• Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Could Lung Cancers Have Been Misdiagnosed as COVID-19?

    Posted on November 16th, 2020 admin No comments

    The COVID-19 crisis has shaken the world to its core. It’s changed daily life – transformed our work environments, reshaped how we learn, and socialize.

    And now it’s even changed how cancer misdiagnosis lawyers Cleveland will approach their cases. A recent study says as much as some lung cancers may have been misdiagnosed as COVID cases during the pandemic.

    Sky News reports:

    “A cough is a symptom for both illnesses, meaning some patients who could have lung cancer were told to stay home for fear they had coronavirus.”

    “They were therefore being diagnosed at a later stage, significantly damaging their survival chances.”

    COVID has led to a rise of misdiagnoses in cancer patients.

    “GPs are likely to misdiagnose early lung cancer symptoms as COVID-19 because of the large number of COVID-19 cases,” states a recent report from the UK Lung Cancer Coalition.

    “At least a third of patients with lung cancer have already died since the beginning of the pandemic,” states Professor David Baldwin, respiratory medicine consultant at the University of Nottingham. “Some deaths will not have been recognized as lung cancer and may have even been labeled as COVID-19.”

    Still a Deadly Disease

    COVID is a deadly disease, on track to becoming the third deadliest disease in America this year. But cancer is also a deadly disease – the second deadliest disease in America, responsible for nearly 600,000 deaths in 2018. If you or someone you love have been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, call us today for a free consultation with one of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyers.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Texas Nurse Sues Care Facility for Negligence & Retaliation

    Posted on October 26th, 2020 admin No comments

    Ask any nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland: Neglect and abuse in nursing facilities are surprisingly and unfortunately common. And under the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, this abuse has only become more rampant.

    A San Antonio health care worker is suing the care facility she worked at for negligence and retaliation. She contends that not only were her warnings of the extent of a COVID-19 outbreak at her facility ignored, but the facility sought to punish her for reporting the cases.

    The Southeast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has had 18 residents and one employee die as a result of the outbreak. An additional 75 residents and 29 workers at the facility tested positive for the virus.

    The facility is currently being investigated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

    Understaffed & Ignored

    “I reported over and over, and nothing was ever done,” Minnie Monroe, a licensed vocational nurse who worked in the memory care unit at the nursing home for more than 12 years, told Express News.

    According to Express News: “The 80-year-old said the facility was understaffed long before the coronavirus pandemic and that she and one aide worked in a unit caring for more than a dozen dementia patients at a time. The aide usually assigned to the unit spoke primarily Spanish, and Monroe said the language barrier made the situation even more difficult.

    “The lawsuit, filed late last month in state District Court, alleges that the for-profit company kept the facility understaffed by at least 20 percent in an effort to maximize profits.”

    Such understaffing is not uncommon, and indeed the cause of a great deal of the abuse and negligence so systematic in the nursing home industry. If you or a loved one have been the victims of nursing home abuse, contact one of our nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: 10% of Cancers Misdiagnosed

    Posted on October 16th, 2020 admin No comments

    Unless they are cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland themselves, most people look at a misdiagnosis in cancer as the exception to the rule: a rare anomaly, like getting struck by lightning. It happens, but not to most people.

    This couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, cancer misdiagnosis is surprisingly common. A new study suggests that as many as 10% of all cancers are actually misdiagnosed.

    These medical errors result in serious disabilities or even death in 53.9% of those cases misdiagnosed.

    Led by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the study was first published in the journal Diagnosis.

    The Study in a Nutshell

    “Diagnostic improvement initiatives should focus on dangerous conditions with higher diagnostic error and misdiagnosis-related harm rates,” the authors conclude.

    “Finally, it is worth pointing out that diseases historically receiving the most sustained attention to diagnosis (i.e. research funding, clinical quality improvement, public awareness) are the ones with the lowest harm rates,” the researchers write. “Myocardial infarction is the prototype and the only acute illness approaching the target “standard” of <1% harmed often cited in the emergency department. This is, of course, after a half-century of focused efforts to automate electrocardiogram interpretation, develop and refine biomarkers (e.g. troponin) and create routine diagnostic protocols for chest pain or suspected acute coronary syndromes. Similarly, basic research studies and clinical trials focused on prostate cancer biomarkers (e.g. prostate-specific antigen) date back to the 1960s. Achieving similar gains may be possible for other key diseases, but only if we make sustained investments in improving diagnosis (e.g., missed stroke in acute dizziness, where novel bedside tests and telemedicine have shown early promise).”

