When most people think of workers' compensation cases, they probably think of injuries on construction sites or in industrial plants. It's important to realize, however, that workers' comp law applies in workplaces of all types.
Many children are becoming injured and requiring medical attention after swallowing high-powered magnet desk toys. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, charged with protecting the public against injury from adangerous product, is drafting plans to prohibit the further sale of such toys. Based on information gathered, the CPSC believes that approximately 1,700 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms after swallowing such magnets during a three-year period that ended last December. Few parents in Maryland or elsewhere realize that these small toys can pose a serious danger if swallowed by their children.
When you suffer a cold, flu or other relatively minor virus you can usually manage it with home remedies or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. If the symptoms get serious enough to see a doctor, he or she might prescribe extra medicine to make you feel better faster. What you shouldn't get is a prescription for antibiotics, which are ineffective against viruses.
In car accidents involving pedestrians, the person on foot runs a serious risk of a major injury, if not death. And while the car driver may not necessarily be at fault, he or she has a duty to stop and render aid after hitting someone. Failure to do so not only results in criminal charges for the driver, but arouses suspicion as to why the driver left the scene.