• From the Desk of a Brain Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Head Injury and the NFL

    Posted on August 7th, 2017 admin No comments

    Yes, the science is in, and it’s not pretty. Most of the Cleveland Browns should probably have their own personal brain injury attorney in Cleveland. In fact, most professional football players for that matter, and even perhaps those who play college or high school football.

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a neurodegenerative brain disease –  has been found in nearly all donated brains of NFL players examined in a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    The brains of 111 NFL players were examined, and 110 showed the presence of CTE.

    CTE is the result of repeated head trauma. It causes memory loss, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, anxiety and impulse control issues. Unfortunately, it can only be definitively diagnosed after death.

    And for football players, it begins early. Three out 14 football players show signs of CTE at the high school level. In college, 48 out of 53 players show signs of CTE.

    The NFL, which has funded portions of Dr. McKee’s research in the past not including the current study, said: “Case studies such as those compiled in this updated paper are important to further advancing the science and progress related to head trauma …., the NFL said in a statement. Though the NFL funded previous research from the study’s author Dr. Ann McKee, it refused to contribute to this study. “As noted by the authors, there are still many unanswered questions relating to the cause, incidence and prevalence of long-term effects of head trauma such as CTE.”

    Either way, the study’s findings are rather alarming to the clients of brain injury attorneys in Cleveland and further demonstrate that sports related injuries can be serious and life altering.

  • Why Our Cleveland Misdiagnosis Lawyer Always Recommends a Second Opinion

    Posted on July 25th, 2017 admin No comments

    Want some free advice from a cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland? Always get a second opinion when it comes to serious medical conditions, especially cancer. A recent analysis found that more than 20 percent of all diagnoses are incorrect.

    An analysis at the Mayo Clinic found that only 12 percent of the people who asked specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to review their cases had received correct diagnoses. The rest received diagnoses considered only partly accurate according to the Mayo doctors’ evaluations.

    Fatal Errors in Judgment

    Needless to say, mistakes left uncorrected can be devastating and oftentimes deadly. Previous analysis found that 10 percent of all hospital deaths are the result of a misdiagnosis.

    “Diagnostic error is an area where we need more research, more study and more information,” said James Naessens, a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic, who led the study. “The second opinion is a good approach for certain patients to figure out what’s there and to keep costs down.”

    So take the recommendation of your cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland. Listen to your doctor, but then receive a second opinion. Having more opinions to weigh in on serious medical matters is good for your health.

  • Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: The Healing Benefits of Oxygen and Breathing Deeply

    Posted on July 17th, 2017 admin No comments

    What’s a spinal injury victim’s best recovery tool? No, not his or her spinal injury attorney in Cleveland, though we certainly can help lead the path to recovery – especially financially. We’re talking about breathing. A patient’s health can vastly improve simply by breathing a little more.  A recent study from the University of Alberta discovered surprising benefits in oxygen.

    The study found that more oxygen through the spinal cord can improve blood flow, and thereby increase motor functioning for better walking, movement and balance.

    Neuroscientists found that spinal blood flow in rats was unexpectedly compromised following a spinal injury. Improving blood flow or simply inhaling more oxygen produces lasting improvements in cord oxygenation and motor functions.

    “We’ve shown for the first time that spinal cord injuries (SCI) lead to a chronic state of poor blood flow and lack of oxygen to neuronal networks in the spinal cord,” says co-principal investigator Karim Fouad, professor, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine and Canada Research Chair for spinal cord injury. “By elevating oxygen in the spinal cord we can improve function and re-establish activity in different parts of the body.”

    A Deep Breath for Progress, but Still a Long Way to Go

    Though there is still much to learn when it comes to treatment, this discovery is a big step.

    “Possibly even simple therapies such as exercise or just breathing will play a role in preventing long-term hypoxia and damage to the spinal cord, Fouad told Science Daily. “It’s a small but important step in the right direction, stemming from studying an obscure enzyme in the spinal cord — and that’s the beauty of basic science.

    And that is good news for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • Talking History with Our Cleveland Brain Injury Lawyer: The Case of Phineas Gage

    Posted on June 29th, 2017 admin No comments

    Why does modern brain science owe its very existence to an 1800s era railroad worker? As our brain injury lawyer in Cleveland points out, the case of Phineas Gage led to some fundamental revelations on the nature of the brain, and is often used as a reference point for further discovery.

    While blowing up rocks to clear the way for new railway lines, Gage set off a metal spark that in turn drove a tamping iron up and out of the hole, through his left cheek, behind his eye socket, and out of the top of his head. Gage didn’t die, but most of the frontal lobe of his brain was destroyed.

    The injury led to dramatic changes in Gage’s personality.

    “He is fitful, irreverent, indulging at times in the grossest profanity, which was not previously his custom,” wrote John Martyn Harlow, the physician who treated Gage after the accident.

    Laying the Foundation of a New Science

    As a recent article in NPR points out, Gage’s case led to the development of modern brain science. “If you talk about hard core neurology and the relationship between structural damage to the brain and particular changes in behavior, this is ground zero,” Allan Ropper, a neurologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told NPR. “It’s one region [of the brain], it’s really obvious, and the changes in personality were stunning.”

