patients who are critically ill and often infirm, unable to do anything for themselves.

Yet, it still comes as a surprise to many that "nursing home aide" is among the most dangerous jobs in Ohio. In fact, it's among the most dangerous jobs in the nation, falling just below that of police officers when it comes to yearly injury rates. Heavily staffed by women, very few people would think that it's a more dangerous job than that of a construction worker -- but it is.

Don't let expressions of remorse halt a medical malpractice claim

How good is your doctor? If you're looking for a doctor that's never been sued for malpractice, the odds are strong that you'll have to hunt for a while before you find one.

According to studies, about 55 percent of physicians in this country have faced malpractice suits. Half of those have been accused of negligence more than once. The news gets even worse if you're seeing a specialist. About 85 percent of surgeons have been sued. It's the same for obstetricians.

After the accident: Do not speak with another insurance rep

Following a car accident in Ohio, you want to see a medical professional to ensure you do not have any hidden injuries. You will also want to swap insurance information with the other driver, and contact your own auto insurance agency to inform a representative of what occurred. 

However, you should avoid speaking with the other driver's insurance company after an accident. The reason for this is you do not want to accidentally say something that implies you share any part of the blame for the collision. 

What should employees know about Ohio's medical marijuana law?

This is the year that medical marijuana makes its debut in Ohio. For employees, that means it's time to brush up on how that affects their work environment and learn what it means for any workers' compensation claims.

Here are the most important things that you need to keep in mind about the changes in the law:

4 tips patients can actually use to avoid a medical misdiagnosis

The possibility that your doctor may have missed something important or just plain misdiagnosed you may not have entered your mind since your last visit -- but it probably should.

A five-year study indicates that diagnostic errors are the No. 1 reason behind medical malpractice claims. Diagnostic errors are responsible for 33 percent of patient injuries. Surgical errors, which generally garner much more attention in the news, are only behind 24 percent of malpractice claims.

3 signs you need a medical malpractice lawyer

Your health care providers are often trustworthy and comforting. Having a doctor by your side through a troubling diagnosis or getting helpful information from a kind pharmacist when you start a new medication can be life-changing. The health care professionals in your life should always do what they can to ensure you are healthy.

Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sometimes, physicians, nurses and pharmacists are negligent and may cause you serious harm. Here are some signs you are a victim of health care negligence and important facts about medical malpractice.

Avoiding injuries on a construction site in Ohio

Construction sites are found all over the state of Ohio. They can be incredibly safe and dangerous all at the same time. Construction workers have a lot of responsibility if they want to stay safe while on the job. The owner of the site and the manager of the site are also responsible for keeping it safe from accidents that can injure or kill workers.

Always go to work with personal protective equipment, or PPE. This includes steel-toed boots, gloves, goggles, a hard hat, a mask, a vest and any other safety equipment your specific job on the construction site requires.

Medical mistakes cause at least 250,000 U.S. deaths a year

If you had to guess the third most common cause of death in the United States, what would it be? Maybe cancer? Cardiovascular disease? Surprisingly enough, the answer is medical errors. A recent study says that medical mistakes cause more than 250,000 Americans to die each year. Other reports say the number is higher–440,000 deaths due to medical errors.

Why are mistakes in medicine and health care so prevalent? What can you do to protect yourself when you are receiving care? Read more to find out.

How does sleep apnea affect truck drivers?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can continue to haunt someone's days long after the restless nights are over.

Many of those who suffer from sleep apnea fit the general description of many long-distance truckers: They're sedentary, they smoke, they have a poor diet and their sleep patterns are often disrupted. Trucking is generally a difficult, lonely job that tends to be both unhealthy and sedentary.

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