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November 2013 Archives

SSI benefits are often not enough support for disabled children

According to a piece recently featured on the news site Philly.com, experts widely estimate that even when children with disabilities have medical insurance, their care costs their parents between $6,000 and $20,000 out-of-pocket annually. As a result, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits can be extremely helpful for disabled children and their families. These governmental benefits that are available to certain disabled children can help to cover their out-of-pocket care-related expenses.

Man dies in Maryland crash with two trucks and other vehicles

There are several contributing factors that can cause an accident. As it is with other vehicles, operating a truck requires caution and strict adherence to traffic rules and safety. Often, inattention, speeding, intoxication and distraction on the road risk the lives of other people. A truck, undoubtedly, can cause terrible damage if it is involved in an accident.

Bridge project sees its first injuries in North Carolina

If you're injured at work in Maryland, there are some steps you'll take to getting well, from going to the hospital to seeking your rehabilitation. In most cases of work-related injuries, workers' compensation should kick in to help you manage your loss of wages, but if it doesn't, you may be able to seek compensation in other ways.

How does the SSD Compassionate Allowance Initiative work?

When an individual is diagnosed with a fatal or otherwise substantially severe medical condition, the process of applying for government benefits may feel like a waste of precious time. After all, applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits often takes many months. Thankfully, there is an expedited process available for individuals whose conditions clearly meet the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) criteria for disability.

Maryland car accident leaves an elderly couple dead, two injured

Driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding can lead to terrible consequences, even death. Just that kind of event happened recently, on a Laurel, Maryland highway. A Sparks, Maryland man whom police believe was driving drunk and fast, has been charged with driving under the influence, along with a second driver, in a tragic three-car crash.

Woman awarded $100K for surgical errors caused by robotic device

Robotic surgeries are becoming more commonplace in Maryland and elsewhere as operations become more high-tech. However, these robotic devices do not always prevent surgical errors. In a medical malpractice case that just concluded in another state, a woman was awarded more than $100,000 after a malfunction in the robotic device used in her surgery resulted in a foreign object being left in her body.

Social Security Disability overpayment debacle continues

You may have recently received a notice in the mail indicating that you owe a substantial amount of money to the federal government. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been sending out such notices to individuals it believes have been overpaid in regards to their Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Despite the SSA’s mistake in overpaying you, it is insisting that you return the overpaid funds.

Head-on collision kills motorcyclist near Laurel, Maryland

One of the best ways to avoid an accident is to ensure that a motorist follows traffic rules and traffic signals. Other than that, a driver must keep his or her eyes open and must share the road with other motorists.

Hospital responsible for birth injuries must pay $7.5 million

Childbirth delivery is thought of by many to be a pretty cut-and-dry area of medicine that does not significantly implicate medical malpractice issues. However, that's far from the truth. Medical malpractice attorneys in Maryland and throughout the country are usually experienced in handling a number of cases involving birth injuries that point to negligent treatment and care by the doctors and hospitals involved.

Workers' compensation agency moves to private sector

If you're injured on the job, it's only natural to want to know who will pay for your medical bills and how you'll support yourself during the times when you can't physically work. Maryland natives who rely on this compensation may have heard that one of the largest compensation insurers is no longer backed by the state, and this might have seemed alarming. However, the company has announced that it is now a non-stock, not-for-profit private company, and that means it won't have to worry about losing surplus earnings to the state's general funds. What does that mean for you? The company claims that the extras can now be used to benefit policyholders.

Woman fights for 3 years for surgeon error compensation

It has been called a medical malpractice nightmare -- a woman suffering from a blocked colon was the victim of a botched surgery that forced the amputation of her left leg and a permanent colostomy bag. Maryland residents may be familiar with this case as the woman in question has spent the last three years fighting for compensation. She contends it was surgeon error that led to her current debilitating condition.

Motor vehicle accident kills Maryland motorcyclist

There are many reasons why residents of Laurel, Maryland, prefer motorcycles when they travel. Aside from the fact that a motorcycle is lightweight, it can also easily weave in and out of traffic. However, those features can also result in tragic outcomes.

Man injured when loader fell onto him in construction accident

In Maryland, a workplace accident can be the result of many problems on site. In a recent news release from Oct. 31, a man was injured by a skid loader that fell on him while he was working in a trench in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Although this didn't happen nearby, it's fair to say that construction accidents could happen near where you live as well, and they could involve you or your loved ones if you're caught in an unsafe situation.

Why applying for SSD is often worth the effort

Last week, we discussed how beneficiary hopefuls can appeal initial denials of their applications. We acknowledge that oftentimes applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) can be a challenging and frustrating process. However, qualified applicants can often reap such substantial benefits that it is often very much worth the trouble of applying and appealing when necessary.

16 deaths, hundreds harmed by surgical errors since 2005

When a patient goes to the doctor, he or she is putting their trust into the doctor's hands. The patient believes that the doctor will make good decisions that are in the patient's best interest, and they believe that the doctor is highly trained and skilled enough to avoid making any critical errors. Of course, this isn't always true. Doctors make mistakes all the time; and when they do, the patient can (and should) hold them responsible for their negligence.

How the SSD benefits appeals process works

It is a well-known fact that the many first time applications for certain governmental benefits are denied and must be appealed. Initial claims for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are no exception. As a result, it is important that individuals seeking to secure these benefits are prepared for the possibility that they will be compelled to appeal an initially denied claim.

Medical errors result in surgical tools left in patients' bodies

Many Americans pay significantly for surgeries to improve and even save their lives. However, not all operations are over when the patient leaves the operating room. Surgical tools are all too often left in the body and they can endanger a patient's life.

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