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December 2013 Archives

Understanding the SSD beneficiary 'explosion'

The media has focused a great deal of attention in recent years on the increased number of Americans who have filed for certain kinds of federal and state benefits. In particular, many media outlets have scrutinized the recent uptick in applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. A popular misconception floated in certain stories about this trend holds that the reason more Americans are filing for SSD benefits is that lazy or fraudulent individuals are simply taking advantage of the system. A newly released study should put this misconception to rest.

Taking prescribed overdose in Maryland seriously

When an individual is sick or injured, that person usually goes to the hospital, trusting that those working there will do everything they can to make him or her well again. A doctor's responsibility is to care for and prescribe the necessary treatment and medication to patients. Stories of medical malpractice, such as doctor mistakes that cause patients' deaths or a prescribed overdose, are truly unfortunate. In Maryland this malpractice is taken very seriously.

Birth injury prompts hospital to pay $6.5 million

For most Maryland parents, it is difficult to imagine how a medical professional could overlook indications that something was wrong during childbirth, but that is what a judge recently concluded in ordering a hospital to pay $6.5 million in damages to one family.

Woman awarded $60,000 from hospital for surgeon error

Surgical patients in Maryland typically put a lot of trust and faith in their surgeons as they go into an operation. When a mistake occurs during a surgical procedure, it can have a profound and devastating effect on a patient for the rest of his or her life. In a recent out-of-state case, a woman was awarded approximately $60,000 by a jury as a result of surgeon error.

Maryland bicycle-car accidents increased significantly

Vehicle accidents can occur any time in Laurel, Maryland, especially when bicycle enthusiasts and car drivers share the roads. Drivers should be mindful about safe driving. According to the latest data on motor vehicle crashes, the crashes between bicycles and cars have increased over the last five years.

Surgical errors can greatly impact Maryland residents

Surgical errors occur at alarming rates. Unfortunately for the victims, surgical errors can cause serious injury and even death. Many patients require long-term treatment for such events and possibly further surgeries. A recent article that discussed possible fines that should be put in place could be of interest to Maryland patients who have been a victim of such errors.

Putting a human face on the SSD overpayment scandal

Last month, we wrote about a specific kind of mistake being made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that is costing many vulnerable Americans significant consequences. Specifically, the SSA has overpaid thousands of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits recipients and has then insisted that these beneficiaries repay the overage amounts. In some cases, the SSA has demanded the repayment of thousands upon thousands of dollars.

Silence about medical errors puts patients at risk

Patients put much trust in the opinions and procdures that medical staff preform. Furthermore, young or new doctors and surgeons rely on the supervision to comment on and perfect their medical knowledge and procedures. When someone fails to correct or comment on medical treatment, their performance could lead to harm or tragedy.

Multi-million dollar surgical errors verdict upheld

The parents of a 4-year-old boy filed a lawsuit against a hospital after he went through a botched operation. Sometimes, Maryland patients are injured due to surgical errors. Though this incident occurred in a northwestern state, the jury returned a verdict in the amount of $12 million.

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