Practice Areas

Birth Injuries

At The O’Keefe Firm, representing families that have been devastated by injuries or death before or during childbirth is one of our highest priorities. We recognize that these cases require the highest degree of care, sensitivity and experience. Ou… Read More

Birth Trauma

Birth trauma is a devastating situation for families. When trusted medical providers are negligent, babies can suffer lifelong injuries. Often their families are faced with a lifetime of financial hardship in meeting the needs of medical care in addi… Read More

Failure to Monitor Risk Signs

Birth injuries can result from damage inflicted on the infant’s body before, during, or after birth. Injuries can range from minor bruises and skin irritations to severe damage to the brain that may result in the death of the infant. Specific cause… Read More

Birthing Complications

Even pregnancies that have been normal can give way to birthing complications. When you are trying to cope with something unexpected during the delivery process, you rely on the guidance and knowledge of medical providers. Unfortunately, sometimes ph… Read More

Brachial Plexus Injury

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves that originates in the cervical spine. Injury to these nerves can result in loss of feeling in the arm, muscle atrophy, or permanent disability. Brachial plexus injuries in infants are often traced back to a… Read More

Cesarean Section Errors

A Cesarean section, or C-section, can be an effective method of addressing serious complications during birth. If the fetus is in distress, a timely C-section is usually performed. Obstetrical nurses, technicians, and obstetricians themselves are exp… Read More

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a term used to reference a group of disorders typically related to an individual’s inability to control their motor function. It can be categorized into four types: spastic cerebral palsy, athetoid or dyskinetic cerebral palsy, at… Read More

High Risk Birth

There are many reasons that pregnancies can become high-risk. The ability to properly monitor and care for the growing infant is within the doctor’s control. Negligent Management of High Risk Birth Advanced Maternal Age It is not uncommon for women… Read More


One of the saddest events of life is the stillbirth of the much anticipated baby. Parents spend months planning and preparing for their baby’s arrival and imagining the future with their child. When their child is stillborn, parents seek answers as… Read More

Financial Problems Associated with Birth Injury

The long-term cost of an injury that occurred during the birthing process can be astounding. Many parents underestimate the true financial burden of a lifetime of medical care. No amount of money can replace health, however, the American legal system… Read More

Medical Malpractice

Each day, hundreds of patients seek medical treatment from physicians, surgeons, and other medical professionals. Patients place their health, trust, and lives into the hands of their doctors and nurses. In return, doctors assure their patients that… Read More

About Medical Malpractice

Our attorneys recognize that not all negative medical outcomes are the fault of medical professionals. We conduct extensive research in the medical literature as well as discuss the cases with well-qualified expert physicians in order to discover the… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Malpractice

One of the most common medical mistakes is the misdiagnosis of symptoms or the failure to diagnose a medical condition. When warning signs or symptoms are present, it is often critical to the patient’s health that the doctor recognize those symptom… Read More

Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer

Nearly every form of cancer, if detected early enough, can be treated. The sad truth is, advanced-stage cancer is often untreatable and will result in the untimely death of its victim. When your doctor fails to read test results appropriately or fail… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Early detection of breast cancer is crucial — it can mean the difference between life and death. Sadly, our breast cancer lawyers have had to confront the unfortunate fact that many women end up suffering and even losing their lives due to breast c… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is curable if it is diagnosed early. Lung cancer is cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and non-small cell lung cancer. Non-small cell lung canc… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Prostate Cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. Nearly 200,000 men a year will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Early detection increases a man’s likelihood to survive the cancer. If your doctor failed to diagnose… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Brain Cancer

Failure to timely and correctly diagnose a brain tumor can have devastating consequences for the patient. While symptoms of a brain tumor may vary among patients, proper diagnostic tests can usually indicate the presence of a tumor in the brain. A tu… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Cervical Uterine Cancer

Cervical cancer, when detected in the early stages, responds well to treatment. The Pap-smear test is in an extremely reliable way to detect cervical cancer. Why then do so many women suffer from cervical or uterine cancer which advances until the op… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer

