Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Document All Injuries When Hurt at Work

Oftentimes, when someone suffers a work injury, they only report the part of the body that was injured the most severely. For example, if a worker brakes an ankle after falling off a ladder, but also feels pain in their wrist from trying to break the fall, they may only report the broken ankle. While

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Why Texting and Driving Persists

Recognizing that a problem exists is the one of the most important steps towards fixing the problem. Unfortunately, when it comes to the issue of texting while driving, far too many people believe that it is not a serious issue. In fact, according to recent studies, motorists use their phones on approximately 88 percent of

Upper Marlboro Three-Vehicle Crash Causes Fatality and Injuries

In Upper Marlboro, Maryland, a three-vehicle crash caused a fatality and multiple injuries. On Tuesday morning, around 5:40 am, the car accident occurred on Ritchie Marlboro Road, and involved three separate vehicles. One victim sustained fatal injuries while two others were brought to a local hospital for personal injuries. Early morning hour car accidents may

When Doctors Drug Test and Ignore Results

In 2014 in Indiana, a doctor committed medical malpractice when he took millions from Medicare for urine tests for prescription and illegal drugs, but failed to act when results were positive. Four patients died, and the doctor’s clinic continued prescribing for dozens of others who failed tests. One patient who failed 46 urine tests was

Truck Driver Disposition

To be hired as a truck driver, trucking companies generally require a high school diploma, completion of a training course with an accredited truck driving school, and a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The applicant should also have a clean driving record and demonstrate a positive, responsible attitude. Even if a potential employee meets all of

Monday, January 29, 2018

Cars and Trucks with the Most Personal Injury Claims

From multiple airbags to accident avoidance systems, car manufacturers offer a wide range of advanced safety systems that help drivers avoid car accidents. Unfortunately, there are still many older vehicles on the road that do not have these safety features. In addition, other factors like inclement weather, mechanical issues, and driver error continue to cause

Friday, January 26, 2018

Prince George’s County Multi-Vehicle Crash Caused Fatality

A multi-vehicle crash in Forestville, Maryland caused a fatality and multiple injuries. Just after 2:30 pm on Thursday afternoon, the accident occurred when a car crashed into two other vehicles near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Brooks Drive. A man who was driving one of the vehicles succumbed to his fatal injuries at a

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Headlights on New Vehicles Receive Poor Ratings

Over the years, the auto industry has made improvements to headlights, making them brighter and able to project light at greater distances. However, according to several studies released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), many headlights on today’s new vehicles received unfavorable ratings. The list of vehicles that were given either poor or

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Epilepsy Medication May Be Problematic for Pregnant Women

Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder that can cause unpredictable seizures. It affects people of all ages and covers a wide range of seizure types, including generalized onset seizures, focal onset seizures, and unknown onset seizures. One of the drugs commonly used to treat epileptic seizures is topiramate. However, when a doctor prescribes topiramate to

Returning to Work on Light Duty  

When an employee has suffered from a workplace injury, Workers’ Compensation covers the medical expenses associated with the injury. The employee will also be reimbursed for any lost wages for any missed work time due to their injury. This can cost an employer a great deal of money in increased insurance premiums. As a result,

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Depth Sensors Could Help Self-Driving Cars

Researchers who are part of the Camera Culture group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab have developed a computational method that significantly improves the resolution of time-of-flight depth sensors. Time-of-flight measures the amount of time it takes for light that is projected into a scene to bounce back to a sensor. Their approach,

Monday, January 22, 2018

Electrified Carrier Trucks Can Reduce Air Pollution

Large trucks emit a significant amount of pollution, including greenhouse gases. This is likely to get worse unless changes are made in the trucking industry. A number of trucking companies, including Daimler, Cummins, and Tesla, are developing electric freight-hauling trucks. These companies are looking to reduce the risk of truck accidents while also reducing emissions.

Filing Your Claim on Time is Critical  

All employees are eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits if they suffer from a workplace injury. These benefits include coverage for medical expenses related to the injury, reimbursement for lost wages, and disability payments if your injury prevents you from being unable to return to work. To begin collecting your benefits, there are certain steps

Friday, January 19, 2018

Williamsport Tractor Trailer Crash Fatally Injures Driver of Car

The driver of a car was fatally injured after the individual slammed into the back of a tractor trailer. Around 4:30 am, on Friday morning, the tractor trailer crash occurred when the driver drove into the rear of the truck that was parked on the shoulder of Lappans Road in Williamsport, Maryland. The driver succumbed

Workplace Injuries Caused by a Fellow Employee

Workplace injuries can happen anytime, often when you least expect it. People who work in warehouses, factories, or in the construction industry must be particularly vigilant about following safety protocols due to the hazards that come with the job. However, workplace injuries can also be caused by another employee. If you have been injured at

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Multi-Vehicle Accident in College Park Injures Victim

A multi-vehicle accident in College Park, Maryland caused a car occupant to sustain personal injuries. The multi-vehicle accident on Wednesday morning involved six cars and one truck, and took place near Route 1. The victim was hospitalized, and no other information was available regarding the car crash. Inclement weather, congested roads, and rush hour mix

Senate Bill Calls for Underride Guards on all Trucks and Trailers

Underride truck accidents are some of the most devastating wrecks that occur on roads and highways across the country today, often resulting in severe injuries and fatalities. To reduce these tragic accidents, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla introduced a bill that would require all trucks and trailers to install front, rear,

