Cleveland Ohio Injury Blog

What constitutes nursing home neglect?

Ohio residents who fear that their loved ones may be suffering from nursing home neglect should seek legal assistance. Attorneys who work in this field can advise their clients on how to deal with this serious and unfortunately common issue.

Nursing home neglect can look very different in different cases. For some, neglect may arise from inadequate staffing in a facility. When there are too few workers to serve the needs of residents, individuals may not receive baths when they need them, medical services when they are required, or attention when emergencies arise.

Post-concussion syndrome and TBI

Decades ago, young Ohio residents who chose to play contact sports may not have been given as stringent of protective gear as children are provided with now when they sign up for football, baseball, and even soccer. That is because medical research has shined a terrifying light on the devastation that concussions and other traumatic brain injuries can impose on those who suffer them. Brain injuries have been linked to progressive diseases like chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a disorder that has claimed the lives of many professional football players.

Traumatic brain injuries can be classified as mild to severe. Concussions are considered mild traumatic brain injuries, but even concussions can leave victims with serious and long-term health problems. Some individuals who suffer concussions can develop post-concussion syndrome, a disorder that affects their memory and other cognitive functions.

Guiding you through a medical malpractice action

Going to the doctor may seem like a routine activity. When one gets ill or is injured, medical professionals are relied on. But what happens when the care of a doctor is what is causing a patient pain or their current ailment? It can be difficult to ascertain at first, but when a medical mistake is made, such as a diagnostic error, a patient could suffer significantly. A delayed or missed diagnosis could mean worsened conditions or new medical problems. It also means added medical bills.

Dealing with medial issues and medical bills can be an overwhelming experience. It can be a challenging time for a patient to navigate, and it can be hard to pinpoint what exactly led to this situation. This is where a knowledgeable legal team can come in help. At Hoffman Legal Group, LLC, our attorneys are skilled in medical malpractice actions, helping individuals in the Cleveland area understand and assert their rights.

Rehabilitation and the loss of empathy after a TBI

Much like the term implies, accidents can simply be just that, an accident. However, in some cases, a person is severely injured because of the negligence of another. Whether it is in an automobile crash, workplace accident, or medical mishap, an individual can suffer significant trauma. One of the most severe types of harm these individuals can face is a brain injury. Trauma to the head can interfere with one's cognitive abilities, making it challenging to maintain one's normal life, and the costs associated with treating and living with such an injury can be devastating.

A traumatic brain injury can impact a victim's physical capabilities in a wide range of ways. For example, depending on the type of brain injury and its severity, one could suffer temporary or permanent impairments. Researchers found that many individuals with a TBI often lose empathy. This means that the individual cannot determine when another is feeling sad or anxious, and because there is a lack of recognition, he or she is unable to provide a comforting response for them.

What are catastrophic injuries?

When it comes to personal injury claims in the Greater Cleveland area, there are generally two types of injuries plaintiffs/victims can sue for: regular and catastrophic. Most personal injury cases involve accident victims who are dealing with minor to moderate trauma that often resolves over time. However, not all accident victims are as fortunate. There are those who lose their lives or suffer grievous injuries that permanently prevent them from living the way they were able to before their accidents. 

Catastrophic injuries not only affect the victims, but they also have a detrimental impact on the lives of their families. Fortunately, individuals who sustain catastrophic injuries due to another’s negligence or carelessness may file to receive compensation for their pain, suffering and other associated damages. Here is a brief overview of what classifies as catastrophic trauma

Considering a recent study on medical errors

When we fall ill or suffer an injury, we are likely to seek out help and assistance from medical professionals. Whether it is something minor or a severe medical condition, patients trust doctors and nurses to diagnose their ailments, care for them and treat their conditions. While this is common for many patients, some unfortunately suffer harms because a medical professional failed to properly diagnose a patient or administer their medication.

Medical errors can have a significant impact on patient in Ohio and elsewhere. Take for example a recent study conducted in Massachusetts. Researchers found that roughly 62,000 medical errors occur every year. In other words, about 170 medical errors happen each day. Of these, almost a third of them cause serious harm to a patient, and an additional 12% of these cases involve death.

Nursing home abuse and filing a civil action

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy task. While it is difficult to remove a loved one from their home, there is likely some relief knowing that this family member is cared for and watched after. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes meet the standards that they are required to and provide the care that is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the residents. Nursing home abuse is a serious situation that causes harm to elderly residents, even taking the lives of some.

If abuse, neglect or exploitation is suspected, different types of proceedings could ensue. First, an investigation could take place, making a determination on these claims. Second, a civil action could result with the victim or their loved ones seeking damages for harms caused. Finally, a criminal proceeding could take place.

Helping you overcome the aftermath of a truck accident

Large trucks hold a valuable role in society. These vehicles are used to transport goods, shipments and items to and from destination near and far. Because of the ease of this form of transportation, any motorist in Ohio can attest that they frequently share the roads with these massive vehicles. Although this is commonplace, it can still be nerve-wrecking the travel near a semi-truck or tractor-trailer truck. These vehicles do not operate the same as a passenger vehicle; thus, when they need to stop abruptly or make a sudden turn, this could cause the truck to crash into the rear of a vehicle or flip over, resulting in a serious crash.

A truck accident can be a very shocking event. The mere size of a truck can cause severe damage, leaving a victim suffering physical harm and much property damage. It can be a very overwhelming experience, and the attorneys at Hoffman Legal Group, LLC, understand how to diligently navigate these matters. We are prepared to help individuals in the Beachwood area understand their rights following a truck accident.

Ohio hospital accused of wrongful death after suicide

When we think about medical negligence and wrongful death, the first incident that often comes to mind is a single event, like a surgery. However, there are lots of ways to receive medical care and treatment, so really, a negligent act could happen anytime and at any point in a person's care from diagnosis to treatment. There are ways to be cared for physically and mentally/emotionally. One woman seeking care for mental health committed suicide and her family claims wrongful death against the hospital.

It's a tragic story that a young woman lost her life to suicide. What's compelling about her case is that she had previously admitted herself to an Ohio mental hospital a few days prior, due to suicidal thoughts. Her mother is alleging that her daughter received inadequate treatment that ultimately led to her death, due to the events the transpired while in a secured ward. According to reports, a terrifying night was had by the woman who was a patient at the facility at the time of the fire.

Could truck driver fatigue be the cause of truck accident injury?

Commuting to and from work or to different destinations on the weekends is a normal activity for those living in the Beachwood community and surrounding areas. While driving or being the passenger in a motor vehicle may seem entirely normal and uneventful, the truth is that catastrophic collisions can happen that cause serious injury to those involved. One potential way this can happen is by truck accident injury. Did you know that there are a multitude of potential causes behind truck accident injury?

This can be surprising for those who have never experienced the horrors of truck accident injury. However, for those who have been through it, you know that such an event can be life-altering. One minute, you're behind the wheel or a passenger in a vehicle, and the next your life is turned upside-down. Could the truck driver be to blame for the truck injuries you sustained?

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