    Healing and Time

    The good news? The personality change was temporary, lasting likely only two to three years. Gage went onto work as a long-distance stagecoach driver in Chile, which requires a good deal of focus and planning capabilities.

    “Even in cases of massive brain damage and massive incapacity, rehabilitation is always possible,” Malcolm Macmillan, an honorary professor at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, told NPR.

    That’s inspiring news for the clients of a brain injury attorney in Cleveland. It may take patience, but time and hard work in rehabilitation will ultimately heal the wound and life goes on.

  • Believe Your Cleveland Birth Injury Attorney: Birth Can Be Especially Traumatic

    Posted on June 20th, 2017 admin No comments

    Suffer from a traumatic birth? You’re not alone. As any birth injury attorney in Cleveland will tell you, birth is difficult and a surprising number of mothers suffer from  posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTS) after birth, including some with full blown  posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    In fact, Lamaze International’s Listening to Mothers Survey II found that 9 percent of new mothers suffered from PTSD after their birth, while a full 18 percent suffered from PTS. Furthermore, ethnicity can have a profound effect on the numbers. Indeed, more than 1 out of 4 non-Hispanic black mothers suffered from some form of PTS after birth.

    “The high percentage of mothers with elevated posttraumatic stress symptoms is a sobering statistic,” the study’s authors noted.

    Birth: Psychologically More Traumatic than Terrorism?

    Perhaps more surprising, giving birth can be statistically more disturbing psychologically than surviving a terrorist attack. Health psychologist and international certified lactation consultant Kathleen Kendall-Tackett points out in a blog on Women’s Health Today:

    “In the weeks following September 11, 7.5% of the residents of lower Manhattan met those full criteria (Galea et al. 2003). Take a minute to absorb these statistics. In at least one large study, the rates of full-criteria PTSD in the U.S. following childbirth are now higher than those following a major terrorist attack.”

    The outcome may be a bundle of joy that is also the light of your life, but birth can be difficult. If you suffered from a difficult birth, make sure you have the resources you need, including medical, legal and financial. Talk to a Linton Law Firm birth injury attorney in Cleveland for a free consultation.

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  • Ask a Nursing Home Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Why is Ohio’s Care so Bad?

    Posted on June 2nd, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s a sobering yet logical conclusion for any nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland: Why do Ohio’s nursing homes rate among the lowest in the nation when it comes to quality care, as measured by federal statistics?

    Simple. There’s just not enough staff.

    “Almost always, we had to work short-handed, handling anywhere from 15 to 20 people at any given time,” former nurse’s aide Lolly wrote in a Cleveland Plain Dealer anonymous survey of the state’s caregivers. “It is impossible to give proper care to that many people, answer the call lights and be everywhere at the same time.”

    The Results? Tragic…

    Not having enough hands on deck can cause extremely dangerous accidents that easily result in tragedy. As one sad example, Susanne Lawrence, a resident of Normandy Manor in Rocky River, overdosed after being given 20 times the prescribed dosage of oxycodone, or 500 milligrams. Staff failed to read the medication’s label and the 83 year old died after her last dosage on July 7, 2015.

    Deadly Math

    The statistics and the extent of the crisis are shocking, even for a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland who deals with them every day. After three months of research, the Plain Dealer discovered:

    • “Nearly 41 percent of the facilities in Ohio earned a below-average rating of one or two stars on the federal Nursing Home Compare standard, as of Dec. 1, compared to 35 percent nationally.
    • At least 31 Ohio nursing home deaths in the last three years were attributed by authorities to issues of care. Residents’ lawyers argue the number could be far higher, because they depend upon self-reporting by nursing homes.
    • Ohio’s minimum staffing rules are relatively lenient. Facilities in the state are required to make available 2.5 hours a day of nursing staff time for each resident. Florida and California require much more.
    • Ohio requires only 75 hours of training for the aides who provide much of the care in a nursing facility. California requires 150 hours.
    • Many states have given themselves the ability to fine nursing homes that violate “their standards. In places like California, state fines are used to strengthen nursing home inspections. Ohio doesn’t fine nursing homes. Instead, it recommends a dollar amount to the federal government, which sets and collects the fines. A portion of the fines is returned to the state.”

    If you have a loved one in a residential care facility in Ohio, talk to a lawyer to ensure they are getting the best care. If statistics are any indication, their quality of life, if not their very lives themselves, may be in your hands. Contact us for a free consultation.

  • Recent Study Backs Up What Cleveland Birth Injury Attorneys Caution About Postpartum Depression

    Posted on May 15th, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s an injury often overlooked, and while it may not necessarily be a case for a birth injury attorney in Cleveland, it’s a serious issue nonetheless. Depression. Nearly one in seven women during pregnancy suffer from it. That’s more than a half million women in the US alone. And the mother is not the only one who suffers. Depression can also have profound impacts on infant development, according to newly released research.

