Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Truck Driver Suffers Diabetic Episode, Nearly Crashes

A Nebraska deputy is being credited with saving a semi truck driver from certain disaster that could have injured or killed several people. The incident happened in the early afternoon of December 2, 2015 when police responded to reports of a large truck driving recklessly along the highway. The deputy became concerned when the driver failed to pull the truck over despite repeated requests. The truck was travelling at a slow rate of speed when the deputy realized that the truck driver was unconscious at the wheel. Police dash cam video captured images of the deputy as he heroically leaped onto the moving semi and took control of stopping the truck before it crashed off a busy viaduct bridge. Later, it was announced that the truck driver had been suffering from a diabetic reaction that caused him to lose consciousness behind the wheel of his big rig. Truck Drivers with Diabetes Diabetes is a serious condition that affects how the body regulates sugar (glucose) in the blood, causing blo

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers: Takata Air Bag Recall Expanded

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified a Pennsylvania teenager as the eighth person to die in the U.S. because of an exploding Takata air bag. The accident happened this past July just outside of Pittsburgh. The teen was driving a family member’s 2001 Honda Accord coupe when he ran off the road and struck a fallen tree. The Takata air bag, which had been recalled but not yet repaired, ruptured in the crash, critically injuring the teen. Tragically, he died in the hospital a few days later. NHTSA officials say the fatal injury was likely caused by the ruptured air bag and not the crash itself. The agency is working with the teen’s family, Honda and Takata to confirm that conclusion. Following this announcement, the agency has added four car models to its recall of vehicles with Takata air bags. The move could result in the recall of several hundred thousand additional vehicles. Already, more than 19 million vehicles in the U.S. have been recalled

Monday, December 28, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Truck Drivers Face Numerous Workplace Hazards

Commercial truck drivers are an integral part of our nation’s economy. Unfortunately, due to the inherent nature of their job, truckers are subject to a number of painful, disabling and even fatal injuries. Data gathered by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals rates of occupational injuries and deaths among tractor-trailer drivers and drivers of smaller delivery trucks that far exceed that of all other private industry occupations. Despite strict federal regulations and increased government oversight, truck drivers continue to be at risk. Last year, 725 drivers of heavy commercial trucks were fatally injured on the job – the highest annual total since 2008. Truck Accidents Highway crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths across all industries. While large commercial trucks can weigh as much as 20 times that of the average passenger vehicle, truck drivers are not immune from suffering serious injuries in the event of a wreck. Studies have shown that the vast majo

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Safe Use of Car Seats during Winter

Winter has officially begun, and if you are a parent, you want to know your little ones are protected from the elements. This typically involves bundling the kids up with heavy coats and scarves before going outside. However, the same coat that protects your child from the cold may also put him or her at an increased risk of serious injury in the event of a car accident. Puffy coats and snowsuits are bulky, so to make your child fit comfortably, you most likely have to loosen the straps on their car seat. It may appear that your child is strapped in snugly, but the straps are actually dangerously loose. In the event of a crash, the jacket material will compress, creating an unsafe space for your child’s body to move. Official crash tests out of Michigan illustrate the potential dangers of combining winter coats with car seats. Crash test video shows a child-sized dummy wearing a puffy winter coat and strapped into a car seat. The child appears to be secure, but at a simulated crash

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Hospitals Struggle to Improve Injury Rates

The past four years have seen an overall improvement in hospital injury rates. While this seems promising, there are concerns that further progress may be more challenging. Hospital injury rates held steady in 2014 after three years of declines, according to a recent federal report. Since 2010, when Health Care Reform Bill was signed, many new patient safety initiatives have been directed at reducing the number of hospital-acquired injuries and infections. Some programs incorporate performance-based incentives and penalties for hospitals while others are aimed at streamlining patient care through a broader use of electronic records. This serves to both improve communication between health care providers in order to prevent mistakes, as well as track patient outcomes. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is tasked with tracking the progress of these initiatives. According to a report released this month by the AHRQ, there has been an estimated 17% reduction in hospital

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers: Baltimore Police Chase Crash Fatal Injuries

A high-speed pursuit that ended in a head-on collision has left two people dead and several more injured. The crash happened on Friday, December 11, 2015 in the southbound lane of I-95 near White Marsh Boulevard. One of the victims, a 35 year-old man from Baltimore, was a passenger in the vehicle trying to elude police. Also killed in the wreck was the innocent person struck head-on by the fleeing vehicle; a 52 year-old woman from Washington. Police have charged the driver of the car who caused the crash with fleeing and eluding a car accident involving death. Accidents like this one happen far too often in Maryland. In 2010, a Baltimore City police officer was suspended after his cruiser collided with a motorcycle he was chasing, killing the rider. The family of the victim later filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer. Just last year, there were at least two incidents of innocent people being struck and killed by suspects trying to elude police. Research shows that on aver

Monday, December 21, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Police Training to Reduce Truck Accident Fatalities

Large commercial vehicles are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal wrecks. Due to their size, truck accidents are more likely to result in death and catastrophic injury than crashes involving smaller passenger vehicles. Sadly, the problem seems to be only getting worse. In 2012, truck crash fatalities rose by four percent from the previous year and injuries increased 18%. Though large heavy trucks and motor coaches represent just four percent of registered vehicles and nine percent of vehicle miles travelled, they are responsible for a staggering 12% of all fatal crashes. These statistics are a major concern for federal officials. Truck drivers are subject to a number of federally mandated rules and regulations regarding safe driving. Unfortunately, that is not enough to stop some truck drivers from performing illegal or unsafe acts behind the wheel such as speeding, distracted driving or following too closely. While research shows that highly visible traffic enforcement is

Maryland Product Liability Lawyers: Hoverboards and Reports of Fires

Hoverboards are one of this season’s most sought after gifts, but they may be increasingly harder to find and for good reason. Besides their propensity for causing scraped knees and broken wrists, hoverboards are now being cited for starting major house fires. As a precaution, has announced that they will no longer sell the popular gadgets and Amazon will sell only a select few hoverboards on their site. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is currently investigating at least ten reports of fires related to hoverboards, including one that happened in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The incident occurred last month when a hoverboard that was plugged into a bedroom outlet to charge caught fire. The flaming scooter then rolled towards the bed where it ignited the bedding and mattress. A similar incident took place in Louisiana, where a house was completely destroyed in a fire started by a charging hoverboard. While some of the reported fires started while the hoverboard was plu

Monday, December 14, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Poultry Workers Face Injury Risk

The American poultry industry is booming, and while the turkey gets most of the attention during the holiday season, chicken is the year-round star of the dinner table. It is estimated that each American will eat an average of 90 pounds of chicken this year. Unfortunately, our love affair with all things feathered comes at a price to those who work so hard on poultry production lines. According to a recent report by the nonprofit group, Oxfam America, U.S., poultry workers suffer extremely high rates of injury and illness, earn poverty level wages and work in a climate of fear. The report cited numerous studies that documented hazardous plant conditions that lead to injury and illness rates well above national averages. Musculoskeletal injuries were the most frequently cited workplace injury, caused by the relentless pace of the processing line. Workers report having to perform anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 repetitive pulling, cutting and hanging motions in a single eight hour day,

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Danger from Moldy Breast Implants

Breast augmentation is the most popular surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States. Last year alone, nearly 300,000 women and teens underwent the procedure to enlarge their breasts and more than 100,000 breast cancer patients had reconstructive surgery after mastectomy with implants. However, despite their soaring popularity, debate over the safety of silicone and saline implants continues to make headlines. More women than ever are opting to forego implants in favor of a breast lift procedure and some are having their implants removed amid safety and health concerns. In 2014, there were more than 23,000 implant removal procedures performed. For decades, there has been wide debate over the health effects of silicone implants. Studies suggest that ruptured or leaking silicone implants may be linked to painful and disabling diseases including fibromyalgia, dermatomyositis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. For this reason, many women have chosen saline-filled implants over silicone be

