Thursday, May 30, 2019

Advocates Seek Heat Standards from OSHA

Hundreds of safety advocates from safety and labor groups across the country want the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to develop and issue federal heat standards to protect workers from excessive heat. Last summer, the groups submitted a petition urging OSHA to commit to this demand. Throughout the past two decades, over 800 U.S. » Read More

National Safety Month Raises Awareness of Common Safety Hazards

June is National Safety Month, which raises awareness of some of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities in the workplace, in the community, and on roads and highways across the country. The National Safety Council (NSC) offers a wide range of materials and resources, including safety talks, posters, and tips sheets that can help... Read More

Stricter Penalties for Unbuckled and Distracted Driving

From now until August, motorists who are driving while distracted or not wearing a seat belt may not get off with just a warning if pulled over by a police officer. In St. Mary’s County, Calvert County, and Charles County, sheriff offices will be increasing their distracted driving and seat belt enforcement in an effort » Read More

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Lower Speed Limit on MD 99 Will Improve Safety

Speeding is one of the top causes of serious car accidents in Maryland and across the country. The impact of a crash, and the resulting injuries and property damage, tends to be much worse when the vehicle is traveling at a high speed. The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) recently reduced... Read More

Truck Accidents and Their Devastating Impact

Truck accidents are known for causing massive property damage and severe, often fatal injuries due to the massive size and weight of the average commercial truck. Unfortunately, it is usually the occupants of the passenger vehicles who suffer the most severe injuries, while the truck driver often walks away without a scratch. When driving in » Read More

Health Risks of Occupational Fentanyl Exposure

Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid that can cause serious health problems when ingested or inhaled. It is 50 times more potent than heroin. Police and other first responders are often exposed to these dangerous drugs when they respond to a call that someone overdosed on the drug. Because of the potency of fentanyl » Read More

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Reduced Car Accident Fatalities in Maryland

A group of policymakers, safety advocates, agency leaders, and other community leaders met at the annual Maryland Highway Safety Summit recently to discuss strategies to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents. According to statistics released at the meeting, the number of traffic fatalities in Maryland in 2018 was 8.5 percent lower compared to... Read More

Self-Driving Taxi Service is Slow to Take Off 

While ridesharing companies, such as Uber and Lyft, are continuing to pave the way in the app-based transportation industry, self-driving taxis are another story. Waymo is a self-driving project owned by Alphabet, which is a Google off-shoot. According to a recent article, it took Waymo six months to reach 1,000 customers, which is a strong » Read More

Monday, May 27, 2019

Delay in Cancer Diagnosis Has Fatal Consequences

As patients, we put our trust in the hands of the medical professionals who are responsible for our care. What we sometimes forget is that doctors are human and make mistakes. Unfortunately, medical errors are responsible for more than 250,000 fatalities every year in the United States, according to a study by Johns Hopkins. A » Read More

Thursday, May 23, 2019

How Does Telemedicine Impact Health Care?

As technology continues to evolve, telemedicine is becoming a more common practice in the health care industry. More health care organizations are implementing telehealth platforms for non-urgent services. In fact, close to 90 percent of healthcare organizations in this country rely on telemedicine. However, physicians have a responsibility to determine whether this type of practice » Read More

Staying Safe on Long Road Trips

With summer quickly approaching, many people across the country are planning summer vacations with friends and family. For summer travelers, this may mean packing up the car and taking a road trip. Whether your family enjoys the great outdoors or a city environment, there are a wide range of vacation destinations that you can enjoy... Read More

Important Steps to Take After a Car Accident

In the United States, over 4.5 million people are injured in car accidents every year, even though today’s cars are safer than ever thanks to some of the latest development in safety technology. Car accidents happen when you least expect it, and, depending on the nature of the crash, they can cause serious property damage » Read More

What to Do After a Truck Accident

Automobiles must share the road with trucks of all sizes, making accidents inevitable. Even when drivers are cautious and do their best to avoid crashes, they cannot always control the circumstances around them. Knowing what to do after a truck accident can help victims recover more quickly. Immediate Actions Whether the accident is minor or » Read More

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice Claims

In addition to being highly educated and trained medical professionals, doctors are also human, and capable of making mistakes. They often work very long hours in high-stress situations, which can be physically, emotionally, and mentally draining. Exhausted doctors are more likely to make mistakes, some of which are minor, and do not impact the health » Read More

