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When Rehabilitation Goes Wrong: Rehab Hospital Injuries

  • July 18, 2017
  • Medical Malpractice
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Injury rehabilitation facilities are intended to be a place of healing and recovery. People that go to rehab are typically struggling with the consequences of a severe injury or recovering from a procedure, so the fact that so many people who seek help in rehab actually end up suffering more harm is alarming. A recent
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Eight Days a Week

  • March 14, 2017
  • Medical Malpractice
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Eight days a week is an impossible length of time in our calendar system. A 28-hour work day could be considered just as impossible. How would you like to work 28 hours at a stretch with no sleep? A 28-hour continuous shift has been proposed as the new normal for medical residents. At the moment,
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Psychological Issues Arising from Cerebral Palsy

  • March 9, 2017
  • Child Injury
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Cerebral palsy, or CP, arises from some type of brain injury or malformation that can occur either while in the womb, during birth, or after birth. CP actually describes a group of disorders that impair movement control, known as “palsies.” CP is a not-uncommon childhood chronic disability that develops by the age of two or
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Opioids at Crisis Level in Maryland

  • February 6, 2017
  • Medical Malpractice
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Our state is number one, but in a disturbing way: Maryland’s hospitalization rate due to opioids is the highest in the U.S. New federal data demonstrates the depth and breadth of Maryland’s opioid problem. Ten years of statistics from the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality show that tens of thousands of people in
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Contaminated Surgical Device Endangers Heart Patients

  • December 16, 2016
  • Medical Malpractice
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Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Following a diagnosis, surgery is the best option for many patients. Surgical procedures can be used to bypass blocked arteries, regulate heart rhythm, replace valves, or even remove and replace a diseased heart entirely. All of these procedures require a special device
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Spotlighting Hospital-Acquired Infections and Patient Safety

  • March 1, 2016
  • Medical Malpractice
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National Patient Safety Awareness Week, which runs from March 13 through 19 in 2016, focuses on reducing harm to patients who use the health care system. The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), which sponsors the awareness-raising effort, has announced their campaign United for Patient Safety, which is meant to focus on the prevention of hospital-acquired
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No-Fault Birth Injury Fund: Yea or Nay?

  • February 12, 2016
  • Medical Malpractice
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For the second time in two years, a state legislature task force has recommended that the Maryland legislature create a no-fault birth injury fund. The most recent endorsement occurred in December, 2015. Unlike the previous year, this time the task force included both insurance and legal representatives. The proposed fund, which would be similar to
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Medical Misdiagnoses Put You at Risk

  • October 26, 2015
  • Medical Malpractice
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In September, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine issued a landmark report that characterized incorrect medical diagnosis as a huge blind spot in our health care system. No one truly knows how many people have their medical care compromised by wrong or delayed diagnoses, but it’s clear that
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EHRs: Electronic Health Risks?

  • July 24, 2015
  • Medical Malpractice
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Electronic health records (EHRs) have become a big deal in the medical world. Doctors, hospitals, and other medical practices are rapidly moving from paper to computers and online data storage because it streamlines the process of data entry. On-the-fly and often in front of the patient, the doctor types the applicable data into the computer,
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Abbott Laboratories was recently ordered to pay $23 million in punitive damages to a child whose family claimed Abbott’s drug Depakote caused the Minnesota girl’s birth defects. It is the first time that a verdict has been found against the drug company for that medication. A St. Louis, Missouri, state-court jury awarded the additional, punitive
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