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Is COVID-19 an Occupational Illness in Maryland?

While you can try to file a COVID-19-related claim for workers’ compensation in Maryland, it probably won’t be approved. Maryland has special definitions for occupational diseases in § 9-502 of the state Workers’ Compensation Act. Because COVID-19 does not match the language of this law, employers and insurers are unlikely to payout COVID-19-related claims. Hard-to-Prove […]

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  • Is COVID-19 an Occupational Illness in Maryland?

    While you can try to file a COVID-19-related claim for workers’ compensation in Maryland, it probably won’t be approved. Maryland has special definitions for occupational diseases in § 9-502 of the state Workers’ Compensation Act. Because COVID-19 does not match the language of this law, employers and insurers are unlikely to payout COVID-19-related claims. Hard-to-Prove […]

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  • Preventing Bicycle Accidents

    You may not be able to prevent someone else’s negligence, but you can control your own behavior. Additionally, you can take certain precautions to help prevent bicycle accidents – both before and during your ride. We’ve gathered some tips and tricks from around the web to help you make the most of your bicycle adventure […]

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  • What You Should Know About Distracted Driving Accidents

    Since cell phones (and particularly smartphones) have become a part of everyday life, distracted driving has been a popular topic of conversation. However, distracted driving has been an issue well before cell phones were invented. This behavior can include many different types of distractions. In any iteration, distracted driving is dangerous. The behavior frequently causes […]

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  • How to Drive Safely While Commercial Trucks are On the Highway

    Big rigs, semis, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and whatever else you want to call large commercial trucks can be imposing and dangerous on the

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  • Staying Safe This Summer with Must-Know Boating Safety Tips

    Boating is one of the most popular ways to beat the heat in the summer and have fun doing it, especially in coastal states. If you are planning on hitting the sea, ocean, pond, river, or any other body of water this summer, then you should first review some must-know boating safety tips. The more […]

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  • Summer 2020: How to Stay Safe and Have Fun Amid COVID-19

    With warmer weather and relaxed restrictions, many people are wondering what is allowed this summer. Generally, experts encourage being outside, as long as you are away from other people. As one pulmonologist explained to Everyday Health: “Going outside is great for your physical and mental health, but it’s important to keep in mind how the virus […]

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  • The ABCs of CBD

    Have you heard of CBD? According to news reports, CBD is “everywhere” – in edible products, topical products, tinctures, and oils.Harvard Men’s Health Watch reports that CBD is being touted as something of a panacea – a substance that can be used to treat and even cure a wide range of physical ailments and complaints. Among other […]

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  • Summer is Coming! Motorcycle Safety Review

    With spring coming to an end, albeit somewhat mild this year, it may be hard to imagine that summer is coming, and soon. With the first day of summer almost a month away, motorcycle riders are getting ready to take to the roads with more frequency. Riders are reminded to review Maryland road safety requirements to […]

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  • Expert Testimony in Slip and Fall Cases

    We all know that accidents can happen anytime and anywhere—at work, at home, while shopping, while out and around, just enjoying life. Generally, when it comes to accidents that occur on public property, the property owner or other person in control of the property, has a duty to maintain the premises and provide a safe […]

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  • What to do After a Maryland Bus Accident

    When you are a victim of a bus accident, you can suffer serious injuries. Bus accidents can involve everything from a public city bus to private tour buses or shuttles. Once you step onto one of these buses, you have entrusted your safety to both the driver as well as the bus owner. If the […]

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  • Medical Marijuana in Maryland: Providers, Patients & Caregivers

    Medical marijuana in Maryland is prescribed by registered providers to certified patients and registered caregivers.Maryland law defines each of these categories of people. Certifying Providers must be registered with the MMCC. They must have active and unrestricted licensees to practice as physicians, podiatrists, dentists, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, or midwives, and be in good standing […]

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  • Maryland Marriage Licenses and Certificates: What to do Before and After the Big Day

    With springtime just a month away, many recently engaged couples are excitedly anticipating the arrival of long-planned wedding days. According to theknot.com, almost 80% of weddings take place between May and October. At all of these events, beyond the music, flowers, cake, dresses, suits and all the other details that will make the day memorable and […]

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  • Dividing Retirement Benefits in the Case of a Maryland Divorce

    In a divorce case, the division of property that the spouses acquired during the marriage can be a complicated and contentious matter. When the parties are not able to work out by themselves how to divide their marital property, the decision will be made by the courts. In Maryland, marital property is divided according to […]

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  • Is Purchasing the Minimum Maryland Auto Insurance Coverage Enough in the Event of an Accident?

    Maryland is no different than other states — there is a required minimum amount of auto insurance you are required to carry in the state. This is to protect you in the event you cause an accident and injure someone else and/or cause damage to their property. In the event your insurance limits are too […]

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  • Is Purchasing the Minimum Maryland Auto Insurance Coverage Enough in the Event of an Accident?

    Maryland is no different than other states — there is a required minimum amount of auto insurance you are required to carry in the state. This is to protect you in the event you cause an accident and injure someone else and/or cause damage to their property. In the event your insurance limits are too […]

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  • Are Emergency Responders Liable for Negligence?

    The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) describes five classes of clinicians — emergency medical dispatchers, emergency medical responders, emergency medical technicians, cardiac rescue technicians, and paramedics. Together, these clinicians work to achieve the goals set forth in the statewide Maryland Emergency Medical Services Plan — preventing illness or injury, providing timely, safe, coordinated, appropriate, evidence-based, effective emergency care, […]

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  • Expert Testimony in Medical Malpractice Cases

    Medical malpractice lawsuits are brought against doctors and other health care professionals when a patient injury arises from negligent medical care. In order to be successful and recover damages in medical malpractice lawsuits, the injured victim must present evidence that establishes four elements: The health care professional owed a duty to the plaintiff The health […]

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  • Understanding Types of Visitors for Maryland Premises Liability Claims

    Under premises liability law in Maryland, a property owner has a legal duty to keep his or her premises safe. If there is a dangerous condition on the property, then the owner is the one responsible for correcting it or posting a warning at a minimum. When they do not honor this obligation, you as […]

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  • IKEA’s $46 Million Wrongful Death Settlement

    Today’s news contains reports of a $46 million wrongful death settlement to be paid by the furniture manufacturer IKEA to the parents of a 2-year-old child who was killed in 2017 when an IKEA dresser his parents purchased in 2008 fell on top of him in his California home. According to USA Today, IKEA previously paid […]

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  • Determining Liability in Maryland Premises Liability Cases

    Attempting to determine liability for a Charles County auto accident can be complex, so you can imagine that premises liability cases can be even more difficult. Depending on the circumstances, multiple parties may be responsible for injuries sustained in an incident that falls under the general premises liability header. This is why it is so […]

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  • Major Causes of Large Truck Collisions in Charles County

    There are countless accidents every day across the roads in Charles County, but some of the most potentially devastating accidents are those involving large trucks. Due to the size and weight of these vehicles, accidents between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle often result in serious injuries, and fatalities are not uncommon. Taking extra […]

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  • Is a Condominium Association Liable When a Guest is Injured in a Common Area?

    As the holidays approach, friends and families look forward to gathering together to celebrate, often in one another’s homes. The excitement of these gatherings can quickly deflate, however, when an injury occurs. When a friend or family member is injured in a common area of a condominium – like a hallway or a lobby – […]

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  • What Conditions Contribute to Maryland Truck Rollover Accidents?

