• Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney Cleveland: Michigan Woman Has Unnecessary Double Mastectomy

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 admin No comments

    A Michigan woman had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy she didn’t need, because of a cancer misdiagnosis.

    As our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will point out, incorrect diagnoses where there isn’t really cancer can be a serious health issue, altering lives irrevocably on the basis of faulty data.

    Colleen Hanna had breast pain in October of 2012. An ultrasound and mammogram came back normal, but a blood test indicated she was BRCA positive.

    As ABC12.com reports:

    “The BRCA gene test is a blood test that uses DNA analysis to identify harmful mutations in either one of the two breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. A woman who tests positive is more susceptible to developing breast and ovarian cancer. Doctors recommended Hanna have a double mastectomy, the removal of both breasts, to reduce the risk that she would develop breast cancer.”

    Upon doctor recommendation, Hanna had a hysterectomy in May 2014.

    The problem? The BRCA test actually never happened, and the results were falsified. Hanna had a BRCA test done in 2016, which came back negative.

    And now she’s permanently disfigured as a result of the erroneous diagnosis.

    Hanna is suing four medical institutions, including Mid Michigan Physicians Group in Midland, and five doctors for negligence and fraud.

    “Unbelievable carelessness, and arrogance, the doctors just proceeding on, and can’t imagine a doctor not looking at a, at least a report of an x-ray before doing surgery on somebody. They didn’t do this at all,” said Hanna’s attorney Victor Mastromarco.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: Ohio Ranks Among Worst in Elderly Care

    Posted on September 29th, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s a sad fact that’s well known to our nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland. Ohio ranks among the worst in the nation for elder care.

    A new report from the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University found that Ohio ranked below the national average on all 10 of the quality measures used by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, including instances of urinary tract infections, unexplained weight loss, pain, pressure ulcers and use of antipsychotic medications. The study looked at residents who stay in a facility for 100 days or more.

    The Record Courier reports:

    “The numbers show that the percentage of patients using antipsychotics went from 23.18 percent in 2013 to 21.59 percent in 2017, though the 2017 national average is 18.46 percent for antipsychotics and the 2013 average is 19.85. The best state, which was not identified in the report, had less than 9 percent of patients on the drugs in 2013.

    Antipsychotics are often given to people with dementia, which can be dangerous, said Beverly Laubert, Ohio’s long-term care ombudsman. Her office is working on helping professionals try non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care.”

    That’s why our nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland always takes the allegations of his clients seriously. Our state certainly has encountered problems with the quality of care we provide our seniors in the sunset of their lives.

  • From the Desk of a Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Are Midwife Assisted Births Safer?

    Posted on August 31st, 2017 admin No comments

    Most people assume midwife births are just some fad, like the raw food movement or past life regression therapy. But as our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland will point out, the statistics suggest that such births are actually less likely to require a Cesarean section or cause birth injury.

    Currently, about a third of all births in the US are  Cesarean sections, far higher than the World Health Organization-recommended target of 10 to 15 percent.

    But a 2011 study in the journal Nursing Economics found that births led by midwives in collaboration with physicians are less likely to end in a C-section than births led by obstetricians alone.

    The reason? Patience. The birth process can sometimes take a long time, and the US medical community often pushes to rush things along. Midwifes, on the other hand, tend to rely on natural rhythms and resist the temptation to speed things up.

    “It’s a different model,” Ginger Breedlove, the president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, told the Atlantic. “When you begin intervening at high levels for no medical indication, as with premature induction, elective Cesareans, and forcing women to stay in bed and not ambulate during labor, you begin to create a cascade of domino responses that intervene with normal physiologic processes and change the outcome of birth.”

    The Atlantic reports:

    “The 2011 Nursing Economics study, for example, also found that mothers whose care was led by a nurse-midwife had lower rates of episiotomies, drug-induced labor, and vaginal tearing during delivery.”

    It’s certainly an interesting take on the subject of natural birth, midwives, and medical intervention. And that’s food for thought for any birth injury lawyer in Cleveland or anyone else interesting in lowering the risk for birth injury.

  • 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.

    Read more here.

  • 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.