• Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: New Study Indicates Repeated Football Head Injuries Can Be Deadly

    Posted on September 28th, 2020 admin No comments

    As any brain injury attorney in Cleveland will share, the brain injuries experienced by football players can be potentially life-debilitating. In fact, as new research shows, they can even be deadly.

    A new study published in the JAMA Network Open suggests that increasing repetitive head injuries among football players is associated with an increased risk of death.

    Neurology Advisor reports:

    “The study was a retrospective review of all-cause mortality data from 14,366 football players during the 1969 to 2017 NFL seasons. Only data up to July 1, 2018, were included in this analysis. Pro Football Reference records were used to identify the number of seasons and games played by participants. The exposure of interest was the professional football cumulative head impact index (pfCHII), which was calculated for 13,912 NFL players. The pfCHII, which quantified the amount and severity of repetitive head impacts, combined the reported football history with helmet accelerometer studies in professional players.

    “A total of 763 of the 14,366 players in the initial cohort (5.3%) had died over the follow-up period. The median pfCHII among the 13,912 players in the pfCHII analysis was 32.63 (interquartile range, 13.71-66.12). The pfCHII scores ranged from 14.18 for wide receivers to 84.34 for offensive linemen. For every 1-log increase in pfCHII, there was a significant increase in the hazard of death for the 1969 to 2017 football seasons (hazard ratio [HR], 2.02; 95% CI, 1.21-3.37; P =.01). Additionally, the quadratic pfCHII was significant for the hazard of death during this period (HR, 0.91; 95% CI, 0.85-0.98; P =.01).”

    Brain Injury: A Debilitating Condition That Could Require Lifelong Care

    Brain injury is a serious condition that should not be ignored. Repeated brain injury can result in debilitating conditions that may require lifelong care. The expense of such care can be great. That’s why we stress the importance of working with a brain injury attorney in Cleveland to advocate for your case and your rights. Our work strives to do two things: hold those responsible accountable for their errors and provide our clients the financial resources to live comfortably as they heal from their condition.

     

  • 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.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Attorney: Feds Settle for $7.5 Million in Tribal Case

    Posted on April 22nd, 2020 admin No comments

    Our birth injury attorneys in Cleveland are often asked: What size of birth injury settlement should be expected? Naturally, that depends on a number of variable factors. No two cases are alike. It comes down to the evidence, how you plead your case and ultimately the decisions of the judge and jury.

    The following provides a birth injury case example: One birth injury litigation case in Los Angeles, California recently resulted in a $7.5 million settlement.

    The case involved a patient who was 40 weeks pregnant presented to a tribal hospital with low amniotic fluid. The infant suffered a brain injury and other severe injuries during delivery. The family sued the federal government for failure to perform proper tests and negligently administering a labor-inducing drug. Due to complications, an emergency cesarean section was performed. This resulted in injuries to the infant which led to developmental delays and other permanent injuries.

    Payment Timeline

    The government settled with the family before trial. Under the agreement, the family received an immediate payment of $3.75 million, with the remainder of the payment to be used to purchase an annuity to provide the child with monthly payments.

    Have you or a loved one been a victim of a possible birth injury incident? Contact our birth injury attorney in Cleveland for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Lawyer: Actress Meghan King Edmonds Shares Her Son’s Struggle with Brain Damage

    Posted on December 16th, 2019 admin No comments

    Whenever our brain injury lawyer in Cleveland speaks to clients, one thing is clear: the struggle is real and continues every day, but it’s the little things you must hold on to along the journey towards growth and healing.

     

    Real Housewives of Orange County star Meghan King Edmonds recently revealed that her 14-month old son has irreversible brain damage. She said she knew something was different with him from “the minute he was born.” However, doctors told her that her son is “fine,” forcing her to “beg” for an MRI.

     

    “Three days later Hart’s neurologist called me,” she recounted. “Hart has minor Periventricular Leukomalacia on both sides of his brain (namely the white matter), but more so on his right. She said that this explains all of my concerns: the rigidity in his muscles, the (somewhat) delayed physical milestones, the lack of fluidity with arm and leg movements, the stiffness in joints, the weakness in his lower back, the somewhat favored use of his right side.”

