October 2016 Archives

When you need to seek a second opinion

Being able to trust your doctor is vital to the relationship that allows treatment to be effective. That's because trust is what allows patients to open up and share information, and it also helps mediate anxiety about treatments and ensures better compliance with them. Most people do not stay long with a doctor they do not trust, and as a result, it can be difficult to know when you are right to question the doctor's opinion. Still, medicine is not an absolute science; it is a field where new discoveries are still made every day. That means that when you are not comfortable with your doctor's decision, you need to be able to feel comfortable questioning it.

Who may be liable in a wrongful death suit?

In a fatal accident, two Utah Boy Scouts killed a motorcyclist when they cut down a tree. Now the motorcyclist’s family is naming the Boy Scouts of America, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Boy Scout Troop’s leadership, two Scouts who felled the tree and others in a wrongful death suit.

Homeowner's policies and premises liability

It is not uncommon for Maryland homeowners to have someone suffer an injury on their property. Each year, more than 10 million people go to the emergency room because of a household injury. Additionally, more than 6 million insurance claims are filed each year by injured parties seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

5 steps to take after a car accident

With over 10 million car accidents on record each year, it is important for drivers to understand what to do in case they are involved in a crash. Whether it's a small fender-bender or a major accident, it's key to follow proper protocol, which can make seeking claims for repairs and medical expenses more straightforward.

OSHA's rule for fall protection

A proposed rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding the safety of walking-working surfaces has passed through the White House Office of Management and Budget. Maryland employers and employees may want to know how OSHA is working to prevent workplace injuries and deaths resulting from falls.

Why are brain injuries more likely in commercial truck accidents?

Getting into any kind of car accident is serious, but colliding with a tractor-trailer may have side-effects that can change your life. The most recent FMCSA report on Large Truck and Bus Accidents notes that injuries from commercial vehicle accidents have increased by 21% percent.

Plan aims for no traffic deaths, injuries within 30 years

On Oct. 5, the Obama administration announced the first steps in a plan designed to make roads safer for drivers in Maryland and throughout the United States. As part of the new initiative, the U.S. Department of Transportation will emphasize seat belt safety and the dangers of drunk and distracted driving. The ultimate goal is to have zero injuries or fatalities from traffic accidents within 30 years.

After the accident: Are there other sources of revenue?

It was a bright sunny day--the falls leaves were in color and a bike ride seemed like the perfect way to spend the day. You were just hitting a nice pace when the car coming toward you veered out of his lane and into yours. Suddenly, you were struck and the last thing you remember was being loaded into an ambulance.

Implications of open carry for Maryland landlords and tenants

In a public setting, the sight of a person openly carrying a gun may incite panic. However, in some jurisdictions, the right to openly carry is protected by law. While most who carry a gun don't plan to cause harm to anyone, it is possible for a gun to accidentally go off. It is also possible that an individual with a gun does intend to harm people with that weapon.

How wrongful death lawsuit damages are determined

The process of determining the amount of compensation a victim's loved ones will receive from a Maryland wrongful death claim requires a thorough analysis of various factors. These factors may include the victim's annual salary and projected future earnings, the timeframe of suffering preceding death, the cause of death linked to the defendant's negligence and the victim's past and potential future contribution to his or her family's household income.

Baltimore car crash kills 11-year-old girl

An 11-year-old Maryland girl was killed in a car accident on Sept. 25. The crash occurred at approximately 4:37 p.m. in Baltimore. According to Baltimore City Police, a 26-year-old man was speeding his vehicle west on the 2800 block of Frederick Avenue when he crossed into opposing traffic and smashed into an SUV.

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