Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Distracted Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

When you are driving, sometimes keeping your attention focused on the road 100 percent of the time is easier said than done. Distractions are everywhere, from children misbehaving in the backseat, to a deer unexpectedly darting across the road. Thanks to modern technology in today’s vehicles, smartphones, navigation systems, and advanced sound systems cause drivers... Read More


Injuries Among Retail Workers

AmTrust, a property and casualty insurer for small businesses, recently released a report that looked at Workers’ Compensation claims involving retail workers. The AmTrust’s Retail Risk Report specifically examined the most common hazards, types of injuries, and days of missed work in the retail industry. According to the report, retail employees miss an average of » Read More


Monday, December 23, 2019

Ridesharing Services Associated with an Increase in Car Accidents

Researchers from the University of Chicago and Rice University conducted a study recently where they examined statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The researchers compared the statistical information to the dates when ridesharing services became available in cities and towns across the country. The goal of the study was to determine whether... Read More


How Should I Proceed with a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are common in the health care industry, which is why health care providers pay such high premiums for their malpractice insurance. Not all malpractice cases involve negligence. If there is negligence, the patient involved may be eligible for financial compensation; the process of filing a claim and reaching a successful settlement can » Read More


How to Attract Generation Z Workers

Just when employers figured out how to attract the brightest and the best millennials to work for them, the next generation of prospective employees are entering the workforce. Generation Z consists of teenagers and early 20-year-olds who have either already started working full time or are getting ready to enter the workforce. Like every generation, » Read More


Winter Weather Safety Tips for Truck Drivers

Driving a large commercial truck for a living is not always an easy job. Long hours behind the wheel, tight deadlines, and time away from family are just a few challenges of being a truck driver. When the temperatures begin to drop and the weather forecast calls for ice, snow, or freezing rain, the job » Read More


More Cars Recalled for Defective Takata Airbags

Takata airbags were first identified as dangerous to the public in 2014, with recalls beginning that same year. Despite these recalls, the fifth person in the United States to be killed by a Takata airbag died in 2015. Nine of the total 16 deaths in the United States associated with the airbags occurred in Acura » Read More


Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Can a Patient Sue a Doctor for Misdiagnosis?

Before a doctor can develop a treatment plan for a patient who has a health concern, they must accurately diagnose the problem. Doctors diagnose conditions based on the patient’s symptoms, health history, various tests, and several other factors. If a doctor misdiagnoses a medical condition, it can have a serious impact on the patient’s health. » Read More


Monday, December 16, 2019

Pharmacists Administer Insulin Instead of Flu Shot

Flu season is here, which means that people across the country are going to their health care provider or their local pharmacist to get their annual flu shot. The flu shot can have mild side effects ranging from soreness at the injection site, low-grade fever, and muscle aches, but many people do not experience side » Read More


The Most Sleep-Deprived Jobs

We all have nights when we did not get enough sleep and we go to work the next morning feeling exhausted, unfocused, and stressed. Unfortunately, for some workers, it appears as though being sleep-deprived is part of the job. According to a study that was published recently in the Journal of Community Health, more workers » Read More


Avoid Parking Lot Accidents During the Holidays

Black Friday has come and gone, but the shopping will continue throughout the month. While many people choose to do most of their holiday shopping online, there are plenty of shoppers who prefer to go to stores. For those people, it often means dealing with heavier-than-usual traffic, long lines, and circling the parking lot looking » Read More


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Protecting Workers from Serious Pinch Point Injuries

Pinch point injuries are common in the construction and warehouse industries, and any other industry where workers must handle heavy machinery, power tools, loaders, compactors, or electrical equipment. A pinch point occurs when two objects, or two moving parts of a machine come together. When a finger, hand, or any other part of a worker’s » Read More


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

More Than 15 Injured During MTA Bus Accident in Baltimore County

On Tuesday morning, 17 victims sustained injuries during an MTA bus accident that involved a car. The crash took place around 4:30 am at the intersection of Trade Point Avenue and Sparrows Point Boulevard in Sparrows Point, Maryland. First responders transported two victims with minor injuries and treated 15 at the scene of the MTA... Read More


