A jury returned a $4.2 million verdict against a physician whose patient suffered a number of strokes that left her with severe memory loss and partial blindness.Jurors deliberated for over two days after listening to evidence presented in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought by the victim against her personal family physician and a doctor at the hospital claiming they were negligent in treating her.The jury found the conduct of her family physician fell below the standard of medical care in his treatment of the plaintiff. She and her husband sued both doctors in county court. Jurors found the hospital’s doctor was not negligent and no monetary damages were levied against him.

Hopefully this brings some closure for the plaintiffs said their attorney.In the judgment against the doctor the jury awarded $3.7 million to the victim and $500,000 to the victim’s husband.Jurors determined that the doctor, who was the plaintiff’s physician when she was admitted to the hospital after having suffered multiple strokes, was responsible for increasing the risk of harm to her after she had another massive stroke when she was discharged from the hospital three months later.The suit claimed the doctor failed to recognize the importance of a report from a neurologist sent to him after the plaintiff was discharged from the hospital and should have been aware of the risk of continued and further strokes. The plaintiff 54, now has severe, permanent and disabling injuries as well as damage to her optic nerve that has caused partial blindness.Due to her injuries she had to leave her job as a manager at a supermarket chain and will stay unemployed.
Of the $4.2 million verdict the jurors awarded $500 thousand to the plaintiff for the loss of future work earnings. The money will help them support themselves but can never bring back her loss of eyesight and brain function.
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There are millions and millions of car accident claims every year. In order to get the most out of your car accident claim it is required that you know about the process and what to do if you are ever in the unfortunate predicament of being in a car accident yourself.The time period immediately following a car accident can be filled with an overwhelming amount of stress, but it is necessary to keep calm so you can maximize your insurance benefits.Confidently navigating the claims process requires patience and organization.Follow the steps below for how to get the most from your car accident claim:

1.Contact us at the law offices of Joseph Ostad at 800 320-0080 and explain the circumstances of your accident claim in as much detail as possible.
2.Keep all documentation, including reports, receipts, and estimates relating to your accident, in order. Put papers together in a file so that when you need them, they are easy to find. Keep track of claim numbers and people with whom you have spoken.And make sure your lawyer has a copy of all this as well.
3.Document expenses relating to your accident, including missed work and medical costs. These will be part of the total settlement you receive, so make sure to include every related expense. If you are planning to claim an expense as part of the damages or loss from your accident, you will need to provide documentation of the expense. Letters, affidavits, estimates and receipts are all generally accepted as valid evidence.Research the value of your vehicle or get a second opinion about the cost of any repairs. The value of most vehicles is available online through Kelley Blue Book. A mechanic or body shop can provide an estimate for the cost of repairs if you do not trust the value proposed by your insurance. This will put your lawyer in the position to counter if they believe you are not offered a fair settlement in your case.
5.Review your policy with your attorney to see what the extent of your coverage is if you are uncertain.
6.Understand that your lawyer will be dealing with a car insurance claims adjuster and know that the adjuster works for the insurance company, and it is in their job duty and interest to save their company money!So, they are not looking out for you. You need to a good lawyer look out for you.
7.When you are offered a settlement, take time with your lawyer to review it. If you both think your claim is worth more than the offer, your lawyer can counter and explain why it is worth more. Insurance claims adjusters generally have a range (often thousands of dollars) in which they can work to settle out your case. While asking for more compensation doesn’t guarantee you will receive it, you won’t get it if you don’t ask!
8. Don’t be afraid of negotiating! At the law firm of Joseph Ostad we pride ourselves on our tenacity to receive top dollars for our clients claims.Negotiating is easy enough if you are armed with some facts regarding the value of your car and get outside opinions to support your counter.offer.The worse that can happen is that they will say no. The original offer will probably still be on the table, so nothing will be lost.
9. It may be tempting to hurry your settlement along,or trying to do it yourself but rushing can result in you not receiving the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Make sure you are in the capable hands of a good attorney to help you navigate the tricky claims process.
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When you are involved in a personal injury auto accident it can be a very frightening experience, but the most important thing to do is to keep calm.You must seek medical attention immediately and be careful not do anything that could jeopardize your insurance claim.Listed below are the steps you should take If you have been injured in an auto accident:

1) Call your Lawyer if possible before talking to anyone else,if you or unable to do this initially follow the steps below closely and take notes to give to your lawyer after the process is over.Do not sign any documents you don’t understand, talk to a specialist in personal injury law. Having experienced representation is the best way to make sure your rights are protected, especially in a serious accident.
2) Don’t Admit Fault Do not admit blame for the accident! Not to the other party or your passengers or the police any witnesses, or even your auto insurance agent. Even if you feel you may have been to blame for the accident, do not admit wrongdoing.Your perception of the accident could have been clouded by your emotional state so it’s best not to talk until you’re able to think clearly.First you should focus on getting the medical treatment you need and let your lawyer handle the other details.
3) Seek Medical Attention/Call an ambulance See a doctor immediately.Even though you may feel fine now or believe your injuries aren’t serious, symptoms such as pain, discomfort, dizziness, or numbness will appear in the days following the accident so it is best to get checked by a medical professional at once.Also if you wait too long to seek medical attention, it will be harder to prove that your injuries are the result of the accident. Have your doctor evaluate your personal injuries.Make sure your lawyer receives all doctor’s notes.
4) Take Pictures Take pictures at the scene (or have a friend do it if you need an ambulance) of your car, the other car involved and the scene.Make sure to include the car damages.Have a friend or relative take pictures of your injuries.Photos will be valuable evidence for your case. Cuts, bruises, and scrapes heal quickly, so getting photos immediately is a smart move. If you don’t have a digital camera, snap a few pictures with your cell phone.Submit these pictures to your lawyer.
5) Take Notes Take detailed notes regarding your medical treatment and give these to your lawyer.This information may be necessary for you to get full reimbursement from the insurance company.Jot down the names and addresses of any chiropractors, physical therapists, or other professionals you were referred to after the accident. Keep receipts for medications you were prescribed or any medical devices such as crutches that were needed.Your lawyer should help you with this file and will refer you to doctors as well.
6) Get the Police Report It is your right to receive a copy of the police report to verify that all facts regarding the accident are correct. Errors or omissions in the police report could delay your bodily injury claim.Make sure your lawyer gets this report as soon as possible 7) Make sure you use an experienced lawyer.Joseph Ostad has over 20 years experience in personal injury accident claims.
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A local jury awarded a family 4.2 million dollars in a medical malpractice suit against two doctors at a renowned hospital for failing to properly diagnose their child shortly after birth. According to the allegations the doctors neglected properly perform the necessary tests to diagnose the newly born infant with enterovirus causing her to suffer from lifelong disabilities.

Shortly after the infant was born large bruises began to appear and her skin turned yellow. Her liver showed signs of scarring and a blood clot formed in her brain. Her parents were advised to make funeral arrangements. The doctors ignored the symptoms that pointed to enterovirus, which is normally a mild virus that can become deadly in infants. The doctors failed to take blood and liver tests that would have identified the virus. Although the infant survived, the blood clot left her with a learning disability, she has severe vision problems and permanent cirrhosis of the liver.The jury awarded the parents damages for the malpractice and a substantial sum for lifetime care of the disabled child.
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A major city has agreed to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a woman who suffered third-degree burns when a “flash-bang” grenade thrown by a police officer on the city’s SWAT team exploded near her during a raid. The victim suffered burns over 11 percent of her body and was permanently disfigured as a result of the incident, which happened during a search of the home she was visiting.

The victim, now 31, accused police of needlessly using an “extreme level of force” when they lobbed the grenade into the house. Without admitting wrongdoing, the City Council voted unanimously in closed session Tuesday to approve the settlement. The victim’s attorney, said there had been no reason to use the flash-bang grenade because police had previously searched the home without using the device and should have known that the occupants would have been sleeping. The two shotguns were found in the garage, and the victims were not armed, he said. Neither woman was arrested. “This was a real tragedy,” the attorney said. “The conduct of the police was reprehensible.” The lawsuit against police stemmed from his arrest on drug charges. Police who subsequently searched the home reported finding 216 live rounds and a magazine for an assault weapon. But prosecutors dismissed the case after determining that the Officer had falsely stated on a search warrant affidavit that the alleged narcotics seized during his arrest had been confirmed as actual drugs. It was one of a series of allegedly false statements by police seeking warrants. The policeman and three other officers were fired. One officer has since regained his job through arbitration.Police should have known that the flash-bang grenade, which is typically used to disorient dangerous suspects, could severely burn or otherwise injure an innocent bystander, the attorney said in a suit filed last year in U.S. District Court. When detonated, such grenades emit a loud noise and blinding flash. He also said that police had conducted the raid to retaliate against a man who had connections to the home because he had filed a class-action lawsuit three days earlier accusing officers of falsifying search warrants. City officials denied any link between the suit and the raid, saying the SWAT team had been called in because police believed people in the home were gang members armed with guns. Two shotguns and cocaine and heroin were found during the search, police said. But the city acknowledged that a flash-bang grenade that a 10-year veteran, fired toward an unoccupied hallway hit a wall and bounced back into the living room where the victim had been sleeping, burning her on her chest and leg. She spent nearly a month being treated at the Hospital and incurred medical expenses of $400,000. A second woman was also hurt and has received a $45,000 settlement from the city. Police said they had fired the flash-bang grenade because the victim opened the front door as they approached and then shut it, forcing them to break it open.
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The plaintiff says the jury award of $1.9 million was unfortunately bittersweet because he’s unable to do what he loved best, working as a Mason cop. After five hours of deliberations the jury found that the defendant was negligent and responsible for the injuries that causes the victim severe pain while he walks and he sometimes must rely on a cane for stability.The plaintiff was directing traffic after Mass at a Church on when the defendant sped out of the parking lot and struck him with her car. She then fled the scene.

