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July 2016 Archives

MD Court: Adults Who Serve Booze To Minors May Face Civil Suits

According to an opinion recently issued by the Maryland Court of Appeals - the state's highest court - adults and parents who provide alcohol to underage kids can be held civilly liable is these same underage kids are injured or they hurt others.

Pokémon Go: Is catching them all really worth an accident?

By now, the Pokémon Go craze has spread almost everywhere in the nation, including Baltimore. While this popular game - which requires players to capture animated Pokémon characters projected on their cellphone screens amid the player's actual surroundings - has coaxed countless kids and adults off the couch, it has also gotten several people injured. In fact, the internet is rife with stories of people walking into traffic, trees and even off rocky ledges as they try to catch Pokémon on their cellphones.

Nonprofits collaborate to improve diagnosis of endometriosis

Women in Maryland with endometriosis sometimes endure terrible pain. The discomfort also might linger for a long time without a proper diagnosis because this condition takes an average of 12 years to diagnose. To improve recognition and treatment of this disease, the Endometriosis Foundation of America has partnered with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Changes in reporting regulations may benefit workers

Maryland employees may be interested to learn about a May 2016 rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding drug testing following a workplace accident. The rule, which was implemented under the name 'Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses," requires employers in certain industries to submit injury and illness data to OSHA electronically and could affect future workers' compensation claims, according to news reports.

Disturbing medical malpractice cases

According to some statistics, only heart disease and cancer claim the lives of more Americans than medical errors, but Maryland patients may still be shocked to learn the details of some disturbing medical malpractice cases. A man having the wrong leg amputated is the punchline of several jokes, but this actually happened to a Florida man in 1995. The hospital and surgeon involved eventually paid the man more than a million dollars for their mistake.

Reducing financial losses from workplace injuries

When Maryland workers are injured on the job in Maryland, both they and their employer experience financial losses. Injured workers loses income while they are recovering from their injuries, and the worker's employer loses productivity. Financial losses from work-related accidents may be reduced if employers take steps to assess risks and create safer workplaces.

1 dead, 2 injured in 3-car accident

A man was killed in a multi-car accident that took place in Baltimore July 6. Maryland Transportation Authority police said that the fatal crash involved three cars and occurred on Interstate 95 North. Two other people who were injured but survived the accident were treated at Shock Trauma.

Safety experts urge employers to consider aging workforce

Employers in Maryland may have noticed the nationwide trend of an aging workforce. Some safety experts see this as a cause for concern because slips and falls represent the second-leading cause of on-the-job deaths. Since older workers are more prone to such injuries, safety experts are suggesting that employers increase their efforts to identify hazards and reduce the likelihood of falls in the workplace.

Challenges in diagnosing various forms of arthritis

Maryland residents might notice increasing joint pain as they get older. Such ailments can often be attributed to osteoarthritis, a medical condition that's estimated to be a problem for approximately 70 percent of those over the age of 55. This form of arthritis is typically attributed to wear on the joints through use over time. However, it is important to consider other types of arthritis that can mirror the effects of OA. For some people, psoriatic arthritis could be the actual medical condition causing the aches and pains in question.

Ventilation key to protecting workers from welding fumes

Welders in Maryland workplaces are usually extremely careful as they know that a stray spark could easily start a fire, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration urges them to also bear in mind that the fumes created by pressure or fusion welding can also be extremely dangerous. Toxic substances found in welding fumes include traces of dangerous metals like beryllium, lead and arsenic, noxious gases such as hydrogen fluoride and asphyxiants like argon.

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