Northside Medical Center emergency department

Northside Medical Center Emergency Department scores below average with Medicare

The Northside Medical Center emergency department scores below average in several patient care statistics according to the official United States government site for Medicare,

This website is a consumer tool that is useful in comparing medical care providers, including hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other healthcare providers.   Consumers can enter either the name of a specific provider, or a city or zip code and quickly compare all providers in their area.

For example, in northeastern Ohio, consumers have many options for emergency department care.  According to the Medicare website, the Youngstown, Ohio based Northside Medical Center’s emergency department scores poorly, compared to other Ohio emergency care facilities.   For example, the report contains the following statistics.

  • In Ohio, the average time patients who came to the emergency department with broken bones had to wait before getting pain medication is 50 minutes.  By comparison, the average time at the Northside Medical Center emergency department is 94 minutes.
  • In Ohio, the percentage of patients who left the emergency room before being seen by a medical provider is two percent.  In contrast, the average percentage at the Northside Medical Center emergency department is five percent.
  • Similarly, in Ohio, the average time patients spent in the emergency department before being seen by a healthcare professional was 17 minutes.  At the Northside Medical Center emergency department, the average time was 30 minutes.
  • In Ohio, the average time patients spent in the emergency department before being admitted to the hospital as an inpatient was 244 minutes.   At the Northside Medical Center emergency department, the average time was 346 minutes.
  • Finally, in Ohio, the average time patients waited for an inpatient room, after a doctor decided to admit them as an inpatient, was 77 minutes.  At Northside Medical Center emergency department patients waited, on average, 132 minutes.

By studying the performance of local healthcare providers, consumers can better educate themselves about their medical care options.  At Clark Perdue, we encourage consumers to be proactive in their healthcare.  And, in the event that consumers suffer substandard care, we stand ready to investigate and pursue their claims.


Powell Road Eminent Domain — private property at risk

Whenever roadway improvement projects are undertaken in residential communities, local property owners can be subject to eminent domain — the taking of some or all of the owner’s property to accommodate the project.  The Powell Road eminent domain project is no different.

The East Powell Road eminent domain construction project is designed to improve current and future mobility on East Powell Road.  According to the Delaware County Engineer’s office, there are several purposes and needs stated for this project. Continue reading

Taxotere Hair Loss MDL Ordered

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ordered consolidation of all Taxotere hair loss cases on October 2, 2016. The panel noted that nearly 90 cases, alleging permanent hair loss resulting for the use of the chemotherapy drug, Taxotere, have been filed throughout the country. The panel determined that consolidating the cases in the federal court for the eastern district of Louisiana would best serve for the efficient administration of the cases.

Taxotere is a chemotherapy drug most often prescribed to breast cancer patients. The drug is also sometimes used to treat other forms of cancer such as prostate and lung cancer. Temporary hair loss is a common side-effect of many chemotherapy drugs. In late 2015, however, the Food and Drug Administration updated the warning for Taxotere to include possible permanent hair loss, a condition known as Alopecia.

It has been claimed that the maker of Taxotere knew about the risk of permanent hair loss for some time, but failed to timely disclose this risk to patients and physicians. Patients who have been left with permanent hair loss resulting from Taxotere could have explored other treatment options if this risk had been disclosed sooner.

Our law firm is investigating Taxotere hair loss cases. If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by this drug, we may be able to help.

Study Links Proton Pump Inhibitors to Stroke

Clark, Perdue & List is actively investigating cases involving patients suffering from kidney damage as a result of using popular heart burn medications, including Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, have been linked to kidney damage. Studies have shown a link between these drugs, classified as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), and kidney damage.

A new study from the Netherlands has now shown that use of these heartburn medications is linked to an increased incidence of stroke. Researches followed nearly 250,000 patients who used PPIs and found that nearly 9500 patients from the group suffered a stroke within six years. That is a 21% increase compared to people who were not using PPIs. The study found that the patients at the highest risk of stroke took the highest doses of the drug.

The lead researcher noted that:

At one time, PPIs were thought to be safe, without major side effects. . . . This study further questions the cardiovascular safety of these drugs.

If you have suffered kidney damage or stroke after taking a PPI heartburn medication, contact our law firm for more information.

Workers Paid by Debit Card Hurt by High Fees

Debit cards often involve high fees and limited access.  For consumers, these problems are compounded when their employers use debit cards or “payroll cards,” instead of checks, to pay their wages.

