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Identifying facilities prone to nursing home abuse

Deciding that it is time to place a loved one in a nursing home is rarely easy. When that time comes, families in Maryland usually do their very best to find the right place for loved ones. But it is hard to really know what goes on behind closed doors. Even facilities that seem safe from the outside could actually be hiding systemic nursing home abuse and neglect.

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), around 15,000 U.S. nursing homes accept Medicare and Medicaid. The CMS website recently implemented a new alert that should help families and patients better assess whether a facility is the right choice. The symbol of a white hand surrounded by a red circle will appear next to nursing home facilities that have been cited for abuse within the prior year. This will supplement CMS' current five-star rating system. It should also be easier than combing through health-inspection reports and searching for citations.

2 dead following car accident in Maryland

Two men are dead following a single-vehicle accident in Maryland, according to local sources. The Baltimore Police Department responded to a call in the morning of Dec. 29. Officers are now investigating the car accident, trying to determine a cause for the crash. Given the driver died in the accident, no criminal charges will be forthcoming. 

According to the accident report, it appears that sometime in the early morning of Dec. 29, a vehicle driven by a 28-year-old man and carrying a 30-year-old man was traveling on W. Northern Parkway when the accident occurred. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the vehicle crossed over Liberty Heights Avenue before leaving the road and striking a tree. Officers received a call as early as 7:45 a.m. but were unable to locate the crashed vehicle for another hour. 

Holidays and head injury

As Maryland rings in a new year, some unfortunate residents may be suffering from last year's injuries. Concussions are a common type of head injury, but local doctors warn victims not to overdo it during the busy holiday season. In the time immediately following such an injury, it can be difficult to determine what long-term woes a victim may face. 

Experts advise that people who have suffered a head injury should feel free to celebrate holidays with family and friends, but it is important to remain vigilant and listen to signs your body may be giving you. It is advisable to stick to a schedule that allows about eight hours of sleep per night. Large crowds and noise may exacerbate symptoms, so victims may want to avoid bustling malls and, perhaps, shop during times when crowds are minimal. 

Work-related amputation injuries can cause permanent disability

Thousands of work-related amputations form part of workers' compensation claims in Maryland and across the country. Safety authorities maintain that such injuries are preventable by compliance with prescribed safety standards. Too many workers have to rely on permanent disability benefits to take care of their families.

Compression injuries, typically caused by being caught in or between objects or struck-by incidents often lead to amputations of workers' hands, fingers, feet and other body parts. Even an amputated finger could prevent the victim from returning to work in the same capacity. Unguarded or insufficiently guarded moving machine parts is one of the primary causes of amputation injuries.

Was child killed by distracted driver?

Maryland drivers have been taught to keep an eye out for school buses. When a driver fails to obey the laws about making a proper stop for a bus, there are stiff penalties in place because a child may be injured or killed as he or she gets on or off the bus. The bus driver is responsible for making sure the bus' stop sign is deployed and lights are flashing until all children are safely out of the street. A recent accident may indicate that a local child was the victim of a distracted driver

According to preliminary reports, a school bus was driving through a residential area, making frequent stops to let children off of the bus after school. At one stop, the driver let several children off the bus, and the bus driver pulled away to head to the next stop. The driver may have become distracted because the daily routine quickly turned tragic. 

Police suspect drunk driver to blame for fatal crash

The approaching holidays mean that many more people will travel for varying reasons. This unfortunately also means that car accidents will be on the rise in some areas. When they prove fatal, they can be devastating to the surviving loved ones of the victim, especially at a time of year that is meant to be joyous. This is what one Maryland family is likely experiencing after the death of one man due to an accident that, according to law enforcement, may have been due to a drunk driver.

Authorities say that the collision happened on a recent late evening. One man was driving northbound when his car apparently crossed over into southbound traffic. His car then struck another vehicle head-on. When first responders arrived, both drivers were unconscious. The southbound driver was extricated from his vehicle quickly and emergency personnel worked to save his life, but he was pronounced dead.

Vaping can lead to serious injury

Maryland parents have probably seen scary stories regarding the dangers of vaping in recent weeks. The use of these devices became increasingly popular in the past few years, as the recent craze was originally touted as a safer alternative to smoking or smokeless tobacco products. Now, it has become apparent that the use of a tobacco vaporizer can lead to serious injury, but many teens remain unaware of the danger. 

Statistics now estimate that Maryland has confirmed more than 50 cases of vaping-related injuries. In only two years, the number of teens that admit to using e-cigarettes and similar products has more than doubled. It is no wonder that teens are unaware of the dangers, because even adults admit that they began using such products thinking they were a safer and better tasting alternative to cigarettes. 

Big changes on the horizon for medical malpractice cases

Veteran's Day recently passed, and Maryland residents were once again honored the sacrifices brave men and women in the armed forces have made to protect the freedoms and liberties that make our nation great. With this in mind, people might be shocked to learn that a Supreme Court ruling prevents veterans from filing medical malpractice claims against the government for conditions suffered as a result of military service. What many consider to be an unfair ruling may soon change because one brave veteran continues to fight for others from his deathbed. 

Richard Stayskal served with the Green Berets, an elite Army unit. He is now dying of lung cancer. He fights on to try to change the law preventing veterans from filing medical malpractice lawsuits because he claims that during his time in the service, doctors neglected to tell him that he had lung cancer, and as a result he didn't find out about the disease until it was too late. 

Student suffers head injury after brawl with teacher

Maryland parents may be able to attest to the fact that, sometimes, children, especially teens, can exhibit behavior that adults find frustrating. Even when a child becomes unruly, adults must not allow the situation to escalate to physical violence. While parents may have firsthand experience with trying teen behavior, a recent incident at school left one student with a reportedly severe head injury

The trouble began inside a Maryland classroom. One of the students, a 17-year-old female, became unruly during class and brushed past her teacher, intentionally stepping on her foot. While certainly this was an unacceptable affront on the part of the young lady, her teacher responded with even worse judgement when she came to blows with the teen girl. 

Jury awards $101 million for a child's birth injury

The birth of a child is one of the greatest joys that a parent could ever experience. Expecting parents in Maryland often spend months planning for their new baby, like decorating the nursery, buying diapers and even selecting a pediatrician. While parenthood itself can easily throw off some of those plans, having a baby who has suffered a birth injury can derail the plans altogether.

This was the situation that an out-of-state mother found herself in just over five years ago. While she was in labor, fetal monitoring showed abnormalities that were detrimental to her son's health. However, the medical professionals at the hospital ignored the warning signs for nearly six hours before she finally gave birth. Her son was born with injuries as a result of their failure to act in time.

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