Monday, September 15, 2014

Extended Stay in Hospital May Make You Sick, Both Physically and Mentally ~by Legal Pub

We all know that extended stays in hospitals may be hazardous to your wallet; however, it may also be hazardous to your health. Recent studies suggest that staying in a hospital increases your risk of serious infection.  A University of Utah interpretation of a recent hospital study suggests that the risk of serious drug resistant infection increases 1% for each day a patient stays in a hospital.  The actual study was performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston by John Bosso.

In general, the risk of getting an infection while in hospital is about one in 20 according to Michael Schmidt PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  Furthermore, the risk of dying from infection once acquired is also 5%.  (The overall risk of infection-related mortality is only .25% which is 1 in 400.)

Bloodstream infections, pneumonia and surgical site infections are all possible complications of extended hospital stay. Studies suggest there is a definite link between length of stay and the chance of getting a drug-resistant infection. The overall risk of a drug-resistant infection rose 1% a day.  The risk of bankruptcy also increases exponentially for each day stayed in the hospital.  Stay out of the belly of the beast.  Avoid extended stay in hospitals and keep your money in the bank.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Is A Small Jail Cell Appropriate Punishment For Ricky House Jr., If Convicted of Confining A Woman In A Cage? ~by Legal Pub

Kendra Tooley, Ricky Roy House Jr. 
Ricky House Jr. allegedly chloroformed an Indiana mother and held her captive for two months.  Allegedly, House forced her to wear a dog collar tethered to an "intricate restraint system." House also allegedly kept the woman in a wooden cage. The victim was allegedly beaten and raped. The kidnapping apparently took place on July 9, 2014 and continued until her rescue on September 4, 2014.  The 30-year-old victim from Evansville knew Ricky House Jr. before the ordeal according to Chief Deputy Tom Latham of the Posey County Sheriff's Office. House offered her a ride which resulted in the victim being missing for nearly two months. 
House shared a mobile home with his girlfriend Kendra Tooley in Stewartsville, Indiana.  House apparently  too the victim to his home and when she tried to leave he allegedly placed chloroform over her mouth and nose rendering the victim unconscious.  When the victim awoke, her clothes were allegedly cut off and she was bound to a bed.  
Throughout July and August the  victim was kept bound to the bed.  House and Tooley  allegedly treated her like a dog, forcing her to wear a collar with a rope or leash.  She was also allegedly confined to a  "locked wooden cage." 
The victim allegedly said that her captors were trying to "impregnate" her because Tooley was too old to have children of her own. Ronald Higgs, 61-years-old, ended up saving the victim.  At some point, Higgs was able to head butt House, and help the victim escape.
House, 37 is facing 14 counts of rape, kidnapping, criminal confinement and battery.  Tooley, 44, was charged with 10 counts of rape, kidnapping and criminal confinement. Both suspects were assigned public defenders and the court entered a preliminary not guilty plea for each.  The next scheduled court date is October 1, 2014.
As always, all suspects are innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law.

Conservative Treatment A Preferred Method to Treat Back Pain? ~by Legal Pub


Dr. Patrick Roth, M.D. recently shared an article on back pain.  (See September 5, 2014 Bottom Line.)  Dr. Roth opines: "In any three-month period, 25% of adults will suffer at least one day of back pain. Over the course of a lifetime, about 85% of us will experience back pain at some point."
Despite being a spinal surgeon, Dr. Roth advocates conservative treatment such as exercise prior to considering pain medication or surgery. Dr. Roth advocates three basic exercises for the treatment and prevention of back pain:  1. Front Plank  2.  Side Plank and 3. Bird dog extension of arm and opposite leg.  Dr. Roth also advocates walking and/or jogging.  He opines that higher impact exercises end to stimulate bones to become more dense and the discs in the spine to become "fuller."
Consequently, Dr. Roth recommends such exercise as long as the patient does not experience hip or knee pain.

Dr. Patrick Roth, M.D., FACS, is the founder of the North Jersey Brain & Spine Center in Oradell, New Jersey, and the author of The End of Back Pain (HarperOne).

