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Court upholds cap on damages for Ohio woman raped as teen

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The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request from a woman raped by a pastor when she was 15 to boost the amount of damages paid by the church where the minister worked.  Attorneys for the woman and her father argued a state law that limits noneconomic damages to $350,000 violates the constitutional rights of underage sexual assault victims. 

Justices William O’Neill and Paul Pfeifer dissented by criticizing the 2005 law that limited damages in such lawsuits, sometimes known as tort reform. “It turns out that ‘tort reform’ (and the justices who sanctioned it) also ensured that rapists and those who enable them will not have to pay the full measure of the damages they cause — even if they rape a child,” Pfeiffer wrote.

If you disagree with the Court’s ruling upholding this law limiting recovery by victims, please contact your state representative to urge him or her to repeal this law and make your voice heard on behalf of all victims in Ohio. 

Please click here to find your representative: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/legislator-directoryhttps://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislators/find-my-legislators

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An investigative report by Channel 5 reporter Ron Regan finds that healthy patients are dying within hours of surgery.

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Hospital Medication Error

"Dead in Bed” is the culmination of a five-month investigation by Scripps station WEWS in Cleveland that began with questions raised by an Ohio husband. Marty Schmidt, a current client of Perantinides & Nolan, said goodnight to his wife in a hospital room only to learn she died hours later. How could patients undergoing “successful’ surgery and assigned to “low risk” floors, suddenly die within hours? WEWS interviewed some of the nation’s most respected medical experts from Washington D.C. to Indianapolis and Dallas. WEWS also spoke with families in Ohio, Indiana, Georgia and California whose loved ones died. What they uncovered is one of medicine’s best kept secrets.” P&N is proud to stand with Marty Schmidt and the Neckermann family as we work toward real change in our community and across the State of Ohio. Read Full Article and Watch Video

'Dead in Bed' cases result in rising malpractice lawsuits nationwide

Attorney Paul Perantinides and chief investigative reporter Ron Regan discuss the alarming frequency of patients found “dead in bed” after seemingly successful surgery.  Read more

2017 Super Lawyers

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Perantinides and Nolan Co LPA is pleased to announce the selection of Paul Perantinides, Chris Nolan, Antonios Tsarouhas, and Courtney Johnson as 2017 Super Lawyers®

Congratulations to Paul PerantinidesChris NolanAntonios Tsarouhas for being selected again as Super Lawyers®. Super Lawyers® is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Only 5 percent of Attorneys earn this award. View the selection process

In addition, Courtney J. Johnson was again selected as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers® selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers® list, but who meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, go through the Rising Stars selection process. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers®, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

 

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

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Wage Hope

This November, all of us at Perantinides and Nolan Co. LPA wear purple for pancreatic cancer and in honor of our longtime friend and co-worker, Vicky Nolan. Join us this November, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, as we #WageHope in honor of Vicky and the thousands affected by this disease each year.

Please mark your calendars for World Pancreatic Cancer Day, November 17th, and join all of us at Perantinides and Nolan Co. LPA by wearing purple in honor of our beloved Vicky Nolan and  We’d love to see all your purple as we remember our Vicky. Tag us in your photos on social media!

Pancreatic cancer is the deadliest major cancer with a five-year survival rate of just 8%. Pancreatic cancer death is now the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. More patients will die from this disease than from breast cancer in 2016.

Join us and together we will Together we can #WageHope and improve outcomes for pancreatic cancer patients. 

Additional resources:

16 Warning Signs You Should Know About Pancreatic Cancer:

Pancreatic Cancer Warning Signs 

 

In Memory of our Beloved Vicky Nolan

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Vicky NolanWith grief and sadness in our hearts, we would like to share that Vicky, our beloved friend and colleague, and Chris Nolan’s wife, has gone to a place where there is no pain, sorrow, or suffering, but life everlasting. If you have ever walked through our doors, we're sure you remember Vicky’s beautiful and welcoming smile and joyful personality. It was our privilege to be her friend and colleague.  We will miss her every day and forever honor the legacy she leaves behind.

May your memory be eternal, our dear friend Vicky. Αἰωνία της ἡ μνήμη.

You may read her obituary here

 

A big win for patients from the Ohio Supreme Court!

