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4 steps to take after a bus accident

Published on Jan 25, 2018 at 1:07 pm in General Blogs.

You may take public transportation to and from work or your college classes. Perhaps you join friends or family  now and then for a trip on a motor coach.

The vast majority of bus trips are safe trips. However, accidents do happen. Here are four steps to take if you are aboard a bus that is in an accident.

Should penalties for dangerous driving behavior be stronger?

Published on Jan 8, 2018 at 1:11 pm in General Blogs.

After compiling highway accident figures from 2016, the National Safety Council found that traffic deaths increased 6 percent over 2015. The Council also conducted a survey about driving behaviors that revealed some unsettling results.

The NSC report shows that drivers are becoming increasingly complacent about drinking and driving as well as cellphone use while behind the wheel, despite knowing they are taking risks — with their own lives and others’.

Stay safe while driving through a highway construction zone

Published on Jan 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm in General Blogs.

Highway maintenance and rebuilding projects can be a nuisance to drivers. However, it is more important to think of the consequences if you do not take adequate safety precautions while passing through a construction zone.

Thousands of accidents occur in construction zones, causing the deaths of construction workers. Many times it is motorists and passengers who are injured or killed. We can all help to keep construction zones safer.

New apps deter teenagers from texting while driving

Published on Dec 21, 2017 at 1:02 pm in General Blogs.

Many teens (and a lot of adults) are not keeping their eyes on the road and their focus on driving because they are sending or receiving text messages. This extreme form of distracted driving has caused thousands of car accidents. Sometimes those texting teens are injured or killed. Sometimes they injure pedestrians or innocent people in other vehicles.

A collection of smartphone apps seek to prevent distracted driving accidents from happening. Read on for more about these offerings, any one of which could help prevent a roadway tragedy.

Has your VA doctor been accused of medical malpractice?

Published on Dec 13, 2017 at 1:03 pm in General Blogs.

Many veterans here in Maryland utilize U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers for their health care. For service and sacrifices as former members of the United States Armed Forces, they deserve the best care available. Sadly, a recent report indicates that the VA may knowingly hire doctors, including surgeons, who have been accused, and in some cases found guilty, of medical malpractice in the past.

For instance, one neurosurgeon at a VA hospital in another state has been accused more than 12 times of malpractice (and entered into many settlements of those claims) in two different states. Some of the patients involved in those claims ended up dead, paralyzed or maimed, and they, or their families, say it was due to his mistakes. Even with such a track record, the VA hired him to provide medical aid to the country’s veterans.

Did the lawyer send a disengagement letter … or just quit?

Published on Dec 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm in General Blogs.

A disengagement letter guards against legal malpractice

Say you expected your attorney to represent you in a real estate dispute, but he declares he is no longer providing representation to you. He insists that your attorney-client relationship has ended.

This is news to you. You had originally retained the attorney to draft a real estate contract, and you had no idea that his services were no longer available to you.

MOSH warns employers about workers and power line dangers

Published on Nov 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm in General Blogs.

When it comes to any kind of work that goes on around high-voltage overhead power lines, the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Law places safety responsibilities squarely on employers.

MOSH gives special emphasis to safety training, in that educating workers about safe work practices in proximity to power lines is essential.

Avoiding electrocution

Many accidents around energized power lines involve cranes, truck-mounted lifting equipment (bucket trucks), digging equipment and ladders. If these machines or objects come in contact with the lines, workers could suffer severe burns and other injuries, or instant electrocution.

Maryland law requires that workers and all their equipment stay a minimum of 10 feet away from overhead lines, with appropriate hazard signs. The minimum clearance for cranes is 20 feet. An operator should position the crane in such a way that the radius of the boom swing is outside of the absolute minimum clearance relative to the power lines.

OSHA requires employers to provide protective equipment (PPE)

Published on Nov 22, 2017 at 12:57 pm in General Blogs.

If you are in the construction industry, you know how dangerous the work can be. By law, your employer must provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize your exposure to hazards at the job site.

Because a work injury has potentially devastating consequences, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated safety equipment rules for all to follow. Just as employers are obligated to provide PPE at no cost, employees have an obligation to use safety gear when it is provided – to protect their health and their legal rights.

The alarming number of diagnostic errors in the ICU and ER

Published on Nov 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm in General Blogs.

When a family member needs prompt medical help, you trust the team of doctors and nurses working in the emergency room (ER) will diagnose the condition and treat it properly. The same goes for the medical team that will attend to your loved one if he or she ends up in the intensive care unit (ICU).

But research indicates thousands of trauma patient deaths each year are the result of diagnosis errors, and thousands of ICU patients are discovered to have un diagnosed conditions when they died. 

Shopping center accused of negligence in slip-and-fall accident

Published on Oct 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm in General Blogs.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of individuals across the country are hospitalized from injuries they suffer after slipping and falling. Often, these slip\-and\-fall accidents result in broken bones or other lasting injuries that require ongoing treatment or cause long-term pain and suffering. When Maryland property owners fail to keep their premises safe from hazards that result in grievous physical damages to unsuspecting members of the public, the business owners are not the ones who suffer; rather, it is the injured patrons who endure pain and often face costly medical expenses for treatment.

In another state, a woman has recently filed a lawsuit seeking damages after she slipped and fell in the bathroom of a shopping center last year. The plaintiff alleges that the incident occurred when she slipped in a puddle of water left on the floor of the bathroom. Supposedly, an employee of the shopping center had insufficiently mopped the floor and failed to properly clean up the remaining water.

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