• Doctors aren’t the only ones to misdiagnose cancer

    Posted on October 19th, 2009 admin No comments

    A cancer misdiagnosis is rarely intentional; however, those confronted with the life-altering diagnosis of cancer can’t help but ask their doctor if they are sure. On the other hand, there’s also a chance that a positive cancer diagnosis is missed. How can this happen? Aren’t procedures in place to guard against this?

    A cancer misdiagnosis can most often be attributed to a tumor is incorrectly identified as benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous); a malignant tumor is misclassified by type or stage. Or a medical professional may neglect to refer a patient to a specialist for further testing or pathology mishandled or improperly read a specimen. In these situations, the cancer misdiagnosis could have been avoided. When a person is misdiagnosed, precious time is lost in identifying and treating the cancer.

    If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of a careless medical diagnosis, seeking a cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Ohio such as Linton & Hirshman will help put your mind at ease so you can focus on what’s truly important – your health. Robert F. Linton, Jr., Tobias J. Hirshman, and Ellen Hobbs Hirshman have over 90 years of combined experience of asking the right questions and finding the responsible parties.

    Many people think of cancer misdiagnosis as the act of a doctor missing the cancer. However, there are also cases of patients being treated for a cancer they do not have. A second option is always prudent. If you have undergone surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, or any other treatment prescribed for cancer and didn’t have cancer, contact Linton & Hirshman today for a free consultation.

    Linton & Hirshman, cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Ohio, are devoted to asserting the rights of cancer misdiagnosis patients and families. We are located in Cleveland’s warehouse district close to the state and federal courthouses. Contact us today for a free consultation. Hospital or home appointments are available.

    Sources:
    American Cancer Society

    Everyday Health

  • Malpractice statistics staggering

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    According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), over 119,000 people die each year due to medical malpractice. Medical malpractice has become the third leading cause of death in the United States, after deaths from heart disease and cancer.

    The JAMA article also broke down the following medical malpractice statistics:

    12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery

    7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals

    20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals

    80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals

    It is astounding that medical professionals are still making these errors each year. If your life has been significantly altered since a medial malpractice incident, don’t wait any longer. Contact an experienced Ohio malpractice attorney at Linton & Hirshman. Our attorneys have over 90 years of collective experience in medical malpractice cases and we understand how your life will never be the same due to someone else’s negligence.

    Wouldn’t you like to talk with someone who understands what the future may bring when considering things like future medical costs and loss of income? Tobias J. Hirshman, Ellen Hobbs Hirshman, and Robert F. Linton, Jr., have the compassion and patience to evaluate the severity of your malpractice injury. Wouldn’t you want a seasoned Ohio malpractice attorney that is familiar with Ohio’s malpractice laws representing you and your family?

    When a medical professional makes a serious error in your treatment, you have rights. An experienced Ohio malpractice attorney will help you navigate a complex malpractice case. Ohio’s malpractice attorneys at Linton & Hirshman have a wealth of experience in malpractice cases in Ohio. We understand the grave effect a medical professional’s negligence can cause to you or a family member. Our job is to work diligently to protect your rights to compensation.

    While you and your family focus on moving forward and adjusting to the new challenges in your life caused by someone else’s negligence, Linton & Hirshman has the significant resources needed to effectively develop and argue your malpractice case. We will identify witnesses, care providers, and research all relevant evidence in your case while treating you with compassion and respect.

    Call Linton & Hirshman today for a free consultation for your Ohio malpractice case. Home and hospital appointments are available. We are located in the warehouse district of Cleveland, Ohio, close to the state and federal courthouses.

    Sources:
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, US Dept of Health and Services

    http://www.ahrq.gov/

    Wikipedia – malpractice

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malpractice

  • Spinal cord injuries by the numbers

    Posted on October 19th, 2009 admin No comments

    According to a recent study initiated by the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, there are nearly 1 in 50 people living with paralysis—approximately 6 million people.
    That’s the same number of people as the combined populations of Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Suffering a spinal cord injury is a life changing event; physically, emotionally and financially.

    The costs of living with a spinal cord injury can be substantial and vary due to the severity of injury. The following facts are according to The University of Alabama National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    In the first year, average yearly expenses can range from $228,566 to $775,567.
    For a 25 year old, estimated lifetime costs due to spinal cord injury can range from $681,843 to over $3 million.

    87.9% of all spinal cord injured individuals are discharged from hospitals to private homes.
    These are staggering figures and having a spinal cord injury attorney will help you plan for these future expenses. Linton & Hirshman, Attorneys at Law, have over 90 years of combined experience helping people to keep moving forward after suffering a spinal cord injury. Our attorneys Robert F. Linton, Jr., Ellen Hobbs Hirshman and Tobias J. Hirshman, will treat you with compassion and respect. While you or a loved one work at adapting your lives to the new circumstances, we will protect your rights and provide sound guidance in your spinal cord injury case.

    Your spinal cord injury attorney at Linton & Hirshman will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your case. All injury related expenses will be calculated to ensure you receive suitable compensation. Linton & Hirshman, Cleveland Malpractice attorneys, are committed to asserting the rights of spinal cord injury victims and their families. Contact an experienced Linton & Hirshman attorney today to schedule a free consultation. Home or hospital appointments are available. We are conveniently located in the warehouse district near the state and federal courthouses.

    Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institute of Health

  • Brain injury statistics

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    A brain injury can cause a long-term disability or death. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, of the 1.4 million people who sustain a brain injury each year in the United States, 50,000 die; 235,000 are hospitalized; and 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department. 20% of these injuries are caused by motor vehicle accidents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 3.17 Million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a brain injury.

    Traumatic brain injury can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior, and/or sensation. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.

    If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, don’t hesitate to contact Linton & Hirshman today for a free consultation. The care and services required to assist a brain injury victim in daily life will not be short lived. Let Linton & Hirshman, experienced Ohio brain injury attorneys, protect your rights to proper care and compensation. Our attorneys Tobias J. Hirshman, Robert F. Linton, Jr., and Ellen Hobbs Hirshman have great compassion and insight into struggles and challenges faced by brain injury victims. Let us fight for the compensation you deserve.

    When a family member has suffered a traumatic brain injury, Linton & Hirshman will evaluate your case to determine if another’s negligence or medical malpractice caused the injury. The attorneys at Linton & Hirshman are dedicated to asserting the rights of people suffering from these devastating injuries. Contact an experienced brain injury attorney at Linton & Hirshman today to learn more about your rights and a legal course of action. Don’t delay; schedule a free consultation now.

    Linton & Hirshman Attorneys at Law in Cleveland Ohio are committed to asserting the rights of brain injury victims. We have over 90 years of combined experience as well as the resources and medical knowledge to successfully represent you in a brain injury case. Don’t try to navigate the legal system alone. Contact us today for a free consultation at home or the hospital. We are conveniently located in the warehouse district near the state and federal courthouses in Cleveland, Ohio.

    Sources:
    Brain Injury Association of America

    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes