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  • What is a Doctor's Duty of Care?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 20-Feb-2018

    Chances are, if you are thinking of filing a medical malpractice claim, you might have come across the term “duty of care” while researching what this might entail. A doctor’s duty of care is a critical element in these types of cases and, in fact, all negligence cases hinge on the accepted standards of care. If it cannot be proven that a physician owed a duty of care to a ...
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  • Common Preventable Medical Errors

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 13-Feb-2018

    Medical errors are a nightmare most of us hope to never encounter. Unfortunately, many often do. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, an estimated 772,000 hospital patients develop infections and 440,000 patients die each year due to preventable medical errors. In fact, hospital errors are actually the third leading cause of death in the country, ...
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  • Can I Sue if My Child is Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 1-Feb-2018

    Cerebral palsy is one of the most common motor disorders diagnosed in babies and children and, in many cases, the cause of it is directly related to careless medical negligence and egregious errors. According to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation, about 764,000 children and adults in the United States are living with this condition. Every year, between 8,000 and 10,000 new cases are diagnosed. ...
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  • What is Informed Consent in a Medical Malpractice Case?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 30-Jan-2018

    When a patient visits a doctor and receives some form of treatment or has a procedure performed, he or she must fully inform that patient of all pertinent information regarding that procedure or treatment, a process which is known as “informed consent.” If the patient sustains an injury and the doctor did not receive informed consent from the patient, he or she might have a viable ...
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  • Common Medical Malpractice Cases

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 24-Jan-2018

    When we pay a visit to the doctor or go to the hospital, we generally expect to leave with either clarity regarding what ails us or in better condition. The last thing we expect is to be harmed by the very people who are meant to help and care for our health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, some health care providers fail to uphold the duty of care that is required of them, leading to life-altering ...
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  • What is the Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 17-Jan-2018

    A newborn baby can face two different types of medical issues – a birth defect or a birth injury. While birth defects are often caused by genetic mutations and form when the baby is still in the womb, they can also be caused by toxins or medications that entered the baby through the mother, leading to complications that might have otherwise been prevented. Birth injuries occur at the time of ...
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  • Should I Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 11-Jan-2018

    In an ideal world, we would all be able to trust health care providers without fear of being harmed by negligent care. While many of us are able to trust the medical professionals who treat us, many more patients are harmed every year as a result of receiving subpar care. The injuries sustained can range from mild to severe, life-threatening, or even fatal. Why do such egregious mistakes happen in ...
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  • How Common Are Emergency Room Errors?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 5-Jan-2018

    Each year, more than 100 million people visit the ER, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Furthermore, it is estimated that around 5-10% of all emergency room visits experience a medical error. This means there are millions of emergency room mistakes occurring every year in the U.S., putting patients at risk for serious injuries and life-threatening conditions. ...
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  • Defective Medical Device Injuries: Next Steps to Take

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 18-Dec-2017

    Defective medical devices like faulty surgical instruments, implants, pacemakers, and various prosthetics can cause serious injuries or death. Depending on the situation, a person who has been harmed by a defective medical device can bring about a product liability or medical malpractice claim to recover the damages that they have suffered. In this blog, we explain what steps to take if you or a ...
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  • America's Ongoing Opioid Crisis: Who's Responsible?

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 15-Dec-2017

    Many have argued that Big Pharma, specifically Purdue Pharma, is responsible for the opioid crisis that is currently sweeping our country. This popular sentiment was actually backed up by former DEA Agent and whistleblower Joe Rannazzisi on “60 Minutes.” However, Rannazzisi added a new twist to this view when he said, “the opioid crisis was allowed to spread - aided by Congress, ...
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  • How Do I Spot Nursing Home Negligence?

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 6-Dec-2017

    Nursing home abuse is a serious issue across the United States. One of the most common forms of abuse is neglect. Neglect happens when a person does not receive the adequate level of care that he or she needs. For many residents of nursing homes, basic hygiene, assistance with eating, and help with mobility end up being neglected by the very people who are supposed to be helping them with their ...
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  • 3 Elements of a Wrongful Death Claim

    Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 1-Dec-2017

    Wrongful death claims can cover all kinds of fatal accidents, from car accidents to medical malpractice. Sometimes, a wrongful death claim can be filed over product liability issues, like a defective medical device that caused the death of an individual. Persons, companies, and governmental agencies can all be held at fault for actions that are deemed negligent or intentional. Wrongful death ...
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  • How Long Does it Take to Settle a Class Action Lawsuit?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 30-Nov-2017

    Each class action is different. While some are resolved in months, other can take several years. In general, the majority of class action lawsuits take between two and three years to resolve. Some can take even longer if a court ruling is appeared. Even in the simplest cases, there are numerous formal states they must go through. Below is an example of what a potential class action could look ...
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  • How Do I Know if I Have a Class Action Lawsuit?

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 22-Nov-2017

    You can turn on the news and quickly find a story on a class action settlement involving products you’re familiar with, such as medical devices, vehicles, children’s toys and household appliances. But what happens when you actually own the product? How do you get in on class action lawsuit? Are you even eligible? Joining an Existing Class Action Firstly, a class action lawsuit goes ...
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  • Surgical Never Events

    Posted By Maher Law Firm || 17-Nov-2017

    Surgical procedures are meant to save or improve patient lives, but when things go wrong because of human error, the consequences can be serious. According to research from the National Practitioner Data Bank, doctors commit “never events,” which are medical mistakes that should never happen, roughly 4044 times a year. The term never events was introduced by Dr. Ken Kizer over 15 years ...
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