• Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Billions of Dollars in Elderly Financial Abuse

    Posted on February 26th, 2018 admin No comments

    Physical abuse is not the only abuse the elderly may suffer in their sunset rules. Financial abuse is another devastating form of abuse, whether by a family member, a care provider, or a facility, and it costs the aging community literally billions.

    A 2009 study by the MetLife Mature Market Institute estimated the financial loss from such abuse to be about $2.6 billion per year. But that’s just an educated guess, and a conservative one at that. The same study also found that only 1 in 6 cases of elderly financial abuse is ever reported.

    That’s less than 20%, which is tragic. If more family members of victims of financial abuse in Ohio not only reported the incidents, but contacted a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland, we’d not only have a more honest picture of the problem, but greater advocacy to prevent such abuse from happening in the future.

    “Right now, we truly don’t know how much exists,” says Professor Pamela Teaster, who chairs the department of gerontology at the University of Kentucky and is on the board of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, told NBCNews. “We believe it is an incredibly under-reported problem.”

    Lives Lost, Nest Eggs Stolen

    Abuse can happen from the staff at a care facility who may come into contact with expensive possessions such as jewelry or money, or from a family member. Often, the abuse can take place without other family members even knowing about it.

    If your loved one has been the victim of elderly financial abuse, contact the police, but also contact a Cleveland nursing home injury and abuse attorney.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: Abuse Cases On the Rise

    Posted on February 5th, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s a startling trend that certainly troubles our nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland. Since 2011, staff to resident abuse in long term care homes has risen 148 percent, according to a  year-long CBC Marketplace investigation.

    In 2016, there were 2,198 reported incidents of abuse pointing to an average of six seniors at long-term care homes in Ontario being abused every day.

    While the data was compiled from a six year investigation in Ontario, similar trends can be found in the US, especially Ohio.

    Nursing home abuse is surprisingly common.

    “We hear stories of people being illegally detained, of being left in bed for days, filthy conditions, cockroaches, assault,” Jane Meadus, a lawyer and institutional advocate with the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly, told CBC News.

    Why Evidence is So Important

    And often when families do inquire about the nature of injuries, they receive little information or help from care staff. Many in response have turned to placing cameras, to monitor their loved ones.

    “Every time we’d ask for an explanation from the facility, we would be told that there was no documentation, there’s no information to elaborate or to clarify or shed light on what occurred,” Daniel Nassrallah, a Canadian lawyer representing a client who suffered nursing home abuse.

    That is why our Cleveland birth injury lawyer always recommends documenting any possibility of elder care abuse. Take photos, have the resident examined by a doctor, even collect camera footage if necessary. Your loved ones safety, health and rights deserve advocacy.

  • Cleveland Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney: Why a Second, Third, Even Fourth Opinion May Help To Save Your Life

    Posted on December 28th, 2017 admin No comments

    What is the cost of assuming your doctor knows best? Everything, literally, can be on the line when a doctor makes his or her diagnosis. And yes, as our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will tell you, getting a second opinion, even if the diagnosis is positive, can save your life.

    Consider this: 40,000 to 80,000 deaths occur in the U.S. from diagnostic error, and as many as 17 percent of diagnoses are inaccurate, according to a 2015 diagnostic report from The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine).

    Not detecting cancer early enough kills. It’s as simple as that.

    “Making the final diagnosis is the doctor’s responsibility,” Dr. Vinita Parkash, a professor of pathology at the Yale School of Medicine, assesses. “The doctor pulls together all the pieces of information, including history, signs, symptoms and test results, to name the disease that is the cause of the patient’s malady. It is that label, that diagnosis, which will accompany the patient through her health care journey and determine what will happen to her.”

    Escalating Medical Complexity, Increases Risk

    What is worrisome is the fact that misdiagnosis is likely on the rise in an age of increasing complexity and evolving medical approaches.

    “Doctors face increasingly higher caseloads and administrative burdens,” Dr. Parkash points out. “Keeping pace with changes in medical knowledge is ever more challenging; it is estimated that medical knowledge will double every 73 days in 2020.”

    So by all means, get a second opinion, or three or four, even if the results come back benign. That’s advice from our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney that may very well save your life. Trust us. Your family will thank you.

  • Nursing Home Injury Attorney Cleveland: Attorney General Uses Spy Cams to Catch Abusers

    Posted on November 22nd, 2017 admin No comments

    As our Cleveland nursing home injury attorney will tell you, spy cams can be beneficial. They catch abusers red handed, saving the lives of our seniors and protecting their well being.