     

    “She told me this mainly occurs in premies and since he was not a premie (he was born at 37 weeks gestation) she believes this damage somehow occurred ‘a couple months before he was born,'” Edmonds continued. “She explained that he is at risk for being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and will be monitored. Hart has irreversible brain damage, it’s called PVL.”

    Milestones of Progress

    Thankfully, the child’s brain is developing and growing by the day. The actress recently took to Instagram to celebrate a milestone.

    “Hart stood today for the first time! And I’m not talking for a half second, he stood for almost a whole minute!” his 34-year-old mother proudly wrote in the post’s caption. “My mom was there and got to see it and take pics and even a video of the end.”

     

    “Both his PT and OT were there (and this wasn’t during therapy),” she continued. “Only a week into intensive therapy @napacenter and this boy’s development is exploding! (And so is my heart!) What a special and incredible moment! #gohartgo.”

    Talk to a Cleveland Brain Injury Lawyer

    If you or a loved one suffer from brain damage, it’s always important to celebrate steps of progress, both big and small. But progress becomes significantly easier when financial barriers have been removed and those responsible for any accident that caused the brain injury are held accountable. Call Linton Law firm today for a free consultation with a brain injury lawyer in Cleveland.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: A Pro Football Star Who Refuses to Let Go of His Helmet

    Posted on September 9th, 2019 admin No comments

    Here’s a most bizarre item to come across the desk of a brain injury attorney in Cleveland lately: a professional football star refuses to let go of his old helmet — an outdated model that is no longer certified by the National Operating Committee for Standards and Athletic Equipment, or NOCSAE.

    Oakland Raiders receiver Antonio Brown has been wearing the same helmet for 12 years, despite the fact the helmet doesn’t meet current NFL safety standards. He’s so completely bonded with his old helmet he even repainted it himself — yet his paint job doesn’t uniformly match the colors and design of the rest of the team.

    Some People Don’t Like to Follow the Rules

    Under NFL rules, teams can be punished for allowing a player to wear a prohibited helmet. The guidelines were put in place in large part to protect the league from such action due to the 2016 head trauma settlement with former players.

    Yet ironically Brown is threatening to sue the NFL if he suffers a brain injury in the new helmet he’s required to wear.

    It’s a funny news item that makes for more enjoyable happy hour talk than most brain injury stories. Our brain injury attorney in Cleveland will definitely be saving this one for the next after-hours talk.

  • Brain Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Football’s Alarming Risk of Brain Damage in Young People

    Posted on June 17th, 2019 admin No comments

    A single season of football — even one that doesn’t result in concussion — can be enough to change a teenager’s brain, according to a new study published in the journal Neurobiology of Disease.

     

    Yes — the choice of football as an extracurricular sport could mean your family will need the services of a brain injury attorney in Cleveland. The risk of brain injury to the sport are very alarming.

    Groundbreaking Findings

     

    The study was the first to look at how football affects the brain at a young age and raises concerns about what repeated blows to the head can mean for young minds.

     

    “There is a lot of emerging evidence that just playing impact sports actually changes the brain, and you can see these changes at the molecular level in the accumulations of different pathogenic proteins associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and dementia,” study senior author Dr. Chunlei Liu, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and a member of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at University of California (UC) Berkeley. “We wanted to know when this actually happens — how early does this occur?”

     

    MRI studies show that even just a season or two of football can have serious impacts on white matter — a critical tissue in teens’ brains.

     

    “It is becoming pretty clear that repetitive impacts to the head, even over a short period of time, can cause changes in the brain,” Liu said. “This is the period when the brain is still developing when it is not mature yet, so there are many critical biological processes going on, and it is unknown how these changes that we observe can affect how the brain matures and develops.”

     

    Brain injury attorneys in Cleveland would most probably recommend against football. Stick to soccer or track and field. The risk of injury to the brain is just too great when playing football.

