• Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: New Study Suggests Sleeplessness Persistent Problem for Spinal Injury Victims

    Posted on January 13th, 2020 admin No comments

    Our Cleveland spinal injury attorney hears from clients all the time that they have trouble sleeping. While we’re not doctors – we’re attorneys – we can tell you it’s not your imagination. A recent study led by a University of Calgary researcher at the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) suggests that sleeplessness is a huge problem for those who suffer from a spinal injury. More alarmingly, the lack of sleep can even contribute to stroke.

     

    “People with spinal cord injury have alarming rates of stroke, and we wanted to understand why,” says study lead Dr. Aaron Phillips, Ph.D., assistant professor, in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, and member of the CSM’s Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

     

    The study found that fatigue and sleep issues were prevalent in people with spinal cord injury and that sleep-related breathing problems were associated with reduced brain health in this population.

     

    “The risk of fatigue is nine times greater in individuals with spinal cord injury compared to those without,” says Phillips. “Prior to these results, I don’t really think we realized what a huge problem sleep and sleepiness are for people with spinal cord injury.”

    Lack of Sleep Hard on Brain Health

    Unfortunately, sleeping problems can have negative effects on the brain.

     

    “People with spinal cord injury were suffering from very disturbed breathing during sleep that was actually preventing them from carrying oxygen to vital organs like their brain,” says Dr. Jordan Squair, Ph.D., post-doctoral scholar in the Phillips lab and first author on the study. “It’s not just about a good night’s sleep. Our study found sleep-related disorders are negatively associated with brain health for individuals with spinal cord injury.”

     

    If you or a loved one have been the victim of a spinal injury, call The Linton Law Firm for a free consultation with a Cleveland spinal injury attorney.

  • Cleveland Car Accident Attorney: Why Car Accident Fatalities are on the Rise

    Posted on January 1st, 2020 admin No comments

    As any car accident attorney in Cleveland will tell you, it’s not your imagination: car accidents are on the rise. It’s a phenomenon that’s happening in spite of public information campaigns to prevent drunk driving and encourage seat belt use, improvements in car safety technology, and improvements in highway safety.

     

    But the statistics do not lie. In 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, 40,200 people died in accidents involving motor vehicles, a six-percent rise from the year before. It’s the first time since 2007 that more than 40,000 people have died in motor vehicle accidents in a single year.

     

    It’s a continuing trend. The 2016 total comes after a 7 percent rise in 2015 and means the two-year increase (14 percent) is the largest in more than half a century.

    Is Smarter But Deadlier Technology to Blame?

    Not only are people driving more, but deaths are increasing as a percentage of miles. Many experts blame distracted driving caused by smart phone technology.

     

    “It’s not just talking on the phone that’s a problem today,” Jonathan Adkins, executive director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told the New York Times. “You now have all these other apps that people can use on their phones.”

    Speed Kills

    And increased speed means fatalities are higher as a result.

     

    “Total crashes were up less than 5 percent, but fatalities were up 25 percent,” David Brown, a research associate at the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced Public Safety, notes in an interview with The Balance. “I think speeding is the No. 1 problem. There are times of the day when we only have one or two troopers on duty in a county so that you can speed, and there is no one there to deter it.”

     

    The increase in car accident fatalities are tragic but preventable. 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 Brain Injury Lawyer: Actress Meghan King Edmonds Shares Her Son’s Struggle with Brain Damage

    Posted on December 16th, 2019 admin No comments

    Whenever our brain injury lawyer in Cleveland speaks to clients, one thing is clear: the struggle is real and continues every day, but it’s the little things you must hold on to along the journey towards growth and healing.

     

    Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds recently revealed that her 14-month old son has irreversible brain damage. She said she knew something was different with him from “the minute he was born.” However, doctors told her that her son is “fine,” forcing her to “beg” for an MRI.

     

    “Three days later Hart’s neurologist called me,” she recounted. “Hart has minor Periventricular Leukomalacia on both sides of his brain (namely the white matter), but more so on his right. She said that this explains all of my concerns: the rigidity in his muscles, the (somewhat) delayed physical milestones, the lack of fluidity with arm and leg movements, the stiffness in joints, the weakness in his lower back, the somewhat favored use of his right side.”

     

    “She told me this mainly occurs in premies and since he was not a premie (he was born at 37 weeks gestation) she believes this damage somehow occurred ‘a couple months before he was born,'” Edmonds continued. “She explained that he is at risk for being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and will be monitored. Hart has irreversible brain damage, it’s called PVL.”

    Milestones of Progress

    Thankfully, the child’s brain is developing and growing by the day. The actress recently took to Instagram to celebrate a milestone.

    “Hart stood today for the first time! And I’m not talking for a half second, he stood for almost a whole minute!” his 34-year-old mother proudly wrote in the post’s caption. “My mom was there and got to see it and take pics and even a video of the end.”

