Friday, March 30, 2018

A Reality Check into the Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving does not get the same attention as drunk driving or distracted driving, but it can be just as dangerous, particularly if the individual falls asleep at the wheel. In fact, according to a report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the percentage of drowsy driving-related crashes in the United States is

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Safety Tips for People Who Work Alone

For some people, working alone offers a certain degree of freedom, flexibility, and the ability to focus without being interrupted by other workers. Social workers, realtors, and home healthcare workers are just a few examples of employees who spend the majority of their work day away from an office. When workers feel safe, they are

Automated System Detects Medication Errors  

Medications can control pain, manage high blood pressure and cholesterol, and help treat serious diseases like cancer. However, when a medication is not administered correctly, it can jeopardize the health and safety of the patient.  According to a study published in JAMIA, researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have developed a real-time, automated

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rear-Collision Avoidance Technology  

Safety features like rearview cameras, rear parking sensors, and rear automatic emergency braking systems can help motorists avoid common, yet costly fender benders that can occur in places like parking lots. When a vehicle is equipped with all three of these safety systems, they are significantly less likely to be involved in an accident than

Autonomous Vehicle Technology Raises Concerns  

According to a survey of 1,000 licensed drivers in China, Germany, and the United States, not all motorists share an enthusiasm for self-driving vehicles. Motorists are particularly concerned that hackers will be able to access the vehicle’s computer and steal data. This widespread fear of cybercrime could have a negative impact on the overall acceptance

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Chemical Plant Hazards Jeopardize Workplace Safety  

When a major chemical plant explosion occurs, it usually makes the national news due to the devastating nature of the accident. Unfortunately, chemical plant accidents are more common than you might think.  They can result in serious injuries, including burns, respiratory illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, and slip and fall injuries. Chemical plant

Antipsychotic Drugs Overprescribed in Nursing Homes

Nursing home residents tend to be elderly patients who can no longer be taken care of at home. Oftentimes, they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other health conditions that can cause them to become confused, agitated, and even physically aggressive. To suppress these behaviors, they are often given antipsychotic medications, even if they do

Family Seeks Increased Drug Testing

Losing a loved one in a serious car accident is devastating. Knowing that the accident could have been prevented makes the tragedy even more painful. Sadly, many fatal wrecks are caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs, yet few police officers are qualified to determine whether a driver is legally impaired. After

Monday, March 26, 2018

Transportation Safety Improvements

According to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), a truck accident involving a tractor-trailer and an SUV left six people fatally injured and another five people seriously injured in 2016. While the SUV was carrying too many occupants at the time of the crash, the accident could have been much less severe,

Bans on Hand-Held Cell Phone

According to a recent study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, there were 55 percent fewer handheld phone conversations among teen drivers in states that enforce a ban on all handheld phone calls, compared to states with no bans. The research showed that texting bans were not as effective

Friday, March 23, 2018

Vehicle Recalls

Each year, auto companies in the United States issue safety recalls on car parts ranging from tires and gear shifts, to the very publicized Takata airbags. To make it easier to keep up with recall notices, Consumer Reports created the Car Recall Tracker, which provides a comprehensive list of recalls and how to repair them

Protecting Healthcare Workers Against Workplace Violence

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published its Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, which reveals a startling statistic. From 2011 to 2016, close to 60 hospital workers suffered fatal injuries as a result of workplace violence. In addition, the Government Accountability Office found that in 2016, healthcare workers were up to 12 times more likely

Long-Term Risks Associated with Cesarean Delivery

The childbirth process is often one of the most joyful moments in parents’ lives, but it can also be filled with uncertainty, stress, and worry if something goes wrong. While vaginal deliveries are considered to be the most natural and uncomplicated method of childbirth, more women are choosing to deliver via cesarean for a variety

Technology Creates Distractions for Drivers

Laws against talking on the phone or texting while driving have become stricter in recent years. Unfortunately, too many drivers continue to make a call, send or read a text, and even check and post things on social media, all while operating a motor vehicle. To make matters worse, car manufacturers are adding a whole

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Traffic Fatalities High in 2017

