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Why All the Fuss About Unnecessary Stents? A Basic Primer of Stenting Risks

Ordinarily, the benefit of receiving a cardiac stent far outweighs the risks of stent surgery and the necessary postoperative treatment. There are however sizeable risks to consider if you are fortunate enough to have the time and accurate information about your condition to do so. Recently, more than 500 patients at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson, Maryland were advised they may have received cardiac stents unnecessarily and to consult with their private physicians. These patients didn't have the time to realize they didn't need the stents to begin with and are now faced with questions about their medical future.

Doctors Reconsider Value of Cardiac Stents in the Wake of Claims Against Mark Midei, M.D.

In today's Baltimore Sun, reporter Tricia Bishoplooks at the use of stents and the risks they bring. According to the article, until recently, use of cardiac stents to open blocked arteries has been all the rage and was seen as a relatively safe procedure when compared to open heart coronary bypass surgery. Since the 1990s, stents have been increasingly used and have generated more than $1 billion of revenue for Maryland's hospitals.

Florida Court Gets Rid of Limits on Money Damages in Certain Types of Medical Malpractice Cases

Florida beach.jpgAdd Florida to the list of states that have rejected limiting damages in certain types of medical malpractice lawsuits. The Sunshine State's top court has ruled that limitations on non-economic damages "imposes unfair and illogical burdens on injured parties" when medical malpractice has occurred and there is more than one claimant.

Maryland Attorney Loses Law License for Criticizing Judges

Law Books.jpgDisbarment - the loss of a law license - is an extreme sanction. Yet, in a recent case, Maryland's top court rejected an attorney's argument that his emailed criticism of several of Maryland's government and legal officials was protected as free speech and upheld the decision to yank James Albert Frost's law license.

Maryland Legislators Consider Increasing Financial Recovery for Personal Injury, Creation of Birth Injury Fund

Maryland's politicians are considering tripling the amount of non-economic damages that can be obtained for plaintiffs in civil caseMaryland State House.jpgs involving catastrophic injuries. Maryland personal injury lawyers applaud the move. However, hospitals and the lawyers who represent doctors have already denounced the measure, with hospitals warning that higher financial recoveries will increase consumer costs.

Considering a Particular Doctor? Take A Look At This Website First

http www 2.jpgThe Maryland Board of Physicians has a website that contains a variety of information about physicians and other healthcare professionals who require licensure in the state. In addition to providing the dates that Maryland physicians were licensed in their area of specialty, the site provides disciplinary alerts for doctors who have been sanctioned by the Board for various types of misconduct. The site also contains useful information including the procedure for filing a complaint and monthly sanctions lists, which are current through the end of 2013.

Maryland Foreclosures: Here We Go Again!

Dollar signs coming from chimney.jpgAlthough foreclosure rates around the country are decreasing, there has been a significant spike in the rate of foreclosures being filed in Maryland. After speaking with Baltimore City's Foreclosure Auditor, James Wiggins, since December 26, 2013, an approximate 4,000 foreclosure cases have been filed in the Baltimore City jurisdiction alone - that accounts for more cases filed in Baltimore City than were filed for all of 2013! Wiggins expects that, at a minimum, an additional 5,000 foreclosure cases will be filed in Baltimore City this coming year in 2014. Although the numbers seem high, when taken into consideration that there has been an almost negligible foreclosure caseload in the city over the past several years, the uptick in filings doesn't surprise anyone who has been monitoring this situation.

Compensation Fund Being Set Up for NECC Fungal Meningitis Victims

A Creditors' Committee created as part of bankruptcy proceedings initiated by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) and its principals responsible for injuries and death related to a tainted injectable medication has established a $100 million fund to pay those who suffered injuries or death from exposure to a fungus causing some to develop a rare form of meningitis. Monetary contributions and commitments for the settlement fund have come multiples sources, including the company's owners and various insurance companies.

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