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The new device that could help those paralyzed in car crashes

As you can imagine, suffering a catastrophic injury in a car accident can be life changing. This is especially true for people who suffer severe spinal cord injuries and are paralyzed as a result. For these people, daily activities become immense challenges as they are forced to relearn how to do even the most basic things.

But what if there was a way to regain movement in paralyzed limbs? Once considered only science fiction, new research out of Australia promises a device that could greatly improve the lives of disabled individuals all over the world.

Miscommunication: The deadly disease in US hospitals and clinics

Imagine for a moment that one of your loved ones has just come out of surgery. They are complaining of pain localized in the area where the surgery was performed. Unfortunately, that information is never relayed to the attending physician who would have been able to diagnose a serious surgical error in time to correct the mistake. As a result of the medical staffs failure to communicate, your loved one dies, leaving you questioning whether or not to file a civil complaint in the wake of your grief.

Frequent readers of our blog know that scenarios like the one above are all too possible despite medical and technological advancements in the last few decades. In fact, according to a recent report released by CRICO Strategies, which is a part of the Harvard Medical Institutions' Risk Management Foundation, roughly 2,000 patients could have been spared from death if medical staff had only communicated better with patients. More alarming than that, the research and analysis company also concluded that in 30 percent of med-mal cases, communication failures were the inciting cause.

Even seemingly proper surgical technique can lead to fatal errors

Our expectations for doctors and surgeons run higher than with most people in other occupations. We believe that because they went to school for so long, they should be experts in the field of medicine. As experts, they should be able to identify when they are in the right and when they are in the wrong.

But as one out-of-state-case shows, even when a doctor believes they did everything correctly, errors can still occur and with deadly consequences. Even though this case was resolved far outside Maryland's jurisdiction, we point to it in today's post as just another example of why it's important to hold doctors accountable for their mistakes and negligence.

Winter Storm Jonas is coming, are you prepared for driving?

Whether you're a longtime resident of the Upper Marlboro area or are a transplant from another state, the incoming winter storm known as Jonas likely has you worrying just a little. That's because, in some parts of the state, upwards of two feet of snow are predicted to fall, burying homeowners and motorists alike.

Though the mild winter so far has left Maryland with a solid reserve of road salt, it's very important for today's readers to remember that though our plows will try to stay on top of the storm, it will be impossible for them to cover all of the roads at the same time. Roads that have yet to be plowed will be very slick and dangerous to traverse. Whether you're driving a car or a commercial truck, these treacherous conditions will make minor accidents and serious collisions more likely.

Out-of-state nursing home abuse case grabs attention in Maryland

Most people in Maryland, and elsewhere in the nation, believe the elderly are one of the most vulnerable groups of people in our country. It's perhaps for this very reason that most people consider the neglect and abuse of elderly people to be an incredibly egregious act. We certainly feel this way, which is why we represent victims of nursing home abuse and neglect in personal injury cases.

In today's post, we'd like to call to attention an out-of-state case in which a disabled elderly person was sexually assaulted by a nursing home staff member. Though the case happened outside of our jurisdiction and will be handled by a court that is governed by a different set of laws, many of our Upper Marlboro readers may empathize with the victim and their family.

Are older drivers really worse drivers?

As we age, it can be hard to hold onto our independence. From arthritic knees to other chronic health conditions, one of the last vestiges of freedom for a lot of elderly people is their ability to drive a car. But while holding onto your independence might seem like a good way to get a morale boost, it can actually put the people around you in danger of injury or even death.

According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control, drivers between the ages of 70 and 74 are noticeably more likely to get involved in a fatal crash than their younger counterparts. As a driver's age increases, so does the risk of an accident.

Exploding hover boards: Is your truck's cargo at risk?

The 1989 movie Back to the Future Part II promised us something that we're sure a lot of our Upper Marlboro readers were excited to see in 2015: hoverboards. Though many of the predictions made in the movie have yet to come true (sorry, Chicago Cubs), we did get our hoverboards, albeit not exactly in the design we were hoping for.

Present day hoverboards are more like a Segway that has no handles. Nonetheless, they were a highly sought after gift this holiday season. Unfortunately, as many consumers are learning, these devices are proving incredibly dangerous. If you've seen the videos or read reports, many hoverboard models are catching fire and even exploding due to improper handling of the devices' lithium batteries. But these products aren't just dangerous for consumers, they are dangerous to those who ship them as well.

Death of Upper Marlboro man highlights dangers of drunk driving

It is with great sadness that we talk today about the death of a 20-year-old Upper Marlboro man who was killed in a drunk driving accident just days ago. For those who have not heard yet, he was killed when another driver crossed the center line on MD 202 and collided with his vehicle head on. Reports indicate he died at the scene.

Though police initially charged the other driver, a 31-year-old man, with drunk driving, the charges were dropped recently because prosecutors were afraid he might plead to lesser charges later on. Even though prosecutors do intend on refilling charges when the investigation is done, the release of the driver who caused the fatal car crash may not sit well with the victim's family who is likely mourning and still searching for closure.

A look at workers' comp for PTSD in Maryland

Most workers in Maryland know that if they get injured during the course of work, then they have the option of filing a workers' compensation claim that will allow them to collect benefits that can be used to offset lost wages and medical expenses.

Most workers assume, however, that workplace injuries have to be physical in order to file a successful claim. Whether this has something to do with how our society, in general, talks about workplace injuries or how workers' compensation benefits are explained to workers, the truth of the matter is that mental health conditions that manifest out of the course of work may be covered in Maryland. Let's take a look.

The roadway dangers this holiday season presents drivers

From ice to negligent drivers, roadway dangers are all around us here in Maryland and across the nation, making travelling anywhere in our country a particularly hazardous activity.

To help our Upper Marlboro readers stay a little safer this holiday season, we wanted to highlight just a few of the most common roadway dangers to expect before the year is out. By highlighting these dangers, we hope it gives our readers an idea of what to look out for in order to avoid a serious or fatal motor vehicle crash down the road.

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