Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Increase in High Blood Pressure Among Pregnant Women

Researchers from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School released a study recently that showed an alarming rise in blood pressure among pregnant women. A number of factors contributed to this increase, including the fact that women are having children later in life. They also found that African American women are at a greater risk » Read More

Peak in Fatalities from Running Red Lights

Running a red light may get you more than just a ticket, according to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study found that the number of people that were killed by motorists who drove through red lights reached a 10-year high, resulting in at least two fatalities per day in... Read More

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bullying Impacts Workplace Safety

Most people encounter a difficult boss at some point in their career. It is something that most adults have to learn to deal with in a mature and professional way. However, there is a difference between a boss who is difficult, and one who bullies their employees on a regular basis. Workers who are bullied » Read More

Essex Truck Crash with MTA Bus Injures Eight Victims

A truck crash with an MTA bus injured eight individuals on Monday afternoon. The accident occurred around 3 pm in Essex, Maryland when a pickup truck slammed into the side of the bus on Eastern Boulevard and Taylor Avenue. Both drivers received hospitalization and the other victims went to local hospitals for treatment of their... Read More

Monday, October 14, 2019

Updates to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Most cars that were manufactured within the past several years are equipped with smartphone-based infotainment systems that offer a range of interactive features, such as navigation, audio, and phone features. Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto systems are updating their technology, but consumers will not need to learn how to navigate a vehicle’s new built-in... Read More

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Patient Sues Doctor and University for Negligent Treatment

If it is caught early, breast cancer is one of the more treatable types of cancer. With the right treatment and follow-up care, the long-term prognosis for breast cancer patients is often positive. However, if a health care provider fails to recommend a treatment option that can prevent the cancer from spreading, this will allow » Read More

Friday, October 11, 2019

Duodenoscope Transmitted Infections Put Patients’ Health at Risk

Duodenoscopes are medical devices used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to help health care providers diagnose and treat serious conditions and diseases, such as cancer or gallstones in the pancreas or bile duct. These flexible, lighted tubes are threaded into the top of the small intestine via the mouth, throat, and stomach. They are effective » Read More

Companies Avoid Responsibility for Crashes Involving Third-Party Drivers

Today, you can find just about anything on Amazon and have it shipped to your doorstep for free, in just two days. That fast delivery does not come without a price. According to an investigation by ProPublica, since June 2015, there have been over 60 accidents involving Amazon delivery contractors that resulted in serious injuries,... Read More

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Main Causes of Speed-Related Car Accidents

Speeding is one of the most common causes of fatal car accidents in this country. A recent study determined what causes drivers to exceed the speed limit. Interestingly, they found that posted speed limits did not influence speeding, but they discovered several factors that did, including age, gender, the type of road, and time of... Read More

Tesla Crash Caused by Driver Inattention and Autopilot Design Flaw

In January 2018, a Tesla Model S slammed into the rear of an on-call fire truck on a California freeway. Fortunately, no one was injured, but there was significant damage to the front of the Tesla. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the cause of the accident was two-fold; the driver was relying » Read More

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Best Practices to Reduce Occupational Cancer in Firefighters

Firefighters put their lives on the line every time they are called to an emergency. From putting out fires to responding to dangerous chemical spills, these brave men and women do not hesitate to do what is required of them, even if it means putting their own lives in danger. In addition to the risk » Read More

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

FMCSA Extends Clearinghouse Deadline for State Agencies

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), states should have an additional three years to comply with the federal drug and alcohol clearinghouse requirements. The FMCSA has proposed a new rule that would give state agencies until January 6, 2023 to comply with the way state agencies request information from the Commercial Driver’s » Read More

New Technology May Help Prevent Dangerous Backup Accidents

When people are overwhelmed, busy, and stressed out, they tend to become easily distracted. For example, if someone is running late for work, they may grab their coffee to go, jump in the car, and quickly back out of the driveway. Unfortunately, if the driver did not take the time to check the area behind » Read More