    A Zanesville nursing home was recently shut down after spy cams recorded abuse of patients. The surveillance cameras had been placed in patients’ rooms because of complaints about mistreatment. It was the first time authorities had used “granny cams” to spy on nursing-homes. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine promised it wouldn’t be the last.

    “It’s a new day and a new way of approaching this,” DeWine stated. “Everyone has been put on notice as of today.”

    As of July, the state department had opened 131 cases investigating elder abuse, compared to 74 in the same period last year.
    Some argue that such use of cameras are in effect “warrantless searches.”

    “There need to be certain conditions met, and one of our concerns is, were those conditions in place to authorize a warrantless search?” Carol Rolf, an attorney for the Ohio Health Care Association, told the Columbus Dispatch. “Was there a roommate or anyone else recorded who didn’t give consent? We don’t know.”

    Certainly, getting the consent of the family of a patient who may be the victim of abuse wouldn’t be hard. And if abuse is in question, it is something our nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland would recommend.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Attorney: Earlier Helmet Therapy Reduces Infant Skull Flattening

    Posted on October 20th, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s promising news for any clients of our birth injury attorney in Cleveland whose child suffers from skull flattening. A recent study has found that starting helmet therapy earlier produces better results.

    The  study was published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

    The study analyzed the results of helmet (molding orthosis) therapy on 144 infants. The babies were divided into groups based on age at starting helmet therapy (before 24 weeks, between 24 and 32 weeks and 32 weeks or later) and severity of plagiocephaly (mild-to-moderate or moderate-to-severe).

    The journal reports:

    “Helmet therapy reduced skull flattening in all three age groups but was more effective when treatment was started at younger ages. Among  infants with mild-to-moderate plagiocephaly, helmet therapy was rated successful in 83 percent of those who started before 24 weeks. The success rate decreased to 69 percent for infants starting treatment between 24 and 32 weeks and 40 percent when treatment was started at 32 weeks or later.

    Younger age at treatment also led to a higher success rate for infants with moderate-to-severe plagiocephaly: 50 percent, 30 percent and seven percent, respectively. The duration of helmet therapy was about 19 weeks for infants with early treatment versus 25 weeks for those with later treatment.”

    Age and duration had a big effect.

    “The present study shows that age at the start of treatment and positional plagiocephaly severity affect the duration and effectiveness of helmet therapy,” according to the report by Felix Kunz, DMD, of University Hospital Würzburg, Germany, and colleagues. “These two factors are important predictors on the results of helmet therapy for position-related skull flattening.”

    As our birth injury attorneys in Cleveland point out, time is on your side the earlier you take action.

  • Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney Cleveland: Michigan Woman Has Unnecessary Double Mastectomy

    Posted on October 10th, 2017 admin No comments

    A Michigan woman had a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy she didn’t need, because of a cancer misdiagnosis.

    As our cancer misdiagnosis attorney in Cleveland will point out, incorrect diagnoses where there isn’t really cancer can be a serious health issue, altering lives irrevocably on the basis of faulty data.

    Colleen Hanna had breast pain in October of 2012. An ultrasound and mammogram came back normal, but a blood test indicated she was BRCA positive.

    As ABC12.com reports:

    “The BRCA gene test is a blood test that uses DNA analysis to identify harmful mutations in either one of the two breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. A woman who tests positive is more susceptible to developing breast and ovarian cancer. Doctors recommended Hanna have a double mastectomy, the removal of both breasts, to reduce the risk that she would develop breast cancer.”

    Upon doctor recommendation, Hanna had a hysterectomy in May 2014.

    The problem? The BRCA test actually never happened, and the results were falsified. Hanna had a BRCA test done in 2016, which came back negative.

    And now she’s permanently disfigured as a result of the erroneous diagnosis.

    Hanna is suing four medical institutions, including Mid Michigan Physicians Group in Midland, and five doctors for negligence and fraud.

    “Unbelievable carelessness, and arrogance, the doctors just proceeding on, and can’t imagine a doctor not looking at a, at least a report of an x-ray before doing surgery on somebody. They didn’t do this at all,” said Hanna’s attorney Victor Mastromarco.

  • Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Lawyer: Ohio Ranks Among Worst in Elderly Care

    Posted on September 29th, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s a sad fact that’s well known to our nursing home injury lawyers in Cleveland. Ohio ranks among the worst in the nation for elder care.

    A new report from the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University found that Ohio ranked below the national average on all 10 of the quality measures used by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, including instances of urinary tract infections, unexplained weight loss, pain, pressure ulcers and use of antipsychotic medications. The study looked at residents who stay in a facility for 100 days or more.