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome A Medical or Legal Issue? by Legal Pub

Numbness or pain in your wrist or fingers?  Perhaps you have carpal tunnel syndrome.  CTS can affect the hand and sometimes the whole lower arm and even the shoulder. But here is the clue for lawyers and potential plaintiffs:  Carpal tunnel syndorme (CTS) is not typically caused by a single trauma!  In the vast majority of the cases, CTS is the result of repetitive overuse of the wrist. So, think workers compensation rather than personal injury litigation and you likely will be on the right track in deciphering who is responsible for paying for treatment.
Symptoms of CTS may include: 
-Numbness or pain in the hand, forearm, or wrist that affects sleep. 
-Occasional tingling, numbness, "pins-and-needles" sensation, or pain. 
-Pain or numbness that gets worse while using the hand or wrist in a flexed (bent) position. 
-Occasional aching in the region between the elbow and wrist.
-Finger stiffness in the morning.
In more severe cases of CTS, numbness may result  in decreased grip strength and actual weakness of the fingers, thumb, or hand.  Symptoms increase when the muscles innervated by the median nerve our affected. Decreased strength in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and half of the ring finger are consistent with median nerve involvement. However, if there are complaints with the little finger, it is not the result of median nerve damage associated with  carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
CTS may occur in one or both hands.  Symptoms are first noted at night and are typically associated with sleep disturbance.  The condition is often first noticed at night when the patient complains of interrupted sleep.  However, an injury to muscles, ligaments and tendons should always be ruled out before concluding CTS is responsible for a patient.s symptoms.   Shaking or moving the fingers may ease this numbness and pain associated with CTS.  Ice and rest often relieves the symptoms in minor cases.  Ultimately, if the patient can not function with CTS, a surgical consult is appropriate.
Conclusion, is there ever really just one? If you develop CTS symptoms, try rest first. This may mean spending a bit less time typing on the computer, knitting, or woodworking.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Albert Ebosse Dies Because of Fan Rage? ~by Legal Pub

Once again, fans over due their emotional expressions at a game. Soccer player Albert Ebosse is dead after being injured during his team's match with USM.  No, not  a heart malfunction.  Ebosse was hit by something thrown from the stands during his teams loss in the Algerian football championship.  Ebosse was walking off the field after a 2-1 loss when he was hit in the head.  The 24-year-old Ebosse, was the leading goal-scorer in the Algerian league last season.  He was apparently hit by the rock thrown from a section of JS Kabylie supporters. The so called fans were angry at their team's loss. Other players were also struck with rocks after they walked off the field. Algeria's interior ministry has requested police to investigate the death.
Algeria Football Federation President Mohamed Raouraoua said he hoped that ''the perpetrators of this unspeakable act are severely punished.''
Image result for soccer ball photo  Albert Ebosse, R.I.P.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Did Office Darren Wilson Shoot 18-Year-old Michael Brown Over A $48.99 Box of Cigars or Were Shots Fired In Self Defense?


Police are to serve and protect.  Citizens deserve respect, but so do police officers. So, when is force by an officer become unreasonable?  It may be like pornography, the Court knows it when it sees it. However, hindsight is always 20/20.  Unfortunately the real world sometimes requires split second reactions and the line between a good decision and a bad one may become blurred in the heat of the moment. If nothing else comes out of the protests in Missouri, the message that officer education and training is critical to preserve the delicate balance of preserving freedom and keeping order.

