Thursday, May 31, 2018

Vehicle Recalls Continue to Climb

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), consumers should check to see if their vehicle is on a recall list at least once a year. That is because the number of safety recalls has spiked in recent years, with over 53 million passenger vehicles recalled in 2016 alone. While many consumers are concerned

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Rise of Traffic Fatalities in Maryland  

Today’s cars are safer than ever, thanks to some of the latest advances in safety technology like collision avoidance systems, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control. As a result of these advances, as well as other factors including tougher laws against distracted driving and drunk driving the number of fatal car accidents

Diagnostic Errors

According to a recent report published by Coverys, a malpractice services provider, diagnostic errors were responsible for 33 percent of all medical malpractice claims from 2013 to 2017. Over half of those claims involved poor clinical decisions. While surgical or procedural claims and medical management claims came in second and third, respectively, diagnostic-related claims are

SUV and Motorcycle Collision in Prince George’s County Leads to Fatality

An SUV and motorcycle collision that occurred in Lanham, Maryland, led to a fatality and personal injuries. Around 7:40 pm, on Tuesday night, the fatal accident took place at the intersection of Highway 450 and Baltimore Lane when an SUV struck a motorcycle. The rider was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to

Vocational Rehabilitation

As part of an employee’s Workers’ Compensation benefits in Maryland, an injured worker is entitled to vocational rehabilitation if he or she is no longer able to fulfill their job responsibilities. In an effort to help injured workers return to the workforce in some capacity, a vocational rehabilitation specialist can provide a range of services,

Friday, May 25, 2018

Birth Injuries and Developmental Disorders

A group of researchers has found that a significant number of children with autism or attention deficit disorders also experienced some type of injury during the birth process. This link was found after doctors and medical researchers conducted in-depth research into the possible causes of autism and attention deficit disorders. While some birth injuries can

Multi-Million Dollar Traffic Signal Project

Traffic congestion has been a problem in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C metro area for years, due to an outdated network of traffic signals. To help traffic flow more smoothly, the state will be installing traffic signals that are capable of detecting congestion and changing the timing of light changes based on traffic flow. According to Maryland

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Protecting Yourself from Sun Glare

As the days continue to get longer, the sun sets later in the day. For most people, that means more time to enjoy being outside in the daylight. However, for drivers, the bright sun can cause a glare, which can make it difficult to see oncoming traffic, or to be able to tell if a

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New iPhone Feature to Prevent Wrecks  

The majority of distracted driving accidents are caused by drivers who are either talking or texting on their phones. Apple has taken proactive steps to address this issue, by incorporating a new feature in the iPhone iOS 11 that targets distracted driving. In addition to a revamped control center, updated design elements, and extended keyboard

Warehouse Safety Hazards  

Warehouse workers face a wide range of hazards, some of which might seem obvious, and others that might surprise you. Any job that involves a lot of heavy lifting, exposure to potentially harmful substances, and operating equipment like forklifts and other machinery means that workers are at risk of serious, potentially life-threatening injuries every day.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Excessive Speed in Fatal Amtrak Accident

While monitoring safety on the track between Baltimore and Washington, an Amtrak watchman was fatally injured after being struck by a train that was traveling at a high rate of speed. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), it has not yet been confirmed whether speed was the sole cause of the train accident.

Wearable Technology to Prevent Injuries

From Fitbits to Apple Watches, wearable technology is growing by leaps and bounds. Recently, there have been a number of technological breakthroughs in wearable technology that are having a significant impact on the Workers’ Compensation industry. By tracking and measuring a worker’s movements, the technology can help prevent workplace injuries. In addition, it can keep

Monday, May 21, 2018

Operation Safe Driver Week  

According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Operation Safe Driver Week will take place from July 15th to the 21st, at which time police officers across the country will be paying close attention to the driving habits of both passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles. In an effort to reach a goal of zero traffic

Make Safety a Priority Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer season. It is also the first weekend of the “100 deadliest days” of summer. After a long, cold winter, millions of people across the country are eager to get out and enjoy the rising temperatures, outdoor barbeques, and a possible dip in the pool. Despite the

Friday, May 18, 2018

Medical Mistakes Are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the US

According to a recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, medical errors cause over 250,000 deaths each year in the United States, and other research suggests that the statistics could be as high as 440,000. The discrepancy is due to the fact that medical errors are not generally specified on death certificates by physicians,

