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Disastrous bridge collapse illustrates construction hazards

The collapse of the newly constructed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University is a horrifying example of the unexpected failure of a massive structure.

Within 24 hours of the incident, the number of fatalities was still unclear. The bridge collapse not only posed danger to people in the immediate vicinity, but also to rescue workers and emergency responders who arrived on the scene.

Truck accident blamed on drowsy driving

Working long hours, family obligations and other circumstances can make it difficult to get adequate sleep. Most Maryland residents can recall at least one time when they felt tired all day long due to sleep deprivation, but still had to get on with their lives, which may have included driving. An extra cup of coffee, soda or energy drink may have provided enough alertness to get through the day, but they probably were not on the road all day. What about the trucker who struggles to stay awake while driving all day? No amount of caffeine can erase the increased potential for a truck accident.

A recent crash investigated by troopers with the Maryland State Police illustrates just how dangerous this can be. A trucker fell asleep and crashed into another big rig. He managed to escape the wreckage before a fire broke out, but that does not excuse his behavior. No one may have been seriously hurt in this incident, but far too many people lose their lives to drowsy truckers here and across the country.

Did your vehicle "trip" on something prior to the rollover?

A rollover is possibly the most frightening type of crash you could ever have. The vehicle suddenly flips, and you are powerless to stop it. You can only hope to ride it out as you are bounced around and upside down.

There are various reasons for rollover accident. One of the most common causes is that the vehicle may have “tripped” on something.

Did medical malpractice cause Bill Paxton's death?

Maryland moviegoers may remember that Bill Paxton starred in big box office blockbusters such as "Twister," "Titanic" and "Aliens" throughout his career. He also graced the small screen in television shows such as "Big Love," which aired on HBO. He died on Feb. 25, 2017, just days after undergoing a surgical procedure on his heart at the age of 61. Now, his family has filed a lawsuit claiming that medical malpractice took his life.

The family alleges that the surgeon failed to disclose all of the potential risks involved in the operation to them or Paxton. Moreover, they claim that the surgeon was not qualified to perform the unconventional and highly risky procedure. Even though his official cause of death is listed as a stroke after heart surgery, the family believes that his death could have been prevented.

How does crashworthiness play into traumatic brain injury?

The term “crashworthiness” is frequently used when manufacturers test vehicles for safety.

There are many reasons that a car crash might occur (including automobile defects). But even when the collision results from human error, a vehicle defect can directly cause serious harm (such as a brain injury) or make injuries worse than they should be. Crashworthy refers not to the vehicle's sturdiness but to the vehicle’s ability to protect the occupants.

OSHA violations are often too late to prevent workplace accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducts inspections of facilities in a variety of industries throughout the year. Unfortunately, some of them are prompted by workplace accidents in which an innocent life was lost. Each year, too large a number of workers across the country, perhaps including some here in Maryland, die before a company is forced to take the safety of its workers seriously.

For instance, OSHA recently completed an investigation into the death of a worker in a plastics company last year. OSHA found that the company willfully violated a regulation requiring machine guards on its equipment to prevent injuries to workers. Investigators also found that the company failed to implement proper shut down and lock out/tag out procedures.

What is causing the increase in large truck injury crashes?

As a motorist on the highways and byways in and around Baltimore, you are accustomed to seeing big rigs. What you do not want to see, let alone be involved in, is a truck-related crash.

Unfortunately, there has been a sharp increase in large truck accidents in recent years. What is causing these crashes, and where are they happening?

Workers' compensation matters: Violence in nursing home settings

More than likely, Maryland readers have heard horror stories about the treatment of nursing home residents. While the abuse and neglect that many residents suffer at the hands of nursing home staff is deplorable, it is not the only source of violence in these facilities. Nursing home staff may also become the victims of violence -- from the residents -- and they may make claims for workers' compensation benefits as a result.

For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued citations for a facility's failure to protect its workers at a nursing home in another state. After receiving two complaints regarding injuries due to resident violence, OSHA began an investigation into the facility in Aug. 2017. It found five documented instances of injuries and several undocumented instances in which staff suffered injuries due to the violent behavior of residents.

Alleged slip-and-fall accident leads to suit against Subway

A woman in another state recently claimed that she suffered injuries after slipping and falling at a Subway restaurant. She asserted that the fast food restaurant's negligence led to her injuries and has therefore filed a lawsuit against the eatery. Anyone in Maryland who suffers injuries in a slip\-and\-fall accident resulting from a property owner's carelessness has the right to take legal action.

The recent out-of-state incident took place in July 2017. According to the woman's lawsuit, the woman was ordering food at the Subway restaurant. All of a sudden, she slipped and fell on the floor.

Report states little oversight to prevent nursing home negligence

In many aspects, families may consider an assisted living facility a better alternative to the traditional nursing home setting. Unfortunately, a new federal report states that, in spite of billions of dollars going to pay for this type of care for Medicare and Medicaid patients, there is little guidance or oversight provided to prevent nursing home negligence or abuse. The new report covers these designated institutions in every state, including Maryland, and calls for more regulation.

There are many set regulations that are meant to provide quality care for patients who require traditional nursing home care. Though assisted living centers are growing in popularity, there are not nearly as many regulations in place to ensure that patients who are on Medicare or Medicaid are receiving the same quality care. States and the federal government reportedly spend an average of $30,000 for the care of a patient in these types of homes, but there is no standardized method to ensure that the funding is being used to provide the same level of care that other facilities are required to provide.

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