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Maryland family alleges school's negligence in daughter's death

Many parents of school-aged children would not think twice about the safety of their kids while they attend school. With systems and plans in place should almost any crisis occur, Maryland school's have a plan with explicit procedures to keep students safe. When kids who suffer from health concerns or have to contend with learning or physical obstacles, there are specific plans for each of these children which is personalized to the needs of their challenge. When schools do not follow protocol and their negligence leads to an injury or death, a school system can find itself as the defendant in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

A grieving family of a 14-year-old Montgomery County student has recently filed a wrongful death claim for $10 million against her school. The lawsuit alleges that the student suffered an asthma attack while in gym class and that the teacher refused her request to obtain her inhaler several times. Finally, the girl told the teacher she was leaving the class and retrieving her inhaler from her locker. She was unaccompanied and her safety disregarded while she struggled to breathe and made an attempt to gather her inhaler.

Workplace injuries and the Maryland workers' compensation program

Many Maryland residents head to work at some point during the day to provide a service for the community and to put food on their own tables at home. When heading off to their place of employment, many do not think about the possibility of falling victim to workplace injuries. Regardless of the task performed, the risk is present, as two landscapers recently became victims of electrical shock.

The two landscapers were performing services in a neighborhood in another state when one of them came across a primary high-voltage power line. One worker was holding a ladder at the base while the other cleared away some brush. The landscaper who encountered the line was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Man suffers serious injury in Maryland motorcycle accident

The most dangerous place on the road for a motorcycle may be an intersection. If other drivers fail to notice the smaller vehicle, the operator of the motorcycle may be in danger of serious injury should a collision occur. A recent accident at a Maryland intersection resulted in multiple injuries.

The incident occurred just before noon on a Sunday when a 26-year-old woman was heading eastbound in her SUV. She approached an intersection and allegedly failed to stop at the stop sign. As she entered the intersection, a motorcycle traveling northbound collided with her vehicle. The 66-year-old operator was seriously injured when he was thrown from the motorcycle.

Maryland workers' compensation for those injured while on the job

Most Maryland business owners understand the importance of implementing and following safety procedures and protocols. Employee safety and the ability to feel safe and valued at work is important in keeping morale and productivity up. Some employers however, refuse to heed the laws and regulations set forth with regard to employee and workplace safety, which can lead to on the job accidents. When a worker is injured on the job, the workers' compensation program is available to help.

A man in another state was recently taken by ambulance to a local hospital for injuries suffered while working. The 39-year-old was then flown to another hospital shortly after his arrival at the first. Officials cannot comment on the extent of injuries or exactly what happened except to say he suffered serious head lacerations, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is opening an investigation.

Maryland wrong-way head-on collision claims 2 lives

Some roadways that cross the United States are simple and straight. Others seem to mingle and dance with routes, highways and interchanges with confusing and difficult to navigate turns and exchanges. A highly publicized wrong-way crash resulted in a head\-on collision that took two Maryland motorists lives. It has recently led state highway officials to investigate and rethink the networking of highly used roadways.  

Frantic phone calls and reports began to flood dispatch around 2:10 a.m. Callers were reporting a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed heading in the wrong direction on a busy local highway. The first phone call came from an off-duty police officer who reported the vehicle heading eastbound in the westbound lane. Another call came from a concerned woman who reported the same occurrence, but a few minutes later called back to report the worst. The speeding car had struck another vehicle around 2:14 a.m.

Workers' compensation death benefits for Maryland residents

A workplace injury can have serious repercussions on Maryland employees and their families. Medical bills can begin to pile up, and lost wages continue to increase the gap between money coming in and going out. In the most serious situations, some workers can never return to work, and others may lose their lives. The workers' compensation program can help injured workers and their families lessen the financial gap that sustained workplace injuries can create.

A concrete wall retaining thousands of yards of dirt for a construction project in another state recently collapsed causing the death of one construction worker and injuring another. The man and another employee were walking in front of the wall when it caved, trapping one worker and striking the second. Authorities were called to the scene around 3:49 p.m.

Failure to diagnose can lead to death in cardiac arrest

Years of research and countless medical cases have provided the health care industry with research and data to have in place steps and procedures when it comes to diagnosing and treating heart conditions, including heart attacks. When a patient presents at a Maryland hospital with chest pains, shortness of breath, pain that radiates down the arm or uncontrollable sweating, most emergency room physicians will swing into quick action to prevent, diagnose and treat a heart attack. Recently, two doctors in another state reached a settlement with a family when the failure to diagnose a woman with a heart condition led to her death.

A 41-year-old dietary nutritionist went to her local emergency room after complaining of severe left shoulder pain that would extend down into her left arm. The treating physician had ordered a cardiac evaluation but later cancelled the order, never rescheduling. This test is the only accurate way to truly decipher whether a patient is suffering from myocardial infarction. She was discharged from the hospital 10 days later.

Road trip safety tips you can’t afford to ignore

Maybe you are planning a road trip for the end of summer. Or maybe you are already looking forward to getting out of town during the holiday season.

While there is nothing more exciting than hitting the road (either alone or with your family), you need to remember one thing: There is danger lurking around every corner.

Mysterious Maryland car accident leads to death

Auto accidents can occur for many reasons. Crowded highways, inexperienced or distracted drivers, medical issues and those who choose to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be leading factors. As the population in many Maryland suburban areas continue to grow, the roadways are seeing a steady increase in automobiles. With more people behind the wheel at any given time, the odds are ever increasing for a car accident to occur.

An unidentified woman was driving around a parking lot around 8 p.m. It is unclear as to why she was perusing the parking lot. Reports indicate that she lost control of her vehicle and headed out onto a busy roadway. She struck another vehicle that was carrying three occupants.

Two road construction workers struck by drunk driver

After closing one lane on a highway in the state, two road construction workers sustained injuries in an accident. The two men were placing cones along the lane when a woman allegedly drove into that lane and hit them. The woman is suspected of being a drunk driver. 

The workers had almost finished closing the lane when the accident took place. Cones had already been placed over half of a mile down the road before the driver reached the men. But the woman, who was behind the wheel of a large pickup truck, veered into the closed lane of the Maryland highway. 

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