Posted on April 28th, 2017 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.attorneys, firm, law, lawyers, Nursing Home Injury, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys, lawyer, lawyer cleveland, Nursing Home Attorney, Nursing Home Injury, Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland, Nursing Home Injury lawyer
Posted on April 21st, 2017 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..attorneys, cancer misdiagnosis, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, malpractice attorney, attorney cleveland, cancer, cancer misdiagnosis attorney, cancer misdiagnosis attorney Cleveland, cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, cancer misdiagnosis lawyer Cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, lawyer, lawyer cleveland
Posted on April 7th, 2017 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.brain injury, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, brain, brain injury, Brain Injury Attorney, Brain Injury Lawyer Cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney, Cleveland brain injury attorney firms, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, lawyer, lawyer cleveland
Posted on March 20th, 2017 No comments
Most people are surprised by the statistics. But for a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, the stats, while alarming, prove why litigation is necessary in holding medical professionals accountable for their diagnostic mistakes. In the right direction, a cancer misdiagnosis might be a relief from a living nightmare. In the wrong direction, a misdiagnosis could very well prove to be a death sentence.
Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore found that one out of every 71 cases was misdiagnosed, based on the tissue samples they studied from 6,000 people across the country. Moreover, up to one in five cases was misclassified.
“That can change whether a patient gets no treatment, vs. surgery, vs. radiation,” Dr. Jonathan Epstein of The Johns Hopkins Hospital told ABC News. “If they get surgery or radiation, which type?”
Part of the problem is that despite medical technology advances, the diagnosis pretty much comes down to a judgment call.
“We really still make the diagnosis pretty much the way we did for the last 50 years,” Dr. Leonard Zwelling of the MD Anderson Cancer Center told ABC News. “It has to come down to looking at a piece of the tumor on a slide by a pathologist.”
Bottom line, be certain to always secure a second opinion. And if you have been the victim of a misdiagnosis, consult a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer. Medical accountability matters. People’s very lives depend on it.attorneys, cancer misdiagnosis, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, cancer, cancer misdiagnosis attorney, cancer misdiagnosis attorney Cleveland, cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, cancer misdiagnosis lawyer Cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, lawyer, lawyer cleveland
Posted on March 17th, 2017 No comments
As any nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland can tell you, a nursing home’s medical records can’t always be taken at face value. If the staff has something to hide, their documents may have been forged, altered or otherwise not true.
In Chicago, two social workers claimed they were fired because they refused to falsify medical records related to incidents of nursing home patient abuse at the former Burnham Healthcare, now known as Bria of River Oaks.
“There was no structure. It was dangerous,” one of the social workers, Kenneth Allen, told the Chicago Tribune.
Documents Missing or Falsified?
Allen alleges that when he documented a resident’s rape complaint, a supervisor ripped the report from the medical file and tore it up.
Allen also claims he was told to falsify another patient’s medical report to look like she had fallen, when she very well may have been assaulted.
State investigations, meanwhile, indicate that the facility indeed had committed several instances of abuse.
From the Chicago Tribune:
“A 2012 state inspection report said two residents alleged guards beat or roughed them up in separate incidents. The report says that at least one guard at the home was fired as a result.
State inspectors have cited the facility for abuse-related incidents after Ogunyipe and Allen were terminated.”
So if your family member references abuse or injuries not mentioned in their medical file, don’t just take the word of the facility. Talk to a Cleveland nursing home injury lawyer. There may be abuse which needs investigating.attorneys, cleveland, law, lawers, lawyers, Nursing Home Injury, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys, lawyer, lawyer cleveland, Nursing Home Attorney, Nursing Home Injury, Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland, Nursing Home Injury lawyer
Posted on February 27th, 2017 No comments
Clients of our Cleveland spinal injury attorney should take note of some good news that might directly benefit them one day, to say nothing of spinal injury victims everywhere:
The Cleveland Metro-Health System recently announced $2.26 million in grant funding to conduct studies on spinal injury and recovery.
“This will allow us to attract more (spinal care) patients for care,” said Dr. Gregory Nemunaitis, director of Spinal Cord Rehabilitation at MetroHealth.
Designated over a five year period, the grant will enable the center to, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
“Collect data on the recovery of people with spinal cords injuries that will provide a database for future research and care.
Assess recovery patterns in the arms and hands of people with spinal cord injuries to develop guidelines for treatment to restore upper extremity function.
Redesign a spine board used to transport patients from the scene of an injury to the hospital. Led by MetroHealth in collaboration with the University of Toledo’s Department of Engineering, the research will focus on reducing pressure ulcers.”
MetroHealth treats about 100 traumatic spinal cord injuries a year. The announcement of this funding should be good news for them as well as clients of Cleveland spinal injury attorneys.attorneys, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, medical, ohio, spinal cord injuries, spinal injury attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland spinal injury lawyer, Injury lawyer, lawyer, lawyer cleveland, spinal injury attorney, spinal injury attorney Cleveland, spinal injury lawyer Cleveland
Posted on February 8th, 2017 No comments
When supporting the victims of brain injury, we must not forget to also celebrate and support their caregivers, who all too often go overlooked. Here’s an inspiring story of one caregiver, who despite challenges and tests, did not give up. As any brain injury lawyer in Cleveland will tell you, the support of family is key to surmounting the challenges of a brain injury. Family should be the one resource your loved one can depend on.