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, employees have a choice.  They can be paid by debit card or an alternative method.  Employers must offer at least one other method — a traditional check, direct deposit, or cash, for example.  Employees who choose a debit card should be careful about the following problems.

First, be wary of any card that has hidden fees.  The law requires that any fee for transfer of funds to or from the card must be disclosed in writing.  The employer must give this written disclosure to the employee.

Second, employers must provide employees with access to account information.  For example, the balance on the card must be available by telephone.   And, if requested by the employee, a 60 day account history (including all fees and fund transfers) must be made available to the employee in writing.

Third, as with a credit, the employee’s liability must be limited if the card is lost or stolen.  If, after an unauthorized use occurs following loss of the card, the employee report loss.  If she does so, her liability is limited to the lesser of $50 or the amount of the unauthorized transfer.

Finally, financial institutions must respond to a consumer’s report of errors.  Generally, the consumer has a duty to report the error within 60 days of accessing the account or 120 days after the error occurs.

According to the American Payroll Association, best practices for employers who pay their employees with debit cards include:

  • using a card that is widely accepted
  • providing clear information about fees
  • training employees on how best to use the debit card
  • allowing employees to access their full wages in cash, with no fee, at least once a pay period.

Clark Perdue is currently investigating claims of employees who have been paid by debit card and have been charged excessive fees.  If you would like more information, please contact us.

ERISA Subrogation: U.S. Supreme Court Changes the Rules

Getting a reasonable settlement offer in a personal injury case is often only half the battle. Managing reimbursement rights of the client’s health insurer can be equally important to achieve a good result. Most health insurance plans require reimbursement as a priority over all other claims, including the client’s, even when recovery is limited by the amount of available insurance or the client’s comparative fault. Having a solid strategy to deal with the health insurance lien can mean the difference between success and failure for the client. Continue reading

Talcum Powder Lawsuits Result in Large Awards Against J&J

So far in 2016, juries have awarded large verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in two separate talcum powder lawsuits. In January, an Alabama jury in a talcum powder lawsuit awarded $72 million against Johnson & Johnson. Earlier this week, a Missouri jury returned a verdict against J&J for $55 million. Both cases involved women who used talcum powder products and later died from ovarian cancer. The jury in both cases believed that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder products caused these cancers. Continue reading

Baxter Minicap Dialysis Injuries Lawsuit Filed

Baxter Minicap dialysis injuries include peritonitis, a dangerous blood infection that can lead to organ failure and death.  In January 2015, the manufacturer of Baxter Minicap dialysis products notified healthcare providers and consumers of these problems.  The warnings stated that:

Baxter received complaints indicating that the sponge of the MiniCap was fully separated from the cap, partially protruding from the cap, or missing.

Use of MiniCaps with sponges fully separated or missing from the caps may compromise the ability of the MiniCap to provide a sterile barrier protection at the end of the transfer set when the transfer set is not connected to the patient line of the automated peritoneal dialysis (APD) cassette or continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) twin bag set-ups. This may increase the risk of peritonitis.

Use of the MiniCaps with sponges protruding from the caps may encourage non-aseptic techniques, such as inadvertently touching the sponge to reposition it inside the cap. This may increase the risk of peritonitis.

Two months later, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Class 2 recall of the affected Baxter Minicap dialysis products.

Clark Perdue has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, for injuries and death resulting from use of a defective Baxter Minicap dialysis product.  The lawsuit alleges that a woman used the defective Baxter MiniCap dialysis products in the late summer and early fall of 2014.   Her conditioned deteriorated over a period of months, until she was ultimately diagnosed with septic shock due to peritonitis.   Unfortunately, she passed away before the FDA recall, and before notice was given to healthcare providers and consumers of the problems associated with the defective Baxter Minicap dialysis products.

Please contact us if you would like further information regarding defective Baxter Minicap dialysis products.

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Heartburn Medication Causes Kidney Damage Study Finds

A recent study finds that commonly prescribed heartburn medication can cause kidney damage. Proton Pump Inhibitors (“PPI’s), among the must widely prescribed medications in the United States, can cause kidney disease and kidney failure.  These drugs are used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Common Protein Pump Inhibitors (“PPI’s) include Prilosec, Nexium and Prevacid, among others. Continue reading

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