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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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