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Maryland Product Liability Lawyers: 2015 Most Dangerous Toys

The consumer advocacy group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released its list of the most dangerous toys for sale this holiday season. The toys can be found on the shelves of major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Kmart. They are also sold online at sites such as Amazon and eBay. The list includes: Bud Skipit s Wheely Cute Pull Along by Bunnies By The Bay Potential for choking injuries Foam dart gun by GD.Jiefeng Toys Realistic toy weapon Stats 38 quick-folding trampoline by Toys R Us, Inc Potential for head, neck and other injuries Poo-Dough by Skyrocket Toys Potential for allergy-related injuries (contains wheat) Splat X Smack Shot by Imperial Toy Potential for eye injuries Kick Flipper by Playsmart Potential for head and other bodily injuries Leonardo s Electronic Stealth Sword by Playmates International Company Potential for blunt force injuries Kid Connection doctor play set by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Potential for ingestion and choking injuries Pull Along Zebra

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Maryland Bus Accident Lawyers: Charter Bus Crash Injures Dozens of Students

Police say reckless driving caused a charter bus to overturn Sunday night, injuring dozens of college students on their way back to school after the Thanksgiving weekend. The bus, operated by Abbott Trailways of Roanoke, Virginia, had 50 passengers plus the driver on board when it crashed. A total of 33 people were transported to area hospitals, including one with life-threatening injuries. An initial investigation confirmed that the driver of the bus was speeding when he took the ramp off the Powhite Parkway towards the Chippenham Parkway south. As the bus came through the curve of the ramp, the driver lost control, causing the bus to overturn onto its side. Police on the scene issued a reckless driving citation to the bus driver, a 58-year old man from Salem, Virginia. According to his employer, Abbott Trailways, the man has been with the company since 2011 and had no prior violations. Abbott Trailways operates charter and luxury buses for schools, universities and sports teams thro

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Holiday Stress Increases Risk for Workplace Accidents

The holidays are supposed to be a time for generosity, celebration and family togetherness. But the extra responsibilities and expectations of the holidays can leave many people feeling anything but merry. Experts say that more people become depressed or anxious during the holidays than any other time of the year. Financial worries, family troubles and feeling overwhelmed by social and household responsibilities are some of the main factors that can lead to the holiday blues. Additionally, there are a number of work-related pressures to contend with, including holiday-shortened deadlines, end-of-year business demands and frenzied customers. All of these pressures combined can lead to fatigue and stress-related problems such as anxiety, short temper, depression and distraction. Some of these symptoms can cause an increased risk of workplace accidents or injuries. Motor Vehicle Accidents Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths. The number of traffic

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Deadliest Season for Drunk Driving Begins on Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the most anticipated and celebrated bar nights of the year. For many college students home for the holiday weekend or co-workers gathering for a last-minute drink, it is the perfect time to catch up and relax without having to worry about getting up for work the next day. Unfortunately, this night is also known for binge drinking and a higher rate of DUI arrests and alcohol-related crashes. It is for this reason that Thanksgiving Eve has earned the ominous nickname “Black Wednesday.” This year, the National Safety Council estimates that 433 people will lose their lives and another 52,300 will be seriously injured in traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend. Sadly, this is only the beginning of the most dangerous time of year for drivers. The increased number of holiday shoppers and travelers on the roads is part of the problem. However, what makes things worse is the higher number of people who consume alcohol and then get behin

Baltimore Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers: Alzheimer’s and Nursing Home Abuse

Elder abuse is one of the most prevalent, yet unrecognized, public health issues in the United States. It is estimated that between two to five million elderly Americans are victims of some form of abuse each year. Research indicates that residents of nursing homes and assisting living facilities who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. According to a U.S. study conducted in 2010, nearly half (47.3%) of nursing home patients with dementia have suffered abuse at the hands of a caregiver. Alzheimer’s – A Growing Problem An estimated 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. By 2025, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach 7.1 million. As the population of seniors suffering from dementia grows, so does the need for proper care and support. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, meaning that once

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: When Motorcycles and Trucks Collide

Motorcyclists encounter many types of hazards on roads and highways. But few represent so potent a danger as large commercial trucks. A fully loaded tractor trailer can weigh as much as 100 times that of an average motorcycle. When the driver of one of these massive vehicles fails to share the road responsibly with motorcycles and other passenger vehicles, the result can be deadly. According to the most recent data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely than passenger car occupants to be fatally injured in a wreck per vehicle mile traveled, and five times more likely to be injured. As fatality rates for victims of commercial trucking accidents are already higher than other crash types, one can imagine how dangerous a collision between a truck and a motorcycle can be for the rider. The FMCSA’s Large Truck Crash Causation Study investigated 967 truck accidents involving at least one fatality or injury over a two-yea

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss the Perils of Social Media During Litigation

Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have transformed the way people connect with family, friends and the rest of the world. However, the ubiquitous nature of social networking has made it a veritable treasure trove of personal information and a source of potentially damaging evidence. In recent years, social media profiles have been used in countless criminal, personal injury, employment and family law cases. Though the rules regarding how this information can be obtained and used in court are still evolving, it is important to understand the enormous impact social media posts can have on the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit. Historically, if an insurance company wanted to investigate the validity of an injured party’s claim, it was necessary to hire a private investigator to follow the person around in hopes of snapping a picture of the unsuspecting claimant raking their leaves without issue or carrying in heavy bags of groceries. The defense would then use

Monday, November 23, 2015

Baltimore Accident Lawyers: Deadliest Season for Drunk Driving Begins on Thanksgiving Eve

The night before Thanksgiving has become one of the most anticipated and celebrated bar nights of the year. For many college students home for the holiday weekend or co-workers gathering for a last-minute drink, it is the perfect time to catch up and relax without having to worry about getting up for work the next day. Unfortunately, this night is also known for binge drinking and a higher rate of DUI arrests and alcohol-related crashes. It is for this reason that Thanksgiving Eve has earned the ominous nickname “Black Wednesday.” This year, the National Safety Council estimates that 433 people will lose their lives and another 52,300 will be seriously injured in traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend. Sadly, this is only the beginning of the most dangerous time of year for drivers. The increased number of holiday shoppers and travelers on the roads is part of the problem. However, what makes things worse is the higher number of people who consume alcohol and then get behin

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Newly Licensed Nurses at Risk of Occupational Injury

Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in America. Many people are drawn to a nursing career because of the endless personal and professional rewards it provides. Recent nursing school graduates also enjoy some of the highest starting salaries among their peers in other industries. But as a newly published study points out, they are also at a higher risk of suffering a work-related injury, particularly if they work in a hospital setting. Researchers analyzed data collected from a survey of 1,744 hospital nurses who had passed their state licensure exam six to 18 months earlier. Study findings showed that this group was the most likely to work schedules associated with higher rates of occupational injury, including overtime and night shifts. According to the survey, 79% of new nurses regularly worked 12-hour shifts; 44% worked nights; and 61% worked overtime (either mandatory or voluntary). The two most common injuries suffered by nurses working overtime and night shifts wer

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers: Leading Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Traumatic spinal cord injuries are a form of catastrophic injury that can cause severe chronic pain, paralysis and death. An estimated 12,500 people suffer a spinal cord injury each year in the U.S. Tragically, many of these injuries are the result of another person’s negligent or reckless actions. When this is the case, victims and their families may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and more by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Spinal cord injuries are usually the result of a sudden, traumatic blow to the spine that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses one or more of the vertebrae. The damage begins at the moment of injury but can worsen in the days or weeks following because of bleeding, swelling, inflammation and fluid accumulation in and around the spinal cord. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse damage to the spinal cord, but aggressive treatment and rehabilitation can help to minimi

