Heart Disease Symptoms Differ by Gender

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Though historically characterized as a male health condition, heart disease is the leading cause of death among American men and women. Misdiagnosis contributes to the high rate of mortality, especially for female patients. This is why it is vitally important for men and women to know and understand the various symptoms of heart disease. The … Continued

Brain Injuries in Children: The Importance of Swift Diagnosis

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classifies Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a leading cause of death and disability among children and adolescents. Left untreated, these serious injuries can have lasting effects on the development of a child’s brain. For this reason, accurate and timely diagnosis is vital for the institution of adequate … Continued

What to do if Your Bowel was Perforated During a Surgery

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Abdominal surgeries involve a variety of risks, including bowel perforation. This painful condition occurs when the surgical procedure or instrument ruptures the wall of the bowel, which can introduce harmful bacteria into the abdominal cavity. While this injury may be a standard risk of the surgical procedure, it may also result from the negligent actions … Continued

SFSPA Generates New Resources for U. of Baltimore Law School

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In addition to providing unparalleled representation to victims of medical malpractice in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC, the firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. demonstrates an ongoing commitment to service to the communities they represent. The firm has recently made a donation of $25,000 to the University of Baltimore School of Law. The donation … Continued

CANDOR’s Effects on Medical Malpractice

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Every year, thousands of patients fall victim to medical malpractice. They must then endure the dismissive actions of medical professionals who refuse to admit their fault. A new initiative seeks to improve the medical profession’s response to patient injuries. Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) encourages timely communication and resolution, presumptively leading to fewer medical malpractice … Continued

Responding to Stroke Symptoms in Baltimore, Maryland and DC Emergency Rooms

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Strokes are serious health conditions with potentially debilitating effects. By recognizing the symptoms and responding in a timely manner, patients and medical professionals may effectively minimize the severity of a stroke. When emergency room physicians and staff members fail to adequately respond, the Maryland medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. help patients … Continued

Determining if Spinal Cord Treatment Caused Paralysis

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Paralysis is a life-changing condition that takes a toll on the patient and the family. Far too often, it results from the negligent actions of a healthcare provider. When paralysis occurs after spinal cord medical treatment, it is necessary to determine whether the doctor contributed or caused the condition. The medical malpractice attorneys of Schochor, … Continued

Strategies to Reduce the Opportunity for Misdiagnosis

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When you see a medical professional for help, you expect to receive a diagnosis that is accurate and complete. Unfortunately, thousands of patients are misdiagnosed each year, as reported by the National Center for Policy Analysis. The consequences can prove devastating for these patients and their families. When physicians fail to provide an accurate diagnosis, … Continued

Hospital Inequalities can Increase Risk of Patient Death

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It is a frightening thought, but the hospital you choose can determine whether you live or die. As reported in the New York Times, a recent study compared patient treatment at a variety of hospitals. Researchers found that patients seeking care at the worst ranked hospitals were at a substantially higher risk of death or … Continued

Top Causes of Wrongful Death in Medical Malpractice

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Wrongful death is a civil claim, based upon statutory law, brought by a decedent’s survivors against a person whose negligence caused the death of the victim. This cause of action is designed to compensate spouses, children, and parents for loss of financial and other support, as well as grief from their loss. Similarly, a survival … Continued

The Staggering Statistics of Misdiagnosis

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When a doctor or other health care professional fails to accurately and timely diagnose and treat a disease or other health problem, and a patient suffers harm as a result, the error may be the basis for a viable medical malpractice case. Our firm’s Maryland and Washington D.C. medical malpractice attorneys see tragic instances of … Continued

Proposed Policy Reforms Threaten Medical Malpractice Victims’ Rights

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A new threat to medical malpractice victims is on the horizon. Some politicians in Washington allege that “frivolous” medical malpractice lawsuits are driving up the cost of health insurance for patients and malpractice insurance for doctors. The attorneys at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A., along with a number of experts, staunchly disagree with these erroneous … Continued

