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Top 5 Signs That a Driver Is Impaired or Under the Influence

Published on Sep 9, 2021 at 5:47 pm in Car Accidents.

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Although it is well-known that drunk and impaired driving causes thousands of unnecessary deaths and injuries each year, many people still choose to ignore the consequences and get behind the wheel when they are unfit to drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 28 people die every day in the U.S. in crashes involving drunk drivers. And in the state of Maryland alone, the statistics are tragically high. State law makes it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) at or above 0.08%, and there is a zero-tolerance policy for drivers under the age of 21. However, between 2009 and 2018, there were 1,515 people killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver in Maryland.

The Difference Between Civil and Criminal Jurisdiction

Published on Sep 2, 2021 at 3:55 pm in Legal Information.

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In the United States, unlike many parts of the world, civil and criminal cases are handled under two separate and distinct areas of jurisdiction. Civil laws are in place to resolve disputes between individual parties, while criminal law deals with offenses that have occurred against the government or state. The type of law that applies to a situation depends on the circumstances. Knowledge of the difference between civil and criminal jurisdiction will help you know how to proceed, should you face a situation which calls for legal action. It is always beneficial to seek the guidance of an accomplished personal injury lawyer if you are unsure whether your situation falls under civil or criminal jurisdiction.

Dangers of Using Mobile Phones While Driving

Published on Aug 26, 2021 at 4:30 pm in Car Accidents.

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Substantial research has shown that cell phone use while driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on the road. Some studies have even concluded that the impairments associated with mobile phone use behind the wheel can be as extreme as those associated with drunk driving. Drivers who neglect their duty to keep themselves and others safe on the road put everyone at risk. In the state of Maryland, it is illegal to use a handheld phone while driving.

The Surprising Statistics of Stopped-Vehicle Accidents

Published on Aug 20, 2021 at 3:16 pm in Car Accidents.

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According to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), crashes involving stopped or disabled vehicles have been responsible for hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries over the past several years. Today, on average, 300 people are killed each year as a result of stopped-vehicle accidents. This statistic is particularly alarming in light of the fact that there has been an over 25% increase in stopped-vehicle accident-related deaths since 2014.

What to Do When Medical Records Are Withheld During a Workers’ Compensation Case

Published on Aug 5, 2021 at 6:37 pm in Workers Compensation.

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When you are injured on the job, your medical information becomes legal evidence. One of the most important aspects of your workers’ compensation case is making sure that your injury is clearly and accurately documented in your medical records. Workers’ compensation exists in order to provide much-needed benefit to employees who experience injuries or diseases directly related to their work. But if your medical records, a key component of your case, are not obtained or considered, you may suffer serious consequences. This may mean that you are not able to receive the best treatment options as recommended by your doctor, or that your claim may be denied.

Steps to Take After Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied

Published on Aug 5, 2021 at 6:21 pm in Workers Compensation.

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In the aftermath of a work-related injury, it can be discouraging to learn that your initial claim to receive workers’ compensation benefits has been denied. Fortunately, there are structures in place that allow those whose claims have been denied to take legal action. By working with an experienced lawyer through the appeal denial process, you can be confident that you are taking all the right steps toward being justly compensated.

The Dangers of Behind-the-Wheel Tunnel Vision

Published on Jul 23, 2021 at 7:07 pm in Car Accidents.

The Dangers of Behind-the-Wheel Tunnel Vision

Tunnel vision, also known as peripheral vision loss (PVL), impairs your peripheral vision capability, or your ability to see to the side. People who are experiencing tunnel vision may say that they feel as though they are looking at the world through a tube. For this reason, tunnel vision is sometimes referred to as tubular vision. Like highway hypnosis, another visual phenomenon which may occur while driving, tunnel vision can come on suddenly and seemingly without cause, creating a dangerous situation and increasing the likelihood of a car accident.

Under What Circumstances Can You Sue a Mental Health Facility?

Published on Jul 23, 2021 at 6:53 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Under What Circumstances Can You Sue a Mental Health Facility

Mental health care facilities are psychiatric institutions which serve the needs of individuals experiencing severe mental, behavioral, or emotional disorders. These facilities often provide residential as well as hospital inpatient and outpatient services. Due to factors such as patient residency and the vulnerability of patients, problematic patient care, if it occurs, can be both deeply serious and perpetuated unnoticed.

When a healthcare provider in any field neglects the standard of care and injures the patient as a result, there has been an incident of medical malpractice. Standard of care, in this usage, refers to the level of skill and attention that it is expected would be offered by the average doctor in this particular situation. While this can be a difficult term to explicitly define, doctors who act outside of the expected and recognized norms of medical care can be shown to be in disregard of the accepted standard. In short, the harm you sustained would not have happened under another physician’s care. Under these circumstances, a victim is well within their rights to bring legal charges against the healthcare provider.

What Do You Need to Know Before You File for Bankruptcy?

Published on Jun 18, 2021 at 7:53 pm in Bankruptcy.

What Do You Need to Know Before You File for Bankruptcy

When you’re suffering from financial hardship and can no longer handle your debts, you might be considering filing for bankruptcy. This can offer you some relief from the stress you’re experiencing and allow you to get back on your feet. However, this isn’t a decision that you should make lightly—bankruptcy should be carefully considered, and you should understand all aspects of it before filing.

The bankruptcy process can be confusing, especially if this is your first time filing. Having a bankruptcy lawyer on your side can make the entire process much easier. They can help you determine what’s right for you and answer any questions you have throughout filing.

Let’s take a look at what you need to know before you file for bankruptcy so that you can be fully informed.

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