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyers: Holiday Shipping Increases Risk of Truck Accidents

Retailers across the country are gearing up for the busy holiday shopping season. That means that more shipping trucks will be on the roads delivering food, toys, decorations and other items stores need to keep their shelves stocked for the holidays. Online shopping is another reason for increased truck traffic. This year, FedEx alone says it will ship a record 317 million packages between Black Friday and Christmas Eve, up 12.4% from last year. But with more truck traffic on the road comes an increased risk for trucking accidents. Primary reasons for this include: Holiday traffic – As the holidays approach, more people take to the road to visit with family and friends, attend holiday parties and shop for gifts. Holiday travelers tend to drive longer distances, which could increase the risk of a drowsy driving car accident. Drunk driving is also a major concern and a leading factor in fatal accidents during the holiday season. Tight deadlines – With the widespread use of two-day a

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Birth Control Defective Packaging

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 113 women who say their incorrectly packaged birth control pills made it possible for them to become pregnant. The women are seeking millions in damages from Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Endo Pharmaceuticals. The lawsuit follows a 2011 recall of eight different kinds of oral contraceptives after it was discovered that the rows of pills inside the blister packs were placed upside down. The mistake caused women to take placebo pills when they should have been taking the pills containing estrogen and progesterone. These hormones work to prevent the release of an egg by fooling the body into thinking that it already has done so. These pills, if taken in the wrong order, can leave a woman susceptible to becoming pregnant. Of the 113 women who became pregnant, 94 went on to give birth. They are seeking damages for lost income, medical expenses, emotional distress and in some cases, the full cost of raising the child into adult

Monday, November 16, 2015

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Punitive Damages

The decision of a federal jury in Seattle to award $21.5 million in damages to a man injured by an automatic sliding-glass door on a cruise ship is making headlines this week. The verdict was one of the largest in recent times out of Seattle federal court and included $16.5 million in punitive damages against the cruise line owner, Holland America. The company claims the award is excessive and has filed documents asking the court to reduce the judgment. An appeal is expected. Punitive damages are awarded by a court as a form of punishment to the wrongdoer. They also serve to deter others from engaging in similar conduct. The laws regarding when and how much a jury can impose punitive damages on a defendant vary widely by state. While most states allow punitive damages in civil cases, many have set limits on the amount a jury can award a plaintiff. In Maryland, there is no statutory cap on an award of punitive damages, except in cases of medical malpractice. However, Maryland has very

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers: Parking Lot Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, but the holiday shopping season is already in full swing. This year, millions of Americans will flock to local stores and shopping malls to pick out the perfect gift for loved ones. The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but they can also be hectic as shoppers rush from place to place to find what they are looking for. Unfortunately, the stress of the holidays can become a major distraction for shoppers, both behind the wheel and on foot. Parking lots are dangerous places during this time of the year. The combination of frustrated drivers, over-excited children and distracted pedestrians can be a recipe for disaster. According to a study by AAA, the number of parking lot accidents involving pedestrians spikes every year with the holiday shopping season. Increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic is the main reason for the spike, but there are other contributing factors as well. Experts say that about 80% of pedestrian accidents in parking lots

Monday, November 9, 2015

Maryland Bankruptcy Lawyers Warn Consumers against Phone Scam

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Third Party Liability Claims

If you are an employee in the state of Maryland and are hurt on the job, you are most likely covered by your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance. The advantage of Workers’ Compensation is that benefits are relatively predictable and you are not required to prove that your employer was at fault. However, in exchange for this, the system prevents you from suing your employer for injuries that arise from negligence. The unfortunate consequence of this is a total Workers’ Compensation award that is far below (sometimes less than half) of what you might receive if you were able to file a personal injury claim. This is because Workers’ Compensation does not account for many of the noneconomic damages that often make up a significant portion of a personal injury lawsuit. Workers’ Compensation covers all of your medical bills plus a percentage of your pay in the form of temporary or permanent disability. It will also pay for vocational rehabilitation in the event that your

Monday, November 2, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Occupational Asthma

Asthma is a common lung disease characterized by an inflammation of the airways that causes them to swell and narrow. This leads to attacks of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. While asthma is commonly regarded as a childhood disease, persons of any age can develop asthma. Asthma that is caused or worsened by factors related to a person’s job is called occupational asthma. Occupational asthma is the most common occupational lung disease in the industrialized world. It is estimated that up to 15% of adult cases of asthma are job-related. It is possible to develop occupational asthma in almost any workplace, but certain industries present a higher risk. Below are some examples of occupations at high risk, as well as possible irritants associated with them: Metal workers – Cobalt, nickel, platinum, chromium Bakers – Cereal grains, flour, insect and enzyme products, storage mites Carpenters – Wood dust Healthcare workers – Latex, biocides, acrylates, d

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Maryland Bicycle Accident Lawyers: Fatal Intersection Set for Improvements

An intersection on Maryland Route 75 in Carroll County is getting some much-needed improvements thanks to the efforts of one local woman. Five years ago, the intersection was the scene of a tragic accident that killed the woman’s husband, an avid cyclist. The 51-year man was bicycling on Route 75 in Union Bridge when he was struck and killed by a tractor trailer just after he crossed Shepherd’s Mill Road. The crash happened in the acceleration lane as the truck made a right turn onto Route 75. A follow-up investigation determined that the truck driver was at fault for the crash, but the man’s widow blames the fatal bicycle accident on what she believes was a flawed roadway design. The stretch of Route 75 where the accident occurred has a high concentration of heavy truck traffic, much of it coming from the cement plant on Shepherd’s Mill Road. Locals claim to regularly witness trucks rolling through the stop sign at the intersection when making a right turn onto Route 75 – t

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers: Tougher Penalties for Drunk Driving

Drivers who have had one too many will face tougher penalties under a new law that went into effect on October 1, 2015. The law, which passed unanimously in Maryland’s General Assembly earlier this year, follows a scathing review by WalletHub investigators, which ranked Maryland as the fifth most lenient state in terms of DUI enforcement. Drunk drivers involved in deadly crashes will now face a minimum license suspension of six months for their first offense and one year for subsequent offenses. First time offenders with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher will have their license revoked for one year. If these drivers are caught a second time, they will lose their license forever. The law also expands on existing penalties for intoxicated drivers involved in non-lethal vehicle wrecks. Drivers will now have their licenses revoked for up to six months depending on their level of intoxication and the number of prior offenses. Last year, 141 lives were lost on Maryland roads due t

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers: Prevent Furniture Tip-Over Accidents

The danger of falling TVs, appliances and other furniture is one of the top hidden hazards in the home, especially for children under the age of 10. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), unstable and unsecured TVs and large pieces of furniture send a child to the emergency room every 24 minutes. Although many reported incidents involve minor injuries, over half cause catastrophic skull fractures, intracranial bleeding and other neurological problems. Tragically, many of these injuries result in death. The CSPC estimates that, on average, one child is killed every two weeks in tip-over accidents that are easily preventable. This summer, the CSPC launched the “Anchor it!” campaign to raise public awareness of the serious danger that unsecured TVs and furniture pose to children. The campaign was launched less than two months before IKEA admitted a design flaw in their Malm-style dressers made them prone to tipping over. Rather than recall the product, the compan

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Improperly Loaded Cargo and Truck Accidents

