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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. 

Family alleging nursing home negligence after father's death

Many Maryland families and others around the country have to make decisions about providing care to their elderly parents. Often, nursing homes and other skilled care facilities are chosen to provide medical and basic life services. Certainly, much thought and consideration go into selecting a facility that offers quality care and ensures the safety of its residents. Unfortunately, every facility does not live up to these expectations. A family in another state believes that a facility is guilty of nursing home negligence after their father passed away soon after leaving the location.

After the man retired, he had experienced declining health. His family had visited numerous facilities and had chosen a particular one based on the knowledge that the care provided was superior to others they had seen. They were willing to pay the extra fees in order to be confident that their father was receiving the care he needed.

Premises liability lawsuits can follow poolside slips and trips

Spending time at the poolside is par for the course at this time of the year, and so is accidental slip-and-fall injuries. In Maryland, hosts are always responsible for the safety of their guests, whether they be private homeowners or hospitality facilities like hotels or resorts. When such incidents cause injuries, the victims might have grounds to file premises liability lawsuits against the property owner.

Wet surfaces cause many of the safety hazards around swimming pools, and property owners must look out for and repair low spots where water can form puddles. Algae growth can cause extremely slippery conditions, and can occur on constantly wet surfaces. Trip hazards must also be addressed, such as uneven surfaces, anchors for the pool cover and random objects around the pool.

Defense fails to link motor vehicle accidents to woman's case

Every day can bring either unexpected surprises or tragedies. Sadly, one never knows when events such as motor vehicle accidents will occur that leave devastation behind them. For one Maryland man, an ordinary meeting with fellow Boy Scout leaders led to his death in a senseless car crash.

The accident occurred in 2017. The 73-year-old Boy Scout commissioner was meeting other leaders at a local restaurant when a vehicle came hurtling through the establishment's wall. The man was critically injured in the crash and died a week later of his injuries. The woman driving the vehicle was charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Falls kill about 1,800 U.S. nursing home residents annually

Many older Americans have age-related factors affecting them that make them more prone to falling. Many of them live in facilities that do not always make every effort to prevent resident falls. Together, this can be a deadly combination. If you have a parent or other loved one living in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you may have legitimate cause for concern.

Industrial Safety & Hygiene News reports that about 1,800 nursing home residents across the nation die every year because of fall-related injuries. Additionally, the average American nursing home housing 100 or so residents reports between 100 and 200 resident falls every year. It is important to note, though, that this number refers specifically to the number of falls – suggesting the true figure could be higher.

Medical malpractice: CDC says most maternal deaths preventable

Welcoming a new life into the world is supposed to be a joyous occasion for parents, but for some it can be tragic. Maternal death in Maryland and across the rest of the United States is startlingly high, and the problem does not seem to be getting any better. Even more upsetting is that many of these deaths could be linked to instances of medical malpractice.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that approximately 700 women in the United States die due to pregnancy-related complications annually. In its report, the CDC also stated that 60% of those deaths are preventable. These results were based on data collected between 2011 and 2015.

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