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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.

When you have a claim for medical malpractice in Maryland

For many people, taking a trip to the hospital can be terrifying. In many cases, it means you require serious medical attention, which can be scary to think about for some. But in some cases, this terror may stem from a fear of receiving substandard care from doctors, nurses and other hospital staff.

As some of our Upper Marlboro readers may realize, this fear is not completely unfounded. Simply run an Internet search on the terms "medical negligence" or "medical malpractice" and you will see story after story of people who were not taken care of to the fullest extent while visiting a hospital or health care facility. Stories like this can be unnerving because most people know that they could happen in Maryland just as easily as they could elsewhere in the country.

Should the FMCSA reconsider enforcing hours of service rules?

It's not often that we can say we relate to the predicaments of celebrities, mostly because their personal lives seem so far removed from our own. But when news broke in June last year of the serious truck accident involving Tracy Morgan and several other comedians, this sentiment suddenly wasn't true anymore because the crash could have easily happened anywhere, which hit close to home for many, including some of our Upper Marlboro readers.

For those who didn't hear about the crash, it happened on June 7, 2014 on the New Jersey Turnpike when a Wal-Mart semi-truck violently rear ended a limousine carrying Morgan and several other comedians. The crash seriously injured Morgan and killed fellow comedian James McNair. It was a tragedy that left more questions than answers.

How to recognize the signs of neglect in a nursing home

In most light-hearted movies involving sons or daughters and their elderly parents, a common phrase is said, "Don't put me in a home." We often laugh off this phrase because we associate it with the idea that putting our parents in a nursing home means that we don't care about them, which is likely not true in most cases.

But in the real world, this phrase may be uttered out of a very real concern for the level of care provided in some nursing homes. While many facilities pride themselves in providing top-notch care day in and day out, reports do surface from time to time regarding facilities where this isn't always the case. In some cases, instances of neglect have been documented. In others, reports have indicated more extreme situations of abuse.

You deserve compensation after suffering a work-related injury

Whether you work in an office or at a construction site, every job comes with some level of danger and the risk of suffering an injury. In some cases, the injury is the direct result of dangerous working conditions. In other cases though, an employee's risk of injury may be due to their employer's negligence. Either way, compensation for work-related injuries is owed to the worker.

But as you may or may not know, collecting workers' compensation benefits after suffering an injury in the workplace isn't always an easy process. Some workers may receive threats from their employer that promise termination of employment if an injury claim is filed. In other cases, an employer may deny the claims made by an injured worker or even alter records in order to get a claim denied. In some instances, workers have even received pushback from their employer's insurance provider who is not willing to pay the claim.

Which is worse: drunk driving or distracted driving?

You'd be hard-pressed to find many people here in Maryland or even across the nation who dislike how easy technology has made our lives. From traffic information at our fingertips while sitting in the car to conversations with friends the world over, technology advancements have certainly given us better and faster access to the world around us.

Unfortunately, the increasing presence of tech devices in our everyday lives has not come without its downfall. Just six years ago, 5,474 were killed in motor vehicle accidents here in the United States where distracted driving was listed as the cause. Of those cases, the direct cause for 995 of them was cellphone use. It's because of statistics like this that we're asking this question:

Is there a statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims?

Whether you live here in Maryland or elsewhere in the United States, chances are you have the same expectations we all have when it comes to the standard of care a person should receive at a hospital or health care facility. Most people expect a facility to be clean and safe. They expect the hospital staff to be well trained and highly knowledgeable. And above all else, we expect we will receive the best care possible regardless of our injury or illness.

Unfortunately, as some of our Upper Marlboro readers may know, this doesn't always happen. Mistakes can be made or staff may be negligent. In the end, its patients and their families who pay the ultimate price because medical mistakes and negligence oftentimes lead to injury and in some cases even death.

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