If lawyers are a dime a dozen, why is a good lawyer so hard to find? The answer may have a lot more to do with your own due diligence than any cliches about lawyers. As you consider whether and how to hire a lawyer to assist your business, or any other legal issue for that matter, there are a number of things you can do to improve the chances of finding the right lawyer for your issue.

Before you even start looking for a lawyer, the first question you should ask is what kind of a lawyer do I need? In today’s complex economy, lawyers have become highly diversified by practice area, meaning that different lawyers tend to focus their practices in different areas of the law. Some lawyers may focus strictly on intellectual property law or even specific types of intellectual property while other lawyers may focus solely on business transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, just to name a few practice areas. As a result, if you are starting a new business and looking for a lawyer to assist with any other legal needs, such as forming a new business entity,it is possible to engage a lawyer who has devoted a material portion of his or her practice to assisting small businesses with the specific needs and legal issues that confront new business ventures.Once you have identified the type of lawyer you need, the next step will probably be to identify specific lawyers in that area who can assist you. Here, there are many ways one might go about doing this, including searching the internet, the Yellow Pages or using a lawyer referral service.Other methods may involve personal efforts on your part, like asking friends, colleagues or consultants for a referral.When you have identified one or more specific lawyers to consider continue to research further. In addition to confirming that the lawyers you are considering are qualified to represent you or your new business in the specific area of law at issue, perhaps equally or more important is to make sure you find a lawyer whose personality and practice style are a good fit for you. In this regard, there are a number of specific issues to consider, such as the following:

1. Does the attorney have experience in the area of law or matter at issue?

Approximately 200 people die every year from carbon monoxide poisoning, and still thousands of others will develop severe symptoms that require emergency medical attention. Carbon monoxide poisoning is the most common cause of accidental poisoning-related deaths and due to this fact it is often called “the silent killer.”Those most vulnerable to carbon dioxide poisoning are unborn babies, infants, children and pregnant women.

What can cause carbon monoxide poisoning? Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, yet colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that is produced from the incomplete burning of fuels that contain carbon, such as wood, charcoal, gasoline, coal, natural gas or kerosene. Breathing in carbon monoxide fumes decreases the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to our heart and cells. Low levels of oxygen can lead to cell death, including cells in the vital organs such as the brain and heart.It is imperative to have a functioning CO detector in your home to warn you of a poisonous gas leak.If you feel you have been affected by carbon dioxide it is urgent to get medical treatment at once.
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ostad.pictureThe young daughter of a 23-year-old man killed while riding his motorcycle has been awarded a $1 million verdict for damages. The jury award was part of $2.8 million in total damages granted to the survivors of the victim, who died when a car struck his motorcycle.The family’s attorney, expressed some degree of satisfaction, even though no amount of money will bring the victim back.”I am very satisfied that the jury awarded this child double what we had asked for,” he said. According to court records,the victim who worked as a manager for a large retailer was riding his motorcycle. A car collided with him resulting in his death. The negligence claim was based on the fact that the driver of the car failed to yield the right of way while driving a Ford Mustang, the plaintiff’s lawyer said.

The suit sought damages for pain, suffering and mental anguish.After the issue of liability was determined by Circuit court, the jury assessed how much damages should be paid to the victim’s survivors. In addition to $1 million awarded to the victim’s 5-year-old daughter, his parents will each receive $500,000 under the verdict. Another $798,000 was awarded for economic damages, including $4,200 for funeral expenses, Sweat said.The award was high, but not near the highest granted. The record verdict reached was in 2007 when $110 million was awarded against a man for sexual abuse. The victim moved to the area in 2005 from Georgia. He enjoyed skateboarding, the outdoors and was a member of a Christian Church, his family said.

If you or your friend has been a victim of a motorcycle or bicycle accident call me at 1-800-320-0080 to set up an appointment at one of my conveniently located offices in Rockville or Baltimore or hospital visit.

