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Physician negligence caught on tape

A patient always hopes for the best and most professional care from his or her doctor, but unfortunately, the best is not what is always given. In fact, a doctor may be downright unprofessional when he or she thinks no one will find out. In Maryland, or in any state, physician negligence can negatively affect the patient.

Preparing for your Social Security Disability hearing

Applying for Social Security Disability is a complex and time-consuming process. If you have decided to submit your claim without any help, there is a good chance it will be denied. However, it is possible to have your case heard before an administrative law judge. This is usually the next step after a second denial from Social Security and we are often asked at McGowan & Cecil LLC what needs to be done to prepare for the hearing.

Can disabled children receive SSD benefits?

When you think of disability, you may picture a disabled adult in a wheelchair or an adult who struggles with a severe mental illness. However, if you have a child who is disabled, your child may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security offers Supplemental Security Income which is designed to help you provide care to a disabled child.

Motorcycle crashes can result in spinal injuries for riders


Even the safest motorcycle rider can, unfortunately, suffer serious injuries when a negligent or distracted driver collides with them. Far too many drivers fail to keep a lookout for motorcycles and fail to see them when they should. Failing to keep a proper lookout when driving could be considered negligence, and negligent drivers are the cause of many motorcycle accidents. And, when a crash occurs, motorcycle riders -- and their passengers -- are much more vulnerable to injury than occupants of enclosed vehicles.

Doctor mistake allegedly leads to patient's death

Going to a hospital for even a routine or low risk surgery can be scary for a patient. One hopes for the best care from their provider as one puts his or her life in the hands of the doctors and surgeons. It can happen in any state, like the recent case in Maryland, where the intricate details of a patient were undetected. According to the complaint, the doctor mistake led to the death of a patient.

It's Not the 1970s

As Matthew Philips reports for Bloomberg Businessweek, the Social Security Disability Insurance program is "facing insolvency" in 2016, as it did in 1994, when lawmakers used a portion of collected payroll taxes to prevent the crisis that would have erupted had there been a cut in disability benefits.

Failure to diagnose cancer in child, parents file lawsuit

In Maryland, and across the United States, patients turn to medical professionals for their expertise in proper diagnosis. The failure to diagnose properly can lead to death. Certain illnesses can be treated if caught in enough time. However, if left undetected, a cancer can spread and grow until the chances of reversing the illness are minimal.

Motor vehicle accident on I-95 sends three to hospital


In early the afternoon of Wednesday, July 9, at approximately 3:00 p.m., a Maryland State Trooper pulled over a car onto the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Laurel, Maryland, under the suspicion of displaying improper plates. The officer left his vehicle behind the pulled over car with emergency lights on, and proceeded to the passenger side to speak with the driver.

Surgical errors are a common cause of medical malpractice

Maryland readers may agree with the characterization of a surgical procedure as a delicate ballet. Each member of the surgical team relies on the others to perform their parts flawlessly. When surgical errors occur, it is often because one or more of the team failed to meet the accepted standard of care, which puts the patient's life in jeopardy.

What causes cerebral palsy?


Parents of children with cerebral palsy in Maryland know it can be a devastating condition leading to lifelong disability. The term "cerebral palsy" actually refers to a number of different conditions that affect an infant's muscle tone, coordination and brain function. It is often the result of brain injury or lack of oxygen to the brain during delivery. It can also be caused by brain injury to the baby before or after delivery.

Family says nursing home negligence caught on tape

It is never easy for families to make the difficult decision to put a loved one into a nursing home. Having to entrust the care of a family member to strangers can be frightening, especially with so many stories of neglect and abuse reported in the media. Most recently, a family filed a lawsuit against a Maryland facility for nursing home negligence.

Pursuing damages for injuries suffered in motorcycle crashes


Most motorcycle riders understand that they face a certain level of risk when they go out on the road. Two-wheeled vehicles are less stable than four-wheeled vehicles, and this can result in a greater likelihood of a rider losing control. Due to their size motorcycles are harder to see. And, when a motorcycle accident does occur, the rider is not protected by the enclosure of a vehicle body.

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