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Victims of surgical errors should understand medical malpractice


Medical malpractice can include a number of different types of harms suffered by patients. Surgical errors are one of the most common types of medical error suffered by patients, which may lead to a medical malpractice claim against a negligent surgeon, nurse, anesthesiologist, other medical professional or, sometimes, hospitals. Surgical errors can lead to serious injuries, including brain injuries, paralysis and nerve damage

Do I Really Need An Attorney For My Disability Claim?

At McGowan & Cecil LLC, we know that you are probably mulling over the question of whether you really need an attorney to help you seek Social Security disability benefits. The application for disability is a complicated process and one mistake or failure to provide documentation can lead to a denial. Social Security points out in their most recent report that an average of 50 percent of applications are denied. While many are based on medical requirements not having been met, in 2009 over 800,000 denials were due to a technical reason.

Could more be done to prevent semi truck accidents?


Over-the-road trucks are a vital part of the economies of Maryland and the nation as a whole. But the economic benefit is coming at a price: fatal crashes involving semi trucks are on the increase in the United States. According to a recent article by a former executive of the American Trucking Associations, the number of deaths in truck accidents went up 17 percent between 2009 and 2013. There were 3,964 deaths in 2013, the most recent year for which data is available.

2 Killed In Industrial Accident When Lift Truck Tips Over

When you are a worker at a construction site or industrial facility, you know that you face a risk of injury every day, even if safety procedures are followed. On top of that, if machinery fails or defects give out on the tools being used, your life could be put in danger. One single mistake can cost lives in these high-risk environments, making everyone's jobs important.

Nurse neglects standards of care, injures nursing home resident

Each nursing home resident has a unique story, and each requires different standards of care. Nursing home facilities in Maryland and every state have protocols that should be followed to keep residents safe and in good health. When standards of care are neglected, accidents can happen that may injure vulnerable nursing home residents.

Chronic fatigue syndrome target of new research campaign

There are many diseases that researchers continue to struggle over. These diseases often have yet to be linked to a cause and as yet, lack any kind of cure or effective treatment. For people in Laurel, Maryland, who struggle with these disabling diseases, it can be a frustrating challenge. They may be left unable to work and even face criticism from others over the validity of their condition.

Patient's hospital fall leads to worsened medical condition

Hospitals across the country assess patients when they arrive. Some patients are considered high-risk because of factors like age, medications and existing health conditions. Patients in Maryland that are put in a high-risk category can usually expect special attention and care from medical staff to accommodate their needs. Recently, a high-risk patient in another state experienced a worsened medical condition and ultimately lost his life due to his falling while in the hospital's care. His daughter is now suing the hospital.

What auto insurance coverages are required in Maryland?


Because the financial losses from car accidents are often beyond the financial means of vehicle owners, and to ensure that victims receive compensation, Maryland requires that all vehicle owners carry three basic types of automobile insurance: liability insurance, uninsured motorist coverage, and personal injury protection coverage.

What will happen when my disabled child turns 18?

A recent post discussed how disabled children in Maryland may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. This post will center on disabled children who turn 18 and their eligibility requirements for SSD. First, it is important for you to understand that once a child turns 18, the child is generally considered a legal adult by Social Security. This means the benefits the child has been receiving will stop and the child will need to qualify for continued benefits under the same rules as a disabled adult.

Untimely death of patient due to wrong information on wristband

In some situations, every minute counts for patients in hospitals, and mistakes can cost valuable time. It can be hard to place where the mistake occurred -- whether the details slipped through the cracks or the mistake was caused by some other error. Patients in every state, as well as in Maryland, hope that they will not fall victim to these types of mistakes, which can unfortunately lead to an untimely death.

Fibromyalgia: A painful disability

Many people in Laurel and the state of Maryland suffer from fibromyalgia. According to the National Institutes of Health, it is unknown what causes fibromyalgia but it is considered a real condition that causes people pain and suffering. People who are diagnosed with it often experience a myriad of symptoms that include tingling in the hands and feet, stiffness in the morning, muscle pain, headaches, cognitive issues and a feeling of being tired.

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