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What is your Maryland car accident case worth

If you are considering filing a lawsuit to recover damages sustained in a car crash, you likely want to know how much you can expect to receive. Although no one can ever promise you a specific amount, experienced lawyers can often make an educated estimate after reviewing the facts. Additional information can further narrow that estimate. 

In most Maryland car accident injury cases, a plaintiff can recover two types of damages: economic and pain-and-suffering.

$13 million awarded in medical malpractice lawsuit

A colon polypectomy is a relatively common surgical procedure many Maryland residents and others around the nation have undergone. Physicians elect to remove polyps from patients' colons to prevent them from becoming cancerous or to alleviate symptoms that may be occurring. The procedure itself is performed quickly, and there is a fairly short recovery time if everything goes as planned. However, severe complications may arise if the surgery is not done properly. The family members of a woman who died following a colon polypectomy recently received a $13 million award in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In 2011, a 43-year-old woman had a surgical procedure to remove a polyp from her colon. Following the surgery, the woman experienced several pain and was prescribed potent pain medication. Her physician failed to order a CAT scan until four days had passed, according to court documents. At that time, it was discovered that the physician had burned part of the woman's bowel. The woman died as a result of septic shock and severe infection before she could undergo another surgery.

Jury awards over $600,000 in medical malpractice case to patient

When loved ones enter nursing homes or other skilled care facilities in Maryland or elsewhere around the nation, family members expect that a certain standard of treatment will be given. Assistance with daily activities would be provided, along with the medical care associated with a person's diagnoses. Unfortunately, incidents of neglect or insufficient treatment occur at many facilities of this type. Recently, a physician in another state was found to be negligent of his treatment of a nursing home resident by a jury in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In 2013, a 79-year-old man broke his hip after falling on the floor of a nursing home. He had been left unattended on the toilet at the time of the fall. According to the lawsuit, the physician had not thoroughly considered the patient's condition and had failed to create a fall prevention plan. The fall caused injury and disability to the patient that will result in ongoing medical costs.

Protect children from dog and animal bites

Over a third of families in Maryland and around the country have a dog as a family pet, as reported by the nation's Veterinary Medical Association. This means that over 40 million households are taking care of dogs and, in many cases, bringing them inside their homes. Experts stress that owning a dog comes with a lot of responsibility, far beyond feeding, grooming and providing medical care. Since dog and animal bites are common and can cause serious injury, it is also important for owners to keep those around their pets safe.

It is critical that children who are helping take care of dogs learn the proper ways to treat animals. Ultimately, no matter how familiar a pet may be, a dog is capable of biting someone. A seemingly harmless situation can quickly become a dangerous one when an animal is involved.

How to spot nursing home negligence and abuse

It is never easy to decide to seek nursing home care for an elderly loved one. However, when he or she needs around-the-clock care, it might be the only option. Sadly, nursing home negligence and abuse are as prevalent in Maryland as in other states. Neglect and mistreatment come in different forms, and they are not usually easy to spot, but looking out for specific signs and red flags might help.

Broken bones, bruises, dislocations, sprains and sudden tooth or hair loss that do not fit the explanations are often the first signs of physical abuse. When it comes to neglect, red flags include unusual weight loss, soiled diapers, dressed in dirty clothes and bedsores. Also, the lack of easy access to a hearing aid, glasses, cane or other necessary medical aids could indicate neglect.

Did your car accident cause moderate TBI?

Car crashes can lead to traumatic injuries that can continue to affect your life for years to come. Most of them fall into the category of those you immediately know about, while others can develop over time.

Traumatic brain injury is likely if the accident injured your head; however, it may be present even if you do not recall sustaining a direct impact to the head. As with any type of accident, follow the usual steps including documentation and seeking medical attention. In addition, it is important to understand that your initial emergency room or doctor's visit may not have revealed the full extent of your injuries.

Dog and animal bites can have life-long consequences

Many families in Maryland have dogs or other pets that are treated like children, and while most people believe their dogs will not bite anyone, the fact is that some do. Dog and animal bites can cause severe physical wounds that leave scars for life along with emotional trauma. Significant medical expenses can also be incurred in a dog attack, and if the victims are children, they might never outgrow their fear for dogs.

Learning to recognize warning signs of aggression in animals might help to avoid being attacked. The most common cause for dogs to become aggressive is fear. If a dog feels threatened, it might respond in defense by attacking the source of its anxiety. Many dogs are possessive, and they will protect toys, food and other objects -- even people -- with all their might. They will typically growl to warn people not to come closer and attack if the warning is ignored.

Family awarded $130 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

Seeing a child suffer from a chronic medical condition would be a nightmare for any parent, in Maryland or elsewhere. Knowing that the child's condition was caused by the negligence of others would make the situation even more devastating. A family in another state whose son was handicapped after the actions of health care personnel was recently awarded over $130 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Reports show that a baby boy was born prematurely in 2016 with a prenatal kidney condition. The baby was released from the hospital after 48 hours, though he was to be brought back for further testing. The testing revealed that the baby also suffered from lupus.

Lawsuit filed for nursing home negligence and wrongful death

When loved ones enter a skilled care facility in Maryland or elsewhere in the nation, their family members expect a certain standard of care from the staff. Reasonable expectations would include proper medical care, cleanliness of the facility, professionalism of the staff and appropriate treatment of the patient. Unfortunately, not every facility meets these basic standards. Recently, a woman in another state filed a nursing home negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against a medical center for the actions of the facility in caring for her father.

The woman initially observed her father in pain from severe bedsores when the nursing staff was turning him. The bedsores, or pressure sores, result from patients not being turned frequently enough when they are bedridden. The sores can become septic, or severely infected, if not treated properly. The lawsuit states that the woman was not made aware of how serious her father's bedsores actually were. He had to be taken to the hospital numerous times for surgeries and intravenous antibiotics for sepsis care before his death.

Medical malpractice and fraud claims made against surgeon

Thousands of Maryland residents and other patients elsewhere undergo back surgery every year. Those suffering from various back ailments often hope that surgery will provide relief from their constant pain and discomfort. Instead of relief, however, alleged mistakes during a back surgery left one man in another state confined to a wheelchair. The man filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon who performed the operation several years ago.

In 2015, a factory worker went to a hospital for an MRI after he had injured his back. The test showed a lesion on his lower back. At the time, the neurosurgeon told the man he would end up in a wheelchair if a procedure was not done soon to remove the lesion. Unfortunately, the MRI was misread, thus prompting the surgical team to operate on the wrong section of the spine.

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