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I-70 closed for a time after 5-car crash

Driving really is a full time job. As comfortable as vehicles have become, with plush, heated and cooled leather seats, sound systems that rival the best home stereos and electronics that at times can be overwhelming, it is easy to forget as you are whisked along an interstate highway in Maryland that you are in a vehicle moving at nearly 100 feet per second.

But you are, and at 100 fps, you are covering the distance of a football field every three seconds. If you are daydreaming, lulled into a state of highway hypnosis, are chatting with a passenger or worst, texting on a cellphone, how long will it take for your mind to recover its focus on the situation in front of your vehicle should something go wrong?

If I'm a passenger, can I sue my driver after an accident?

In most car accidents, a driver is responsible for their negligence in the accident. They may have been drunk, speeding or texting, and ran an intersection, lost control and crossed the centerline or hit a car stopped at a stoplight.

And you were hit by them, you would expect to be able to collect some compensation for your damages, whether they are minor physical damage to your vehicle, or the compensation necessary to replace your totaled vehicle and cover your medical expensed from various personal injuries.

But what happens in less straightforward situations? What happens if you are in a car as a passenger and the driver is texting or driving too fast for conditions? If they crash in a single-car accident and you are injured, can you sue the driver?

Why All the Fuss About Unnecessary Stents? A Basic Primer of Stenting Risks

Ordinarily, the benefit of receiving a cardiac stent far outweighs the risks of stent surgery and the necessary postoperative treatment. There are however sizeable risks to consider if you are fortunate enough to have the time and accurate information about your condition to do so. Recently, more than 500 patients at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Towson, Maryland were advised they may have received cardiac stents unnecessarily and to consult with their private physicians. These patients didn't have the time to realize they didn't need the stents to begin with and are now faced with questions about their medical future.

Doctors Reconsider Value of Cardiac Stents in the Wake of Claims Against Mark Midei, M.D.

In today's Baltimore Sun, reporter Tricia Bishoplooks at the use of stents and the risks they bring. According to the article, until recently, use of cardiac stents to open blocked arteries has been all the rage and was seen as a relatively safe procedure when compared to open heart coronary bypass surgery. Since the 1990s, stents have been increasingly used and have generated more than $1 billion of revenue for Maryland's hospitals.

Florida Court Gets Rid of Limits on Money Damages in Certain Types of Medical Malpractice Cases

Florida beach.jpgAdd Florida to the list of states that have rejected limiting damages in certain types of medical malpractice lawsuits. The Sunshine State's top court has ruled that limitations on non-economic damages "imposes unfair and illogical burdens on injured parties" when medical malpractice has occurred and there is more than one claimant.

Maryland Attorney Loses Law License for Criticizing Judges

Law Books.jpgDisbarment - the loss of a law license - is an extreme sanction. Yet, in a recent case, Maryland's top court rejected an attorney's argument that his emailed criticism of several of Maryland's government and legal officials was protected as free speech and upheld the decision to yank James Albert Frost's law license.

Maryland Legislators Consider Increasing Financial Recovery for Personal Injury, Creation of Birth Injury Fund

Maryland's politicians are considering tripling the amount of non-economic damages that can be obtained for plaintiffs in civil caseMaryland State House.jpgs involving catastrophic injuries. Maryland personal injury lawyers applaud the move. However, hospitals and the lawyers who represent doctors have already denounced the measure, with hospitals warning that higher financial recoveries will increase consumer costs.

Considering a Particular Doctor? Take A Look At This Website First

The Maryland Board of Physicians has a website that contains a variety of information about physicians and other healthcare professionals who require licensure in the state. In addition to providing the dates that Maryland physicians were licensed in their area of specialty, the site provides disciplinary alerts for doctors who have been sanctioned by the Board for various types of misconduct. The site also contains useful information including the procedure for filing a complaint and monthly sanctions lists, which are current through the end of 2013.

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