Travel Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season, which means that families, college kids, teenagers, and thousands of other drivers will be hitting the road. Memorial Day weekend is also one of the most dangerous holidays for road travel, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Drivers who are in a rush to... Read More

Worker Loses Life in Tragic Meat Grinder Accident

An employee at the Economy Locker Storage Company in Pennsdale, Pennsylvania was working at a processing plant when she either fell or was pulled into a meat grinder. No one saw the horrific accident occur. Fire and emergency medical personnel were called to the scene after another employee reported hearing noises coming from the machine. » Read More

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Broken Glass Injuries from Car Accidents

Depending on the nature of the crash, car accidents can cause a range of injuries from minor cuts and scrapes, to broken bones, organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries. In extreme cases, the injuries can be fatal. Glass injuries are not as common as they once were because car manufacturers use shatter-proof glass for windshields » Read More

Monday, May 20, 2019

Safety Risks of Working with Bleach

Bleach is a common household cleaning solution that is effective at killing harmful bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It is also used as a laundry solution to whiten fabrics and other items. However, when used improperly, or when mixing it with certain chemicals or cleaners, it can cause a range of safety hazards, including skin and » Read More

Avoid These Mistakes After a Car Accident

A car accident is a jarring event for those involved and can range from unpleasant to irrevocably life changing. When involved in an accident with another vehicle, the first concern is to obtain immediate medical care. However, there are other important steps that every driver should be aware of to protect their rights. Most drivers... Read More

Friday, May 17, 2019

Improperly Sterilized Dental Tools Put Patients at Risk

Good dental hygiene starts with regular visits to the dentist. This usually involves a thorough cleaning, x-rays, and a check-up with the dentist. However, this routine visit can cause potentially serious complications if the dental tools are not properly sterilized. Unfortunately, this is what happened in several dental clinics in Philadelphia and Washington state. Thousands » Read More

Thursday, May 16, 2019

May 16 Designated as Move Over Day in Maryland

Today, May 16, is Move Over Day in Maryland. The day is intended to bring public awareness to this important and life-saving initiative. All 50 states have some form of Move Over law to ensure that work or service vehicles stopped alongside roadways will stay safe when drivers pass them. According to the National Safety... Read More

Using Drones in the Construction Industry

In recent years, a growing number of construction sites are using drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to prevent common injuries and fatalities that occur in the construction industry. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), construction workers and site managers can use drones for a range of things, including aerial » Read More

Where is the Safest Place to Sit in a Car?

There are common factors that affect each car seat’s safety. With over 34,000 fatalities per year on U.S. roads, being prepared is a critical part of any driver’s regimen. Seat belt use remains one of the most key parts of car passenger safety. Better safety features in newer model vehicles, such as airbags and early » Read More

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Potential Safety Hazards of Keyless Cars

If you own a car that was manufactured within the past several years, it is likely that the vehicle has a keyless ignition system, where the push of a button turns the car on and off. While there are advantages to keyless ignitions, including convenience and security, there are safety risks to consider, some of... Read More

Why is Colon Cancer Often Misdiagnosed in Younger Patients?

Colon cancer generally affects patients who are over the age of 50, unless there is a family history of the disease, or the patient is African American or a native of Alaska. For years, the American Cancer Society’s colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommended that patients begin screening for the disease at the age of 50. » Read More

Common Causes of Devastating Truck Accidents

Few traffic accidents are as destructive and dangerous as truck accidents. This is largely due to the massive size and weight of the average commercial truck, which can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When a passenger vehicle is involved in a truck accident, the occupants of the car often suffer severe injuries, if they » Read More

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Employees with Multiple Jobs

If you were injured at work, you are eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits from your employer if you can prove that the injury was work-related. However, for the 7.8 million Americans who have more than one job, things can get a bit complicated when it comes to collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits. You may have » Read More

Woman Responsible for Fatal Crash Due to Drugs and Alcohol 

Five children, ages five to 15, and a 23-year-old adult male lost their lives in a car accident on February 2 after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car veered off the road, hit several trees, and spun out into a field. Unfortunately, none of the children were properly restrained and they were » Read More

Monday, May 13, 2019

What are 100 Deadliest Days of Summer? 

When we think about the carefree, lazy days of summer, what often comes to mind is the feeling of sand between our toes, dipping our feet in the pool, and spending time with family and friends. However, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are considered by law enforcement and safety officials to... Read More

Friday, May 10, 2019

When Is It No Longer Safe for a Senior Driver to Be Behind the Wheel?

