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Parents sue hospital for $36 million over water birth

New parents living in Maryland may not know that on Jan. 14, an Oregon couple filed a $36 million medical malpractice lawsuit against a Portland hospital system, claiming a botched water birth caused their son's cerebral palsy. The boy was born in December 2011.

The lawsuit alleges that Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, which is part of the Legacy Health System, incorrectly told the plaintiffs that water births were less risky than traditional births. The suit also claims the boy's mother was wrongly told that she was a good candidate for a water birth when her son should have been delivered via C-section. The complaint also accuses the hospital of not having a supervising obstetrician overseeing midwives and nurses during delivery.

Can PTSD occur as the result of a car accident?

Maryland residents may wonder if it is possible to develop post-traumatic stress after a car accident. The fact is that it can be common for an individual to develop symptoms of this medical condition whenever a traumatic event takes place. The emotional experiences of post-traumatic stress can often exaggerate the normal feelings that occur after a car accident, including shock that the event happened, difficulty accepting that it really did take place, anger about the situation or fear that it may happen again. Replaying the memories over and over again may also be an indicator that PTSD has developed.

In order to determine whether an individual is experiencing typical emotions related to a traumatic event or has developed PTSD, it is important to evaluate whether the symptoms are ongoing or not. Emotions tend to go away with enough time but in the case of PTSD, they may linger for an excessive period.

Statistics show large-truck accidents are on the rise

Residents of Baltimore and the surrounding areas routinely share the roads with semis and other large vehicles. Therefore, Maryland drivers may be concerned about recent research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that shows that fatalities associated with tractor trailer accidents have been on the rise. In 2011, there were a total of 3,781 people killed in accidents caused by large trucks, and that number increased to 3,921 in 2012.

Another consideration of accidents with trucks is the number of injuries. The same research found that the number of people injured in trucking accidents rose from 88,000 in 2011 to 104,000 in 2012.

On distracted driving

As many Maryland residents have already learned, distracted driving is a growing danger on the roads of America. The high-technology world of instant text and voice communication that we live in today has caused unforeseen side effects to those who operate motor vehicles and utilize the highways or streets. Even pedestrians and bicyclists are at greater risk than ever before because of the increasing prevalence of distracted driving.

The three major categories of distracted driving are visual, manual and cognitive. Cell phone use is a major cause of all three.

Head-on accident kills both drivers in Maryland

Authorities with the Anne Arundel County police reported that a head-on collision claimed the lives of both involved drivers. According to reports, the accident occurred on Dec. 15 on Central Avenue West in Davidsonville.

A 22-year-old man driving an Audi apparently drifted over the center line near Beards Point Road. Upon doing so, the man's vehicle collided head-on into a Yaris being driven in the opposite direction by a 60-year-old woman. Emergency responders pronounced the woman dead at the accident scene. The 22-year-old was transported to the hospital for treatment of his serious injuries, where he later died.

Drunk driving accidents

While most Maryland drivers know that impaired drivers may cause serious car accidents, they may not know the estimated number of people who are impacted. In fact, it is estimated that drunk drivers cause 30 deaths throughout the nation every day and more than $59 billion in damages every year.

There are certain people who are more at risk for causing drunk driving accidents. The first at-risk group is younger people. For example, out of drivers who caused a fatal crash and had a blood alcohol content of more than .08 percent, 32 percent were between 21 and 24 years of age. About 27 percent of these drivers were between the ages of 25 to 34, while another 24 percent were between the age of 35 and 44. Of motorcyclists who caused fatal accidents with a BAC of more than .08 percent, 44 percent were between the ages of 40 and 44. Finally, those who had a previous DWI charge were more likely to become involved in a fatal crash than drivers who did not.

U-turn into wrong lane causes fatal accident

A car accident in Maryland left one driver dead and two other motorists injured when a pickup truck failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle on Maryland Route 4 on Dec. 4. The sheriff's office in Calvert County is asking the community for assistance while it conducts an investigation. At this time, driver error and failure to yield are thought to have caused the crash.

According to a police representative, a Ford F-150 made a U-turn and went into the southbound lanes of Route 2/4 at about 5:35 p.m. as a Dodge Dakota was driving south on the roadway. The Dodge hit the Ford in the rear portion of the passenger side. Both vehicles ended on the shoulder of the southbound lanes after impact. The driver of the Dodge pickup, 28, suffered multiple injuries in the crash and died at the hospital. The driver of the Ford and a passenger were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. According to a sheriff's office representative, the Dakota driver did not have seat belt restraints in place when the accident happened.

Pedestrian critically injured by hit-and-run driver

On Nov. 23, a 24-year-old man in Maryland was injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. At the time of the accident, the victim and a friend were walking along the side of westbound Obrecht Road. At around 2:30 a.m., a 1996 Chevrolet Impala hit the victim from behind. Police say the driver of the Impala then continued to travel west without stopping. As is common with many car accidents, charges against the driver are pending review by the State Attorney's Office.

Following the accident, the injured victim was rushed to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. He had reportedly sustained life-threatening injuries in the accident, though the exact nature of the victim's injuries is unclear. The man was doing better by the afternoon, and his condition was reported to be critical but stable.

Fractures and broken bones result from bizarre police chase

A recent bizarre police chase in Maryland led to several injuries. In the course of the accident, three police officers and one person on a scooter were injured, with at least one suffering fractures and broken bones. The police were attempting to stop the man driving the scooter when, somehow, the two vehicles collided. The details of exactly how the collision occurred were not immediately clear. 

Law enforcement officers reportedly approached a group of dirt bike riders. As they approached, the group dispersed, reportedly without donning required safety equipment. One member of the group apparently jumped onto the back of a scooter operated by another person. 

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