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Jury rules in favor of family in nursing home negligence suit

Families are often left in the position of making difficult decisions to ensure that their family members receive the care that they need. In fact, many families in Maryland and across the country often come to the conclusion that they are no longer able to meet the needs of an aging loved one, prompting them to make the decision to place them in a nursing home. While most of these facilities are dedicated to providing quality care their residents' needs, some families find themselves wondering if their loved one was the victim of nursing home negligence.

Unfortunately, a family in another state found themselves asking if their mother was the victim of such negligence following her death. She reportedly fell in Jan. 2016 while under the care of staff at a convalescent home. Reports indicate that she died two weeks later due to injuries she suffered in the fall.

Woman in critical condition following dog attack

For many people in Maryland and across the United States, pets are considered a member of the family. However, no matter how much people may love their pets, they are ultimately expected to ensure that their animals do not cause harm to others. Unfortunately, a woman in another state is currently in critical condition after she was reportedly the victim of a dog attack.

The incident happened on a day in mid-November. Reports indicate that the 76-year-old victim was walking in a park when she was attacked by three pit bulls. Witnesses were able to break up the attack and notify police of the dogs' general location after they ran off. The victim was transported to the hospital.

The issue with prescription drug errors

Patients look to their physicians to provide them with assistance. Sometimes, that comes in the form of a prescription. However, when the patient receives the wrong medication or dosage, it becomes a medical error that can have dangerous results.

While it is not widely discussed, this is a serious issue. There are a few key facts to understand about prescription drug errors. 

Legal remedies due to premises liability in Maryland

Many people may not fully realize the amount of time they spend on each day on property owned and maintained by other people or entities. Despite being on property owned by someone else, a person has a reasonable expectation of safety. If someone is injured as a result of negligence on the part of a Maryland property owner, he or she may decide to consult with the attorneys at Richin & Gaines, P. A., who have experience with premises liability lawsuits.

Often when someone falls in Maryland, they may assume that it was as a result of his or her own actions. However, those who own or manage the property may hold some or all liability. Factors to be examined when determining liability include whether there was poor lighting, unsafe parking lots, icy sidewalks, broken stairs or unsafe elevators that contributed to a person's injuries.

1 killed, 2 critically injured in Maryland car accident

Most people are aware of the risks associated with traveling in a motor vehicle. Though they take action to protect themselves, including driving defensively, there is often little they can do to avoid the negligent actions of others on the roadway. Unfortunately, a recent car accident in Maryland has resulted in one fatality and sent two people to the hospital.

The accident happened during the early morning hours of a day in mid-October. According to reports, a 19-year-old female was driving a car with a 25-year-old male passenger. Reports indicate that a sports utility vehicle driven by a 19-year-old male struck the car from behind.

VA settles medical malpractice lawsuit over botched urinalysis

When a person in Maryland and other areas of the country experiences excruciating pain and goes to the hospital, he or she expects that medical care professionals will do everything they can to determine the cause of the pain. While professionals at most facilities are dedicated to finding an accurate diagnosis, medical malpractice can lead to a failure to do so. In fact, a man in another state recently settled a lawsuit against a VA hospital; the lawsuit alleged that mishandling a urine sample resulted in misinformation about his condition.

In 2015, the 49-year-old man reportedly went to the VA after experiencing abdominal pain for several days. The pain was so severe, he claims, that he could not stand up straight. Unfortunately, he believes that VA workers swapped his urine sample with that of a cocaine addict. Doctors advised him, according to the lawsuit, to stop consuming cocaine and sent him home.

Felony charges re fatal Maryland motor vehicle accident

When driving on Maryland roadways, there are a variety of different types of drivers. Even though most people are committed to taking measures to ensure their personal safety as well as the safety of those in their vicinity, there are others who take risky actions, such as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, that put both themselves and others at risk. In fact, law enforcement officials believe that a recent fatal motor vehicle accident was the result of an impaired driver.

The incident happened during the afternoon hours of a day in mid-September. According to reports, a 29-year-old man driving a pickup truck was spotted by several witnesses as driving recklessly. Witnesses claim that he was tailgating and speeding before striking a sedan that was stopped in the area between the parkway and an exit ramp.

Facing injuries and other issues after a motorcycle crash

A recent study shows that 300 fewer fatalities from motorcycle crashes occurred in 2017 than in 2016. Although it appears to be good news, this statistic continues to fluctuate.

The average motorcycle rider is 40 or older now and represents an age group that suffers the highest number of motorcycle accident injuries and deaths. For post-crash survivors, the problems are just beginning.

Woman dies over a week after dog attack

For many families in Maryland and across the country, pets are often looked upon as if they were family members. While most pet owners would likely agree that there are a variety of different benefits to having pets, the potential harm that a pet could cause cannot be overlooked. Unfortunately, a teenager in another state recently passed away from injuries she suffered in a dog attack.

The incident that led to the 19-year-old woman's death reportedly happened in the afternoon of a day in late August. According to a witness at the scene, the victim visited her house the night before and was returning to retrieve an item that she had forgotten. The witness claims that she heard the victim yelling for help, ran outside and saw her being attacked by five dogs.

Medical malpractice lawsuit results in $8.5 million award

Most people in Maryland, even without the benefit of medical training, are likely aware of the potential outcomes of a cancer diagnosis as well as the importance of early intervention. Unfortunately, a delayed diagnosis can have serious consequences. In fact, a couple in another state was recently awarded millions of dollars in damages after filing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in 2017, centered on claims that a radiologist discovered what could have been a tumor on the man's bladder, but doctors failed to inform the man of this discovery. The man reportedly sought treatment in 2015 because he was suffering from pain on his right side. He was diagnosed with kidney stones, but the radiologist noted a rounded high density area that could potentially be a tumor.

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