Monday, July 31, 2017

Two-Vehicle Crash on I-695 Injures Ten Individuals

A two-vehicle crash on Interstate 695 at Route 140 caused personal injuries for ten victims on Sunday afternoon. Around 1 pm, the two-vehicle crash occurred in Pikesville, Maryland. One vehicle contained eight victims who sustained non-life-threatening injuries while the other vehicle contained two victims who incurred injuries. One of the vehicles involved in the accident

Disclosing Medical Mistakes May Reduce Malpractice Costs

When a patient has been injured or has passed away as a result of a medical mistake, the standard operating procedure that doctors have followed has been to deny any wrongdoing and defend their care. For the patients who suspect negligence, and pursue a medical malpractice case, it can be a long, stressful, and emotional

House Committee Approves First Major Bill on Self-Driving Cars

The U.S. House Committee approved the first major bill on self-driving cars entitled the SELF DRIVE Act, which stands for “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research Vehicles Evolution Act.” This bipartisan bill favors autonomous vehicles in that it would allow car manufacturers to place up to 25,000 of the vehicles on the road in

Friday, July 28, 2017

Study Reveals Medication Errors Doubled

A recent study published in the journal, Clinical Toxicology, reported that medication errors leading to adverse health outcomes have doubled since the year 2000. Doctors, pharmacists, and healthcare workers are responsible for 1.5 million medication errors each year in the United States that leave patients facing emergency situations, hospitals stays, and in some cases, death.

Opioid Use and Distracted Driving

Each year, a staggering number of people are fatality injured in the United States by preventable accidents. The two main culprits of these tragedies include opioid use and distracted driving. According to a report by the National Safety Council (NSC), the fatality count rose to approximately 146,600 in 2015, a seven percent increase from the

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Justin Bieber Struck Paparazzo with His Car

Singer Justin Bieber struck a paparazzo with his truck while leaving an event in Beverly Hills, California on Wednesday night. The singer, who recently cancelled the rest of his worldwide tour due to unforeseen circumstances, remained on the scene. Apparently, he offered assistance to the 57-year-old man he hit who was taken to the hospital

Untreated Injuries

From minor fender benders to devastating head-on collisions, car accidents often leave a path of destruction in their wake. Sometimes the damage is minimal and other times, the car may be unsalvageable and the injuries are massive or even fatal. In some cases, injuries sustained in a car accident may not appear immediately, but can

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trucks Carrying Hazardous Material

If you have ever witnessed a truck accident, you know that it can cause massive damage and catastrophic injuries. When hazardous materials are involved, the outcome can be worse, ranging from dangerous explosions, environmental damage, and exposure to toxic chemicals. Due to the potential hazard a truck carrying hazardous material can cause, truck drivers and

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Older Drivers at Greater Risk for Crashing

Older, more experienced employees offer a certain skill set that their younger counterparts often do not yet possess. The skills, knowledge, and confidence older employees have tend to come with age. However, workers who drive for work and are 55 and older are more likely to wear a seatbelt and follow the speed limit. However,

Monday, July 24, 2017

Why Hire a SSD Lawyer?

The Social Security Administration aids those who demonstrate they are disabled by providing medical and other forms of evidence that are evaluated by Social Security representatives. There are specific evidentiary and procedural requirements for each type of impairment, all of which must be considered severe enough to prevent an individual from working for at least

Teen Drivers at Greater Risk of Car Accidents

Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone for a teenager, but one that comes with a great deal of responsibility. Many parents of newly licensed teen drivers worry about their children’s safety every time they get behind the wheel. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers aged 16

Friday, July 21, 2017

Misdiagnosing Injured Workers

According to a recently released report by Best Doctors, the world’s leading expert medical consultation service, misdiagnosing injured workers is a serious problem that impacts employees, economy, and Workers’ Compensation claims. The report shows that of the top five percent of the most costly claims, over half of those cases involve medical misdiagnoses that drove

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hair Follicle Drug Testing

Truck accidents are among the most devastating wrecks, often resulting in massive property damage and severe and fatal injuries. However, when it comes to testing truck drivers for drugs and alcohol, experts do not always agree over what methods are the most effective. For years, the traditional urine test was the standard for drug and

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Safety Advocates Concerned About Autonomous Test Cars

According to companies that manufacture self-driving cars, this technology will have a major impact on reducing the number of car accident fatalities each year in the United States. While this is encouraging news, safety advocates want to be sure that the test cars are safe before allowing them on the roads. Advocates for Highway and

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Drugged Driving Causes More Car Accidents

