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How do you deal with aggressive drivers?

In our post last week, our blog began discussing the topic of aggressive driving, namely how it's defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who is the most susceptible to engaging this behavior, and why it's so exceedingly dangerous. 

Having established this important information, today's post will delve deeper into this topic by exploring how the law in Maryland takes a very dim view of aggressive driving, and how to avoid encounters with aggressive drivers. 

Who's an aggressive driver? The answer might surprise you

As you made your way to work this morning, chances are good that you noticed the usual assortment of questionable driving practices from those more interested in their phones than surrounding traffic to those who simply failed to notice the posted traffic signs.

You may have even encountered drivers whose behavior stopped short of road rage, but could easily be classified as dangerously assertive or perhaps even aggressive. As obnoxious as this type of behavior is, it can also be incredibly dangerous with statistics showing that aggressive driving is behind an alarming number of serious and even fatal car accidents.

Study: Over 20 percent of patients with serious conditions misdiagnosed

Two years ago, the National Academy of Medicine published a groundbreaking report indicating that not only will the majority of people receive an incorrect or delayed diagnosis at least once during their lifetime, but that roughly 12 million people -- or close to 5 percent of adults seeking outpatient care -- are misdiagnosed every year.

Furthermore, previous research has found that diagnostic errors are behind 6-17 percent of adverse hospital events, 10 percent of hospital deaths, and present in 10-20 percent of all cases.     

GHSA report projects 11 percent spike in pedestrian deaths in 2016

When the Governors Highway Safety Association published its annual findings on the number of pedestrian fatalities here in the U.S. last year, there was no shortage of shock and outrage. Indeed, it was hoped that the revelation that the number of pedestrian fatalities had increased by more than 9 percent from 2014 to 2015 would serve as something of a wakeup call to motorists, pedestrians and lawmakers.

Fast forward to the present and, in an unsettling turn of events, it appears as if this wakeup call has gone largely unanswered.

Was your hospital fall listed as a "never event?"

Even though hospitals have signs in strategic locations warning about the possibility of a patient taking a fall, this kind of accident happens on a daily basis. Patients may fall because they felt woozy getting out of bed or because the freshly mopped floor was slippery.

Some patiens survive such falls without harm. But if they suffered a lasting injury it may be classed as a medical error, and they may be entitled to compensation from the medical facility.

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Slip-and-fall accidents and outdoor conditions -- II

Last week, our blog began discussing how it's important for people to understand that negligent property owners can be held accountable for slip-and-fall accidents that occur outside provided the site of the incident is part of the owner's premises, and the owner either 1) failed to rectify the condition that caused the accident or 2) take the necessary precautions.

By way of illustration, we examined slip-and-fall accidents occurring in the snow or on the ice surrounding buildings. We'll continue this discussion in today's post, exploring two surfaces types many of us traverse on a daily basis.

Slip-and-fall accidents and outdoor conditions

For the most part, liability for slip-and-fall accidents likely brings to mind images of people filing lawsuits after suffering serious injuries in tumbles inside shopping malls, big box retailers, movie theaters, office buildings and apartment complexes.

While this is certainly an accurate depiction, it's also somewhat limited in scope. That's because slip-and-fall accidents and the resulting liability on the part of property owners can also extend to outdoor areas.   

Should first-year MDs go back to 24-hour shifts?

If you were to ask your longtime physician about their time as a resident, they would more than likely look back with some ambivalence, perhaps describing a 12-month period highlighted by significant learning, but also very long shifts and sleepless nights.

While the life of the first-year doctor-in-training was indeed long characterized by 24-plus hour shifts, this changed back in 2011 when the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, citing concerns about both patient and physician safety, changed the maximum number of hours a resident could work to 16.

A flying toaster hit my windshield. Do I have a case?

At one time or another, every motorist must try to avoid flying debris or an unexpected obstacle in the roadway. The item could be anything from a chunk of concrete to a mattress to a toaster that falls out of the loaded bed of the pickup in front of you.

You may incur a cracked windshield or dented grill, resulting in a property damage claim with your insurance company. You might also end up crashing your car because you swerved and lost control of your vehicle. In that case, you might find yourself in another category altogether, if you or your passengers suffered injuries.

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8 (less obvious) signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

Elder abuse is not always outwardly visible

People are more aware these days of the symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect. If a loved one exhibited bruises, bedsores or other injuries, you would probably question him or her as well as the nursing home staff.

Sometimes elder abuse is not so apparent. Family members play an important role in ensuring the safety and well-being of their loved ones in a nursing home. When you visit, be vigilant for the subtle signs that something's not right.

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