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