• 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.