According to the National Safety Council, there were approximately 40,000 fatal car accidents in 2017. This was the second year in a row that the number of fatalities were so high. The numbers may be even higher when the official figures are released later this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Whatever the

Safety Tips to Avoid Pinch Points

A pinch-related injury may not sound like a serious workplace injury, but it can be quite severe if a worker is caught between the moving parts of a machine. Pinch points are quite common in places like warehouses, where machines such as power presses, conveyors, robotic machines, and power transmission equipment are used on a

Risk of Truck Accidents in High Winds

When a massive 80,000-pound truck is being driven in winds up to 40 miles per hour or stronger, the side of the trailer can catch the wind, making it extremely difficult for the driver to maintain control of the big rig. Heavy winds can cause the trailer to rock from side to side, which can

Motorcycle Accident Safety Tips

Motorcycle accidents often result in more serious injuries than other types of wrecks because, unlike a car or truck, there is nothing protecting the motorcyclist from the force of impact. If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, the only thing protecting him or her is their helmet, and the protective clothing they might be

Monday, March 19, 2018

Massive 20-Car Pileup in Germantown Injures Multiple Victims

A massive 20-car pileup occurred in Germantown, Maryland on Monday morning that injured dozens of victims. Just before 5:30 am, the multi-vehicle accident took place on Interstate 270, involving 20 vehicles and a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer spilled a load of gravel and stones, which led to multiple crashes behind the truck. Two dozen patients received

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bus Accident in Rockville Injures Multiple Victims and Causes Fatality

On Thursday evening, a bus accident took place in Rockville, Maryland that caused multiple personal injuries and one fatality. Just before 8 pm, the bus crash occurred when an SUV rear-ended a Ride-On Bus that was carrying ten passengers. The SUV driver became trapped in his car during the bus accident, and after receiving treatment

In-Person License Renewal Laws

According to a recently published study in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, laws requiring in-person driver’s license renewals and vision testing have significantly reduced the number of car accidents involving patients who have dementia. In certain states, physicians are required to report patients who have dementia to the state driver’s

Technology vs. Safety in Today’s Cars

Today’s cars are becoming more computerized and technologically advanced than ever before. From accident avoidance technology to the latest infotainment systems, almost every car manufacturer is developing new models that offer the latest and greatest in innovative technologies to provide improved safety, convenience, and comfort. However, in an age when distracted driving continues to be

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hagerstown Minivan Accident with Tractor-Trailer Claims Woman’s Life

A minivan accident occurred in Hagerstown, Maryland, with a tractor-trailer and claimed the life of a 42-year-old woman. Around 1:15 pm, on Wednesday afternoon, the fatal crash took place on Interstate 70 near the Interstate 81 interchange when the minivan drifted into another lane, hit the median, and then smacked into a tractor that was

Dangers of Drowsy Driving

It is a well-known and widely-accepted fact that drunk driving is extremely dangerous and continues to be one of the main causes of car accidents in this country. Distracted driving has also become a major problem as people continue to talk and text on their smartphones while driving. Drowsy driving, however, is just as dangerous,

Avoiding an ADHD Misdiagnosis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children under the age of 18. Oftentimes, physicians will diagnose a child with ADHD based on symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, irritability, fidgeting, forgetfulness, and anxiety. However, there are other medical conditions that

Safety Challenges Due to High Turnover

For employers to provide a safe work environment and prevent workplace injuries, they must have the proper training protocols in place for their employees. Some of the most serious workplace accidents occur when an employee fails to take appropriate safety precautions or is untrained on particular equipment. In certain industries, however, there is such a

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Fatal Car Accidents Peak in 2017  

According to a new report by the National Safety Council (NSC), there were approximately 40,000 fatal car accidents in the United States in 2017, which marks the second year in a row that traffic fatalities were high. The official statistics for 2017 will be released later this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Lockout-Tagout Procedures

Lockout-tagout refers to a set of industry practices and procedures to ensure that potentially dangerous machinery is properly shut down until maintenance or servicing procedures are complete. Once a hazardous energy source has been shut down, it is locked, and a tag is placed on the lock to identify the employee who shut down the

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

When Does a Misdiagnosis Warrant a Lawsuit?