Monday, December 9, 2019

Life-Saving Safety Tips to Prevent Truck Accidents

If it were not for the trucking industry, various goods and materials would not be delivered to customers across the country. However, because truck drivers are often working under very tight deadlines, they tend to work long hours, sometimes with lack of appropriate sleep. This can have dangerous consequences, particularly when you consider the fact » Read More


Complications Associated with Tongue-Tie Surgery

Tongue-tie is a condition in which a baby’s tongue remains attached to the bottom of their mouth due to a tissue that ties the tongue to the floor of the mouth. The condition is not serious, but it can affect a baby’s ability to nurse, and can cause speech issues as the child gets older. » Read More


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NTSB Urges Legislators to Pass Helmet Laws

The debate over whether cyclists should be required to wear helmets has been a very heated one for as long as cyclists and motor vehicles had to share the road. While many believe that wearing a helmet protects cyclists from suffering devastating head and brain injuries, others argue that there are other issues at play, » Read More


Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Teenager Designs Solution for Eliminating Blind Spots in Cars

A 14-year-old from West Grove, Pennsylvania won a $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize for developing a prototype that would help eliminate blind spots in cars. The idea came to her when she was driving with her mother in their Jeep Grand Cherokee. Her mom did not like driving the vehicle because the A-pillars that support the » Read More


Most Common Causes of Cardiology-Related Lawsuits

Cardiologists often treat patients who have serious health issues, including severe hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, cardiomyopathy, and coronary artery disease. These are serious, life-threatening illnesses that require an accurate and timely diagnosis, a combination of medications, and in some cases, complicated surgical procedures. While the goal of a cardiologist is to provide patients with the best medical » Read More


Drivers Found to be Source of Most Pedestrian and Bicyclist Deaths

Individuals walking or riding a bicycle on the road face significant safety risks. In 2018, over 850 cyclists and 6,200 bicyclists were killed in fatal traffic accidents. Recent studies indicate that despite new safety features, the leading cause of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths each year continues to be negligent drivers. Effectiveness of New Technology Automobile... Read More


Monday, December 2, 2019

World Health Organization Considers Employee Burnout a Diagnosable Condition

Anytime an employee feels overwhelmed by an unmanageable workload, unreasonable deadlines, a lack of appreciation from management, and a general lack of work-life balance, they are at risk for employee burnout. Too often employers have unreasonable expectations of their employees, leaving them feeling exhausted, stressed, and emotionally drained. This can affect their job performance, as » Read More


NHTSA Considering Replacing Mirrors with Cameras on Trucks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking feedback from the public about replacing mirrors with camera-based rear visibility systems, or camera monitor systems (CMS). Current federal safety standards require that all vehicles be equipped with rearview mirrors so that truck drivers can see objects that are on either side of the truck and » Read More


Safe Driving Tips for Winter Weather

The first official day of winter is not until December 21, but once the temperatures begin to drop, snow, ice, and freezing rain can occur when we least expect it. Motorists should prepare for winter weather conditions sooner rather than later by making sure that their vehicle has been serviced, and that any repairs or... Read More


Friday, November 29, 2019

Jury Awards $101M to Family of Son Who Suffered Brain Damage

Expectant mothers can often tell when something does not feel right with their pregnancy, particularly if the baby stops moving during the third trimester. This is what happened to a Chicago-area woman who was 34 weeks pregnant with her first child. After noticing that the baby was not moving as much as he normally did, » Read More


Thursday, November 28, 2019

Dangers of Using Fall Protection Systems Near Exposed Edges

Working on roofs, decks, platforms, or any other elevated area where there is an open edge can be dangerous if workers do not have the proper fall protection gear. In fact, after several fatalities involving workers who fell to their deaths after their self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) were severed, the Washington State Department of Labor & » Read More