The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility recently released a report which examined the rise in fatal car accidents wherein drugs were detected on the driver. According to their research, the number of people killed in the United States in drugged driving wrecks has surpassed the number of people killed

Drivers Using Phones Almost Every Time They Drive

It is not a good idea to use our smartphones while we are driving, whether it is to check a text, make a call, or use social media. Yet, a staggering number of drivers continue to use their phones almost every time they get behind the wheel. In fact, new research shows that drivers use

Monday, July 17, 2017

Maryland Car Crash Causes Fatality and Multiple Injuries

A Maryland car crash caused a fatality and multiple personal injuries on Sunday morning. In Olney, Maryland, the crash occurred around 10 am on Bowie Mill Road when a Ford Mustang struck a Honda Accord. The 45-year-old woman driving the Honda succumbed to her fatal injuries after being hospitalized while the passengers, a 51-year-old individual

Saturday, July 15, 2017

When Do Benefits Starts?

In the state of Maryland, you can collect Workers’ Compensation benefits if the injury was caused by an “accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” In other words, if your injury is caused by poor working conditions, it is considered to arise out of employment. If the injury happens while

Friday, July 14, 2017

Teens with ADHD at Increased Risk of a Wreck

Recently, researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) published a study that examined the connection between teens who suffer from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their risk of motor vehicle accidents. They discovered that adolescents with ADHD have a 36 percent higher rate of car accidents compared to all other newly licensed teens. The

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trailers Pose Serious Threat During Summer Travel

Summer is well underway, which means that more people are hitting the road for various vacation destinations. In addition to the tractor-trailers that are a common sight on highways across the country, more people hitch things such as campers, boats, and livestock trailers to their vehicles during the summer months. Unfortunately, if the driver does

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Legalized Marijuana States See Rise in Crash Claims

Colorado, Washington, and Oregon were the first states to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. While this is a victory for marijuana enthusiasts, the Highway Loss Data Institute found that car accident claims in these states were higher compared to neighboring states. In addition, crash rates in those states were higher compared to their pre-legalization

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Health Risks Caused by Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are used to improve patient safety, reduce medical errors, and establish a more effective workflow. However, research indicates that EHR-related medical malpractice claims may be on the rise. While the percentage of EHR claims are not significant, the associated costs are disproportionately high. EHR-related mishaps can be extremely costly and quite harmful to patients when

Bicycle Safety Tips for Children

As the temperature rises and the days get longer, more and more children are out on the street riding their bicycles. Riding a bike is a great way to obtain exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and spend quality time with friends and family. However, things can take a dangerous turn if you do not take the

Friday, July 7, 2017

Sleep Apnea Treatment Reduces Drowsy Driving Wrecks

Sleep apnea is a common condition that occurs when the upper airway collapses while they are asleep, causing interrupted sleep and daytime drowsiness. While the condition itself it not life-threatening if monitored, it can have serious implications if someone drives while drowsy. Fortunately, new research suggests that treating sleep apnea with a Continuous Positive Airway

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bicyclist Fatally Injured in Midnight Crash in Baltimore

A bicyclist was fatally injured in a midnight crash in Baltimore early Tuesday morning. The fatal accident occurred when a car, driven by a man from Severn, Maryland rear-ended a bicyclist who was riding his bike on a hiking-and-biking trail that surrounds the BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Emergency personnel determined that the bicyclist from Hanover,

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Angioplasty Death Rates Double on Weekends

An angioplasty is a common heart procedure that opens up blood vessels that have become narrowed or blocked. Also called Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), the procedure involves placing a small tube into the blood vessel where it is carefully guided to the heart by a qualified physician. According to the United States National Heart, Lung,

Truck Drivers Face Stringent Sleep Apnea Screening

Driving a truck for a living, combined with an unhealthy diet, can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep apnea. It is likely that truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea will be required to undergo more thorough screening by trucking companies before being allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle. Obstructive Sleep

Monday, July 3, 2017

Newly Licensed Teens and Fatal Crashes

We are well into the 100 deadliest days of summer, which means that there are more teen drivers on the roads now compared to the rest of the year. Unfortunately, this also means that the number of car accidents will likely increase. According to a recent study, newly licensed teen drivers between the ages of

SUVs Receive Poor Headlight Ratings

With today’s technology, cars and trucks have more safety features than ever before. From sleek new designs to rollover prevention technology and accident avoidance systems, car manufacturers have made great strides when it comes to advances that improve the safety of today’s vehicles. Yet, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), headlight performance