Early Imaging Predicts Later Capability to Recover from Spinal Cord Injury

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A non-invasive imaging technique offers insight into the level of recovery possible after a spinal cord injury. Within the bony spinal column rests the spinal cord.  As the freeway that exits the brain and provides the body with the ability to move, sense, and feel, the spinal cord is the primary pathway of the nervous … Continued

Kerry D. Staton Honored with 2018 Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record

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Kerry D. Staton, a founding partner of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. will receive the 2018 Leadership in Law Award from The Daily Record in recognition of his outstanding legal work and personal dedication to the Maryland community. The Leadership in Law Award has been presented annually to outstanding members of the Maryland legal community … Continued

What is Anesthesia Awareness?

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It is not unusual to have vivid dreams during surgery, but when dreams become lucid awareness, surgery can become a nightmare. Becoming conscious during a surgical procedure is called “intraoperative awareness” or “anesthesia awareness.”  According to the Mayo Clinic, about one or two people in every 10,000 surgeries is partially awake during their procedure.  Muscle … Continued

New Medical Report Identifies Symptoms of Brain Injury in Embassy Personnel in Cuba

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A new report offers information on the injuries suffered by personnel who worked at the US Embassy in Havana, Cuba. From late 2016 until August, 2017, government workers in Havana began to complain of medical symptoms that could not readily be explained.  According to a recently published report in the Journal of the American Medical … Continued

Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. Fights for Delaware Residents Impacted by Contaminated Water

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Mountaire Farms is the seventh largest chicken producer in the world.  With operations in Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware, the company feeds a hungry world—and pollutes it, too.  In November, 2017, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) cited Mountaire for environmental violations that have far-reaching impacts on the residents of … Continued

Know the Signs of Sepsis—Failure to Recognize Sepsis can be Fatal

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In 2012, 12-year-old Rory Staunton accidentally cut his arm while diving for a ball during gym.  The teacher did not clean the cut, but applied two band aids and sent him on his way. That night Rory complained of leg pain and by morning had a fever of 104.  While his parents explained their worries … Continued

Facing Shortages and Sky-High Prices, Hospitals to Create Their Own Generic Drugs

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Tired of price manipulation and shortages, a consortium of US healthcare providers plans to manufacture, or contract for manufacture, the specific generic drugs it needs for its patients. With about 300 organizations signed on, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, the group has tentative plans to produce about 20 generic drugs that were volatile in … Continued

Do You Know the Symptoms of Aortic Aneurysm…and Does Your Doctor?

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Aortic aneurysm leading to dissection is always a medical emergency, and a failure by medical personnel to recognize the condition cost a Utah man his life. On November 6, 2011, a 55-year old transit worker, Keith Wilcox, went to an urgent care facility complaining of chest and back pain. Diagnosed with constipation and discharged, Mr. … Continued

Here is News You Should Know About Hysterectomy—the FDA Just Updated Their Warning on Power Morcellators

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After their introduction in 1991, power morcellators quickly became the tool of choice for removal of uterine fibroids in women.  Although the device is still in use, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently reaffirmed its warning about an increased cancer risk associated with the devices. In 2013, 40-year old Dr. Amy Reed underwent … Continued

First, Do No Harm—Michigan State University Sued for Actions of Physician Larry Nassar

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In January 2018, 156 women gave testimony during the sentencing hearing of convicted sex offender and former physician at Michigan State University (MSU), Larry Nassar.  Now, 140 of these women have complained in federal court that, as his employer, MSU bears legal responsibility for their injuries. Although he still faces sentencing in another case, Larry … Continued

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

Did Your Doctor Follow Up Properly?

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The doctor-patient relationship does not always end when the patient leaves the office or hospital. Under some circumstances, adequate medical services require that the physician follow-up with the patient to ensure their well-being and provide additional treatment when necessary. When a doctor fails to meet this responsibility, the patient may face further complications or even … Continued

What You Need to Know About Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

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When you check into a hospital, you expect to receive care that will treat your medical condition and improve your health. Yet, for thousands of patients each year, a trip to the hospital can result in a potentially fatal condition. Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that causes the air sacs in one or both lungs … Continued

Five Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. Partners Recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers®

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The attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. commit ourselves to providing medical malpractice plaintiffs with the highest quality of legal representation. We are proud to announce that these efforts have once again been recognized by a national attorney rating agency, with five of our prestigious partners receiving recognition as Super Lawyers® 2018. This distinguished … Continued

Can Doctors Who Prescribe Recalled Drugs be Held Accountable?

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Millions of people rely on medication to treat dangerous medical conditions and maintain their health. The pharmaceutical industry is worth billions of dollars, as drug companies quickly work to come up with new drugs to treat every type of medical condition. Unfortunately, the race to get a medication to market sometimes outweighs safety, resulting in … Continued

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

What is Body Cooling for Infants?

