What Type of Vetting Processes do Hospitals Conduct when Hiring New Doctors? 

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When you check into a hospital for care, you do so with the expectation that every physician and nurse involved in your treatment is properly trained, experienced and credentialed to handle your medical needs. Unfortunately, as recent incidents have exemplified, this is not always the case. Questionable hiring practices commonly occur within hospitals and medically facilities. This is sometimes … Continued

Have You or A Family Member Experienced a “Never Event?”

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Everyone makes mistakes—but healthcare providers hold life and death in their hands.  While some minor errors are perhaps inevitable, serious, shocking medical mistakes should never occur. In 2001, Dr. Ken Kizer coined the term “Never Event,” as a description for extraordinarily severe medical mistakes that should never happen.  Never Events may also be referred to … Continued

The Effect of Human Error on Biopsy Results 

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Accurate and timely biopsy results are extremely important for the health and well-being of a patient. For individuals with cancer, a correct result is key to starting life-saving treatments. For individuals without cancer, an inaccurate biopsy can mean costly and painful treatments that are completely unnecessary. It may also mean that a true condition goes untreated and potentially worsens. Unfortunately, … Continued

Breaking News: $645,000 Verdict

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Partners Jonathan Goldberg and James Cardea obtained a $645,000 verdict against Aruna Paspula, M.D. in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. The case involved the failure to refer a 64 year old gentleman, Robert Suryadeth, with risk factors for coronary artery disease to a cardiologist before surgery. Mr. Suryadeth died a few hours after undergoing … Continued

Can I Check to See if My Doctor Has a History of Medical Malpractice Complaints? 

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We trust doctors with two of our most valuable assets – our health and our lives. When tackling the challenging task of choosing the right physician, a comprehensive look at their professional history can be extremely useful. There are numerous resources available for obtaining information about past medical malpractice complaints or disciplinary actions. Finding them just takes a little research and effort. The state licensing board Every state … Continued

Jonathan Schochor Visits Dr. Oz Show to Discuss Akoda Case

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Jonathan Schochor was invited to speak on the Dr. Oz show to discuss the class action lawsuit involving Charles Akoda. The segment will air on Tuesday, January 9th at 11:00am on WBAL-TV 11. If you are not in the Baltimore viewing area, please check your local listings for the channel and time of airing on Tuesday, … Continued

Fetal distress and long-term disabilities in children  

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A prolonged labor and difficult delivery places a mother at risk of serious harm, but these circumstances can also create fetal distress which can have lasting effects on the newborn’s health and development. There are a number of long-term disabilities that can result from fetal distress. While some of these conditions are immediately recognizable at birth, others may not present symptoms … Continued