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The hazards of working with dangerous chemicals

Chemical plant workers in Maryland and around the country face a number of hazards that workers in other sectors do not. Many of the chemicals used in manufacturing processes are volatile, flammable or highly toxic, and long-term exposure to dangerous substances in the workplace can lead to debilitating or even fatal medical conditions. Common injuries suffered by chemical plant workers include burns, respiratory ailments, falls and overexertion.

Proving injury after a car accident in Maryland

If someone has been in a car accident that was caused by another party, they are likely to seek compensation. In most cases, accident victims will get a settlement from the responsible person's insurance company. To ensure a settlement, individuals will normally need to provide proof that a motorist was at fault for the accident and that they suffered injuries as a result.

Construction industry has highest rate of brain injuries

Maryland construction workers may not be terribly surprised to learn that, according to a study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the greatest number of traumatic brain injuries occur in their industry. During the eight years that were being studied, it was found that approximately 25 percent of all construction fatalities were caused by traumatic brain injuries.

What to do when hurt at a superstore in Maryland

Injuries at big-box stores like Walmart are very common. The retail giant is estimated to be involved in about 5,000 lawsuits related to injuries each year. This works out to approximately 13 lawsuits against the company every day. In addition, other retailers like Target and Costco also are sued on a regular basis.

Texting and driving linked to increase in car accident deaths

Many Maryland drivers face a combination of congested highways and busy city streets every day. For those who navigate the streets defensively, it often seems incredible that people drive while texting, browsing social media and flipping through playlists without causing a car accident. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, however, suggests that this behavior is causing more car accidents. An attorney and proponent of defensive driving explains how a distracted driver is the virtual opposite of a defensive one.

Fatal truck accidents increase in 2015

The Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts, which is an annual report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, indicates that between 2014 and 2015, the number of trucks involved in fatal crashes rose by 8 percent. Per the 2015 report, 4,050 trucks that weighed more than 10,000 pounds were involved in 3,598 deadly crashes.

Reduce your risk of medication errors

When you visit your doctor or other medical professionals for treatment of any condition, you should be able to trust them implicitly to diagnose, prescribe and treat your problem correctly. Unfortunately, health care professionals are not free from making mistakes, and medication errors injure close to 1.3 million people each year and cause one death a day in the United States, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. You can reduce your risks of a medication error by understanding more about why they happen. 

When a property owner may not be held liable for injuries

When Maryland concertgoers or bar patrons suffer an injury, the owner of the venue will most likely be held financially responsible. However, there may be some exceptions if the victims were aware of certain risks and knowingly placed themselves in harms way.

The dangers of distracted driving

One in every three motorists in Maryland and across the U.S. displays habits consistent with distracted driving. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 engage in at least one risky driving behavior each day. This makes them the worst behaved age group of drivers in the United States.

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