    If you’ve been the victim of a cancer misdiagnosis, you’re not alone. And yes, those responsible for these medical errors should be held accountable. Contact one of our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: New Study Indicates Repeated Football Head Injuries Can Be Deadly

    Posted on September 28th, 2020 admin No comments

    As any brain injury attorney in Cleveland will share, the brain injuries experienced by football players can be potentially life-debilitating. In fact, as new research shows, they can even be deadly.

    A new study published in the JAMA Network Open suggests that increasing repetitive head injuries among football players is associated with an increased risk of death.

    Neurology Advisor reports:

    “The study was a retrospective review of all-cause mortality data from 14,366 football players during the 1969 to 2017 NFL seasons. Only data up to July 1, 2018, were included in this analysis. Pro Football Reference records were used to identify the number of seasons and games played by participants. The exposure of interest was the professional football cumulative head impact index (pfCHII), which was calculated for 13,912 NFL players. The pfCHII, which quantified the amount and severity of repetitive head impacts, combined the reported football history with helmet accelerometer studies in professional players.

    “A total of 763 of the 14,366 players in the initial cohort (5.3%) had died over the follow-up period. The median pfCHII among the 13,912 players in the pfCHII analysis was 32.63 (interquartile range, 13.71-66.12). The pfCHII scores ranged from 14.18 for wide receivers to 84.34 for offensive linemen. For every 1-log increase in pfCHII, there was a significant increase in the hazard of death for the 1969 to 2017 football seasons (hazard ratio [HR], 2.02; 95% CI, 1.21-3.37; P =.01). Additionally, the quadratic pfCHII was significant for the hazard of death during this period (HR, 0.91; 95% CI, 0.85-0.98; P =.01).”

    Brain Injury: A Debilitating Condition That Could Require Lifelong Care

    Brain injury is a serious condition that should not be ignored. Repeated brain injury can result in debilitating conditions that may require lifelong care. The expense of such care can be great. That’s why we stress the importance of working with a brain injury attorney in Cleveland to advocate for your case and your rights. Our work strives to do two things: hold those responsible accountable for their errors and provide our clients the financial resources to live comfortably as they heal from their condition.

     

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Blood Tests Make Early Detection of Birth Injury Possible

    Posted on September 7th, 2020 admin No comments

    Thanks to science, families who have suffered birth injury have a new resource to litigate claims with a birth injury lawyer in Clevelandearly detection.

    New research has found that blood tests could be used to diagnose a birth injury just hours after birth, providing a new avenue for crucial evidence. The blood test detects which babies deprived of oxygen at birth are at risk of serious neuro disabilities like cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

    Science Daily reports:

    “The prototype test looks for certain genes being switched on and off that are linked to long-term neurological issues. Further investigations of these genes may provide new targets for treating the brain damage before it becomes permanent.”

    Empowering Families with Better Care & Knowledge

    The new findings could lead to early detection, which means better early care for the injured infants, as well as empowering families with the knowledge to act.

    “We know that early intervention is key to preventing the worst outcomes in babies following oxygen deprivation, but knowing which babies need this help, and how best to help them, remains a challenge,” stated lead author Dr. Paolo Montaldo, from the Centre for Perinatal Neuroscience at Imperial.

    It’s good news for families and important information for a birth injury lawyer in Cleveland. More information will only empower families, helping them seek better care for their children, as well as the litigated resources to provide lifelong care, if necessary.

  • Cleveland Car Accident Attorney: The Most Common Causes of Distracted Driving Are Not What You Think

    Posted on August 17th, 2020 admin No comments

    Ask any car accident attorney in Cleveland. The causes of distracted driving are often the ones we don’t consider.

    This is confirmed by recent research from the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University.

    What is the number one source of distraction while driving? No, not your phone — it’s the radio.

    The study found radios to be a distraction in 47% of the cases studied, followed by distraction from fiddling with the car’s navigation system while driving.

    Remarkably, texting ranked third.

    Video Killed the Radio Star

    Surprisingly, some people even watch movies and do FaceTime on their phones while driving.

    “As I was driving to work this week, I saw a woman with her phone in front of her face and I asked myself, what possibly could she be doing? I realized she was Facetiming someone while she was driving,” said Phil Renaud, director of the Risk Institute who led the study.

    Drivers need to not only be concerned about texting while driving but numerous other functions their phones can provide.