Skin cancer has become an increasingly common form of cancer. While skin cancer is highly treatable at an early stage, the prognosis changes if the melanoma is not diagnosed before it reaches a late stage. If a doctor failed to diagnose your melanoma… Read More

Failure to Diagnose Colon Cancer

The fact is no one should ever die from colorectal cancer. There are over 130,000 cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in the United States each year, and over 50,000 deaths. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths. According t… Read More

Emergency Room Mistakes

People who seek emergency room help do so out of a sense of urgency. They expect that when emergency care is sought, the hospital and ER staff will take care of their medical concerns. In an emergency room situation, there is very often little room f… Read More

Heart Attack/Cardiovascular Disease Malpractice

If you arrive at the hospital with the classic symptoms of a heart attack — chest pain, jaw or arm pain, sweating and dizziness — doctors should assume you are having a heart attack. Too often, doctors assume that the symptoms are caused by indig… Read More

Hospital or Nursing Negligence

Hospital malpractice includes any type of medical negligence that occurs in a hospital setting, including errors by doctors, nurses, technicians and other hospital staff. We have successfully represented people seriously injured by medical profession… Read More

Pulmonary Embolism Malpractice

Studies have shown that one of the leading causes of preventable deaths during hospitalization is due to a pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs. In most cases, a blood clot sta… Read More

Surgical Errors

To say that undergoing surgery can be nerve-wracking is an understatement. Whether you are going in for a routine procedure or major surgery, you are putting your life in the hands of the surgeon. You trust that your doctor will do his or her job and… Read More

Wrong Site Surgery

Wrong site surgery is a medical error that should never happen, not a medical risk that the patient must accept. Wrong site surgery mistakes are preventable if the proper standards of medical care are followed, and most cases are directly tied to hum… Read More

Laparoscopic Surgical Errors

Many people are relieved to hear that the surgeries they need can be performed laparoscopically because the procedure seems less risky than traditional surgery. Laparoscopic surgery, however, carries its own risks that can cause serious bodily harm a… Read More

Items Left Inside a Patient After Surgery

There are many different kinds of complications that can occur during surgery. A common complication is a retained item left inside a patient after surgery. This retained object complication is getting increasingly more common and it is entirely prev… Read More

Radiology Errors

Misread X-ray / CT Scan / MRI In the last 30 years, medical technology has dramatically changed the way doctors diagnose illnesses. Although plain x-rays are still used, CT scans and MRI’s have allowed non-invasive diagnosis of a variety of dis… Read More

Anesthesia Errors

Undergoing a surgical procedure no matter how serious, whether it is elective or mandatory, can be a stressful event. The risk associated with the anesthesia is often much more dangerous than the actual medical procedure itself. Approximately 82% of… Read More

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are often the most catastrophic injuries that significantly impact an injury victim’s life and the lives of their loved ones for years. Spinal cord injuries do not stop at just impacting the physical well-being of a person; the… Read More

Stroke Malpractice

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing approximately 150,000 people and causing severe disability to several hundred thousand more every year. Medical imaging technology and other diagnostic tools have made it possib… Read More

Vaccine Injuries

Vaccinations are an integral part of the success of modern public health initiatives and have greatly improved the quality of life and health of American citizens by preventing the spread of disease. However, despite the clear benefits of vaccination… Read More

Veteran's Administration / Wright Patterson Air Force Base Hospital

If you need an Ohio VA medical malpractice attorney to initiate a federal tort claims action, our office can help you file Standard Form 95 (SF 95). We act for civilians, active duty personal, and veterans. All medical malpractice claims against the… Read More

Nursing Home Negligence

We believe that it is reasonable to expect that our loved ones will be treated with dignity and receive excellent care in their golden years. Our nursing home attorneys are dedicated to providing victims and their families with the information and re… Read More

Bedsores and Pressure Ulcers

Of course, no one ever enters a medical facility expecting to get sicker. Unfortunately, thousands of people who enter nursing homes and hospitals every year for medical treatment or rehabilitative care wind up developing a complication that is more… Read More

