Maryland will feature prominently going forward in the product defect claims against Toyota Motor Corporation that allege accidents caused by sudden accelerations attributed to both system flaws and floor-mat issues.
Reducing car accidents throughout Maryland is the explicit goal of Checkpoint Strikeforce, a DWI/DUI enforcement campaign officially launched on August 24 by Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, safety advocates and law enforcement officials. The program is a six-month initiative that combines dissemination of safe-driving information to the public with increased use of saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints aimed at identifying and prosecuting drunk drivers.
Tragically reminiscent of a race accident in February 2008 that killed eight people and injured five others in Accokeek, Maryland, a government-sanctioned off-road race for truckers in the Mojave Desert resulted in the truck accident deaths and injuries of even more people on August 14.
Members of Maryland's Board of Physicians met with Dr. Mark G. Midei in a closed-door "case resolution conference" August 4 in Baltimore to address allegations that he placed stents unnecessarily into potentially many hundreds of patients during the period he supervised the St. Joseph Medical Center cardiac catheterization lab in Towson. The hospital revoked his hospital privileges last year.
A major medical malpractice award recently issued from a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury, with the plaintiff's attorney stating that the jury "understood this case" and "absolutely did the right thing."
Commercial truckers ply Maryland highways non-stop and with loads ranging from produce and retail goods to animals and hazardous materials. The sheer volume of commercial trucks on state roads results, predictably, in a large number of truck accidents, many of them rollovers with fatal consequences.
A prominent state leader cites medical malpractice as an issue that Maryland needs to closely examine and potentially make changes to as the state implements federal health care reform.
Maryland workers' compensation law bars employees from filing lawsuits against their employers for injuries received pursuant to their employment. This prohibition precluded 20 employees who suffered carbon monoxide poisoning while working at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Baltimore in early 2008 from seeking recovery against Ruth's Chris.