Large commercial trucks are an integral part of our nation’s economy. An estimated 3.5 million truck drivers work in the U.S., delivering nearly 70% of all transported freight. Unfortunately though, the high number and large size of commercial trucks poses a serious threat to everyone they share the road with. Each year, nearly 4,000 people are killed and tens of thousands more are injured in collisions with large commercial trucks. In an effort to identify the primary causes and conditions of serious truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration compiled data from approximately 120,000 serious injury or fatal truck crashes that happened over a period of 33 months. The study identified 19 factors most frequently associated with trucking accidents and separated them by those merely present at the time of the crash, and those that increase the risk of having a crash. By far, cargo shift was found to have the highest relative risk ratio. Truck drivers are responsible

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Cancer-Surviving Model Lucky to be Alive

In a series of recent interviews, plus-sized model Elly Mayday says she feels lucky to be alive. Now in remission after battling stage three ovarian cancer, she credits trusting her instincts and questioning her doctors with saving her life. For more than two years, Mayday suffered extreme abdominal and lower back pain. After multiple trips to the emergency room, doctors repeatedly brushed her off, sending her away without a diagnosis and telling her she had nothing to worry about. On more than one occasion, doctors told the model that her weight was to blame for her pain. She was given prescriptions for painkillers and told she needed to exercise more to tone up her core. Mayday continued to persist. Finally, a doctor performed a CT scan that showed a cyst on one of her ovaries. A few days later, the 27-year-old was told she had stage three ovarian cancer. She began treatment immediately, undergoing three months of chemotherapy and four operations, including a hysterectomy. Mayday co

Monday, October 26, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Fire Fighter’s Death

Last year, a tragic set of events took the life of an on-duty Baltimore City fire safety officer. Following its investigation of the death, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released its official findings. The report includes a list of mistakes that were made as well as recommendations for the prevention of future tragedies. Account of the Event On November 12, 2014 fire fighters were called to a vacant row home where they encountered a fire on the rear stairway that extended up to the second floor. The Incident Commander at the scene called for additional engine and truck companies, and a second battalion chief and shift safety officer were sent. The fire was quickly brought under control and crews set about clearing the area of smoke using ventilation fans. Crews working inside the adjacent row home observed that the ground-level floor had been completely removed but did not report this hazard to the commander before exiting. At some point, the sh

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Maryland Birth Injury Lawyers Discuss Hypoglycemia in Newborns

Neonatal hypoglycemia is marked by an unsafe drop in a baby’s blood glucose (blood sugar) level during the first few days of life. Glucose is a major source of energy for newborns. It is especially important for their brain, as up to 90% of a newborn’s glucose is consumed by the organ. Before birth, babies get glucose from the mother through the placenta. After birth, sources include breast milk or formula. Glucose is also produced in the baby’s liver. Most babies are born with blood sugar levels far below what an adult or older child could tolerate, yet most do not experience any ill effects. For example, in an older child or adult, a blood glucose level below 60 mg/dl is considered low. However, it is common for babies just born to have levels as low as 30 mg/dl, which gradually increase to 54 to 72 mg/dl. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends treating babies for neonatal hypoglycemia if their blood glucose level is 47 mg/dl or below. Neonatal hypoglycemia is the most

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers: New Speed Restrictions in Maryland

A law allowing Maryland drivers to travel at a higher speed on Interstate 68 has gone into effect despite safety concerns. The law, which raises the top highway speed to 70 mph, was voted in by Maryland lawmakers earlier this year. The increase follows a review of highway conditions by the State Highway Administration. Maryland joins 22 other states with a 70 mph maximum speed limit, including neighbors Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Studies on the effects of raising speed limits provide conflicting results. Though the majority of research suggests that a boost in speed limit is associated with an increase in traffic wrecks, there are some studies that indicate the opposite is true. Proponents for higher speed limits argue that they reduce speed variance – a key factor in speed-related accidents. Studies show that the risk of having an accident increases dramatically on roads where some drivers are going 55 mph and others are driving 85 mph. Traffic engineers generally recommend sp

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers on Staying Safe This Halloween

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children and adults alike. But if proper safety precautions are not taken, accidents can happen, turning what should be a night of fun into a tragedy. Maryland personal injury lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have outlined some ways that you can make this Halloween one to remember – for all the right reasons. Safe Halloween Decorating Use care when carving your jack-o-lantern. Every year, thousands of Americans visit the emergency room with lacerations and stab wounds sustained while carving pumpkins. The majority of those injured are under the age of 14. Encourage kids to paint their pumpkin instead, or have them choose a design or draw a face for an adult to carve. Consider using a battery operated candle or glow stick instead of a traditional candle to light your creation to avoid the risk of a fire. Never leave a lit candle unattended. Keep your walkways and doorstep well lit and free from debris or wires that could cause someo

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Forklift Accidents

Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many work settings to lift, push and stack heavy materials. These powerful machines have become an indispensible piece of equipment in nearly every manufacturing plant, construction site, lumberyard, warehouse and dockyard across America. Unfortunately, they can also be extremely dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) estimates that 11% of all forklifts are involved in workplace accidents each year. Many of these accidents cause serious and in some cases fatal injuries. OSHA estimates that roughly 85 people are killed and nearly 35,000 are seriously injured each year in forklift accidents. The most common types of fatal forklift accidents include: ­­Forklift overturns, crushing worker underneath – 42%: Forklifts can have a high center of gravity, making them prone to tipping. Factors that may increase that risk include: speeding; imprope

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Maryland Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Offer Tips for Safe Driving This Halloween

With Halloween approaching, it is important to make the safety of children a top priority. One way we can do that is to commit to safer driving. Halloween is the deadliest night of the year in terms of pedestrian related car accidents. Studies show that children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and fatally injured on Halloween night than on any other night of the year. Increased foot traffic is the main cause for the higher risk, but there are other factors to be aware of as well. Maryland accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton are committed to protecting those in our communities. Below, we have outlined a few things that drivers can do this Halloween to keep our streets and children safe. Beware of Ghouls and Goblins Children’s’ costumes can make them difficult to see and be seen. Masks, wigs, helmets and other headgear can obstruct a child’s peripheral vision, making it harder for them to spot an oncoming car. Likewise, drivers may find it difficult t

Monday, October 19, 2015

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers: Zip Line Injuries on the Rise

Zip lining has become an increasingly popular activity for outdoor adventurists who want to experience the thrill of flight without having to parachute from a plane or bounce on a shock cord. The number of commercial zip lines in the U.S. has risen to more than 200 percent in recent years; joined by thousands more amateur zip lines at outdoor recreation camps, schools, and backyards across the nation. Unfortunately, the rise in popularity has also led to an increase in zip line-related injuries, and a new study reveals the problem is only growing. Study Overview Researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital analyzed data on zip line injuries from 1997 to 2012. During that time, an estimated 16,850 people were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for non-fatal zip line injuries. Perhaps more troubling, almost 70% of those injuries occurred in the last four years of the study. In 2012 alone, more than 3,600 people visit

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Proposed Transportation Bill

Congress is reviewing legislation that would expand the length and weight-hauling capacity of commercial trucks on U.S. roadways. The provision is part of the 2016 transportation funding bill. If passed, the bill could potentially override truck safety laws in 39 U.S. states, including Maryland. Nearly 4,000 Americans are killed and another 100,000 are injured every year in truck accidents and the problem only seems to be growing. The U.S. has seen a 17% increase in fatalities and a 28% increase in truck accident injuries over the past four years. The massive size and weight of large commercial trucks is a major factor in deciding who suffers the most in the event of an accident. Last year, passenger vehicle occupants, bikers and pedestrians accounted for 84% of truck accident fatalities. The proposed bill would add another 10 feet to the maximum allowable length of trucks that pull two trailers. Current federal laws cap the length of trailers at 28 feet. The proposed provision, dubbe

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Determining Liability in a Truck Accident

