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Marine Sues Doctor and Pharmacist for Wife’s Prescription Overdose Death

Posted on: Monday, March 24th, 2014

A wife and 32-year-old mother of two died July 31, 2012, after taking the prescription painkiller fentanyl for five days, per hawaiinewsnow.com. Her husband, a Marine now stationed on the mainland, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his wife’s doctor and pharmacist. According to Mayo Clinic, fentanyl is a narcotic analgesic that is prescribed “to relieve moderate to severe chronic pain when around-the-clock pain relief is needed for a long period of time.” As CBS News reported September 8, 2011, fentanyl is 80 times stronger than the opiate morphine. “For patients who are not opioid-tolerant, the amount of fentanyl […]

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Did You Know? March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Posted on: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 2.5 million people suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in 2010. From 2001 to 2010, the number of people who sought emergency care for a TBI increased 70 percent. Falls cause 35 percent of them, per the Brain Injury Association’s 2014 fact sheet, but car accidents cause another 17 percent. And, as Huffington Post blogger and A Normal Life author Lyrysa Smith recently wrote, “Brain injury changes everything.” The person who suffered the brain injury may have trouble paying attention, concentrating, or remembering. He or she may also talk, […]

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Actos Lawsuit Goes to Court

Posted on: Thursday, March 13th, 2014

More than 3,000 Actos lawsuits have been filed against Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, but two finally went to trial on Monday after years of debate as to whether the diabetes medication causes bladder cancer, fiercepharma.com reported. Delores Cipriano, 81, and Bertha Triana, 80, both developed the disease in 2012 after taking Actos for 14 months to two years and are suing the drug manufacturer for more than $1 billion. “We have empathy for patients in this case, but we do not believe Actos was the cause of their condition,” Takeda’s senior director of corporate communications said via emailed statement to the […]

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Cleveland Pradaxa Lawyers Welcome Your Questions

Posted on: Monday, March 10th, 2014

August 19, 2012, USA Today reported that Pradaxa had prompted 3,781 people to file adverse side effect reports with the FDA in 2011. More than 500 people had died while taking the drug. February 18, 2014, Cleveland’s newsnet5 “found more complaints were filed with the FDA about Pradaxa than any other prescription drug in both 2011 and 2012.” The FDA has not recalled the blood thinner, but it has issued a number of safety communications concerning the risk of severe bleeding while taking the drug. Back in 2012, Bloomberg stated that Pradaxa manufacturer Boehringer Ingelheim was facing more than 150 lawsuits […]

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Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyer in Cleveland Comments on Senior Study

Posted on: Friday, January 24th, 2014

The current traumatic brain injury lawsuit against the NFL highlights the dangers of suffering a concussion, but a recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows senior citizens are also at risk. Why? Even if they attempt to break the fall with their arms, seniors still hit their heads, this video study found. In fact, over 60 percent of hospital admissions for TBI are for seniors over the age of 65. That percentage increases for those over 80 years old. For their 39-month, in-depth look at one particular nursing home, researchers set up cameras in common areas, such […]

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Anesthesia Mistake Attorney Chris Mellino Wins $3 Million Judgment for Patient

Posted on: Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Despite the fact a drug allergy was documented on the patient’s medical chart, the defendant administered Scopolamine, which is similar in molecular structure and in the same class of drugs as the one to which the patient was allergic. “Not only that,” says Christopher Mellino, “they were completely caught off-guard when [the patient] went into anaphylactic shock. The anesthesia doctor wasn’t even in the room when she stopped breathing.” According to the complaint filed in the court of Common Pleas in Cuyahoga County, the mother of two “has experienced permanent and substantial physical and emotional pain and suffering, disability, was […]

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Doctors Need to be Aware of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy in Expectant Mothers

Posted on: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Cardiomyopathy refers to a weak heart muscle that is unable to properly transport blood through the mother’s body. Without enough oxygen, the lungs, liver, and other vital organs are seriously affected. This condition, according to the National Institute of Health (NIH), is seen in approximately one in 1,300 to 4,000 deliveries. More often than not, it occurs in women over the age of 30. Peripartum cardiomyopathy is often discovered during the last few weeks of a pregnancy but may be diagnosed within five months of delivering the baby. A physician can diagnose the condition during a regular pregnancy check, but […]

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Birth Asphyxia and Brain Damage: How Oxygen Deprivation Can Lead to Injury

Posted on: Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Birth asphyxia (a lack of oxygen to the brain prior to or during birth) can lead to serious brain damage. Oxygen deprivation can occur during birth for many reasons. As such, it is crucial that medical personnel identify and address the situation in as swift and capable a manner as possible. Correct diagnosis and treatment may, in some cases, lessen the negative effects of a lack of oxygen to the brain. Those who suspect that a medical mistake caused brain damage are welcome to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You may also download or request attorney Chris Mellino’s free […]

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What Do Traumatic Brain Injuries and Yams Have in Common?

Posted on: Friday, October 18th, 2013

It’s all about progesterone. If Rhode Island researchers are right, and can prove what they are seeing on a larger scale, there may be even more hope for someone with a brain injury. The ProTECT study is being carried on in a small room in the Rhode Island Hospital, led by an E.R. doctor. The “Pro” part stands for progesterone, which, according to the American Fertility Association, “is a hormone that is released by the ovaries and is important for menstrual function and pregnancy.” The rationale behind this exercise is that progesterone exists, naturally, in women and men. The difference […]

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Contact Sports Are Exciting, TBIs Not So Much

Posted on: Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Sports are entertaining, however, with increasing emphasis on winning at all costs, including the encouragement of violence on and off the playing field, traumatic brain injury is becoming more frequent. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 4 million sports-related concussions are reported every year. That figure does not include boxing, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, or car accidents. Concussions are the result of the brain smashing into the skull, causing brain tissues to swell and nerves to be injured. Head trauma may lead to a variety of symptoms, such as ringing in the ears, balance issues, nausea, fatigue, […]

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