If you’ve been rear ended in a car accident, there is a good chance that you may have whiplash. Whiplash is not usually felt for hours after a car accident so it is vitally important to go to see your Dr or visit the ER immediately.Most people who experience whiplash will recover within a few months. However, some people continue to have pain for several months or years after the injury occurred.It is difficult to predict the outcome, but in general, chronic pain may be more likely when the initial symptoms include rapid onset of pain, severe neck pain, headaches and pain that radiates to the armsIn the case of a car accident, you might receive on-site paramedic or emergency room care. But a whiplash injury may not cause symptoms immediately. If you experience neck pain and other symptoms after an injury, see your doctor or an urgent care center as soon as possible .
Be prepared to describe in detail the event that may have caused the onset of symptoms and to answer the following questions.
How would you rate your neck pain on a scale of 1 to 10?
Does movement make the pain worse?
What other symptoms have you experienced?
How long after the event did the symptoms appear?
Have you experienced neck pain in the past, or do you experience it regularly?
Have you taken any drugs or used other treatments to lessen the pain? What was the effect?
Questions about the event and your symptoms are the doctor’s first step for making a diagnosis. You also may be asked to fill out a brief form that can help your doctor understand the frequency and severity of your symptoms, as well as your ability to do normal daily tasks.
Examination During the exam your doctor will need to touch and move your head, neck and arms. He or she will also ask you to move and perform simple tasks. This examination helps your doctor determine:
The range of motion in your neck and shoulders The degree of motion that causes pain or an increase in pain Tenderness in the neck, shoulders or back Reflexes, strength and sensation in your limbs Imaging tests Your doctor will likely order one or more imaging tests to rule out other conditions that could be causing or contributing to neck pain. These include the following tests:
X-rays of the neck taken from multiple angles can identify fractures, dislocations or arthritis.
Computerized tomography (CT) is a specialized X-ray technology that can produce multiple cross-sectional images of bone and reveal details of possible bone damage.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technology that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to produce detailed 3-D images. In addition to bone injuries, MRI scans can detect some soft tissue injuries, such as damage to ththe spinal cord, disks or ligaments.The goals of treatment are to control pain, restore normal range of motion in your neck and return you to normal activities. The course of treatment will vary depending on the severity of your whiplash injury. For some people, over-the-counter drugs and at-home care may be sufficient. Other people may need prescription drugs, specialized pain treatment or physical therapy.Your doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments to lessen pain:
Rest. Rest may be helpful during the first 24 hours after injury, but prolonged bed rest may delay recovery.
Ice or heat. Apply ice or heat to the neck for 15 minutes up to six times a day.
Over-the-counter pain medications. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), often can control mild to moderate whiplash pain.
Prescription painkillers. People with more-severe pain may benefit from short-term treatment with prescription pain relievers.
Muscle relaxants. These drugs may control pain and help restore normal sleep if pain prevents you from sleeping well at night.
Injections. An injection of lidocaine (Xylocaine) — a numbing medicine — into painful muscle areas may be used to decrease pain so that you can do physical therapy.
Exercise Your doctor will likely prescribe a series of stretching and movement exercises to help restore range of motion in your neck and enable you to resume normal activities. You may be advised to apply moist heat or to take a warm shower before exercise. Exercises may include:
Rotating your neck in both directions Tilting your head side to side Bending your neck toward your chest Rolling your shoulders Physical therapy Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist if you need help learning range-of-motion exercises or if you experience chronic pain from whiplash. The therapist may introduce additional exercises to strengthen muscles, improve posture and restore normal movement. The goal is to create a customized routine that eventually you can do independently at home.
Foam collars Soft foam cervical collars were once commonly used for whiplash injuries to hold the neck and head still. However, studies have shown that immobilizing the neck for long periods of time can decrease muscle strength and impair recovery.
Recommendations for the use of a collar vary, but use is generally restricted to no more than three hours at a time during the first week after injury, when you are experiencing more-severe pain. Your doctor may also recommend use of a collar if it helps you sleep at night.
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Have you been in a car accident? Please follow these tips so you have the smoothest and least stressful experience you can have with your claim, these tips are based on my 24 years of experience with thousands of personal injury clients working with the insurance companies.These are the 10 tips I think will help with most car accident claims.

