Friday, August 16, 2019

What Makes the Capital Beltway Dangerous?

Thousands of motorists travel the Capital Beltway every day, whether they are commuting to work, or traveling up or down the east coast via Interstates 95 and 495. The 64-mile long Beltway is known for being one of the most congested highways in the country as it circles Washington, D.C. and runs through many suburbs... Read More

Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes

When a worker is injured on the job, they are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. These benefits cover the costs associated with the injury, including medical bills, prescription medication, physical therapy, and vocational assistance. However, the Workers’ Compensation claims process can be complicated, and there are common mistakes people make that result in their claim » Read More

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Dangers of Overloaded Trucks on the Roads

A typical tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds or 40 tons with cargo on board. That is around 30 times the weight of the average passenger vehicle. Because extra weight can interfere with the safe operation of a commercial truck, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) puts strict weight limits on different types » Read More

Personal Injury Law in Maryland

If you were injured in a car accident in Maryland, the claims process can be confusing and overwhelming, particularly if you are not even sure where to begin. There are deadlines that you need to be aware of, as well as a wide range of other procedures and laws that can have a significant impact » Read More

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

New Legislation Focuses on Improving Car Safety

Between 2017 and 2018, there were over 40,000 fatalities in the United States that were caused by motor vehicle accidents. As a result, there have been several bills proposed that focus on ways to improve car safety, from automatic shutoff technology to efforts that address impaired driving. The House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce... Read More

Thyroid Cancer Patients Receive More Treatment Than Necessary

Thyroid cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer and has one of the highest survival rates. In fact, over 98 percent of patients are cancer-free five years after they have been diagnosed. However, according to a recent study by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University, close to 25 percent of low-risk thyroid patients » Read More

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

How Can Seniors Stay Safe Behind the Wheel?

The aging process affects everyone differently, but some of the most common physical changes that occur as we age include vision deterioration, hearing loss, decreased motor skills, and slower reflexes. All of these changes can have a significant impact on an older person’s ability to drive safely. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration » Read More

Monday, August 12, 2019

Drones May Change the Way Medical Supplies are Delivered

If you ever passed a major car or truck accident on a busy highway, you know how devastating they can be. When there are serious, life-threatening injuries involved, it is crucial that emergency medical responders arrive at the scene as quickly as possible to deliver life-saving medical supplies. However, if an ambulance is delayed by... Read More

Autonomous Vehicles in the Construction Industry May Improve Safety

According to the National Safety Council, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries when it comes to workplace injuries and fatalities. Construction workers are exposed to a wide range of hazards, including falls, electrocution, being struck-by-objects, and caught-in/between accidents. With the rise of autonomous vehicles, construction experts have been applying the software » Read More

Friday, August 9, 2019

Advanced Safety Technology Leads Motorists to Take Risks

The safety technology that is available in cars today includes everything from adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection to lane departure warnings and emergency brake assist. These safety features help keep motorists safe by preventing serious car accidents. However, according to a recent survey by State Farm, the more safety features that a car... Read More

Are Telecommuters Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits? 

Workers’ Compensation benefits are available for any employee who has been injured while on the job. However, with more people working from home in recent years, some employers are faced with the challenge of determining whether an employee’s home qualifies as an official work site, and if telecommuters are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Recently, » Read More

Understanding Medical Malpractice Caps in Maryland

Maryland law caps medical malpractice awards when it comes to non-economic damages that are more difficult to quantify than lost wages, medical expenses, and prescription medications. If you or someone you know is considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit, there are some things you should know about compensation caps related to non-economic damages. Some of » Read More

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Car Systems that Save Lives

Car travel is the main mode of transportation for many Americans, yet carries inherent risks, including injury and death, in the case of a serious accident. Car buyers today are more concerned with safety features when car shopping. Technological advances have brought a wider availability of systems that warn the driver or provide automatic correction. » Read More

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Parents Play a Significant Role in Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

