It’s the Small Things…Research Reveals Gaps in Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in 25 hospitalized patients has at least one infection that they contracted during their hospital stay.  Some of those healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) occur due to contaminants found in patient hospital rooms. Overall, the CDC notes approximately 1.7 million HAIs afflict between five and … Continued

State of Kentucky Names Walgreens In Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

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As state and federal health officials seek help to fight opioid use throughout the country, Kentucky decided to sue an entity that is both a “distributor” and a “dispenser” of these dangerous addictive drugs.  Who did Kentucky sue?  The retail drugstore giant Walgreens. Opioid addiction is dangerous and damaging.  Destroying families and killing people from … Continued

Poor Prescription Practices Lead to Higher Risk of Death from Opioids

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Risky prescription practices lead to addiction and higher risk of fatal overdose, according to new research. As patients, families, agencies, and healthcare practitioners across the country struggle with the opioid crisis, researchers are seeking insight into opioid abuse and how to avoid it.  In a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, … Continued

New Battle against Opioid Producers and Distributors Launched by Richland County and the City of Georgetown

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State agencies, governments, and public health officers have launched a new battle for relief and resources to help South Carolina communities respond effectively to the opioid crisis. Retained by Richland County and the City of Georgetown, a committed team of legal experts is now fighting to obtain justice and compensation for local governments struggling to … Continued

University of Southern California Doctor Accused of Sexually Abusing Patients

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In a stunning echo of the abuse suffered at the hands of convicted physician Larry Nassar, a former gynecologist at the University of Southern California is now the focus of extensive investigation for abuse of women in his care. Earlier this year, sexual offender Larry Nassar was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for … Continued

Kerry Staton Recognized as a Lawyer of Distinction

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Kerry Staton is proud to add Lawyer of Distinction to his already lengthy list of honors and recognitions. Becoming a Lawyer of Distinction is not an easy process. Using a proprietary analysis, the association recognizes less than 10% of attorneys in any given state. Being honored as a Lawyer of Distinction requires independent research, exhaustive … Continued

Adverse Surgical Outcomes Impacts Patients and Physicians Involved in the Event

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Healthcare providers can become a “second victim” when a patient suffers an adverse medical outcome. During any medical procedure or treatment, there is always a possibility that something will go wrong.  Our firm delivers strong representation to patients and families who are injured through medical mistakes made by physicians, surgical teams, and healthcare institutions.  While … Continued

Opioid Use after Surgery Increases Risk of Adverse Drug Events and Addiction

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Originally marketed as more effective and less addictive than other medications, a new study finds that opioid medications are often associated with negative outcomes after surgery. The study also found that opioid medications are highly addictive. The current opioid addiction crisis is the worst drug epidemic in the history of this country.  According to researchers, … Continued

Jonathan Schochor Wins 2017-2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jonathan Schochor, Senior Managing Partner of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. has received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017-2018. Out of 1.5 million biographees, only a small percentage are selected. The award, which is given to honor recipients based on their career longevity, philanthropic endeavors, and lasting contributions to society, was announced … Continued

The High Cost of Poor Prescription Management

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When you have the wrong medication, or it adversely interacts with another prescription you are taking, you could get sick—or worse.  According to a new study, in addition to contributing to patient injury and death, poor medication management increases the already high cost of healthcare. As individuals, we want to know that we are doing … Continued

Mountaire Water Contamination Case Moves Forward in Delaware

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Partnering with a Delaware law firm, Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is filing suit in Sussex County, Delaware against Mountaire Farms for contamination of groundwater and related environmental violations. For the past six months, our firm has done extensive investigative work to uncover the extent of contamination created by Mountaire through inappropriate disposal of almost … Continued

Understanding the Risks of Migraine and Men

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Men get migraines, too.  As with women and migraines, the risk may involve more than head pain. Migraine headache is a complex condition with a cause that remains elusive to researchers.  In both genders, migraines have numerous triggers.  Diet, exercise, stress, genetics, hormones, and underlying physiology are all implicated when it comes to headaches and … Continued

The Votes Are In! Schochor, Federico and Staton Ranks Tops in Maryland

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Schochor, Federico and Staton, PA recently ranked in the top three in five categories of the annual Reader Rankings of The Daily Record. Established in 1888, The Daily Record is Maryland’s premier source for regional business, legal, and government news.  Each year, the news outlet gives readers and business leaders the opportunity to nominate candidates … Continued

Is Your Migraine Telling You Something?

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No headache is pleasant.  While most headaches will pass in a few hours, some do not.  How do you know when to get help with a pain in the head? More than 90 percent of the population experiences tension headaches at some point during their life.  These types of headaches are not medical emergencies and … Continued

Headaches or Migraines: What’s the Difference?

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Most people suffer a headache at some point in their life, from the” brain freeze” of an ice cream headache, to the chronic head pain caused by a concussion.  While head pain is the common factor of these conditions, these types of head pain are unrelated. Headaches are generally referred to as primary or secondary … Continued

Retail Medicine and Medical Malpractice, Should You Be Concerned?

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Your child has a terrible stomach ache.  You have a busy day and since you are near a retail medical care office, you drop in instead of going to your doctor or even the Emergency Department. Your child gets some antibiotics and seems to feel better.  Everything seems fine until their appendix ruptures two days … Continued

New Diagnostic Method Detects Sepsis in One Drop of Blood

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A new device may speed the diagnosis of sepsis and save lives. According to research from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), sepsis affects over one million people per year in the US, and about a quarter of those patients will die.  Sepsis is not a disease, but a reaction by the immune system to an infectious … Continued

Misdiagnosis Leads to Triple Amputation in Mom with Ectopic Pregnancy

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The joy of a British couple over a new pregnancy turned to sorrow and then tragedy when a series of medical mistakes left the mom-to-be in devastated condition. In 2014, Magdalena Malec, a 31-year old mother of a two children, learned she was pregnant.  She and her partner were thrilled.  Just weeks later, bleeding heavily, … Continued

Treatment of Immune Cells May Reduce Damage of Septic Shock

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Can feeding the fire of an overcharged immune system save the lives of patients in septic shock? Sepsis is a condition where a violent attack, called a “cytokine storm,” is released by the immune system on an infection.  Unfortunately, the immune attack often kills the patient, too.  In recent years, the Centers for Disease Control … Continued

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