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May 2015 Archives

Study: bipolar disorder, depression treat emotions differently

Bipolar disorder and clinical depression can look very similar, even to mental health experts. Both frequently involve patients experiencing periods of despair and extreme sadness. But the treatments are different; antidepressants are not effective for bipolar disorder, which also typically causes periods of mania in patients.

Patient sues physician, alleging surgical errors

When a patient in Maryland agrees to undergo surgery, he or she trusts that the surgeon is skilled and qualified to do the job. This is not always the case, however. In one out-of-state case involving surgical errors, a woman claimed that a doctor negligently completed many surgeries on her foot and was not even qualified as a health care provider when he was performing her treatment; she has thus sued the physician and the physician's insurer.

Maryland woman killed in head-on collision

Earlier this month a woman from Port Republic, Maryland, was killed in a head-on collision on Broomes Island Road in Calvert County. The 46-year-old victim was driving northbound when a southbound 2009 Ford Edge driven by a 54-year-old St. Leonard woman crossed the center line and struck the victim's vehicle head-on. Two boys, ages 8 and 11, were in the victim's vehicle. They were injured but they survived.

Claim for disability benefits denied? You're not alone, and you have options

Social Security denies most initial claims for disability benefits, so if your application has been denied, you're not alone. You also have a right to appeal the denial, and when going through the appeals process, it is a good idea to have an SSDI attorney on your side.

Woman awarded $7 million-plus in failure to diagnose case

The faster a doctor in Maryland can accurately diagnose a medical condition, the more likely a patient is to get the medical treatment he or she needs to recover from the illness as quickly as possible. Failure to diagnose a patient, on the other hand, may cause a person to suffer long-term physical harm or even lose his or her life prematurely. One woman in another state was recently awarded damages in a case in which a doctor did not diagnose her properly.

Can I recover damages if I am injured by an uninsured driver?

Under Maryland law, all motor vehicles must carry liability insurance, which provides coverage for personal injury or property damage caused by the negligent operation of the vehicle. The required coverage limits for personal injury liability are $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident. Without the required insurance, a vehicle cannot be registered or the registration renewed in Maryland.

I'm not disabled. Should I care about Social Security disability?

If you don't suffer from a disabling condition, you may not have thought much about Social Security disability. Does it even apply to you? Is it basically a hand-out?

Doctor mistake allegedly led to hospital patient's death

Losing a loved one to an illness is understandably difficult, but when this happens because of a physician's failure to properly treat the individual in Maryland, this can naturally lead to anger and a desire for justice. One man in a different state recently lost his life after suffering different medical conditions, including pneumonia. The man's children have sued the hospital at which he died, claiming that a doctor mistake led to his death.

Pursuing compensation for a pedestrian accident


When a car or truck collides with a pedestrian, the pedestrian doesn't stand much of a chance. Serious injury and even death are often the result. Pedestrian accidents can result in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and permanent disability. There is often a lengthy recovery process and victims can be left with significant medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering. In some cases, a victim may never be able to work again. In a fatal accident, the bereavement of the victim's family may be compounded by a loss of financial support.

My disability is work-related. Can I still get SSDI benefits?

Yes. If a work-related illness or injury causes you to become permanently disabled as defined by the Social Security Administration, you can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. This is true even if you also qualify for permanent total disability benefits through the Maryland workers' compensation system.

Family claims physician negligence led to man's death

Failure to be properly diagnosed by a doctor in Maryland can unfortunately lead to one's death. This is the situation that one man's family members faced after they claimed that physician negligence led to their loved one's death. The case, which had gone to trial, was recently settled by the health care system and independent doctors' offices involved in the medical malpractice case.

Time limits for filing a car crash injury or death suit in MD

Under Maryland law, a person injured in a car accident caused by another driver's negligence has the right to sue that driver for damages. In the case of a fatal accident, the victim's surviving family members can bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver. There are time limits, however, in which a lawsuit for injury or wrongful death arising out of a car accident can be commenced. These time limits are known as statutes of limitation.

Are Social Security disability benefits 'real' Social Security?

Tom Margenau served as national director of the Social Security Administration's public information office for many years. Now retired, Margenau writes the nationally syndicated column "Social Security and You." If there's one question Margenau gets a lot, it's whether Social Security disability counts as "real" Social Security benefits.

Alleged failure to diagnose resulted in unnecessary surgery

A doctor's diagnosis is critical in determining which type of treatment a person in Maryland may need when suffering an illness. Failure to diagnose a health condition properly can prevent a patient from getting the right treatment, which can have serious consequences. One woman in another state recently sued a hospital and several doctors for reportedly misdiagnosing the cause of the weakness in her husband's legs.

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