Friday, April 28, 2017

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Rising Payouts in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

According to a new study, payouts are on the rise for medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers reviewed statistics from the National Practitioner Data Bank, which tracks medical malpractice payments, to accumulate the numbers. During 1992-1996, the largest payout for a malpractice suit was nearly $290,000, and rose almost 25 percent at the highest level to over

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: VA Patients at Risk

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for Veteran’s Affairs has released a preliminary report detailing the inadequate administration of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C. According to the report, conditions including unsanitary storage of sterile medical supplies puts patients at unnecessary risk. Although the OIG is not finished with its survey of the

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Treatment of Opioid Addiction

Across the country, people continue to struggle with prescription opioid addiction and the social stigma that goes along with it. Like any drug addiction, opioids can wreak havoc on a person’s life, ruining personal and professional relationships, as well as having serious financial implications if the individual loses his or her job but continues to

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Baltimore City Accident Settlement

The city of Baltimore recently settled a lawsuit involving a high-speed chase with city police. The Board of Estimates, which is overseen by Mayor Catherine Pugh, will be distributing a $500,000 settlement to the families of three people who were injured in a collision involving a vehicle being pursued by Baltimore police. Two of the

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Opioid Addiction After Work Injury

According to the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), three out of four injured workers are prescribed an opioid drug for treatment after a workplace accident. A painkiller prescription can be the start of an addiction problem and even lead to death through fatal overdose. In Maryland, the first six months of 2016 showed a 62

Friday, April 21, 2017

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Overnight Rest Breaks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has dropped a requirement for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers that obligated them to rest overnight as part of hours of service (HOS) regulations. The Department of Transportation (DOT) made the decision based on the results of a study that compared two groups of CMV drivers. One study

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: New OSHA Silica Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a delay in implementing the new standard for respirable crystalline silica. Enforcement had originally been scheduled for June 23, 2017, but has been extended to September 23, 2017. Exposure to crystalline silica can cause many health problems, including serious illnesses such as

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Are Millennials a Menace on the Road?

Young drivers in their late teens and early twenties often think that they are invincible and that nothing bad will ever happen to them. This outlook, combined with the need to stay connected with friends via texting, talking on their phone, and keeping up with social media, is why millennials are considered more dangerous behind

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyers: Impact of Drugs and Alcohol

When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, there is no guarantee that the application will be approved. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a wide range of factors when reviewing an application, including the nature of the disability, the applicant s age, their past work experience, and education. One issue that is a red

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Rule Allows New Doctors to Work 28-Hour Shifts

Effective July 1st, 2017, first-year residents will be expected to work 24 hours without rest, or as long as 28 hours if the transition between doctors requires that the resident remain in duty. According to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the new rule replaces the previous 16-hour cap, which is a significant

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Common Warm Weather Hazards

With winter finally behind us, so are the threats of snow, sleet, and ice that can cause road conditions to be very dangerous. Spring brings warmer temperatures, longer days, and more time spent outdoors. However, there are a number of car accident risks that are unique to spring and summer that drivers should be aware

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Drug Resistant Bacteria from Hospital Drains Can Cause Outbreaks

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria growing in dark, wet hospital drains sounds like the beginning of a B-movie, where an impossible to kill superbug lurks in the pipes, spreading disease that ultimately wipes out the human race. While this is far from reality, researchers have discovered that resistant superbugs can grow and thrive in hospital drains. When contaminated

Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers: Workplace Violence

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists homicide as the fourth most common cause of fatal workplace injuries. The agency defines workplace violence as “any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the worksite.” This was the case recently at a South Florida fitness club

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Annapolis Fatal House Fire Being Investigated

Early on Tuesday morning, a fatal house fire in Annapolis, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, claimed the life of a man. Around 1:30 am, paramedics leaving at the end of a shift at the Anne Arundel Medical Center noticed the fire from the Severn River Bridge, and called 911. One man escaped without personal injuries, but

Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers: Unhealthy Truck Drivers More Accident Prone

A career in trucking has an unfortunate reputation for fostering an unhealthy lifestyle. Truck driving typically involves a great deal of sitting, very little exercise, and too much unhealthy fast-food. In addition, truck drivers are often under a great deal of pressure to meet deadlines, which can be extremely stressful. While there are several factors

Monday, April 10, 2017

Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyers: Preparing for Your Interview

No one expects to suffer a disabling injury that prevents them from being able to continue to work. In addition to the physical repercussions, there are the financial implications of being out of work for an extended period of time. While you cannot prepare for the injury itself, there are steps you can take to

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pickup Trucks Collided in Arnold Causing Multiple Injuries

Two pickup trucks collided on Tuesday evening, causing multiple injuries for five individuals. Around 5:35 pm, the collision occurred in Arnold, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, involving a Maryland Natural Resources police officer and four others. The officer was driving a department pickup truck in the accident, and then was brought to Shock Trauma for personal

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Bacterial Infections and Heart Surgery

Anytime a surgical procedure is performed, there are risks involved. However, some procedures are riskier than others. For example, heart surgery is much more complex and potentially life-threatening than a tonsillectomy. In addition to the inherent risk of the surgery itself, patients also run the risk of contracting a hospital acquired infection. According to

Monday, April 3, 2017

Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers: Fatal Traffic Accidents Spike in 2016

Thanks to advances in safety technology like blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and forward collision prevention, cars and trucks are safer than ever. However, the number of fatal car accidents in 2016 was higher than it has been since 2007, according to the National Safety Council. The rise in crashes coincides with more people

Serious Burns from Montgomery County Fire Hospitalizes Toddler

A toddler suffered from serious burns that stemmed from a fire in Boyds, Montgomery County, Maryland. On Sunday around 2:30 pm, responders to the fire observed smoke coming from the living quarters located above a storage building that contained hay bales. The toddler was sent to the hospital for treatment for serious burns along with