Thursday, November 30, 2017

Study Finds Procedure to Relieve Chest Pain is Ineffective

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of approximately 790,000 people each year from heart attacks alone. One of the most common treatment options is stenting, which involves inserting a tiny wire cage that opens-up blocked arteries. Doctors also use stents for the thousands of heart

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Caught In/Between Accidents

Avoiding workplace injuries can be challenging due to many unforeseen circumstances. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), injuries that involve being caught in between machinery and objects are one of the most fatal hazards at construction sites. Being caught between a piece of heavy machinery or being in the swing radius of

Carriers Ordered to Adopt New Truck Safety Technology

The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security, also known as the Trucking Alliance, is urging all carriers to take proactive steps toward reducing truck accidents. For a carrier to qualify for membership in the Alliance, they must adopt certain advanced technologies believed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety to be the most effective at

Latest In-Vehicle Technology Creates More Driver Distractions  

Today’s cars come with more technological bells and whistles than ever before. This allows drivers to do things like make a call, send a text, or use the navigation system simply by utilizing the in-vehicle voice command system. While this technology allows drivers to multitask while they are driving, it also creates a wide range

Errors in Electronic Health Records

Today, almost all medical facilities have moved to the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Ninety percent of hospitals and eighty percent of physician practices record and keep patient records electronically. An increase in EHRs has been accompanied by an increase in EHR-related medical malpractice suits. Research Results The Doctor’s Company, the largest physician-owned malpractice

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Risk of Injury for Factory Workers

Factories are full of complex machinery and heavy equipment with many moving parts that can cause serious injury if proper precautions are not taken. Additionally, hazardous materials used for production may be present, adding the risk for exposure to chemicals that can cause occupational illnesses. Fortunately, Maryland requires all employers to have Workers’ Compensation insurance

Roadway Design Improvements Make Roadways Safer

Each year, over 32,000 people are fatally injured, and thousands more seriously injured in car accidents in the United States. Car accidents are caused by a range of factors, including drunk driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and aggressive driving, to name a few. Poor road conditions, and poorly designed roadways can also create hazardous driving

Monday, November 27, 2017

Truckers and IoT Systems

Internet of Things (IoT) technology is the vast network of devices connected to the internet. Many trucks are fitted with IoT technology to measure their fuel efficiency and economy. Lately, weather events—like the large number of destructive hurricanes this year—have made headlines. Truckers are now looking at how their IoT systems can help them avoid

Texting Near Schools Puts Children at Risk of Injury  

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving. When a driver’s attention is off the road, even for a few seconds, a serious accident can occur when you least expect it. Unfortunately, too many drivers continue to engage in this dangerous behavior, even though they know it is unsafe. In

Friday, November 24, 2017

When a Car Accident Injury is More Serious Than You Thought  

Even with the advanced safety technology that most cars are equipped with today, car accidents continue to happen, causing significant property damage, injuries, and fatalities across the country. According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, approximately 2.4 million people are injured in car accidents each year. Some of these injuries are minor, requiring

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Parking Lot Accidents During Holiday Shopping Season

Stores have been stocking their shelves with holiday decorations since before Halloween, which means the holiday shopping season frenzy is in full swing. While some prefer to do their shopping online, there are still plenty of people who are willing to brave the crowds so that they can shop in person. In addition to standing

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Vehicle Collision Leaves Pedestrian Fatally Injured in Baltimore

After a vehicle collision occurred on Monday afternoon, a pedestrian sustained fatal injuries. The car accident took place around 4 pm at an intersection in the Brooklyn section of Baltimore, Maryland. An SUV and car collided, and one vehicle struck the man. Although he received treatment at a local hospital, he succumbed to his fatal

Monday, November 20, 2017

Older Drivers Rely on Mental Flexibility to Respond to Road Hazards

As we age, our ability to react quickly to potentially hazardous situations begins to slow. This can have a negative impact on how older drivers react to unpredictable situations on the road, whether it involves avoiding an obstacle or reacting to being cut off by another driver. However, aging is not always a detriment. According

Friday, November 17, 2017

Seasonal Workers Face Increased Risk of Injuries

Retailers across the country have been stocking their shelves with holiday merchandise and preparing for the onslaught of shoppers as Black Friday, the official start of the holiday shopping season, is next week. To prepare for the extended hours and the crowds of shoppers, retailers often hire seasonal employees to help handle the increase in