Wet Leaves as Dangerous as Black Ice for Drivers 

As the weather continues to change and the temperatures drop, motorists need to be aware of certain seasonal hazards that can cause dangerous driving conditions. Motorists know that they must use extra caution when driving on ice, snow, or freezing rain. What many motorists may not realize is that when the leaves begin to fall, » Read More


Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Filing a Police Report Regarding a Car Accident

From minor fender benders to severe, multi-vehicle collisions, car accidents can be extremely stressful, particularly when there are serious injuries involved. The aftermath of an accident can be very confusing in terms of knowing what steps to take and how to fill out a police report. The more you know about the process ahead of... Read More


Trucking Fatalities Reach a 30-Year Peak

According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal truck accidents continues to rise, despite advances in safety technology. In fact, trucker deaths are at the highest level in over 30 years. The American Trucking Association (ATA) responded to this data by saying that the statistics do not » Read More


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Seat Belt Use Increases in Maryland

Use of seat belts in Maryland seems to be up slightly, but there is more work to be done to increase the routine employment of these safety restraints. The 2019 Roadside Observation Seat Belt Survey released by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) revealed that seat belt use is up only a fraction over the » Read More


Monday, November 25, 2019

OSHA’s Top 10 Safety Violations of 2019

Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases a list of the top 10 safety violations for that fiscal year. The list does not usually change much from year to year, including the top three violations, which continue to be fall protection, hazard communication, and scaffolding. According to OSHA, the current data only » Read More


Types of Birth Injuries

While most pregnancies are free of complications, and the baby is born without any health issues, birth injuries are not uncommon. In some cases, the injury is minor, and will not involve any permanent or long-term health complications. More severe injuries, however, can have a significant impact on the baby’s health and future quality of » Read More


On My Way App Awards Drivers for Safe Driving

Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 25. Many of those accidents are caused by drivers who were distracted by their phones or other electronic devices. Despite the common knowledge that talking and texting while driving can result in severe car accidents, young drivers continue to... Read More


Friday, November 22, 2019

Thanksgiving Travel Safety

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for road trips, and an increasing number of Americans are traveling to celebrate the holiday. Last year, AAA predicted that over 54 Americans would travel more than 50 miles for Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase from 2017. Maryland motorists planning to travel should be prepared... Read More


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pyrofuse Technology Makes Electric Cars Safer Following an Accident

Electric cars are fuel efficient, less expensive to run and maintain, and are better for the environment, yet batteries used in these vehicles have been known to catch on fire after an accident. Lithium batteries that are used in electric cars are prone to thermal runaway, which occurs when there is a sharp temperature increase... Read More


Impact of Workplace Ergonomics on the Opioid Crisis

One of the main contributors to the ongoing opioid epidemic in this country is workplace musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In fact, according to data from the Utah Department of Health, the Office of Medical Examiners, and the Labor Commission on all Utah residents, workers in industries that involve a significant amount of physically demanding work, like » Read More


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

November is National COPD Awareness Month

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that is caused by long-term exposure to irritants, chemicals, or cigarette smoke. People with COPD often have difficulty breathing and may suffer from wheezing and a mucus-producing cough. In some cases, COPD can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer, and other health » Read More


Steps to Take After an Accident Involving a Delivery Vehicle

According to recent reports from Buzzfeed and ProPublica, there have been at least three fatal crashes that involved Amazon delivery drivers. Reporters found that Amazon puts intense pressure on its fleet of independent delivery contractors, which left one delivery driver and two non-employees dead. Motorists who are injured in a car accident involving a delivery... Read More


Staying Safe Behind the Wheel During Inclement Weather

Even the most seasoned driver can end up skidding, hydroplaning, or losing control of their vehicle if weather conditions cause the roads to become slippery, or the motorist’s visibility is compromised. While it is always smart to check the weather report before hitting the road, particularly if it is a long drive, the weather can » Read More


Monday, November 18, 2019

How Does Marijuana Impact the Trucking Industry?