  • Some Inspiring News from the Desk of Our Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney

    Posted on February 4th, 2019 admin No comments

    Suffering a brain injury is a highly traumatic event. You feel like you’re damaged goods. It can seem hopeless like you’ll never get any better.

    Here’s a recent news article from our Cleveland brain injury attorneys to inspire you.

    Just months after suffering serious brain injury, Stephen Monson scored a perfect score on the ACT.

    Yet only a few months before taking the test, the high school student could barely play Monopoly because the math was too hard.

    Elementary Throwback

    The disorientation of brain injury can make you feel less like you’re ready for college and more like you’re elementary school bound, Monson remembers.

    “You take for granted the way that you think and the way that your brain operates because you never know how other people’s brains operate,” Monson told The Belleville News-Democrat. “… But when you get a concussion, especially a severe one, it really throws you back to your elementary levels.”

    Some Test Taking Advice

    What test-taking advice does the teen give the clients of brain injury attorneys in Cleveland? Time yourself.

    “My best advice would be: realize that the ACT is extremely dependent on time and that you need to make sure that before you go into the test, you know what it looks like, and you know how to time yourself,” Monson said. “For that, I would recommend heavily take those practice tests. Realize what you’re going to be getting yourself into on test day.”

  • Why Domestic Abuse Victims Should Contact a Brain Injury Lawyer in Cleveland

    Posted on July 2nd, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s tragic but not surprising. Many victims of brain injury are also victims of domestic violence. And many of these instances of abuse go unreported, as any brain injury attorney in Cleveland can attest.

     

    “About 81 percent of our patients had so many hits to the head, they lost count, which, you compare that to athletes, is astronomical,” neurologist Glynnis Zieman told NPR. She helps run the Barrow Concussion and Brain Injury Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The Trauma of Ongoing Abuse

    And unlike athletes, who can take a break to recover, domestic violence victims rarely are able to heal before injury reoccurs.

     

    “One single athletic concussion is hard enough to treat, but these patients are beyond that,” she says. “Unlike athletes, they do not have the luxury, if you will, of recovering after an injury before they are injured again.”

     

    That is why victims of domestic violence should not only seek help from medical staff, family, and law enforcement authorities but seek the services of a legal professional. Your injuries are the result of abuse and should be litigated as such. Hold your abuser liable and contact a Cleveland brain injury lawyer for a free consultation.

  • Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney: How Repetition of Injury Affects CTE

    Posted on April 18th, 2018 admin No comments

    A recent scientific finding will likely come as quite a surprise to the clients of our brain injury attorney in Cleveland. It is likely that it is the repetition of hits, not necessarily the severity, that leads to brain injury. Yes, even though you’ve never had a loss of consciousness or other symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, vision problems or confusion, you still may suffer from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a chronic disease that results from brain injury.

     

    Published in January in the neurology journal, Brain, the study found that 20 percent of known cases of CTE had no record or report of a concussion. Conducted over seven years, the study to examined the mild head impact of the brains of humans who died from another cause soon after the injury. Researchers discovered early evidence of brain pathology consistent with what is seen in CTE, including abnormal accumulation of the tau protein.

     

    “It took us many years to do this,” Dr. Lee Goldstein, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and the lead investigator on the study, told NPR. “We see in our animals – even after a small number of hits, even one – very early evidence of pathologies associated with CTE.”

    Concussion Still Strong Indicator – as well as Repetition of Injury

     

    While concussions are still a strong sign the brain has been injured, it is actually the repetition of the injury that can be the strongest indicator of brain damage.

     

    “We’ve known for a few years that it’s not just the known or diagnosed concussions that may increase risk for [CTE],” Dr. Julian Bailes, chair of the department of neurosurgery at NorthShore University Health System in the Chicago area, told NPR. “It’s probably the exposure. It’s how many hits to the head that have occurred and at what velocity and what extent.”

     

    If you’ve been the victim of injury, regardless of whether or not a concussion occurred, call our brain injury attorney in Cleveland today for a free consultation.