    When someone is involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, the results are often catastrophic. Occupants of both the passenger vehicle and the large truck can sustain serious injuries, or even ultimately pass away due to the severity of their injuries. While there is no guarantee you can prevent an accident from happening, […]

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  • Maryland Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a repetitive motion injury that is caused by day-to-day duties and progressively gets worse over time. Although it is not an injury that can be traced to a specific, one-time event, it is just as devastating and debilitating as suffering a fall at work or some other acute injury. Carpal tunnel […]

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  • How Claims of Emotional Distress Work in a Maryland Auto Accident Case

    Most people understand that if they are injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, they may have a right of recovery for their injuries and physical damages, often known as special damages or economic damages. These are damages that are quantifiable; they can be measured based on treatment costs or vehicle repair […]

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  • What to Know About PTSD and Your Maryland Auto Accident

    After being injured in a serious accident, it is not that uncommon for some people to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. There are well over five million accidents across the country each year. Of those, at least two million or more result in injuries. Some of those injured will go on to develop post-traumatic […]

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  • Maryland Wrongful Death Attorneys

    Some of the saddest personal injury cases involve the death of a loved one due to another person’s negligence. Known as wrongful death, this type of case allows survivors to seek legal redress through the court system. Maryland law provides up to three years to file a lawsuit from the date of your loved one’s death. Careful […]

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  • Nursing Home Abuse in Maryland

    It is widely seen as the worst form of betrayal; someone puts a loved one in the hands of professional caregivers and then that loved one ends up suffering nursing home abuse. Given the public interest and outcry, this is considered to be a serious crime that has significant consequences for all those involved. Maryland […]

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  • Maryland Car Accidents and Spinal Cord Injuries

    Even if you are the safest driver possible, you cannot avoid a car accident that is caused by someone else’s reckless behavior. Back and neck injuries are common types of injuries incurred in car accidents, and serious collisions can cause catastrophic injuries like spinal cord damage. If you or a loved one suffered spinal cord […]

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  • What Happens if You Slip and Fall at Work in Maryland?

    Slip and fall accidents occur when someone slips, trips, falls, or is otherwise injured on someone else’s property. In situations in which the property owner is found to be at fault after not taking proper precautions to keep the property safe, then the injured party may receive compensation for his or her injuries. Slip and […]

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  • Is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Covered by Workers’ Compensation in Maryland?

    Many Maryland employees associate sudden and unexpected accidents as the trigger for filing a workers’ compensation claim with an employer. However, you may not realize that occupational diseases and injuries may also be covered under your employer’s Maryland workers’ compensation policy. Carpal tunnel syndrome falls under this category as it is a type of repetitive […]

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  • Federal Laws That Protect Maryland Workers

    As an employee, it is important to know that you have rights in situations in which your employer is engaging in illegal or prohibited acts or allowing unsafe conditions to exist at your place of employment. There are numerous federal and state laws that protect employees all across the country. If you think your employer […]

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  • Uloric Gout Medication Linked to Increased Risk of Heart-Related Deaths

    Earlier this year, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a release announcing their concerns about Uloric, a medication used to treat gout. Studies show that Uloric raises the risk of a patient’s death by heart-related issues, along with a general overall increased risk of death, when compared to the alternative medication, Allopurinol. Uloric […]

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  • Will My Maryland Personal Injury Claim Settle or Go to Trial?

    If you were injured in a car accident, bitten by someone’s dog, hurt due to a defective product, or suffered damages in another type of personal injury accident, you are going to want to file a claim with the at-fault party’s carrier. This can help pay for your medical bills, loss of earnings, any future […]

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  • What to Know About Aviation Accidents in Maryland

    Aviation accidents occur far less often than auto accidents, but they are generally more serious and usually involve multiple fatalities. While major plane crashes are covered in the news worldwide, there are also many single-engine plane and helicopter crashes that do not make it beyond the local news. Airline safety has improved over the years, […]

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  • Who is Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident in Maryland?

    Summer is just around the corner, and that means fun in the sun. However, accidents can happen, especially around swimming pools. A seemingly fun day at the pool can turn dangerous, or even deadly in some cases. Slip and fall accidents are common, which can result in significant injuries. Drowning is a common cause of death for […]

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  • Who is Liable for Electric Rideshare Scooter Accidents in Maryland?

    The phenomenon of electric scooters, or e-scooters, has been sweeping the nation. Companies like Bird have been dropping into major metropolitan cities to expand their electric scooter rideshare programs. In some cases, these companies are opening up operations before states have had time to enact legislation to address the rules and regulations of riding. Maryland […]

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  • What to do After a Slip and Fall Accident in Maryland

    Slip and fall accidents can occur in a variety of places, including in a public place like a restaurant, grocery store, or shopping mall. Both shop owners and your employer have a duty to maintain a safe environment. This means that floors should not be slippery, sidewalks should be properly maintained, stairwells should be in […]

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  • Who can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?

    When someone dies as a result of another party’s negligence or intentional act, the victim’s family may have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. For example, your spouse passes away as a result of a major auto accident with another driver who ran a red light. You would have the right to sue […]

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  • Pedestrian Accidents in Maryland

    When a vehicle strikes a pedestrian, it can result in serious injuries to the pedestrian. If you or a loved one sustained injuries as the result of being struck by a vehicle as a pedestrian, it is important to speak with a Maryland personal injury attorney right away. The sooner you retain a skilled attorney, the sooner […]

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  • Six Reasons to Hire a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

    Being involved in an injury accident can be a traumatic experience. You may be thinking you can handle everything on your own, but you can suddenly feel overwhelmed. Retaining a Maryland personal injury attorney can be the most important decision you make, so it is important to choose an attorney who is right for you. The following […]

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  • Medical Misdiagnosis: Can You Sue for Medical Malpractice in Maryland?

    When a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose an illness or injury, it could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit. On its own, misdiagnosis is not necessarily medical malpractice; even the most competent doctors can make a mistake. In order to rise to the level of medical malpractice, the misdiagnosis must have led to improper […]

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  • Maryland Property Owner’s Duty in Slip and Fall Cases

    Slip and fall accidents are not uncommon anywhere in the country. In most cases, the incidents are caused by the victims’ own unintentional actions. However, there are some slip and fall cases in which someone else’s negligence plays a role. In these situations, the property owner may be held accountable for a victim’s injuries. Slip […]

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  • What is the Statute of Limitations for Lawsuits in Maryland?

    If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, slip and fall, dog bite, or some other type of incident that resulted in physical harm, you may be considering bringing a lawsuit against the party who caused your injuries. It is important that you understand how much time you have to […]

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  • What to Know About Calculating General Damages in Your Maryland Lawsuit

    If you have been involved in an accident or other type of personal injury case due to someone else’s negligence, you will reach a point at which you need to make a demand. This is the amount of money you are asking to compensate you for the damages you sustained. Damages can include property damage […]

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  • Proving Food Poisoning in Your Maryland Lawsuit

    Unfortunately, getting food poisoning is relatively common. So, how do you prove that you had food poisoning and that someone else is liable for your injuries? In many cases, it is possible to pursue a claim when you have food poisoning and can prove a connection to an establishment or event at which someone else […]

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  • How to Handle a Parking Lot Accident in Maryland

    With the holiday season coming to an end, there is a good chance that you or someone you know was recently involved in a parking lot accident. While most parking lot accidents do not involve fatalities or serious injuries, there are still plenty of opportunities to be hurt in a low-speed collision. However, car crashes […]

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  • Common Mistakes in Maryland Workers’ Compensation Claims

    If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, dealing with workers’ compensation can feel overwhelming. Under the law, your employer is required to provide a safe working environment for all employees, no matter whether they are part time or full time. To ensure the employees are protected, employers are required to […]