Lawsuits may force hospitals to monitor for abuse

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The Levy case, lead by Jonathan Schochor, Managing Partner at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A., is one of many lawsuits in recent years that focus on the responsibility of those involved to uphold standards of care. “An institution has an obligation to actually, properly and routinely monitor the conduct of its physicians,” said Jonathan Schochor, … Continued

Common Birth Injuries and What Causes Them

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There is a difference between birth injuries and birth defects. A birth defect is a congenital health condition, often hereditary, that develops while a fetus is still in the womb, absent negligence. A birth injury is an event that occurs during the prenatal period, labor, or in the process of delivery due to poor care … Continued

The Disaster of Leaving a Foreign Object in a Surgery Patient’s Body

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When you enter the hospital for a surgical procedure, you rightly expect the medical staff to provide the highest level of care. If they fail to meet this standard, the result can prove life-changing and even deadly. A growing medical malpractice concern is foreign object error, which occurs when an item is left inside of … Continued

Why Medical Malpractice Damages are Capped in Maryland

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When you have been impacted by medical malpractice, you and your family should see an attorney for legal representation. You may be shocked to learn that in Maryland there are limits, also known as “caps” on the amount of compensation you can receive for non-economic damages (“pain and suffering”) from a legal claim. Let our … Continued

Misdiagnosed Lyme Disease Can Lead to Terrible Complications

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Lyme disease is a serious, long-term condition that needs to be diagnosed and treated right away. A misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can place an individual at a significant risk of harm. If your physician failed to provide an accurate Lyme disease diagnosis, contact the law firm of Schochor, Frederico and Staton, P.A. for reliable representation … Continued

Five Partners from Schochor, Federico and Staton Selected as Super Lawyers®

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At the law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A., we take the practice of law seriously. Our attorneys consistently aim to provide clients with the highest standards of legal representation. Recently, a national attorney rating system recognized five of our partners for their outstanding professional achievements. We are pleased to announce the selection of … Continued

Schochor, Federico and Staton Congratulates Law Clerk Adam Shareef

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The Law Firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton is pleased to recognize the recent accomplishments of Adam Shareef, University of Baltimore School of Law Class of 2017, and Schochor, Federico and Staton law clerk. In February of 2016, Mr. Shareef led the University of Baltimore’s Fredrick Douglas Moot Court team to a victory against the … Continued

What You Need to Know About Maternal Mortality

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A healthy labor and delivery largely depends on the health and well-being of the mother. It is the role of the treating physician to provide the mother with treatment that meets an expected standard of care. Failure to meet this duty can have a deadly result. If the actions of a physician resulted in the … Continued

10 Things You Should Know About Cancer Diagnosis

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When patients hear the word “cancer,” confusion and panic may start to set in. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s important that you stay informed and understand medical processes. This can help you take control of your diagnosis and treatment, and recognize any potential issues. Even the best physicians … Continued

New Approach to Honesty in Hospitals May Help Decrease Medical Malpractice Cases

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A new way of thinking might revolutionize the way hospitals handle medical errors and their repercussions. A program known as Communication and Optimal Resolution—Candor for short— encourages hospitals to proactively admit when a mistake occurs, and immediately begin to resolve the issue. The new approach is being tested at 14 different hospitals. Under Candor, patients … Continued

Congratulations To The Green Street Academy for Receiving the Coveted LEED Award

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Schochor, Federico and Staton would like to congratulate the Green Street Academy for receiving the coveted LEED award. This award is presented to GSA for being one of the nation’s leading “green” schools. GSA won the platinum level award, which is the highest in the category. Dan Schochor, son of Jonathan Schochor, is the Executive … Continued

Ways to Prevent Medication Errors

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Medication is intended to treat illness but an error can do more harm than good. While many mix-ups in the pharmacy, hospital, or doctor’s office may have relatively minor consequences, they also could be life threatening. A wrong dosage, an incorrect prescription, or an allergic reaction could cause a seizure, respiratory failure, paralysis, stroke, or … Continued

