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June 2015 Archives

What to do when you see signs of nursing home abuse

It can be frightening for adult children to realize that their parents are no longer able to take care of themselves. Since many Maryland residents are not equipped to provide the level of care that a loved one may need, they move their elderly family member into a nursing home with the hope that the staff will meet the mandated standards of care. Sadly, regardless of how diligent people are in choosing a place, nursing home abuse is nearly impossible to predict.

Maryland malpractice suit alleges heart transplant was avoidable

A heart transplant is one of the most drastic of all medical procedures. The procedure is inherently risky, and even when the transplant is successful the patient is often left with lifelong side effects. Not surprisingly, a heart transplant is generally viewed as a procedure of last resort when less radical measures have proven ineffective. However, when the transplant is made necessary because of prior medical professional error, the patient may have the right to seek compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. This is the allegation being made by a Maryland family after their son underwent a transplant in December of 2014.

Is Social Security Dying? The Answer Is No

This opinion piece by Administrative Law Judge Jonathan Baird declares that Social Security's demise has been greatly exaggerated. "While the belief Social Security will not be there [when today's young people reach retirement age] appears to be widely held," Baird writes, "nothing could be further from the truth." Baird cites the 2014 Social Security Trustees Report as evidence that benefits will be paid well into the future, even if lawmakers take no action on reform efforts.

$1.57 million jury award after failure to diagnose surgical error

Having to live with the consequences of a doctor's negligence can bring about unanticipated medical expenses, and obtaining compensation may ease the financial burden. Maryland residents may be interested in a jury award following a medical malpractice lawsuit in another state. The case involved a doctor's failure to diagnose a post-operative complication.

Maryland State Police use technology to fight aggressive driving

It is estimated that about 200,000 vehicles are on the Capital Beltway in Maryland every day. Unfortunately, congestion can lead to aggressive behavior by some drivers. Those who drive the Beltway on a regular basis have likely had at least one bad experience with an aggressive driver.

Declared Dead While Alive: A Story about 36,657 Errant Keystrokes

The Social Security Administration incorrectly declares thousands of Americans dead each year, as Ana Swanson reports for the Washington Post. Your death appears to happen on a micro level, so to speak. "By entering one number into the system incorrectly," Swanson writes, "a Social Security employee can bring your whole world crashing down." The number in the title of this post - 36,657 - is the number of people who were declared dead while alive from May 2007 to April 2010, according to a government audit.

Failure to diagnose birth injuries can result in lifelong issues

A parent's love for his or her child is a love that most say has no equal. Childbirth can be one of the most emotional and stressful times for the majority of parents. Anytime that birth injuries occur, a parent can become completely emotionally devastated. A recent incident in a neighboring state to Maryland resulted in a father filing a lawsuit against two physicians.

What is a patient's right to informed consent in Maryland?

Most medical procedures carry certain risks. Usually the risks are very slight compared to the overall patient benefit, but in some cases high-risk procedures must be considered in attempting to deal with a serious or life-threatening condition.

Aggressive advocates for Maryland victims of semi-truck accidents

It is a fact of life that automobile drivers must share Maryland roads with large semi-trucks. Unfortunately, when an automobile, SUV or pickup truck is involved in a collision with a semi-truck the occupants of the smaller vehicle almost always get the worst of it. The average car is no match for the size and weight of a semi-truck, and semi-truck accidents often result in the total destruction of the car, with serious injury or death to those inside.

Hospital fined for surgical equipment left inside a patient

Twelve different out-of-state hospitals were all slapped with fines for actions that led to patient injuries and near fatalities. Maryland patients typically expect that hospitals are the safest place to be during a medical emergency, but unfortunately, this is simply not always the case. From surgical equipment left inside a patient to other acts of negligence, there are many victims who leave the hospital in worse condition than they entered it.

New law to include disabled self-advocates in police training

Many people with disabilities have suffered through contacts with uninformed police officers. While most people grin and bear the misunderstandings and unintentional insults, others don't, or can't. And while the relationship between people with disabilities and police isn't technically on topic, Maryland is going through a lot of police-community issues right now. We thought our Social Security disability blog readers wouldn't mind taking a look at them from a disability perspective.


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