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Light rail is safe, but accidents and injuries still happen

Light rail serves many people in the Baltimore area. Industry statistics have Baltimore's  Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) ranked 12th in the nation for passenger miles for this form of transportation.

Mile for mile, light rail is dependable, convenient and safe, but any kind of transportation carries risks. Accidents still happen, and injuries for the people involved range from minor to life-changing.

Did attorney commit legal malpractice in personal injury claim?

When hiring an attorney for a personal injury claim, a Maryland resident trusts that the one chosen will diligently pursue a recovery from any and all potential defendants who may bear some responsibility for the injuries suffered. Failing to do so could close off a potential source of restitution that could help with the financial losses sustained. An individual in a neighboring state says that is exactly what happened, and he now alleges legal malpractice kept him from receiving approximately $1.8 million.

The claim arose out of an accident that occurred in 2011. The man in question was a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. The accident caused the man numerous injuries to his entire body, including his pelvic region, spine and legs. He also suffered injuries to his shoulder and claims he became disfigured. Certain conditions he had prior to the incident were also exacerbated by it.

Numerous pedestrian accidents happen around college campuses

Retail, rental and restaurant establishments designed to serve the students who attend them often occupy the real estate surrounding many of Maryland's college and university campuses. Students who frequent the businesses and live near the campuses may walk quite a bit. This means they are also vulnerable to being injured or even killed in pedestrian accidents.

For instance, a tragedy recently occurred near the University of Maryland College Park campus. On a Sunday morning sometime before 6:20 a.m., an SUV struck a pedestrian as she crossed the street. The driver involved did not suffer any injuries and waited for police to arrive.

Do you suspect nursing home negligence?

Many Maryland families are forced to come to the realization that their elderly loved ones need more care than they can provide. They find a nursing home they believe will provide the proper care their family members need, but then begin to wonder if nursing home negligence is taking place. This often begins as a nagging feeling that something just is not right.

It would be a good idea to heed those feelings. Even if they prove to be baseless, at least you would know that your loved one is being cared for in the manner you expect. If your instincts turn out to be right, you may save your loved one -- and perhaps others -- from needless suffering.

A driver recovering from concussion could be a road hazard

New research suggests concussions may affect driving skills long after the person has recovered. This is  dangerous not only for the person recovering from brain trauma but for everyone else on the road.

We hear about the long-term effects of concussions on athletes, but that is just a fraction of people who have suffered brain injuries. This new study raises safety concerns about motorists driving abilities may be compromised even though they no longer have concussion symptoms.

Workers' compensation benefits: Permanent disability

Many of the on-the-job accidents that happen here in Maryland cause injuries from which an employee will more than likely recover. However, you may be one of the individuals who suffers such a severe injury that a full recovery is not possible. In that case, you may be wondering what type of workers' compensation benefits you can receive to help with your financial situation since you may never be able to return to work, or at the very least, you may not be able to return to the work you did prior to the accident.

The Maryland workers' compensation system does provide for permanent disability benefits. They come in two types: total and partial. If you receive permanent total disability, your injuries were such that you will never return to work again. Injuries that generally fall under this category include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations.

Were you playing Pokémon Go when that pickup struck you?

It is common knowledge that distracted driving increases the chances of accidents. Texting, talking or playing Pokémon Go on the cell phone can all increase the danger for all the other drivers and pedestrians around you. When someone is playing Pokémon Go while driving and hits a pedestrian crossing the street, in the vast majority of cases the driver would be liable for the damages caused to the pedestrian as a result of the accident.

However, one type of distraction that does not get as much attention is distracted walking. Claims arise in which pedestrians are found to be legally liable for accidents when they were playing Pokémon Go, texting or otherwise paying attention to their smart phones instead of the road. 

Victim of hit-and-run motor vehicle accident dies

Too many Maryland families have lost loved ones to car crashes. What may make the sorrow worse is when that loved one was left to die by a driver who failed to remain at the scene of a motor vehicle accident. Some of those accidents involve pedestrians who may have lived if they had received medical care as quickly as possible.

The problem is that some of the victims are not found right away. For instance, a pedestrian was found in a roadway on a recent Thursday night. His condition was critical, and emergency responders rushed him to a hospital in the area. Sadly, his injuries were too severe, and despite their best efforts, medical personnel were unable to save his life.

Many road debris accidents are preventable

Shredded tires. Unsecured loads. Runaway trailers. Road debris is a more significant danger than you might think. It causes about 50,000 crashes a year, including thousands of injuries and more than 100 fatalities.

It is not always possible to avoid road debris when it pops up suddenly in your lane. But drivers can limit the danger by driving defensively and by taking basic safety precautions when transporting items. In the event an accident, drivers who created road hazards can be held liable.

Nursing home negligence: Man dies after given wrong medicine

Trusting a loved to be cared for by someone else is a difficult decision, but it is often necessary for their care. Sadly, nursing home negligence and medical malpractice often occurs in Maryland nursing home facilities, placing patient's lives and health at risk. A widow has filed a lawsuit against a nursing home and its owner following his unexpected death.

The 72-year-old man had been in the hospital and was transferred back to the nursing home facility where he had been prior to his hospitalization when an error occurred in his care. On the same day, another patient was admitted to the facility, and both patients arrived with prescribed medication lists. According to the lawsuit, a nurse mixed up the medication lists, and the men received each other's medications for three days.

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