Majority of Medical Malpractice Claims Against Internists Stem From High-Severity Injuries

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A recent study found that high-severity injuries make up 58 percent of medical malpractice claims against internists. The Doctor’s Company, a medical malpractice insurer, performed the study. They analyzed 1,180 cases against internists that were closed between 2007 and 2014. The top three types of claims involved issues surrounding negligent diagnostic practices, negligent treatment practices, … Continued

Partner Spotlight: Attorney Kerry Staton

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Distinguished medical malpractice attorney Kerry Staton has been a staple of the Maryland legal community for more than 35 years—and has experienced the pain and hardship of medical malpractice firsthand. After graduating from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1980, Staton has built his career around relentlessly pursuing justice. His mission is to … Continued

Who Can Sue for a Birth Injury and What are the Time Limitations?

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An individual’s ability to bring a lawsuit before a court is known as “standing.” It requires that you have a significant connection to the harm that has been caused to give rise to the legal right to seek compensation. The unique circumstances of a birth injury case can make the issue of who has the legal … Continued

Hospital Discharge Presents Dangers for Patients

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After a stay in the hospital, the discharge process is usually a welcome event. For most, it means a return to familiar and comfortable surroundings. But in some circumstances, a patient’s discharge represents the beginning of more pain and could even result in death. If you or a loved one was injured due to a … Continued

Medical Malpractice Statistics and Steps for Prevention

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When you trust your health to a medical professional, you expect that your care will be handled competently and completely. Yet, every year thousands of patients receive care that falls short of these expectations. According to a report by TrueCostOfHealthcare.net, about 8,900 medical malpractice claims were paid in 2014, accounting for payouts in excess of … Continued

Partner Spotlight: Attorney Jonathan Schochor

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For decades, Jonathan Schochor has been a trusted member of the legal and local community in the greater Baltimore area. Since his early days at the American University School of Law, where he was Associate Editor in Chief of the Law Review, Schochor has demonstrated a passion for legal justice and a dedication to tackling … Continued

Determining if a Birth Injury Resulted from Negligence

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The birth of a baby is supposed to be a special time in a family’s life. Unfortunately, thousands of babies and mothers experience devastating birth injuries on a yearly basis. When these incidents occur, it can be challenging to correctly determine whether the injury was caused by medical negligence. If you find yourself in this … Continued

Understanding The Most Important Factors in a Medical Malpractice Claim

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The backbone of all medical malpractice claims is substantial proof that the victim received a substandard level of care. Victims must also prove that the care they were provided was negligent and that this negligence directly caused a provable illness or injury. Due to the exceptional amount of grey area in medical malpractice claims – … Continued

Five Attorneys From Schochor, Federico and Staton Earn Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America® List for 2017

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Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is proud to announce that several of their firm’s attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their work in Medical Malpractice Law on behalf of Plaintiffs. This honor helps further establish Schochor, Federico and Staton as an accomplished medical malpractice … Continued

Understanding The Increase In Malpractice Cases Being Sent To Mediation

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Mediation refers to the practice of utilizing a neutral third party to help resolve a dispute in a mutually agreeable way. In effective mediation, both parties walk away feeling satisfied with the results and a sense of closure. In recognition of the increasing costs and uncertainty of trial, mediation is being used more frequently in … Continued

Understanding The Difference Between Medical Malpractice and Negligence

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The terms medical malpractice and medical negligence are synonymous. Another way to express it is a breach in the standard of care. Medical negligence is an inappropriate action or a lack of action that results in injury. The professional in question may not intend to harm a patient. However, just like the negligent driver who … Continued

Understanding The Complexities of Maryland Malpractice Law

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An unfavorable outcome to a medical procedure does not, in and of itself, constitute medical malpractice. Requirements for viable cases vary from state to state. Each state defines medical malpractice in a slightly different way, requires different standards be met and operates under a slightly varying statute of limitations law. This article provides a brief … Continued