1. Do not record a statement with either insurance company without talking to an attorney, if at all possible. If you are reading this after already recording a statement, then don’t worry. If there is a problem from your recording an attorney will be able to help you out.
2. DO NOT sign anything without reading very carefully, the insurance adjusters want you to close this car accident claim as fast as possible. Be careful, the insurance company will try to offer you cash up front for your signature to close the claim. If you do this you are not entitled to receive any medical treatment, and you are not allowed to sue them for more money if you end up having a more serious injury.
3.Document, document document.Get a small notebook and write down how you are feeling, what you can’t do because of the accident, any issues the accident caused. Try to update this at minimum weekly. This will help you a lot when you are ready to settle.
4.Be consistent with your medical care, gaps in treatment can harm claims and can make it more likely the adjuster will close your claim early.
5.See a medical doctor at the beginning, the middle and the end of your car accident claim. Your medical doctor will strengthen your claim with the insurance companies.
6.Don’t over treat.Make sure that your treatments are related to your accident, the adjusters are looking for reasons to close all car accident claims by paying out the smallest amount possible.
7.Don’t under treat. Auto accident injuries affect the muscles, the bones and the nerves. Make sure you take care of each problem before closing your car accident insurance claim.
8.Your insurance adjuster is not your friend. I know it seems like he works for you, you pay your insurance every year, and you pay a lot. But your adjuster works for the insurance company, and the insurance company does not want you to spend their money.
9.Your adjuster can close down your claim if they feel you don’t need treatment. Your adjuster will share all your communications with the adjuster for the at fault party. So, be careful, less is more in these conversations.
10.If you receive a notice for an IME (Independent Medical Exam) call your lawyer right away. An IME is an examination conducted by a doctor who is paid by the insurance company who called for the examination. It is rare for these examinations to come out in your favor.
Bottom line is you need an attorney with many years experience to help you navigate the insurance maze and get you the money you deserve,don’t attempt it alone.
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The State Medical Review Panel found that an Orthopedic group failed to comply with the appropriate standards of care that led to a woman having her leg amputated and thereby cleared the way for the woman to go forward with her lawsuit.The patient went to an Orthopedic group three times over the course of 1 month with signs and symptoms of a vascular problem in her leg.She was not diagnosed with the vascular problem and was instead given two injections into her knee by the doctor at the office.

Just 2 weeks later the patient was admitted to the hospital for loss of blood flow to her right foot and a large acute blood clot in the artery that supplies the blood to the knee and thigh.Subsequently,her leg was amputated above the knee the following day.The patient contends that the Orthopedic group fell below the required standard of care by failing to test for the loss of blood flow in her foot after noting a lack of pulse,reddened foot and reports of unexplained pain.She was also not given a timely referral to a vascular surgeon or cardiologist.Or told to go to the ER if she experienced more pain. The plaintiff seeks damages for a lifetime of care.
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As an experienced Baltimore attorney I have unfortunately witnessed many cases of insurance companies delaying payments to my clients after the death of a loved one. Why do they do this you ask? The company you faithfully paid all these years to be there for you in times of need?One reason and one reason only and that’s money. The more the insurance companies pay out to you the less profit they have to show their shareholders so they delay making payments for as long as possible (if ever) to show a greater profit margin to their board of directors.

