• Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Blood Tests Make Early Detection of Birth Injury Possible

    Posted on September 7th, 2020 admin No comments

    Thanks to science, families who have suffered birth injury have a new resource to litigate claims with a birth injury lawyer in Clevelandearly detection.

    New research has found that blood tests could be used to diagnose a birth injury just hours after birth, providing a new avenue for crucial evidence. The blood test detects which babies deprived of oxygen at birth are at risk of serious neuro disabilities like cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

    Science Daily reports:

    “The prototype test looks for certain genes being switched on and off that are linked to long-term neurological issues. Further investigations of these genes may provide new targets for treating the brain damage before it becomes permanent.”

    Empowering Families with Better Care & Knowledge

    The new findings could lead to early detection, which means better early care for the injured infants, as well as empowering families with the knowledge to act.

    “We know that early intervention is key to preventing the worst outcomes in babies following oxygen deprivation, but knowing which babies need this help, and how best to help them, remains a challenge,” stated lead author Dr. Paolo Montaldo, from the Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience at Imperial.

    It’s good news for families and important information for a birth injury lawyer in Cleveland. More information will only empower families, helping them seek better care for their children, as well as the litigated resources to provide lifelong care, if necessary.

  • Cleveland Car Accident Attorney: The Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving Are Not What You Think

    Posted on August 17th, 2020 admin No comments

    Ask any car accident attorney in Cleveland. The causes of distracted driving are often the ones we don’t consider.

    This is confirmed by recent research from the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University.

    What is the number one source of distraction while driving? No, not your phone — it’s the radio.

    The study found radios to be a distraction in 47% of the cases studied, followed by distraction from fiddling with the car’s navigation system while driving.

    Remarkably, texting ranked third.

    Video Killed the Radio Star

    Surprisingly, some people even watch movies and do FaceTime on their phones while driving.

    “As I was driving to work this week, I saw a woman with her phone in front of her face and I asked myself, what possibly could she be doing? I realized she was Facetiming someone while she was driving,” said Phil Renaud, director of the Risk Institute who led the study.

    Drivers need to not only be concerned about texting while driving but numerous other functions their phones can provide.

    “Texting is almost yesterday when you think about it,” said Renaud. “So distracting driving awareness needs to go beyond ‘don’t text and drive’ to ‘don’t tweet and drive’, ‘don’t Facebook and drive’ and ‘don’t FaceTime and drive.’”

    It’s not just drunk drivers who may become the next case for a car accident attorney in Cleveland. It could easily be video chatting or a streaming movie.

  • Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: New Research Shows Restoring Touch Could Be Possible for Spinal Injury Victims

    Posted on August 10th, 2020 admin No comments

    As any client of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland will tell you, the lack of sensation that accompanies paralysis can be a great impediment to resuming life again following an injury.

    This phenomenon has not had many studies, but recent research offers promising results that the sense of touch may be returned to those with spinal injury.

    Led by Battelle and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a team of scientists, doctors and researchers demonstrated that a person with a clinically complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can use a brain-computer interface (BCI) to simultaneously reanimate both motor function and sense of touch by using residual touch signaling from his own hand.

    The Study in a Nutshell

    The breakthrough was made possible through years of data collected from NeuroLifeTM program study participant Ian Burkhart, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010 when diving into the ocean, and now lives with paralysis in his hands and legs.

    “When the chip was placed on the surface of Ian’s motor cortex in 2014, it was not known that the signals related to object touch could be observed because of the paralysis,” said lead author and Battelle Principal Research Scientist Patrick Ganzer. “Furthermore, Ian has a very severe SCI that should essentially block hand touch signals from even reaching the brain.”

    A press release explained the research:

    “However, analysis has shown that sub-perceptual touch following a spinal cord injury affects Burkhart’s motor cortex even though there is essentially a block from the nerves in his arms and their connection back to the brain. Importantly, this sub-perceptual signal can be detected in the brain, rerouted via the brain-computer interface, and sent back to a wearable haptic system to restore the sense of touch.”

    It’s an amazing discovery that is good news for those who suffer from a spinal injury.

    “It has been amazing to see the possibilities of sensory information coming from a device that was originally created to only allow me to control my hand in a one-way direction,” said Burkhart.

    This could lead to life-changing treatment one day for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Nearly Half of All Vascular Events, Infections, or Cancer Misdiagnoses Result in Permanent Disability or Death

    Posted on July 20th, 2020 admin No comments

    These are shocking figures to most, but unsurprising to any cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland. Nearly 10% of patients in the United States with symptoms caused by major vascular events, infections, or cancers actually are misdiagnosed, according to a recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–led study published in the journal Diagnosis.