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fatal Car Accident with Injuries Occurs in Pikesville on I-695

A fatal car accident occurred in Pikesville, Maryland that caused personal injuries. Right before 5 pm, on Wednesday evening, a car rear-ended a silver vehicle on Interstate 695. The passenger of the car succumbed to his fatal injuries at the scene of the fatal car accident while the 64-year-old driver sustained injuries and was brought

Benefits of Installing Interlocks for DUIs

Despite the strict laws against drunk driving, nearly 30 people are fatally injured in alcohol-related car accidents every day in this country. While those numbers have declined over the past few decades, drunk driving accidents continue to claim the lives of too many Americans each year. Many safety officials believe that ignition interlocks may help

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Proposed Bill to Lower Age for Truckers

A proposed bill has been sent to Congress that, if approved, would allow the minimum age requirement for commercial truck drivers to be lowered to 18 years old. A number of trucking organizations are opposed to the bill, including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), who have said that the bill would compromise road safety,

Widow Urges Caution in Work Zones

A Maryland woman recently suffered a tragic loss when her husband, who was a state highway worker, was struck by a truck while cleaning debris off the road. According to the victim’s widow, the truck driver was not paying attention to the road and drifted over the safety line where her husband was working in

Maryland Considering Lowering BAC

Drunk driving-related accidents and fatalities had gone down in recent years, but the numbers are creeping back up in Maryland, which is a major cause for concern among safety officials, parents, and law enforcement. In an effort to address this issue and ultimately reach a goal of zero drunk driving fatalities, Maryland, and the city

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Dump Truck Accident in Newburg Fatally Injures Three Victims

A dump truck accident occurred in Newburg, Maryland, which fatally injured three victims. On Tuesday afternoon, after 3 pm, the crash, which involved an SUV and a dump truck, took place on Budds Creek Road. Three victims from the SUV sustained fatal injuries while two passengers were transported to a local hospital for treatment of

Top Causes of Fatal Car Accidents

According to research, by 2030, fatal car accidents will be the seventh leading cause of fatality in the Baltimore area. There are a wide range of factors that help explain why car accidents happen, including socio-economic and geographical factors, population density, and traffic in areas where fatal accidents tend to occur. Most fatal car accidents

Monday, May 14, 2018

Students and Bus Driver Injured After Churchville School Bus Crash

After a school bus crash in Churchville, Maryland, five students and the school bus driver sustained a range of personal injuries. Around 8:30 am, on Monday morning, a school bus that was traveling to the Churchville Elementary School rear-ended a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Route 136 and Route 22. The 41-year-old bus driver was

Functional Capacity Evaluations

If you have suffered a work injury, you may be fortunate enough that the injury was not serious, and your recovery was quick and free of complications. However, some injuries are more severe, which can impact a worker’s ability to return to their job. There may be physical limitations, as well as cognitive delays, depending

Friday, May 11, 2018

When Is a Chiropractor Guilty of Medical Malpractice?

People see chiropractors for a variety reasons, from seeking treatment for chronic neck and back pain, to being proactive about maintaining their overall health and wellness. A reputable, qualified chiropractor takes a more holistic approach to health that focuses on maintaining a healthy musculoskeletal and nervous system. One of the main benefits of seeing a

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Towson Motorcycle Accident Causes Fatality and Multiple Injuries

A motorcycle crash in Towson, Maryland caused a fatality and multiple injuries on Wednesday afternoon. Around 5 pm, the Towson motorcycle accident occurred at the intersection of York and Murdock Roads in the Rodgers Forge area when a car turned left in front of a motorcycle. The 20-year-old motorcyclist succumbed to his fatal injuries after

Teens Challenge Parents to Stop Texting While Driving

A group of motivated girls from Immaculate Heart Academy in New Jersey won a $2,500 award for their school’s driver-safety program by convincing 1,000 people to stop texting while driving. However, the small school only has 760 students, so to secure the 1,000 signed pledges, they convinced their parents to participate in the program. While

