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Understanding Erb’s palsy

As a Maryland mother-to-be, you likely spend a great deal of time thinking about the health, safety and welfare of your developing baby. You also probably do everything you possibly can to keep yourself safe so (s)he can be, too. Unfortunately, however, you cannot control everything, and a birth injury is one of the things you cannot control.

Thankfully, birth injuries occur relatively rarely in the United States. For instance, Erb’s palsy, one of the most common birth injuries, occurs in only 0.5 to 2.6 percent of live births. This is an injury to your baby’s brachial plexus nerves during the birthing process.

Should I accept a plea deal for a DUI?

If you are currently facing a DUI charge in the Silver Spring area, you might be thinking about possible defense options you can use. One option that you might not realize you have is a plea deal. Because the courts are overrun with cases, there is a strong possibility the prosecutor may offer you a plea bargain. Before you accept it, you need to fully understand the ramifications.

Plea deals may seem like no-brainers. However, they require you to give up something in exchange for a lesser charge or shorter sentence. Here are a few things for you to consider before you accept a DUI plea deal.

Why should I hire a private defense attorney?

You may think you have no options if you have recently received a DUI charge in Silver Spring. Whether you have had a few previous run-ins with the law for other minor criminal offenses or this is your first, you are allowed to take actions to help improve the outcome of your situation. 

First, recognize a criminal charge does not make you helpless. It is important for you to consider your legal options first, so you have time to get your affairs in order to potentially avoid a conviction. Consider the following information on why you should hire a DUI defense attorney

5 things to always do after a hit-and-run

Surprisingly, there are many drivers who will flee the scene of an accident even though police officers have various methods for catching these people. Take the case of a Maryland man who struck a 7-Eleven manager with his vehicle before driving off. Luckily, the clerk was able to catch the driver's license plate number. 

If you ever find yourself as a victim of a hit-and-run, either in your car or as a pedestrian, you will understandably feel confused and angry at the scene. However, the actions you take right there will greatly impact your insurance claim. Here are the steps to take. 

What to do when an animal attacks you

Interacting with animals can be fun, exciting or even relaxing. Like many people, you may enjoy being around animals of all kinds, from your own pets to wild animals at the zoo. But what happens when one of these animals attacks you?

If you were in a public place or other location you had the right to be in (such as a friend's house for lunch), and an animal under someone's care attacks you, you can hold the person legally responsible. You can sue the owner, caretaker or establishment to pay for the medical bills of your injury. These are the steps to take.

The facts of drowsy driving

The USDOT doesn't know exactly how many car wrecks are caused by drowsy driving, but they estimate that 7 percent of all car wrecks in 2016 in the United States involve a drowsy driver.

They don't know the exact number because it can be difficult to tell when drowsiness is a factor in a wreck unless it's noted in the police report.

Have you considered how a DUI mark would affect your future?

A conviction for driving under the influence carries tough penalties in the state of Maryland, even though all DUIs are classified under the heading of misdemeanor.

However, the penalties are not all you have to worry about. A DUI mark on your record stays with you and can adversely affect the plans you have for the future.

Key factors of a medical malpractice claim

While many physicians provide an excellent level of care, there are some who cannot or simply do not provide the necessary care and can put patients in danger. Thankfully, a medical malpractice claim can serve as a means of recourse in situations where a physician's missteps lead to injury or harm.

In order to build a proper case, it is important that parties fully understand what it entails. There are a few key factors of a medical malpractice claim.

The negligence of a trucker can benefit a claim

Auto accidents occur every day, and trucking accidents are constantly rising in number. If you have fallen victim to such an incident, you may be able to seek compensation.

To argue a successful case, it is important to understand the full claim process. In regard to proving the accident, a trucker's negligence may be key.

Distinguishing birth injuries from birth defects

Parents put the life of their child in the hands of the physician during the birthing process. When a child suffers injuries at birth due to the negligence of the physician, it may be possible for the parents to seek compensation.

One of the key steps in developing a solid case is making sure the injury is truly a birth injury and not a birth defect. A few factors can aid in making this distinction.

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