    What’s more, nearly one-half, or 53.9%, of those misdiagnosed suffer a permanent disability or die because of the error. Plus, nearly 3/4 of all serious misdiagnosis-related harms in malpractice claims stem from those three areas – major vascular events, infections, or cancer.

    The data is clear: Cancer misdiagnosis is surprisingly common and can be very deadly or debilitating.

    Details of the Study

    Researchers aggregated rates for the 15 diseases from 28 published studies involving 91,755 patients. Among other types of misdiagnosis, the study looked at five key cancers, including lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and melanoma.

    The study noted:

    “Diagnostic improvement initiatives should focus on dangerous conditions with higher diagnostic error and misdiagnosis-related harm rates.

    “Finally, it is worth pointing out that diseases historically receiving the most sustained attention to diagnosis (i.e. research funding, clinical quality improvement, public awareness) are the ones with the lowest harm rates. Myocardial infarction is the prototype and the only acute illness approaching the target “standard” of <1% harmed often cited in the emergency department. This is, of course, after a half century of focused efforts to automate electrocardiogram interpretation, develop and refine biomarkers (e.g. troponin) and create routine diagnostic protocols for chest pain or suspected acute coronary syndromes. Similarly, basic research studies and clinical trials focused on prostate cancer biomarkers (e.g. prostate-specific antigen) date back to the 1960s. Achieving similar gains may be possible for other key diseases, but only if we make sustained investments in improving diagnosis (e.g., missed stroke in acute dizziness, where novel bedside tests and tele-medicine have shown early promise).”

    Cancer misdiagnosis is a serious and often overlooked issue. If you know of someone who has had a cancer misdiagnosis, contact one of our cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in Cleveland for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Lawyer: Could COVID-19 Result in Brain Damage?

    Posted on June 29th, 2020 admin No comments

    COVID-19 can be a deadly and debilitating disease, and there is much scientists need to learn about it. But new research indicates certain patients treated for COVID-19 exhibit clinical and neurochemical signs of brain injury.

    COVID-19 may not just be a serious medical pandemic affecting our community but may concern brain injury lawyers in Cleveland advocating for the legal rights of their clients.

    In fact, finding and measuring a blood-based biomarker for brain damage proved to be possible in even moderate COVID-19 cases.

    Though it is not common, people who become severely ill with COVID-19 and require hospital treatment show obvious signs of brain impairment.

    Medical Xpress reports:

    “In a project at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, blood samples were taken from 47 patients with mild, moderate, and severe COVID-19 in the course of their hospital stay. These samples were analyzed by means of highly sensitive biomarkers for brain injury. The results were compared with those from a healthy control group comprising 33 people matched by age and sex.”

    An Increase the GFAP Biomarker

    Brain injury was found after an increase in the biomarker known as GFAP (glial fibrillary acidic protein). GFAP is normally present in astrocytes, a star-shaped neuron-supportive cell type in the brain, but leaks out in the event of astrocytic injury or over-activation. A brain injury could be detected even in some patients who had been admitted to a hospital but not placed on a ventilator.

    “The increase in NfL levels, in particular, over time is greater than we’ve seen previously in studies connected with intensive care, and this suggests that COVID-19 can in fact directly bring about a brain injury. Whether it’s the virus or the immune system that’s causing this is unclear at present, and more research is needed,” stated Henrik Zetterberg, Professor of Neurochemistry, whose research team at Sahlgrenska Academy performed the measurements.

  • The Alarming Trends of Birth Injuries in Cleveland and the USA

    Posted on June 22nd, 2020 admin No comments

    What’s the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world? It’s an answer that will surprise anyone who isn’t a Cleveland birth injury attorney because the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world is the United States.

    In fact, more than 50,000 mothers suffer severe injuries during or after childbirth and 700 of those moms die. Most disturbing, at least half the deaths could have been prevented, and half the injuries reduced or prevented with better care, according to a USA TODAY Investigation.

    The USA Compared to the Developed World

    In most developed countries like Germany, Japan, and France, birth injury and maternal death is on the decline. In the USA, however, the number continues to climb. In 2015, it was 26.4 per 100,000 births – the highest in the developed world.

    There was only one state that had the exception: California. By implementing birth safety measures that are the norm in most of the developed world, California managed to halve its maternal death rate.

    “Many hospitals across the country conceded in interviews with USA TODAY that they were not taking safety steps such as quantifying women’s blood loss or tracking whether moms with dangerously high blood pressure got proper medication in time,” USA TODAY reported.

    “Countries around the world have reduced maternal deaths and injuries by aggressively monitoring care and learning from mistakes,” the report emphasized. “The result has been two decades of steady or reduced maternal harms in the rest of the developed world – as U.S. rates climbed.”