The defendant’s Baltimore accident attorney, claimed the plaintiff was not hit by a car but instead had backed into his client’s car and only suffered minor contusions. The plaintiff’s Rockville injury attorney reminded the jury about a statement the defendant had written five days after the accident which she wrote that she hit him with her car and he flew up in the air and was knocked to the pavement.He also reminded the jury that several doctors testified about the victim’s injuries and the fact he will never be able to be a law enforcement officer and is only physically capable to work in one percent of available job categories in this economy.The plaintiff said the money will allow he and his wife to stop worrying about bills, but his life will never be the same. He said he doesn’t drive through the town anymore and doesn’t watch television police shows and all he does is go to rehab and counseling because the mental side is very difficult for him.
It was bittersweet, he said of the verdict. Financially we’re going to be taken care of, it was much more than I thought we would get. But for me it doesn’t change my life, I can’t do 95 percent of what I used to do, that includes working as a police officer. No amount of money is going to give me back that part, which was the most important part of my life.
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Seat Belt Case May Divide U.S. Supreme Court Over Minimum Standards U.S. Supreme Court justices signaled they may divide, perhaps evenly, in a case involving a Motor Corp. that could open automakers to more consumer lawsuits over vehicle safety.
Hearing arguments today in Washington, several justices hinted they would let accident victims sue even when automakers meet minimum federal standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA.

“A minimum by definition gives manufacturers options,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor said. Others, including Chief Justice John Roberts, suggested they would vote to limit lawsuits and reinforce a 2000 decision that shielded car makers from some claims. “You have a jury with an injured plaintiff,” Roberts said. “They are not likely to weigh heavily the fact that this would cost 3 extra cents per car fleet-wide. I think that is the sort of thing NHTSA considers.” The court might deadlock 4-4 because Elena Kagan, the newest justice, has disqualified herself. As the Obama administration’s solicitor general earlier this year, she urged the court to take the case. A tie vote would leave intact a lower court victory for the automakers without setting a national precedent. Protecting Carmakers The auto industry is asking the court to bolster the 2000 decision, which said federal law shields automakers from state law claims that manufacturers didn’t move quickly enough to install air bags in the years before they became mandatory in new cars. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, food producers and makers of children’s products have weighed in on Mazda’s side. NHTSA, an agency within the Transportation Department, has 59 safety standards that govern automotive components, including windshield wipers, internal trunk releases and seat belts. The standards set performance guidelines that manufacturers must follow. Justice Stephen Breyer hinted he was inclined to defer to the federal agency, which says its standards shouldn’t shield carmakers from suits claiming they didn’t do enough to make vehicles as safe as possible. Agency Expertise “Who is most likely to know what 40,000 pages of agency records actually mean and say? People in the agency,” Breyer said. “If the government continuously says, ‘This is what the agency means’ and the agency is telling them, ‘Yes, this is what it means,’ the chances are they will come to a better, correct conclusion than I will with my law clerks.” Mazda, based in Hiroshima, Japan, was sued by the family of the victim who died in 2002 in Utah as she was riding in a rear aisle seat in the second row of a 1993 MPV minivan. When the minivan was manufactured, seat belts that buckled only over the lap — without a shoulder harness — were permitted by law for some back seat passengers. The current regulations took effect in 2007 and require new cars to have shoulder restraints in all forward-facing seats, including rear aisle seats. The victim’s van struck a Jeep Wrangler that had become detached from a motor home that was towing it. The collision forced the victim’s body to jackknife around her seat belt, causing severe abdominal injuries and internal bleeding, according to the lawsuit filed by her husband.
The lawyer for the family argued that automakers “should be held accountable for the choices they make.” The attorney who argued the case for Mazda, said NHTSA “specifically gave manufacturers the option of installing one type of seat belt or the other.” A California state appeals court barred the suit from going forward, ruling it was preempted by federal law. Mazda’s U.S. headquarters is in Irvine, California.
The Supreme Court last year, ruling on preemption in a different context, said consumers can sue drug makers for failing to provide adequate safety warnings. The 6-3 ruling said drug companies aren’t shielded from suit by the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of a treatment and its packaging information.
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What is medical malpractice you ask? As an experienced attorney with offices in Rockville and Baltimore Maryland, I can tell you that many people are unaware of their rights when it come to Medical Malpractice and hospital errors.Statistics show that over 195,000 people are killed each year due to hospital and doctor errors.Unfortunately only a fraction of these cases are ever handed over to an attorney.Why you ask? I’m not sure but I believe that many people don’t think that they have a case because the hospitals always deny their responsibility.

