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We believe that an informed client is an empowered client, so on this blog we will bring you the latest information on popular topics. These will include personal injury, workers’ comp, car accidents, medical malpractice, insurance coverage, mass tort/class actions, nursing home neglect and abuse, and other trending topics.

Several hospitals in Northeast Ohio recently scored very low on safety in a study conducted by Consumer Reports. On a one to 100 scale, the highest score reported was a 72, while the lowest was 39. To arrive at the score, researchers evaluated each hospital on the following six factors:

The findings by Consumer Reports are disappointing, but not necessarily surprising. Unsanitary hospital conditions and errors made by medical personnel are one of the top three causes of death in this country. The report suggests that if serious changes aren't made in the medical industry, it will cost 2.25 million people their lives in the next 10 years. A huge part of this problem is that hospitals are not always forthcoming with the information contained in this report. In fact, only 18 percent of hospitals nationwide participated in the Consumer Reports survey.

Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. is a personal injury law firm that has years of experience in medical malpractice cases. Despite the growing number of claims, medical malpractice remains one of the most difficult areas of personal injury law to prove. The burden of proof is completely on you as the injured patient to show that the doctor, clinic or hospital that treated you acted in a negligent manner. Our attorneys will aggressively pursue this proof and fight for your right to fair compensation in your medical malpractice case.

It has commonly been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this adage should be remembered when engaging in any sort of driving. Engineers at Oregon State University have found that many accidents can be prevented at controlled intersections by adhering to a few simple rules.

Yellow lights and the dilemma zone

The Oregon State University study of car accidents focused on intersections controlled by stoplights. According to the researchers, more than 2,000 deaths occur at these intersections annually, and most of them can be attributed to decisions made in what is known as the dilemma zone.

The dilemma zone is defined as the area on the approach to the intersection while the stoplight is yellow. One of the dangerous aspects about deciding to go through an intersection while in the dilemma zone is that the duration of yellow lights is not standardized.

Making decisions in the dilemma zone

According to surveys, only 50 percent of drivers understand that the average duration of yellow lights is from three to six seconds. In addition, David Hurwitz, Ph.D., one of the professors who conducted the OSU study, states that humans are inherently bad at judging speed and distance, which makes for a deadly combination in the dilemma zone.

In order to avoid accidents at intersections, it helps to pay attention to the other cars around you, but you should never go through an intersection just because the car in front of you does. As a rule of thumb, if one or more cars have already gone through the yellow light ahead of you, then you should stop. However, this rule must be tempered by the situation of the driver directly behind you. If that car does not appear to be slowing, a sudden stop may result in a rear-end collision.

A report recently released by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) revealed that after pharmacy management initiatives were put into effect, the total number of narcotics prescribed in the state fell by 12 percent, which translates into 1.1 million doses. The pharmacy management regulations were enacted as a measure to reduce the incidence of narcotics addiction, but the regulations may make it more difficult for some injured workers to receive legitimate prescriptions.

Narcotics under fire

Narcotic medications are the strongest painkillers available, and many people rely on them just to get through the day. They are prescribed to a range of patients that include those with cancer, chronic diseases and neuromuscular disorders. They are also an effective short-term treatment for the pain associated with serious injuries.

According to the BWC report, the 12 percent decrease in prescribed narcotic painkillers has saved the state $2.1 million. The pharmacy management regulations also affect prescriptions for skeletal muscle relaxants (SMRs), which are commonly used in conjunction with narcotic pain medications. SMR prescriptions have dropped by 59 percent since the regulations went into effect.

Although the pharmacy management regulations were first implemented in September 2011, the study compares only the prescriptions filled from February 2012 to April 2012 to those filled during the same period in 2011.

The major provisions of the pharmacy management program in Ohio are as follows:

Owning a safe vehicle is a top priority for most parents and other individuals. In fact, more than 65 percent of consumers value safety over quality, price and performance. Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) completes independent crash tests and analyzes the safety of the year's most popular models. This year, auto manufacturers have introduced a variety of active safety features that could help prevent accidents. New safety features include lane-departure warnings, active headlights, blind-spot monitors, and collision avoidance systems that automatically activate the brakes when a pedestrian or vehicle is in the roadway.

In Ohio and across the nation, automobile accidents are at an all-time low, but there is still a significant risk of being involved in a fatal crash. For individuals between ages 3 and 34, vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 32,000 people died due to vehicle-related injuries in 2010. This means that one fatal auto accident occurs every 16 seconds. Plus, whiplash and minor injuries occur more frequently. Medical care and economic losses due to lost wages cost the nation more than $99 billion each year.

In 2012, a record-breaking number of vehicles earned the IIHS "Top Safety Pick." This list includes 69 sedans, 38 SUVs, and three pickup trucks. These vehicles were graded on their ability to withstand front-end crashes, side-impact crashes, rollovers and rear-end crashes. Here are a few popular vehicles that made the cut:

While advanced safety features aren't a substitute for attentive driving, they can help reduce the number of fatal crashes or help drivers avoid collisions completely. Dangerous vehicles and inattentive drivers cause debilitating injuries. If you've been involved in an auto accident and didn't recover the compensation you deserve, contact a local Ohio personal injury attorney today.

