Social Security Disability Application Tips

Many people who are disabled and unable to work rely on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Those individuals had to go through the SSD application process, which can be discouraging, to say the least. The vast majority of initial claims are denied. In fact, only 34 percent of initial claims are approved.

If the applicant chooses to pursue an appeal, that process can take a long time to complete – months or even years. And there are no guarantees that the claim will be approved at the reconsideration stage.

So what can applicants do to increase their chances of success?

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Prevention and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide detector

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. When present in the atmosphere, carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms and lead to death. Every year in the United States, approximately 430 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially a concern in winter months. Dangerous gases can build up when generators, furnaces, and wood burning stoves are used – and even when a car is warming in the garage.  Continue reading “Prevention and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning”

Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    

radiationAdvances in medical technology are sometimes a double-edged sword. A prime example? Medical scans that use radiation to peer into human bodies.

X-rays aren’t the only culprit. In fact, far greater doses of radiation are involved in CT scans, PET scans, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine studies (though these doses are still considered low when compared to high levels of exposure from events such as Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Chernobyl.) This ionizing radiation damages human DNA and disrupts normal cell functioning.

It has long been thought that even extremely low levels of radiation increase your lifetime risk of cancer. However, a growing body of research casts doubt on this assumption – with far-reaching implications for medical imaging. Continue reading “Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it?    “

3 of the biggest medical hazards patients will face in 2018

medical hazardsAs patients, we expect our health care systems to function smoothly and safely. Our nation’s clinics, hospitals and health care facilities should offer high levels of care as well as advanced treatments and technologies. Yet that doesn’t always happen.

The ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health care, publishes annual reports on the biggest threats to patient health and safety. Its 2018 report identifies risks to watch out for in the new year. Some of them might surprise you. Continue reading “3 of the biggest medical hazards patients will face in 2018”

Opioids Are Being Overprescribed After a C-Section

opioidsThere is no one cause of the opioid epidemic, which is hitting Ohio especially hard. The issue is very complex.

However, we know that many people become addicted to opioids after being prescribed painkillers. The prescription drugs hydrocodone and oxycodone can be gateway drugs to heroin and fentanyl, among others.  Continue reading “Opioids Are Being Overprescribed After a C-Section”

The Rise In Infant Mortality Rate In Ohio

infant mortalityA new report by the Ohio Health Department reveals that the infant mortality rate rose slightly in 2016 when compared to the previous year.  In 2016, 1,024 babies died within their first year of life: That’s 19 more than in 2015.  Continue reading “The Rise In Infant Mortality Rate In Ohio”

April is Autism Awareness Month: 5 Tips Courtesy of Milestones Autism Resources

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 68 children in the United States is affected by autism.

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Elk & Elk is proud to join Cleveland-based Milestones Autism Resources in sharing valuable autism tips and connecting community members who are affected by autism with vital support and resources. Continue reading “April is Autism Awareness Month: 5 Tips Courtesy of Milestones Autism Resources”

Do you know the warning signs of post-birth complications?

post-birth complicationsThe United States lags behind the world in mother and child safety during delivery. Despite steep declines in the global rate of maternal mortality, it is one of the few countries reporting increases in pregnancy-related deaths, making it an outlier among developed nations. Continue reading “Do you know the warning signs of post-birth complications?”

Death of social media celebrity raises concerns about chiropractic neck manipulation

By William J. Price

On Feb. 4, 2016, model and social media celebrity Katie May died at the age of 34 after suffering a stroke. Last month, a new Los Angeles Coroner’s Office report suggested her death was potentially caused by chiropractic neck manipulation to relieve a pinched nerve.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, this type of injury only occurs in one out of 5.85 million upper neck manipulations. These incidents are extremely rare, and it cannot be said with certainty that neck manipulation causes strokes, but the American Heart Association has outlined how a cervical arterial dissection, a type of arterial tear which can lead to stroke, could result from chiropractic neck manipulation.

Victims of rear-end collisions are often treated by chiropractors, who use cervical manipulation to help relieve pain caused by whiplash injuries. Follow these precautionary steps to find a qualified chiropractor who can safely perform this type of treatment and further reduce your risk of suffering a related stroke:

6 Steps for Choosing a Chiropractor:

  1. Ask your primary care physician or surgeon for their recommendations of board-certified chiropractors.
  1. Research the recommended chiropractors and their qualifications.
  1. Visit your state’s Board of Chiropractic Examiners website to investigate any disciplinary actions that may have been filed against the chiropractors.
  1. Interview the chiropractors you are considering to determine which type of therapy they would use to treat your injuries, and perform extensive research on those types of therapy.
  1. After selecting a chiropractor and beginning treatment, ask yourself if any of your pain has been relieved and if you feel the treatment has been effective. Different chiropractic colleges teach different techniques for relieving pain, and the method used by your doctor may not always be the best fit for you.
  1. Be cautious if your chiropractor pushes you to pursue a long-term treatment program. If chiropractic treatment does not relieve your pain within a few weeks, you may need to seek a more specialized course of treatment from an orthopedic or neurological surgeon.

Chiropractic treatment is a viable and worthwhile treatment for many accident victims, and is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies. Taking a proactive approach when selecting a chiropractor will help reduce the risk of any injuries related to treatment.

William J. Price focuses his practice on personal injury litigation for people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, defective products, negligence in construction sites and trucking and auto accidents. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, AVVO and is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Concussions: Reducing the Risks for High School Athletes

On Monday, Aug. 1, high school athletes around the state officially Preventing Concussions kicked
off their training for fall sports. Last year, Ohio High School Athletic Association introduced new regulations to help prevent concussions during football practices, but athletes in every sport are at risk of suffering this common injury. The first match-ups of the season are only a few weeks away, so take this time to learn the symptoms of a concussion and steps you can take to reduce your child’s risks.

What causes a concussion?

Concussions, usually caused by a blow to or violent shaking of the head and body, are the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Compared to other types of injuries, recovering from a concussion can be a relatively quick process. However, early detection is the key to preventing further damage or long-term consequences.

Common symptoms of concussions

  • Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or remembering new information
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise

Tips for reducing concussion risks in youth and high school athletes

Participation in sports can be a great experience for kids of all ages, but safety should always come first. Follow these tips to reduce your child’s concussion-related risks:

Consider baseline testing.

A trained health care professional can measure and interpret your child’s reaction times, balance and other cognitive processes to determine his or her standard performance. The results of these baseline tests can prove very helpful when determining the seriousness of the injury and recovery progress, but should not be used alone to diagnose a concussion.

Educate and empower your child.

You won’t be on the field or court to monitor your child’s health during games and practices. Educate them about the risks and symptoms of concussions, and encourage them to inform a coach or seek medical attention if there’s even a small possibility they suffered an injury. Remind your child it’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

Don’t rush recovery.

Athletes who resume activity while the brain is still healing increase their risk of suffering a second concussion or permanent brain damage. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few months, and are different for every person. If your child has suffered a concussion, the CDC recommends this 5-Step Return to Play Progression.

Check out these guides for tips on avoiding concussions in your child’s particular sport.

Best of luck to all of our area athletes as they enter their upcoming seasons!