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August 2012 Archives

Former NFL player wins worker's comp case in Maryland court

The Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, has ruled that former Washington Redskins punter Tom Tupa is entitled to worker's compensation after a career-ending injury he suffered during warm-ups in 2005. The decision was unanimous. This case has shed light on the rights of professional athletes to seek worker's compensation benefits in the team's home state as well as where the person is injured -- the Redskins are technically based out of Virginia.

Early-morning Md. crash results in one fatality, serious injuries

Just before 1 a.m. on August 25, an accident occurred in Talbot County, resulting in one fatality, at least three cases of serious injuries and two hours of closed roadways. According to Maryland State Police, the accident involved two vehicles, both drivers survived and one passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wrongful death suit filed against tour company

A New York family has filed a wrongful death claim against a tour company after their son was swept to sea while on a hiking tour in Hawaii on July 4. His body has not been found. Reportedly, the guide took the group of teens outside the state-permitted area despite warnings of dangerous surf for the area. The 15-year-old was last seen being swept across the tide pool where the group had been resting before proceeding out to the precarious lava rock area, and out over the shoreline cliffs.

New study reveals danger in "not-quite-head-on" collisions

In a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the findings revealed that 10,000 drivers and passengers across the nation are killed each year by "overlap crashes." This refers to front-end crashes involving the unprotected corners of the front of the vehicle. These deaths make up a quarter of all front-end fatal crashes.

Cause of fatal three-vehicle wreck still under investigation

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old girl was driving her car in Joppa, Maryland. Everything was okay until her vehicle suddenly crossed the double yellow lines and was suddenly face to face with on-coming traffic. Her vehicle collided with two other cars, one of which burst into flames. The passengers in that vehicle were able to escape; one other person had to be rushed to the hospital with serious injuries; but unfortunately, the 18-year-old lost her life in the crash.

$700 million paid out in Maryland for construction injuries

According to nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen, between 2008 and 2010, construction injuries and deaths cost the state more than $700 million. In a report, the group suggests that by awarding construction contracts to companies with stronger safety records, the amount paid out and the number of injuries sustained can be decreased. At this time, Maryland does have a screening process for contractors (on past performance, for example) but there is no process in which the past health and safety records are reviewed.

CDC data reveals new bonus of paid sick leave: less work injuries

A fresh look at some data from the Centers for Disease Control seems to indicate that employees who are offered paid sick leave are less likely to suffer a work-related injury. The CDC data included roughly 38,000 workers between the years of 2005 and 2008 were studied to draw the unproven (but telling) conclusion.

Car collision hospitalizes 9, alcohol likely involved in wreck

Nine Maryland-area residents have been hospitalized after a head-on collision over the weekend. Two vehicles were travelling in opposite directions on Route 18 last Sunday, when one of the vehicles strayed from its lane and crossed into oncoming traffic. The vehicle crashed into another car, leaving all nine people in the two vehicles with a variety of injuries.

Newborn suffers from cerebral palsy after poor medical care

Let alone the emotional tragedy of a birth injury that causes life-altering affects to a newborn child, the financial toll of such an incident can be monumental. The medications, rehabilitative sessions and physical equipment that are commonly associated with such birth injuries can cost obscene amounts of money -- and these costs don't go away over time. A birth injury affects the entirety of a person's life, and the negligence that tragically and wrongfully put them (and their family) in such a position should not go unpunished.

Wrongful death suit alleges medical company evaded FDA tests

Losing a loved one is an emotional and painful experience, but it is made more traumatic when it is discovered that one party or organization was either responsible for or directly caused the unfortunate incident. It can take time for such evidence to come to light, but when it does, the victim's family can bring wrongful death charges against the negligent or otherwise at-fault party. Claims often include negligence, reckless endangerment, misconduct or a failure to uphold safe premises or conditions.

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