Of course they do as litigation can cost the hospital millions of dollars each year not including the bad PR it will give them. Many people feel that they are not as smart as the doctors and feel intimidated to ask questions. This is exactly the reason you need an experienced attorney to review your case and demand your medical records from the hospital. The next step your attorney will do is to have an independent medical professional(someone NOT employed by the hospital) to go over your case to see how and when the mistakes where made and if proper medical procedure was followed. If it is determined that a negligent medical mistake was made a lawsuit will be filed against the doctor and hospital.You have the legal right to expect pristine medical care when you enter a hospital regardless of you financial means or status.Insurance companies like to try and dissuade people from filing medical malpractice lawsuits claiming “frivolous” lawsuits cause healthcare costs to rise. Nothing could be further from the truth as of course it benefits the insurance companies to never “pay out” on malpractice claims and this keeps their money with them! The story has been spun to vilify the lawyers but this is exactly why everyone has insurance ;to help you financially if a bad situation ever arises.Please know your rights and if you are not sure you should call an experienced attorney such as myself to receive the compensation you are entitled to.
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Trying to find out if a deceased person had a life insurance policy can be extremely difficult at the time of a loved one’s death. Emotions will be running high among family members and close friends and taking care of business can be the last thing on your mind. But it is an important time to find policies that can pay for many immediate costs of death and a experienced lawyer can be a godsend during this difficult time. Remember that many life insurance policies can take weeks and maybe even months before they are approved for payment especially without the help of a qualified attorney.There are final expense policies that focus on immediate needs that include transportation of the body, funeral costs and even everyday bills. Those policies can be paid in as little as 72 hours.The documents you will need to claim benefits from a deceased relative and to give to your attorney are as follows:
1.Personal documents 2.Banking or credit card statements 3. Income tax returns
A further examination of your and your relatives home is imperative to locate relevant paperwork that can help your attorney facilitate death benefit money for you.Examine where the person has stored important documents in the home. There could be file boxes in closets or the attic. Check with a family member or close friends who can provide clues. Important documents are also kept with attorneys, banks, financial advisers or business associates.Have your lawyer contact prior attorneys, accountants, financial advisers or business associates who may have done business with the person in the past. It is impossible these people have information or can link you to someone who knows about life insurance policies taken out.Locate the person’s auto or home insurance agents and give this to your attorney.They may have provided a life insurance policy as well.Have your lawyer contact the deceased’s employer or past employer to see if the person may benefit from a group life insurance policy.Get in touch with the Medical Information Bureau for lost life insurance. The person may be listed in a database that insurance companies use for information on people. Those companies can be contacted to see if any life insurance policies are in full force. It costs about $8 for record searches,your attorney can facilitate this for you. Find more than one life insurance policy by reading the application for another policy. The applications may list other life insurance policies the person owned.Check the mail and give all relevant letters to your lawyer.The person will continue to receive information on the life insurance policies for premium or dividend notices. Companies may still send out regular status reports on insurance policies for a year or more.Find out if there had been any interest income or expenses paid on life insurance policies by examining the deceased’s income tax returns.There is a lot of work and preparation to be done and the insurance companies often drag the procedure out so as to not pay you quickly;this is the reason an experienced attorney is necessary to claim your loved one’s death benefits.
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A Circuit Court civil jury awarded $3 million to relatives of a woman killed by a reckless driver as she walked on a stretch of road that was not equipped with sidewalks or guard rails.The jury found the state liable in the wrongful death lawsuit and voted to award $2.5 million to the victim’s 2 year old daughter after her mother was struck and killed by the motorist.The victim was walking on the road when a car veered onto the shoulder and struck her and a friend.

The friend died at the scene. The victim, who was five months pregnant, died at a hospital. So did her unborn child. That section of road, also known as Route 4. is maintained by the state. The attorney who represented the victim’s family in the lawsuit, told jurors that the accident was preventable. On the block that the victims were walking, there is a sidewalk at both ends of the street .but also a gap of about 200 feet where there is no sidewalk or guard rails. The two victims were struck as they walked in that section.The attorney told jurors that state officials should have provided a sidewalk, guard rails, or a combination to improve safety for pedestrians.In addition to the award for the victim’s daughter, the jury also awarded $500,000 to her mother.The assistant attorney general who defended the state in the civil trial, declined to comment on the verdict.
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