Monday, October 7, 2019

Distracted Driving Through Work Zone

Construction workers and engineers who are responsible for maintaining our roads and highways work very hard to build new roads and bridges, repair existing roads, and fill cracks and potholes. Work zones can be dangerous, particularly when large, heavy machinery is often used to move heavy objects, dig trenches, or help workers complete tasks they » Read More

Friday, October 4, 2019

Safety Tips When Driving Through a Construction Zone

Road construction workers and road maintenance workers are subjected to one of the most dangerous work environments as cars and trucks speed by their work area, sometimes traveling in excess of 55 miles per hour. Construction zone car accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Many factors contribute to construction zone car accidents, but... Read More

UPS and TuSimple Test Self-Driving Trucks

The United Parcel Service (UPS) made an announcement recently that it has been working with self-driving truck company, TuSimple, to test self-driving technology in their tractor-trailers. For the past several months, the two companies have been working together to transport goods between Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona to determine whether the self-driving technology can help improve » Read More

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Alarm Fatigue Among Nurses Leads to Serious Medical Mistakes

Nurses who work in busy hospitals or intensive care units have a range of responsibilities, including checking vital signs, administering medication, monitoring patients’ ventilators, and making sure that feeding pumps are working properly. All these machines are equipped with alarms that alert nurses when a patient needs medical attention. However, according to research, 72 to » Read More

Toyota Issues Recalls Due to Defective Airbags

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Takata airbag recall was the largest safety recall in U.S. history. It was responsible for 16 deaths in the U.S., and at least 24 deaths and 300 injuries worldwide. Toyota recently announced that it is recalling 191,000 cars in the U.S. and Japan due to » Read More

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Reopening a Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Worsening of Condition

When an employee is injured at work, they may need to miss several days, weeks, or more of work to fully recover from the injury. Fortunately, Workers’ Compensation benefits cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, and other expenses associated with the injury. The employee will continue to receive these benefits until they have » Read More

Will Cameras Replace Traditional Car Mirrors?

Since December, European and Japanese car companies have been selling cars equipped with cameras instead of side mirrors. Current federal regulations do not yet allow camera-based rear or side-vision systems. However, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering how to catch up on technology that Europe and Japan have already approved. The... Read More

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Best Cars for Your Teen Driver

When it is time to shop for cars, parents and teen drivers tend to have differing perspectives on what the perfect vehicle might be. Many teens search for style in the most sporty or luxurious vehicle on the market, often to show off to their peers. However, parents often look beyond the aesthetics and search » Read More

Monday, September 30, 2019

Actor Seriously Injured in Car Accident

On Sunday, September 1, police were notified that a vehicle ended up in a ditch in the Malibu Hills after a single-vehicle collision on Mulholland Highway. The vehicle belonged to Kevin Hart, but the actor was not driving at the time of the accident. The three occupants, including Hart and two other individuals, survived the... Read More

Friday, September 27, 2019

Family of Neil Armstrong Awarded in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Famed astronaut, Neil Armstrong, is best known for being the first person to walk on the moon. Recently, Armstrong’s family received media attention after settling a medical malpractice case against a hospital in a wrongful death lawsuit. According to Armstrong’s family, the 82-year-old former astronaut, Korean War veteran, and Congressional Space Medal of Honor recipient » Read More

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Driver Asleep at the Wheel Raises Safety Questions for Self-Driving Vehicles

A couple was driving on a busy California freeway recently when they noticed that the driver next to them was asleep behind the wheel. The sleeping motorist was riding in a Tesla self-driving car, which was traveling at approximately 70 miles per hour when the couple watched in disbelief as the driver slept. Eventually, the... Read More

Large Equipment and Machine Accidents

In the construction, agriculture, manufacturing, and trucking industries, large equipment and machinery are necessary to complete certain types of jobs. Without the use of forklifts, cranes, excavators, and trenchers, workers would not be able to lift, dig, or transport heavy objects or material from one place to another. While these machines make certain tasks easier, » Read More

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Changes to Hours of Service Rule