Kim Summerall Jones, an Arizona mom, has faced numerous challenges. First, she was told she couldn’t conceive children. Then, after her husband and she adopted two children as infants, her husband was diagnosed with a rare cancer and tragically passed away 14 months later. And if that wasn’t enough, she got the call that every parent has nightmares about. Her children had been in a traumatic car accident and her son suffered a brain injury. Her son seemed like a stranger after the accident.
“When someone receives a brain injury, it is time to mourn that person and welcome a new person to the relationship. The person you once knew is gone in most cases. In their place is a new individual with a different personality, different goals, and unique abilities,” Kim stated.
Her son’s new challenges dove Kim into a depression, which she successfully overcame through a fitness and therapy and the realization that her son needed her to be the world for him. She even competed in a bodybuilding competition. Today, she is a sought after national speaker.
For her inspiration to others, Kim was recently awarded the 2017 Ms. U.S. Woman of Achievement title at the pageant held on November 6th on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
“The good news is that because there are over 5.3 million sufferers of Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”), there are resources available for the victim. Unfortunately, there is little support for the caregiver,” Kim stated. “This is where we come in. “TBI: Survive and Thrive!” provides a community of resources, ideas, and practical tips for caregivers of TBI survivors.”
Our Cleveland brain injury lawyers wanted to share Kim’s story as inspiration to the families and victims in the struggle to recover from brain injury.attorneys, brain injury, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, brain, brain injury, Brain Injury Attorney, Brain Injury Lawyer Cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney, Cleveland brain injury attorney firms, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, lawyer cleveland
Posted on January 25th, 2017 No comments
This unbelievable story from the desk of our Cleveland nursing home injury attorney has two heroes. First, the Columbus nursing home resident who took it upon himself to call 911 despite the fact that his nurses didn’t believe him when he said he felt ill. Second, the firefighter who, despite the reluctance of the facility’s staff, decided to send a dispatcher anyway to see what the problem was about. Thanks to their efforts, the nursing home, the fire department, and especially the nursing home residents and their families, “dodged a bullet,” Battalion Chief Steve Martin told the Columbus Dispatch.
The resident, identified only as “Mr. Jackson,” told the 911 dispatcher, “Nobody wants to believe me that I’m not feeling that good.” Mr. Jackson wanted to go to a hospital.
The dispatcher asked to speak to the man’s nurse, who qualified it as “a behavior thing” that “happens all the time.”
But that dispatcher decided to listen to the resident and send paramedics instead.
“There was nothing that set it apart from any other call,” Firefighter and dispatcher Brian Severs told the Columbus Dispatch. “Something told me, ‘Don’t blow this off; this person called 911 because they thought they needed help.’”
Gut Instinct = Lives Saved
It turned out to be carbon monoxide poisoning. The entire building had a gas leak. “Mr. Jackson” and Severs saved the lives of 143 residents.
Granted, the elderly members of our family are at the sunset of their lives, so it’s understandable when we take what they say with a grain of salt. But learn to trust them and trust your instincts. If you ever have any concerns, contact a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland. Indeed, our elders just may be trying to tell us something we need to hear.attorneys, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, Nursing Home Injury, ohio attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorneys, lawyer cleveland, Nursing Home Attorney, Nursing Home Injury, Nursing Home Injury Attorney, Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland, Nursing Home Injury lawyer
Posted on January 18th, 2017 No comments
Want to avoid injury all together? Take it from our birth injury attorney in Cleveland– relax. And studies show that one of the best ways to have a relaxing, relatively stress-free birth experience is to work with a doula..
According to a study published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, doula assisted mothers are four times less likely to experience low birth weight, two times less likely to experience birth complications, including birth injury, and significantly more likely to be successful in breastfeeding.
“It is notable that despite participating in the same education classes, the women who chose to work with a doula had significantly better birth outcomes as measured by birth weight and fewer birth complications,” the study concluded.
“This finding suggests that women who embraced the premise that a doula may help empower them to influence their birthing experience, manage their labors more effectively, and reach their expectations and hopes for a positive, healthy birth also may have realized that they could improve their prenatal health and the likelihood of a healthy birth outcome through their active participation and engagement in the healthy prenatal activities offered by this program.”
Side by Side, Together
So if you want to avoid birth injury and the need to consult with a birth injury in Cleveland for legal recourse, one preventative measure you can take is working with a doula through the birthing process. A doula, practicing side by side with the doctor, ensures that births can be the beautiful beginnings they are meant to be!
From the Desk of Our Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: Robotic Therapies Help People Regain FunctionPosted on December 30th, 2016 No comments
Here’s some good news for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland. While helping spinal injury victims become more mobile, researchers in Brazil discovered that interacting with robot-like machines could help them regain some sensation and movement.
Published in Scientific Reports, the findings suggest that spinal injury victims may be able to retrain brain functions through repetition and practice.
While the eight paralyzed people did not regain the ability to support their own weight standing up, they did make partial recovery including the use of bowel and bladder functions. Some men were even able to have erections. One woman was even able to deliver a baby vaginally.
“For the first time in many years they were able to voluntarily control their muscles,” Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, a neuroscientist and physician with Duke University who led the research, told NPR. “They could move their legs or contract muscles under voluntary control. This has not been seen before. I call this an important milestone.”
Indeed, this remarkable finding could meaningfully change the lives of the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.attorneys, cleveland, firm, law, lawers, lawyers, ohio, spinal cord injuries, spinal injury attorney, attorney cleveland, Cleveland, cleveland attorney, cleveland lawyer, Cleveland lawyers, Cleveland spinal injury lawyer, Injury lawyer, lawyer, lawyer cleveland, spinal injury attorney, spinal injury attorney Cleveland, spinal injury lawyer, spinal injury lawyer Cleveland