Personal injuries range from mild to severe, but regardless of the severity can completely change your life and negatively affect your future. Some injuries leave you with life-changing problems that force you to adapt or completely rethink your life. Your might require lifelong (expensive) medical care, or be unable to work, causing you to lose years of income.
Maryland surgeons know that a single surgical error may result in a medical malpractice lawsuit and a large compensation award to an injured plaintiff. Although not common, one error that occurs in some spinal surgery cases is operating on the wrong level of the spine. Surgery on the wrong vertebra can result in a spectrum of outcomes, from minor complications to the need for additional surgeries.
According to reports, a 73-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Feb. 1 on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway turned himself in to federal marshals on April 8. The man reportedly told officers he didn't know what he had struck with his vehicle the night of the accident.
Many states, including Maryland, have laws prohibiting texting and using a handheld cell phone while driving. But the problems of distracted driving, which killed over 200 people in Maryland in 2011, go beyond the use of electronic devices, especially for teens. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Transportation Safety and Security, 27 percent of teens reported that they sometimes change their clothes and shoes while driving. Other behind-the-wheel activities included changing contact lenses, doing homework or putting on makeup.
Maryland residents are likely aware that riding a motorcycle can be dangerous, but they may be surprised to learn just how hazardous traveling on two wheels can be. While motorcycles make up only tiny fraction of the vehicles traveling on the nation's roads, riders are approximately 26 times more likely to be killed in an accident per mile traveled than passenger vehicle occupants.
Minor car crashes are common for Maryland residents. Most minor accidents result in very little damage to either the car or the occupants. However, injuries can occur in even minor accidents.
Maryland residents may wonder if it is possible to develop post-traumatic stress after a car accident. The fact is that it can be common for an individual to develop symptoms of this medical condition whenever a traumatic event takes place. The emotional experiences of post-traumatic stress can often exaggerate the normal feelings that occur after a car accident, including shock that the event happened, difficulty accepting that it really did take place, anger about the situation or fear that it may happen again. Replaying the memories over and over again may also be an indicator that PTSD has developed.
While most Maryland drivers know that impaired drivers may cause serious car accidents, they may not know the estimated number of people who are impacted. In fact, it is estimated that drunk drivers cause 30 deaths throughout the nation every day and more than $59 billion in damages every year.
On Nov. 23, a 24-year-old man in Maryland was injured after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. At the time of the accident, the victim and a friend were walking along the side of westbound Obrecht Road. At around 2:30 a.m., a 1996 Chevrolet Impala hit the victim from behind. Police say the driver of the Impala then continued to travel west without stopping. As is common with many car accidents, charges against the driver are pending review by the State Attorney's Office.
A recent bizarre police chase in Maryland led to several injuries. In the course of the accident, three police officers and one person on a scooter were injured, with at least one suffering fractures and broken bones. The police were attempting to stop the man driving the scooter when, somehow, the two vehicles collided. The details of exactly how the collision occurred were not immediately clear.