What Is Melanoma and How Is It Treated?

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Every day, an average of 24 Americans die from melanoma cancer, as reported by Melanoma.org. Among women 25-30, it is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths and the second leading cause for women between 30 and 35 years of age. While viable care options exist, timely diagnosis and treatment are crucial to the successful treatment … Continued

Will Getting a Second Opinion Lower My Chances of Misdiagnosis?

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For doctors, diagnosing a patient is not an exact science. They rely on their medical experience, patient symptoms, and best judgment to make a decision. Unfortunately, this leads to a high rate of misdiagnoses and, as a result, patient harm. In certain cases, obtaining a second opinion may reduce your risk of being wrongly diagnosed. … Continued

Learn More About the ‘Standard of Care’

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When we bring a medical malpractice claim against a healthcare provider, we are alleging that his or her behavior fell below the “medical standard of care.” If the provider fell below that standard, it is considered negligence and the provider may be found liable for damages. Elements to Prove Negligence A discussion of standard of care … Continued

Attention Patients of Charles Akoda

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IT IS ALLEGED THAT LOCAL OB/GYN  CHARLES AKODA VIOLATED THE BONDS OF TRUST BY PRACTICING MEDICINE WITH AN UNLAWFULLY OBTAINED LICENSE. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THE MANY FORMER PATIENTS OF CHARLES AKODA—WHO PRACTICED AT DIMENSIONS HEALTH AND PRINCE GEORGE’S HOSPITAL CENTER—WE URGE YOU TO REACH OUT FOR OUR LEGAL ADVICE TO ENSURE YOUR RIGHTS … Continued

Medical Malpractice: Will My Case be Arbitrated? 

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You may not realize it, but when you filled out intake forms at a hospital or a doctor’s office, you may have signed a form agreeing to arbitrate a medical malpractice claim instead of taking the case to a jury trial. Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution designed to avoid the courtroom. Your … Continued

Communication Failures Between Doctors

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It happens in many different ways. A radiologist fails to give imaging test results to a primary care physician. A nurse didn’t tell a doctor the patient experienced increasing pain during a hospital stay. A hospital fails to provide the treating doctor with lab test results. Communication breakdowns happen all too frequently in our healthcare … Continued