Yost Legal Group Selects Recipient of 2018 College Essay Scholarship

As always, Yost Legal Group is thrilled by any opportunity to help students in our community succeed. This year, the Yost Legal Group 2018 College Scholarship Essay Program welcomed submissions from current or prospective undergraduate students attending accredited universities and colleges. This year’s recipient was…

Have a Happy Halloween from The Yost Legal Group

Halloween is right around the corner, and children and families throughout Maryland are preparing their costumes and decorating their homes for a frightful, fun night. Even though Halloween is a fun holiday for kids and families to enjoy, there are important safety tips that you…

Mirena IUD: The FDA and Bayer Pharmaceuticals

In 2001, Bayer Pharmaceuticals introduced and promoted the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) as a highly effective birth control method. Mirena is a flexible, plastic, T-shaped device inserted through the cervix and into the uterus by a healthcare professional. The IUD can remain in place for…

Foreign Objects Left In Surgical Patients

Leaving foreign objects (including sponges, needles and instruments) in patients during surgical procedures is a widely recognized medical error classified as a “Never Event”. The term “Never Event” refers to a hospital-acquired condition that should not, under any circumstances, occur. A surgical tool, such a…

Kernicterus

Despite advances in neonatal care, preventable injuries to newborns are still prevalent in the United States. Jaundice, a common medical condition in infants, is characterized by yellow tinting of a newborn's skin and the whites of the eyes (conjunctiva). This yellowing is a sign that…

Sepsis Following Weight Loss Surgery

The Centers for Disease Control reports that more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults suffer from obesity. High blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and stroke are all life threatening conditions linked to obesity and are some of the leading causes of…

Cardiac Arrest During Spinal Block

While general anesthesia is used for many surgical procedures, and local anesthetics are usually given by injection into a very specific part of the body that needs to be numbed, an injection of numbing medication into a patient’s back allows a whole region of the…

PREVENTABLE MEDICAL MISTAKES IN HOSPITALS

Hospital-acquired conditions, also known as “never events”, are particularly awful medical mistakes that should not ever occur. Some examples of these preventable errors include: Operating on the wrong place on the patient’s body Discharging a newborn to the wrong parents Leaving a foreign object, such…

Pets Deserve Legal Protection Too

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) more than 60% of Americans have a pet and more than 35% of pet owners consider their pet to be a member of their family. Despite these statistics, Maryland has done little to enact and enforce laws designed…