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Medical Records

Griffith v. Aultman Hospital, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-1138

In a 5-2 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court has published an opinion that goes a long way in protecting a patient’s right to access a more complete copy of his or her medical records. 

While patients often presume that their entire medical record and all documents pertaining to their medical care is provided to them when they ask for it, we often see medical providers do NOT provide a complete copy of the patient records they maintain.  

Instead, hospitals and medical providers may unilaterally re-define the legal definition of a “medical record” and neglect providing records that do not meet their self-determined definition.  For instance, medical providers may unilaterally decide that the location where they store their records determines whether the records are part of a patient’s “medical record.”

In Griffith v. Aultman Hospital, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-1138, the Ohio Supreme Court disagreed.

The Ohio Supreme Court stated, “All data that healthcare providers make a decision to keep that was generated in the process of a patient’s treatment and pertains to the patient’s medical history, diagnosis, prognosis, or medical condition is a medical record.

The Ohio Supreme Court also held that the state law definition of “medical record” is not limited to the data maintained by the provider’s medical records department, and the physical location of where the data is stored does not determine if the data qualifies as a medical record.”

Congratulations to Tzangas Plakas Mannos, Ltd., Lee E. Plakas, Esq., and Megan J. Frantz Oldham, Esq., for this patient rights victory!

References:

http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/cases/2016/SCO/0323/141055.asp#.VvK37-IrKHt

http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2016/2016-Ohio-1138.pdf

PRESS RELEASE: Perantinides & Nolan, Co. L.P.A. Wins Prestigious 2015 Litigator Award

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Perantinides & Nolan, Co. L.P.A. named 2015 Litigator Award Winner. Having been conferred this prestigious National Award, the firm ranks among the Top 1% of all lawyers for: Burn Injury, Personal Injury and Catastrophic Injury Litigation.

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON: JAN. 14, 2016   Perantinides & Nolan, Co. L.P.A., a trial law firm located in Akron, Ohio, was today awarded the prestigious 2015 Litigator Award for extraordinary achievement within the field(s) of: Burn Injury, Personal Injury and Catastrophic Injury Litigation.

Justly standing as the nations most coveted symbol of “Litigation Achievement”, this unrivaled annual honor recognizes trial lawyers {firms} who have attained extraordinary litigation achievement within one or more of 72 pre-defined “Practice Specialty” categories. Based strictly on “Verdict and/or Settlement” dollar achievement rather than peer popularity, the Litigator Awards are perhaps the most rigorous and openly judged trial law rating. Simply being nominated is to be set among the elite of the profession. Those awarded are generally considered among the finest trial lawyers in the nation.

To be Award Eligible, Nominees must prove achievement of litigation “Performance Benchmarks” that includes not less than:

a). One verified “Verdicts or Settlements” of at-least $1 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 5 year period prior to Nomination*, or

b). One verified “Verdict or Settlement” of at-least $5 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 10 year period prior to Nomination**, or

c). One verified “Verdict or Settlement” of at-least $10 Million Dollars in any one Practice Specialty category within the preceding 20 year period prior to Nomination.

It is a feat achieved by fewer than 1% of all Lawyers, and truly a testament to each Award Recipient’s remarkable performance relative to peers.  Of the nearly 1.1 Million lawyers considered, only a select few per State or DMA, will achieve the distinction of being awarded annually in any given Practice Specialty*.

Winning a 2015 Litigator Award is a “Powerful Endorsement” of superior litigation achievement that provides discerning clientele {as well as referring professionals} with a strong reason to trust their case with an Award Recipient. Moreover, it offers a testament to their remarkable performance relative to peers.

To learn more go to: www.LitigatorAwards.com

Our Attorneys Have Been Selected as 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers

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Perantinides and Nolan Co., LPA is proud to announce that Attorneys Paul G. Perantinides, Chris T. Nolanand Antonios P. Tsarouhas have all been selected as 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers and Attorney Courtney J. Johnson has been selected as a 2016 Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine.

After nomination, Super Lawyers evaluates a Super Lawyer/Rising Star candidate’s professional achievement and peer recognition; professional experience; honors and awards; special licenses and certifications; bar and professional activities; community service and pro bono activities; scholarly lectures and writings; education and employment background; and other outstanding achievements.

Only 5% of lawyers in Ohio are selected as Super Lawyers and only 2.5% of lawyers in Ohio are selected as Rising Stars. Rising Star candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.

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