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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.

Maryland motor vehicle accident declared mass casualty incident

Most parents in Maryland go to great lengths to protect their children. Parents often research the best car seats and safest vehicles, and always ensure that their children are appropriately strapped in. Unfortunately, even the most safety-minded parents cannot completely safeguard their children. In fact, multiple children were reportedly injured following a recent motor vehicle accident.  

The incident happened on a Sunday afternoon in early August. According to reports, a fire truck and crew had passed through the intersection where the accident happened just minutes before a collision between two vehicles occurred. When they received the call, they turned around. Upon discovering that there were seven people suffering from injuries, the fire chief declared the accident a mass casualty incident, opening up more resources.

1 part of the Capital Beltway sees more motor vehicle accidents

Most Silver Spring residents travel the Capital Beltway at one time or another. Even when they don't witness motor vehicle accidents, they hear about them in the news. The number of crashes that occur each year may not surprise those who live in the area, but there is one stretch of the highway that seems to see more accidents than the others. In fact, between Sept. 1, 2017 and Aug. 31, 2018, the Capital Beltway saw around 3,463 wrecks.

The highest concentration of those accidents took place near or on the exit ramps closest to Georgia Avenue, which is the section between Silver Spring and Bethesda. WTOP's Traffic Center estimates that during the period above, 201 accidents occurred in this one section. The next closest number of incidents at 155 occurred around Connecticut Avenue on the Capital Beltway.

Nursing home negligence is serious concern for many families

The decision to seek qualified care for a beloved family member in failing health is never made without careful deliberation. Once the decision is made, families conduct a search for the facility that will best meet their loved one's needs. Many Maryland families still worry that their loved one could become a victim of nursing home negligence or abuse.

One nursing home is the focus of two separate investigations for negligent care. A national organization, Families for Better Care, has taken on the task of monitoring nursing home facilities across the country in an effort to help families obtain the best care possible for their loved ones. This group is alarmed over the lack of care at one facility in a southern state. According to the rating system this group uses, this particular state has scored a failing grade over the past three years, based partially on the lack of adequate staffing. 

How to document a fall at a swimming pool

Summers in Silver Spring can be sweltering. When looking for a respite from the heat, you may head to a local swimming pool. Any time you walk on or around wet surfaces, though, you have some risk of slipping and falling. 

The National Floor Safety Institute notes that falls make up roughly 8 million emergency room visits every year. If you have sustained a serious injury in a fall near a swimming pool, you may be able to pursue compensation from the pool’s owner. Still, to boost your chances of receiving your fair share, you must document the accident. Here are some suggestions: 

Premises liability: Tips for injured victims

Maryland residents are in the midst of annual summer festivities, and with so much to see and do, people may not realize the potential to be injured at places and events that are supposed to be fun. Unfortunately, there is the potential for harm to befall a person while he or she is trying to have an enjoyable day. Each year, hundreds of people are injured at fairs, parades, water parks and other summer staples. When it comes to premises liability, there are a few tips for victims to keep in mind. 

Experts advise that a victim try to keep good documentation of the events immediately following an injury. Having proof of how much a victim had to spend on things like doctor visits, medical supplies and other accident-related expenses is important to document for a court to see how an injury caused a person to incur monetary damages. Victims are advised to keep in mind that even injuries that may seem accidental may be the fault of the property owner. For example, if a person trips and falls due to an unmarked hazard, like a pot hole or a wet floor, there may be a claim for negligence against the owner and/or party in possession of the property. 

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