Car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18. In the United States, approximately 3,000 teenagers lose their lives in tragic car accidents every year. According to a recent study from the University of Iowa, the combination of in-vehicle video monitoring and conversations about safe driving between... Read More

Embryo Mix-Up by IVF Clinic Leaves Couple Devastated

A New York couple filed a lawsuit recently against the CHA Fertility Clinic after the clinic impregnated a woman with the wrong embryos. The couple had spent over $100,000 on in vitro services, hoping to fulfill the dream of becoming parents. After a successful in vitro fertilization, the couple became pregnant with twins. However, upon » Read More

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cyclist and Pedestrian Deaths Increase

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 10 percent increase in the number of bicyclists killed last year, and the number of pedestrian deaths increased by four percent. These statistics suggest that, while today’s cars are safer than ever for the occupants of the vehicle, they still pose a significant » Read More

Monday, August 5, 2019

New Study Shows Drugged Drivers Do Not Think They Will Get Caught

As more states move closer to legalizing medical and recreational marijuana, new research shows people in the United States are greatly misinformed about the dangers of drugged driving. In 2018, cannabis-related motor vehicle accidents across Maryland had nearly doubled from the previous year, accounting for more than one-third of all drugged driving car accidents in... Read More

How Can Sleep Disorders Among Nurses Impact Patient Safety?

It is no secret that nurses tend to work long hours, with a typical shift lasting 12 hours or more. For many nurses, one of the benefits of longer shifts means that they can work fewer days. However, long hours and inconsistent sleep patterns can put nurses at an increased risk of sleep deprivation and » Read More

Friday, August 2, 2019

How Can Exoskeletons Impact Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are responsible for approximately one-third of all lost workdays in the United States. The total costs associated with these injuries can run into the billions. In fact, a 2018 Liberty Mutual Safety Index found that overexertion injuries are responsible for $13.7 billion in » Read More

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Speed Limiter Proposal Aimed at Preventing Fatal Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are some of the most destructive accidents due to the massive size and weight of the average commercial truck. When a passenger vehicle is involved in a truck accident, the property damage to the car is often extreme. If the occupants of the passenger vehicle were lucky enough to survive the accident, it » Read More

Updated Infrastructure Leads to Safer Roads

According to AAA, an estimated 3,185 lives could be saved each year by updating road infrastructure. With many Americans on the road, it is important to update infrastructure. There are currently six roadway improvements that could lower the risk of experiencing a car accident. These improvements will also lead to fewer hospital bills and less » Read More

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Safety Tips for Motorcycling with a Group

There is no question that riding a motorcycle is more than simply a mode of transportation. There is a sense of freedom and adventure associated with riding a motorcycle that you do not get from driving a car. Unlike a car, truck, or SUV, which can fit numerous passengers, a motorcycle is generally built for... Read More

Poor Communication Among Healthcare Professionals Lead to Catheter Infections

Catheters are often used during a surgical procedure or when patients are unable to urinate. Indwelling catheters drain urine from the bladder into a bag outside the body. These devices are widely used in hospitals, but if they are not properly monitored by the healthcare professionals responsible for a patient’s care, they can cause infections. » Read More

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dozen Children Injured in Potomac School Bus Accident

A dozen children sustained injuries in a school bus accident that occurred in Potomac, Maryland. On Tuesday morning, a school bus carrying 40 passengers collided with a work truck on River Road. The driver and 12 children went to local hospitals for medical treatment of minor injuries. School buses transport students on a daily basis... Read More

Recent Statistics Show Decline in Crane Accidents

Cranes can lift, lower, and move large, heavy objects that no other piece of equipment is able to do. They play a crucial role in the construction industry. However, if a crane collapses or tips over, the crane operator and the workers who are in the vicinity of the accident will likely suffer devastating injuries. » Read More

Safe Driving Habits for Your Commute to Work

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for Americans between the ages of one and 54. Approximately 37,000 people are killed each year in car accidents. If you are one of the millions of commuters who drive to work every day, there » Read More

