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August 2013 Archives

Financial help for pedestrians injured in Maryland car accidents

As summer is winding down, students are preparing to return to school. Unfortunately one rising freshman in a Maryland community will likely be spending the opening days of school recovering in the hospital instead of catching up with classmates. While his family is likely happy the teenager survived a potentially fatal car accident, they are likely wondering how they will afford the mound of medical bills that will likely result from his treatment. Fortunately, those injured in car accidents such as the one that caused this teenager’s injuries have the option of seeking legal recourse in the form of financial compensation.The incident occurred in late August. The 14-year-old male was attempting to cross the street when he was struck by a vehicle. Although he is recovering from severe head trauma, he is expected to survive.Currently, no charges have been filed as a result of the accident as the investigation is likely ongoing. However, one witness stated that the driver of the car was speeding at the time of the incident. According to officials, the area is known to be busy and somewhat dangerous.Anyone who has received care in a hospital for even minor procedures know hospital visits are expensive. The kind of care required for an extended stay with treatment for head trauma will likely result in many extremely high medical bills. Additionally, his parents may need to take leave from work as they assist with their son’s recovery. Victims, or the families of victims, of car accidents such as this can file a case in a Maryland civil court in order to seek relief from the financial pressures of such a situation. If they can prove the teenager’s injuries were a result of the driver’s negligence, they may be eligible to receive compensation for his medical bills and related damages, as well as lost wages as a result of missed work while they care for him.

Prescription error determined to be cause of patient's death

Maryland patients expect that they will receive the best of care when they report to medical centers from all medical professionals -- both nurses and doctors. When patients feel like the care they receive caused additional harm, there are options available in order to hold the medical facility or professionals legally responsible. Unfortunately for one patient and her surviving family members, state health officials have determined that a nurse's prescription error led to the patient's death.

Workers' compensation benefits may apply in Maryland deaths

When most people hear of a military member's death, they assume it was caused by enemies while in combat. However, there are many occupational hazards for military men and women that do not relate to combat. A recent investigation by OSHA at an Army-owned weapons-testing pond in Maryland where three people were killed has found several safety violations. The families of these three men are likely eligible for workers' compensation benefits after their tragic deaths.

Truck accidents have potential of inflicting severe injury

With all the attention in the news recently about airplane crashes, many people might decide they would rather drive than fly. However, the truth remains that traveling by air is still safer than traveling by car. One major hazard while traveling by car is truck accidents. While most truck drivers are skilled and conscientious, these type of accidents still happen, with a large potential of causing death or serious injury. For example, one woman is in critical condition this morning after a collision with a tractor-trailer in Maryland.

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