Faced with diminishing profits the big insurance companies have taken to disputing or delaying payments which totaled more than $343 million in 2010. Unfortunately this is just a sliver of the evidence that shows that the insurance companies have their own best interests at heart,not yours. Their main goal is to get your premiums or payments as quickly as possible while reducing the risk to themselves that they will ever have to pay out.They employ a number of strategies to postpone paying death benefits. In fact at least 35 states are presently investigating claims that insurance companies willfully ignored evidence of customers deaths sometimes for years to avoid paying claims.Unfortunately there is no federal oversight for life insurers so it is up to each individual state to mandate laws.This is why you need a attorney with experience in your state to cut through the red tape so you can receive your benefits.At least 30 states are investigating why insurance companies don’t use accessible national databases such as the Social Security Administrations Death Master file to determine who should receive benefits.The Insurance companies don’t have an issue using this list to STOP paying annuity payments after an insured has died but when it comes to them MAKING a payment they fake ignorance by putting the ball in the insurers court.In some cases the insurance companies delay payments for years and subtracts premiums until it dwindles down to zero at which time they cancel the policy.The insurance companies selective use of the national death database has let them successfully hold on to more than a billion dollars in unclaimed benefits.What can you do about this you ask? Plenty!Call an experienced attorney such as myself and I will navigate through the bureaucratic maze to get you the money you are entitled to under the law.
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State and federal health officials are investigating the deaths of nine patients at six hospitals who were all given an intravenous nutritional supplement that investigators have found was contaminated by bacteria. Ten other patients who received the supplement also were sickened by the bacteria, called Serratia marcescens, which is most commonly found in water, including some tap water, and sometimes in bathrooms. It can be introduced into the bloodstream via contaminated fluid administered through a catheter.

A medical officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the investigation into the outbreak at six hospitals would not conclude for at least a week. But he said similar investigations in the past typically determined that contamination occurred during the mixing of intravenous supplements. “Historically, what we’ve seen is a breakdown in the manufacturing process,” he said.The state health officer, emphasized that it remained unclear whether the deaths were due to the bacteria or to underlying serious illnesses. “I cannot ascribe those nine deaths to the Serratia marcescens,” he said. “These were patients who were getting treatment, so they were by definition ill.” State officials have identified the source of the supplement, which is known as Total Parenteral Nutrition, or T.P.N., at a local pharmacy in, a compounding pharmacy that makes medications that do not come premixed.State officials said the pharmacy has stopped distributing the supplement and was no longer open. They said it was unlikely the company would reopen, adding that it had made the decision to close on its own. The state health department said that about 35 percent of the patients who received T.P.N.sustained infections. The first two occurrences were in January and February, she said. The affected patients ranged in age from 38 to 94. Eleven were women and eight were men. He said there was little chance that other patients would become infected, although he said officials were making sure the supplement had been entirely removed from all health facilities. “Right now it looks like we have a contained and closed problem,” he said.The supplement is typically administered to patients whose gastrointestinal systems are not working properly, including those undergoing chemotherapy or recovering from major surgery. The mix is delivered to hospitals in containers presumed to be sterile and has a limited shelf life. The state health department had been notified about Serratia marcescens infections by two area hospitals,The state then sought assistance from the Centers for Disease Control, which was able to track the outbreak to the pharmacy. Soon after, the pharmacy notified customers about the contamination, and it voluntarily recalled the product.A statement issued by Health System, which operates 2 of the hospitals said six of the nine deaths had occurred at those medical centers. A total of seven patients were infected at one hospital, four of whom died, and five were sickened at another, two of whom died. “Because quality patient care is our top priority, this event is deeply disturbing to all of us,” the group’s chief medical officer, said in the statement. She added, “We don’t know, and may never know, if the Serratia marcescens bloodstream infection played a role in the deaths of these patients.”The health system also said it had ended its relationship with the pharmacy, and noted that “as a precaution, we have removed all other products from the supplier.” A spokeswoman for the parent company of a local hospital, which had one infection-associated death, said in a statement that the pharmacy was “universally believed and considered to be a reputable and trustworthy entity.” A spokeswoman for another hospital said the hospital discovered that three patients had been infected with the bacteria, and treated them with antibiotics. One of those patients died. “I can say it was a critically ill patient,” she said.
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