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Stay safe during summer driving

When Maryland residents travel during the summer, they may not consider how the heat will affect their driving. The summer months contain their own unique hazards, and it is important for drivers to be aware of these when they hit the road. 

Sometimes summer driving can be hazardous simply because there are more vehicles on the road. Esurance says that many bikers and motorcyclists may be out enjoying the weather. Additionally, people may drive to their vacation destinations and many teenagers may be on the road. This can make the road more congested and increase a driver's likelihood of being involved in a collision. It is a good idea for drivers to make sure they share the road responsibly and stay aware of the other cars.

Worried about wrong-site surgery? Protect yourself

When friends or family members check into a Maryland hospital for surgery, they are entrusting their health and well being to the doctors and nurses who will care for them. While they may have concerns, depending on the seriousness of the condition and difficulty of the surgical procedure, they likely feel reassured by the medical staff as they begin preparations. 

The idea that the one they entrust to make the incision might actually make it in the wrong place probably does not occur to too many people before they enter surgery. Unfortunately, however, wrong-site surgery does happen sometimes. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Federal Workers' Compensation

If you’ve been injured on the job in Maryland, you likely have a lot of questions. Getting accurate answers to these questions is crucial, especially if you’re concerned that your claim may be denied. The U.S. Department of Labor offers answers to these frequently asked questions about federal workers’ compensation to ensure you can take the necessary steps in the event that an issue occurs.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

Slip-and-fall accidents on the job

We have gone over all sorts of ways in which employees are hurt in the workplace, from repetitive strain injuries to electrocution. However, there are many more ways in which people are hurt while performing their job duties, some of which may not seem as serious at first. For example, someone may become injured as a result of a slip-and-fall accident. Whether someone falls down after tripping over a cord or loses their balance because they walked over a patch of ice or liquid that was spilled, these accidents can be very serious.

Slip-and-fall accidents can result in serious injuries, such as broken bones and brain trauma. Moreover, the consequences associated with an incident may extend far beyond physical injuries and pain and could leave an employee unable to work. Plus, with costly hospital bills and lost wages, they may face intense financial difficulties due to the accident. It is crucial for the victims of these accidents to know what their options are. In some cases, taking legal action against someone's careless behavior may be necessary. Plus, many injured workers are eligible for workers' comp benefits.

Understanding the signs that are indicative of elder abuse

When families in Maryland opt to place their elderly loved one in a care facility, they often spend a good amount of time researching the facility's conditions, its cleanliness, the demeanor of the staff and how it rates in comparison with other establishments. While they may do significant research and feel confident about their final decision, it is imperative that they are aware of the signs of elder abuse so they can report it immediately if they ever suspect that anything is wrong. 

In a good portion of cases of elder abuse, the mistreatment goes unnoticed because people are not aware of the signs that indicate that something is wrong. Additionally, in a number of cases the abuse is not reported because elderly residents fear their safety if they divulge the truth. Because elderly people often suffer from physical limitations, mental health problems and other health-related restrictions, they are even more vulnerable than other victims of abuse. 

What Should I Do When Involved in a Car Accident?

Even the safest Maryland drivers may find themselves faced with an accident from time to time. If this happens to you knowing how to handle the situation is of the utmost importance, from both a safety perspective as well as a legal one. To better prepare you, Esurance.com offers the following advice to drivers so they can be sure to react appropriately when involved in an accident.

Stop and Move Your Vehicle to a Safe Place

Traumatic brain injury: evidence of nursing home neglect

At Wilson & Parlett in Maryland, we understand how difficult it was for you to decide to admit your ill and/or aging parent to a nursing home. Although you realize you cannot provide the care (s)he needs, you nevertheless may feel guilty. You also likely worry that the nursing home may abuse or neglect him or her without your knowledge.

While the staffs at many nursing homes provide a high level of care to their residents, other facilities either cannot or do not. If you fear that your parent lives in one of these nursing homes, be particularly vigilant with regard to falls. Academic Life in Emergency Medicine explains that falls are the number one nursing home accident, and when elderly patients fall, they are at high risk for sustaining a traumatic brain injury

Who causes more truck accidents? Preventing collisions

Many Maryland area motorists are not aware of how much of a danger they are to themselves when they drive near commercial vehicles. According to the Commercial Carrier Journal, in collisions between passenger cars and trucks, passenger vehicle operators were at fault 80 percent of the time.

They take far too many risks that compromise everyone’s safety on the roads. Their vehicles have an advantage because they are smaller, weigh less and can move much quicker than semi-trucks, tractor trailers and big rigs. Many other factors, such as distractions, fatigue and tight delivery schedules can make being in the presence of large trucks and commercial vehicles downright frightening and an inconvenience for drivers, causing them to resort to risky driving behavior, not realizing their actions can make their situations much worse. 

State passes bills targeting nursing home quality

Maryland residents who must place aging parents or other family members in nursing homes may often do so with some level of trepidation about their safety in these facilities. This trepidation it seems is sadly warranted.

More than 27 percent of the state's nursing homes are said to have earned only two or fewer stars based on the rating system displayed on the federal government's website for Medicare. In addition, 20 care facilities are categories as below average or worse for staffing and another 20 have the same rating for quality. When it comes to how the state has handled reports of problems in nursing homes, things are not any better. Maryland actually ranks as the seventh worst in the U.S. for this. Despite a federal mandate to investigate complaints within 10 days, Maryland has averaged 47 days to start investigations.

What is patient dumping?

Earlier this year, a video taken outside the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore went viral due to the shocking content of a woman being abandoned outside the hospital. A man passing by recorded a young female patient clothed in nothing but a hospital gown and socks being escorted out of the building by what appeared to be security guards. The woman was then left alone at a nearby bus stop in freezing temperatures. Thanks to this viral video, the issue of patient dumping became a national headline.

According to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, which was enacted in 1986, mandates that patients must be given care regardless of the ability to pay for it. Patient dumping is any action that occurs when a hospital does not perform the duty expected of them by law. You cannot be "dumped" based on your financial circumstances, your lack of insurance or for any discriminatory reasons such as race or national origin.

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