Once again the Maryland courts have thrown a medical malpractice case out of court because of perceived shortcomings in the certificate that is required before the case can go to court.
Under Maryland law, one of the requirements for taking a case alleging professional malpractice to court is that a certificate of a qualified expert must be filed. But, Maryland's top court recently narrowed the circumstances in which a certificate must be filed in a case that claimed negligence by an engineer who was not named as being licensed.
Board certification is an important credential for doctors. When searching for a physician, conventional wisdom is to find a medical practitioner who is board-certified. Many believe that it is a sign of higher medical competence; but, what happens when an attorney goes overboard in making sure that the qualifications of doctor who is not board-certified are given to the jury in a medical malpractice case?
Maryland lawmakers continue to grapple with where to draw lines on texting while driving. In 2011, Free State politicians refined the "texting while driving laws" by putting into effect legislation imposing a $500 fine for glancing at a text message or an e-mail while at the wheel of a car. Previously, Maryland drivers were barred from writing text messages while negotiating traffic but allowed to read them.