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Many types of medical malpractice lead to claims

It is not uncommon for us to share information and news related to medical malpractice lawsuits filed in the state of Maryland. Additionally, we want to keep you updated on the most recent changes to personal injury laws.

From the standpoint of the patient, there is a lot of gray area when it comes to filing a medical malpractice claim. This is due to the fact that the law is complex, and many people never really know for sure if they are in position to file a claim in an attempt to recover compensation from the at-fault party.

Driving while texting increases chance of accident

Throughout the state of Maryland, as well as the rest of the country, there are people who continue to text and drive despite the fact that they realize it can increase the chance of being involved in an accident. Driving while texting has been proven to increase the chance of an accident, along with many other types of distracted driving.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study on distracted driving, which includes texting, it is clear that this activity is risky.

The many types of distracted driving

Distracted driving laws may vary from one state to the next, but nothing changes the fact that this is a dangerous activity that can result in an accident that causes serious injury or even death. Distracted driving can be categorized by any activity that diverts the attention of a driver. This includes but is not necessarily limited to:

-- Texting

Maryland medical malpractice made worse by lack of reporting

Every year throughout the country, in every state, people receive poor medical treatment that often results in a medical malpractice lawsuit. According to the Journal of Patient Safety, preventable medical errors kill approximately 400,000 United States citizens every year. Furthermore, at least 10 times the number of people are seriously injured every year as a result of these mistakes.

In the state of Maryland, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to know how big of a problem this has become. Even though hospitals are supposed to make state regulators aware of serious medical errors, this is not always the way things work out. According to regulators and safety experts, the confidential system that is in place prohibits all of the information making its way to the appropriate party. Disclosure is often times clouded over fear of financial or legal consequences.

Maryland motor vehicle accident lands 3 people in hospital

As the result of a three vehicle accident at the intersection of Paradise Road and Route 155, three people were taken to the hospital for the treatment of injuries. According to the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack, a woman was driving a Toyota Corolla on Route 155. As she attempted to turn left on Paradise, a Ford F-150 hit her car.

Despite the fact that police are still investigating the motor vehicle accident, it appears that the driver of the Toyota did not yield to traffic, which led to her vehicle being struck on the rear and front passenger side. After being struck, the Toyota ran up an embankment and then turned over.

1 dead as the result of 4-car accident in Maryland

Every day throughout the state of Maryland, there are car accidents that lead to injuries and even deaths. According to Montgomery County police, a four-car accident on Columbia Pike led to the death of one person.

Police noted that a 22-year-old driver involved in the accident, who was previously listed in critical condition, has died. During the early afternoon hours, police were called to an accident on Columbia Pike. The driver of a Jeep collided with an Audi, starting a chain reaction accident. From there, the Audi struck a Lincoln Navigator while also hitting a Saturn.

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.

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