     

    “Both his PT and OT were there (and this wasn’t during therapy),” she continued. “Only a week into intensive therapy @napacenter and this boy’s development is exploding! (And so is my heart!) What a special and incredible moment! #gohartgo.”

    Talk to a Cleveland Brain Injury Lawyer

    If you or a loved one suffer from brain damage, it’s always important to celebrate steps of progress, both big and small. But progress becomes significantly easier when financial barriers have been removed and those responsible for any accident that caused the brain injury are held accountable. Call Linton Law firm today for a free consultation with a brain injury lawyer in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Woman Undergoes Double Mastectomy Following Medical Error

    Posted on December 9th, 2019 admin No comments

    As any cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland can attest, medical errors can come at a high price. One woman is lucky to still be alive, but her life will never be the same. Sarah Boyle has misdiagnosed her with triple-negative breast cancer, but only after extremely debilitating chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.

     

    Though the mother of two young children is grateful to not actually have cancer, she regardless faces an increased risk of cancer due to double breast implants. Her lawyers said the mistake occurred because a biopsy sample was incorrectly recorded. She has suffered psychological trauma and also continues to endure ongoing symptoms caused by unnecessary treatment.

    The Trauma of Needless Medical Treatment

    “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family,” Boyle told the Telegraph. “Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatizing. And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.”

     

    “As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy,” she added.

    Accountability & Responsibility in the Medical Community

    The hospital says it has taken steps to avoid such errors in the future.

     

    “A misdiagnosis of this kind is exceptionally rare and we understand how devastating this has been for Sarah and her family,” said a spokesman from the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust. “Ultimately the misreporting of the biopsy was a human error so as an extra safeguard all invasive cancer diagnoses are now reviewed by a second pathologist.”

     

    After all, accountability is what not only forces those who commit medical errors to admit their mistakes but strive to never repeat them. If you have been wrongly misdiagnosed of cancer and would like to speak to a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, call the Linton Law Firm. We offer free consultations.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: Alleged Serial Killer Posed as Nursing Home Nurse

    Posted on November 11th, 2019 admin No comments

    Not all serial killers live in vans waiting in parks for their victims. Some have even posed as aides in nursing homes – preying on the elderly and most vulnerable members of our society.

    It’s a case that shocks even the most tempered nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland. Police believe a 47-year old who posed as nursing home health aide is a serial killer has smothered at least 12 elderly women.

    Dallas area Billy Chemirmir has been charged with 12 counts of murder in an ongoing investigation.

    Police first started surveilling Chemirmir, when he was observed tossing a jewelry box in the trash of his apartment complex. The box belonged to Lu Thi Harris, who was later found dead inside her apartment.

    An Ongoing Investigation

    Police suspected there may be more victims, reinvestigating more than 750 unattended senior deaths dating back to at least 2010. Authorities exhumed at least one body of a suspected victim, WFAA reported.

    Authorities say Chemirmir is responsible for at least a dozen deaths and attempted murder of two other women – and they’re still searching for more potential victims.

    Though Chemirmir isn’t a licensed nurse in the US, he posed as a nurse and worked as a home health care aide.

    “Chemirmir uses health care experience to his advantage targeting and exploiting seniors, some of the most vulnerable people in our community,” Plano Police Chief Gregory W. Rushin told reporters in 2018. “This is terribly disturbing.”

    It’s a chilling incident, but tragically much more common than you’d think. Selecting the best nursing facility for your loved one is extremely challenging. Any nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland will tell you to always use due diligence and ask key questions, such as:

    • What are the staffing ratios?
    • What is your staffing turnover rate?
    • How much time is spent by nurses and aides with residents?
    • Which services are offered?
    • What is the typical wait time for a call button alert?
    • What type of activities are offered to encourage the engagement of residents?
  • Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: Promising New Research in Stem Cell Therapy

    Posted on November 4th, 2019 admin No comments

    Here’s some good news to come across the desk recently of one of our spinal injury attorneys in Cleveland: UC San Diego researchers recently published a study showing that a mix of 3D printing and stem cell therapy can be used to treat severe spinal cord injuries.

    Scientists say the findings are a huge breakthrough for people with paralysis.

    The researchers built a 3D model from scratch to make a model of a spinal cord section based on MRI imaging. The model was then loaded with stem cells that were implanted into the test subject.

    In tested rodents, the 3D spinal cord and stem cells spurred new neuron growth and helped restore function.

    “When there’s an injury, the local population of cells, the neurons, die,” Dr. Kobi Koffler with the school of Neuroscience told ABC News. “With these stem cells, we’re bringing them back.”

    Bioprinting was able to take the research to unprecedented levels.

     

    New Methods Mean Brighter Scientific Possibilities

    “Every patient’s damaged organ or tissue is different. You cannot use traditional manufacturing methods to do this,” Dr. Shaochen Chen with the School of Engineering told ABC News. “3D Bioprinting is perfect to do that.”

