• Cleveland Brain Injury Attorneys Successfully Settle Trauma Cases

    Posted on October 28th, 2014 admin No comments

    Brain injury is not always the result of an accident. Sometimes it is part of the job. Last year, the NFL agreed to pay $765 million to settle a lawsuit litigated by the brain injury attorneys of more than 4,500 players and their families, the New York Times reports. The case accused the NFL of concealing what it knew regarding the dangers of repeated blows to the head.

    The settlement of $765 million may seem like a lot of money, but it’s a pittance for a league that earns nearly $10 billion in annual revenue.

    “The settlement seems low considering the number of claimants and the severity of their conditions, but it also shows the uphill climb in proving the league was responsible for the players’ injuries,” said Michael LeRoy, a labor law professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, told the New York Times. “The league is keenly sensitive to its public image. It changes the conversation and really lets the air out of the publicity balloon.”

    Dozens of NFL players were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., a degenerative brain disease similar to Alzheimer’s disease that is solely caused by repeated head trauma. Cleveland brain injury attorneys and others are eager to reach settlements in cases such as these, because their clients often require immediate attention.

    “Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed,” Layn Phillips, the mediator and brain injury attorney, said in a statement.

  • From the Desk of a Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Cancer Misdiagnosis More Common than Most Realize

    Posted on October 17th, 2014 admin No comments

    As any Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney will tell you, misdiagnosis is much more common than the general public believes. Misdiagnosis happens as much as 10 to 20 percent of the time, according to a recent article in the Washington Post. Trusting a doctor’s advice when it comes to cancer discovery faces about the same odds as Russian roulette, and the results can be just as fatal.

    In fact, a 2009 report funded by the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that 28 percent of 583 diagnostic mistakes were life threatening or resulted in death or permanent disability. A recent study on errors at a Texas VA hospital found that 87 percent of the time the misdiagnosis had the potential to cause serious harm as well as death.

    “This is an enormous problem, the hidden part of the iceberg of medical errors that dwarfs other kinds of mistakes”, David Newman-Toker, an associate professor of neurology and otolaryngology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, told the Washington Post. Most cases of misdiagnosis come from flawed thinking and negligence, and not the rarity of the disease itself.

    “There is probably nothing more cognitively complicated than a diagnosis, and the fact that we get it right as often as we do is amazing,” Dr. Mark L. Graber, a leading researcher and founding president of the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine, told the Washington Post.
    The moral of the story is to get a second opinion, even if the results turn up benign. It not only will save you from consulting a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney, but might actually save your life.