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AAA study examines whether Indian Head Highway's reputation is deserved

If you were to ask any resident of Prince George's County to identify which major thoroughfares had the best overall traffic levels or best served as a shortcut from Point A to Point B, chances are good that you'd receive a host of different answers from area residents eager to demonstrate their knowledge of local roadways.

If you were to ask which major thoroughfares in the county were the most dangerous, however, chances are also good that you would receive a near universal response: Maryland 210.

The proper way to deal with nursing home neglect or abuse

When you've seen the signs that your loved one is being abused or neglected by the very people you trust and pay to take care of them, it's easy to react emotionally and rashly. While that anger should spur you to action, it's important that you stay calm and in control of your emotions until your family member is protected and properly cared for.

Know what to do if you have suspicions about nursing home negligence, neglect or abuse. This may include legal action if your loved one has suffered lasting harm.

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Potential injuries and disabilities from preterm labor

Welcoming a new baby into your home should be one of the most exciting days of your life. Despite taking your vitamins, visiting your doctor and doing everything you can to prepare for childbirth, your body may determine that the baby wants to come early.

While premature babies can survive after 24 or 25 weeks of gestation, preterm babies are more suspectible to disabilities and serious health complications than those who reach full term.

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Committed to helping those looking for answers after a single-vehicle accident

When most of us hear the term car wreck, we invariably envision the aftermath of a serious multi-car accident complete with paramedics tending to the injured, witnesses talking to the police and perhaps even a crowd of nervous onlookers whispering to one another.

While these types of mental images are accurate, they are really only one part of a much larger picture. Indeed, the unfortunate reality is that car wrecks can take many different forms -- rear-ends, t-bone collisions, head-on crashes -- involve many different parties -- pedestrians, truckers, motorcyclists -- and be attributable to many different causes -- texting while driving, speeding, impaired driving.

Helping injured workers recover workers' compensation benefits

Going to work is not just a routine activity for most Maryland residents; it is also a necessary activity to earn a living to cover the costs associated with financial needs. While employers are required to take steps to address any health and safety issues in the work environment, workers unfortunately could suffer serious and even fatal injuries on-the-job.

Whether you are working in a high-risk industry or spend most of your workday in an office setting, all employees are exposed to some degree of risks at work. The experienced attorneys at Belsky Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, understand how a workplace injury can disrupt an individual's life. Therefore, we are devoted to helping workers in the Baltimore area understand their rights when it comes to workers' compensation and recovering the benefits owed to them

Is my injury covered by work comp insurance? - III

In previous posts, our blog has discussed how injured workers here in Maryland should know that their ability to secure work comp benefits under their employer's work comp insurance depends upon whether they meet rather precise requirements set forth under state law.

Specifically, we've discussed how the state's workers' compensation statute requires that the injured party is actually an employee (i.e., they aren't independent contractors, or part of either a partnership or sole-proprietorship), and that their injury happened purely "by chance or without design, taking place unexpectedly or unintentionally." 

Medical malpractice lawsuit crisis? No, just a medical malpractice crisis.

REPUBLICANS HINTING AGAIN AT TORT REFORM

With control of Congress and the White House, there are murmurings that Republicans will resurrect tort reform such as caps on medical malpractice compensation. The argument goes that rampant medical malpractice litigation is driving up the costs of health care and runaway juries are driving good doctors out of business.

But the facts do not support the hysteria. Medical malpractice lawsuits are actually down. Malpractice insurance premiums are also way down. It's as tough as ever to win a malpractice verdict. So why the push? Malpractice "reform" represents a financial windfall to physicians, health care corporations and insurance companies.

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Slip-and-fall injuries: No laughing matter

Often the punch line of your favorite old cartoons, a character slipping and falling from something like a banana peel is supposed to make you laugh. While it may be funny seeing it in cartoons, if it happens to you, a slip-and-fall injury can have very serious long-term effects.

Indeed, slip-and-injuries are more frequent than you might expect. Over 1 million yearly visits to the emergency room are a result of a slip-and-fall. They can result in broken bones, brain injuries, spine injuries or hip fractures. These injuries take time to heal, and the medical costs can be steep. You may miss work as you recover, and the unexpected costs can take an even greater toll on your finances.

Who is culpable for distracted driving accidents?

Apple, SnapChat and other tech companies sued over traffic deaths 

When an intoxicated driver causes a fatal accident, the family can sue the bar that helped that person get sloppy drunk. When a texting driver causes an accident, should victims be able to sue the companies that make it so easy and appealing to use smartphones while driving?

This debate is playing out in courts and legislatures around the country. A Wisconsin man whose daughter was killed by a driver distracted by a live-streaming app recently sued Apple Inc. for wrongful death. The lawsuit may not succeed, but more and more people are suggesting that smartphones and apps should be disabled while a car is in motion.

What do you think? Texting while driving is already illegal, but the problem is not going away.

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First phase of transformative nursing home regulations now in effect

It may come as a surprise for people to learn that much of the cost of nursing home care in the U.S. is covered by the federal Medicaid and Medicare programs. Consider that the price tag for this care reached an astounding $75 billion in 2014 alone.

While this steady stream of reliable income is naturally a great boon to U.S. nursing homes, as with most situations in life, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Indeed, in exchange for federal funding, nursing homes must agree to abide by rules established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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