Maryland Construction Injuries and Deaths Cost State Economy $712.8M Between 2008 and 2010

August 20, 2012 by  
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Workplace injuries and deaths at construction sites cost Maryland nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars between 2008 and 2010, according to a recent report by the consumer watchdog Public Citizen, which concluded that the state would save substantial money if they emphasized the importance of worker safety, by restricting contracts to companies with strong safety records.  Read more

Maryland Accidental Injuries and Deaths Report

June 15, 2012 by  
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About 56 out of every 100,000 Maryland residents will die due to an accidental injury or violence, according to the findings of a new report. However, researchers concluded that Maryland and other states could do more to reduce the risk of injury by passing injury prevention laws. Read more

Maryland Motorcycle Accident Deaths

May 30, 2012 by  
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According to a new report, the number of deaths caused by Maryland motorcycle accidents decreased last year, but state officials note that the differences between a crash that results in a fatality vs. non-fatal accidents can be very slight. Therefore, continued efforts to increase motorcycle safety and reduce the risk of all motorcycle accidents are important. Read more

“Click it or Ticket” Seat Belt Laws Reduce Auto Accident Injury, Death Rates

May 17, 2012 by  
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Next week kicks off the national “Click it or Ticket” campaign, designed to raise awareness about the importance of seat belts, as police make an increased effort to be on the lookout for drivers that are not buckling up. Read more

Auto Accident Head Trauma Risks for Teen Drivers

May 11, 2012 by  
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A new study by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance indicates that auto accidents cause more fatal head injuries for teens than any other types of events.

According to the report, “Miles to go: Monitoring Progress in Teen Driver Safety”, substantial progress is being made to reduce the risks associated with car accidents involving teen drivers. However, injuries sustained in accidents continue to be the leading cause of death for teens, with traumatic brain injuries and skull fractures following car crashes accounting for about 30% of the 55,000 serious injuries that occurred in 2009 and 2010.

Auto Accident Head TraumaResearchers determined that states with the most stringent driving laws had lower numbers of children who died in car crashes. States with loose driving laws had significantly more teen car accident deaths. Those laws often require the teen to have at least 50 hours of adult-supervised driving experience, limits the number of passengers a teen driver can carry, requires seat belt use and restricts the amount of driving that can be done at night.

The report also found that teens were more likely to adhere to seat belt laws in states with the strictest driving rules.

Overall, researchers saw improvements in teen driving safety over the last several years. From 2005 to 2010 the death rate among teen drivers dropped 46 percent, according to the report.

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Should Older Drivers Be Required to Obtain Physician Screenings?

April 26, 2012 by  
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As the “baby boom” generation grows older, there are an increasing number of senior citizens on the road, and some doctors are suggesting that older drivers should be required to establish that they are medically fit to drive, in an effort to reduce the risk of serious and potentially life-threatening injuries from auto accidents. Read more

Auto Accident Deaths Spike on Tax Day

April 13, 2012 by  
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According to new research, drivers should be careful on Monday, as tax day is consistently the deadliest day of the year on roads throughout the United States, with more auto accident deaths than any other comparable day.

The study was published in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), indicating that there was an average of 13 more road fatalities annually on the day income taxes are due in the United States than on any other day.

Researchers collected crash data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on tax day from 1980 to 2009.

They found a six percent spike in road fatalities that affected drivers, passengers and pedestrians. On a normal day around the same time of year, there were an average of 213 fatal crashes. However, on tax day the average rose to 226.

Although the data does not provide causes, the researchers speculate that the increase is a combination of the increased number of people on the road trying to file at the last minute, many of whom are stressed out. Some of that stress comes from waiting until the last minute, but in other cases it is possibly because tax filers waited until the last minute because they owe, often for the first time, and are worried about their tax situation.

The stress leads to distracted drivers, which leads to auto accidents which sometimes turn fatal, researchers said. While the study focused on fatal crashes, the researchers noted that they saw an increase in non-fatal accidents as well.

