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Debate over use of longer semi-trucks continues in US

Nearly every legislative year, bills are put before Congress typically with the intent of improving conditions in the United States. For the purpose of today's post, let's focus on legislation specifically designed to improve driving conditions and highway safety here in the U.S.

In an effort to improve safety, many pieces of legislation have been presented over the decades; but it's a recent highway bill that is grabbing particular attention. That's because this particular bill could define the trucking landscape for generations to come. In the bill are provisions that would either allow or disallow the operation of 33-foot-long semi-trucks on the federal interstate system. While some support the use of these long trucks, others oppose such an action.

Understaffing can lead to neglect in Maryland nursing homes

As our parents age, we start to see a role reversal in which the children now become the care takers. While a majority of our Upper Marlboro readers would be happy to provide this care to their aging loved ones, conflicting priorities and a need to maintain your own income can lead you to one inevitable reality: you may need to put your mother or father in a nursing home.

Thanks to the Baby Boomer generation though, more and more people are filtering into nursing homes all across the nation. In fact, according to the most recent numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, 1.4 million people are currently living in nursing homes across the country. Because the demand for long-term health care is growing, you'd think the market would be flooded with staff. Unfortunately, in many states, this isn't the case and many nursing homes remain woefully understaffed as a result of the shortage.

Takata Corp fined $70M for producing faulty vehicle airbags

If you're like hundreds of other vehicle owners in Maryland, then you may have received a recall notice in the last few months directing you to get your airbag replaced at your local dealership. While some vehicle owners brush off recall notices because of the inconvenience factor, this is not a recall notice our Upper Marlboro readers should ignore.

For those who are unfamiliar with the recall notice, it concerns vehicle manufacturers that receive airbags from a company called Takata Corp. Considered one of the world's largest airbag producers, Takata became embroiled in litigation recently after a defect was discovered in the airbag. According to reports, the defect lies in the airbag's inflator casing, which can malfunction, causing it to "rupture violently, sending shards flying into the passenger cabin." So far, the faulty airbags have been linked to at least eight deaths and more than 100 injuries.

Is carpal tunnel syndrome covered by Maryland workers' comp?

If you've ever glanced at Maryland's worker's compensation laws or perhaps read our September post regarding injuries covered by workers comp benefits, then you'd know that Maryland law includes a very specific phrase that can create problems for injured workers. Our state laws explain that in order for an injury claim to be covered under insurance, a worker's injuries must have been suffered during the course of employment while performing their duties. This means that not all injuries are covered, only those resulting from work duties or because of the type of work performed.

This leads to an important question then: Is carpal tunnel syndrome covered by Maryland workers' comp?

How an attorney can make a difference after a car accident

In a split second, a car accident can change a life forever. Damage to a vehicle can easily rack up hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs. If injuries were suffered in the crash, medical bills may be the next mounting debt that can be equally as frustrating and overwhelming. If the collision was serious enough, the death of a loved one may only exacerbate the situation, leaving funeral and burial costs that few families ever budget for.

After a serious or fatal accident, you want someone you can turn to for help. Someone who will guide you through the process ahead and get results quickly. You know this can be incredibly difficult to do on your own, especially if you are suffering from injuries or grieving the loss of a loved one. This is why turning to a lawyer after a crash is such a good idea.

Is a doctor's apology a sign of regret or admission of fault?

After hearing that someone you know has lost a loved one, it's common practice to offer that person a sign of sympathy by apologizing. Despite the common usage of the term "I'm sorry," you're not actually admitting fault for the loved one's death, merely showing your condolences. The phrase literally tells the other person that you feel bad that they are going through such a rough time in their life.

But while an apology from a friend or loved one can come as a comfort, the same isn't always true when it comes from a doctor or medical professional. This is especially true in instances where it's believed that medical malpractice has occurred. When medical malpractice or medical negligence is at play, an apology from a doctor or medical professional could signal admission of fault rather than an extension of sympathy.

Safe driving tips when near large commercial vehicles this winter

As is the case with any state that receives snowfall, winters here in Maryland can be incredibly treacherous on occasion, especially when snow and ice coat the roadways, making them slippery and difficult to traverse. But aside from this obvious danger, there is something else that we'd like our Upper Marlboro readers to keep in mind: how dangerous it can be to drive near large commercial vehicles.

Even though fall has only just begun here in Maryland, we'd like today's readers to remember that winter is just around the corner. By keeping these safe driving techniques in mind, we hope that many of our readers can avoid getting involved in a serious crash when the winter season hits. If that's not possible, and the worst should happen, we hope our readers will also remember their right to obtain a lawyer after a serious motor vehicle accident.

How improper hand washing could lead to an infection

Many people across Maryland choose nursing home facilities for their aging loved ones because they believe that these facilities will be able to provide the high level of care oftentimes needed as we age. Because such facilities are specialized in providing a high level of health care, we also tend to hold health care professionals to high standards, expecting that few mistakes - if any - will negatively affect our loved ones down the road.

But as readers of our blog know, medical mistakes are not uncommon in hospitals and nursing homes. From medication errors to neglect, these mistakes can occur for any number of reasons, typically ending though in injuries or even fatalities. One example of a mistake is a medical professional failing to wash their hands. This is a mistake because it can lead to a healthcare-associated infection, which can be incredibly damaging in some cases.

What injuries are covered by workers' compensation in Maryland?

Whether you realize it or not, residents in Upper Marlboro have a lot of protections under the law. One that is most appreciated by workers in our state is the access to workers' compensation benefits after suffering a work-related injury. As some of today's readers may know, workers' compensation benefits are incredibly helpful after suffering an injury because they can help cover lost wages and medical costs.

But while state law does require employers in our state to carry workers' compensation insurance, our state laws are specific about what injuries can trigger it and lead to benefits for an employee. In today's post, we'd like to outline the three types of injuries that qualify for workers' compensation benefits and how workers become eligible for benefits.

The dangers of getting out of your broken down car on a busy road

A deadly two-vehicle crash to our north in Halethorpe is reminding our Upper Marlboro readers about the dangers of getting out of your vehicle after stopping on the side of a busy road. Some of you may have heard about the crash, which occurred this month when a 29-year-old man was struck by a moving vehicle after getting out of a truck to "fix something," WBAL TV said. The man reportedly died from his injuries.

Though accidents such as these are incredibly tragic and leave an entire community mourning the loss of a life, crashes like this also serve as an important reminder to drivers across Maryland about what we should do if our vehicle breaks down on the side of the road and what other drivers should do to ensure maximum safety when this happens.

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