According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are responsible for over 250,000 fatalities per year in the United States, making it the third leading cause of fatality. The two most common medical errors are misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, both of which can have very serious consequences. The term misdiagnosis includes delayed diagnosis,

Monday, March 12, 2018

Three-Car Crash Near Bay Bridge Fatally Injures One

On Sunday afternoon, a three-car crash occurred in Annapolis, Maryland and caused one fatality. Around 2 pm, the fatal car accident took place near the Bay Bridge on Route 50 when a Ford Taurus that was speeding crossed the center line, hit a Toyota Camry, and then smacked into the side of a pickup truck.

Spinal Cord Injuries

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), commercial trucks are responsible for a mere three percent of all motor vehicle accidents. Yet, the vast majority of those wrecks result in massive property damage and devastating injuries. If a truck accident victim is lucky enough to have survived the ordeal, it is likely that

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Perry Hall Snow Plow Crash Leaves Three Injured

A snow plow crash in Perry Hall, Maryland left three victims with personal injuries. On Wednesday afternoon, around 2 pm, the truck accident occurred on Belair Avenue involving a snow plow and another vehicle. Three victims sustained a variety of injuries, one of whom is in critical condition, and were taken to the Shock Trauma

Chronic Pain Caused by Car Accidents

It should come as no surprise that car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, from scrapes and bruises to broken bones and traumatic brain injuries. Depending on the nature of the accident, a victim may end up suffering from chronic pain, even after other injuries have healed. Oftentimes, this requires ongoing medical treatment

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Common Truck Driver Safety Violations

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents occur every 10 seconds in the United States. Technology has made today’s vehicles much safer, but accidents continue to happen because of other factors like weather, distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding. Large trucks are involved in fewer truck accidents than passenger vehicles, but they

Women with Depression and Anxiety at Risk

According to a recently published study by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health’s Center for Health, Work & Environment on the Colorado University Anschutz Medical Campus, certain health factors can increase the likelihood of becoming injured at work. Specifically, women who suffer from depression, anxiety, and fatigue are at greater risk of suffering

Daylight Savings Causes a Spike in Car Accidents

Whether it is time to fall back or spring ahead, daylight savings happens twice a year in 48 states. While the concept of daylight savings was to conserve energy and take advantage of the longer days during the warmer months, the time shift, however slight, may be responsible for an increase in car accidents, pedestrian

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Infant Mortality Rates in the United States

The United States has some of the best hospitals in the world, where patients come to receive innovative, high quality care from world-renowned physicians. Yet, according to a study that was recently published in Health Affairs, the United States has the worst overall child mortality rates, compared to other developed countries. In addition, the Centers

Forklift Accident in Hagerstown Fatally Injures Employee

On Monday morning, a forklift accident in Hagerstown, Maryland fatally injured an employee. Around 8 am, the workplace incident occurred when a 51-year-old worker at a recycling center became displaced by a forklift and was fatally struck by the vehicle during the forklift accident. No other workers sustained personal injuries. The Maryland Occupational Safety and

Car Insurance Stacking Law Benefits Motorists

Effective July 1, 2018, motorists in Maryland will have the option of purchasing enhanced underinsured motorist coverage (EUIM) in place of uninsured motorist coverage (UM). A new stacking law will benefit motorists by increasing the amount of money they are eligible to receive from the insurance company. If the motorist is injured in a wreck,

Monday, March 5, 2018

Technology to Improve Safety in Construction  

According to a recent survey conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), and United Rentals, contractors and construction workers are beginning to use a range of emerging technologies, including drones, laser scanning, and wearable devices to improve workplace safety. Safety advocates expect that these innovative new technologies will

Thursday, March 1, 2018

When Your Therapist is Guilty of Medical Malpractice

When it comes to medical malpractice, most people think about a physician who makes an error in diagnosing, treating, or managing a physical injury or illness. What they may not realize is that a therapist who cares for their patients’ mental health and well-being can also be guilty of medical malpractice. They are licensed medical