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October 2011 Archives

After initial denial, tornado hero OK'd for work comp benefits

The family of a tornado survivor says it's thrilled by the sudden turnaround by an insurance company to grant him workers' compensation benefits. There are some in Maryland and elsewhere who say there should never have been a denial of the claim in the first place.

Injured French passengers sue over tour bus accident

Washington, D.C. is a tourist Mecca. Every year, millions of people from all over the world come to the nation's capitol. That makes for a lot of big tour buses, sometimes on very narrow streets. Anyone who travels regularly knows that usually the big coach buses aren't equipped with safety belts. When motor vehicle accidents involving buses happen, riders can get hurt.

"Don't eat and drive" could be coming

Studies indicate that 80 percent of all car accidents and near-crashes are attributable to distracted driving. Worries about the personal injury and wrongful death that can result from those accidents have driven lawmakers in states and communities across the country to enact bans on various distraction sources. There are behind-the-wheel restrictions on cellphone use, primping and preening and more.

MD lawmakers considering ban on crib bumpers

So, where do you stand on the question of crib bumpers? A debate is raging in various quarters about whether the pads that run around the slats of a crib are a help to infant safety or a hazard that can lead to injury or wrongful death. The issue is getting the attention of lawmakers in Annapolis. They've looking at a proposal to ban the sale of pads starting in January 2013. If it passes, the state would be the first in the nation to block such sales.

Continued deaths mean ongoing questions re: Fort Detrick

Since the 1980s, residents near Fort Detrick in Maryland have been speculating about what effects base experiments may have had on the health of the nearby community. Now, the state health department is performing a large scale study on the rate of cancer growth in residents within two miles of the base. It's in response to continuing outcries over possible worker injury and wrongful death in the area.

3 injured in crash with unmanned vehicle near Fredrick

Have you ever been driving along the roads of Montgomery County behind a truck hauling cars when the thought flits through your mind, "what would happen if one of those cars broke loose?" It's a nightmare to think about how life could be changed in a flash by such a car accident.

Girl dead, mother severely burned, in weekend wreck

"I just want my wife." That's the plea from a man who may feel he has little else left at the moment. His wife is fighting for her life with burns over most of her body and his 9-year-old daughter is dead after a senseless weekend car accident. The crash did not happen in Maryland, but the magnitude of the loss, and the details of how it happened, are such that it merits attention.

Amish girl dead in car-buggy crash in St. Mary's County

Police in St. Mary's County are asking for the public's help as they investigate a vehicle crash that killed a 12-year-old girl and injured two other people. Authorities say the horse and buggy the three were riding in was struck by a car shortly before 7:40 at night on Saturday.

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