• Birth Injury Lawyer Cleveland: Should You Give Birth at Home?

    Posted on May 20th, 2019 admin No comments

    To home birth or not to home birth? That is the question that every expecting mother faces. It’s not an easy decision – and there is no clear cut answer.

    And as our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland can attest, either choice carries the risk of birth injury – the difference is whether or not there will be medical staff around in case something goes wrong.

    Do the Math on Risk

    First, the facts: statistically, hospital births are safer. When 99% of births were done at home in 1900, about 100 babies per 1,000 tragically died during the birth. Today, when only one-percent of births are done at home, that number has dropped to 5.9 per 1,000.

    About 23 to 27% of first-time mothers giving birth at home, will be transferred to a hospital because the baby will have trouble moving through the birth canal. Mothers who have given birth before have an easier time – only 9% transfer to the hospital because of difficulty.

    And babies who are born at home will die at twice the rate of those born in a hospital. There’s always a risk something will go wrong – such as hemorrhaging, a lack of oxygen to the baby, etc.

    Home Birth Guidelines

    Dr. Robyn Lamar, OB-GYN at UCSF, recommends mothers giving birth at home live within 15 minutes of a hospital, according to NPR. Mothers should also plan on hospital birth if the baby is breech if she is pregnant with multiples or has had a cesarean in the past.

    However, a home birth can provide a more nurturing birthing experience. And women delivering won’t be coerced into pain meds or a cesarean.

  • Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: New Study Sheds Light on Why Injuries Worsen After Accident

    Posted on April 22nd, 2019 admin No comments

    It’s a phenomenon we see all the time as spinal injury attorneys in Cleveland. The real damage caused by a spinal injury often occurs long after the original injury.

    A new study could shed some light on why.

    Science Daily reports:

    “Yi Ren, a professor of biomedical sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine, is making progress in understanding why such significant harm is inflicted in the weeks and months after a spinal injury. In a study published today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Ren explained how a natural immune system response may contribute to additional injury.”

    After an injury, endothelial cells that line blood vessels are activated to remove potentially harmful material, like myelin debris, from the site of the injury. But researchers suspect this process may also contribute to further damage after the incident.

    “The consequences of the effort of endothelial cells to clear myelin debris is often severe, contributing to post-traumatic degeneration of the spinal cord and to the functional disabilities often associated with spinal cord injuries,” said Ren, whose team conducted the study over a period of five years.

    An Optimistic Prognosis

    As science and doctors better understand how these mechanisms work, more might be done to help spinal injury victims recover functioning to lead fuller lives. And that is certainly promising news for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

     

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: The Tragic Case of the Comatose Arizona Patient Who Gave Birth

    Posted on April 15th, 2019 admin No comments

     

    It’s a story that shocked the country, but it demonstrates how sexual assault is all too commonplace. Our nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland deal with these kind of issues on a regular basis.

     

    A woman in a vegetative state gave birth. Nursing home staff didn’t even realize she was pregnant. They found the baby suddenly born from a woman who’d been comatose since she was a toddler, fighting for its life.

     

    Last January, police arrested the woman’s suspected rapist Nathan Sutherland, 36, who had worked as a nurse at the facility — Hacienda HealthCare.

    DNA Match

     

    Police reportedly collected a DNA sample from Sutherland which matched that of the child, a boy who was born on December 29th.

     

    “Through a combination of good old-fashioned police work, combing through evidence, talking to people and following up on information, combined with the marvels of DNA technology, we were able to identify and develop probable cause to arrest a suspect,” Jeri L. Williams, the Police Department’s chief, said at a news conference.

     

    Sutherland was a focus of the investigation because he was among the medical staff members at the nursing home assigned to care for the woman around the time authorities believe she was raped.

    The Nursing Home Responds

     

    The center issued a statement apologizing for the rape.

     

    “Every member of the Hacienda organization is troubled beyond words to think that a licensed practical nurse could be capable of seriously harming a patient,” company officials said in a statement. “Once again, we offer an apology and send our deepest sympathies to the client and her family, to the community and to our agency partners at every level.”

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: The Shocking Global Ignorance of Cancer

    Posted on March 22nd, 2019 admin No comments

    Take it from a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland: Most women do not know enough about ovarian cancer. Perhaps it’s time to learn.

    In all 44 countries surveyed, women diagnosed with ovarian cancer didn’t know significant details about their condition, which is common among patients.

    The Cost of Ignorance

    Ovarian cancer could be more treatable, and even potentially curable if caught in early stages.

