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Having a baby is usually one of the greatest joys in life.  There are times, though, when childbirth can become a life-threatening experience.

In a recent broadcast by National Public Radio (NPR), many mothers who nearly died after giving birth stated that “their doctors and nurses were often slow to recognize the warning signs that their bodies weren’t healing properly.”

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The news was based on a study published in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.  In part, “researchers surveyed 372 postpartum nurses nationwide and found that many of them were ill-informed about the dangers mothers face after giving birth.  Needing more education themselves, they were unable to fulfill their critical role of educating moms about symptoms like painful swelling, headaches, heavy bleeding, and breathing problems that could indicate potentially life-threatening complications.”

 

The study further notes that this lack of knowledge could be a contributing factor to the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations. Continue reading →

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According to the Associated Press, more than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification.

The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an “early alert” on its findings from a large sampling of cases in 33 states. Investigators say Medicare needs to take corrective action right away.

“We hope that we can stop this from happening to anybody else,” said Curtis Roy, an audit manager with the inspector general’s office, which investigates fraud, waste and abuse in the health care system. The audit is part of a larger ongoing probe, and additional findings are expected, he said.

With some 1.4 million people living in U.S. nursing homes, quality is an ongoing concern. Despite greater awareness, egregious incidents still occur.

Auditors from the inspector general’s office identified 134 cases in which hospital emergency room records indicated possible sexual or physical abuse, or neglect, of nursing home residents. The incidents spanned a two-year period from 2015-2016.

Illinois had the largest number of incidents overall, with 17. It was followed by Michigan (13), Texas (9), and California (8).  Indiana was 11th in the 33 state sample with 4 incidents.  However, just one incident is too many.

The news was already bad for Indiana.

LL-WHEELCHAIR-BW-300x231As the Northwest Indiana Times reported earlier this year, “Indiana ranks worst in nation for long-term care” for seniors and people with disabilities.   Those findings were part of the Long-Term Services & Supports Scorecard, conducted in part by AARP earlier this year (2017).

 

 

 

 

The AP report continued.  In 38 of the total cases (28 percent), investigators could find no evidence in hospital records that the incident had been reported to local law enforcement, despite a federal law requiring prompt reporting by nursing homes, as well as similar state and local requirements.

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The fall school year is underway, along with the start of the exciting action of high school football and other sports.   We at Theodoros & Rooth think it’s important for you to know the answer to the question:  Just how safe is your high school athlete?

The positive news is that every state has some type of health and safety policy requirement for their high schools to follow, according to the Health and Safety Policy Ranking for High School Athletics released last month (August 2017) by the Korey Stringer Institute and sponsored in part by the NFL.

The goal of this project was to determine how states are mandating safety standards for their athletes.  However, not a single state meets all the minimum best practice requirements for the areas focused on in this project, which happen to be the top causes of heat stroke and sudden death in sport, accounting for over 90% of sport-related deaths.

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Regionally Indiana ranked #28 out of the 50 states; Illinois #16.  For more information, click the link below.

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We all know the dangers of drinking and driving and that there are strict laws that provide serious punishment for people that choose to drink and drive.  Sadly, many people still decide to drink and drive on a regular basis.  Far too often, innocent drivers and passengers of other vehicles are seriously injured or killed as a result of a drunk driver on the road.

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Obviously, the guilty individual here faces a myriad of charges, including possible felonies. Continue reading →

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For a parent, a teen-age son or daughter getting a driver’s license is a landmark time for them.  It’s a solid sign that they are growing up and this is a critical turning point in life.  In a way, it is the first time they are on their own and you are letting them become more free of parental supervision.  Needless to say, it is also a very worrisome time for any parent as we (often reluctantly) turn over the keys to the family car.

teen-drivers-300x199Smart parents will put strict restrictions on the usage of the car for a first-time driver.  Even the safest teen driver, though, can be the victim of another driver who isn’t so careful.  Sadly, there is even more evidence that parents’ worries are not exaggerations.  New AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research about teens and distracted driving warn that new teen drivers  ages 16-17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.

 

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We are at the peak of the summer vacation season.  Families everywhere are packing up the car before journeying across America to see the sites while creating lasting memories before the kids head back to school.

Whether you’re just headed to Grandma’s house in southern Indiana or taking a longer trek to Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, or Niagara Falls, it’s critical you first make sure your car is up for it.  So, we ask, when’s the last time that vehicle of yours had a good check-up?

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In doing our research for this article, we naturally called upon AAA.  It’s no surprise that they had some helpful tips for staying safe on your summer motor adventures: Continue reading →

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Even though the Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) outlined strict guidelines to prevent concussions among athletes at the college level, lawsuits continue to mount against the nation’s biggest governing sports body.

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In June (2016), the family of Zack Langston, a former college linebacker at Pittsburg State who killed himself in 2014, filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, blaming its handling of concussions. Langston allegedly suffered more concussions at Pittsburg State.

The federal lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Kansas also names the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, the league that includes Division II’s Pittsburg State, where Langston played from 2007-2010.

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Who ever thought that a seemingly gentle and harmless product that has been used on babies for generations is turning out to have such harmful consequences?

We continue the saga into Johnson & Johnson’s recent woes and lawsuits.

Early this month, a jury in St. Louis awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer.  We first reported on the baby powder crisis months ago.

jj-ads-300x200The ruling is the fourth jury verdict to go against Johnson & Johnson in cases in which women claim to have developed cancer after using its talc-based products for feminine hygiene purposes.

In February 2016, a jury awarded Jacqueline Fox, of Birmingham, Alabama, $72 million, finding the company guilty of negligence, conspiracy, and fraud.  Altogether, juries have awarded plaintiffs $197 million to women who say they were harmed by Johnson & Johnson’s talc products.

All three awards are now being appealed.

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‘Tis the season for firing up the barbecue to enjoy some delicious sizzling steaks, burgers and dogs in the backyard with family and friends.  The last thing we want to do is to put a damper on your summer picnic.

Yet, some reminders are in order.  These are things we often don’t think about during these fun times with food and drink.

First, this common tool has been in the news before, and again just recently.  The wire grill brush.  Harmless enough, right?  Not so fast.

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An estimated 1,700 Americans went to an emergency room between 2002 and 2014 after having ingested wire bristles hidden in grilled food, according to a study published in the medical journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

 

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Let’s pretend that you had a medical device implanted into your body a few months ago – perhaps a pacemaker or maybe a new hip.  Ever since the surgery, you just haven’t felt right and the implant doesn’t seem to be doing what you thought it was supposed to do.

You go back to the doctor and you cannot seem to get any satisfaction to remedy your issues.  You happen to discover that the device you recently received has been recalled.

This does not necessarily mean that your doctor or medical provider has committed malpractice.  In fact, a very small percentage of cases end up in the category of malpractice.  There are many factors involved and a lot of information required before a case of malpractice is determined, including legalities. Simply, it takes a lot of time to build a case.

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For those reasons, if you suspect malpractice on the part of your doctor or medical providers, we strongly urge you to see us at Theodoros & Rooth right away – before any more time goes by.

There are statutes of limitations that apply to all injury cases, which act like deadlines to file your lawsuit.  If you do not file a lawsuit on time, it is highly likely that the court will dismiss your case, even if it is meritorious.   It’s not all that simple as there are a lot of other factors to consider, but realize it’s a good rule of thumb to get started as soon as possible, especially when the evidence is fresh and more easily available.

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