Cleveland, Ohio, Injury Law Blog

Wrongful death by dialysis

If you or someone you love suffers from kidney disease, a doctor may suggest dialysis. Dialysis is a purification process to cleanses the body’s blood of toxins—in place of the kidney. The treatment has become increasingly popular in the United States. One of the leading treatment centers—DaVita—has locations nation-wide.

In a recent lawsuit against a DaVita center in Denver, a federal jury awarded $383.5 million to three plaintiffs whose loved ones suffered cardiac arrest and died following dialysis treatment. All three deaths were caused by DaVita’s use of GranuFlo—a compound used in dialysis which is known to cause toxic pH imbalances and alkalosis.

How wheeled walkers put babies at risk

Parents want their new children to be safe. We lock cabinet doors, cover outlets and practically line walls with bubble wrap. Nothing’s too good to keep a new child safe.

That’s why it’s so perplexing to see a parent lovingly place their baby into a wheeled walker and let them go.

Esteemed medical center accused of kidnapping patient

When you're admitted to a hospital, there are probably many concerns running through your mind. You may be worried about your diagnosis, whether your condition is treatable and how much your stay is going to cost you. One fear that would probably never cross your mind is the possibility that the hospital would hold you hostage. However, a recent case has brought this phenomenon of "medical kidnapping" to light.

Alyssa was an 18-year-old high school student. On Christmas, she suffered a burst blood vessel in her brain. Her parents rushed her to the esteemed Mayo Clinic for treatment. Doctors told Alyssa she had a 2 percent chance of survival. They performed emergency neurosurgery on her, which saved her life. This is where things took a turn for the worse.

Teach your children how to behave around dogs

Most dogs are friendly and well meaning. However, even the sweetest pup can bite with the right provocation. If a dog feels threatened, they can bite in self-defense. They may bite if they feel scared or startled, or if they feel that you are trying to take something valuable away from them—such as their puppy or a bone.

Many adults understand how to interact safely with dogs. Young children, however, are more prone to loud outbursts and inadvertently rough behavior—which can quickly send a dog into self-preservation mode. Of the 4.7 million dog bites that occur in the U.S. each year, half of the victims are children between 5 and 9 years old.

New safety recommendations for children’s car seats

As a new parent, you may be overwhelmed with the inundation of considerations and responsibilities you’re suddenly faced with. You’re expected to make dozens of decisions you’ve never even thought about. Many of these decisions are far from intuitive. Traveling with your baby by car can be especially complicated:

  • Do you use an infant carrier or a convertible car seat?
  • Should it face forward or backwards?
  • How long do you use the car seat for?

Proof is in the numbers: Nursing homes are understaffed

Nursing home residents and families have suspected it for years, but the proof is in the numbers - nursing home facilities are understaffed. New federal data shows that a majority of nursing homes had far fewer aides and nurses staffed than they reported to Medicare.

Nursing homes overstated staffing numbers

How pregnancy can increase your risk of a car accident

We all know that we should exhibit safe driving behavior whenever we’re on the road. If we’ve had a few drinks at the bar, we know to find a sober ride home. We know to avoid texting while driving. However, there are other life circumstances that can amplify our likelihood of getting into an accident—and we may not even realize it.

Researchers recently conducted a study on the influence of pregnancy in driving. They found that a pregnant woman’s chances of being involved in a crash spike markedly during the second trimester—particularly during the first month. During this period, pregnant women are as likely to have an accident as a driver with sleep apnea. Meanwhile, the third trimester shows a sharp decline in car accidents. Researchers found no similar pattern in pregnant women who were vehicle passengers or pedestrians.

Ohio leads the north in hot car deaths

When you leave your kid with a babysitter during the day, you trust them to place high priority on your child’s safety whether they stay at home or travel. They need to keep an eye on them wherever they go and try not to leave your kid alone. If they need to stop at a store for something on a hot day, one of the biggest mistakes they can make is leaving the child in the car.

Unfortunately, accidents like these happen frequently in the state. Recently, the Cleveland Scene reported that Ohio led the Northern Continental U.S. in hot car deaths. Between 1998 to 2017, there have been 19 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths in the state. As the report also mentions that these are the second highest cause in car-related deaths for children, you should understand the dangers of leaving your child alone in the vehicle on a hot day and what you can do if a negligent guardian puts your kid in danger.

Why your brain can’t handle driving and hands-free calling

Distracted driving has become a growing subject of concern in our society. The advent of smartphones has created unprecedented opportunity for distraction in all aspects of our lives—including in the car. It used to be that the hamburger you’re eating or your screaming child in your backseat were the biggest temptations to take your concentration off the road. Nowadays, every ping on our phone represents the allure of a new text, tweet or Facebook post.

In recent years, the spike in traffic accidents as a result of distracted driving has led legislators and advocacy groups nationwide to develop laws and campaigns to discourage such behavior. Ohio passed a law banning drivers from sending or reading any form of text communication while driving. Other states have outlawed the use of any handheld electronic device while driving.

Why it pays to take your time to settle after a car crash

A car crash can happen in a flash. One moment you’re driving down the road, happy as a clam. The next minute, you wake up in the hospital. You’re bruised and broken, and your mind is racing with concerns about your family, your job and how this accident will impact your life.

In the midst of this overwhelming time, an insurance claims adjuster may be trying to get you to accept a settlement. Don’t let them rush you into a deal. Here’s why:

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