The process of determining liability following a truck accident can be much more complicated than in other accident cases. Unlike car accidents, which usually boil down to some combination of driver error, vehicle malfunction or road conditions, accidents involving large commercial trucks may have many other contributing factors that are unique to the trucking industry. For this reason, it is important for truck accident victims and their families to seek the advice of an attorney familiar with the more nuanced aspects of truck accident cases. In order to establish liability and recover compensation, it is first necessary to identify every possible person or business entity responsible for the crash. Potential defendants in a truck accident case may include: Truck Driver – Commercial truck drivers are responsible for following the same driving rules as all other drivers. This includes avoidance of dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving a

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Discuss Nail Gun Accidents

Construction workers, particularly those in residential construction, rely on nail guns as an efficient way to increase their productivity at work. These extremely powerful tools are most commonly used in framing and sheathing, finishing, roofing, flooring and siding. Nail guns are capable of driving a nail into a piece of wood, stone, steel or concrete in seconds and with minimal effort. They also can be extremely dangerous without proper precaution. Common Workplace Injury Each year, an estimated 37,000 people visit the emergency room with a nail gun injury. More than two-thirds of these injuries occurred on the job. Nail guns are responsible for more construction worker hospitalizations than any other tool. A study of apprentice carpenters revealed how common it is to have a nail gun accident. The results of the study included: two out of five workers were injured while using a nail gun during their four years of training; one in five were injured twice; and one in 10 were injured

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers: Dunkin Donuts Settles Trip and Fall Case

A New Jersey woman has agreed to settle her lawsuit against Dunkin Donuts after she fell in a store parking lot and was burned by hot coffee. The woman accepted Dunkin Donut’s offer to pay her $522,000 in compensation for injuries she sustained in the fall. The resolution came just weeks before the case was set to go to trial. The accident happened on January 19, 2012 at a Dunkin Donuts in northern New Jersey. According to the lawsuit, the woman was carrying multiple cups of coffee she had just bought back to her car when she tripped over a spike protruding from a dislodged curb stop. Her fall caused her to spill the hot coffee, burning her face and neck. She also suffered cuts to her hand and knee as well as back and shoulder injuries that required surgery. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment for her burn injuries. After seeking legal advice, she filed a claim against Dunkin Donuts, the franchisee who ran the restaurant, and the owner of the strip mall where the s

Maryland Medical Product Liability Lawyers: FDA Investigating Birth Control Implant

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration held a day-long hearing to address concerns over the popular birth control implant Essure. A panel of experts and members of the pubic discussed the safety and effectiveness of the medical device, marketed as the first and only nonsurgical permanent contraceptive implant currently available. The hearing comes amid a wave of lawsuits filed against Essure’s maker, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Essure consists of two tiny metallic coils inserted into the fallopian tubes that are designed to induce tissue growth and render the woman sterile. The procedure, which has been marketed as a safe alternative to tubal ligation surgery and other forms of birth control, can be completed in a doctor’s office in just minutes. Approximately 750,000 Essure devices have been sold worldwide since the device became available in 2002. Reports of problems began soon after Essure hit the market, but have surged in recent years as more women have opted for th

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Challenges Faced by Victims of Trucking Accidents

The enormous size of commercial trucks can make them decidedly intimidating to the average driver. A fully loaded 18-wheeler may weigh as much as 30 times that of the typical passenger vehicle. But as anyone who has been hit by a truck knows, that size variance is often equally matched by the size of the trucking company’s legal team. For this reason, injured truck accident victims are highly advised to seek legal counsel from a dedicated truck accident law firm with the proven ability to take on large trucking companies and their insurers to achieve exceptional results. Maryland truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have successfully handled countless truck accident cases. Here are a few of the defense strategies used by trucking companies that victims in pursuit of fair compensation may encounter: Blaming the accident on the victim – Maryland is one of only a few states that employ the very harsh rule known as contributory negligence. Under this rule, truck acci

Monday, September 28, 2015

Maryland Accident Lawyers: GM to Pay $900 Million for Faulty Ignition Switches

General Motors has agreed to pay $900 million to settle criminal charges related to the company’s failure to fix a deadly defect in millions of its cars. The problem involved an ignition switch that was prone to shutting off mid-drive, thereby cutting the engine and disabling systems like power steering and air bags. GM also admitted to covering up the defect for more than a decade. The faulty ignition switches have been blamed for hundreds of wrecks since GM first recognized the issue during pre-production testing of the Saturn Ion back in 2001. Three years later, the defect was again detected in the Chevy Cobalt. In 2005, GM acknowledged the flaw in a public statement, but said that it did not pose a safety threat. That same year, the company rejected a proposal to fix the problem, saying that it would be too costly and take too much time. Later, GM began performing its own internal investigations into the issue, all while the company fought back against lawsuits filed by bereaved

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Pill Mill Doctor on Trial for Murder

A Los Angeles doctor is facing a lifetime in prison for her alleged role in the drug overdose deaths of at least three of her patients. The families of the victims say that Dr. Hsiu-Ying Tseng should be held accountable for prescribing powerful and potentially lethal drugs to patients who did not need them. The case has drawn national attention and sparked debate about whether doctors should be held criminally liable for patients’ deaths. Prosecutors have charged Tseng with second-degree murder in the 2009 deaths of three of her patients. The three young men, all in their 20s, died shortly after Tseng prescribed them large quantities of powerful and addictive drugs. According to courtroom reports, the men were among countless others who sought out Tseng specifically because of her reputation for hastily prescribing potent painkillers and other drugs. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Tseng wrote more than 27,000 prescriptions over a three-year period – an average o

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Chemical Commonly Found in Paint Stripper Dangerous

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to issue new rules regarding a widely used chemical that can trigger sudden death in those who have been exposed. Methylene chloride, also called dichloromethane, is a volatile, colorless liquid commonly used in paint stripping, but is also used in various industries including pharmaceutical manufacturing, paint remover manufacturing, metal cleaning and degreasing and carpet cleaning and gluing. The chemical has been under scrutiny for decades for its cancer causing risks, but safety advocates now say that more needs to be done to protect people from another known hazard – sudden death. When inhaled, methylene chloride turns into carbon monoxide in the body, which in turn can starve the heart of oxygen and trigger a heart attack. The chemical can also act as a powerful anesthetic at high doses, causing the victim to stop breathing and eventually suffer brain damage or brain death. A recent investigation conducted by the Center for Publ

Friday, September 25, 2015

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Concerns Over Increasing Drone Use

The recreational use of drones is becoming increasingly widespread in the United States. This is due in part to advances in technology that have made drones easier for manufacturers to produce and everyday hobbyists to afford. Commercial use of drones, though strictly limited now, is also expected to skyrocket in the coming years, especially with industry giants like Google and Amazon pushing for speedy and permissive legislation. Before long, our skies will likely be filled with the tiny, unpiloted aircrafts, transforming the way Americans do business and observe the landscape. Usages for Drones Drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) or remotely piloted aircrafts (RPAs) are equipped with a four-to-eight blade propeller designed to allow the aircraft to take off and land vertically. Most are remotely controlled by a person holding a handheld device, but some of the more modern drones can be programmed and operated using a built-in Global Positioning System. Industries

Monday, September 21, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Preparation against Back-to-School Injuries

As school comes back into session across the country, teachers and students are beginning to settle back into the old routine. However, the classroom may be a bigger risk of injury than most realize. Just like any other occupation, there are hazards that professionals need to be wary of in order to have a safe and happy school year. Teaching Injuries Educators are at risk for a number of repetitive stress injuries. Long hours of standing in front of a classroom or lecture hall can cause strain on the back, hips, legs and feet. School administration personnel may be working in front of a computer for most of the day, resulting in eye strain, neck and shoulder fatigue and carpal tunnel syndrome. Unlike workplace accident injuries, these types of injuries occur over a long period of time; however, they are no less serious. Repetitive stress injuries can lead to chronic pain, or require surgery and time away from work. If not properly managed, repetitive strain injuries can result in perm