Truck accidents are devastating and destructive due to their massive size and weight. Unfortunately, it is often the occupants of the passenger vehicles involved in the accident that suffer the most severe injuries. To prevent these accidents from occurring, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established Hours of Service (HOS) rules, which were designed » Read More

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Safety Priorities Auto Regulators Need to Address

Over the past two years, 7.5 million Americans were harmed and an additional 90,000 were fatally injured in traffic accidents. The U.S. Department of Transportation has yet to propose safety vehicle standards that could decrease injuries and fatalities. There are several factors that contribute to a car accident. Safety advocates believe that if there were » Read More

Emergency Medical Workers at Risk for Job-Related Injuries

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) provide basic medical treatment to victims who have been injured in an accident or who are suffering a medical emergency. Oftentimes, they can successfully manage the patient’s condition until they are able to transport the victim to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately, EMTs have one of the most injury-prone jobs in the » Read More

Monday, September 23, 2019

How Can I Maximize My Recovery After an Accident?

Car accident victims often deal with medical bills, treatments, vehicular damage, lost wages, and other accident-related losses. This is often a financial burden for victims. Therefore, most victims often wonder how they can maximize their recovery after an accident. Visiting a Medical Professional After an accident occurs, it is important that a victim immediately visits... Read More

Friday, September 20, 2019

3D Dashboard Technology May Be Next for Car Safety

Bosch is amid development of a 3D dashboard display to make vehicles safer for drivers. Drivers with the dashboard display do not need 3D glasses to interpret the information, due to the passive 3D technology. The automotive supplier claims that this vehicular technology helps drivers better visualize their surroundings, which helps prevent motor vehicle accidents » Read More

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Shocking Safety Statistics

Accidents happen, even to the most safety conscious individuals, but most accidents that result in injury and death can be prevented. Car accidents, opioid overdoses, slip and falls, and drowning accidents claim countless lives each day.  The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that accidents injure one person every second and kill another person every three... Read More

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Helps Prevent Pedestrian Accidents

What if our mobile phones could prevent car accidents? That is the question researchers are tackling as they contemplate novel ways to stop crashes involving pedestrians. Not surprising given their widespread use, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are taking center stage in the race to reduce avoidable collision fatalities. In plenty of accident scenarios » Read More

Ground-Services Vendor at BWI Marshall Airport Cited for Safety Violations

Menzies Aviation is a ground-services vendor that provides passenger, ramp, and cargo handling services for every airline at Baltimore/Washington International (BWI) Airport. Recently, the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) agency conducted a safety inspection at the airport to determine whether there were any violations that put employees at risk for workplace accidents and injuries. » Read More

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Trump Administration to Relax Truck Safety Standards

Fatal truck accidents have risen 40 percent in the past decade. In 2017, 4,657 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, a nine percent increase from the previous year. Nearly every day, a fatigued truck driver falls asleep behind the wheel and a fatal accident occurs. Overall, one-third of fatal truck accidents result from driver » Read More

Understanding Negligence Laws in Maryland

An individual is typically considered negligent if they failed to exercise proper duty of care. Typically, this breach leads to another individual’s injury, illness, or fatality. Common negligent driving behaviors include: Speeding Tailgating Drunk driving Distracted driving Driving under the influence of drugs These actions are considered negligent because the driver is not taking proper... Read More

Monday, September 16, 2019

What Should I Know About Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Maryland?

If a patient is injured, or their health was compromised in any way after being treated by a health care professional, they may want to consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Maryland is unique compared to other states for several reasons. For example, Maryland is a contributory negligence » Read More

Thursday, September 12, 2019

How Can I Claim Compensation in a Car Accident?

Victims of car accidents can rely on their car insurance and the legal system for compensation for their injuries and damages. When an individual suffers injuries due to the negligence of another, that individual is entitled to compensation for those injuries by law. The victim of such an accident can seek recovery from the insurance... Read More

Proactive Steps to Avoid Medical Mistakes

Medical mistakes are surprisingly common in this country. In fact, according to a recent study, one in 20 patients are exposed to injuries caused by medical mistakes, many of which were preventable. Twelve percent of those patients suffered permanent disabilities or death. Human error is an unfortunate reality of the health care field, however, approximately » Read More

Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits While Collecting Social Security Disability Benefits?