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In the event of an emergency during labor and delivery, the attending physician must know how to respond quickly and accurately. This includes understanding which procedures are effective at treating specific conditions. One proven method for addressing hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is a process known as “body/brain cooling” or “brain hypothermia.” It reduces brain damage and potential … Continued

The Dangers of Being Released from the ER Too Soon

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Emergency rooms are busy and hectic places. This sentiment is particularly true in bustling metropolitan areas like Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Under stressed circumstances, hospital staff members could feel the pressure to discharge a patient before they are medically ready. Releasing a patient without a thorough examination and without proper clearance increases the risk of … Continued

Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. donates to One America Appeal

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The recent hurricanes have devastated the lives and homes of millions of people in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. To help those that have been impacted, we are donating to the One America Appeal. This effort is working to provide the needed items for those who have been affected by the damaging rain, … Continued

Did You Understand Your Discharge Instructions?

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When you leave the hospital, either after surgery, an admission, or ER visit, you should leave with a set of discharge instructions. These written directions provide crucial information about your post-hospital care. Unfortunately, discharge instructions can be unclear to the patient, or hospital staff members may neglect to properly explain the instructions. Vague discharge instructions … Continued

Breaking News: $596,000 Verdict

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Partners James Cardea and Scott Kurlander obtained a $596,000 verdict in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County against Naji Sureja, M.D. The case involves failure to timely diagnose and treat colon cancer.   James Cardea Scott Kurlander

Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer

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Diagnosing breast cancer in a timely manner can quite literally mean the difference between life and death for many women. The five-year survival rate for a woman with Stage 0 or Stage I breast cancer is nearly 100%, yet by the time the cancer reaches Stage IV, the survival rates drop down to about 22%, … Continued

Top Reasons Children End Up in the ER

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Every year, millions of children are reportedly taken to hospital emergency rooms nationwide. From serious falls to sports-related injuries, ER doctors provide medical treatment to children at surprisingly high rates for numerous reasons. Injuries are a top cause of children in the ER The active and curious nature of children make them particularly prone to … Continued

Failure to Diagnose a Heart Attack

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Someone dies from a heart attack every 40 seconds in the United States, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). About 20% of cardiac events are characterized as “silent,” meaning the victim is unaware that the heart attack occurred, even though the body is dealing with the damaging effects. Though heart attack risks … Continued

Does Gender Bias Lead to More Misdiagnoses in Women?

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Medical research trials and treatments have historically been male-focused. When studying illnesses and treatments, medical schools and research studies use an archetypal patient, which is a 154-pound white male. However, this prototype can be significantly inaccurate in regard to the diagnosis and treatment of female patients. Over the last two decades, several significant studies have … Continued

When Would a Hospital be Liable in a Medical Malpractice Suit?

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When a patient receives hospital care, numerous people and entities have a duty to provide that individual with proper care. Under some circumstances, the hospital or medical center may carry some liability for patient injuries. Typically, this responsibility stems from the negligent actions of staff, or from the hospital’s negligence in managing the reasonably safe … Continued

Breaking News: $403,000 Verdict

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Partner Jonathan Goldberg and Associate Brent Ceryes of Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A. obtained a $403,000 verdict in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County against Sarabjit Anand, M.D.  The case involved a failure to appropriately treat a bleeding ulcer that resulted in the death of Rhodell Wood, Sr. at age 68.  Mr. Wood is … Continued

What is Expert Testimony in a Medical Malpractice Claim? 

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Successful medical malpractice litigation depends on proving that a healthcare provider was negligent and that their negligent behavior caused actual harm to a patient. Negligence, in the realm of medical malpractice, means a physician’s conduct fell below an acceptable standard of medical care. To prove these central elements, the plaintiff’s legal team must call medical … Continued

Five Schochor, Federico & Staton Partners Receive Best Lawyers® 2018 Recognitions

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The attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. continue earning awards and recognitions for their unwavering commitment to clients and notable successes in the courtroom. Five of our accomplished partners have been recognized with designations for their service to the legal community.  We are pleased to announce the selection of the following attorneys to the … Continued

Overworked Nurses are a Safety Risk in Hospitals

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Much has been done to prevent fatigue and burnout in doctors and residents in hospitals. Most are able to take breaks and rest as needed during long shifts. But, overworked nurses are often overlooked. Nurses do a lot of the “grunt work” in hospital settings—administering medications, caring for patients, and carrying out doctors’ life-saving orders. … Continued

Did Your Doctor Inform You of all the Risks Before Surgery? 

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While you probably trust the decisions your doctor makes, you don’t have to be a passive participant when it comes to your own health. Before you have an operation, whether serious or minor, your physician is required to provide you with an oral and written outline of that surgery’s risks. These “informed consent” documents help … Continued

A New Threat to Medical Malpractice Compensation Comes from Congress

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At the end of June, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would place a cap on medical malpractice damages across the country. Right now, these limits are governed by state law. This federal bill would create a national limit of $250,000 on non-economic damages in medical malpractice claims. This means victims of … Continued