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December 2018 Archives

A construction fall arrest can be deadly without release

If you are an active catch-and-release angler for Maryland striped bass, you may be aware of the cautions that the state's Department of Natural Resources issue regarding the pastime. While lauding the conscientiousness of the practice, the DNR notes that "any capture event is stressful." And so, officials urge, "careful and quick" revival and return of the fish to the water, especially in summer.

Despite potential, spinal cord stimulation devices in question

There is risk in life. That's just part of the package, whether you live in Maryland or some other state. As safe as we would like to be from any harm that might occur, there is no way to prevent every possible source of personal injury. That said, when you allow a medical professional to surgically implant a medical device into your body on the promise that it is going to provide a significant benefit, you have a right to consider legal action if it actually does more harm than good.

In Maryland, the consequences of texting while driving are severe

Since the advent of smart phones, traffic accidents connected to distracted driving have been growing. Drivers, tempted by virtually unlimited connectivity, are increasingly splitting their attention between the road and their devices.

What you need to know about deadly strokes

The statistics about strokes are enough to frighten anyone. It is the fifth leading cause of death for Americans and depending on your risk factors, it may be the biggest threat to your life. With one stroke happening every 40 seconds in the U.S., physicians are trained to quickly diagnose and, when time allows, treat the stroke before permanent damage or death occurs. Unfortunately, proper diagnosis does not always happen.

Contractor misclassification barring you from workers' comp?

Employees and independent contractors are treated differently under the law-and entitled to very different rights and benefits. An independent contractor is not eligible for workers' compensation, overtime pay, paid time off or employer-subsidized healthcare. Therefore, hiring independent contractors instead of employees can represent significant financial advantages for an employer.

Does workers' compensation increase risk of an opioid addiction?

A recent study has found that the opioid epidemic is greatly affecting Maryland employees who are receiving workers' compensation. Nearly one third of Maryland employees who were prescribed opioids while out on workers' compensation filled the prescription more than 90 days from the date of injury. The study sites that 90 days of opioid use is the definition of persistent use.

Have you been using your seatbelt incorrectly?

Using a seatbelt is so simple that it's not even covered in most driver's education classes. You pull the shoulder and lap belt across your body and click the tongue into the buckle. When you hear the click of the tongue in the buckle, you release the slack in the belt and the belt tightens to support your body. According to one Maryland State Trooper, however, most people don't know about the critical second step.

Can you sue your psychiatrist for malpractice?

Psychiatry is a highly nuanced field of medicine. When a patient suffers while pursuing psychiatric treatment, it's not always clear whether the doctor has committed medical malpractice-for which there are legal repercussions-or poor doctoring-for which there are none.

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