What You Need To Know About Gathering Evidence in a Malpractice Case

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In a medical malpractice suit, the size of your settlement depends largely on the quality of your evidence. Gathering evidence in such cases can be complicated, tedious and requires a comprehensive understanding of your state’s malpractice laws and regulations. Therefore, the first step in gathering evidence for your medical malpractice claim is finding an experienced … Continued

Understanding The Four Requirements For A Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

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When it comes to medical malpractice in the state of Maryland, there are four main requirements for a viable case. In other words, there are four things to prove for a health care provider’s actions to be deemed malpractice worthy of compensation in the eyes of the court. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will help … Continued

Jonathan E. Goldberg Awarded 2016 AIOPIA’S 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney for Client Satisfaction

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  We are excited to announce that Jonathan E. Goldberg has been recognized by The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys for his exceptional performance. Mr. Goldberg has been awarded the 2016 AIOPIA’S 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that … Continued

Choosing A Medical Malpractice Lawyer – Three Key Things To Look For

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Despite alarming increases in the rates of medical malpractice in the United States, bringing a medical malpractice case against a health care provider is a time consuming, financially burdensome and complicated process. Victims are often overwhelmed, and financially and emotionally devastated. In some cases they are grieving the preventable loss of a loved one. If … Continued

What Your Medical Malpractice Attorney Needs to Know

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What Your Medical Malpractice Attorney Needs to Know If you have been injured during a hospital stay or medical procedure, the next logical step seems to be filing a malpractice claim. What many fail to realize is that bringing a medical malpractice case against a hospital, doctor, nurse or physician’s assistant requires more than simply … Continued

Top Three Things You Need to Know if You Have Suffered Medical Malpractice

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The immediate aftermath of a medical malpractice related injury is chaotic, stressful and devastating to the victim. Victims are often trying to juggle physical and emotional recovery with the stressors of recovering lost wages and paying medical bills. Furthermore, victims are all too often bombarded with misinformation and pressured to sign waivers they do not … Continued

Medical Procedures Most Prone to Malpractice

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The fact that a medical procedure is considered “routine” does not automatically make it “safe.” Errors, injuries, complications and illnesses can result from any procedure and can have devastating conse-quences. While tempting to automatically blame the medical provider responsible for your procedure, not every complication or injury is the result of malpractice. In order for … Continued

The Real Cost for Victims of Medical Malpractice

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All too often we hear about the financial costs of medical malpractice. We hear from doctors and hospitals that they are struggling under the weight of malpractice insurance premiums, and the amount of money spent in legal battles every year. When this line of discussion is focused on the victims of medical malpractice, we hear … Continued

Exposure To Infections In Hospitals: What You Need To Know

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With the Centers for Disease Control reporting that approximately one in twenty hospitals stays result in hospital-acquired infections, patients should educate themselves on their rights when dealing with exposure to infections within a hospital setting. Hospital-acquired infections result in nearly 100,000 deaths per year in this country. Recently, Shore Medical Center was at the center … Continued

Most Common Medical Malpractice Cases In Maryland

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As one of Maryland’s top law firms, Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. has been working on behalf of the wrongfully injured for decades. Through our extensive experience litigating a wide variety of medical malpractice claims, our attorneys discovered that certain forms of medical negligence occur more frequently than others. The five most common medical malpractice … Continued

Is There A Formula For Determining A Medical Malpractice Settlement?

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The most common question medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland revolve around is whether there is a settlement formula for lawsuits. Victims want to know how to determine how much they will be awarded in damages for their injuries. Sadly, while there are a few general guidelines for determining a settlement in medical malpractice lawsuits, there … Continued

How Common Is Hospital Negligence?

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The fact that the actions of a doctor resulted in an injury does not automatically indicate medical malpractice. The simple fact that an injured party or their family is unhappy with the outcome of treatment does not always warrant a medical malpractice claim. In order for a situation to qualify as medical malpractice, the doctor … Continued