• 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 Cancer Misdiagnosis Lawyer: Woman Undergoes Double Mastectomy Following Medical Error

    Posted on December 9th, 2019 admin No comments

    As any cancer misdiagnosis lawyer in Cleveland can attest, medical errors can come at a high price. One woman is lucky to still be alive, but her life will never be the same. Sarah Boyle has misdiagnosed her with triple-negative breast cancer, but only after extremely debilitating chemotherapy and a double mastectomy.

     

    Though the mother of two young children is grateful to not actually have cancer, she regardless faces an increased risk of cancer due to double breast implants. Her lawyers said the mistake occurred because a biopsy sample was incorrectly recorded. She has suffered psychological trauma and also continues to endure ongoing symptoms caused by unnecessary treatment.

    The Trauma of Needless Medical Treatment

    “The past few years have been incredibly difficult for me and my family,” Boyle told the Telegraph. “Being told I had cancer was awful, but then to go through all of the treatment and surgery to then be told it was unnecessary was traumatizing. And while I was delighted when I gave birth to Louis, it was really heartbreaking when I couldn’t breastfeed him.”

     

    “As if that wasn’t bad enough, I am now worried about the possibility of actually developing cancer in the future because of the type of implants I have and I am also worried about complications that I may face because of my chemotherapy,” she added.

    Accountability & Responsibility in the Medical Community

    The hospital says it has taken steps to avoid such errors in the future.

     

    “A misdiagnosis of this kind is exceptionally rare and we understand how devastating this has been for Sarah and her family,” said a spokesman from the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust. “Ultimately the misreporting of the biopsy was a human error so as an extra safeguard all invasive cancer diagnoses are now reviewed by a second pathologist.”

     

    After all, accountability is what not only forces those who commit medical errors to admit their mistakes but strive to never repeat them. If you have been wrongly misdiagnosed of cancer and would like to speak to a Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis lawyer, call the Linton Law Firm. We offer free consultations.

  • 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 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 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.

  • Ask a Nursing Home Injury Attorney in Cleveland: Why is Ohio’s Care so Bad?

    Posted on June 2nd, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s a sobering yet logical conclusion for any nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland: Why do Ohio’s nursing homes rate among the lowest in the nation when it comes to quality care, as measured by federal statistics?

    Simple. There’s just not enough staff.

    “Almost always, we had to work short-handed, handling anywhere from 15 to 20 people at any given time,” former nurse’s aide Lolly wrote in a Cleveland Plain Dealer anonymous survey of the state’s caregivers. “It is impossible to give proper care to that many people, answer the call lights and be everywhere at the same time.”

    The Results? Tragic…

    Not having enough hands on deck can cause extremely dangerous accidents that easily result in tragedy. As one sad example, Susanne Lawrence, a resident of Normandy Manor in Rocky River, overdosed after being given 20 times the prescribed dosage of oxycodone, or 500 milligrams. Staff failed to read the medication’s label and the 83 year old died after her last dosage on July 7, 2015.

    Deadly Math

    The statistics and the extent of the crisis are shocking, even for a nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland who deals with them every day. After three months of research, the Plain Dealer discovered:

    • “Nearly 41 percent of the facilities in Ohio earned a below-average rating of one or two stars on the federal Nursing Home Compare standard, as of Dec. 1, compared to 35 percent nationally.
    • At least 31 Ohio nursing home deaths in the last three years were attributed by authorities to issues of care. Residents’ lawyers argue the number could be far higher, because they depend upon self-reporting by nursing homes.
    • Ohio’s minimum staffing rules are relatively lenient. Facilities in the state are required to make available 2.5 hours a day of nursing staff time for each resident. Florida and California require much more.
    • Ohio requires only 75 hours of training for the aides who provide much of the care in a nursing facility. California requires 150 hours.
    • Many states have given themselves the ability to fine nursing homes that violate “their standards. In places like California, state fines are used to strengthen nursing home inspections. Ohio doesn’t fine nursing homes. Instead, it recommends a dollar amount to the federal government, which sets and collects the fines. A portion of the fines is returned to the state.”

    If you have a loved one in a residential care facility in Ohio, talk to a lawyer to ensure they are getting the best care. If statistics are any indication, their quality of life, if not their very lives themselves, may be in your hands. Contact us for a free consultation.

  • Recent Study Backs Up What Cleveland Birth Injury Attorneys Caution About Postpartum Depression

    Posted on May 15th, 2017 admin No comments

    It’s an injury often overlooked, and while it may not necessarily be a case for a birth injury attorney in Cleveland, it’s a serious issue nonetheless. Depression. Nearly one in seven women during pregnancy suffer from it. That’s more than a half million women in the US alone. And the mother is not the only one who suffers. Depression can also have profound impacts on infant development, according to newly released research.

    Lower rates of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a biomarker, have been  associated with depression. Now researchers have found BDNF levels can vary considerably during pregnancy.

    “Our research shows BDNF levels change considerably across pregnancy and provide predictive value for depressive symptoms in women, as well as poor fetal growth. It’s notable that we observed a significant difference in BDNF in women of different races,” states Lisa M. Christian, an associate professor of psychiatry in the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center and principal investigator of the study.