Monday, July 29, 2019

Waze May Cut Emergency Response Times

The Waze traffic application is widely used by customers to get directions and avoid traffic issues, such as road closures or heavy traffic caused by accidents. However, it can also be used to help reduce the amount of time it takes for emergency responders to arrive at the scene of an accident. Researchers from UCLA... Read More

Friday, July 26, 2019

Life-Saving Improvements to Car Safety Benefit Men More Than Women

Recent research conducted by the University of Virginia found both good and bad news about the risk of fatal injuries in car accidents involving men and women. While cars are undeniably safer than they were a decade ago, the changes made to improve crash safety do not benefit women as significantly as they do men.... Read More

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Four Patient Deaths Associated with Endotracheal Tubes

Teleflex Incorporated issued a worldwide recall on several of its endotracheal tubes after the company received reports of four deaths and serious injuries associated with the products. The Class 1 recall, which involves products that cause serious adverse health consequences or death, affected certain lots of Hudson RCI Sheridan Endotracheal Tubes, which were used to » Read More

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Actor Sues Tesla After Defect Causes Serious Car Accident

The day after purchasing a new Tesla Model 3, Mena Massoud, the star of Disney’s live action “Aladdin,” was involved in a serious car accident. The actor was changing lanes on Hollywood Boulevard when the vehicle’s front wheel came off, causing the car to spin out of control and hit a tree. The insurance company » Read More

Mosquito Dangers for Workers

Mosquitoes are more than just pesky insects that leave itchy, irritating bites behind. They are also carriers of many harmful diseases, such as the West Nile virus, malaria, dengue, the Zika virus, and the Chikungunya virus. Infected mosquitoes can spread these diseases through a human population with their bites. Most people bitten by an infected » Read More

Use Caution When Approaching a Flooded Road

Over the past few weeks, heavy rains in the area caused serious flooding in areas throughout the state. In Carroll County alone, flooded roadways, downed wires, and fallen trees caused the Carroll County Department of Public Safety to close numerous roads for hours at a time following a recent downpour. Safety officials urge all motorists... Read More

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Drug Use Among Truck Drivers

Approximately 300,000 commercial truck drivers should be purged from the industry because of drug use. According to the Trucking Alliance (TA), drug use is a likely reason that truck accidents are on the rise. The TA bases their stand on a recent survey, which reveals the number of truckers presently on the road who would » Read More

Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis Leads to Serious Health Complications

A common misconception about Lyme disease is that you will immediately develop a bulls-eye rash or flu-like symptoms if you are bitten by a disease-carrying tick. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, those who develop these symptoms are lucky because they will likely get treated before the disease has a chance to » Read More

Monday, July 22, 2019

Overdose and Car Accidents Top the List of Preventable Deaths

Every year, the National Safety Council (NSC) compiles a list of states that have the lowest and highest rates of preventable deaths using data from the National Center for Health Statistics. The NSC found that California had the lowest rate of preventable deaths, while West Virginia had the highest. Maryland was listed as fourth for... Read More

Friday, July 19, 2019

Seeking Compensation for Injuries Involving Paralysis

Car accidents can cause a range of injuries depending on the seriousness of the crash. Minor fender benders can cause cuts and scrapes, or a mild case of whiplash, whereas high speed, multi-vehicle accidents can cause broken bones, head injuries, and life-threatening internal injuries. More severe types of injuries involve spinal injuries that result in... Read More

Thursday, July 18, 2019

How a Death in the Workplace Impacts Employees

The average person spends a significant amount of time at work. For people who work in high-risk jobs, like construction workers, police officers, and firefighters, this means that they are often exposed to serious injuries and illnesses, some of which are fatal. In addition to the initial feelings of shock and grief, people can experience » Read More

Maryland Increases Fine for Passing Stopped School Buses

Earlier this month, Maryland passed new legislation permanently increasing the fine for motorists passing a stopped school bus. Drivers stopped by police for passing a stopped school bus with flashing red lights will receive a $500 fine. Drivers caught on camera passing a school bus will receive a $250 fine. Montgomery County stop-arm cameras recorded » Read More

