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February 2014 Archives

New study on SSD benefits and unemployed workers is released

One of the disadvantages that disabled individuals often face is that the general public often misperceives what it means to be disabled. A broad range of disabilities may qualify an individual to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. However, in each case the applicant’s condition and ability to remain working is thoroughly reviewed before SSD benefits are awarded to him or her.

Failure to diagnose properly may have caused brain damage

A Maryland man is suing the healthcare giant Kaiser Foundation Health for possible failure to diagnose, which the man claims may have led to brain damage. The man's wife suffered from cardiac and respiratory issues during a transfer to another medical facility. The husband claims that this decision was motivated by money. It is possible that the woman's respiratory condition was improperly treated and a failure to diagnose the severity of the issue may have contributed to the outcome.

Preventable medical errors are a nationwide problem

Maryland residents are quite familiar with medical errors, such as wrong-site surgery, birth injury and misdiagnosis. These medical errors can cause serious harm to a patient, or even cause death in some cases.

Veterans' SSD claims to be expedited by SSA

When veterans become disabled, they often must simultaneously navigate the process of obtaining disability compensation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Unfortunately, both of these organizations are experiencing significant backlogs that are making many veterans’ lives much harder than they arguably ought to be.

Fatal motorcycle accident brings manslaughter charges

Choosing between a car and motorcycle is all about preference. In Laurel, Maryland, some residents prefer motorcycles because motorcycling gives a unique sense of freedom. However, riding a motorcycle is more risky than driving other vehicles. The driver's body is exposed while riding a motorcycle, which makes the driver prone to ejection if the vehicle collides with another motor vehicle. A rider can suffer the worst kinds of injuries that can lead to temporary or permanent disability or even death.

Commonly prescribed prescriptions could cause birth defects

A recent study has revealed that a surprising number of women have been prescribed prescription pain killers during pregnancy, possibly causing an increased risk of birth defects. This study found that a large number of women took pain medicine for pregnancy aches and pains, including in Maryland. It is possible that particular medications, specifically those containing opioids, may cause certain birth defects.

How disabled Americans can avoid being targets for fraudsters

As the Target retail data security breach has reminded the American public, anyone can become a target for fraudsters at any time. However, individuals who receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be at a greater risk for financial fraud victimization than members of the general public are. This is partially because disabled individuals are often regarded as more financially vulnerable than some other populations.

Baby dies due to birth injury in Baltimore, Maryland

The birth of a child is a joyous event for parents. To ensure that the delivery process is successful and safe, healthcare professionals, such as doctors and nurses, usually oversee the entire process. However, the possibility always exists that a birth injury could lead to temporary and permanent disability to the baby such as cerebral palsy. In some cases, birth injury can result in fatality, which is the tragic outcome of a recent birth experience of a mother who is claiming medical error was the cause of her baby's death in a Baltimore, Maryland hospital.

Couple claims doctor mistake caused death of patient

Before gaining a license, doctors are required to undergo years of intense training. This training is imperative because even the slightest of miscalculations can have long-term repercussions for a patient. Because of the potential consequences of a doctor mistake, a surviving family in Maryland and other states who believe that a doctor's mistake led to the death of a loved one have the right to seek legal recourse. According to a lawsuit recently filed, such a mistake led to tragic consequences for one family.

How prevalent is Social Security Disability benefits fraud?

Over the past several weeks, we have discussed various aspects of the fraud scandal currently rocking the Social Security Administration (SSA). As we mentioned, hundreds of applicants for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, their attorneys and their physicians may be found guilty of defrauding the SSA. What makes this story particularly wrenching is that many of the applicants are former members of the New York City Fire Department and the New York City Police Department. Many of those individuals allegedly used their experiences both on 9/11 and in its aftermath to fraudulently seek benefits.

Brain damage of little girl leads to $32.8M jury verdict

Any Maryland parent would agree that Nov. 14, 2009, should have been the best day of an expectant mother's life. Tragically, the mother believes that negligence on the part of two nurses attending her labor and delivery led to her child being born with brain damage. A jury agreed with the girl's mother and awarded the family $32.8 million in damages.

Malpractice suits remain a tool against preventable medical error

Most Maryland residents will go to a doctor whenever they have health-related problems that seem serious enough to warrant medical attention. Along with other health-care providers such as nurses, a physician will assess a patient's condition and determine the necessary treatment. Unfortunately, not every patient who undergoes medical treatment manages to walk out of the hospital alive. Although rare overall, medical professional errors such as inappropriate surgery can be fatal for patients.

Compassionate Allowances update released

We have written previously about just how critical the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Compassionate Allowances program is. This program allows individuals with debilitating, otherwise severe and/or potentially fatal conditions to have their applications for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits fast tracked. Provided that the relevant medical diagnosis is properly confirmed and all paperwork is appropriately filled out, benefits applicants eligible for the Compassionate Allowances program may receive their SSD benefits in a matter of days or weeks.

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