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Maryland Birth Injury Lawyers | Birth Defect vs. Birth Injury

Birth injuries happen when something goes wrong shortly before, during or after the delivery process. Many birth injuries are minor and heal on their own, but others can cause lifelong health problems. One of the most dangerous birth injuries is hypoxia, which is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain and can lead to cerebral palsy, permanent brain injury and cognitive and motor deficiencies. Birth injuries can be the result of any number of medical mistakes made by doctors or hospital staff. Common causes of birth injuries include delayed birth, improper monitoring, excessive use of force during delivery and misuse of instruments during delivery. Defining Birth Defect According to the Centers for Disease Control, almost one in every 33 babies is born with a birth defect, some of which are serious enough to cause lifelong health complications. The biggest difference between a birth injury and a birth defect is the time that they occur. Unlike birth injuries that happen during the lab

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Survey for Trucker Fatigue

Truck driver fatigue is a major factor in fatal trucking accidents. To combat this issue, the federal government has enacted strict laws that require drivers to take minimum rest breaks before and during their shifts. However, studies reveal safe and accessible parking areas are in short supply, potentially causing truck drivers to continue driving despite being too tired. Officials are calling the shortage of truck parking a national safety concern for both drivers and other drivers on the road. In 2012, Congress passed a bill that would provide federal funding for the construction and restoration of safe parking lots for truck drivers to rest. The law was created in response to the tragic death of a tired truck driver who, after failing to find a rest station, pulled into an abandoned roadside gas station to take a nap. While he slept, thieves attacked and murdered him. As part of the bill, the Federal Highway Administration conducted a nationwide survey of state highway and safety

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Maryland Accident Lawyers: Fatal Pedestrian Accident

A fatal pedestrian accident in Philadelphia involving a taxi cab claimed the lives of a young man and woman visiting the city in celebration of Labor Day. The accident happened early Monday morning at a major intersection in Center City, Philadelphia. The victims were crossing the street when the taxi struck them, sending them both flying nearly 100 feet before they landed on the pavement. The woman, a 25 year-old from Phoenixville, PA, was pronounced dead at the scene. The male victim, a 25 year-old from Baltimore, Maryland, was rushed after the crash to a hospital one block away where doctors were unable to revive him. An investigation has been launched into what caused the deadly crash. Witnesses report that traffic was very light at the time the two were struck. Reportedly, the driver of the cab had the green light but appeared to be travelling around 50 mph, double the posted speed limit for the area. The windshield of the taxi sustained heavy damage and the driver, who stopped a

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers | Pesticide Poisoning

A 10-year old Florida boy remains hospitalized while his family seeks answers from the pest control company they say poisoned their son. The boy became ill shortly after the family was told by a Terminix subcontractor it was safe to return to their home, which had been tented and fumigated for a termite infestation. The boy is suffering from severe brain damage and is barely able to move or speak. The family says they all became sick just hours after returning to their home on the evening of August 16th. But while the parents and their seven year old daughter recovered, their son only got worse. He began having uncontrollable muscle spasms, was unable to speak or stand alone and his eyes were rolling back into his head. A doctor at a local clinic quickly recognized his symptoms as poison exposure, likely from the fumigation treatment. He was taken to a local hospital where he spent nine days in the ICU. He has since been transferred to a hospital in Miami and doctors there say he may

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Workplace Violence

The horrific murders of a TV news reporter and photographer during a live broadcast last week have sparked a national conversation about the issue of violence in the workplace. The shooter was a former reporter with the Virginia news team and, during his two-year employment there, had gathered a reputation for clashing with coworkers. When the station fired him in 2013, he caused enough of a scene that the police were called to escort him out. Every year, tens of thousands of U.S. workers are seriously injured in violent workplace incidents; and an average of more than 400 people are victims of workplace homicide, making it the fourth leading cause of fatal workplace injury after motor vehicle crashes, slips and falls, and contact with objects and equipment. For women, the numbers are even more alarming homicide is the second leading cause of death in the workplace. According to the most recent data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22% of fatal workplace injuries to women w

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Deadly Defect in Keyless Ignition Systems

Ten of the world’s largest automakers are being sued over claims that the companies concealed a deadly defect in their keyless ignitions, leading to least 13 deaths and many more injuries. The lawsuit claims that the defect allows drivers to unknowingly leave their cars running inside enclosed garages, creating a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. More than five million vehicles are equipped with keyless ignitions. The device lets drivers start their vehicle by pushing an on/off button instead of inserting a key. The vehicle will only start if it senses that the electronic key fob is nearby. The driver pushes the same button to turn the vehicle off. The danger of keyless ignitions lies in a design defect that allows the engines to continue running, even after the driver and the key fob have left the vicinity of the vehicle. A driver may mistakenly believe that the car has shut off, when it in fact has not. This is especially common in cars that have quiet, smooth running engines; an

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Initiative to Reduce Sanitation Workers’ Injuries

The Mayor of Baltimore has announced plans to purchase new trash cans for every Baltimore household in effort to reduce sanitation worker injuries and control the city’s rat population. The move was made in response to the overwhelming success of a pilot program launched last year that provided 9,000 trash cans to residents in the Belair-Edison and Mondawmin area. The new 64-gallon trash cans can hold up to four regular-sized garbage bags and have two wheels along with a tight fitting lid. City garbage trucks will be retrofitted with lifts that will upend the receptacle, allowing the trash to slide out. This feature will reduce the amount of heavy lifting required of sanitation workers. Trash collection is difficult and often dangerous work.  A report issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health placed waste management workers in the top three job classifications to have the greatest risk of falling, and sixth in having the greatest number of fatalities in th

Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyers: New Drug Screening Method

This fall, Congress will hear arguments regarding a new bill that will change the way many trucking companies screen drivers for drug use. The bill, named the Drug Free Commercial Driver Act, would direct the Department of Transportation, along with the Department of Health and Human Services, to issue regulations that would allow motor carriers to use hair follicle testing as an alternative to urinalysis to screen drivers for substance abuse. The tests would be used in pre-employment screening and random testing programs. The Act has the support of American Trucking Association (ATA) officials, who contend that hair testing is both more accurate and harder to beat than urinalysis. Additionally, hair follicle tests are able to detect drug use over a 90-day period, compared to only several days with a urine test.    Many of the largest trucking companies already use hair follicle drug testing to screen job applicants. However, because the method is currently not recognized by the Dep

Monday, September 7, 2015

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss Deadly Defect in Keyless Ignition Systems

Ten of the world’s largest automakers are being sued over claims that the companies concealed a deadly defect in their keyless ignitions, leading to least 13 deaths and many more injuries. The lawsuit claims that the defect allows drivers to unknowingly leave their cars running inside enclosed garages, creating a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. More than five million vehicles are equipped with keyless ignitions. The device lets drivers start their vehicle by pushing an on/off button instead of inserting a key. The vehicle will only start if it senses that the electronic key fob is nearby. The driver pushes the same button to turn the vehicle off. The danger of keyless ignitions lies in a design defect that allows the engines to continue running, even after the driver and the key fob have left the vicinity of the vehicle. A driver may mistakenly believe that the car has shut off, when it in fact has not. This is especially common in cars that have quiet, smooth running engines; an

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Safe Travel This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and as families gear up to begin a new school year, many will take advantage of the long weekend to get in one last trip away. AAA estimates 35.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend, making it the highest national travel volume since 2008. Unfortunately, with increased road traffic comes an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. Labor Day weekend officially begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4th and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, September 7th. During that time, the National Safety Council estimates 395 people will die in car crashes, and another 47,800 people will be seriously injured. As grim as these figures may sound, you can keep yourself and your passengers safe on the road by taking some simple safety precautions. By doing so, you can help to prevent a car accident and keep yourself and your family safe this holiday weekend. Safety Tips for Labor Day Driving Buckle up every time. Seat belts are the s

