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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Blog

Coverage under workers' compensation

Maryland workers may already know that most employers are required to offer workers' compensation benefits to their employees. Accidents resulting in personal injury to the employee that occurred on the job may be covered; however, not all injuries are. Once cleared to receive workers' compensation, medical bills, prescriptions, physical therapy, hospital care and partial income amounts are covered by an employer or the employer's insurance carrier.

Once a worker misses work for more than three days, he or she is entitled to benefits. If the worker misses more than two weeks, the first three days are paid also. It is important to report an accident immediately to the employer. If an employer or insurer objects to employee coverage, they are obligated to inform the worker and the Workers' Compensation Commission as to why they object. Temporary disability is paid, which equals about 66 percent of the worker's wage each week. This may not exceed the average weekly wage in Maryland.

Maryland chain-reaction crash sends 2 to trauma center

A Maryland car accident left at least four people injured on Oct. 10. Two of the people involved were airlifted to a regional trauma center after the Port Deposit accident. The crash occurred just before 3 p.m. on Craigtown Road.

A Ford Focus was moving in the southbound lane of Craigtown Road when the girl driving it attempted to travel through the intersection at Perrylawn Drive. As the vehicle crossed, it drove into the path of a Jeep. The Jeep broadsided the Focus, striking it on the passenger side and sending the Focus crashing into an Acura MDX that was stopped at the intersection on Craigtown Road. The force of the second impact sent the Acura crashing into a fourth vehicle, a pickup truck that was stopped behind it at the intersection.

Maryland woman killed in 2-vehicle collision

Law enforcement authorities reported that a 51-year-old woman was killed on Sept. 29 when her vehicle was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 25-year-old man. According to police reports, the woman was driving a 2010 Toyota RAV4 eastbound on Olney-Laytonsville Road while the man was driving a 2001 Ford F250 pickup truck westbound at the time of the collision.

The accident happened around 5:30 a.m. near Volunteer Drive. The driver of the pickup truck was apparently traveling back to his overnight work site in order to return equipment when the accident occurred. The man allegedly first drifted off the road. Upon re-entering the roadway, he reportedly crossed over the double centerline, striking the woman's vehicle.

Man killed in head-on collision in Maryland

Just before 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, a 29-year-old man from Fredericksburg, Virginia, was killed in a head-on collision while driving northbound on Ridge Road in Severn. After the accident, paramedics took him to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he was later pronounced dead.

According to Anne Arundel County Police, the wreck occurred when a 73-year-old Hanover woman driving a Audi Q7 SUV failed to follow a curve in the road. Her vehicle crossed the centerline and collided head-on into the now-deceased man's Kia Optima.

Who can be liable for medical malpractice?

Residents in Maryland may benefit from understanding more about who can be held liable for a medical malpractice injury. Dependent on the circumstances of the incident, the hospital, medical staff, practitioners and other medical professionals involved with the faulty treatment may be considered liable for the ensuing damages. Pharmaceutical companies and healthcare facilities are often named as defendants in these types of lawsuits.

Pharmaceutical firms may be held liable if the product causes an injury and features substandard labeling that fails to adequately inform doctors or patients of the potential health risks. Under these types of circumstances, pharmaceutical companies' primary duty is to the practitioners. If the pharmaceutical company makes reasonable efforts to provide a warning about the risks, they may be protected from civil action. Products with inadequate warnings labels of potential risks are considered to be unreasonably dangerous, and the manufacturer may be held liable for damages.

8 injured in Maryland multi-vehicle collision

Investigators say that eight people were injured in a collision that involved at least five vehicles and forced the closure of Route 29 in Scaggsville near Johns Hopkins Road. The accident affected traffic in both directions but began in the northbound lanes around 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 9.

Although an investigation is still underway, police say that a 29-year-old man was speeding and driving erratically in a northbound Honda Pilot and ran into a Honda Crosstour and a Honda CR-V. Then the Pilot struck the median guardrail, which sent the SUV airborne. When the vehicle came down, it landed on a southbound Dodge Ram and travelled into a trailer attached to a Ford pickup truck. Officials had to close the entire section of highway in both directions until 8 p.m., directing traffic around the scene in the meantime.

Crash into Maryland Dunkin' Donuts injures 3

Around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1, the 77-year-old driver of an SUV had come to a complete stop in the parking lot of Dunkin' Donuts at the 8400 block of Baltimore National Pike before the vehicle lurched forward into the building. The vehicle pushed two men, ages 36 and 44, who had been standing in front of the store through the glass and several feet into the building.

The 36-year-old pedestrian is listed in critical condition, and the 44-year-old was treated and released the following morning. The driver was treated at the scene and refused transportation to the hospital. Both passengers in the SUV were uninjured.

Car smashes through doughnut shop in Maryland, causing injuries

An SUV in Maryland drove right through the front windows of a doughnut shop -- the local Dunkin Donuts location -- injuring people who were standing outside. Pictures from the scene show the black SUV with its nose crushed into the corner of the shop, tables and chairs knocked all around, and the plate glass windows all smashed out.

The crash happened in Howard County. The two people near the shop who were hurt are reportedly suffering from serious injuries. The SUV hit them and pushed them into the store. Investigators are still looking into the case, trying to figure out what made the driver lose control so that the SUV slammed into the store in the first place.

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.

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