Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New Law Calls for Side Underride Guards  

Truck accidents are among the most serious and catastrophic type of accidents due to the sheer size and weight of the average tractor trailer. The most serious truck accidents involve a collision where the passenger vehicle hits the rear or side of the truck with such force that the car ends up under the truck.

Plastic Surgeons and Musculoskeletal Disorders  

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a type of injury that affects the body’s musculoskeletal system, which includes the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, and blood vessels. Work-related MSDs are among the most common workplace injuries and tend to occur because of sudden or prolonged exposure to repetitive motions, force, or awkward positions. According to a survey

Neck and Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

The human body is not meant to withstand the force of impact that can occur in a serious car accident. Seat belts and airbags cannot always prevent certain injuries, particularly if it was a high-speed accident. Back and neck injuries are common car accident injuries that can be extremely painful and debilitating, particularly if left

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to Avoid a Misdiagnosis

Doctors often diagnose an illness based on the symptoms that the patient is suffering from, as well as the patient’s age, family history, and other information that can help accurately identify the problem. However, oftentimes, patients have symptoms that are nonspecific, like headaches, muscle or joint pain, or stomach discomfort that leave physicians just as

Monday, February 26, 2018

Pre-Existing Conditions and Workers’ Compensation  

Workers’ Compensation benefits are available to any employee who has been injured while officially on the job. However, if you have a pre-existing condition, it can complicate matters. While the workplace injury or illness that you suffered from should make you eligible to receive benefits, the pre-existing injury can have a negative impact on the

Friday, February 23, 2018

Back Seat Passengers Should Always Buckle Up

Seat belts are extremely effective at saving lives and reducing injuries in the event of a car accident. However, this will only work if the occupants of the vehicle are wearing their seat belt. While research shows that close to 91 percent of adults say they always buckle up when riding in the front seat,

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Top Workers’ Compensation Trends in 2018

Each year, the “Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark” webinar series looks at the key issues affecting the Workers’ Compensation industry. From new drug treatments to a constantly changing healthcare industry, the pace of change is rapid and Workers’ Compensation professionals must be able to evolve with the changing trends. The following are the

Biggest Safety Issues in 2018  

Last year, the Takata airbag remained one of the top safety issues in the automobile industry. The faulty airbag exploded when it deployed, causing serious, even fatal injuries to the occupants of the vehicle. As a result, approximately 37 million vehicles have been recalled for nearly 50 million defective Takata airbags. As many as 70

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

GM Marketplace Leads to Distracted Driving

Imagine being able to make a dinner reservation or reserve a hotel room simply by tapping an icon on your vehicle’s dashboard screen, rather than having to reach for your smartphone. General Motors (GM) plans to equip their newer model cars with an e-commerce technology that will let car owners do everything from reserve a

Doctor Leaves Surgical Instrument In Patient

It may seem unthinkable that a qualified, experienced physician would fail to remove an eight-inch long pair of forceps from a patient after performing surgery. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened to a patient who was admitted to Shasta Regional Medical Center in Redding, California to have a benign abdominal tumor removed. After experiencing severe

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Black Box Holds Important Information

When an 80,000-pound truck is involved in an accident, it can cause serious, often fatal injuries, and the amount of property damage is usually extreme. Determining who is at fault for a truck accident is not always easy. Fortunately, most modern tractor trailers come equipped with a black box, also known as an Electronic Control

Benefits for Chronic Illnesses

If you become injured on the job, Workers’ Compensation benefits will cover your medical expenses and other costs associated with the injury. What people may not realize is that Workers’ Compensation also provides benefits to employees who have developed a chronic illness or injury over time because of their work-related activities, or if they have

Friday, February 16, 2018

Therapeutic Benefits of Induced Hypothermia in Newborns

For parents, welcoming a new baby into the world is an amazing, joyful experience. However, if something goes wrong and the baby’s health is at risk, it can quickly become one of the most terrifying experiences. When a baby does not get enough oxygen or blood flow to the brain during labor or delivery, it

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Lower BAC May Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

In Maryland, drivers are legally drunk if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher. Recently, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report that recommends lowering the minimum BAC to 0.05 percent to reduce alcohol-related fatalities. This is just one of many recommendations that the National Academies

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Shoulder Injuries Common Among Truck Drivers

It is well-documented that the most common occupational injuries that truck drivers suffer from are back injuries. Sitting for a prolonged period in a shaking vehicle can do a number on the spine. However, far less is known about why so many truck drivers suffer from shoulder injuries, which is the second most common type

Doctor Working Under Numerous Aliases

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Prince George’s Hospital Center after they failed to conduct a thorough background check on one of their physicians. Dr. Charles Akoda, whose real name is Oluwafemi Igberase, had been working at the hospital delivering babies and performing surgeries without obtaining a license to practice medicine. While it

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Benefits for Loss of Limb Injury  

When a workplace accident causes an employee to lose a limb, it can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating, particularly if it means that the victim can no longer perform his or her job responsibilities. In some cases, the worker may not be able to return to work in any capacity. From a Workers’ Compensation