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers Discuss What to Do When a Loved One is Injured or Killed in a Truck Accident

If someone you love has been the victim of a serious truck accident, you likely are feeling hurt, scared and perhaps most of all, unsure about what to do next. Our Maryland truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have helped countless families through this most difficult time. We fight to protect the rights and financial security of families devastated by a tragic truck crash. Do Not Do it Alone Truck accident lawsuits can have significant payouts. For this reason, trucking companies and their insurance carriers have teams of expensive attorneys and accident investigators on their side – all working towards the same goal of proving that the wreck was not their fault. If you or a family member has been a victim of a truck accident, it is likely that someone from the trucking company’s insurance carrier will contact you. It is important that you do not give any statements or accept any offers of money without first consulting an experienced Maryland truck accident law

Monday, August 31, 2015

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Safety of Robotic Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery is designed to help doctors perform complex, minimally invasive surgeries on areas of the body that might otherwise require traditional, open surgeries. The devices can be used to perform a variety of procedures including hysterectomies, prostate removals, weight loss surgeries, gall bladder removals, thyroid cancer surgeries, heart surgeries and organ transplants. While the technology is promising, it is not without its risks. Concerns were raised over the safety of medical devices like the da Vinci Surgical System after a wave of lawsuits were filed against Intuitive Surgical, the device’s maker. A subsequent investigation by the FDA found numerous reports of patients who suffered severe complications attributed to the robotic surgery system. Many of the reported complications required the need for additional surgeries and, in some cases, were even fatal. Safety experts claim the dangers stem from both the equipment itself and from surgeon’s training. Whil

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Provide School Bus Safety Tips

As we gear up for the start of a new school year, now is a good time to remind parents and drivers about the importance of keeping kids safe in and around school buses. School buses are by far the safest way for students to travel to and from school, but sadly, accidents sometimes happen. Maryland accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton provide the following advice to help keep kids safe the entire school year. Advice for Parents As a parent, your child’s safety is likely at the forefront of your mind; but as the first day of school approaches, your children are probably thinking more about who they will sit next to on the bus, or what they can expect when they reach school. Before the first day and throughout the school year, remind your children about the importance of staying safe in and around school buses. Wait with your kids at the bus stop or designate a responsible adult to wait with them until the bus arrives. Remind your child to stand at least three giant steps b

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Baltimore Birth Injury Lawyers Discuss Inadequate or Negligent Prenatal Care

Proper prenatal care is essential for the health and well-being of both mother and baby. Without it, serious complications can occur, including some that can have lifelong implications. Prenatal care refers to all of the checkups, health screenings and treatment of issues that occur during a pregnancy. Prenatal care is typically characterized as preventative health care, allowing doctors to identify potential issues early and treat them before they cause complications. Expectant mothers can do their part to protect themselves and their baby by getting regular checkups and following their doctor’s advice. Sadly, even the most diligent mothers can be harmed by doctors who fail in their duty to provide acceptable care. When this happens, it can be grounds to find Baltimore birth injury lawyers for a claim of medical malpractice. Failure to Identify a High-Risk Pregnancy There are many reasons why a pregnancy could be considered high risk, including advanced age of the mother; a multipl

Monday, August 24, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers : Bias in Workers’ Compensation Medical Exams

Under Maryland Workers’ Compensation law, if you are injured on the job you have the right to choose your own doctor for treatment. Your employer’s insurance company also has the right to send you to one of their own doctors for an opinion. This is known as an independent medical examination (IME.) It is not uncommon for opinions between physicians to differ greatly. This is often attributed to some form of bias on the part of physicians. Unfortunately, bias can have a significant impact on your Workers’ Compensation claim if not handled properly by an experienced and skilled Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyer. First, it should be noted that the term “independent” should not be assumed to mean “impartial.” Rather, it means that the examination is taking place independent of a typical doctor-patient relationship. The examining physician is not your doctor, will not prescribe any treatment and is not bound by confidentially rules. He or she is hired for the sole purp

Monday, August 17, 2015

Maryland Boat Accident Lawyers Discuss Increase in Boat Accident Fatalities

Labor Day is coming later than usual this year, providing many Maryland residents and visitors the opportunity to take advantage of the extended boating season. Unfortunately, however, with the increased boating activity also comes a higher risk of boating-related accident injuries and fatalities. Boat accident fatalities are already on the rise this year. So far, the state of Maryland has seen 17 people killed in boat accidents. This is an increase over the state’s average of 12 boating-related deaths per year, and the summer is not yet over.  According to a Department of Natural Resources representative, the number of fatalities this year is due in part to an increase in boating activity caused by warmer weather and low gas prices. Maryland residents and visitors are urged to take heightened precautions when heading out to sea. One of the easiest ways for boaters to protect themselves is to wear a life jacket. Of the 17 people killed in Maryland boat accidents this year, 14 were

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Proposed Bill to Allow More Teens to Drive Big-Rigs

For several years now, the American Trucking Association has been lamenting a shortage of truck drivers caused by retiring baby boomers and a growing demand for freight. Recently, the ATA has sought to solve this problem by asking Congress to approve a bill that would allow more teen drivers behind the wheel of tractor trailers. Many trucking companies already employ 18-20 year olds as in-state drivers. However, current federal regulations require drivers who cross state lines to be at least 21 years old. The rule is designed to protect young drivers and other motorists from the dangers of combining inexperience with driving heavy trucks for long distances. The proposed bill would permit states to form compacts that allow drivers as young as 18 years old to drive between them. The bill would restrict the number of miles a teen driver could travel into a neighboring state to 100 miles. Teens would also not be permitted to transport hazardous materials and many oversized loads. The bill

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Benefits for Police and Other Public Safety Employees

Police officers and other public safety personnel face unique hazards at work due to the nature of their jobs. For this reason, public safety workers injured on the job are entitled to additional benefits under Maryland Workers’ Compensation law. Occupational Disease Presumption The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Act includes a special presumption that favors public safety workers who develop certain conditions. The law lists specific conditions that, if developed by public safety employees, are presumed to be job-related, and therefore compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Law enforcement officers (including police officers, deputy sheriffs and correctional officers) hypertension, heart disease Fire fighters – hypertension; heart disease; and lung disease; and in some cases leukemia; prostate, rectal, or throat cancer; multiple myeloma; non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; brain, testicular or breast cancer Department of Natural Resources employees – Lyme disease; and in so

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers: Teens Who Text and Drive Blame Parents

A recent study suggests that teens who engage in risky behavior behind the wheel may be doing so for an unlikely reason – because they think their parents expect them to. The findings are the result of a survey conducted by Liberty Mutual Insurance in partnership with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD.) The study focused on teen’s attitudes and behaviors behind the wheel. Surprisingly, teens reported feeling that their parents, more than anyone else, expect immediate responses to their text messages, even while driving. Today’s teens are under an enormous amount of pressure to stay constantly connected with the world around them. The study revealed the dangers that this hyper-connectivity can bring, including fatigue and technology use while driving. More than half of teens surveyed reported texting while driving in order to update their parents, and nearly one in five teens said their parents expect a text response within one minute, even if they are driving. However

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Maryland Medical Product Liability Lawyers Discuss Security Issues Linked to Medical Devices

