Catholic Church Sexual Abuse Update in Maryland

Accounts of predatory priests and childhood sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church have hurt many populations and continue to affect those in the mid-Atlantic region.  In August 2018, a 1,000-page grand jury report issued after a two-year investigation revealed sexual abuse of children across dioceses in Pennsylvania, and cover-ups from the Vatican. Encouraged by the grand jury report, other states have begun similar reviews of church conduct in their dioceses. In Maryland, progress has…

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The Truth Behind Dangerous Medical Devices

Recently, attorney Tom Yost sat down with Elsa, from WMAR’s Midday Maryland to discuss the potential dangers of medical devices, specifically Essure birth control and metal on metal hip implants. He talks about the way in which the FDA approves these devices and allows them to be sold. As well as what the next steps should be if someone has this device and is being harmed by it. Essure is a non-surgical permanent form of…

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Shoulder Dystocia and Lack of Oxygen to the Brain

Shoulder dystocia occurs when the baby’s head emerges during delivery, but one or both shoulders remains trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone, preventing completion of delivery of the baby. This may cause the baby to suffer from oxygen deprivation if the umbilical cord is compressed between the baby’s body and the mother’s pelvis, or if the baby’s neck is compressed at an angle that prevents blood flow.  An interruption of the baby’s oxygen supply (hypoxia…

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Trunnionosis—Once Again, Proof That Metal and Hips Don’t Mix Metal Hip Side Effects

Thirty years ago, trunnionosis surfaced as a diagnosis to characterize corrosion and wear occurring in hip replacements at the head-neck interface that connects with the thigh bone (femur). Historically, orthopedic surgeons often found corrosion or wear associated with hip implant failures in the area of the hip bone (acetabulum), but not the femur. More recently, however, doctors are frequently finding hip failures resulting from trunnionosis occurring at the femoral head-neck junction of the device. Statistics…

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Maryland Drivers Ignore School Buses’ Red Flashing Warning Lights, Needlessly Endangering School Children Maryland School Bus Laws

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) boasts that students are 70 times more likely to get to school safely than traveling by car. Buses are also equipped with many safety features bright yellow paint, flashing red lights, and stop sign arms to direct and navigate traffic.  But Maryland drivers are often ignoring the bright red flashing lights and driving by school buses as they pick up or drop off students. The law in Maryland…

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The Dangerous Truth about IVC Filter Removal X-rays of Blood Vessels

For patients unable to take blood-thinning medications, doctors commonly place a removable filter in a major vein of their body called the inferior vena cava (IVC)  to lower their risk of developing pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in the lung). IVC filters are designed to manually sort through blood and trap clots before they reach organs of the body.  Although the device aids a vital and complex body function, the placement of the IVC filter is…

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History Repeats Itself: MDL Created for another Defective Zimmer Metal on Metal Hip Replacement X-Ray of Hip

In recent years, federal MDL’s (Multi-District Litigations) have been created for a large number of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements, including Smith & Nephew’s BHR and R3;   Stryker’s Rejuvenate, ABG II and LFIT V40; as well as many others. In 2010, a large number of cases involving Zimmer’s defective metal-on-metal Durom Cup hip replacement system were consolidated in a federal court MDL in New Jersey. Eight years later, because of high failure rates associated with its…

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Preeclampsia, Placental Abruption and Birth Injuries

It is estimated that every 1 in 100 births is affected by preeclampsia and placental abruption. These conditions can not only cause harm to the baby, but to the mother as well. Often times these birth injuries can have an impact on the child for the rest of their life. Preeclampsia occurs when an expectant mother develops high blood pressure, usually after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and this complication of pregnancy can also affect other…

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Vulnerable Children and Adults in Group Homes Face Risk of Abuse

Many questions and concerns should be considered when an individual and their family members or guardian explore long-term residential care options. The terminology used to describe these residential facilities varies. For example, they may be referred to as group homes, care homes, or residential care facilities.  Sadly, one consideration concerns whether placing an individual in such a facility exposes them to the risk of abuse. The development of group homes resulted from a societal need…

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Complications from Fetal Macrosomia Baby after birth

A baby born weighing more than 8 pounds 13 ounces (or 4,000 grams) weighs significantly more than the average baby, and so meets the definition for macrosomia, or “big baby syndrome”, which carries with it the risk of injury during delivery.   If the baby’s birthweight is even greater – 9 pounds 15 ounces (or 4,500 grams) and above – the chance of injury during birth is even higher. Roughly 10% of all babies born within…

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