Car Collides with Dump Truck in Baltimore Causing Fatality

On Tuesday morning, a fatal truck accident occurred after the driver of a car rear-ended a dump truck. Around 2:25 am, the crash took place along the Jones Falls Expressway in Baltimore, Maryland. The 49-year-old driver of the car sustained serious injuries, which devolved into fatal injuries while he received medical treatment at a local

Benefits of Automatic Braking Systems  

One of the more recent advances in car safety technology is automatic braking systems. Depending on the type of system that is installed in the vehicle, an automatic braking system can either reduce the speed of the vehicle, making the accident less severe, or it can prevent a collision from occurring. Certain systems can activate

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Gender Gap in the Trucking Industry

The majority of people that work in the trucking industry are men. In fact, only seven percent of the trucking workforce is made up of women. According to Ellen Voie, president and CEO of The Women In Trucking Association (WIT), this is unacceptable. Women should be encouraged to pursue careers in the trucking industry, including

Friday, February 9, 2018

Car Safety Around School Buses

Too often, people fail to stop around school buses when they are supposed to, which can seriously jeopardize the safety of children, bus drivers, and other pedestrians. According to a Wicomico Public School bus driver, even when the bus’s amber lights are flashing, cars often approaching from either direction with no intention of slowing down.

Technology Changing the Future of Transportation

For close to 50 years, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has been the hub for innovators and industry leaders who have developed major breakthroughs in consumer technologies. People from around the world gathered at the CES event in Las Vegas in early January to present some of the latest developments in technology and how they

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Hazards of Warehouse Work

Warehouses play an extremely important role in the industrial and retail economy in the United States. The warehouse industry provides over 750,000 jobs, ranging from general laborers to shipping specialists. While a warehouse job can provide a steady paycheck for the workers, they can also be a dangerous place to work if employees are not

Woman Fatally Struck by Car in Columbia Pedestrian Accident

A woman was fatally struck by a car in Columbia, Maryland on Wednesday night. Around 7 pm, the fatal pedestrian crash occurred when the woman crossed Dobbin Road and was hit by a 34-year-old driver who sustained no personal injuries. After being taken to a local hospital, the 57-year-old woman succumbed to her fatal injuries

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Drunk Driving the Likely Cause of Tesla Accident

Earlier this year, a motorist who was driving a Tesla Model 3 allegedly lost control of the vehicle when rounding a curve. The vehicle ended up airborne after the driver failed to negotiate a turn and landed on the other side of a creek where it hit a tree. The rear of the vehicle was

Safety Tips From NASCAR Drivers

In an average NASCAR race, drivers often reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour as they careen around the track. This can be very dangerous, but the drivers are experienced professionals who have been trained to race cars. They are also very knowledgeable when it comes to car safety because their careers and their

Car Collision with Box Truck in Beltsville Claims Life

A car collision with a commercial box truck led to a fatality on Tuesday morning. Around 10:45 am, the fatal truck accident took place in Beltsville, Maryland. Apparently, the car crashed into the box truck, which caused serious injuries for the driver and personal injuries for the box truck operator. After the car collision, the

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Reduce Repetitive Stress Injuries

Benefits of Using the Computer Mouse with Your Non-Dominant Hand As we age, our metabolism begins to slow down, fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, and our memory and problem-solving skills may not be as sharp as they once were. Some proactive steps we can take to fight the signs of aging include eating

Multi-Vehicle Head-on Crash in Denton Fatally Injures Man

A head-on crash involving three vehicles caused a fatality in Denton, Maryland. On Monday morning, around 9:42 am, the truck accident occurred when a 21-year-old man from Greensboro, Maryland who was driving a pickup truck crossed the center line of Shore Highway and struck an SUV. The pickup truck driver then passed a dump truck

Major Changes in the Trucking Industry

As technology continues to develop and evolve in the trucking industry, commercial truck drivers will need to prepare for these changes to keep up with the latest trends. From autonomous technology to electrified powertrains, these new advances in technology are going to have a major impact on every aspect of the trucking industry. Like many

Monday, February 5, 2018

Pedestrian Crossing Road Fatally Struck in Crofton

Early on Monday morning, a pedestrian crossing the road in Crofton, Maryland, was fatally struck. The driver who hit the pedestrian just after 2 am did not suffer any personal injuries in the pedestrian accident. Apparently, police report that the pedestrian failed to yield to traffic when crossing, and was outside of the crosswalk. Along

Common Signs of a Birth Injury  

In the United States, most babies are born without any major problems or complications. However, when something does go wrong, the baby can suffer from a birth injury. There are several injuries that can occur during the labor and delivery process, some of which are caused by unexpected complications. Other injuries are due to negligence

College Students and Drowsy Driving

People may find it hard to believe that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as driving while under the influence of alcohol. In fact, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drowsy driving has caused nearly 300,000 car accidents, including 6,400 fatalities each year in the United States alone. Yet, many college students do

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Failure to Yield Accidents

All motorists should know when it is their responsibility to yield to another driver. Failure to yield car accidents occur when one driver fails to yield the road to another driver who has the right of way. Fortunately, many of these accidents can be avoided by understanding the rules of yielding and by following those