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What options exist if a SSDI claim is denied?

For individuals who have disabling physical or mental injuries, conditions or illnesses; every day is filled with obstacles and challenges. From an individual struggling with depression who is overcome by feelings of sadness and hopelessness and unable to think clearly or make decisions to an individual who is in constant pain due to a debilitating back injury, for many individuals their disabilities make it difficult to impossible to work.

Car accident kills five people in Prince Georges County

Unfortunately, Prince Georges County, Maryland, is home to many auto accidents, often resulting from a driver's lack of experience, failure to follow local and state traffic laws, drunk driving or other reckless behaviors. Car accidents can cause immense pain to people, especially if they resulted in fatalities. Such is the case in a recent car collision that occurred in Prince Georges County.

Crane safety regulations designed to reduce workplace injuries

Maryland workers enjoy the benefits of having a proactive state agency that actively seeks to reduce workplace injuries. The perpetual push to keep workers safe throughout the state is directed under the auspices of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. As part of its mission to reduce workplace accidents, the DLLR occasionally commissions task forces to look into safety issues that may pose unnecessary hazards or require specialized industrial knowledge.

Proof of physician negligence may appear in the medical records

In Maryland and elsewhere, the medical records are the key bedrock that plaintiff's counsel will use to prepare the proof of negligence in a medical malpractice case. Electronic records present several issues for investigation by plaintiff's counsel in trying to prove physician negligence. Tampering with records by nurses and doctors is one area that is always reviewed as a possibility.

Study links environmental pollutants to autism

Children who are diagnosed with autism may vary greatly in their cognitive functioning and capabilities. That's because autism is known as a spectrum disorder, meaning there is a wide variance in the types of symptoms a child may display as well as the severity of these symptoms. However, all children diagnosed with autism express some degree of difficulty when communicating and interacting with others.

Motorcycle accident kills one in Westminster, Maryland

Motorcycles offer both convenience and a unique sense of freedom for motorcyclists but with added risks. In Maryland, motorcycle riders are familiar with the risks involved in riding or operating their motorcycles. Motorcycles are smaller compared with other vehicles and this is why these two-wheeled vehicles are easily damaged in collisions. Because of this, riders are susceptible to various injuries that could lead to temporary or permanent disability.

Failure to diagnose Ebola can raise legal repercussions

In Maryland and elsewhere, there are some basic principles to follow regarding the control and treatment of infectious diseases. Those principles were apparently forgotten in the treatment, or mistreatment, of the Ebola victim who died recently in a hospital. The Centers for Disease Control also failed the test of knowing what to do. The hospital where the treatment occurred made several critical mistakes, including the initial failure to diagnose the virus when the victim came into the emergency room showing signs of Ebola.

Breast cancer treatment takes a physical and mental toll

This year, more than 235,000 people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The vast majority of these cases, some 232,670, will affect women. Additionally, annually an estimated 40,000 women in the U.S. die from breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and provides a good opportunity for every woman to become more informed about breast cancer and its causes, possible symptoms and treatment options.

What are the common causes of truck accidents?

Large trucks serve many purposes in various industries in the United States. Large trucks can be used to transport perishable goods such as meat and fish and even hazardous chemicals. If you are a driver in Prince Georges, Maryland, you are likely used to seeing trucks on major roadways. By merely looking at the size of trucks, you can easily calculate the potential damage they can cause in the event of a collision. One single error can result in a catastrophic truck accident.

Composer's death claimed due to doctor's failure to diagnose

The misdiagnosis of a patient's condition is a major theme that is raised in medical malpractice cases nationwide, including in Maryland. In another state, a recent lawsuit filing involving the death of well-known music composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch raises the issue against a hospital and a treating physician. The suit was filed by the composer's surviving widow, and it alleges that the treating doctor was responsible for a failure to diagnose properly the decedent's medical condition, leading to his untimely death.

Birth injuries: Diverse, complex, often permanent

Medical errors can cause serious injuries to patients. When a mother gives birth, nurses, obstetrician and doctors are present to ensure the safety of the mother and the child. Still, a single error can endanger the lives of the mother and the child. Health care providers in Maryland are expected to follow the standard of care when they are operating on their patients. Deviating from the standard procedures can result in birth injury.

Some jury awards for physician negligence may survive caps

In Maryland, there is a cap on the amount of non-economic damages that a plaintiff can collect in a medical malpractice case. The non-economic part of a jury's award is for pain and suffering, loss of life's pleasures, and loss of consortium. The cap is $740,000 for 2014, and is statutorily set to increase each year by $15,000, presumably to cover inflation. The question arises whether someone suffering catastrophic injuries from physician negligence should have to be restricted by the statutory cap, especially where a jury has awarded her an amount that far exceeds it.

Hagerstown car accident sends two people to the hospital

In Hagerstown, Maryland recently a collision between a commercial van and a passenger vehicle sent two people to the hospital. According to a news report, the van struck the driver's side of the car at the intersection of Oak Ridge Drive and Sharpsburg Pike. Emergency crews had to extricate the two occupants of the car. The two people, a male and a female, sustained minor to serious injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital. Officers from the Maryland State Police were called to the scene and investigated the crash.

OCD sufferers often unable to work

Many individuals have so-called personality quirks or behaviors in which they engage that may seem a bit out of the ordinary. In most cases, these idiosyncrasies are simply unique personality traits or characteristics that help define individuality. There are, however, cases in which signs of compulsive behaviors may indicate that an individual is suffering from a serious anxiety disorder known as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.


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