    “Texting is almost yesterday when you think about it,” said Renaud. “So distracting driving awareness needs to go beyond ‘don’t text and drive’ to ‘don’t tweet and drive’, ‘don’t Facebook and drive’ and ‘don’t FaceTime and drive.’”

    It’s not just drunk drivers who may become the next case for a car accident attorney in Cleveland. It could easily be video chatting or a streaming movie.

  • Cleveland Spinal Injury Attorney: New Research Shows Restoring Touch Could Be Possible for Spinal Injury Victims

    Posted on August 10th, 2020 admin No comments

    As any client of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland will tell you, the lack of sensation that accompanies paralysis can be a great impediment to resuming life again following an injury.

    This phenomenon has not had many studies, but recent research offers promising results that the sense of touch may be returned to those with spinal injury.

    Led by Battelle and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a team of scientists, doctors and researchers demonstrated that a person with a clinically complete spinal cord injury (SCI) can use a brain-computer interface (BCI) to simultaneously reanimate both motor function and sense of touch by using residual touch signaling from his own hand.

    The Study in a Nutshell

    The breakthrough was made possible through years of data collected from NeuroLifeTM program study participant Ian Burkhart, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010 when diving into the ocean, and now lives with paralysis in his hands and legs.

    “When the chip was placed on the surface of Ian’s motor cortex in 2014, it was not known that the signals related to object touch could be observed because of the paralysis,” said lead author and Battelle Principal Research Scientist Patrick Ganzer. “Furthermore, Ian has a very severe SCI that should essentially block hand touch signals from even reaching the brain.”

    A press release explained the research:

    “However, analysis has shown that sub-perceptual touch following a spinal cord injury affects Burkhart’s motor cortex even though there is essentially a block from the nerves in his arms and their connection back to the brain. Importantly, this sub-perceptual signal can be detected in the brain, rerouted via the brain-computer interface, and sent back to a wearable haptic system to restore the sense of touch.”

    It’s an amazing discovery that is good news for those who suffer from a spinal injury.

    “It has been amazing to see the possibilities of sensory information coming from a device that was originally created to only allow me to control my hand in a one-way direction,” said Burkhart.

    This could lead to life-changing treatment one day for the clients of a spinal injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Nearly Half of All Vascular Events, Infections, or Cancer Misdiagnoses Result in Permanent Disability or Death

    Posted on July 20th, 2020 admin No comments

    These are shocking figures to most, but unsurprising to any cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland. Nearly 10% of patients in the United States with symptoms caused by major vascular events, infections, or cancers actually are misdiagnosed, according to a recent Johns Hopkins School of Medicine–led study published in the journal Diagnosis.

    What’s more, nearly one-half, or 53.9%, of those misdiagnosed suffer a permanent disability or die because of the error. Plus, nearly 3/4 of all serious misdiagnosis-related harms in malpractice claims stem from those three areas – major vascular events, infections, or cancer.

    The data is clear: Cancer misdiagnosis is surprisingly common and can be very deadly or debilitating.

    Details of the Study

    Researchers aggregated rates for the 15 diseases from 28 published studies involving 91,755 patients. Among other types of misdiagnosis, the study looked at five key cancers, including lung cancer, breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and melanoma.

    The study noted:

    “Diagnostic improvement initiatives should focus on dangerous conditions with higher diagnostic error and misdiagnosis-related harm rates.

    “Finally, it is worth pointing out that diseases historically receiving the most sustained attention to diagnosis (i.e. research funding, clinical quality improvement, public awareness) are the ones with the lowest harm rates. Myocardial infarction is the prototype and the only acute illness approaching the target “standard” of <1% harmed often cited in the emergency department. This is, of course, after a half century of focused efforts to automate electrocardiogram interpretation, develop and refine biomarkers (e.g. troponin) and create routine diagnostic protocols for chest pain or suspected acute coronary syndromes. Similarly, basic research studies and clinical trials focused on prostate cancer biomarkers (e.g. prostate-specific antigen) date back to the 1960s. Achieving similar gains may be possible for other key diseases, but only if we make sustained investments in improving diagnosis (e.g., missed stroke in acute dizziness, where novel bedside tests and tele-medicine have shown early promise).”

    Cancer misdiagnosis is a serious and often overlooked issue. If you know of someone who has had a cancer misdiagnosis, contact one of our cancer misdiagnosis lawyers in Cleveland for a free consultation.

     

  • 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.