    Those are trends that might keep a birth injury attorneys in Cleveland busy filing cases, but they spell terrible news for U.S. mothers, families and children.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: Could Brain Injured Military Members Sue the State of Iran?

    Posted on May 31st, 2020 admin No comments

    Could it be possible to hire a brain injury attorney to sue Iran? That’s an interesting question for a brain injury attorney in Cleveland.

    One could certainly make the case that Iran is responsible for a great deal of brain injury when it comes to US service members following that country’s January 2020 attack on an al-Asad airbase in Iraq.

    The Guardian reports:

    “The (Pentagon) said 109 military members had been treated for mild TBI, a significant increase over the 64 reported a little over a week ago.

    “The number of injuries has been steadily increasing since the Pentagon began releasing data on the injuries about a week after the 8 January attack at the al-Asad airbase in Iraq.

    “Pentagon officials have warned that the number will continue to change.”

    “The department said 76 of the service members have returned to duty, while 26 are in Germany or the United States for treatment, and another seven are on their way from Iraq to Germany for evaluation and treatment.”

    Granted, the attack was an act of war, so the strength of how that case could play out in a courtroom could be questionable.

    The Story of Former Iranian Hostage Terry Anderson

    Nevertheless, Iran has been sued before and been forced to pay. Journalist Terry Anderson successfully sued the State of Iran after the country was found liable for his kidnapping. He received millions in frozen Iranian assets after a U.S. court found Tehran culpable of funding his kidnapping.

    What we do know is justice is possible for brain injury victims. If you need a Cleveland brain injury attorney, contact us today for a free consultation.

  • Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: The Crisis of Understaffed Nursing Homes

    Posted on May 11th, 2020 admin No comments

    As nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland, we get asked this a lot: Why is a nursing home injury so alarmingly common in the United States?

    The answer is simple: Understaffing.

    Nursing homes are often simply too understaffed to provide the quality of care required to keep residents safe and healthy.

    The Plain Dealer reports:

    “In 2015, 70 percent of Ohio nursing homes were staffed below what researchers say is necessary to provide safe, compassionate care. A Plain Dealer analysis of the most recent federal nursing home data also found that across the country, 62 percent of nursing homes were below that level.

    “For residents of the facilities, low staffing levels mean increased risk of falls, developing bedsores and urinary tract infections, and failure to obtain necessary treatment in emergencies, according to state records and published reports.”

    Holding Nursing Homes Accountable

    And the statistics are tragic for our loved ones. Nevertheless, nursing homes need to be held accountable. If your family has been injured due to nursing home negligence, contact us today for a free consultation with one of our Cleveland nursing home injury lawyers.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Attorney: Feds Settle for $7.5 Million in Tribal Case

    Posted on April 22nd, 2020 admin No comments

    Our birth injury attorneys in Cleveland are often asked: What size of birth injury settlement should be expected? Naturally, that depends on a number of variable factors. No two cases are alike. It comes down to the evidence, how you plead your case and ultimately the decisions of the judge and jury.

    The following provides a birth injury case example: One birth injury litigation case in Los Angeles, California recently resulted in a $7.5 million settlement.

    The case involved a patient who was 40 weeks pregnant presented to a tribal hospital with low amniotic fluid. The infant suffered a brain injury and other severe injuries during delivery. The family sued the federal government for failure to perform proper tests and negligently administering a labor-inducing drug. Due to complications, an emergency cesarean section was performed. This resulted in injuries to the infant which led to developmental delays and other permanent injuries.

    Payment Timeline

    The government settled with the family before trial. Under the agreement, the family received an immediate payment of $3.75 million, with the remainder of the payment to be used to purchase an annuity to provide the child with monthly payments.

    Have you or a loved one been a victim of a possible birth injury incident? Contact our birth injury attorney in Cleveland for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Who Would Snapchat Elder Abuse?

    Posted on April 13th, 2020 admin No comments

    As a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland may tell you, nursing homes can sometimes be quite blatant in their abuse of the elderly. But two nursing assistants in Glenview, Illinois took it over the line. They sent a Snapchat of their abuse of a 91-year old woman.

    After posting the video last December, certified nursing assistants Brayan Cortez and Jamie Montesa were arrested on misdemeanor charges.

    The victim was Margaret Collins, who suffers from dementia. She has a fear of hospital gowns. The arrested pair allegedly used that fear as fuel to taunt and terrorize her.

    CBS News reports:

    “In the video, Cortez allegedly waves a hospital gown at Collins as Montesa, his girlfriend and coworker, filmed. The caption reads, ‘Margaret hates gowns,’ with two laughing emojis.”

    Not All Abuse is Physical

    Though Collins was not physically assaulted, she was humiliated. Our elderly loved ones deserve our respect. If you feel you or your loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, contact one of our nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland for a free consultation.