    “No one country does it well,” Frances Reid, a study designer with the World Ovarian Cancer Coalition,  told NPR. “Different countries do different things well, but then they do other things not so well.”

    The knowledge just isn’t there.

    “What they report is consistent with what we know about ovarian cancer,” says American Cancer Society epidemiologist Lindsey Torre, who recently wrote an overview of ovarian cancer in the US. “There’s not enough information out there.”

    And that’s tragic. Lack of knowledge often leads to more deaths, more incidents of misdiagnosis. As any cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will tell you — knowledge is power. Upon diagnosis, do your due diligence to investigate and learn as much as possible about your condition.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: 3 Lessons Learned from the Vegetative Patient Who Gave Birth

    Posted on March 11th, 2019 admin No comments

    What can we learn from the tragic case of the nursing home resident in a vegetative state who gave birth? Our Cleveland nursing home injury attorney had a few thoughts.

    A Clean Record Does Not Guarantee Safety

    The 36-year-old suspect, Nathan Sutherland, who police say has DNA that matches the baby, had a clean background check, a spotless record, and a clear license to practice. And yet he is alleged to have raped the patient who he was charged to care for. It’s heinous and tragic, but a clean and spotless record for staff does not necessarily mean a patient is safe from assault.

    Health Checks are a Must

    Hospital staff did not even realize the patient was pregnant until she gave birth. How could this happen? The facility did not keep up with necessary healthcare checks. Even when a patient is in a comatose state, regular healthcare and checkups are important.

    Rape is Rape

    A woman in a vegetative state cannot consent. Yes, she was sexually assaulted, but more specifically she was raped. Tragically, sexual assault is all too prevalent in nursing facilities, often committed by the very people responsible for the care of our loved ones.

    Do you suspect mistreatment of your loved one? Call Linton Law Firm today and schedule a free consultation with one of our nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Why Ohio Needs Midwife Regulations

    Posted on February 11th, 2019 admin No comments

    Why is birth injury particularly prevalent in the state of Ohio?

    That’s a question we get asked a lot at our birth injury lawyer firm in Cleveland. One driving force is the fact that Ohio is one of more than a dozen states that don’t regulate its midwives.

    And that’s a problem —  because more and more babies are being born at home. Accounting for just .8 percent of births a decade ago, out of hospital births have nearly doubled to more than 1.5 percent.

    An Increasing Need for Regulation

    Most states have passed laws recognizing and more importantly regulating direct-entry midwives —  the largest group of out-of-hospital delivery providers.

    Most midwives are trained via midwifery schools or apprenticeships and rarely collaborate with physicians or hospitals.

    Of the more 400,000 out-of-hospital births attended by midwives in the past decade, 60% were attended by a midwife who had no official nursing training.

    No Medical Training Required to Facilitate a Birth? Really, Ohio?

    And Ohio currently has no law on the books to regulate midwives.

    “The legislature didn’t really care about that population, and so it evolved without animosity,” said Virginia Buchanan told the Columbus Dispatch. Buchanan is a Florida birth injury attorney representing the family of a child who died in an out-of-hospital birth. “They sort of snuck in and established a presence, and it just has sort of grown. Somewhere along the lines, it just got overlooked.”

    Our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland receive numerous cases every year that did not have to happen. Write your legislator and advocate for the regulation of the midwife field.

  • Some Inspiring News from the Desk of Our Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney

    Posted on February 4th, 2019 admin No comments

    Suffering a brain injury is a highly traumatic event. You feel like you’re damaged goods. It can seem hopeless like you’ll never get any better.

    Here’s a recent news article from our Cleveland brain injury attorneys to inspire you.

    Just months after suffering serious brain injury, Stephen Monson scored a perfect score on the ACT.

    Yet only a few months before taking the test, the high school student could barely play Monopoly because the math was too hard.

    Elementary Throwback

    The disorientation of brain injury can make you feel less like you’re ready for college and more like you’re elementary school bound, Monson remembers.

    “You take for granted the way that you think and the way that your brain operates because you never know how other people’s brains operate,” Monson told The Belleville News-Democrat. “… But when you get a concussion, especially a severe one, it really throws you back to your elementary levels.”

    Some Test Taking Advice

    What test-taking advice does the teen give the clients of brain injury attorneys in Cleveland? Time yourself.

    “My best advice would be: realize that the ACT is extremely dependent on time and that you need to make sure that before you go into the test, you know what it looks like, and you know how to time yourself,” Monson said. “For that, I would recommend heavily take those practice tests. Realize what you’re going to be getting yourself into on test day.”

