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

    Posted on April 2nd, 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, including 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

     

    Often, when families inquire about the nature of injuries, they receive little information or help from care staff. Many in response have turned to covert cameras.

     

    “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 cases of suspected abuse. Take photos, have the resident examined by a doctor, even collect camera footage if necessary. Your loved one’s safety, health, and rights deserve advocacy.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Why are Home Births on the Rise?

    Posted on March 26th, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s a question our birth injury lawyer in Cleveland gets asked a lot: Are hospital births safer than births at home?

     

    As lawyers, it’s really a question best left to doctors, midwives and most importantly the parents. How and where you give birth is really of a personal nature. What we can tell you is that out of the hospital and at-home births are on the rise, many times due to concerns about the current healthcare establishment in the US.

     

    Deliveries out of the hospital have grown from one-percent to one and one-half percent, according to a study published in Scientific American. In 2014, there were almost 60,000 out of the hospital births in the US.

     

    And yes, the medical system is most likely to blame. “I think it speaks to some women’s growing discomfort with the standard hospital-based system of childbirth in the U.S,” Marian F. MacDorman, lead author of the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, told Reuters. “Currently, it seems difficult for women wanting a natural birth to be assured of having that experience in the hospital, where one out of every three U.S. births are delivered by cesarean section, and where induction rates and other interventions are very common.”

     

    About 1 in every 44 births to non-Hispanic white women took place outside of a hospital.

    How Safe is Home Birth?

     

    The study did not include data on infant mortality or birth injury. Regardless, most international studies have not found any higher risk of stillbirth and early infant death for out-of-hospital than for hospital births, MacDorman points out.

     

    Our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland can certainly understand expectant mothers’ concerns. Birth injury is certainly on the rise in the United States, and it’s best to take precautions.

     

    The bottom line? It’s your body, your baby, your choice. Decide what’s best for your family.

  • 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.

  • Birth Injury Attorney Cleveland: Don’t Push. Instead, Relax and Reposition.

    Posted on January 30th, 2018 admin No comments

    What’s the easiest way to avoid birth injury? Our birth injury attorney in Cleveland has some easy advice: Don’t push it.

    A new birth program designed by staff at Medway Foundation Trust in Kent has found that the risk of birth injury can be greatly reduced when women are not asked to push. Mothers are instead encouraged to slow down and try a variety of birthing positions. Instead of pulling the baby, assistants merely help to support the weight of the baby.

    Sound a little like old wives tales? The data shows encouraging results. The program has been shown to reduce unintentional damage to the birthing mother by as much as 85 percent in some maternity wards, and reduce the incidence of traumatic tearing from 7 percent to just 1 percent of mothers.

    Positioning can be key

    “The new guidelines recommend women do not birth on their backs, but rather change positions and try standing, leaning, or on their knees…,” an article in Natural Birth Magazine explains. “The other new guideline is to coach labouring mothers to breathe through their contractions and not force themselves into pushing – letting the body and gravity help move the baby along. Pulling the baby by the shoulders is also being discouraged as of course it can put more pressure on the mother’s perineum, instead they’re being advised to support the weight of the baby.”

    So relax. Move. Switch it up. Avoiding the push can dramatically reduce your chances of birth injuries and the ultimate need for a birth injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • 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.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: New Approaches May Help Victims Recovery

    Posted on December 12th, 2017 admin No comments

    Our brain injury attorney in Cleveland recently came across some good news that should keep victims optimistic. A new technique using brain scans to study head injury is revolutionizing the study of brain damage and could go a long way in improving treatment.

    The technique was developed by Sam Gandy, a neurologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York who studies the brains of retired soldiers and football players for potential damage.

    “Currently, CTE can only be definitively diagnosed after death,” the Atlantic explains. “But the red areas Gandy saw on his computer screen closely corresponded to the damage that scientists see of the disease in autopsied brains. Gandy’s technique might be the first way to spot CTE in a living patient. If so, what he was looking at could change the future of contact sports—as well as treating the long-term damage they can cause.”

    Hope for a Better Recovery

    The new technique might help spot injured areas before the brain is actually damaged.

    “Once someone has the symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease like CTE, it usually means that there is already damage to the brain, destruction of tissue and atrophy. We can’t get those cells back once they die,” Robert Stern, the director of Boston University’s Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center, told the Atlantic. “If we see [the disease] early enough, we might be able to intervene in a way that slows down or even stop the disease progression.”

    Recovering from brain damage is definitely challenging, but the future is bright. The clients of our brain injury attorney in Cleveland have good reason to be optimistic.

  • 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.