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  • Reasons Your Maryland Auto Accident Claim May Be Denied

    When you present a claim through your insurance carrier or to the other party whom you believe caused the accident, you are expecting to be reimbursed for your damages. Unfortunately, there are instances when either your carrier or the other party’s carrier denies your claim. It is important to ask questions and understand why the […]

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  • School Bus Safety and Avoiding Accidents in Maryland

    School bus safety is something that every Maryland driver needs to take seriously. There has been a rash of recent accidents involving children getting on or off school buses, including a 7-year-old girl who was in critical condition after being struck by a pickup truck after getting off her school bus. According to ABC57 News, a […]

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  • What to do After a Hit-and-Run Accident in Maryland

    Getting into an automobile accident is bad enough, but it feels like a complete nightmare when the person who caused the accident suddenly takes off without exchanging information or even seeing if you are ok. While you hope it never happens, there are also some ways you can protect yourself in the event a hit-and-run […]

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  • Mistakes to Avoid in Your Maryland Personal Injury Claim

    If you were recently injured in an accident, you are likely looking to get reimbursed for your damages through a personal injury claim. Mistakes can happen, even with a personal injury claim. However, it is important to take the necessary steps to avoid common mistakes that can ultimately hurt your chances of recovery. When you […]

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  • Placental Abruption Birth Injuries in Maryland

    Pregnant women face a number of risks before giving birth, and one of these is a placental abruption. Normally, the placenta separates after the baby is born and will pass through the birth canal on its own. But, in an abruption, it separates from the inner wall of the uterus prematurely, cutting off the baby’s […]

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  • Overview of Construction Site Claims in Maryland

    The construction industry can certainly be a hazardous one, and accidents on construction sites occur all over the country. Injuries and fatalities are common in construction site incidents, which are typically due to someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction site accident, it is important to meet […]

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  • Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

    If you have been involved in an accident, finding a personal injury attorney can feel overwhelming. You are already in pain, dealing with the other party’s insurance company, and you may feel like no one understands. Retaining the right Maryland personal injury attorney can make a world of difference. When looking for an attorney, it is best […]

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  • What Damages are Recoverable in a Maryland Pedestrian Accident Claim?

    Drivers are legally obligated to watch for pedestrians who may be walking, whether or not they are in a crosswalk. Pedestrian accidents typically happen because drivers are often in a rush and the roads are busy, making it harder for a driver to spot a pedestrian. Pedestrians can also be knocked down by bicycles or […]

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  • Can You Get PTSD From a Car Accident?

    After being involved in a major accident with serious injuries, it is common to suffer temporary feelings of anxiety and fear as you process the memories of the event and the physical pain. When these feelings last for months or longer, it may be something more serious. What is PTSD? PTSD stands for post-traumatic stress […]

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  • How Expert Witnesses can Help Your Maryland Personal Injury Claim

    In a personal injury case, there can be two different types of witnesses. One is the person(s) who witnessed the actual event that caused your injuries, while the other type of witness is an expert witness. These are professional individuals with certain credentials who are allowed to testify at trial about various aspects of your […]

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  • Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma Claims in Maryland

    Mesothelioma is a deadly type of cancer that forms in the thin layer of tissue that surrounds your body’s major organs, which is called the mesothelium. One of the most common types of mesothelioma is found in the lungs, known as pleural mesothelioma. This type of cancer is typically the result of negligence and has […]

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  • Understanding Differences Between First-Party and Third-Party Bad Faith Insurance Claims

    When someone is involved in a serious accident that results in severe injury or even death, the at-fault party may not have enough insurance coverage to pay for all the damages. Given that Maryland’s minimum liability coverage is only $30,000 minimum per person/$60,000 minimum per accident, it is understandable how a serious accident could easily […]

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  • How Long Will it Take to Settle My Personal Injury Case?

    If you have a personal injury claim pending with the negligent party’s insurance company, or you are considering hiring a Maryland personal injury attorney, it is understandable that you want to know what the timeline for settling is. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily an easy question to answer, as each case is unique. Different factors […]

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  • What to Know About Maryland Accidents Involving Big Trucks

    Accidents involving a car and a large commercial truck are often more devastating than a collision between two passenger vehicles. Large trucks sometimes weigh as much as 25 times more than an average motor vehicle, which means even a minor accident can result in serious injuries or death. Large trucks can be difficult to maneuver, […]

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  • What to Know About Medical Malpractice Cases in Maryland

    Medical mistakes can take on many forms; however, a mistake is not necessarily evidence of medical malpractice. To qualify as medical malpractice, the case must meet specific criteria. Medical malpractice cases are almost always complex. If you suspect you have a medical malpractice case, it is imperative that you speak with a Maryland medical malpractice attorney right […]

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  • Tips for Helping Prevent a Maryland Auto Accident

    Maryland follows the contributory negligence theory regarding liability in accidents. That means that if you are even 1% at fault, you cannot recover any money for damages you sustained. This is one of the reasons it is important to do your best to avoid any collision in the first place. Some collisions cann ot be […]

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  • Distracted Driving and Texting in Maryland

    It is no surprise that distracted driving is a major cause of motor vehicle accidents in Maryland. Of those accidents that can be attributed to distracted driving, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration notes that texting and phone use are the top two causes. Like other states, Maryland has a law in effect that prohibits you from […]

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  • Can You Sue the Manufacturer for a Tire Failure in Maryland?

    Tire defects and failures are the cause of thousands of accidents each year, many of which cause injuries, and even death in some instances. Many people are familiar with one of the largest tire recalls in history involving Ford and Firestone. At the time of the recall, there had been several hundred accidents involving defective Firestone […]

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  • Differences Between Workers’ Compensation and FELA Claims

    If you have been involved in a work-related accident, you are likely to file a workers’ compensation claim through your employer. In limited instances, you may need to learn about the FELA, or Federal Employers’ Liability Act, and how it differs from standard workers’ compensation claims. Unless you work in the railroad industry, you are […]

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  • Bicycle Laws in Maryland

    In most scenarios, bicycles are treated like motor vehicles in the state of Maryland. Limited exceptions exist in some instances, like occasionally being allowed to ride on a sidewalk. However, as far rules and regulations go, a bike rider is held to the same standards as any other vehicle. Bike safety is a two-way street, […]

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  • Do You Have to Consent to an Independent Medical Exam in a Maryland Personal Injury Claim?

    If you file a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim, the other side is likely to ask for a medical examination with a doctor of their choosing, which is often called an independent medical exam. They use these to determine the nature and extent of your injuries. They will examine causal relationship and […]

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  • Can You Sue for Food Poisoning in Maryland?

    If you have food poisoning, it is understandable that you want to hold the person or persons who poisoned you responsible. You may even want to find out if you can pursue a legal claim against the restaurant or store where you got food poisoning. There may be available causes of action for food-poisoning-related matters, […]

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  • What to Know About MRIs and Herniated Disc Claims in Maryland

    If you suffered a back injury as a result of a car accident, it is possible you have a herniated disc. Standard x-rays only show certain aspects of your back, and your physician may order you to undergo an MRI. Some people are concerned about having an MRI done, or have claustrophobia, causing them even […]

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  • What to Know About Rental Car Accidents

    If you plan to rent a vehicle on your vacation, there are some things you need to keep in mind regarding the rental contract, your insurance coverage, and how an accident is handled. While they are convenient for traveling, there can be serious legal repercussions if you are involved in an accident with your rental […]

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  • Do I Need to Wear a Helmet in Maryland?