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyers and the Sad Effects of Boomerang Elderly Care

    Posted on January 28th, 2019 admin No comments

    “Oh my God, we dropped her!” That’s something you never want to hear from your nursing home aide. That’s the kind of situation that leads to lawsuits being filed by a nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland.

     

    When aides dropped Sandra Snipes, she happened to land on her right side where her hip had recently been replaced. Snipes had suffered from a myriad of medical problems that had her going back and forth between nursing home and hospital, a trend that has become not uncommon.

    A Sad Story with Even Sadder Statistics

     

    “One in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home boomerangs back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions such as dehydration, infections and medication errors, federal records show,” NPR reports. “Such rehospitalizations occur 27 percent more frequently than for the Medicare population at large.”

     

    Unfortunately, nursing homes have traditionally benefited from this trend since both hospitals and nursing homes received financial benefits from such transfers.

     

    “There’s this saying in nursing homes, and it’s really unfortunate: ‘When in doubt, ship them out,’” David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, told NPR. “It’s a short-run, cost-minimizing strategy, but it ends up costing the system and the individual a lot more.”

     

    It’s a sad phenomenon that leads to more cases being filed by nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland. It’s a system in badly need of reform, leaving many patients in its wake.

  • When Even Spiderman Creator Needed a Nursing Home Injury Lawyer – Everyone Does

    Posted on December 24th, 2018 admin No comments

    Nursing home abuse can happen to the best of us. It can happen to you. It can happen to me. It can even happen to Spiderman . . . or at least the creator of Spiderman.

     

    A recent Los Angeles police probe into the elder abuse of Spiderman creator and Marvel founder, the late Stan Lee, highlights the need for Cleveland nursing home injury lawyers to prosecute cases of abuse and always hold the system accountable. Seniors must be protected.

    A Legal Trail of Abuse and Improper Advantage

    Court documents revealed the investigation via a restraining order granted against Keya Morgan, Lee’s business manager, and personal adviser during his last months.

     

    The restraining order accused Morgan of taking advantage of Lee’s impaired hearing, vision, and judgment, and moving him from his long-standing home and preventing family and associates from contacting him.

     

    “I have a very dear friend I take care of who is 95 and um, uh, three unidentified people have gone inside this house and locked the door and locked his security out and I’m very, very scared that they’re harming him,” Morgan said on a 911 emergency call, according to a transcript filed with the restraining order.

     

    The Guardian reports:

     

    “Morgan’s arrest is the latest and most dramatic move in the fight that has emerged over Lee’s business an estimated $50m (£37m) fortune since his wife of 69 years, Joan, died last year.

     

    “Police have been investigating reports of elder abuse against Lee since at least February, and had issued an emergency order keeping Morgan from Lee even before Wednesday’s order was issued.”

    The Real Heroes: Those Who Advocate for Victims

    The real heroes are the family and friends of the seniors who contact a nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland to advocate for the rights of their loved ones. After all, we’re all in this together. Nursing home abuse affects every single one of us.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Trauma & Hormones Lead to Smaller Male Babies

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 admin No comments

    You don’t need to be a birth injury lawyer in Cleveland to understand why high levels of trauma in a mother could affect the health and weight of a newborn. But now, we have the science to back up basic gut instinct and common sense. A study published last September in Science Daily found that women who have experienced intense trauma tend to give birth to significantly smaller male babies.

     

    The finding is, that it wasn’t the stress alone that likely led to lower birth weights, but hormones.

     

    “Only women who had both a history of trauma and higher levels of cortisol secretion experienced lower birth weights; trauma alone was not sufficient,” Science Daily reported.

    Only Males Babies Seem Affected

    The phenomenon was only seen in male babies. “This is consistent with other data that shows that male fetuses are more susceptible to effects of maternal stress on intrauterine growth,” Science Daily reported.

     

    “Identifying a prior history of trauma and providing interventions, for example treatment for associated mood disturbances, could lead to improved perinatal outcomes that have lifelong implications for health of mother and baby,” said the study’s first author, Julie Flom, MD, MPH, fellow in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

    Self Care; Love Yourself

    The bottom line? Expecting mothers should take care of themselves because in doing so they also take care of their developing babies. Pregnancy and giving birth are naturally stressful events, as any Cleveland birth injury lawyer will tell you. But don’t forget a little self care. Take a relaxing bath. Put on soothing music. Talk with and enjoy spending time with your partner. Nurture yourself because you will soon be nurturing a little one who needs all the love they can get.