Dehydration and Malnutrition

Sometimes, residents need assistance to eat and drink. If caretakers refuse to help, they are breaking the law. We may be able to recover financial compensation above and beyond compensation for your loved one’s injury, pain and suffering. Unde… Read More

Nursing Home Falls and Fractures

A well-run nursing home should be able to prevent most falls. Nursing homes recognize that nursing home falls can happen for for the following reasons: Declining physical condition History of falls Confusion and poor decision-making Medications The n… Read More

Medication Errors

Nursing home residents typically enter a facility having been prescribed many different medications from various physicians for multiple medical issues. Federal and state laws require detailed record keeping regarding the on-time distribution of medi… Read More

Elder Abuse

Sadly, the most vulnerable residents often become victims of abuse in the very environment that is intended to protect and care for them, nursing homes. In recent years, problems of malnutrition, bedsores (decubitus ulcers), neglect, as well as physi… Read More

Pharmacy Negligence

No one counts pharmacy errors. There are no comprehensive counts of prescription errors. Many go undetected or unreported. No federal agency tracks them. On the state level, where pharmacy boards monitor pharmacies and pharmacists, only North Carolin… Read More

Wrongful Death

Wrongful or accidental death is a death that has occurred through the wrongful act or negligence of another. Wrongful death cases may arise because of a variety of incidents, including: Fatal Truck and Car Accidents Fatal Medical Malpractice A wrongf… Read More

Fatal Medical Malpractice

The loss of a loved one is a difficult matter for any family. This loss and difficulty is compounded when a loved one passes away in the midst of surgery or as the result of a short-term illness. You undoubtedly have many questions. The medical board… Read More

Fatal Truck and Car Accidents

When someone is killed in a truck crash, trucking companies and their insurers waste no time in getting a team of people to the scene to accomplish one very simple goal: minimizing or avoiding liability for the accident. We act quickly to investigate… Read More

Personal Injury

“Personal injury” is a very broad term that relates to any injury (physical, emotional or economic) caused by the carelessness or recklessness of another individual or company. There are literally dozens of types of injuries that can be the b… Read More

Automobile Accidents

Like most people in Ohio – indeed, like most people across the United States – you and members of your family depend on your automobile on a daily basis. Your car is your primary means of transportation. Unfortunately, even if you are a safe, car… Read More

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can and do result in serious injury or death. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, you should consult with an experienced attorney, familiar with helping those involved in serious motorcycle… Read More

Pedestrian Accidents

Imagine that you are walking down the street or in a crosswalk and without any notice you are suddenly struck by a car. In a split second your life is changed forever. Your career is over. The joys you derive from your favorite physical activities ar… Read More

Drunk Driving Accidents/Dram Shop Liability

Getting behind the wheel of a car while legally drunk is more than just a criminal act. It is one of the highest forms of negligence that leads to serious injuries and death. DUI laws in Ohio and throughout the country are more stringent than ever, b… Read More

Underinsured / Uninsured Claims

Typically, uninsured motorist coverage protects injured drivers if the at-fault driver has no insurance. Uninsured motorist coverage can also apply when someone is injured in an accident with an unidentified hit-and-run vehicle. If a person has unins… Read More

Truck Accidents

Cases involving semi-trucks or commercial motor vehicles are drastically different than the typical run-of-the-mill automobile collision. The term “Commercial Motor Vehicle” includes eighteen-wheelers, dump trucks, box trucks, freightliners, buck… Read More

Imbalanced Loads / Jackknife Accidents /Driver Error

Eighteen-wheelers are designed to prevent trailer jackknifes. When a jackknife accident occurs, it is typically because the truck driver was not able to bring the truck to a controlled stop. The reasons vary, from following too close for road conditi… Read More

Brain Injuries - Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

The Ohio brain injury lawyers at The O’Keefe Firm have considerable expertise representing individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and closed head injuries. We understand how these injuries impact the victims and their familie… Read More

Spinal Cord Injuries / Paralysis

Full or partial paralysis is one of the most life altering injuries a person can suffer. An individual’s loss of mobility can have a huge impact on his or her career, finances and future quality of life. Not only is it debilitating for the individu… Read More

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