• 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.