Posted on March 20th, 2017 No comments
Most people are surprised by the statistics. But for a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, the stats, while alarming, prove why litigation is necessary in holding medical professionals accountable for their diagnostic mistakes. In the right direction, a cancer misdiagnosis might be a relief from a living nightmare. In the wrong direction, a misdiagnosis could very well prove to be a death sentence.
Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore found that one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed, based on the tissue samples they studied from 6,000 people across the country. Moreover, up to one in five cases was misclassified.
“That can change whether a patient gets no treatment, vs. surgery, vs. radiation,” Dr. Jonathan Epstein of The Johns Hopkins Hospital told ABC News. “If they get surgery or radiation, which type?”
Part of the problem is that despite medical technology advances, the diagnosis pretty much comes down to a judgment call.
“We really still make the diagnosis pretty much the way we did for the last 50 years,” Dr. Leonard Zwelling of the MD Anderson Cancer Center told ABC News. “It has to come down to looking at a piece of the tumor on a slide by a pathologist.”
Bottom line, be certain to always secure a second opinion. And if you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis, consult a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer. Medical accountability matters. People’s very lives depend on it.attorneys, cancer misdiagnosis, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, cancer, cancer misdiagnosis attorney, cancer misdiagnosis attorney Cleveland, cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, cancer misdiagnosis lawyer Cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, lawyer, lawyer cleveland
Posted on March 17th, 2017 No comments
As any nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland can tell you, a nursing home’s medical records can’t always be taken at face value. If the staff has something to hide, their documents may have been forged, altered or otherwise not true.
In Chicago, two social workers claimed they were fired because they refused to falsify medical records related to incidents of nursing home patient abuse at the former Burnham Healthcare, now known as Bria of River Oaks.
“There was no structure. It was dangerous,” one of the social workers, Kenneth Allen, told the Chicago Tribune.
Documents Missing or Falsified?
Allen alleges that when he documented a resident’s rape complaint, a supervisor ripped the report from the medical file and tore it up.
Allen also claims he was told to falsify another patient’s medical report to look like she had fallen, when she very well may have been assaulted.
State investigations, meanwhile, indicate that the facility indeed had committed several instances of abuse.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“A 2012 state inspection report said two residents alleged guards beat or roughed them up in separate incidents. The report says that at least one guard at the home was fired as a result.
State inspectors have cited the facility for abuse-related incidents after Ogunyipe and Allen were terminated.”
So if your family member references abuse or injuries not mentioned in their medical file, don’t just take the word of the facility. Talk to a Cleveland nursing home injury lawyer. There may be abuse which needs investigating.attorneys, cleveland, law, lawers, lawyers, Nursing Home Injury, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys, lawyer, lawyer cleveland, Nursing Home Attorney, Nursing Home Injury, Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland, Nursing Home Injury lawyer
Posted on February 27th, 2017 No comments
Clients of our Cleveland spinal injury attorney should take note of some good news that might directly benefit them one day, to say nothing of spinal injury victims everywhere:
The Cleveland Metro-Health System recently announced $2.26 million in grant funding to conduct studies on spinal injury and recovery.
“This will allow us to attract more (spinal care) patients for care,” said Dr. Gregory Nemunaitis, director of Spinal Cord Rehabilitation at MetroHealth.
Designated over a five year period, the grant will enable the center to, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
“Collect data on the recovery of people with spinal cords injuries that will provide a database for future research and care.
Assess recovery patterns in the arms and hands of people with spinal cord injuries to develop guidelines for treatment to restore upper extremity function.
Redesign a spine board used to transport patients from the scene of an injury to the hospital. Led by MetroHealth in collaboration with the University of Toledo’s Department of Engineering, the research will focus on reducing pressure ulcers.”
MetroHealth treats about 100 traumatic spinal cord injuries a year. The announcement of this funding should be good news for them as well as clients of Cleveland spinal injury attorneys.attorneys, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, medical, ohio, spinal cord injuries, spinal injury attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland spinal injury lawyer, Injury lawyer, lawyer, lawyer cleveland, spinal injury attorney, spinal injury attorney Cleveland, spinal injury lawyer Cleveland
Posted on February 8th, 2017 No comments
When supporting the victims of brain injury, we must not forget to also celebrate and support their caregivers, who all too often go overlooked. Here’s an inspiring story of one caregiver, who despite challenges and tests, did not give up. As any brain injury lawyer in Cleveland will tell you, the support of family is key to surmounting the challenges of a brain injury. Family should be the one resource your loved one can depend on.