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Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a long and frustrating process. There are mountains of paperwork to be completed that can be both tedious and complicated. To make matters worse, approximately two-thirds of SSD benefit applications are turned down after the first submission. If you hope to beat the odds, SSD experts recommend the following tips:

Still denied? Call a lawyer.

If you have done all of the above and your application still gets denied, it is time to hire a Social Security Disability lawyer. The Cleveland Social Security Disability attorneys at Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg, Co. LPA have the expertise you need to win your appeal. There are several layers of appeals in the SSD system and eventually you will need to appear in court. If you attend your appeal hearing with a lawyer, your chances of winning increase dramatically.

Our attorneys help prove your claim that you are unable to complete any type of work, which is an absolute requirement for disability benefits. When you can't work and feel like you are out of options, let our lawyers help you regain control of your life. Please feel free to schedule a free consultation appointment today.

The types of injuries that can be caused by a car accident are limited only by the number of ways a person can be injured. Every part of your body is subject to injury during a car crash. However, if you look at the statistics compiled from insurance claims, personal injury lawsuits and government agencies, then you will notice that some injuries occur more often than others do. The following are the five most common types of injuries that result from automobile accidents.

Spinal injuries

Spinal injuries are sometimes referred to as either neck or back injuries, but the neck and back can suffer from sprains and other forms of trauma that have nothing to do with the spine. Spinal injuries are very serious and can occur in even minor collisions. Spinal injuries include ruptured discs, nerve damage, and fractures. The most serious of these injuries may cause chronic pain or paralysis.

Neck injuries

Besides spinal injuries, the neck can become injured in other ways. One of the most common neck injuries is known as whiplash. This occurs when the head is violently snapped back and then forward again. Whiplash and neck strains are considered mild injuries, but they can cause temporary disability.

Back injuries

The back can be injured in a car accident in several ways, but the injuries are not always apparent on the scene. Some back injuries may not manifest until several hours or a few days later. After any motor vehicle accident, it is a good idea to be checked out by a doctor or EMT.

Facial injuries

Injuries to the face during car accidents are common because the face is totally exposed and easily traumatized. Facial injuries range from minor scrapes or bruises to severe disfigurement.

Psychological injuries

Car accidents do cause physical injuries as well as psychological injuries. Serious collisions may leave drivers and passengers emotionally distressed and in shock, or they may suffer from long-term conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD).

If you worked in one of the country's atomic weapons programs during the Cold War, you may have developed a serious illness because of it. Even if you didn't work with atomic weapons directly, you may have lost a family member to premature death due to his or her exposure to harmful substances. In June 2001, the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) was created to provide funds to injured workers and their families. Those who may qualify for benefits include employees, contractors and subcontractors at any Department of Energy (DOE) job site or people who worked for an atomic weapons employer. Survivors of deceased employees are also eligible.

Under the second section of EEOICPA, workers who developed cancer as the result of radiation exposure or those with silicosis or beryllium disease can also apply for benefits. If eligible, affected employees would receive a one-time payment of $150,000 in addition to payment of all medical expenses. If you were exposed to uranium on the job and got sick because of it, you may be eligible for an additional $50,000.

Eligibility for benefits

There was an amendment made in 2004 to improve benefits and expand eligibility for the program. After the amendment, surviving family members included the employee's spouse, children under age 18 or adult children under age 23 who are full-time students. Mentally and physically handicapped adult children who depended on the deceased employee's income are also eligible for benefits.

Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg Co., LPA is a personal injury law firm located in Cleveland that can help you if you are having trouble collecting your EEOICPA benefits. Even though you are entitled to them by law, you may have been denied due to a paperwork error or another minor problem. You were there when our country needed you, so we think it is only right that you get your benefits without any additional hassle from the government.

As of August 30, drivers in Ohio will be banned from texting or using other electronic devices while driving. It is already illegal in Ohio to use a cell phone while driving without a hands-free device, so the passing of this new legislation should come as no surprise to Ohio residents.

Distracted driving is when the driver is not giving their full attention to the task of driving. Distractions can cause the driver to weave within the lane, drift out of the lane entirely, and not see potentially dangerous conditions that could cause an accident (i.e., pedestrians, stop signs). According to Ohio State Police statistics, there were 31,231 accidents between 2009 and 2011 involving distracted drivers.

Similar to the seatbelt law, Ohio has deemed the distracted driving law a secondary offense for adults. This means that an officer must observe a driver violating other vehicle and traffic laws in order to stop them. However, also like the seatbelt law, some municipalities are making the distracted driving law a primary offense, meaning an officer can stop a driver if the officer observes them texting or using an electronic device. Observation of no other traffic violation is necessary. For drivers under 18, texting and driving is a primary offense throughout Ohio.

