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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Blog

Maryland workers’ compensation laws can be complex

Do you work in the state of Maryland? Have you been injured on the job? Have you become ill as the direct result of your job responsibilities? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be able to file a workers' compensation claim. This will allow you to collect money until you are able to return to work.

There are many laws that govern the state's workers' compensation system. For this reason, you may find it a challenge to become familiar with the finer details of making a claim, receiving benefits and continuing to do so during your recovery.

What are the most common physical birth injuries?

Our Maryland readers, just the same as those in other parts of the United States, know the importance of infant health. If you are pregnant, it is of utmost importance to do whatever it takes to stay safe and healthy. This holds true both for you and your unborn child.

When the time comes to give birth, you should be confident that your medical team has what it takes to deal with anything that comes up along the way.

Brain injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents

Many of our Maryland readers are always on the lookout for things they can do to improve their safety while behind the wheel. In addition to driving in a cautious manner, there are safety features, such as airbags, that can work in your favor.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, there is always the possibility that you could suffer an injury, such as head trauma.

Medical malpractice remains a concern

It is bad enough when a person has to visit a doctor or hospital for treatment. However, most patients can fall back on the fact that they are in good hands.

There are times, though, when a medical professional acts in a negligent manner. As a result, a patient is injured, or worse yet, dies.

What will you do after a motor vehicle accident?

A motor vehicle accident can bring a lot of unwanted challenges into your life. If you are injured as a result, you will be faced with a recovery process that can last for many months or longer.

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, your mind will be racing. This is why it is important to know in advance which steps you should take. Here is what you should do:

Drunk driving and motor vehicle accident statistics

When a person drinks too much alcohol, he or she should refrain from getting behind the wheel. This will ensure that they avoid causing an accident or getting in trouble with the police. Every year, though, tens of thousands of people are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Furthermore, many drunk drivers cause accidents that results in injury or death.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving continues to fight against this epidemic. One way the organization does so is by providing information and statistics on this subject.

Maryland workers’ compensation: Getting what you deserve

Do you live and work in the state of Maryland? Have you been injured on the job? If you answered yes to both these questions, it goes without saying that you will want to learn more about the Maryland workers' compensation system.

It is easy to believe that you will qualify for workers' compensation benefits, but you never know what could come up as you move forward with the claim process. For example, your employer could argue that you were not actually hurt on the job, but instead, injured at home.

Fatalities from and causes of large truck accidents

In 2012, approximately 104,000 people were injured and 3,921 killed in motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks. The number of injuries was an 18 percent increase from 2011, while the death toll was a 4 percent increase. Residents of Maryland might be surprised about the causes of these crashes and the number of large trucks involved in state collisions.

A total of 45,637 vehicles were involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents across the country in 2012, and 3,802 of these vehicles, or 8.3 percent, were large trucks. In Maryland, a total of 704 vehicles were involved in deadly crashes, and 56 of these, or 8 percent, were large trucks, which is close to the national average. The number of these trucks involved in fatal Maryland crashes was 1.5 percent of the U.S. total for large truck involvement.

Motorcyclists face many roadway hazards including other drivers

People who ride motorcycles in Maryland, like elsewhere in the country, often experience more safety challenges on the road than drivers of closed vehicles do. Poor visibility, slippery roads and vehicle stability are common factors that can contribute to crashes.

Visibility is a major issue for motorcyclists. Because motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks, drivers of other vehicles may not see them. Accident data reveals that two-thirds of motorcycle crashes that involved another car or truck are attributed to violations of the motorcyclists' right of way.