Kim Summerall Jones, an Arizona mom, has faced numerous challenges. First, she was told she couldn’t conceive children. Then, after her husband and she adopted two children as infants, her husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer and tragically passed away 14 months later. And if that wasn’t enough, she got the call that every parent has nightmares about. Her children had been in a traumatic car accident and her son suffered a brain injury. Her son seemed like a stranger after the accident.
“When someone receives a brain injury, it is time to mourn that person and welcome a new person to the relationship. The person you once knew is gone in most cases. In their place is a new individual with a different personality, different goals, and unique abilities,” Kim stated.
Her son’s new challenges dove Kim into a depression, which she successfully overcame through a fitness and therapy and the realization that her son needed her to be the world for him. She even competed in a bodybuilding competition. Today, she is a sought after national speaker.
For her inspiration to others, Kim was recently awarded the 2017 Ms. U.S. Woman of Achievement title at the pageant held on November 6th on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
“The good news is that because there are over 5.3 million sufferers of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”), there are resources available for the victim. Unfortunately, there is little support for the caregiver,” Kim stated. “This is where we come in. “TBI: Survive and Thrive!” provides a community of resources, ideas, and practical tips for caregivers of TBI survivors.”
Our Cleveland brain injury lawyers wanted to share Kim’s story as inspiration to the families and victims in the struggle to recover from brain injury.attorneys, brain injury, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, brain, brain injury, Brain Injury Attorney, Brain Injury Lawyer Cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney, Cleveland brain injury attorney firms, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, lawyer cleveland
Posted on January 25th, 2017 No comments
This unbelievable story from the desk of our Cleveland nursing home injury attorney has two heroes. First, the Columbus nursing home resident who took it upon himself to call 911 despite the fact that his nurses didn’t believe him when he said he felt ill. Second, the firefighter who, despite the reluctance of the facility’s staff, decided to send a dispatcher anyway to see what the problem was about. Thanks to their efforts, the nursing home, the fire department, and especially the nursing home residents and their families, “dodged a bullet,” Battalion Chief Steve Martin told the Columbus Dispatch.
The resident, identified only as “Mr. Jackson,” told the 911 dispatcher, “Nobody wants to believe me that I’m not feeling that good.” Mr. Jackson wanted to go to a hospital.
The dispatcher asked to speak to the man’s nurse, who qualified it as “a behavior thing” that “happens all the time.”
But that dispatcher decided to listen to the resident and send paramedics instead.
“There was nothing that set it apart from any other call,” Firefighter and dispatcher Brian Severs told the Columbus Dispatch. “Something told me, ‘Don’t blow this off; this person called 911 because they thought they needed help.’”
Gut Instinct = Lives Saved
It turned out to be carbon monoxide poisoning. The entire building had a gas leak. “Mr. Jackson” and Severs saved the lives of 143 residents.
Granted, the elderly members of our family are at the sunset of their lives, so it’s understandable when we take what they say with a grain of salt. But learn to trust them and trust your instincts. If you ever have any concerns, contact a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland. Indeed, our elders just may be trying to tell us something we need to hear.attorneys, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, Nursing Home Injury, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys, lawyer cleveland, Nursing Home Attorney, Nursing Home Injury, Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland, Nursing Home Injury lawyer
Posted on January 18th, 2017 No comments
Want to avoid injury all together? Take it from our birth injury attorney in Cleveland– relax. And studies show that one of the best ways to have a relaxing, relatively stress-free birth experience is to work with a doula..
According to a study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, doula assisted mothers are four times less likely to experience low birth weight, two times less likely to experience birth complications, including birth injury, and significantly more likely to be successful in breastfeeding.
“It is notable that despite participating in the same education classes, the women who chose to work with a doula had significantly better birth outcomes as measured by birth weight and fewer birth complications,” the study concluded.
“This finding suggests that women who embraced the premise that a doula may help empower them to influence their birthing experience, manage their labors more effectively, and reach their expectations and hopes for a positive, healthy birth also may have realized that they could improve their prenatal health and the likelihood of a healthy birth outcome through their active participation and engagement in the healthy prenatal activities offered by this program.”
Side by Side, Together
So if you want to avoid birth injury and the need to consult with a birth injury in Cleveland for legal recourse, one preventative measure you can take is working with a doula through the birthing process. A doula, practicing side by side with the doctor, ensures that births can be the beautiful beginnings they are meant to be!
From the Desk of Our Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: Robotic Therapies Help People Regain FunctionPosted on December 30th, 2016 No comments
Here’s some good news for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland. While helping spinal injury victims become more mobile, researchers in Brazil discovered that interacting with robot-like machines could help them regain some sensation and movement.
Published in Scientific Reports, the findings suggest that spinal injury victims may be able to retrain brain functions through repetition and practice.
