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Maryland entrepreneur hopes to prevent brain injuries

A brain injury, regardless of the cause, can be extremely serious. This can lead to a variety of issues, including but not limited to difficulty remembering the past, nausea, headaches and much more.

Brain Sentry, a company started by a Maryland entrepreneur, is hoping to cut back on the number of brain injuries sustained by football players.

Medical malpractice claims related to obesity rising

As the number of overweight and obese Americans increases, so too is the number of lawsuits against health care providers that are related to obesity. Between 1992 and 2002, they rose 64 percent. According to The Doctors Company, which provides medical liability insurance, there were 415 obesity-related actions between 2007 and 2012. Twenty-five of the patients died.

Orthopedists were most often the defendants in those lawsuits. Behind them were family physicians, followed by anesthesiologists, surgeons (both plastic and general) and internists. A spokesman for the insurer that did the survey said that family doctors were commonly sued because they are more likely to see patients over a long period as they become obese and develop related medical conditions. They can be sued for failing to properly monitor and treat these conditions.

GM hopes to avoid more car accidents with another recall

Car accidents are common throughout the United States, including Baltimore, because a large number of drivers are on the road at a given time. But accidents as a result of a defective vehicle should never occur.

General Motors has issued yet another recall related to faulty ignition switches, this time around including 8.5 million vehicles. Furthermore, the company noted that it is aware of three deaths related to car accidents in the affected vehicles.

Many teens admit to driving while texting

There are teenagers from one side of Maryland to the next who enjoy spending time behind the wheel of their car. Unfortunately, some of these teens are texting while driving, thus increasing the chance of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that teens are making big changes in their lives, such as using drugs and drinking alcohol less than before. Along with this, the study showed that they are more likely to wear a seat belt.

Maryland midwife practice finds new home

A well known midwife practice has found a new home after its partnership with Mercy Medical Center has come to an end, due to the increasing cost of malpractice insurance. The group, Kathleen Slone CNM & Associates, has plans to join the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, located in Towson, in the near future.

Late last year, Mercy Medical Center informed the practice that it would be breaking its ties after two medical malpractice cases drove up their cost of insurance. As a result, they were forced to find ways to save money, and this was one of the measures they decided to take.

Car accidents often result of drowsy driving

Most of our Maryland readers understand the importance of being alert and sober when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, there are others who decide to drive when they are extremely tired. As a result, they end up causing an accident that can result in injuries, death and property damage.

The risks of drowsy driving have come to the forefront after a weekend accident in which comedian Tracy Morgan was injured. According to police, the driver had been awake for more than a day at the time of the incident. Had he been well rested, there is a good chance that the car accident would not have occurred.

General Motors lets go employees related to recall, car accidents

Many of our Maryland readers, just the same as millions of other Americans, drive a General Motors vehicle. While this brand has been popular among consumers for many years, its reputation has taken a hit as of late due to a delayed recall that led to multiple car accidents.

According to GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, 15 employees have been let go by the company and five others have been disciplined for their role in the recall debacle.

$37 million settlement in medical malpractice case

After four years of litigation, a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge approved a $37 million settlement as the result of two class-action lawsuits filed against St. Joseph Medical Center.

The 273 plaintiffs reached an agreement with Catholic Health Initiatives Inc., the company that formerly owned the hospital, earlier this year. With this now approved, each plaintiff is going to receive at least $135,000.

Woman fined for accident caused by driving while texting

While there are many benefits of the technology available in today's landscape, there are times when this can lead to more harm than good, such as when somebody decides to text and drive. According to local prosecutors, a 21-year-old woman who was charged with driving while texting has been fined $500 related to an accident that killed the driver of a motorcycle.

The woman, a resident of Severn, pleaded guilty to negligent driving. The accident occurred on March 10, 2013, and the end result was the death of a 30-year-old man from Virginia.

Many types of professionals can be hurt on the job

While there is no denying the fact that some jobs are more dangerous than others, this does not change the fact that every professional can be injured as the result of their responsibilities. In today's world, baristas are doing more work than ever before. This is due in large part to the fact that a growing number of people continue to drink coffee on a daily basis, often stopping at a local shop to get their fill.

Many baristas are being hurt on the job, due to the fact that they make coffee all day long. Lifting gallons of milk, time and time again, while often making more than 100 drinks a day, can lead to injury. A physical therapist said, "The baristas get wrist injuries, but it's more commonly the elbow injury from just having to put the espresso machine up into the machine and twisting it."

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