Momentary distractions can have lasting consequences

A common statement made at accident scenes involving distracted drivers is, “I only took my eyes off the road for a second.” A second is all it takes to change someone’s life forever. This new legislation will afford more rights to victims of distracted drivers in Ohio. Victims will now be able to rely on evidence that the driver was texting or using another electronic device while driving, which lead to the collision. This will force more distracted drivers to be held accountable for their hazardous driving.

The decision to place an older family member in a nursing home is a very emotional one. You may have had every intention to care for your parent or other older relative at home, but he or she has medical needs that are beyond your level of expertise or requires constant monitoring that you are simply unable to provide. Whatever the reason for placing your family member in a nursing home, you deserve the assurance of knowing that he or she is being cared for properly. The following are just five of the more than 30 rights your loved one is entitled to according to the Ohio Nursing Home Residents Bill of Rights:

The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 gave nursing home residents even more rights. While the above lists focuses more on how the nursing home resident lives, the 1987 provisions have greater emphasis on minimum training standards for nursing home workers. The law implemented uniform safety standards for all nursing homes in the United States.

Sadly, abuse of the elderly in nursing homes is far too common. The stress of low pay and long work hours causes some workers to hurt the very people they should be protecting. If you suspect that your older family member has been hurt by nursing home staff, contact the law office of Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg Co., LPA. We are a Cleveland, Ohio team of experienced nursing home neglect lawyers who are available for a free consultation now.

The Problem

Dave Duerson graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics. He then became a Pro Bowl safety in the National Football League. After retiring from the NFL, he took several McDonald's franchises and a food business from $24 million to $63 million in revenue in six short years. In 2011, at age 50, he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He avoided shooting himself in the head so that his brain could be studied for a link between mild TBI and early-onset dementia. That was apparently his reason for taking his life – his brain just wasn’t able to do what it used to do. Boston University researchers subsequently confirmed his suspicions. His brain showed signs of a neurodegenerative disorder linked to concussions. As an NFL player, Duerson was subjected to numerous violent blows to the head. According to a massive study involving older NFL veterans, even a single mild TBI can more than double the risk of early-onset dementia like Alzheimer’s.

The Science

Neurons, or nerve cells, are like long spaghetti strands with a cell body on one end. When a head is struck a violent blow, the skull often rotates, with the brain following suit and rotating inside the skull. This rotation can stretch the axons (the spaghetti strands) of your brain’s nerve cells. This damage opens up molecular channels on the surface of the axon that transport sodium and calcium ions, and those ions flow into the interior of the axons themselves – creating a tidal wave of electrical activity. The brain reacts by pumping ions back out as fast as possible, rapidly depleting its store of energy. Exhaustion sets in and can leave a person lethargic and without energy for days. Like a computer, the brain must almost reboot before it can function normally again. Inside the axons, microtubules can break when stretched. Like a broken train track, molecular cargo can pile up rapidly. This cargo contains proteins that when broken down can form amyloid plaques. Sound familiar? They are commonly found as precursors to Alzheimer’s or other forms of degenerative brain disease.

On a more positive note, a new form of medical imaging makes it possible for doctors and scientists to see these changes where previous technologies did not reveal them. Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) tracks the flow of water molecules down the length of the brain’s axons. If these molecules are seen to be moving laterally, an injury to the microtubules may have occurred. Being able to diagnose or gauge the severity of a mild TBI may aid greatly in establishing the course of treatment for individual patients.

The Skinny

People have been getting hit in the head for thousands of years. With contact sports, motor vehicle travel and life in general, this trend will likely continue. With increased awareness, however, great strides in prevention and treatment can take place. More and more schools are crafting practice techniques to reduce the risk of serious head injuries. Perhaps even more important, protocols are being adopted to deal with athletes who do suffer a mild TBI. Baseline tests can be administered at the beginning of a season to serve as a comparison for post-injury mental function. Players not showing a return to their baseline can be required to sit out until they’ve sufficiently healed.

In 2006, Zackery Lystedt went back out on the football field after suffering a concussion earlier in the game. After being struck in the head again, Zackery collapsed with what proved to be a debilitating brain injury. In 2009, his home state of Washington passed the Lystedt Law. This legislation requires annual mandatory training for athletes, parents and coaches. It also requires the immediate removal from sporting events of any athlete suspected of having suffered a concussion, until such time as a medical professional clears them to return. Since Washington took action, 34 additional states have followed suit.

Awareness is the key. Know the signs (review here) and don’t delay seeking medical attention. And while not everyone plays football, almost twice as many emergency room visits result from bicycling accidents. Automobile crashes account for many times more. The brain is an amazing organ. It is both durable and fragile at the same time. It contains the keys to our functioning, our personality and our identity. Guard yours well, and those of your children.

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Motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone. Drunk or distracted drivers are frequently responsible for mayhem on the streets. But when celebrities have collisions, it’s usually front-page news.

While it might be entertaining to hear about celebrities who wreck their cars, it’s no fun to be in an accident. If you’ve been hit and hurt by a famous person or a civilian, contact us. We’ll help you get the compensation you deserve.

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