When operating a massive, 80,000-pound commercial truck, it is imperative that the truck driver is awake and alert so that they can safely operate the vehicle and focus on the road ahead. If a truck driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their ability to maintain control of the vehicle is impaired. According » Read More


Patient Dies After Receiving Contaminated Fecal Transplant

Fecal microbiota transplants (FMT) is a procedure that involves transplanting feces from a healthy donor into the bowels of a sick patient. While this may sound like a questionable procedure, it has been proven to be highly effective at restoring a sick patient’s microbiome with the beneficial bacteria and other organisms that exist in the » Read More


New Intersection Design in Montgomery County Improves Pedestrian Safety

Transportation planners in Montgomery County, Maryland are committed to making their roads safer for motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists. The Montgomery County executive officials from the Department of Transportation and the Planning Board announced plans for a protected intersection at Spring Street and Second Avenue in Silver Spring. The protected intersection includes a four-way stop and » Read More


Public Blames Accidents on Human Drivers Over Autonomous Cars

In a study that sheds light on perceived fault in car accidents, 5,000 people were asked for their opinions about which driver was responsible in several hypothetical car crashes involving both human drivers and automated driverless technology. The study involved made-up scenarios in which human and computerized drivers shared control of the car. In some... Read More


Friday, November 15, 2019

The NHTSA Rates the Most Unsafe Cars

According to a report that was released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of car accident fatalities in the United States is lower than it has been in 30 years. This is largely because today’s vehicles are safer than ever thanks to improvements in safety technology and increasingly strict federal regulations.... Read More


How to Maintain a Healthy Workforce

While a growing number of employees are working from home these days, a significant percentage of employees still report to an office or place of employment, at least a few times a week. That means sharing certain pieces of office equipment, and spending time in shared spaces like kitchens, bathrooms, and conference rooms. The more » Read More


Thursday, November 14, 2019

Hazards of Petroleum Exposure

An employee at Turner Specialty Services tragically lost his life while performing his regular job duties at a petroleum refining facility in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was working in a confined space, where he asphyxiated after he lost air supply. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Turner Specialty Services and Hunt Refining Co. » Read More


Tips for Repairing Your Vehicle After a Car Accident

Any car accident can be a headache, even a minor fender bender. You need to deal with the insurance company, seek medical care when you are hurt, and finally, get your car repaired. Knowing where to start and who to trust to repair your vehicle is not always easy. The following tips will get your... Read More


New Google App Detects Accidents

Today’s vehicles are equipped with safety technology, like automatic braking and lane departure warnings, that can help prevent serious car accidents. While extremely effective, these safety features cannot always prevent car accidents from happening. In an effort to ensure that first responders arrive to the accident scene as quickly as possible, Google developed its Personal » Read More


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dash Camera Data Helps Trucking Industry Reduce Accidents

If you have ever driven past a truck accident on the highway, you know how devastating and destructive they can be. One of the more common causes of truck accidents is drowsy driving. Too many truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel on too little sleep to meet tight delivery deadlines. Lytx DriveCams can » Read More


New Law Increases Penalties for Drunk Driving in Maryland

Effective October 1, 2019, motorists who are caught drunk driving in the state of Maryland will face steeper fines and increased jail time thanks to House Bill 708, which was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. Repeat offenders will face increased fines and extended jail time, and penalties will automatically be doubled for motorists » Read More


Monday, November 11, 2019

Understanding the Medical Malpractice Claim Process

If you were harmed in any way while under the care of a medical professional, and you believe that negligence was involved, you may want to consider filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who will walk you through every step of the claims » Read More


Leading Causes of Car Accidents in the United States

Even the most careful and responsible driver can be involved in a car accident if there is inclement weather, an unexpected animal running across the street, or other people’s unsafe driving behavior causes an accident. By understanding the most common causes of car accidents, however, motorists can learn how to take the appropriate safety precautions... Read More