    Lower rates of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a biomarker, have been  associated with depression. Now researchers have found BDNF levels can vary considerably during pregnancy.

    “Our research shows BDNF levels change considerably across pregnancy and provide predictive value for depressive symptoms in women, as well as poor fetal growth. It’s notable that we observed a significant difference in BDNF in women of different races,” states Lisa M. Christian, an associate professor of psychiatry in the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and principal investigator of the study.

    Lower BDNF levels at both the second and third trimesters predicted greater depressive symptoms in the third trimester.

    “The good news is there are some good ways to address the issue,” Christian offered. “Antidepressant medications have been shown to increase BDNF levels. This may be appropriate for some pregnant women, but is not without potential risks and side effects. Luckily, another very effective way to increase BDNF levels is through exercise. With approval from your physician, staying physically active during pregnancy can help maintain BDNF levels, which has benefits for a woman’s mood, as well as for her baby’s development.”

    And that’s good news for mothers as well as the clients of a birth injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • A Win for a Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Abuser Gets 18 Months

    Posted on April 28th, 2017 admin No comments

    Any dedicated nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland understands that feeling when their clients get the justice they deserve.

    Such is likely the feeling of the legal team of Edward McShaffrey’s victim. The 59-year old was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing a nursing home resident. A licensed practical nurse at Brookdale Montrose Nursing Home, he was seen with his mouth on the victim’s private body part. The victim suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and suffered from communication difficulties.

    The nursing home immediately fired McShaffrey following the incident. He had worked at the facility since 2004.

    “We appreciate the jury’s effort in seeking justice for this case. This situation saddens us deeply because having the trust our residents and their families is extremely important to us,” Heather Hunter, senior public relations assistant for the facility, told the Plain Dealer. “This type of conduct or behavior by an associate is never tolerated by us under any circumstances. Our thoughts are with the victim today.”

    Sadly, it is a story our nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland see come across their desks every day. The victims, due to limited communication skills or cognitive abilities, have far too few resources to turn for help. They need a voice. That’s why the Linton Law Firm is here for you. Call us today for a free consultation.

  • Is Overdiagnosis Reason Enough to Call a Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney in Cleveland?

    Posted on April 21st, 2017 admin No comments

    A new study links mammograms to overdiagnosis of cancer. In the experience of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney, overdiagnosis can in some ways be just as dangerous as misdiagnosis.The study linked routine mammogram screening to over-diagnosis of non-aggressive tumors, identifying tumors unlikely to be fatal without curbing the diagnosis of advanced cancer stages.

    Better safe than sorry, right? Actually, no.

    “Overdiagnosis means that healthy women get unnecessary breast cancer diagnoses,” Dr. Karsten Juhl Jorgensen, lead scientist in the study, told Fox News. “A breast cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for the woman and her family, with substantial implications for their quality of life. It also leads to overtreatment with surgery, radiotherapy and sometimes chemotherapy – we know these treatments have serious, sometimes lethal, consequences.”

    No Link for Advanced Cases

    The study compared screening results over a single time period of two regions of Denmark. One offered biennial mammography for women aged 50 to 69, and one that didn’t. The study examined data on more than 1.4 million Danish women aged 35 to 84 from 1980 to 2010. Screening wasn’t linked to a lower incidence of advanced cancer cases.

    So should women just forgo mammogram screening? Not exactly. The researchers suggested that would depend on age and family history. At best, however, results would be better taken with a grain of salt.

    If you feel you may have been overdiagnosed, you might consider talking to one of our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland. We offer free consultations..

  • New Study Shows Why Clients of a Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney Suffer Inflammation

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 admin No comments

    Here’s a study that may solve a mystery many of the clients of our Cleveland brain injury attorney have wondered about. Why is there often widespread inflammation following a brain injury?

    Researches in a new study have identified a mechanism in the brain that causes this inflammation and suggest it may play a role in other neurodegenerative diseases. The findings were recently published in Science Daily.

    The study’s discoveries may change how brain inflammation is understood, and, ultimately, how it is treated, Science Daily reports.

    “The researchers showed that microparticles derived from brain inflammatory cells are markedly increased in both the brain and the blood following experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI),” Science Daily states in an article describing the findings. “These microparticles carry pro-inflammatory factors that can activate normal immune cells, making them potentially toxic to brain neurons. Injecting such microparticles into the brains of uninjured animals creates progressive inflammation at both the injection site and eventually in more distant sites.”

    Ongoing Inflammation Causing Chronic Brain Damage

    The research indicates the inflammation can go on for years and cause chronic brain damage.

    “These results potentially provide a new conceptual framework for understanding brain inflammation and its relationship to brain cell loss and neurological deficits after head injury, and may be relevant for other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease in which neuroinflammation may also play a role,” said Dr. Alan Faden, a researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The idea that brain inflammation can trigger more inflammation at a distance through the release of microparticles may offer novel treatment targets for a number of important brain diseases.”

    Hopefully this research leads to better treatment and outcomes for the clients of a Cleveland brain injury attorney.