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 Dr. Charles Akoda

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IT IS ALLEGED THAT LOCAL OB/GYN DR. 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 DR. 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 … 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

What is Medical Malpractice-Related Class Action Litigation?

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Most medical malpractice claims involve one plaintiff (the injured party) and one (or sometimes several more) defendants. Those defendants could include the doctor who made an error, the hospital where the physician worked, an attending nurse, or other healthcare professionals who contributed to the patient’s harm. There is another type of civil litigation, known as … Continued

Baltimore Attorney James D. Cardea Recognized as Expert Network Distinguished Lawyer

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Medical malpractice attorney James D. Cardea, a partner with Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A, has been officially recognized by the Expert Network as a Distinguished Lawyer. This prestigious recognition is bestowed upon doctors, lawyers, and other professionals who have made significant contributions to their field while demonstrating a prominent perspective on the future of their … Continued

Filing a Medical Board Complaint Against a Negligent Doctor

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If you have been mistreated by a doctor, take action to ensure the physician is held accountable.  You can contact an attorney to see if you have cause for a medical malpractice claim. To help ensure no further patients are harmed by this doctor, you can also file an official complaint with your state’s Medical … Continued

Why Does Cancer Get Misdiagnosed?

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Although “cancer” is the last thing you want to hear after a visit to a doctor, you do want prompt and effective treatment for the disease if it is found. Getting an accurate and timely diagnosis means receiving the correct treatment for the right condition. Unfortunately, all too frequently, physicians fail to diagnose cancer, only … Continued

Death from Misdiagnosis of Treatable Diseases and Conditions

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A shocking 2016 study from Johns Hopkins reported that medical mistakes were the third leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers estimated that there are at least 251,454 deaths due to medical errors annually in the United States, though that number could be much higher since nursing home facility and home deaths were … Continued

The Importance Of Proper Testing In The ER

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When patients rush to the emergency room, they often feel panicked about what is happening with their health. Their pain and symptoms tell them that something is wrong, but they rely on the expertise of emergency physicians and staff to fill in the blanks and provide them with medical guidance. Accurate diagnoses often require significant … Continued

Misdiagnosis Is Not Limited To Hospitals. Primary Care Physicians Also Miss Diagnostic Opportunities

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While hospitals frequently treat patients with serious medical conditions, the opportunity for an initial diagnosis often starts with a primary care physician during regular office visits. These doctors see their patients on a regular basis and are generally more knowledgeable about patients’ medical histories and possible signs of dangerous conditions. This provides an optimal chance … Continued

Selecting the Best Medical Malpractice Law Firm for You

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Medical malpractice cases are some of the most challenging and arduous matters within the practice of law. Not only do medical malpractice attorneys need a thorough understanding of the law, but these cases also require extensive insight into medical procedures and the industry standards physicians are required to follow within their medical practices. Ask Questions … Continued

Baltimore Lawyer Jonathan E. Goldberg Recognized as Two Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction

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Medical malpractice attorney Jonathan E. Goldberg of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A has been officially recognized by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as a Two Years 10 Best Personal Injury Attorney for Client Satisfaction. This distinguished honor recognizes lawyers who consistently provide their clients with excellent service and support while handling personal injury … Continued

Being a Health Care Advocate for an Ill Family Member

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All too often, those with serious diagnoses are bombarded with information about their treatment and suggestions regarding life-saving care. But retaining the sheer amount of information is difficult—especially when grappling with a serious illness. That is where a healthcare advocate comes in. A patient’s advocate is often a family member or close friend who stands … Continued

Failed Diagnosis in Lung Cancer Patient Death Results in $461,000 Verdict

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James Cardea and Jonathan Goldberg of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. recently obtained a verdict of more than $450,000 in a medical malpractice claim against a primary care physician in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. A jury handed down the award last week in a case involving a 79-year-old man whose lung cancer went … Continued

Breaking News: $461,000 Verdict

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Breaking News: Partners James Cardea and Jonathan Goldberg of Schochor, Federico and Staton obtained a $461,000 verdict in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County against Timothy Souweine, M.D. The case involved a failure to timely diagnose and treat lung cancer resulting in the death of Carl Palmer at age 79. Mr. Palmer is survived by … Continued

Learn The Warning Signs of a Stroke

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Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death among Americans and leaves more adults disabled than any other health complication. The severity of this life-altering event makes it a leading health concern for the residents of Baltimore and Washington DC. Early treatment is vital to survival and recovery following a stroke, so it is important … Continued

Five Things to Know About Strokes

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A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, leaving brain cells without the oxygen needed to remain viable. This potentially fatal attack on the brain affects more than 750,000 people each year in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control. The concerned Washington D.C. and Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys of … Continued

Are Strokes Preventable and Treatable?

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Strokes are often viewed as inevitable death sentences, prematurely cutting a victim’s life short. However, according to the National Stroke Association, 80% of strokes are preventable and medical advancements have significantly increased the treatability of most strokes. Preventing a stroke The National Stroke Association identifies three guidelines in the prevention of a stroke: Identify. The … Continued

What You Need To Know About Nerve Injuries

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Your nerves are like telephone wires, transmitting messages from one part of your body to another. Some of your nerves will take messages to your muscles when your brain is telling them to move. Other nerves communicate messages from the body to the brain about temperature, internal and external pain, pressure, and other things. Nerves … Continued

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Kerry D. Staton Named Top 10 Attorney by NAOPIA

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Firm partner and medical malpractice lawyer Kerry D. Staton was honored with the 2017 Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Maryland from the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys (NAOPIA). The Academy is a Washington D.C.-based organization devoted to acknowledging accomplished personal injury attorneys across the nation. Less than 1% of lawyers make … Continued

Jonathan Schochor Honored With 2017 Marquis Who’s Who® Award

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No stranger to receiving prestigious awards, Jonathan Schochor has yet again been included in Marquis Who’s Who® list. This year he has additionally been awarded the Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Schochor is a founding and senior managing partner at Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A., a Baltimore and Washington D.C.-based medical malpractice law firm … Continued

Deadliest Cancers and How to Avoid a Misdiagnosis

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Despite vast advancements in research and treatment, cancer consistently ranks as the second leading cause of death among Americans. This troubling statistic makes a timely and accurate diagnosis extremely important. The Baltimore, Maryland and Washington DC medical malpractice lawyers of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. recognize the urgency of these circumstances. We seek to empower … Continued

Schochor, Federico and Staton Makes a $50,000 Donation to Local Charter School

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The medical malpractice law firm of Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. recently endowed the Green Street Academy with a $50,000 donation. A progressive, inclusive charter school, GSA serves hundreds of middle and high-school students in West Baltimore. The donation was made during a recent fundraising event hosted by the school. Held on February 23, the … Continued

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