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising healthcare facilities to stop using certain medical devices because of a cybersecurity risk. The FDA warned that devices linked to the Internet are vulnerable to hackers that could potentially gain access to the device, creating a serious risk of harm to patients. Specific warnings were issued to hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities using Hospira’s Symbiq medication infusion pump. The device is used to deliver medications directly into the bloodstream of patients over extended periods of time. Experts claim that hackers could potentially gain unauthorized access to the device’s settings and change the dosage the pump delivers, which could lead to an over- or under-infusion of critical patient therapies. The FDA has been aware of security vulnerabilities in medical devices for some time now. In 2012, the United States Government Accountability Office issued a report focused on the growing concern of security threats to med

Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers: Older Adults More Pain Post-Car Crash

There are nearly 36 million licensed drivers aged 65 and older in the United States, according to the most recent data provided by the CDC. In 2012, more than 5,560 older adults were killed and more than 214,000 were injured in car crashes, making car accidents the second leading cause of trauma after falls for older Americans. A new study suggests that seniors who sustain relatively minor injuries in car accidents may be at high risk of suffering long term pain that can affect their ability to perform daily activities. Study Overview Car accidents are a significant source of injuries among all populations, but researchers wanted to test the lasting effects of minor car accident injuries on seniors. They recruited 161 patients over the age of 65 who had been evaluated and released from the emergency room after being involved in a car accident. Patients with more severe injuries, such as fractures, major lacerations and brain and spinal injuries were not included in the study. Patients

Monday, August 10, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Casino Workers Risk of Illness from Secondhand Smoke

Secondhand smoke is a known occupational hazard for casino workers. While Maryland laws prohibit smoking indoors, every casino provides at least one designated area where guests smoke outside. Now, some casino owners are pushing regulators to allow smokers to have the best of both worlds, thus creating a potentially hazardous work environment for those employed there. Gambling and smoking have long been linked, and research suggests that gamblers who smoke daily spend more time and more money gambling than non-smokers. This may be why some casino owners are trying to find ways to allow their guests to do both. Horseshoe Casino Baltimore currently boasts eight outdoor smoking terraces where guests can light up while they hit the slots. Horseshoe is currently the only Maryland casino that offers outdoor gaming in smoking areas, but it will soon be joined by at least one other. Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Cumberland is also set to open a new 30-slot gaming and smoking deck this summer. In

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Maryland Truck Accident Lawyers: Insurance for Truck Crashes

A recently proposed bill seeks to overhaul the trucking industry in an effort to increase safety on our nation’s highways.  The new bill, titled the Truck Safety Act, was introduced before Congress by Senator Cory Booker in mid-July 2015. The goal is to replace outdated standards with newer, more modern standards of truck safety. The bill addresses minimum insurance requirements, driver pay and crash avoidance technology. Higher Minimum Insurance Insurance minimums have not moved since being set at $750,000 back in 1980. That figure is the equivalent of more than two million dollars in today’s economy. The idea was that high premiums would discourage trucking companies from engaging in negligent practices or employing reckless drivers. In today’s standards, that figure is only enough to cover a fraction of a truck accident victim’s medical costs. The Truck Safety Act would double the minimum insurance coverage requirements from $750,000 to $1.5 million. The bill also includes

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: New Guidelines Address Misclassification of Workers

Debate over whether certain workers qualify as employees or independent contractors is nothing new. Employers and workers alike have struggled with this issue for decades. But with a flood of new sharing-economy jobs entering the market, the need for better clarification has never been more urgent. The Department of Labor has issued new guidance that has the potential to create shockwaves for a number of sharing-economy companies. The goal is to bring some much-needed clarification to as to who qualifies as an employee versus an independent contractor. The move follows a wave of lawsuits against a number of start-ups including ride-sharing firms Uber and Lyft, and other gig businesses like Handy and Crowdflower. The Department of Labor released the new directive in response to growing criticism from labor unions and activists who claim that companies like Uber exploit workers for their own benefit. Many argue that by misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employ

Monday, August 3, 2015

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Anesthesiologist Ordered to Pay $500,000

A Virginia man has been awarded $500,000 after learning that he was mocked and ridiculed by medical staff while undergoing a surgical procedure. An audio recording captured the cruel exchange between the anesthesiologist, gastroenterologist and medical assistant as the sedated man underwent a colonoscopy, unaware of the verbal attack being launched at him. The man had originally intended to only record the post-op instructions from his doctors. He hit record on his smartphone and placed it into his pocket, not knowing that his clothes and other personal items would be in the operating room with him. When he played back the recording on his way home, he was shocked to hear the torrent of insults thrown at him as he lay defenseless on the operating table. Dr. Tiffany Ingham, then part of the Aisthesis anesthesia practice in Bethesda, Maryland, was working at the Reston, Virginia medical suite the day the man’s colonoscopy was being performed. Shortly after he drifted off to sleep, Ing

Friday, July 31, 2015

Maryland Car Accident Lawyers Warn Drivers to Beware of Tire Blowout Season

Summer travel can take its toll on your vehicle’s tires. High temperatures, long distances and heavy loads can wear tires out more quickly, leading to tire failure or blowout. Blowout events are extremely dangerous. According to the NHTSA, flat tires and tire blowouts cause as many as 78,392 car crashes annually, resulting in more than 400 fatalities and 10,000 injuries. Several factors can make tires especially vulnerable in the summer months. Below are some causes of tire failure along with tips for keeping your tires safe when traveling this summer and throughout the year to avoid the risk of a car accident. Low Air Pressure Underinflation is a major cause of tire blowout. Lack of proper air pressure forces a tire to work harder than it’s built to. The tire’s internal components begin to bend and flex, causing the steel, fabric and rubber to become too hot. This, combined with high ambient temperatures, can cause the internal structure of the tire to break down rapidly, ultim

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: New Anti-Drunk Driving Technology

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed two prototype vehicles that could potentially save thousands of lives each year. The vehicles are the first of their kind to be equipped with advanced alcohol detection technology that would prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver has had one too many drinks. The prototypes are part of the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program, a collaborative research partnership between the NHTSA and automakers aimed at reducing drunk driving accidents and fatalities. The new technology is designed to be unobtrusive, easy to use and highly accurate. Vehicles would be equipped with special touch pads that can instantly measure whether the driver has been drinking. The sensors could be located on the steering wheel, the ignition start button or both. The touch-based technology uses infrared light to measure the alcohol content in tiny blood vessels in the driver’s finger or palm. Researchers are also

Monday, July 27, 2015

Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers: Homeowners Insurance and Dog Bites

In 2014, Maryland lawmakers elected to do away with laws that impose different liability standards on dog owners based on what breed of dog they own. The decision was supported by animal welfare groups and safety advocates who say the new law provides more balanced protection for victims of dog bites and the owners of dogs. However, many homeowners’ insurance companies continue to deny coverage to households with certain breeds of dogs. Sadly, this can leave dog bite victims at risk of not being able to recover adequate compensation for medical bills, lost wages or permanent disfigurement and scarring. In 2013, dog bite claims accounted for more than one third of all homeowners’ insurance liability claims, costing insurance companies approximately $490 million. The average payout for dog bite claims is roughly $30,000, but actual costs can be much higher. In a 2011 case, a Washington State Superior Court jury awarded a woman attacked by two neighborhood pit bulls $2.2 million for

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Warn Employers about the Dangers of Heat Illness

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Warn Employers about the Dangers of Heat Illness Heat-related emergencies and illnesses can occur at any time of year in some occupations, but during the summer months, significantly more workers are at risk. Heat stress caused by extreme or prolonged exposure to heat can cause life-threatening illness if not recognized or treated early. As a precautionary measure, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a reminder to employers in the greater Baltimore-area to protect workers from heat illness. Risk Factors for Heat Stress Occupation outdoor workers performing heavy physical labor and those who work in hot environments such as firefighters, kitchen workers, construction workers, miners, factory workers and others. Age and physical condition – workers over 65 years of age, or those who are overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take certain medications may be at higher risk. Job site conditions –