    The answer to whether you must wear a helmet in Maryland may be yes or no. It depends on your age, and whether you are riding a bicycle or a motorcycle. Currently, 19 states and the District of Columbia require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. These are called “universal helmet laws.” Another 28 states […]

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  • What to Know About Intentional Torts in Maryland

    A tort is an infringement of a right or wrongful act that leads to civil liability. The person the act was committed against is the claimant and suffers damages as a result of the wrongful act. If you are in an auto accident in which the at-fault party was distracted and you suffered property damage or bodily […]

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  • What Type of Personal Injury Claim do I have?

    If you have been injured in some type of incident and are wondering if you have any legal options available to you, it is good to understand the most common types of personal injury claims. When trying to pursue recovery of your damages, contacting a Maryland personal injury attorney is highly-recommended. You may have additional […]

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  • Most Common Types of Personal Injury Claims in Maryland

    Some people assume vehicle accidents are the only type of personal injury claim, but there are a number of other types of claims that can fall under the personal injury umbrella. Finding an attorney who handles a variety of Maryland personal injury claims can be beneficial if you have legal issues that need resolution. Auto […]

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  • What is the Difference Between a Wrongful Death Claim and a Survival Action?

    When a family member dies suddenly due to another person’s negligence, the rest of the family is not only grieving, but may be struggling financially. This can be due to the immediate expenses like medical bills and funeral costs, but can also stem from a major source of family income now missing. If you had […]

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  • What to Know About Airbag Injuries

    While airbags are designed to keep vehicle occupants safe and protected, there is a risk of injury if one deploys, especially if it malfunctions and deploys when it should not. Airbag injuries are not necessarily common, but there is a potential for serious life-changing damage when one occurs. Airbags can also exacerbate injuries sustained in […]

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  • Carnival Accidents

    With summer here, it is a popular time for carnivals and fairs, and that means carnival rides. So, what happens if you have an accident on one of the rides? Who is at fault? Mobile carnival events have the same requirements for safety as a fixed theme park. Fatalities are not common, but sometimes injuries […]

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  • New Maryland Disclosing Sexual Harassment Act Takes Effect in 2018

    The #MeToo movement has helped create social awareness and shine a spotlight on the ongoing problem with sexual harassment in the workplace. In addition, it has forced employers to take a look at their sexual harassment policies, and now the government has set forth new legal requirements for employers in Maryland. The New Disclosing Sexual Harassment […]

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  • Defective Medical Devices and Personal Injury Claims

    The use of high-tech medical devices and products has clearly revolutionized medical care. However, when a device fails or is defective, it can cause serious injury, or even death in some cases. It is not always the case, but some unscrupulous manufacturers would rather try to cover up the problem while denying anything is wrong. […]

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  • Maryland Wrongful Death Lawsuits

    Each state has its own laws on wrongful death lawsuits, and Maryland is no different. Wrongful death is defined as a death that resulted from an act of negligence, including a criminal act, wherein the deceased could have brought an action to recover damages had he or she not died. The intent of a wrongful […]

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  • What to Know About Dog Bites in Maryland

    Being attacked by a dog can be a traumatic event. The attack can extend well beyond the physical injuries, as many victims suffer from emotional trauma, as well. If that is not enough, navigating the challenges of Maryland’s laws related to dog bites can make the whole experience frustrating. It might seem logical that if […]

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  • What to Do with Your Car If It Is Not Drivable after an Accident?

    If you have been hit by another vehicle and the impact has rendered your vehicle non-drivable, you need to get it towed from the accident scene, but to where? Essentially, your options are to have it towed to a repair shop, the tow yard, or to your home. It is important to know the pros […]

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  • Different Types of Elder Abuse

    When people think about abuse, physical abuse is the main form that comes to mind. While it is certainly a prevalent form of abuse among the elderly, there are other types of elder abuse that often go unreported. Unfortunately, older people are considered easy targets by some people, and that is why knowledge is the […]

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  • Can You Sue a Bar Owner in Maryland for Overserving Alcohol?

    Suppose you get into an accident with a driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol and had just left a bar after drinking there all night. What if the intoxicated driver had just left a party where alcohol was being served? Can you sue either the bar or the party host who overserved […]

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  • Can I Sue My Dentist for Dental Malpractice?

    You have heard of medical malpractice claims, but you might be wondering about dental malpractice. In some situations, you may be able to file a claim for injuries sustained while having dental work done. The same standard of care is applied to dentists as medical doctors and nurses. If the dentist breaches his or her […]

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  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Claims in Maryland

    A number of U.S. states recognize something called intentional infliction of emotional distress. This tort provides a financial remedy to someone who suffered due to the egregious behavior of another individual. While Maryland recognizes the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress, it not necessarily easy to prove. If you think you have a claim […]

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  • Motorcycle Accidents in Maryland

    Once warmer weather hits, you can expect to see more motorcycles on the road. That means, as a vehicle driver, you need to be even more aware of your surroundings on the road to ensure that you see any approaching motorcycles. For motorcycle riders, you have to practice more defensive driving techniques, as many cars […]

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  • Negligence Defenses in Maryland

    If you are presenting a claim for injuries and physical damages suffered as a result of an automobile accident, the insurance company and/or defense attorney will try to claim that you were at least partially responsible for the accident. These tactics are important to be aware of, as they may in some instances bar you […]

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  • What Types of Damages are Recoverable in Personal Injury Cases?

    If you have been injured in a car accident and are preparing to file a claim and/or lawsuit, you might not be familiar with the types of damages that are available in a personal injury claim. Some of these are rather straightforward, while others may be ones with which you are not necessarily familiar. This […]

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  • Personal Injury Cases Require an Attorney

    You hear the term ‘personal injury attorney’ on commercials and websites, but do you really know what types of cases personal injury encompasses? If you are searching for a Maryland personal-injury attorney, you need to know what types of cases typically fall under the personal injury umbrella. Personal injury cases are heard in civil court and […]

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  • What is PIP Coverage in Maryland?

    PIP coverage, or insurance, is short for personal injury protection. It is a benefit that is offered through your automobile insurance carrier and is bundled into automobile insurance policies. It is standard unless you have officially waived this coverage. What is PIP Coverage? PIP will pay for your medical expenses and lost earnings up to a […]

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  • Maryland Auto Insurance You Should be Carrying

    Many drivers only carry the basic necessities for automobile insurance coverage, which includes liability, personal injury protection (PIP), and sometimes uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM). There are several other types of first-party auto insurance coverages that could help you out in the event of an incident. Comprehensive and Collision Coverage If you own a newer […]

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  • What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage and How Does it Work?

    In the state of Maryland, the minimum amount of liability coverage that is required by state law is: $30,000 for bodily injury per person, $60,000 bodily injury per accident; and $15,000 in property damage coverage. While liability coverage is mandatory, there are people who unfortunately still refuse to get the required insurance, or in some […]

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  • Do You Need a Criminal Defense or Personal Injury Attorney?

    If you have never been sued or arrested before, it can be easy to confuse proceedings and understand how each type of case is finalized. In some situations, you may have cases pending in both criminal and civil court, making it even more confusing. Criminal Court Cases If you are being “sued” in a criminal […]

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  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Resources for Potential Victims

    Recent news reports in Washington, D.C. confirmed that a 31-year-old woman, Paula Renee Coles, was fatally stabbed in her apartment during a domestic dispute. Police responded to an assault in progress, but she was already dead from multiple stab wounds when they arrived. Her attacker fled and is now on the run. With October being Domestic […]

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  • What is Maryland’s Fetal Homicide Law?

    It may come as a surprise to learn that Maryland has a law on the books regarding fetal homicide, meaning that an unborn child can be a murder victim. While the law has been on the books since 2005, the topic is now one of discussion after a recent segment on ABC2 Baltimore’s nightly news. Md. […]

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  • Maryland’s Move Over Law

    Enacted in 2010, and revised in 2014, Maryland’s Move Over Law is one you may not be familiar with, but you need to be. What is the Maryland Move Over Law? The law was aimed at making the roads safer for emergency personnel, like police officers and firefighters, who are working on the road. The law requires […]

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  • Amendments to the Personal Information Protection Act

    Maryland has enacted revisions to the Personal Information Protection Act, otherwise known as House Bill 974, that will become effective January 1, 2018. With identify theft on the rise, these revisions are important additions to the law. Under the modified act, the amendments expand the definition of personal information, modify the definition of breach of security, […]

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  • The Use of Pesticides and Their Long-Term Effects

    On August 3, 2017, a Maryland County circuit court overturned a county-wide ban on lawn and garden pesticides utilized on private property. The lifting of the ban thrills the professional landscaping community as they argue that the pesticides used are approved and licensed by the state. Montgomery County enacted the ban in 2015, which was scheduled to become […]

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  • Ex-School Aide in Maryland Faces Over 100 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

    Local Maryland news outlets reported that a former teachers’ aide and track coach in Charles County faces 119 felony counts of child sex abuse in an indictment handed down on July 30, 2017. 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell is confirmed to be HIV positive and abused at least 24 students at local school(s), his home, and maybe other […]

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  • Assisted Suicide Law in Washington DC Effective as of July 2017

    Effective July of 2017, doctors in Washington DC can now legally prescribe life-ending drugs to certain terminally ill patients. DC now joins states like California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington that allow some form of legally-assisted suicide. Eligible Patients Only patients who are 18 and over, mentally competent, and with verification of less than six months […]

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  • Bad Papaya Crop Said to Be Source of Recent Salmonella Outbreak

    Per a recall notice issued last week, the FDA is warning consumers to avoid eating Caribeña brand Maradol papayas from Mexico, as they have been linked to an outbreak of Salmonella. The CDC is reporting 47 cases so far, with 12 hospitalizations and one death from 12 states, including Maryland. Maradol papayas are green before they ripen and turn yellow, […]

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  • How Gender and Race Determine Future Income in Personal Injury Damages

    In Maryland, when a person has suffered injuries as a result of another’s negligence, a system has been set up to compensate the victim for his or her losses resulting from those injuries. In Maryland, if the person has damages that are easy to track because they are for tangible expenditures and expenses, like hospital […]

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  • CDC Suggests an Increase in Lyme Disease, Misdiagnosis to Blame

    In the last two years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has hypothesized that the spring and summer of 2017 will be the worst season for ticks, and by extension, Lyme disease that has been seen in recent years. As reported in 2015, Lyme disease has been diagnosed in more than 260 […]

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  • Naloxone Now Sold Without Restrictions at Maryland Pharmacies

    In March of 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring that the State of Maryland was in a state of emergency due to heroin and opioid-related deaths. Since 2015, there have been an estimated 3,000 or more deaths associated with opioid abuse. This has been a significant increase since 2010, when there were annually only […]

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  • Maryland is Second State to Ban Antibiotic Use in Livestock

    Since the discovery of antibiotics, our society has been prescribing these life-savers to kill and limit the growth of bacteria in our systems. Antibiotics are one of the most prescribed drugs used in human medicine, but due to over-prescription of these drugs, roughly 50% of the time these drugs are not prescribed and/or are used […]

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  • New Online Tool Leads to Better Quality of Life for Cancer Patients

    Cancer can lead people down a long and difficult treatment path, leading to a reduced quality of life by its victims and creating a traumatic and stressful life for their loved ones. Sometimes quality of life can be improved when cancer patients are not only receiving effective and attentive care by their oncologists and medical […]

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  • Radiation Exposure of Children in Schools with Wireless Internet

    In the last decade, we have seen a significant increase in and reliance on the use of electronic devices in our daily life. When we leave the house every day, we look to see that we have our phones, our e-readers and tablets, our laptop computers, and ensure that wherever we go, we know what […]

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  • Maryland Seeks to Pass “End-of-Life Option” for Terminal Patients

    In the United States, the public is fraught when it comes to deciding whether doctor-assisted suicide, also known as euthanasia and “death with dignity” laws, should be legal in all 50 states. As for right now, only five states, California, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington, and the District of Columbia permit physician-assisted suicide resulting from […]

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  • Family Awarded $10 Million by Jury Against University of Maryland Medical System for Unintended Side Effects of Drug

    In the United States, medical professionals and health care providers look to medications and drugs to alleviate symptoms of injured, sick, and dying patients. When a patient is sick, it may be in part because his or her body, a well-oiled machine, is no longer running in the way that it should. Our bodies are […]

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  • Warning: Flesh-Eating Bacteria on the Rise in Chesapeake Bay

    The start of summer in Maryland holds many promises for residents and tourists, alike. Maryland summer can involve beaches, crab-fests, and a cold, icy platter of fresh oysters and clams. Even though these images are picturesque, there are certain issues that all Marylanders and tourists should be wary of when choosing a beach for sunbathing […]

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  • Apologies from Health Care Providers Not Admissible as Evidence in Malpractice Claims

    When someone has injured you or a member of your family, the first thing that helps to heal the anger, trauma, and frustration of the resulting consequences of the injury is an apology. An apology symbolizes to many in our culture an acknowledgment that wrongdoing has occurred, and an understanding that there are consequences to […]

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  • Workers’ Compensation in Review and an Employer’s Reporting Requirement

    When it comes to workers’ compensation, it is the shared responsibility of the injured employee and the employer to ensure that not only is the employee able to file for workers’ compensation, but that the employer takes step to ensure that the accident site is evaluated and updated to limit the possibility of another injury […]

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  • Child Abuse in Maryland and Mandated Reporting

    In Maryland, hospitals and primary care providers play a significant role in the lives of families and their young patients. Because of the role of these medical professionals and their ability to spend time with family members in their most vulnerable moments, medical professionals may be the first line of defense against child abuse, domestic […]

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  • The golden rule, duty of care, and negligence

    We have been taught from childhood that if we see someone in need, we should make our best efforts to render assistance where and however possible. This stems from our foundation of the golden rule: Treat others as we would like to be treated. However, in tort law, there is no legal requirement that a […]

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  • Maryland Legislature Reviews No-Fault Fund for Birth-Related Neurological Injury

    Malpractice by a hospital or as a result of mistakes made by medical professionals can have long-term effects on the victim who must suffer the consequences of injury. Malpractice can become more traumatic when it occurs to someone vulnerable such as an infant. An infant victim of medical malpractice could face a life of serious […]

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  • An Alarming Rise in Misdiagnosis of Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

    Cancer is often assumed to be an older person’s disease; it can be easy to forget that cancer can target younger people, as well. Though the incidence of young people being diagnosed with cancer is less commonplace than cancer in older populations, scientists and researchers are seeing a dramatic rise in the incidence of colorectal cancer […]

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  • Emergency Room Visits Associated with Toy Accidents Increase

    It is Easter time; a time in which families gather together to hunt for Easter eggs and enjoy multi-colored toys. Though this family-fun pastime has been celebrated for years, sometimes these celebrations can put children at risk. According to a study published by the journal Clinical Pediatrics, researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy […]

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  • Work-Related Hearing Loss

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey, one in four adults living in the United States has hearing damage, even though they may report that they have good or excellent hearing. For many of these participants tested by the CDC, they had started to lose their hearing as early as the age of […]

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  • Misdiagnosis of Asthma and Overuse of Asthma Inhaler Can Lead to Significant Issues

    Anestimated 25.7 million people have been diagnosed with asthma, a common lung disorder involving the inflammation and swelling of the airways. Of the 25.7 million of people in the U.S. diagnosed with having asthma, 7 million are children. Generally with people who have asthma, the inflammation of the airways is usually triggered from inhaled particles, like […]

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  • Doctors Find Women’s Pain Less Believable Than Men’s, Causing Disparity in Treatment

    Though it is 2017, there is still evidence that old and debunked stereotypes have a pervasive impact on many facets of our lives. Sexism is still a mainstream problem, and women are still dealing with the brunt of the old boys club mentality. Though it may be frustrating and degrading for these stereotypes to control […]

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  • Prescription Opioid Abuse Epidemic

    In the United States, prescription opioid overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that roughly 183,000 people have died from a prescription opioid overdose between 1999 to 2015. In 2015 alone, there were more than 15,000 deaths. The most common prescription opioids that people overdose from are methadone, oxycodone (such as […]

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  • Maryland Looks to Remove Cap on Compensatory Damages Associated with Pet Attacks

    In the United States, pet owners and their pets often have strong bonds and close relationships. Many go above and beyond what is standard to ensure that a pet is loved, treated well, and that his or her life is maintained through medical intervention. It is the strong relationship between pet and pet owner that […]

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  • The Extent of Misdiagnosis of ADHD in Children

    In the United States, since the 1990s, the number of children who have been diagnosed as having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has skyrocketed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that roughly 6.4 million children have been diagnosed as having ADHD. With diagnosis comes hand-in-hand with ADHD drugs, and increased vigilance in school […]

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  • Hospitals Pressure Patients to Deliver Babies by C-Section

    In the United States, the medical community’s purpose is to ensure the safety of its patients. The Hippocratic oath that is taken by medical professionals holds them to a high standard in the care and treatment that they give their patients. People seek out medical help when they are at their most vulnerable and scared. […]

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  • Should Robots and Artificial Intelligence Share Liability?

    The technological world moves fast. In the last year alone, technological advances have built on themselves and progressed to the point where we are seeing, for example, artificial intelligence and robotics on the rise. More recently we have seen the extent to which artificial intelligence and robotics are becoming more mainstream in self-driving cars operating […]

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  • School Policies on Food Allergies and the New Peanut Skin Patch

    In the United States, more than 50 million people have food allergies and annually it costs the country approximately $18 billion. Nut allergies, mainly peanut allergies, have been at the forefront of children’s health issues for decades, due to the extreme sensitivity that children have to these allergies. It is estimated that between 6 and […]

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  • The Importance of Res Ipsa Loquitor in Personal Injury Cases

    In Tort and personal injury law, many times a plaintiff may not know what has happened and cannot provide substantial evidence. However, the law has created a presumption of negligence theory known as “res ipsa loquitor,” which translates to “the thing (the negligent act) speaks for itself.” This would apply in situations such as when […]

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  • The Gray Area of Using Social Media to Investigate Workers’ Compensation Claims

    Workers’ compensation was implemented as a way in which men and women could receive monetary compensation for injuries that occurred during the course of employment without protracted litigation. When a person could show that he or she was injured and that injury arose as a result of the duties and obligations of the employment that […]

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  • Injured During an Office Holiday Party?

    In December, many employers will throw holiday parties in an attempt to boost morale and support their staff going into the holiday season. These parties are usually meant as a thank you to the employees for a job well done and as a fringe benefit to allow the employees to come together in a more collegiate way […]

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  • The Most Accident-Prone Professions in Maryland

    According to a recent study, Maryland has seen a decrease in the number of workplace injuries. It has been reported that in 2015 there were an estimated 65,000 injuries and illnesses in Maryland, which is down from the 68,600 reported injuries and illnesses in Maryland for 2014. According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these […]

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  • The Medical Community’s Overdiagnosis of the Penicillin Allergy

    Penicillin is one of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history and has transformed the way that we deal with bacterial infections. Penicillin enabled humankind to no longer die from bacterial infections, and moved the scientific community to better understand how drugs work, which has led to many of the scientific achievements we have made in […]

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  • New Study Shows Significant Number of Cellulitis Misdiagnoses

    A recent study has confirmed that many doctors and hospitals have been misdiagnosing cellulitis, a bacterial skin condition that occurs as a result of an infection of the skin and the deep tissue underlying the skin. When you have been injured, bruised, burned, wounded, or received a surgical cut, bacteria can enter your body through […]

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  • Assumption of Risk Not Strong Argument in Slip-and-Fall Cases Where Plaintiff Injured on Black Ice

    Winter is just around the corner, which brings with it the colder weather, the holiday spirit, and excitement about the soon-to-be snow-blanketed streets. Though there is a romantic quality to the holiday season and winter, there also comes with it its warnings, dangerous, and treacherous conditions as a result of the snow and ice. Slip-and-Fall […]

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  • Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases for State Correctional Officers

    Workers’ compensation is provided for employees as protection when the employee is injured while on the job. At the outset, employees would have to file claims against the employer to show that there was negligence on the part of the employer that led to the permanent or temporary injury of the employee. However, the legal […]

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  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress and Cyberbullying/Harassment in Maryland

    We grew up with the old children’s rhyme “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” More and more as gadgets and devices invade our lives do we realize that this adage could not be further from the truth. In the United States, online harassment and cyberbullying has infiltrated the […]

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  • The Risks Associated With Decorative Contact Lenses During the Halloween Holiday

    Halloween is well-known for ghouls, goblins, witches, and haunted houses. Families enjoy creating and wearing fun costumes to celebrate the holiday, and going trick-or-treating with the young ones. Though there has always been cautions and warnings associated with Halloween that go beyond the ghoulish fears, sometimes the fears extend to threats that a person may not know exist. We […]

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  • New Bill Seeks to Prohibit Children From Riding as Passengers on Motorcycles

    In the state of Maryland, there are roughly 70 motorcyclists killed in traffic accidents annually and at least 1,400 riders and their passengers who are injured each year. According to Maryland traffic accident data, it has been observed that most of the traffic accidents that occur where a motorcycle rider and/or passenger were involved was […]

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  • Noah’s Law Effective as of October 2016

    Drunk driving is a significant issue around the country and claims thousands of lives each year. TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there is one impaired-driving fatality every 53 minutes, amounting to roughly 28 people per day. Due to the gravity of drunk driving and the physical and emotional damage that is caused by […]

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  • Increased Rate of Head Trauma and Visits to the Emergency Room

    Concussions have become a serious issue in our discussions about sports and the type of regulations and rules that should be in place to protect our players, especially when they are young. Because of the incredible impact that concussions can have on a child’s development, it should be taken seriously when a child suffers a […]

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  • MD Senate to Review Cap for Noneconomic Damages Associated with Catastrophic Injuries

    When someone has been injured by a medical professional, either due to the health care provider’s negligence or other wrongful conduct, the person has a cause of action to bring a civil case against the practitioner. In Maryland, however, there is a cap on the type of noneconomic damages, also known as “pain and suffering,” and there […]

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  • Physician Abuse and How the Maryland Board of Physicians are Required to Respond

    When you go into the doctor’s office, there is a certain level of trust that is given to your doctor to follow the Hippocratic oath to do no harm. It is a vulnerable place to be: sitting half-naked in a crinkly gown waiting for a doctor to invade your personal space in the name of […]

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  • Deaf Patients and Their Right to Effective Communication and Access to Medical Attention

    When someone is going through a medical emergency, it can be an overwhelming time. What makes a situation even more terrifying is when there is little to no information and the person’s life is on the line. This gets even more difficult if you do not have any previous experience with medical professionals or were […]

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  • Lead-Poisoning of Children and Maryland’s Lax Laws

    In Baltimore and the surrounding areas, it has been estimated that over the last twenty years, at least 37,500 children have been poisoned due to lead exposure in their homes. Another study shows that even though numbers of exposure to lead poisoning has decreased since 2000, more than 56,000 children living in Baltimore still may be at […]

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  • Multiple Sclerosis Misdiagnosis is Occurring More and More Regularly

    Multiple Sclerosis Misdiagnosis is Occurring More and More Regularly Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system of the person affected. Though there are no specific diagnostic tests to detect MS, symptoms may sometimes present themselves like symptoms for other diseases, leading to serious misdiagnoses by medical professionals. Sometimes what appears […]

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  • Study Suggests Diagnostic Tools for Depression May Lead to Misdiagnosis in Children and Adolescents

    In the United States, depression is one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States, claiming more than 40 million adults, almost 18% of the population, ages 18 and older, as its victims. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 2.8 million adolescents between the ages of 12 through 17 […]

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  • Genetic Testing Could Lead to Misdiagnoses Due to Non-Diverse Genetic Databases

    A well-known adage has stated that knowledge is power. Many believe that the more he or she knows, the better the decisions can be made for how he or she lives life. This is especially true when it comes to a person’s health. Having knowledge about one’s family medical history is considered to be extremely […]

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  • The Protections and Rights of Good Samaritans

    When it comes to injury that results from car accidents or other types of accidents that may occur in our day-to-day life, there is always a reflexive response to determine who exactly is at fault for the resulting injuries. Fault is an interesting concept, especially in personal injury law, as a situation may have an […]

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  • When Hospitals Make Mistakes

    When a hospital or its staff makes a mistake and a patient is injured as a result, it may be really difficult to decide what the next steps should be to make the patient whole again. Largely, medical malpractice in the hospital can be difficult to litigate because hospitals are not inclined to reveal the […]

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  • Electric Shock Drowning

    Last month, Alabama teenager Carmen Johnson was tragically killed when she dove off of a dock into a lake where a malfunctioning light had leaked an electric charge. The electrical currents soon paralyzed Carmen, who drowned before the power could be cut. Carmen’s shocking death has brought attention to the recent and devastating trend of accidental deaths caused […]

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  • Zika Virus Infections in Maryland

    In recent months, Zika virus has spread from Brazil to the southern U.S. and northward. It generally causes mild symptoms, including rashes and aches, and those who are infected may not even feel ill enough to visit a doctor. However, the virus can cause birth defects when a pregnant woman contracts it. Zika in Maryland As of […]

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  • Minors and Statutes of Limitations

    Children are often unable to protect themselves, so Maryland law includes provisions protecting minors. When they are victims of accidents caused by another’s negligence or recklessness, minors may file personal injury suits to recover compensation for their injuries. Depending on the type of injury suffered, Maryland law gives minors more time to file a lawsuit than an […]

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  • Maryland’s Motorcycle Helmet Laws

    Motorcycles are a fun and popular form of transportation and are frequently seen on Maryland’s roadways. But without the metal body of the car for protection, motorcycle riders are much more exposed and likely to suffer serious injury or death during an accident. Helmet use is an extremely effective way to reduce injuries, and Maryland law […]

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  • Bicycle Accidents

    Even if cyclists take all necessary precautions, they are at risk for being injured in a bicycle accident. Bicycle accidents often involve both the cyclist and a car or truck, and accidents involving another vehicle are especially dangerous. Most bicycle accidents, however, are avoidable and are often caused by a driver’s negligence. Causes Most bicycle accidents that […]

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  • PIP, UIM, and Fault-Based Insurance in Maryland

    In an auto accident caused by one driver’s negligence or reckless behavior, the at-fault driver is liable for the victim’s injuries. Generally, victims will not deal with the driver directly, but rather negotiate with an insurance company that will pay the claim under the at-fault driver’s liability insurance coverage. In a car accident, there are usually two […]

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  • Boating Accidents in Maryland

    Earlier this month, a man sustained a leg injury in a personal watercraft accident off the north end of Assateague. The man and his friends had been using personal watercraft around the Ocean City area when the incident occurred. The man’s friends flagged down the Coast Guard crew patrolling the area to rescue the man, whose leg […]

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  • Metrorail Injuries

    Metrorail, which is operated by the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and serves commuters in Maryland, the District, and Northern Virginia, has recently made headlines due to its dilapidated systems causing smoke and fires. Not only do the fires and malfunctions cause inconvenient delays for the three quarters of a million daily riders of […]

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  • Car Accident Ejections

    In January, a Maryland woman was tragically killed while traveling westbound on Interstate 68 when she lost control of her vehicle due to icy road conditions. The car veered into the grass median and struck a guardrail, at which point the vehicle overturned and slid into the eastbound lanes. The driver and one of the […]

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  • Frozen Vegetables Recalled Due to Listeria Outbreak

    Last month, the Centers for Disease Control discovered evidence of listeria contamination in Dole salad products after multiple Canadian and American residents were hospitalized with infection-related symptoms upon consuming the products. Since then, several retail grocery chains have also issued a series of voluntary recalls. For instance, last week, numerous grocery stores recalled Pictsweet’s brand of frozen vegetables due […]

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  • Pharmaceutical Negligence

    Thousands of Americans, suffering from both physical and psychological ailments, rely on the experience of hospitals, pharmacies, and doctors when it comes to alleviating health problems with prescription drugs. Unfortunately, in the last decade, instances of healthcare professionals betraying this trust by negligently prescribing or filling prescriptions have been on the rise. This negligence can take an […]

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  • Surgical Error and Medical Malpractice

    All forms of medical negligence carry a high risk of injury or even death. However, the results of mistakes made during surgery are often the most physically, emotionally, and financially devastating for victims and their families. Common Surgical Errors Some of the most common types of surgical errors that can be attributed to a medical professional’s negligence […]

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  • Workers’ Compensation in Maryland

    Construction along freeways and busy roads can be a nuisance during rush hour or when drivers are in a hurry. However, construction work can also be extremely dangerous for the men and women working at those sites. This was made abundantly clear last month when an accident involving two road construction workers left one dead and another seriously […]

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  • Brain Injuries

    Last week, two-time Women’s World Cup champion Brandi Chasten announced that she plans to donate her brain to Boston University for research into the degenerative brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). Initial findings have revealed that the disease may be linked to head trauma sustained in sports. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Initial research has indicated that CTE occurs […]

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  • Food Allergy-Related Injuries

    Last week Happy Planet Foods, Inc. ordered a large-scale recall of its chocolate banana protein smoothies after a food safety investigation revealed that the product contained cashews. The nuts were not declared on the label, which posed a significant health risk to consumers who purchased it. Food Allergies Food allergies are the immune system’s response to a specific food […]

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  • Dangerous Roads

    Residents of Baltimore were recently relieved to see that a 5-foot wide, 10-foot deep hole that opened on I-95 North had been repaired in time for the morning commute. The State Highway Administration stated that the collapse of a drainage pipe led to the sinking of the hole. Fortunately, the problem was addressed before anyone sustained an […]

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  • Cargo Spills

    Last week, a Maryland semi-truck driver was tragically killed when his vehicle overturned. No one else was injured, but debris from the truck accident, including pieces of a concrete barrier, diesel fuel from the vehicle’s ruptured fuel tank, and spilled cargo, blocked the roadway for hours. Hazardous material clean-up crews were notified and eventually able to clear all […]

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  • Multi-Vehicle Accidents

    Last month in Landover, a woman was tragically killed in a multi-vehicle accident that involved a total of nine cars. The pile-up occurred after a driver, who was speeding and driving recklessly, struck the victim’s car, causing both vehicles to crash into seven other nearby vehicles. The victim was immediately transported to the nearest hospital, where she […]

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  • Car Accidents and Pregnant Victims

    Car Accidents and Pregnant Victims Maryland experiences some of the most severe weather in the United States, especially during the winter. The presence of snow and ice creates a significant risk to motorists, who are much more likely to be involved in automobile accidents when there is inclement weather. Pregnant women are especially susceptible to injury in […]

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  • Motorcycle Accidents: Being Struck From Behind

    Late last year, a tragic accident in Columbia, South Carolina resulted in a motorcycle fatality. The motorcyclist was traveling west on I-126 when traffic forced both him and the car traveling in front of him to slow down. The car behind the motorcycle collided with the motorcycle, pushing it into the car in front of it. The motorcyclist […]

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  • Foreseeability and Personal Injury Claims

    Many personal injury lawsuits are based on a theory of negligence. In order to recover damages in negligence, the victim must show that the injuries that he or she suffered were a foreseeable result of the defendant’s actions. Negligence In Maryland, to prove negligence, a plaintiff must show that: ●The defendant had a duty of care to avoid […]

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  • Hoverboard Accidents and Injuries

    The popular electric-powered self-balancing scooters known as hoverboards were a favorite toy for the 2015 holiday season. Contrary to their nickname, hoverboards do not actually hover, but many find the sensation they provide of hovering to be quite fun. Unfortunately, hoverboards can also be very dangerous. They are difficult to use, causing many people to […]

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  • Bill Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide Reintroduced in Maryland

    The recent legalization of assisted suicide in California and a number of wrongful death suits have spurred support for broader end-of-life legal options for Maryland residents. A bill that would have overturned the state’s prohibition on physician-assisted suicide was tabled earlier this year after two committees from the House of Representatives and the Senate decided not to […]

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  • Wrongful Birth Cases

    In Maryland, wrongful birth is a cause of action brought by parents when a medical professional’s negligence results in the unwanted birth of a child. There are two situations that can give rise to wrongful birth or wrongful conception cases: ●When the child is born with birth defects and the mother would have terminated the pregnancy had […]

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  • Personal Injury Suits for Crime Victims

    For crime victims, seeing an offender convicted is satisfying, but does little to make the victim whole. In Maryland, every victim of crime has the right to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator to recover compensation for the harm that he or she suffered. Victims may also be able to sue those whose negligence allowed the crime […]

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  • Premises Liability

    The owners and possessors of property are responsible to keep their property safe. This may include maintenance and upkeep, taking appropriate security measures, and ensuring that property is in compliance with building and safety codes. If adequate safety measures are not taken and someone is injured as a result, the owner may be subject to legal […]

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  • MD Jury Rewards Millions to Victim of Medical Malpractice

    When Maryland resident Gary Stern went to the hospital with terrible pains in his abdominal region, he expected to be treated accordingly. After all, experts in the medical field have peoples’ lives resting in their hands on a regular basis and cannot make a mistake, no matter how long of hours they work. It is […]

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  • Calculating Death Benefits in Maryland

    Recently, the widow of a worker who was killed when he was struck by a co-worker’s vehicle while at work received a $400,000 award in death benefits from the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. The decision to award this amount was based on the commission’s recognition that the widow was financially dependent on her spouse, which meant that […]

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  • Nursing Home Negligence Leads to Death of 80-Year-Old Resident

    In Maryland, negligent care of nursing home residents can have serious financial and legal repercussions. The recent death of an 80-year-old patient who wandered away from a picnic outing sponsored by his nursing home has raised concerns about elder abuse in the state. Lubin Phipps was a resident of Woodmore House Assisted Living and required constant supervision […]

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  • School Injuries

    School Injuries Children spend much of their time at school and are often injured during the course of their time there. Sometimes, their injuries are caused by dangerous conditions on school grounds or by the neglect or wrongdoing of teachers or other school employees. If a child’s injury is attributable to the school’s negligence, the […]

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  • New Law Requires Mandatory Disclosure of Insurance Policy Limits

    In past years, in lawsuits concerning vehicle accidents, insurance companies in Maryland were not required to disclose the limit of a client’s policy to other parties. In 2011, the state legislature changed this by passing a law that required insurance providers to divulge an insured client’s coverage. In order gain the information, the claimant must have […]

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  • Patient Sues Anesthesiologist for Medical Malpractice

    In a recent decision, a Fairfax County, Virginia, court found a Maryland anesthesiologist liable for medical malpractice and defamation. The plaintiff, D.B., was undergoing a routine colonoscopy when his accidental recording of the procedure later revealed that both attending physicians had insulted him throughout the proceeding. After a three-day trial, the jury found the anesthesiologist and her […]

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  • Essure and Defective Medical Devices

    A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has convened to reinvestigate the risks and benefits of using Essure, the only non-surgically implanted birth control device currently available in the U.S. Essure is a small metal and polyester coil that is implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes to create permanent sterility. Essure users have complained of side effects including pelvic […]

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  • Negligence and Violating Statutes

    Often when a person violates a law, someone else is harmed. In some cases, that other person may have a compensable injury that gives rise to a personal injury suit based in negligence. When that happens, Maryland law treats the legal violation as evidence that the violator was negligent. Evidence of Negligence Under Maryland law, violating a […]

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  • Volkswagen Emissions Legal Investigation

    In mid-September, Volkswagen publicly admitted that it had cheated during the emissions tests on as many as eleven million of its “clean diesel” engines. It has since come to light that the vehicles were equipped with computer software that could detect when an emissions test was taking place based on engine operation, air pressure, monitoring […]

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  • Medical Malpractice Damage Caps in Maryland

    Maryland limits how much a medical malpractice victim can recover in damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The state’s statutes include caps on the amount that may be recovered for noneconomic damages in a medical malpractice claim. The medical malpractice limit is different from that which applies in other personal injury claims, such as […]

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  • Medical Malpractice Arbitration

    Before a medical malpractice victim may file a lawsuit for malpractice in Maryland, the parties must first complete arbitration or waive the arbitration process, and the claimant must file a certificate and report from an expert witness. If the parties waive arbitration, or if one party wishes to appeal the arbitration award, they may continue their suit […]

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  • Undocumented Immigrants & Personal Injury Claims

    n Maryland, undocumented immigrants, like anyone else, are permitted to file personal injury lawsuits. But defendants may discover that they are in the country in illegally, and their immigration status may have an effect on the amount of damages that they can recover. Relevance and Prejudice Evidence of a personal injury plaintiff’s status as undocumented immigrant is admissible […]

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  • Nursing Malpractice

    Most people think of medical malpractice claims as being against doctors, for serious harms such as botching a surgery or failing to diagnose a disease. But other medical professionals, such as nurses, play a large role in any patient’s care. A nurse’s competence can be essential to a patient’s treatment and recovery. If the nurse fails to […]

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  • Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice

    In a medical malpractice or medical negligence case, one important aspect of the case is proving the standard of care. The standard of care means the level of caution and attention that a medical professional or hospital must exercise in the treatment of a patient. In any personal injury lawsuit for medical malpractice, the injured party must […]

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