• 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.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Woman Learns Her “Cancer” Actually a Rare Parasite

    Posted on March 30th, 2020 admin No comments

    Good news can be relative, as any cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will tell you. One woman learned her cancer was misdiagnosed. But the actual cause of her pain turned out to be a rare parasite, alveolar echinococcosi (AE), that had been growing in her body for the past decade.

    “I wasn’t sure what to think,” Cassidy Armstrong recalled learning the life-altering news. “I asked them, ‘Is this good?’ and they said, ‘It’s much better than what we thought you had.’”

    What doctors thought she had was fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC), a rare form of liver cancer that typically affects people under 40. Roughly 44 to 68 percent of people with FLC live as many as five years after diagnosis.

    “I was getting ready for the worst,” Armstrong said in an interview with TODAY. “I was getting ready to die.”

    The Good News? An Incurable Disease She Can Live With

    AE is not a fatal disease, but there’s no cure for it either. Armstrong now takes medication on a daily basis and will receive blood tests once a month and a CT scan every six months to make sure the parasite is under control.

    “I have mixed feelings about it,” Armstrong admitted. “I’m happy – I like being alive. Psychologically, it’s been really tough. I’m grateful and I’m happy that it’s not what they thought it was. But it’s been very hard.”

    As any cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will comment, the corrected diagnosis is still a very serious condition; however, it’s treatable and certainly better than the misdiagnosed cancer.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer Nightmare: Mother Reported to Child Protective Services

    Posted on March 3rd, 2020 admin No comments

    It’s one thing when you or your child is the victim of a birth injury – but quite another when the hospital decides to call Child Protective Services (CPS) on you.

    It’s a case that shocked even our birth injury lawyer in Cleveland. The hospital later apologized, but only after the new mom had several distressing interviews with CPS. She even had to get a birth injury lawyer to straighten everything out.

    When Kiara Doom’s daughter Aryn was born, she suffered a fractured collar bone, a very common birth injury, especially in “big babies” like Aryn, born at 8 pounds, 14.5 ounces.

    ABC News reports:

    “The whole circumstance was terrible,” she said.

    She stated her now 6-month-old daughter was born with a broken collar bone and after delivery, she noticed Aryn was turning purple.

    “I’m seriously concerned about this arm not moving. The collar bone is still swollen and bruised,” Doom said.

    Her husband asked for an X-ray, but the parents say they were repeatedly told everything was fine.

    “They’re making me feel nuts. You’re the mom, not the nurse. It’s OK,” she said.

    Except for two nurses’ notes, all medical records indicate the baby was perfectly healthy after birth.

    “’I knew something was wrong, that motherly thing,’ Doom said.”

    Unnecessary Trauma After a Birth Injury

    “A doctor let us go with me pointing it out, I said. And my daughter really does have a broken collar bone, shame on you. Please educate your staff so that nobody goes through this again,” Doom told ABC News.

    And then Child Protective Services showed up at her door. The hospital eventually worked everything out, but only after Doom underwent after extensive interviews with CPS.

    “We finally met and were basically told with finality, ‘Sorry, we’re not sorry.’ All I wanted were those words removed from my daughter’s chart,” Doom told ABC News.

    Cleveland birth injury lawyers often find that negligence is the number one cause of birth injuries. If you or a loved one has been a victim of hospital negligence in a birth injury, please contact the professionals at Linton Law Firm for a free consultation.

     

  • Cleveland Car Accident Lawyer: Porsche Fatally Crashes in 2nd Story House

    Posted on February 24th, 2020 admin No comments

    As Cleveland car accident lawyers, we often hear about extreme accidents that have tragic consequences. But a Porsche that crashes into a second story house? That’s utterly amazing.

    Last November, a red Porsche went airborne into the second story of a real estate office in New Jersey. Tragically, the driver and passenger, Braden DeMartin, 22, and Daniel Foley, 23, both of Toms River, were killed in the crash.

    USA Today reports:

    “Police said the sports car driven by DeMartin was speeding when the vehicle lost control, hit the median and went airborne into the second story of EXIT Realty Elite. The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

    “The red Porsche Boxster was clearly visible upside down in the second story. Toms River building inspector John Gerrity deemed the building unsafe, police said.”

    If you have been the victim of a serious car accident, call Linton Law Firm for a free consultation with a Cleveland car accident lawyer.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Pro Ball Player Nearly Dies from Medical Error

    Posted on January 27th, 2020 admin No comments

    One professional Washington Redskin football player’s cancer misdiagnosis has shaken his trust in the medical industry so badly, that he hasn’t played ball in a month.

     

    Our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney gets it. He’s seen clients who have lost all confidence in doctors and insurance companies that it’s understandable why it can be difficult to get up in the morning, much less trust medical professionals again.

    Tragedy Narrowly Averted

     

    Washington Redskins’ offensive lineman Trent Williams recently revealed he was diagnosed with a rare cancer. But the tumor was actually misdiagnosed for 2 years.

     

    Williams hasn’t played a game this year because he mistrusts the team’s medical staff who made the cancer misdiagnosis.

     

    “I almost lost my life,” Williams told reporters on Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

    The Thin Line of Time

     

    Williams was diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans, or DFSP, a “very rare” type of skin cancer that grows on the connective tissue cells in the middle layer of the skin known as the dermis, according to the Maya Clinic. The trouble is the cancer can initially look like a bruise or a scar.

     

    “We literally caught it within weeks of metastasizing through to my brain to my skull,” Williams said, according to the Post. “[It was] a scary thing to go through.”

     

    Fortunately it was caught in time. Cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland found that many others have not been so lucky. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis error, contact our law firm for a free consultation.