While the eight paralyzed people did not regain the ability to support their own weight standing up, they did make partial recovery including the use of bowel and bladder functions. Some men were even able to have erections. One woman was even able to deliver a baby vaginally.
“For the first time in many years they were able to voluntarily control their muscles,” Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist and physician with Duke University who led the research, told NPR. “They could move their legs or contract muscles under voluntary control. This has not been seen before. I call this an important milestone.”
Indeed, this remarkable finding could meaningfully change the lives of the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.attorneys, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, ohio, spinal cord injuries, spinal injury attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland spinal injury lawyer, Injury lawyer, lawyer, lawyer cleveland, spinal injury attorney, spinal injury attorney Cleveland, spinal injury lawyer, spinal injury lawyer Cleveland
Posted on December 16th, 2016 No comments
It’s a horror story reminiscent of Jack the Ripper. An ex-nurse has been charged with murdering eight nursing home patients. If Elizabeth Tracey Mae Wettlaufer is found guilty of the crimes she is accused of, she will be “among the worst serial killers in Canadian history,” the Globe and Mail reports. The story certainly sends chills down the spine of anyone who reads it.
The alleged victims include James Silcox, 84, Maurice Granat, 84, Gladys Millard, 87, Helen Matheson, 95, Mary Zurawinski, 96, Helen Young, 90, Maureen Pickering, 78, and Arpad Horvath, 75.
“We’re living my father’s death right now,” Daniel Silcox, son of James Silcox, told the Globe and Mail. “It’s horrific.”
Wettlaufer remains in custody at the Ontario Court of Justice.
“This investigation is ongoing, therefore I’m not going to speculate whether there will be any additional charges,” Woodstock Police Chief William Renton told reporters. “What I can tell you is that we are confident at this time that all of the victims have been identified and that their families have been notified.”
It’s a worst nightmare situation for any client of a nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland. Hopefully, the families of the victims find justice, but that does little to fill the vacuum left from the lost lives of their loved ones.
Entrusting the care of a loved one to a nursing facility or long-term health care home is not a simple task for any family to make. Selecting the best facility during a time of illness creates an emotional time not only for the patient, but the whole family. It’s essential to do your due diligence to investigate the facility thoroughly and to be sure it offers the best care available.attorneys, cleveland, law, lawers, lawyers, Nursing Home Injury, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys, lawyer cleveland, Nursing Home Attorney, Nursing Home Injury, Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland, Nursing Home Injury lawyer
Posted on December 8th, 2016 No comments
Fetal distress is often used to describe when the fetus is not getting enough oxygen either during gestation or labor. Most doctors avoid the term, however, because it is too vague and not well defined. Its ambiguity makes it difficult to diagnose as well as treat.
Another term for it would be birth asphyxia, when the fetus does not get enough oxygen before, during or after labor. It can be one of the most common causes of birth injury, our Cleveland birth injury attorneys report. There are many causes, including low oxygen in the mother’s blood or reduced blood flow caused by a constricted umbilical cord.
Many confuse birth asphyxia with fetal distress, but most doctors consider both terms too vague. For clarity and better diagnoses and treatment, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) instead prefers “non-reassuring fetal status.” They recommend that doctors list additional findings such as fetal tachycardia, bradycardia, repetitive variable decelerations, low biophysical profile and late decelerations.
The layman’s term may be fetal distress, but a birth injury attorney in Cleveland needs to know a more detailed diagnosis to determine if it was the result of a negligence or malpractice before taking such a case to court.
Posted on November 28th, 2016 No comments
Following a federal ruling in September, our nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland strongly cautions clients to watch out for pre-dispute binding arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.
A federal judge in Mississippi issued an injunction blocking a rule that would have preserved the right for families to sue facilities over quality of care disputes. The rule would have banned clauses that require care disputes through arbitration, not the court system.
The injunction affects only facilities receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds, but since that would be most facilities, it effectively involves most nursing home patients and the clients of nursing home injury attorneys not only in Cleveland but across the nation.
Unsurprisingly, the injunction was pushed by the American Health Care Association, an industry group that represents most nursing homes in the U.S. The group called the new rule “arbitrary and capricious.”
The acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services saw it much differently. In a September blog post, the center contended the blocked rule would have been “a major step forward to improve the care and safety of the nearly 1.5 million residents in the more than 15,000 long-term care facilities that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These new rules set high standards for quality and safety, while providing facilities with important flexibilities that will assist with the preservation of quality of life and quality of care, and are grounded in the concepts of person-centered care.”
What is not arbitrary is that it is now tougher to hold nursing homes accountable for negligence, as any nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland will tell you.attorneys, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, Nursing Home Injury, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys, lawyer cleveland, Nursing Home Attorney, Nursing Home Injury, Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland, Nursing Home Injury lawyer