Should police officers convicted of a criminal offense be allowed to keep their workers' compensation benefits? An arbitrator deciding for Montgomery County, Maryland's police force says yes, but only after officers have completed their sentence.
One of the top causes of large truck accidents is drowsy driving. Because truck drivers are typically under heavy pressure to deliver the goods they're hauling as quickly as possible and are usually not paid to rest when they feel the need, sleep deprivation is common.
Approximately one in 6,000 surgical procedures carried out in the U.S. involves the type of medical malpractice in which a surgical sponge is left inside the patient after the procedure is over. This can lead to serious and even life-threatening consequences, often from infection. But patients in Maryland and nationwide should be pleased to learn that a simple and inexpensive method has been developed which may help prevent such errors.
Imagine for a moment that a loved one has been critically injured in an accident in a location far away from a hospital. An ambulance rushes to the scene, but the distance back to an emergency room with doctors that can save the victim is several miles. When every second counts, ground transportation may not be fast enough.
A Maryland teenager's death as a result of "routine" oral surgery has led her family to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeons.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is attempting to spread the word to drivers across the country that cellphone use remains a top cause of car accidents. There are numerous campaigns addressing the issue in individual states, including Maryland, where 231 people died last year in accidents involving distracted driving.
Recent statistics indicate the number of fatal car accidents in the U.S. is at a historic low, with only 1.1 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles recorded in 2010. Still, that amounts to 32,885 people who died that year, and the low rate is of little comfort to those whose family members were among the dead.