Dozen Victims Hospitalized After Truck Collided with Van in Frederick

A dozen victims were hospitalized after a pickup truck collided with a commuter van in Frederick, Maryland. Around 7:50 am, on Wednesday morning, the truck accident occurred after the driver of the pickup truck lost control of his vehicle, and then struck a commuter van, which flipped over. Ten occupants of the van were hospitalized

Physician Dispensed Prescriptions and Repackaging  

For years, the Workers’ Compensation industry has been fighting an uphill battle against physician dispensed pharmaceuticals and drug compounding. Changing drug strengths and formulations is one way the market has been able to maintain high prices. While the numbers have declined in recent years, the impact this trend has on the Workers’ Compensation industry was

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Clarksville Car Accident Causes Fatality and Several Injuries

On Monday afternoon, a car accident in Clarksville, Maryland caused a fatality, and personal injuries for three victims. The crash occurred around 12:30 pm when a sedan crossed the center line on Ten Oaks Road, and struck an SUV in the opposite lane. The 23-year-old female passenger of the sedan who was from Columbia, Maryland

Opioids Responsible for Most Medication-Related Malpractice Claims

Opioid analgesics are an effective pain management medication that physicians use to treat moderate to severe pain in patients who may not respond well to other medications, including over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Unfortunately, they are also responsible for more medical malpractice claims associated with drug errors than any other class of drug. According

Monday, January 15, 2018

Consumer Concerns Over Self-Driving Vehicles

There is no denying that self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles, are the wave of the future, yet not all consumers are fully on board. The American International Group, Inc. published a study recently that took a closer look at consumers’ opinions of automated vehicles. Safety concerns over things like security issues and the risk of

Friday, January 12, 2018

Medications Can Impair Driving Ability

Medications like sedatives and prescription pain medicine can cause serious side effects such as drowsiness, slower reaction times, and a lack of mental focus. However, recent research shows that a significant portion of people taking prescription medication are not aware of the impact these drugs can have on their ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cell Phones in Operating Rooms

Research shows that cell phone use in operating rooms is not uncommon. In a report prepared by Kaiser Health News and the Washington Post, and published by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, medical personnel told reporters that they observed colleagues using their cell phones for things that were unrelated to the procedure taking place. Specifically,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Vehicle Adjustments for Seniors

According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers aged 65 and older are more than twice as likely to be fatally injured in a car accident than younger drivers. This statistic is likely due to the fact that older drivers often experience age-related muscle and bone conditions that can impact their

Telemedicine and Workers’ Compensation

Advanced technology and innovative approaches to business have resulted in cost effective changes across a wide range of industries. Workers’ Compensation is no exception. In an industry that has seen medical costs rise from $9,000 in 2003, to $28,500 in 2015, insurance professionals believe that a technology known as telemedicine can reduce the costs associated

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Serious Car Crash in Dundalk Fatally Injures Man and Injures Others

In Dundalk, Maryland a serious car crash occurred which fatally injured a man, and caused injuries for the occupants of the other car. On Tuesday morning, around 10:52 am, the accident took place at North Point Boulevard and Kirkland Road when a 53-year-old man hit another car. Upon impact both cars slid off the road.

Cameras in the Operating Room

When something goes wrong during a surgical operation, the only people who can describe what happened are those who were present in the operating room. This is usually limited to members of the medical team, who may be the very people responsible for surgical errors or negligence. However, new legislation might change this. A bill

Simulated Accidents and Distracted Driving

When it comes to educating people about the dangers of distracted driving and drunk driving, nothing is more effective than seeing first-hand the devastation that this can cause, including property damage, serious injuries, and even fatalities. A group of students in New Jersey saw this devastation first hand  when they had the opportunity to witness

Monday, January 8, 2018

Exemption from ELD Mandate

In order to accurately track truck drivers’ hours of service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the Final Rule of the ELD mandate, which states that commercial truck drivers must equip their vehicles with electronic logging devices (ELDs) by Dec. 17, 2017. The FMCSA believes that the implementation of ELDs will result in

Key Differences Between Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Claims  

Workers’ Compensation and personal injury cases both provide financial compensation for an individual who has been injured. The main difference between the two is that a personal injury claim is based on fault, whereas a Workers’ Compensation case is not. While this is the biggest, and most important difference, there are other factors you should

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hazards of Working in Cold Weather Conditions

A winter storm can cause major problems, especially when it involves heavy snow, freezing rain, and single-digit temperatures. While most of us can cozy up inside, others are working hard to plow and salt the roads, clear away fallen trees and branches, and repair power lines that have come down. Being outside for an extended

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Rideshare Accidents

Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have grown popular in recent years. The increasing number of Uber and Lyft drivers on the road means that the occasional accident is likely to happen. Yet, there is very little accident data available about Uber or Lyft wrecks because rideshare companies are still relatively new, or they do

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Winter Driving Hazards

According to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 1.3 million car accidents are caused by inclement weather. Black ice is particularly dangerous because it looks like the road is simply wet. By the time a motorist realizes that they have hit an icy patch, it is often too late, and they

Common Birth Injures Due to Medical Negligence

The day of your child’s birth should be one of the most joyful of your life. Your immediate instinct is to protect that child. But when your child is injured during delivery because of negligence or malpractice by medical personnel, you may find yourself feeling helpless, and the day can become one of the worst