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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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Will work comp benefits for firefighters ignite a legal battle?

There is no question that firefighting ranks as one of the single most dangerous occupations that a person can have. Indeed, this danger comes from the fact that firefighters are not only at a near-constant risk of suffering serious burn injuries or bodily harm while tending to fires and accidents, but also constantly exposed to dangerous chemicals and toxic fumes -- many of which are carcinogenic.

In recognition of this latter reality, Maryland, along with the majority of the states, has long provided firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer with special legal presumptions when it comes to workers' compensation benefits.

5 ways to reduce the risk of injury from medication errors

Keep track. Ask questions. And no sharing.

It is a huge relief to find out that there is a way to treat your condition or illness. Whether it is a short-term antibiotic or a long-term drug for a chronic illness, prescription medications have the power to cure you or make your life more bearable.

You trust your health care providers to find the best treatment options out there, but what happens when they make a mistake with your medications? YOU pay the price. Maybe the ultimate price. It's up to you to be vigilant.

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Study finds disruptive docs in the OR aren't just distracting, but dangerous

While the reality of having to undergo surgery is enough to make even the most stoic patient experience considerable unease, things can become that much more difficult when they are have to deal with a surgeon who is rude, dismissive or otherwise disrespectful. In fact, the experience might be so bad that it forces the patient or their family members to complain to hospital administration.

Interestingly enough, a recent study by researchers from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and six other academic health systems reveals that hospital administrators might want to be a bit more proactive about these types of complaints.

Can ignition interlocks save lives?

NOAH'S LAW AIMS TO PREVENT REPEAT DUIs

The passage of "Noah's Law" in 2016 signaled that Maryland is serious about saving lifes. Rather than simply punishing DUI, it aims to prevent drunk driving accidents by testing a driver's breath before they drive.

Noah's Law requires anyone convicted of driving under the influence to have an ignition interlock device -- similiar to a "breathalyzer" -- installed on their vehicle. The legislation was passed in honor of police officer Noah Leotta, who was killed on duty by a DUI repeat offender.

Will ignition interlock will keep our roads safe? Are Maryland's DUI laws too harsh? 

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Are millennial drivers behind the recent spike in fatal crashes?

According to recent reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, U.S. roads and highways have become decidedly more dangerous in recent years. In fact, agency statistics show that there were 35,092 traffic fatalities in 2015 alone. To put this in perspective, consider that this was a 7 percent increase from 2014 and the single largest year-to-year increase in traffic fatalities in 50 years.

This naturally raises the question as to what exactly is behind this alarming phenomenon. Fascinatingly, a recently released study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has identified at least one possible culprit: millennial drivers.

Common fibromyalgia misdiagnosis

Maryland residents should be aware that fibromyalgia is a commonly misdiagnosed medical condition. Fibromyalgia is non-specific and widespread pain that is associated with overactive nerves. Since widespread pain and fatigue can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose accurately.

According to a medical expert, a diagnosis of fibromyalgia should only be given after the physician has exhausted other likely causes of the pain and fatigue. Three broad categories of diseases have symptoms very similar to true fibromyalgia. These are non-fibromyalgia medical conditions, musculoskeletal conditions and metabolic disorders. A doctor may need to run a wide variety of tests to rule out these other conditions as the cause of symptoms.

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