‘Tis the Season for a Rise in Truck Accidents

Black Friday marks the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. From the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, shoppers are out in full force, hoping to find the perfect gift for their child, spouse, parent, or colleague. These days, more shoppers tend to purchase their holiday gifts online, which means that there are significantly

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Most Common Workplace Safety Hazards

Every employee deserves to work in an environment that is safe and free of hazards. When employers do not maintain certain safety standards, it puts their workers at risk for a wide range of serious and fatal injuries. The National Safety Council (NSC) visits worksites across the country to conduct safety audits, whereby they look

Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

In 2015 alone, close to 42 million Americans packed up their cars and hit the road to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday. As the holiday weekend approaches again this year, people are starting to make their travel plans and figuring out who is bringing the stuffing and who is responsible for the

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Steps to Take If Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Denied

If you have been injured at work, your employer’s Workers’ Compensation plan will cover the costs associated with your injury. Before you can begin to collect your benefits, however, you must file a Workers’ Compensation claim. This can be a complex process, and it is very important that you submit your claim within the specific

Doctor Misinterprets Test Results

Cancer screening tests can be extremely effective at determining whether a patient is at risk for developing certain types of cancer. For example, women who have a family history of breast cancer can be tested for a BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutation that would confirm whether they are at an increased risk for

Is Global Warming Partly to Blame for Rise in Fatal Car Accidents?

Distracted driving wrecks continue to be a major problem in this country, fatally injuring thousands of people every year. Too many drivers use their cell phones to talk, send and receive texts, and check social media while they are driving, even though most states have laws prohibiting motorists from using handheld devices while operating a

Monday, November 13, 2017

Drones Used to Address Heavy Traffic in Annapolis  

Like many cities across the country, Annapolis, Maryland, has been dealing with heavier traffic. In an effort to address this problem, city officials have been trying to propose a solution to make traffic run more smoothly. They are optimistic that drones may be the answer to the problem, or at least be part of the

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Woman Critically Injured in Tractor Trailer Crash in Waldorf

Early on Wednesday morning, a tractor trailer crash left a woman with critical injuries. Around 1:06 am, a car slammed into the side of a tractor trailer in Waldorf, Maryland. The two drivers involved in the tractor trailer crash sustained no injuries while the 69-year-old woman who was a passenger in the car was transported

Safety Tips for Traveling with Pets

From making lodging reservations to ensuring that your transportation is in working order, traveling requires a certain degree of preparation. If you are traveling with a pet, there are additional steps you need to take to avoid problems during your trip. For instance, you will want to make sure that the pet is safe and

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Opioid Painkillers and Malpractice Claims

It is no secret that the opioid epidemic in this country is a major problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 33,000 of the 52,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2015 were from opioids. Since the early ‘90s, there has been a rise of nearly three times more prescription pain medication options

Monday, November 6, 2017

Teen Driver Safety

Getting a driver’s license is a major milestone for most teenagers. For parents, however, it can be a scary time. Parents worry about their children’s safety, and for good reason. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, car accidents are the leading cause of fatalities among drivers 15 to 20 years of age. Many

Public Awareness Campaign Against Stoned Driving

Few would argue that it is a bad idea to drive while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol impairs a person’s ability to react quickly and makes them more likely to engage in potentially dangerous driving behavior that could result in a car accident. Like alcohol, marijuana also impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction times, and

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Elderly Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Car in Takoma Park

On Wednesday night, an elderly man was fatally struck by a car in Takoma Park, Maryland. A car, driven by a 72-year-old man, hit the 79-year-old pedestrian on New Hampshire Avenue at Larch Avenue around 7:49 pm. After the pedestrian accident occurred, the victim was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his

Children and Unexpected Motor Vehicle Threats

In 2015, approximately 38,300 people were fatally injured in car accidents, many of whom were young children. Even when children are properly buckled in and secured, they can become seriously injured in car accidents. What may come as a surprise is how often children are injured or killed in accidents that do not involve collisions

OSHA’s Top Ten Safety Violations

A safe work environment is something that many people take for granted. Workplace accidents happen all the time, but if an employer does not take the appropriate steps to recognize and fix workplace hazards, it can create a dangerous work environment where employees are at risk of being seriously or even fatally injured. Certainly, some

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Essex Car Crash with MTA Bus Injures 17 Individuals

Seven individuals were injured in a collision that took place between a car and an MTA bus in Essex, Maryland. On Tuesday evening, before 5 pm, the MTA bus and car crash occurred. Seventeen victims, including both drivers, sustained a variety of personal injuries, while one individual is in critical condition. Due to the lack