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Why Are Hospital/Nursing Home Falls So Common?

Published on Oct 3, 2018 at 5:39 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Unfortunately, falls are a common risk in hospitals and nursing homes. Elderly patients and residents face the risk of falling in a variety of situations – which can be related to medical malpractice and negligence in some cases. Because of this, it’s important to understand why these accidents happen so you can aid in the prevention of your elderly loved one falling.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 3 million elderly people are treated in emergency rooms every year for fall-related injuries. Below you’ll find additional facts and statistics regarding falls in hospitals and nursing homes.

  • One in five falls results in serious injuries like broken bones or head injuries.
  • Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized every year to treat fall injuries.
  • Between 50 percent and 75 percent of elderly patients suffer from nursing home falls each year.
  • Between 16 and 27 percent of nursing home falls occur due to environmental hazards, like inadequate lighting or slippery floors.
  • Approximately 1,800 elders die each year as a result of a traumatic fall.
  • In 2015, the medical costs associated with falls totaled more than $50 billion.

With those statistics in mind, let’s take a look at why these falling happen in hospitals and nursing homes.

Facts About Maryland’s New Enhanced Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Published on Oct 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm in Legal Information.

After an accident, the drivers involved are supposed to exchange contact and insurance policy information so they can inform their companies and work on getting their claim and compensation. But what happens if the other party doesn’t have car insurance?

While everyone is supposed to drive with insurance, there are many people who don’t. If you’re in an accident with someone who is uninsured or underinsured, your car accident claim may become more difficult than you first expected. Drivers have coverage for instances like this, but the insurance they get from their company usually depends on the uninsured or underinsured driver. Maryland has a new insurance policy to further help drivers in accidents with drivers who don’t have enough or any insurance at all.

Steps to Take After Being in a Baltimore Light Rail Accident

Published on Oct 1, 2018 at 9:06 pm in Train Accident.

Mass transit is a popular form of transportation for Baltimore residents who don’t want to drive, ride a bike, or walk. One main way to navigate Baltimore is the Light Rail, a train that runs through the city. While Light Rail users may not think about what to do in case of an accident, there’s a chance something could happen. A mass transit accident lawyer from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz LLC can help you with your claim.

The law firm of Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz believes in protecting the rights of Baltimore citizens and those who live in the state of Maryland. You deserve to be treated fairly when you’re filing a claim for compensation. We’re here to make sure that your case isn’t ignored or not given the attention it requires.

What NOT to Do After Being in a Hit-and-Run Accident

Published on Aug 23, 2018 at 6:35 pm in Car Accidents.

While auto accidents are often stressful and scary situations, there are procedures in place to help us deal with the events; however, not all drivers choose to comply with these procedures. In the event the other party involved in the accident intentionally leaves the scene without providing their correct identity and contact information, they are essentially guilty of a “hit-and-run.”

Hit-and-runs can occur with another moving vehicle, a parked vehicle, a pedestrian or bicyclist, or an inanimate object.  According to a study done by AAA’s Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than one hit-and-run crash occurs somewhere in the United States every minute. The number of hit-and-run incidents continues to rise on a yearly basis.  Over 2,000 hit-and-run fatalities were reported in 2016.

As a result of the commonality of these types of accidents, it’s important to understand your rights under Maryland laws that are in place to protect victims of hit-and-runs.  And while it’s a good idea to know what you should do if you’ve been in a hit-and-run, it’s even more important to know what not to do.

What are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Baltimore?

Published on Aug 15, 2018 at 3:56 pm in Car Accidents.

When two or more road cross, the risk of motor vehicle collisions increases. This is especially true when you add rush hour traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Drivers often need to be hyper aware of their surroundings when driving through busy intersections. Even a mere second of distraction can have serious consequences.

The Federal Highway Administration recognizes that part of addressing road safety involves improving intersection travel and reducing the number of conflicts. While there are discussions about geometrically designed road markings and the application of additional traffic control devices, intersection safety often boils down to drivers yielding and stopping when they’re supposed to.

What Happens When Paramedics are Negligent?

Published on Jun 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Emergency medical technicians are responsible for responding to emergency injuries. They provide critical treatment and transportation to patients who experience a health crisis or injury. These first responders have tough jobs and do amazing work.

But what happens when a paramedic makes a mistake or acts negligently while treating or transporting patients? Unfortunately, not all EMTs live up to the standard of providing excellent care.

First Responder Responsibilities

The core duties of paramedics include:

  • Evaluating patients for injuries and life-threatening conditions
  • Preparing patients for transportation
  • Providing prompt and safe transportation to a nearby hospital or another medical facility
  • Giving necessary care to patients until they arrive at the hospital

Property owners can be held liable for slip-and-fall accidents

Published on Jun 21, 2018 at 2:38 pm in General Blogs.

Falls make for great slapstick moments in movies, but they work much differently in real life. Slip-and-fall accidents often result in severe injuries for victims. From broken bones to head trauma, recovery from these accidents can be time-consuming and financially draining. However, most victims in Maryland can achieve compensation for their injuries if their fall occurred on another person’s property.

One of the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents comes from slippery or otherwise ill-maintained floors. However, the simple existence of a spill, wax or crack does not necessarily mean that a property owner is liable for another person’s injuries. Instead, courts will look at whether the owner took steps to adequately warn others of potential dangers. For instance, was there a sign for a spill or did the owner rope off an area of floor that was recently treated with wax?

Do you have recourse when an emergency vehicle hits you?

Published on Jun 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm in General Blogs.

You regularly see emergency vehicles such as police cars, ambulances and fire trucks, their sirens blaring as they rush to accident scenes or transport injured people to the hospital.

In a twist of irony, though, emergency vehicles can be at higher risk of involvement in a vehicle crash. High speeds and the element of surprise for other drivers make for a dangerous combination. So, emergency personnel who are helping someone could end up hurting or killing someone else.

If one strikes and injures you, do you have legal recourse? In many cases, yes, you do.

Anyone who is walking is at risk for a pedestrian accident

Published on Jun 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm in Pedestrian Accidents.

Walking is a great form of exercise for most Maryland residents. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. Although most people take great care to look both ways before crossing the street and stick to well-lit areas, they are simply no match for large motor vehicles. Because of this, virtually anyone can be at risk for a pedestrian accident.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, pedestrians are the most susceptible group on the road. This includes children in strollers and individuals who use wheelchairs. On average, approximately one pedestrian is killed every two hours and around 430 more seek treatment in emergency departments for every 24 hours. In 2013, this totaled to over 156,000 visiting ERs and 4,735 fatalities.

Was the driver who caused the accident late for the game?

Published on Jun 6, 2018 at 2:40 pm in General Blogs.

You’re in downtown Baltimore, riding in the bike lane with traffic, when a guy in a Jeep sideswipes you. The driver says he was on his way to the Orioles game and was running late. That would explain why he was speeding through a 25 mph zone and endangering everyone in the vicinity, including cyclists like you.

Speeding – especially aggressive driving by people in a hurry – is frequently a root cause of traffic accidents. And innocent people pay the price for those negligent drivers who are always behind schedule.

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