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Volvo Tests Bicycle Helmets with Simulated Crashes

Luxury vehicle automaker, Volvo, recently teamed up with Swedish helmet manufacturer POC to test bike helmets in ways that have never been done before. In news that may come as a surprise to bicyclists, apart from the recent Volvo-POC tests, today’s bicycle helmets are not tested in simulated crashes with automobiles. Standard tests simulate helmets... Read More

Recovering Compensation for a Birth Injury

Over the course of a woman’s pregnancy, the last thing the expectant mother plans for is a serious birth injury. Unfortunately, complications can occur during pregnancy and the child birthing process that can compromise the health of both the mother and the baby. Depending on the type of trauma, the baby can suffer relatively minor » Read More

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Over 100 Trucks Taken Out of Service in Maryland in a Single Day

It should come as no surprise that truck accidents can cause massive property damage and devastating injuries, particularly to the occupants of the passenger vehicles involved. Many of these accidents are caused by trucks that have not been properly maintained. To remove unsafe commercial vehicles from the roads, making them safer for other motorists, the » Read More

Speeding in Bowie

Numerous studies show that speeding is a contributing factor in many car accidents. Speeding also increases the likelihood of fatalities when an accident occurs. Sadly, a 14-year old pedestrian was recently struck and killed by a car when jogging across a crosswalk in Bowie, Maryland. Neighbors report that cars often speed on this road. Speeding » Read More

Protecting Workers from Misclassification of Employment

In today’s economy, more companies are using freelancers, or independent contractors, to save money. Because these individuals are not technically employees, they are not eligible to receive health insurance, Workers’ Compensation benefits, or unemployment insurance. When both the employer and the independent contractor are open and honest about their employment status, there is no confusion » Read More

Monday, July 15, 2019

Concussion Symptoms Following a Car Accident

When a car crashes into another vehicle, the impact of the accident can cause significant property damage and serious injuries, particularly if the vehicles involved were traveling at high speeds. While seatbelts, airbags, and other safety technology can reduce the severity of certain injuries, the impact of the collision can cause the head to hit... Read More

Friday, July 12, 2019

How Comorbidities Impact Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

When an employee becomes injured at work, they will file a Workers’ Compensation claim and collect financial benefits based on the nature of the injury. However, if the employee suffers from a range of other conditions, or comorbidities, the claims process can become increasingly complex, even if the health condition is not directly included in » Read More

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Compensation Options for On-The-Job Car Accidents

If you are injured in a car accident while you are working, there are a couple of options available for collecting compensation. Any time you are injured while you are officially on the clock, you will likely be eligible to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits through your employer. However, you may also pursue a personal injury... Read More

Can My Car Color Influence Crash Risk?

The vehicles we choose can send a message about our personalities and lifestyles, but did you know that the color of the car you drive can influence your likelihood of getting into a car accident? When we think of vehicle-safety features, seat belts, airbags, and antilock-braking systems come to mind, but who thinks about the » Read More

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Surgeons’ Unprofessional Treatment of Colleagues Can Impact Patient Safety

In the medical field, surgeons are known for being some of the most brilliant, talented, and technically gifted individuals. Unfortunately, they also have a reputation for being rude, condescending, and unprofessional towards fellow colleagues, including nurses, physicians, and other members of their team. While some surgeons claim that this type of behavior can be productive » Read More

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

How Do Unions Improve Safety Conditions in the Workplace?

The number of workplace fatalities has gone up in recent years, despite the efforts of many employers to raise awareness of safety hazards and conduct safety training seminars. In fact, in 2016, over 5,000 workers were fatally injured in the United States, making it the third year in a row that there was an increase » Read More

Tips for First Time Drivers

Whether you are a teenager getting your first driver’s license, or a well-established adult getting behind the wheel for the first time, attention to safety is essential to enjoying the experience. Driving is a privilege that offers independence and freedom, but it comes with a huge responsibility. Knowing the rules of the road and being » Read More