As Construction Season Approaches Proceed with Caution

Spring has finally sprung, and the warmer weather is here to stay. This also means that it is construction season, so in addition to green grass and brightly colored flowers in full bloom, you can expect to see more orange cones as you drive to work, drop the kids off at school, or run errands.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The Link Between Talcum Powder and Cancer  

Talcum powder, or baby powder, is a product that most people have in their medicine cabinet. In addition to other common uses, like providing relief from diaper rash, it is widely used by women as a moisture-absorbing personal hygiene powder. Few products have had a more wholesome image than Johnson’s Baby Powder, but that image

Fatal Accident Site Raises Concerns Over Speed Limit Violations

Speeding is one of the top causes of fatal car accidents. When cars are traveling too fast in a residential area, it can be particularly devastating because there are pedestrians walking along the side of the road or crossing the street. Recently, there have been a growing number of accidents in the west end of

How Claims Adjusters Investigate Workers’ Comp Claims

Workplace injuries can happen when you least expect it, whether you work in the construction industry or in an office setting. Serious injuries can result in costly medical bills, lost wages, and permanent disability if the injury prevents you from returning to work at all. When this happens, workers depend on, and are entitled to

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Warm Weather Driving Hazards

The spring season is in full swing, which means that everything is coming back to life. The temperatures are rising and more people are out and about enjoying the warmer weather. Unfortunately, it also means a rise in car accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Road Weather Management Program, over half of all

Commuting Habits Impact Safety

It is widely known that truck drivers spend long hours on the road, often with too little sleep between shifts. This can lead to devastating truck accidents when a drowsy truck driver either falls asleep at the wheel or fails to keep their attention focused on the road. Some truck drivers have a lengthy commute

Monday, May 7, 2018

Spike in Marijuana Use Linked to Increase in Fatal Wrecks  

For marijuana enthusiasts, April 20th has become the unofficial holiday to celebrate all things cannabis. There is some speculation about how this date became Weed Day, including a possible nod to a Bob Dylan song, and a group of friends known as the Waldos, who, in the early 1970s, got together every day at 4:20

Friday, May 4, 2018

Hierarchy of Controls in the Workplace

Every employee is entitled to a safe work environment, regardless of where he or she works. Certain industries, including construction, warehouse, and transportation tend to be particularly dangerous, resulting in the most workplace injuries and fatalities. Employers have a fundamental responsibility to control the level of exposure that employees have to occupational hazards. The National

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Disturbing Trend of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving remains a serious problem in this country as too many people continue to use their phones to talk or text while driving. As a result, over 3,400 people were fatally injured and another 391,000 were injured in distracted driving-related car accidents within a year alone. According to a recent survey by the AAA

Bedsores and Ulcers Signs of Neglect

Sending an elderly relative to a nursing home can be a difficult and emotional decision, both for the patient and the family members. Ideally, the nursing home facility that you have chosen will have a skilled and compassionate staff that will provide a safe and nurturing environment for your loved one. There are some facilities,

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Occupational Hazards in Retail

The last time you stopped at your local supermarket, Home Depot, or Costco, it is unlikely that you encountered any serious hazards. That’s because the employees at these establishments work very hard to keep their floors clean and dry, their walkways clear, and their shelves neatly stocked and organized. Unfortunately, this can be very physical

Tailgating Can Cause Traffic Jams

Getting stuck in traffic can be extremely frustrating, especially if you are in a rush or running late for an appointment. When traffic begins to move, drivers will often tailgate the car they are following, thinking it will make up for some of the time lost sitting in traffic. According to researchers from the Massachusetts

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Accidents Involving Pedestrians

When two cars are involved in an accident, the occupants of the vehicle are protected by the physical structure of the car, as well as the airbags and seatbelts inside the car. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, there is nothing protecting them from the impact of the vehicle. Even if the vehicle

Driving While Drowsy and Distracted  

Serious traffic accidents are caused by a range of factors, but drowsy driving and distracted driving are at the top of the list. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 800 fatalities and 72,000 crashes each year are caused by drowsy driving alone. In 2016, over 3,400 people were killed

When Whiplash Turns More Serious  

Whiplash is a common injury that is often caused by car accidents, especially rear end collisions. When a motorist is hit from behind, the impact of the collision can cause the victim’s head to snap forward and back again, injuring the muscle, bones, and soft tissue in the neck. Generally, whiplash is a relatively minor