    And that means a brighter future for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland. Science is bringing a new day, one in which full recovery from spinal injury becomes a more achievable reality.

     

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Jury Awards $229M in Record Medical Malpractice Case

    Posted on October 7th, 2019 admin No comments

    As one of the leading birth injury law firms in Cleveland with a proven record, we always like to tell our clients it’s not about the money. Not really. It’s more about holding the medical community accountable for its negligence.

     

    But we’ll also tell you that when a Baltimore jury awarded $229 million to plaintiffs in a recent birth injury case, that’s more than just holding the hospital accountable for its errors. It’s a record – the largest medical malpractice verdict ever awarded in the United States.

     

    “We are grateful to the jury for their careful consideration,” said Mary Koch, attorney to Erica Byrom, whose daughter suffered lifelong lasting brain injuries as a result of a medical mistake. “The verdict of the jury insures that Zubida will receive the care and treatment she needs and deserves for the rest of her life.”

    A Poor Decision Led to Medical Error

     

    The 16-year-old mother had dangerously high blood pressure from preeclampsia. Doctors told her that her baby could die or suffer brain damage. In light of that prognosis, which her attorney’s claim was mistaken, the teen decided to forgo a cesarean section, resulting in lasting brain injuries to her daughter. The hospital plans to appeal the verdict.

     

    “Our hearts go out to this child and her family,” said Kim Hoppe, a Hopkins spokeswoman. “We are confident in the care this patient received and have provided ample documentation clearly demonstrating that we appropriately informed her multiple times of all of the risks associated with her condition. The verdict was not supported by the evidence.”

     

    As Cleveland birth injury lawyers, we’ll also tell you that not only does a financial award hold hospitals accountable, it also guarantees lifelong financial security for those who suffer from malpractice. And that helps to facilitate the healing process, a lifelong struggle that at least becomes a little easier when finances are no longer a concern.

  • Study Confirms Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys’ Suspicions: Abuse Underreported

    Posted on September 30th, 2019 admin No comments

    As nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland, we realize that nursing home injury is actually a lot more common than most people think. Many cases go unreported. Sadly, this suspicion has been confirmed in two new government studies.

    Conducted and published by the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the research found that in most cases of abuse or neglect severe enough to require medical attention, the incidents have not been reported to enforcement agencies — despite the fact that it’s the law.

    One study focused on nursing home residents who end up in nursing homes. Nearly one in five cases were not reported to police.

    “Some of the cases we saw, a person is treated in an emergency room [and] they’re sent back to the same facility where they were potentially abused and neglected,” Gloria Jarmon, deputy inspector general for audit services, told NPR.

    Elder Abuse Can Happen Anywhere

    And elder abuse can happen in multiple settings — not just nursing homes. A second study looked at medicare claims for the elderly regardless of where the incident took place. Nearly one- third of the incidents were not reported to law enforcement.

    That’s why it’s so important to work with a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland. All too often these tragic incidents are merely swept under the rug and ignored.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: A Pro Football Star Who Refuses to Let Go of His Helmet

    Posted on September 9th, 2019 admin No comments

    Here’s a most bizarre item to come across the desk of a brain injury attorney in Cleveland lately: a professional football star refuses to let go of his old helmet — an outdated model that is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment, or NOCSAE.

    Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has been wearing the same helmet for 12 years, despite the fact the helmet doesn’t meet current NFL safety standards. He’s so completely bonded with his old helmet he even repainted it himself — yet his paint job doesn’t uniformly match the colors and design of the rest of the team.

    Some People Don’t Like to Follow the Rules

    Under NFL rules, teams can be punished for allowing a player to wear a prohibited helmet. The guidelines were put in place in large part to protect the league from such action due to the 2016 head trauma settlement with former players.

    Yet ironically Brown is threatening to sue the NFL if he suffers a brain injury in the new helmet he’s required to wear.

    It’s a funny news item that makes for more enjoyable happy hour talk than most brain injury stories. Our brain injury attorney in Cleveland will definitely be saving this one for the next after-hours talk.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Mother Undergoes Mastectomy as a Result of Error

    Posted on August 19th, 2019 admin No comments

    One cancer misdiagnosis recently left a mother of two severely traumatized. At 28 years old, Sarah Boyle underwent a double mastectomy and chemotherapy before the Royal Stoke University Hospital realized it had made an unfortunate mistake.

    These kinds of stories are all too familiar for a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland. Those who made the error must be held accountable for their actions.

    In this case, the results of a biopsy sample were incorrectly recorded.

    Increased Risk, Ongoing Trauma

    Sadly, Boyle now faces an increased risk of cancer because of the breast implants. She has also been told the treatment may affect her fertility.

    Boyle related the tragedy of her experience and the difficulties she continues to face as a result:

    “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family,” she said.

    “Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatizing.

    “And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.

    “As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy.”

    If you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis, call our office immediately for a free consultation from one of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorneys.