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1 in 4 killed in Maryland vehicle accidents is a pedestrian


Traffic accidents involving pedestrians are some of the most deadly in Maryland. People traveling on foot have to interact with drivers of motor vehicles all the time, particularly in urban areas such as Baltimore and Washington. But, while car passengers have seatbelts and other safety protections, pedestrians are fully exposed in the event of a collision. As a result, a pedestrian who is hit by a car often suffers serious injury or death. In fact, in 2013 pedestrian accidents accounted for only 3 percent of the 90,000 total motor vehicle crashes in the state, but pedestrians made up close to 25 percent of the fatalities. Thus, one of every four people killed in motor vehicle accidents in Maryland was a pedestrian.

What should I know about asbestos work hazards?

The term "asbestos" is the commercial name that defines six different kinds of fibrous minerals. These minerals are extremely useful in industrial and commercial applications because they are easy to find in nature, they are resistant to thermal and chemical degradation, have a high tensile strength, have fire retardant properties and more.

Patient struggles after doctor's failure to diagnose heart attack

Maryland readers may be interested in a recent report released by medical experts from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine that states that most Americans who regularly visit a doctor will receive an incorrect or delayed diagnosis at least once during their lifetime. A doctor's failure to diagnose a patient correctly can be detrimental or even deadly. Yet, diagnostic errors such as this are often unmeasured.

Truck accidents are a serious concern


A number of deaths that result from truck accidents are accounted for by occupants of passenger vehicles. Of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle accidents during 2013 that involved a passenger vehicle and large truck, 97 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles. During 2013, 73 percent of deaths in large truck accidents were in truck accidents that involved tractor trailers. Overall during 2013, 3,602 victims died in large truck accidents. Sixteen percent of fatal truck accident victims during 2013 were occupants of other passenger vehicles. The number of truck accident fatalities in 2013 was a 14 percent increase from 2009.

Medication errors can be serious for victims


To ensure that patients are kept safe, prescription medications must always be properly prescribed and administered. Unfortunately, serious or fatal consequences can result when prescription errors are made by medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses, or hospital staff.

Report: Many families don't seek SSI for mentally ill children

When people in Laurel think of someone who is mentally ill, they picture an adult, not a child. Yet the fact is that thousands of children in the U.S. struggle with some form of mental illness such as schizophrenia, depression, severe anxiety and bipolar. For the families whose income level falls around the poverty line, caring for a child with this type of disability can be filled with challenges.

Construction deaths on the rise, but fatalities lower than before

When you get ready to head to work in the morning, you hope and expect that nothing bad will happen on the job today. Working in construction, you know that there is a risk of injury or death if something goes wrong. Normally, if you're hurt on the job, you can make a claim for workers' compensation or additional payments that your attorney will be able to explain. Still, no one wants these injuries to happen. Are they common?

Why you should report injuries right away

It's quite important to report any injuries that you get on the job as soon as you can. If you fail to do this, your company may fight with you over whether or not they have to pay compensation. The company's executives may claim that you hid the injury, and they will deny the payments.

What is medical negligence?


The Journal of American Medicine reports that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to estimates, medical errors cause the death of 200,000 victims each year. When a medical professional or hospital has been negligent, victims are able to seek damages for the harm they have suffered as a result through a medical malpractice claim.

Surgeon error puts football player on the bench indefinitely

Every patient deserves a quality standard of care. When it comes to surgery, a patient has to trust that the surgeon will perform to the best of his or her ability. Maryland residents may be interested in a recent successful lawsuit where a former college football player in another state was awarded over $4 million because of a surgeon error.

Study: MS patients find hope in stem cell transplants

It is estimated that 2.3 million people throughout the world suffer from multiple sclerosis, according to Healthline. For people in Maryland, MS is a disabling condition that affects a person's nerve cells. It is uncertain what causes the condition and the symptoms that people experience may include loss of vision, fatigue, paralysis, numbness, muscle spasms and stiffness, dysfunctional bladder, memory issues and problems with language. However patients may find hope in a new stem cell transplant therapy.

Young parents killed in Maryland car accident


The loss of a loved one in a motor vehicle accident can be devastating for family members. One recent car crash in Temple Hills, Maryland was especially tragic. The accident claimed the lives of a young married couple, ages 34 and 31. The couple had been married for two years and left behind three children, ages two, nine and ten.

Building Collapse Injures Several Construction Workers

Two construction workers suffered serious injuries in a building collapse that happened in Queenstown on Sept. 8. The two workers were airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where they received treatment.

Understanding the problem of distracted driving


Distracted driving is an increasing problem in our society today. Each day in the United States 9 victims are killed and nearly 1,200 victims are injured in distracted driving accidents involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving increases the chances of a motor vehicle accident such as a motorcycle accident. In general, distracted driving is considered engaging in activities while driving that remove the driver's attention from the roadway.

How often do drugged drivers cause car crashes?


In Maryland and across the country, drivers need to be vigilant of others on the road due to the potential for auto accidents to occur. These motor vehicle crashes can occur for a multitude of reasons including the use of drugs. Drivers who get behind the wheel after having used drugs are placing others in jeopardy. Understanding the prevalence of this issue can give other drivers an idea of what to look for.

Medical Mistake Results in Death of 68-Year-Old Woman

The children of a 68-year-old woman are shaken by the death of their mother, which was caused by, they allege, a medical mistake. A medical mistake is only made worse by covering up or not disclosing pertinent information. Patients and citizens of Maryland may be interested in this medical lawsuit, which is not the first one made against this doctor.

Can I Receive Social Security Disability for a Job Injury?

If you have suffered a serious injury through a workplace accident in Prince Georges County, you are probably receiving workers' compensation through the state of Maryland. However, you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits, especially if you are in need of long-term care and are unable to work.

You Can Make a Claim After a Workplace Accident

After you're injured in a construction accident, it's important that your health is taken seriously. There's little room in your life for weeks upon end of negotiating or tactics being used to prevent you from getting the money you need. You've already suffered a serious injury and all the stress and anxiety that comes with it. You shouldn't also have to have the burden of fighting for your compensation on top of that.

Fatal Maryland motorcycle accident claims local fire lieutenant


Wrongful death options offer support to families following a fatal accident. A recent Maryland motorcycle crash claimed the lives of two people. One of the motorcycle accident victims was a local county fire lieutenant with the county fire department. The 63-year old victim had completed a shift as a fire dispatcher and is believed to have been on his way home when the crash occurred. The second motorcycle was driven by a 23-year old man who crossed the center line on a slight curve and struck the fire lieutenant head on. The two motorcycles were travelling in opposite directions. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene of the motorcycle accident.

Bryant University Building Collapse May be due to Crane Operator

On Sept. 1, a building collapsed at Bryant University in Providence, Rhode Island. Six construction workers were injured in the incident, although reports are that four of them have since been released from the hospital. Some of the workers fell from roof beams and were trapped in the accident debris. One of the workers is from Maryland.

Doctors' mental biases can lead to misdiagnosis


One of the most common forms of medical malpractice is misdiagnosis. One insurance company reviewed 2,000 claims recently and discovered that misdiagnosis was a principal factor in 313 of the cases. Maryland residents may be interested to learn that misdiagnosis was the second most expensive form of malpractice and the third most common in the cases surveyed.

Alcohol-related conditions that may be eligible for SSD benefits

Social Security does not consider alcoholism in itself a disability. However, alcohol consumed in large amounts over a long period of time, can affect the body in a number of negative ways and lead to conditions that Social Security recognizes as disabling.

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