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We are excited to announce that Craig Knapp has been named Best Lawyers in America for the third year in a row

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Could these six apps help prevent distracted driving accidents?

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Knapp & Roberts is proud to announce our support of the Delta Gamma Foundation!

Learn more about this great organization and all others we support on our Giving Back page: http://www.knappandroberts.com/giving-back/

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Nursing home falls are all too common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), half to ¾ of nursing home residents fall each year. That’s more than twice the rate for older adults who live in the community. Read more about falls at nursing homes in our recent article.

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Brother, sister talk about botched kidney transplant last year

One of the most difficult aspects of a surgical error is that the effects can long lasting or permanent. Last year, a transplant team in Ohio made an unthinkable error: A nurse accidentally threw  away a kidney that a man had intended to donate to his sister. Recently, the story has come into the news again, as the brother and sister have filed a medical malpractice claim and have begun to talk about the terrible effects the hospital’s mistake has had on their lives.

The man was 21 at the time of the surgery. His sister was 24 and struggling with end-stage renal disease. In a recent interview with ABC News, the brother described waking up from surgery and realizing that while he was in pain, his sister was walking around. 

The sister described how happy she was when she learned that her brother’s kidney was a match, and how she woke up from surgery with the feeling that something was wrong. Then she realized there was no incision. She received a kidney three months later, at a transplant facility in Colorado, but says the entire ordeal was devastating.

The family has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, which denied wrongdoing this week.

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Wrong-site brain surgery leaves woman unable to speak or walk
Brain surgery was supposed to help a woman who had been suffering from mini strokes for several years. Surgery might have helped, if the surgical team had operated on the right side of her brain. The 53-year-old woman was due to have a craniotomy bypass on the left side of her brain, but doctors operated on the right side of her brain. The woman now uses a wheelchair and cannot communicate. 

The wrong-site surgery happened despite the fact that the woman’s head was correctly marked for surgery. To find out how the hospital and neurosurgeon apologized for the medical error, read our blog entry on the topic.
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