Although April 15 is typically tax day, this year tax day falls on April 17th due to the weekend, so be careful. While it is probably too late for advice like “file earlier”, hopefully with the increasing number of electronic filings, this increased risk of auto accidents on tax day will disappear in future years.

15 Passenger Van Rollover Risk Highlighted in NHTSA Safety Tips

April 3, 2012 by  
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Federal traffic safety officials have released a consumer advisory, providing a list of safety tips for those operating 15-passenger vans, which have been found to carry a particular risk for rollover accidents that can have tragic consequences. Read more

Maryland Wrong Site Surgery Malpractice Lawsuit

October 19, 2011 by  
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A recent report in the Baltimore Sun highlights a recent medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a Maryland woman whose doctor allegedly removed the wrong ovary and fallopian tube during a cyst removal operation. Known as a wrong site surgery lawsuit, such types of medical malpractice are rare, but completely preventable.

According to the report, the complaint was filed last month in Baltimore City Circuit Court after a doctor who was supposed to remove a cyst on the ovary on the left instead operated on the ovary and fallopian tube on the right. The complaint alleged that the doctor was not supposed to remove any of the woman’s organs, failed to get proper consent and has left her with reduced fertility and the need for additional surgery.

Making matters even worse, the plaintiff alleged that the doctor did not tell her she had removed the wrong ovary, even after she returned days later complaining of pain on her right side. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff did not discover the mistake until she went to a local emergency room, which discovered that the left ovary, with the cyst, was still in place and the right ovary and fallopian tube were gone.

Wrong site surgery is generally considered a “never event,” or a mistake that is inexcusable and should never occur.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has indicated that wrong site surgery is caused by “poor preoperative planning, lack of institutional controls, failure of the surgeon to exercise due care, or a simple mistake in communication between the patient and the surgeon.” The academy noted that 84% of wrong site surgery lawsuits against orthopaedic surgeons resulted in payments to plaintiffs, as opposed to 30% of other orthopedic surgery claims.

A number of studies have found that wrong site surgery mistakes can be almost entirely prevented when medical staff use extensive checklists, mark operating sites while the patient is still conscious, and confirm those sites with the patient, checklists and other members of the surgery team.

The Maryland malpractice lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. handle potential cases for wrong site surgery and other surgical errors.

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Maryland Lead Poisoning Rates Continue to Drop

October 12, 2011 by  
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State officials are edging closer to their goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in Maryland, but as they continue to win the battle against apartments, they are finding cases in other types of residences on the rise.

There were 531 Maryland children with harmful levels of lead in their blood in 2010, according to figures released by the Maryland Department of the Environment, 22 less children than the year before. The number represents less than .05 percent of the state’s youth.

Most of the cases of lead poisoning were in Baltimore, which also saw its numbers drop by 33 children for a total of 314 in 2010.

However, state officials say that while they are making progress in preventing lead poisoning in old rental units, they are seeing an increase in lead poisoning cases in newer, unregistered rental homes and owner-occupied homes. Neither of those type of dwellings fall under current state or federal lead poisoning prevention laws.

Investigators say 60% of the new cases of childhood lead poisoning in Maryland last year were in homes not covered by state and federal lead poisoning prevention rules. Lead poisoning cases in owner occupied homes rose to 149 in 2010, an increase of 20 cases. The number of cases in unregulated rental units nearly tripled, with 66 new cases last year. There were only 37 total cases in 2009.

Lead-based paint was banned in 1978, but many children living in older urban residences are exposed to old lead paint in poorly maintained apartments. Children can reach dangerously high blood lead levels through exposure to lead paint dust or by eating paint chips. Lead poisoning can cause developmental delays, behavioral difficulties and other health problems.

The Maryland legislature has commissioned a study group to make recommendations on how to prevent lead poisoning in homes not covered by state and federal laws.

MARYLAND LEAD POISONING LAWYERS

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