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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Blog

Birth injury fund gaining support in Maryland

Every year throughout Maryland, as well as other states, birth injuries occur for a variety of reasons. As a result, parents are often times put in a challenging financial situation. In some cases, children get the help they need if their parents are able to file a successful lawsuit against a doctor or hospital. However, there are many situations in which parents are faced with the possibility of dealing with the aftermath of birth injuries without financial assistance.

Many medical professionals in the state are pushing for a birth injury fund. With this in place, children who were injured during birth would receive financial support. Both hospitals and doctors would pay into the fund with hopes of providing enough money to support families of those who were injured during birth. Any family put in this position would be guaranteed an award from the fund. At this time, the state health department is considering the pros and cons of creating a birth injury fund.

Ford worried about car accidents, recalls vehicles

Concerned about the potential for car accidents, Ford Motor Co. has announced two recalls. In total, approximately 435,000 vehicles will be affected by the recall.

Many of our Maryland readers, just the same as those in other parts of the country, drive a Ford. This recall affects 386,000 Escape SUVs that were built between the years of 2001 and 2004. The second recall affects 48,960 Ford Escapes, Fusions and C-MAXs. Along with this, some Lincoln MKZs are included.

Medical malpractice payouts in Maryland

Just the same as those in other parts of the country, none of our Maryland readers want to be faced with the task of dealing with a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, many people must do this every year as a means of recovering compensation for injuries due to the negligence of a medical professional.

Recently, Diederich Healthcare published its annual report detailing medical malpractice payouts. This information, reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank, goes a long way in showing just how big of a problem medical malpractice has become in the United States. Furthermore, it also shows that payouts vary from state to state.

Baltimore motor vehicle accident injures 1

There are many roads throughout the country that are known for being extremely dangerous. That being said, a motor vehicle accident can happen at anytime on any roadway.

A recent two-car accident on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway seriously injured one man. According to a spokesman for the Anne Arundel Fire Department, firefighters responded to the motor vehicle accident at 5:45 a.m. that took place in the southbound lanes near Route 175.

Driving while texting penalties could get worse in Maryland

There is no denying the fact that driving while texting is dangerous. This holds true regardless of the person behind the wheel, the road on which they are traveling, or how fast they are moving.

In the state of Maryland, penalties associated with driving while texting could carry stricter penalties in the near future. Recently, the House voted 111-25 to increase penalties for drivers who injure or kill somebody while texting and driving. Known as Jake's Law, this is meant to cut back on the number of people in the state who continue to text while they operate a motor vehicle.

Jury awards millions to man hurt on the job

Most people go to work with the idea that they will be 100 percent safe at all times. However, some careers are more dangerous than others. As a result, accidents and injuries do occur from time to time.

Many of our Maryland readers keep close tabs on the news out of Virginia, such as the story of a former Norfolk Southern locomotive engineer who was hurt on the job and received $2.4 million as a result.

4-car accident in Baltimore kills 1, injures several

Regardless if you are driving in downtown Baltimore, an outlying area or the highway, you know that a motor vehicle accident could happen at any time. Recently, a four-car accident in Baltimore led to the death of one man and left a woman in critical condition. Baltimore police identified the man who died as a 26-year-old from Sanford Place.

The motor vehicle accident occurred at 11:32 a.m. in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood. According to police, an Acura hit a Mercury, killing the driver of the Mercury and injuring a woman in the passenger seat.

4 car crash kills 1, injures 12 in Baltimore

With many car accidents, those involved are lucky enough to walk away with nothing more than a little bit of damage to their vehicle. However, there are incidents in which multi-vehicle accidents lead to serious injury or even death.

Recently, a four car collision in Baltimore killed one man and injured 12 others, including a 2-year-old girl. According to local officials, an Acura ran through a red light at an intersection, subsequently T-boning a Grand Marquis. One witness who was on the scene at the time of the accident said the Grand Marquis was hit so hard that it flipped over two cars. He added that the car was moving at a fast pace down Fulton Lanes, and "he just ran the red lights and he hit the gold car, the one trying to cross Presstman, and then the one crossing Presstman flipped over those two cars, and that's how it ended up here."

Man awarded $9.1 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

Nobody asks to be involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit, however, some people find themselves in this very difficult situation. Our Maryland readers may be familiar with the story of a New York public safety dispatcher who broke his ankle almost 10 years ago, resulting in a lawsuit due to several surgeries and the eventual amputation of his entire leg.

Despite the fact that the man suffered the injury 10 years ago, the legal process has just now come to an end. A jury has awarded him $9.1 million, which includes $2 million for past pain and suffering, as well as $4 million for future pain and suffering. On top of this, he was awarded $2.8 million for past and future medical bills as well as lost wages.

New bill in Maryland would create birth injury fund

Despite the fact that most births occur without any major problems, this is not always the case. In rare instances, the baby suffers an injury during birth that affects him or her for a lifetime.

The state of Maryland is looking into making a change, prompted largely by a number of multimillion dollar medical malpractice settlements.

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