Archives for May 2012

Man Dies in Howard County Motorcycle Accident

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Howard County

On Sunday, May 20, 2012, a motorcyclist was driving a 2002 Honda motorcycle westbound on Route 99 in Howard county, when it left the road and struck a post, according to The Baltimore Sun. The driver was taken to Howard County General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are six times more likely to result in fatalities compared to motor vehicles, according to published statistics. One major reason is that motorcycles offer virtually no protection in the event of a motorcycle accident. Many states require motorcyclists to wear helmets to protect them from serious, if not fatal, injuries in a motorcycle crash.

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is an experienced personal injury and accident attorney with more 30 years of experience, including motorcycle accidents. He understands the prejudice against motorcyclists, and how devastating a motorcyclist accident can be when a careless car or truck driver causes a collision. Mr. Smith has extensive trial experience and knows what it takes to get successful results. He has achieved some of the highest personal injury verdicts and settlements in his area.

Top Rated Howard County Personal Injury Lawyer

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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Let us help you with your motorcycle accident claim. Call us now at 410-740-0101, or contact us online.

Rear End Collisions

Rear End Collisions

There are countless car accidents every year. One of the most common types of accidents are rear end collisions. A rear end collision happens when a car or truck crashes into the vehicle in front of it, according to a leading authority. When a driver is rear ended in an accident, it usually is because the driver of the following car was either following too close, not looking at the road ahead, or distracted by cell phones, car radios, navigation systems, etc.

Injuries Caused by Rear End Collision

A driver or passenger that is in a rear ended accident often is in a car or truck stopped at the time of impact. The force of the initial impact causes the body to be thrown forward, and then backward. This is called “whiplash.” Doctors call this “acceleration-deceleration” or “flexion-extension” injuries. Whiplash often causes strains or sprains to the neck and back. It can also cause other more serious spinal injuries, such as herniated discs.

Treatment for Injuries Caused by Rear End Collision

If you have suffered a whiplash injury, it is very important to be evaluated by a physician. You should seek medical help as soon as possible after the rear end car accident. Go to the emergency the same day as the collision, or even the next day. Orthopedic surgeons evaluate and treat whiplash injuries, even when surgery is not required. Typically, they may recommend physical therapy. If symptoms continue, they often order x-rays, CT scans, or MRI diagnostic procedures to determine if something more serious is present, such as a herniated disc.

Howard County Personal Injury Attorney

Personal injury lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has more than 30 years of experience fighting hard for people injured in rear end collisions, other car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Mr. Smith has extensive trial experience and knows what it takes to get successful results. He has achieved some of the highest personal injury verdicts and settlements in his area.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Ellicott City and Columbia Car Crash Lawyer

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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Let us help you with your rear end collision or car accident claim. Call us now at 410-740-0101, or contact us online.

Surgical Sponges left in Patients

Surgical Sponge left in Patients

Each year, approximately 1,500 people in  the United States have surgical sponges or other surgical objects unintentionally left inside them after surgery, according to published reports. This happens even though surgeons, operating room nurses, and other medical personnel are trained to avoid this avoidable and unacceptable medical mistake.

How to Avoid Leaving Surgical Sponge in Patient

The medical field has well-recognized procedures designed to avoid retained sponges and surgical instruments after surgery. This includes written protocols that require operating room nurses to take sponge and instrument counts before, and at the end, of surgery. In addition, a surgeon has the responsibility to check internally to ensure that no sponge or instrument is left behind. The surgeon cannot rely solely on the nurses’ report that the final sponge and instrument count is correct.

Instruments and Sponges left in the Body after Surgery

Despite training and procedures, surgical sponges are left in the body. In fact, sponge manufacturers now make surgical sponges with radio frequency tags. At the end of the surgical procedure, a wand is passed over the patient’s body, and any retained sponge will cause an audible and visual alarm.

Legal Claims for Sponge left in Patient

When a sponge is left in a patient after surgery, it often causes internal injuries, and sometimes even death. The victim of this medical mistake has a claim for medical malpractice, and may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering; medical expenses; lost income; and effects on activities.

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been helping injured people for more than 30 years. He has handled successfully medical malpractice cases, including cases where a sponge was left in a patient and where a sponge was left in the abdomen after surgery.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

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If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury because a sponge was left in the body, a sponge was left in the abdomen, or a surgical instrument was left in the body, contact us.

Mr. Smith has many years of experience working with medical experts, medical records, and medical data. He has obtained some of the highest personal injury verdicts and settlements in his area. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why clients think so highly of him.

 

 

Doctors Are Only Human: A Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Can Lead to Serious Injury or Death

Maryland Cancer Misdiagnosis and Howard County Failure to Diagnose Brain Damage

Doctors are great. They deserve even more credit than we give them for doing such a fantastic job day in and day out. However, doctors, like you and I, are only human, and as humans, they sometimes make mistakes. Unfortunately, when a doctor makes a misdiagnosis or fails to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, there can be grave consequences.

Because people are at the mercy of these medical professionals, hospitals and other medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical insurance, sometimes referred to as “medical malpractice insurance” or “medical negligence insurance” to cover medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose by doctors, surgeons, nurses or medical assistants. This insurance helps offset some of the costs associated with injury caused by a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition.

Common Types of Misdiagnosis or Failure to Properly Diagnose a Serious Medical Condition

  1. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of cancer – cancer is one of the leading causes of death in this country, and often times, many types of cancer can be successfully treated if they are caught in time. A misdiagnosis of cancer or failure to diagnose cancer can lead to serious injury or death. Common types of cancer include: melanoma (skin cancer), breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer and other types of cancer.
  2. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a heart condition – the failure to properly diagnose a serious heart condition or a misdiagnosis of a heart condition can be fatal. Common types of heart conditions include: heart attacks, blood clots, hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) or a stroke.
  3. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a brain injury or head injury – brain injuries and head injuries are serious and can lead to death if not properly or timely treated. Common types of head injury or brain injury include traumatic brain injury (TBI), closed head injury and aneurisms.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you, and your family, receive the maximum compensation for the injuries sustained.

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your serious injuries caused by a misdiagnosis or a failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis injuries.

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City Medical Malpractice Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Laurel Car Accident Injures Five

Laurel Howard County Car Accident

 

On May 2,2012, 1997 Land Rover northbound on Route 1 collided with a Chrysler van, crossed the double yellow line into the southbound lanes, hitting a guardrail and then colliding head-on with a southbound 2008 Infinity in Laurel, according to news reports. The car crash occurred at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 175 in Howard County. Five people reportedly injured; two in critical condition.

Recent statistics reveal that there were 547 fatal car crashes in Maryland, and 24 of those fatal car accidents happened in Howard County.

Car Accident Injury

Many people in a Laurel car accident are injured, often times with neck and back strains. Sometimes, the car accident injury could be more serious, such as fractures, ruptured discs, herniated discs, brain and head injuries, and even death.

Howard County Car Accident Personal Injury Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. He has successfully handled many Laurel and Howard County car accidents, fatal car accidents, wrongful death, and other injury cases. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him. Mr. Smith is considered to be one of the best lawyers in Howard County.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries and wrongful death.

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  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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