    Lower BDNF levels at both the second and third trimesters predicted greater depressive symptoms in the third trimester.

    “The good news is there are some good ways to address the issue,” Christian offered. “Antidepressant medications have been shown to increase BDNF levels. This may be appropriate for some pregnant women, but is not without potential risks and side effects. Luckily, another very effective way to increase BDNF levels is through exercise. With approval from your physician, staying physically active during pregnancy can help maintain BDNF levels, which has benefits for a woman’s mood, as well as for her baby’s development.”

    And that’s good news for mothers as well as the clients of a birth injury attorney in Cleveland.

  • A Win for a Cleveland Nursing Home Injury Attorney: Abuser Gets 18 Months

    Posted on April 28th, 2017 admin No comments

    Any dedicated nursing home injury attorney in Cleveland understands that feeling when their clients get the justice they deserve.

    Such is likely the feeling of the legal team of Edward McShaffrey’s victim. The 59-year old was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sexually abusing a nursing home resident. A licensed practical nurse at Brookdale Montrose Nursing Home, he was seen with his mouth on the victim’s private body part. The victim suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and suffered from communication difficulties.

    The nursing home immediately fired McShaffrey following the incident. He had worked at the facility since 2004.

    “We appreciate the jury’s effort in seeking justice for this case. This situation saddens us deeply because having the trust our residents and their families is extremely important to us,” Heather Hunter, senior public relations assistant for the facility, told the Plain Dealer. “This type of conduct or behavior by an associate is never tolerated by us under any circumstances. Our thoughts are with the victim today.”

    Sadly, it is a story our nursing home injury attorneys in Cleveland see come across their desks every day. The victims, due to limited communication skills or cognitive abilities, have far too few resources to turn for help. They need a voice. That’s why the Linton Law Firm is here for you. Call us today for a free consultation.

  • Is Overdiagnosis Reason Enough to Call a Cancer Misdiagnosis Attorney in Cleveland?

    Posted on April 21st, 2017 admin No comments

    A new study links mammograms to overdiagnosis of cancer. In the experience of our Cleveland cancer misdiagnosis attorney, overdiagnosis can in some ways be just as dangerous as misdiagnosis.The study linked routine mammogram screening to over-diagnosis of non-aggressive tumors, identifying tumors unlikely to be fatal without curbing the diagnosis of advanced cancer stages.

    Better safe than sorry, right? Actually, no.

    “Overdiagnosis means that healthy women get unnecessary breast cancer diagnoses,” Dr. Karsten Juhl Jorgensen, lead scientist in the study, told Fox News. “A breast cancer diagnosis is a life-changing event for the woman and her family, with substantial implications for their quality of life. It also leads to overtreatment with surgery, radiotherapy and sometimes chemotherapy – we know these treatments have serious, sometimes lethal, consequences.”

    No Link for Advanced Cases

    The study compared screening results over a single time period of two regions of Denmark. One offered biennial mammography for women aged 50 to 69, and one that didn’t. The study examined data on more than 1.4 million Danish women aged 35 to 84 from 1980 to 2010. Screening wasn’t linked to a lower incidence of advanced cancer cases.

    So should women just forgo mammogram screening? Not exactly. The researchers suggested that would depend on age and family history. At best, however, results would be better taken with a grain of salt.

    If you feel you may have been overdiagnosed, you might consider talking to one of our cancer misdiagnosis attorneys in Cleveland. We offer free consultations..

  • New Study Shows Why Clients of a Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney Suffer Inflammation

    Posted on April 7th, 2017 admin No comments

    Here’s a study that may solve a mystery many of the clients of our Cleveland brain injury attorney have wondered about. Why is there often widespread inflammation following a brain injury?

    Researches in a new study have identified a mechanism in the brain that causes this inflammation and suggest it may play a role in other neurodegenerative diseases. The findings were recently published in Science Daily.

    The study’s discoveries may change how brain inflammation is understood, and, ultimately, how it is treated, Science Daily reports.

    “The researchers showed that microparticles derived from brain inflammatory cells are markedly increased in both the brain and the blood following experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI),” Science Daily states in an article describing the findings. “These microparticles carry pro-inflammatory factors that can activate normal immune cells, making them potentially toxic to brain neurons. Injecting such microparticles into the brains of uninjured animals creates progressive inflammation at both the injection site and eventually in more distant sites.”

    Ongoing Inflammation Causing Chronic Brain Damage

    The research indicates the inflammation can go on for years and cause chronic brain damage.

    “These results potentially provide a new conceptual framework for understanding brain inflammation and its relationship to brain cell loss and neurological deficits after head injury, and may be relevant for other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer disease in which neuroinflammation may also play a role,” said Dr. Alan Faden, a researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “The idea that brain inflammation can trigger more inflammation at a distance through the release of microparticles may offer novel treatment targets for a number of important brain diseases.”

    Hopefully this research leads to better treatment and outcomes for the clients of a Cleveland brain injury attorney.