    The Record Courier reports:

    “The numbers show that the percentage of patients using antipsychotics went from 23.18 percent in 2013 to 21.59 percent in 2017, though the 2017 national average is 18.46 percent for antipsychotics and the 2013 average is 19.85. The best state, which was not identified in the report, had less than 9 percent of patients on the drugs in 2013.

    Antipsychotics are often given to people with dementia, which can be dangerous, said Beverly Laubert, Ohio’s long-term care ombudsman. Her office is working on helping professionals try non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care.”

    That’s why our nursing home injury lawyer in Cleveland always takes the allegations of his clients seriously. Our state certainly has encountered problems with the quality of care we provide our seniors in the sunset of their lives.

  • From the Desk of a Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Are Midwife Assisted Births Safer?

    Posted on August 31st, 2017 admin No comments

    Most people assume midwife births are just some fad, like the raw food movement or past life regression therapy. But as our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland will point out, the statistics suggest that such births are actually less likely to require a Cesarean section or cause birth injury.

    Currently, about a third of all births in the US are  Cesarean sections, far higher than the World Health Organization-recommended target of 10 to 15 percent.

    But a 2011 study in the journal Nursing Economics found that births led by midwives in collaboration with physicians are less likely to end in a C-section than births led by obstetricians alone.

    The reason? Patience. The birth process can sometimes take a long time, and the US medical community often pushes to rush things along. Midwifes, on the other hand, tend to rely on natural rhythms and resist the temptation to speed things up.

    “It’s a different model,” Ginger Breedlove, the president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, told the Atlantic. “When you begin intervening at high levels for no medical indication, as with premature induction, elective Cesareans, and forcing women to stay in bed and not ambulate during labor, you begin to create a cascade of domino responses that intervene with normal physiologic processes and change the outcome of birth.”

    The Atlantic reports:

    “The 2011 Nursing Economics study, for example, also found that mothers whose care was led by a nurse-midwife had lower rates of episiotomies, drug-induced labor, and vaginal tearing during delivery.”

    It’s certainly an interesting take on the subject of natural birth, midwives, and medical intervention. And that’s food for thought for any birth injury lawyer in Cleveland or anyone else interesting in lowering the risk for birth injury.

  • From the Desk of a Brain Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Head Injury and the NFL

    Posted on August 7th, 2017 admin No comments

    Yes, the science is in, and it’s not pretty. Most of the Cleveland Browns should probably have their own personal brain injury attorney in Cleveland. In fact, most professional football players for that matter, and even perhaps those who play college or high school football.

    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) – a neurodegenerative brain disease –  has been found in nearly all donated brains of NFL players examined in a new study by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    The brains of 111 NFL players were examined, and 110 showed the presence of CTE.

    CTE is the result of repeated head trauma. It causes memory loss, impaired judgment, aggression, depression, anxiety and impulse control issues. Unfortunately, it can only be definitively diagnosed after death.

    And for football players, it begins early. Three out 14 football players show signs of CTE at the high school level. In college, 48 out of 53 players show signs of CTE.

    The NFL, which has funded portions of Dr. McKee’s research in the past not including the current study, said: “Case studies such as those compiled in this updated paper are important to further advancing the science and progress related to head trauma …., the NFL said in a statement. Though the NFL funded previous research from the study’s author Dr. Ann McKee, it refused to contribute to this study. “As noted by the authors, there are still many unanswered questions relating to the cause, incidence and prevalence of long-term effects of head trauma such as CTE.”

    Either way, the study’s findings are rather alarming to the clients of brain injury attorneys in Cleveland and further demonstrate that sports related injuries can be serious and life altering.

  • Why Our Cleveland Misdiagnosis Lawyer Always Recommends a Second Opinion

    Posted on July 25th, 2017 admin No comments

    Want some free advice from a cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland? Always get a second opinion when it comes to serious medical conditions, especially cancer. A recent analysis found that more than 20 percent of all diagnoses are incorrect.

    An analysis at the Mayo Clinic found that only 12 percent of the people who asked specialists at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to review their cases had received correct diagnoses. The rest received diagnoses considered only partly accurate according to the Mayo doctors’ evaluations.

    Fatal Errors in Judgment

    Needless to say, mistakes left uncorrected can be devastating and oftentimes deadly. Previous analysis found that 10 percent of all hospital deaths are the result of a misdiagnosis.

    “Diagnostic error is an area where we need more research, more study and more information,” said James Naessens, a professor of health services research at the Mayo Clinic, who led the study. “The second opinion is a good approach for certain patients to figure out what’s there and to keep costs down.”

    So take the recommendation of your cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland. Listen to your doctor, but then receive a second opinion. Having more opinions to weigh in on serious medical matters is good for your health.