If you were injured at work, and you are collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits, you might assume that this disqualifies you from being able to collect Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In fact, you can collect both benefits at the same time. However, the amount of SSDI you receive is going to be reduced by a » Read More

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Car Accidents Involving Rideshare Vehicles

Rideshare companies, such as Uber and Lyft, make transportation easier than ever. However, due to the nature of the ridesharing business, things can get a bit complicated when an Uber or Lyft vehicle is involved in a car accident. To determine who is responsible for causing the accident, and whose insurance is going to pay » Read More

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Widow of Deceased Firefighter Eligible for Death Benefits Despite Husband’s Prior Workers’ Compensation Settlement

A volunteer firefighter for the Huntington Volunteer Fire Department recently died at age 72 from a heart attack brought on by heart disease and high blood pressure. The worker filed an occupational illness claim against the fire department and its two insurers. In 2015, he received a settlement for lump sums of $100,000 and $50,000, » Read More

Recovering Compensation for Lost Wages

If you were injured in a car accident, or some other accident caused by another person’s negligence, you will likely be eligible for financial compensation, even if your employer pays you for the missed days of work. Typically, compensation covers the costs of medical treatment, hospitalizations, and prescription medications. It also covers lost wages, which... Read More

Friday, September 6, 2019

Wet Road Conditions and Large Trucks

During the summer months, a sudden thunderstorm can cool things off after a heat wave. However, the heavy rain that often comes with it can make the roads slick, which makes it more difficult for vehicles to stop quickly. This is particularly true for large trucks. Recently, wet, slippery road conditions in the Baltimore area » Read More

Safety Checks Before Driving

Many automobile accidents and mishaps can be prevented if drivers took the time to perform a few safety checks on their vehicles on a regular basis. Even the most experienced drivers may not do this, and newer ones might not be aware of these precautions. This is especially important to do before heading out for » Read More

Thursday, September 5, 2019

New Program Aimed at Preventing Drunk Driving

The state of Maryland has partnered with the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) Program to launch Driven to Protect, a pilot program that will help keep drunk drivers off the road. The program will test new technology that may reduce drunk driving fatalities by up to 60 percent. According to safety officials, the... Read More

Fatal Accident Brings Attention to Caught-In/Between Hazards

On August 9, a 30-year-old employee with Maryland Landscape Supply was in the process of putting a container into a front-end loader when he became pinned between the machine and a truck. Police were called to the scene by a man who was working nearby. Unfortunately, the worker did not survive the accident. According to » Read More

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 3-6 Marks the First Annual Respiratory Protection Week

Each year for the past eight years, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has held a respiratory awareness event on September 5. The event, called N95 Day, highlights the importance of using N95s, disposable masks that cover the nose and mouth, which prevents the wearer from breathing in hazardous substances. The NIOSH » Read More

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Surgeon

Cosmetic surgery refers to elective procedures undertaken to change someone’s physical appearance, such as a rhinoplasty or breast augmentation. There are risks associated with cosmetic surgery, and surgical errors can have a serious impact on the patient’s appearance and their overall health. Choosing the right practitioner can go a long way toward preventing errors; a » Read More

Hyundai Expands Child Monitoring Systems

According to recent data, 52 children suffered from fatal heat-related injuries after being left inside of hot cars in 2018, stating that this was the highest number of deaths from vehicular heatstroke in the past 21 years. As for 2019, there have been 24 thus far. The heat level inside a car can rise to » Read More

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Capital Beltway Accident Statistics and Safety Tips

Every day, hundreds of thousands of commuters use the Capital Beltway, a 64-mile interstate highway that surrounds Washington D.C. and passes through Maryland and Virginia, to get to and from work. With so many motorists traveling through the busy highway, it is no surprise to learn that thousands of vehicle collisions occur on the Capital... Read More