Unfortunately, that is of little consolation to the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown who was shot by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Wilson's suburban St. Louis police chief, Thomas Jackson, has now released documents alleging the teen was killed after an alleged robbery in which he was suspected of stealing a box of cigars. The cigars retailed for $48.99.
Officer Wilson may have been paroling when a 911 dispatch that allegedly reported a "strong-arm" robbery just before noon.The dispatcher supposedly gave a description that may match Brown.  Wilson, a six-year veteran of the police department, apparently confronted Brown before back up arrived. It is not clear at this point if Wilson suspected Brown of being involved in the store altercation. Early reports are that the store incident and the shooting may not be related. Attorney, Benjamin Crump, represents Brown's parents. He stated, "It's bad enough they assassinated him, and now they're trying to assassinate his character."   (Crump also represented the family of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager fatally shot by Zimmerman.)
 Supposedly the August 9, 2014 store video reveals a man wearing a ball cap, shorts and white T-shirt grabbing a much shorter man by his shirt near the store's door.(Video photo's above.) A police report alleges that Brown grabbed a man who had come from behind the store counter by his shirt and "forcefully pushed him back" into a display rack. Johnson, Brown's friend, acknowledged that he and Brown were in the store.  Little else is clear from comments released in the press. Furthermore, it is not been confirmed who is shown on the above photos. Some say the video photos are not of Brown.  Nevertheless, the officer is expected to claim that Brown was shot after he encountered Brown and another man on the street during his patrol. It is expected that the officer will claim that one of the men pushed him into his squad car and a struggled occurred over the officer's weapon. At least one shot was fired inside the car before the struggle spilled onto the street,  Brown is believed to  have been shot more than once. Officer Wilson may not have suspected Brown to have been related to the store incident.
Dorian Johnson has told the media that a police officer ordered him and Brown onto the sidewalk, then grabbed his friend's neck and tried to pull him into the car before brandishing his weapon and firing. He said Brown started to run and the officer pursued him, firing multiple times.

Tiffany Mitchell allegedly witnessed the incident. She said on CNN Tonight that Brown was trying to pull away from the officers, and then the officer was pulling him into the car when a shot was fired from inside the car. Mitchell said that Brown broke free and started running and then "the kid's body jerked as if he was hit from behind and he turned around and he puts his hands up like this, and the cop continued to fire, until he just dropped down to the ground and his face smacked the concrete."  According to Mitchell, the officer fired five or six shots.

Some question whether Brown was even a legitimate suspect to be stopped, detained or questioned. Photos of Brown don't really match up with the store surveillance photos. Dorian Johnson, Brown's friend, has stated that the officer told him and Brown to get out of the street and that Brown had his hands up when he was shot. If Brown's hands were up, why was it necessary to shoot him in the face?  That appears to be the question protesters want answered. Legal Pub shares the desire for such answers but asks that the answers be obtained through peaceful lawful means.
The State Highway Patrol seems to have matters now under control as they walk side-by-side with thousands of peaceful protesters.  Police in riot gear and armored tanks the nights before had only added fury to the fire.Now it appears things are on track for calmer heads to prevail until all the facts are known.

Darren Wilson, who has been on administrative leave since he shot Michael Brown. All suspects are to be presumed innocent and all allegations are to be considered untrue unless otherwise proven in a court of law.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Marlene Pinnock Did Not Like Being A Punching Bag


Marlene Pinnock received multiple punches from a California Highway Patrol officer a few days before the Fourth of July. Not a pleasant experience on the side of a Los Angeles freeway. During an interview with The Associated Press, she discussed the video of the incident. Of course, her attorney, Caree Harper,  interrupted her and limited her responses when she felt it possibly detrimental to her client's case.  "He grabbed me, he threw me down, he started beating me, he beat me. I felt like he was trying to kill me, beat me to death." Powerful words after powerful blows.
Pinnock has had several weeks of treatment for head injuries.  She slurs her speech which may be part of the residual effects of her injuries. Pinnock is suing CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow and Officer Daniel L. Andrew.  Pinnock claims excessive force, assault, battery and a violation of Pinnock's due process rights. Pinnock has apparently been homeless for several years and was allegedly on her way to a safe place frequented by the homeless when the incident occurred. Pinnock allgedly suffers from post incident temple pain and nightmares.
She was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold by Andrew after the incident. Andrew's report apparently alleges that Pinnock was a danger to herself and that "upon contacting the subject she was talking to herself. The subject began telling me 'I want to walk home' and called me 'the devil.' The subject then tried to walk into traffic lanes."
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters has publicly requested that the officer be fired. However, as always, all suspects, even the police are innocent unless otherwise proven in a court of law.