Watching our parents age can be difficult, particularly when their health begins to decline. Even seniors who are in excellent health start to experience some of the typical signs of aging, including hearing loss, impaired vision, and slower reaction times. Unfortunately, when this happens, it can have a significant impact on a senior driver’s ability... Read More

Benefits of Move Over Laws

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), workers who suffer fatal injuries due to struck-by car accidents comprise seven percent of all fatal occupational incidents. This involves drivers speeding in close proximity to stationary emergency vehicles, ultimately leading to an accident. Move Over laws require vehicles to move into another lane » Read More

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Buses and Trains Lack Standard Safety Features

Many travelers believe that flying is safer than driving a car. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), planes and cars are significantly safer than trains and buses. Recently, they released a report that listed important safety improvements that would benefit train passengers and crews, stating that the current safety standards were inadequate. They also » Read More

Construction Zone Safety for Trucks

For truck drivers, driving through construction zones can feel like navigating through an obstacle course. Speed limit reductions, narrowed lanes, slow and halted traffic, shifting lanes, merges, and flaggers all create unexpected traffic patterns. This can even make it difficult enough for small vehicles. Larger sized vehicles come with longer stopping distances, so they may » Read More

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Driver Facing Cameras May Prevent Accidents

Accidents happen every day due to a variety of different causes. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Highway Loss Data Institute, there were over 34,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2017 that resulted in over 37,000 deaths. The most common causes of car accident injuries and deaths include distracted... Read More

Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Included in a Divorce Settlement?

When an employee is injured on the job, they are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, the employee may receive a sizeable financial settlement. However, if the injured party is going through a divorce, questions may arise as to whether the settlement amount is considered marital property. If it » Read More

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Military Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Challenges the Feres Doctrine

In March 2014, a Navy lieutenant who was employed as a nurse at the Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington died during childbirth. The pregnant Naval officer went into labor, but suffered complications which caused excessive bleeding. Unfortunately, she died shortly after giving birth. The deceased’s husband, who is a former Coast Guard officer, filed a » Read More

Monday, May 6, 2019

IIHS to Institute New Pedestrian Safety Ratings

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates motor vehicles based on how different makes and models perform in controlled accidents. The IIHS evaluates how car, minivan, and SUV bodies, restraints, seats, and headlights withstand crashes at different angles and speeds to protect the passengers inside. Beginning in 2020, the IIHS ratings will also evaluate... Read More

National Safety Stand-Down Week

Falls are one of the leading causes of fatal injuries in the construction industry. To help raise awareness of the dangers of falls in construction, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) are providing a range of » Read More

Friday, May 3, 2019

Flood Dangers at Work

Floods can be severe and are often difficult to predict. Similar to other weather-related disasters, floods are dangerous, and account for property damage and injuries. Flooding is not a seasonal event; it can occur year-round due to many different situations. It is always best to be prepared if flooding occurs at work. Floods can occur » Read More

Physicians with Multiple Malpractice Claims Move to Solo Practices

Physicians who have medical malpractice claims against them often try to save their reputation by starting fresh in a new practice. While the common assumption is that they relocate to a new state to leave their tarnished reputation behind, they are more likely to stay put and either join a smaller practice or start a » Read More

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Collecting Damages After a Car Accident

Just as car accidents can range from very minor fender benders to fatal collisions involving multiple vehicles, the damages that a car accident victim may collect can also vary significantly. There are several important steps that individuals need to take after an accident, including calling 911, exchanging information with the other motorists involved, and seeking... Read More

Everything You Need to Know About Truck Accidents

There is no doubt that truck accidents are some of the most destructive and devastating accidents that occur on roads and highways across the country. The property damage is often extreme and if the victims involved were lucky enough to survive the crash, they most likely suffered severe injuries. Unfortunately, truck accidents are all too » Read More

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Transportation Officials Seek Funding for Improvements in Frederick County

The portion of U.S. 15 that runs through Frederick County is a lifeline for the city. According to county officials, it is crucial to the economic and transportation needs of the county. However, the road is in dire need of improvements that will make the road safer and less congested. Transportation officials sent a letter » Read More

May is National Electrical Safety Month

Electrical hazards in the workplace can cause serious injuries and fatalities if workers and employers do not take appropriate safety precautions. To raise awareness of National Electrical Safety Month, which takes place in May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) created a campaign that educates audiences about how to prevent injuries, fatalities, and property loss » Read More