LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.

Maryland Accident, Malpractice and Workers' Comp Attorneys

LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A.

923 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Phone(800) 547-4529
Fax (410) 783-4974

Website www.lthlaw.com
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Law Firm Overview

LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. is a personal injury, criminal defense, and bankruptcy law firm located in Baltimore, Maryland and serving clients throughout the state.
Personal injury practice areas encompass vehicle and pedestrian accidents, bicycle and boating accidents, catastrophic injuries, construction accidents, dog bites, amusement park injuries, hoverboard accidents, medical malpractice and birth injuries, nursing home negligence and abuse, slip and fall accidents, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, and wrongful death. Criminal defense representation is provided for assault, drug crimes, DUI/DWI, internet crimes, juvenile offenses, sex crimes, and administrative hearings. The firm also provides counsel in Chapters 7 and 13 bankruptcies and foreclosure defense.

The attorneys have decades of combined legal experience and utilize cutting-edge investigative and trial tactics. Since 1987, the firm has represented thousands of clients through negotiation and litigation.

The highly skilled and knowledgeable legal team zealously advocates for clients and is dedicated to protecting their rights and best interests while pursuing the best possible outcomes.

Year this Office was Established: 1983

Languages: English, Spanish

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Additional Areas of Law: Auto Accident; Uninsured and Underinsured; Rear-End Collision; Speeding Accident; Distracted Driving; Texting and Driving; Drunk Driver Accident; Negligent Driver Accident; Train Accident; Brain Bleed; Closed Head Injury; Erb’s Palsy; Cerebral Palsy; Brain Damage & Oxygen Deprivation; Fetal Distress; Cesarean Section Injury; Labor & Delivery Negligence; Doctor Negligence; Delayed Diagnosis; Cancer Misdiagnosis & Delayed Diagnosis; Breast Cancer; Prostate Cancer; Mesothelioma; Surgical Malpractice; Nerve Injury; Paraplegia/Quadriplegia; Wrong-Site Injury; Emergency Room Error; Hospital Negligence; Equipment Malfunction; Sepsis; Anesthesia Error; Chapter 7 Bankruptcy; Chapter 13 Bankruptcy; DUI Defense; Administrative Hearing; Felony & Repeat DUI; Field Sobriety Test; Violent Crime; Traffic Violation; Internet Crime; Long-Term Disability; Accidental Injury; Occupational Disease; Amusement Park Injuries; Aggressive Driving and Road Rage; Drowsy Driving; Hit-and-Run Drivers; Rideshare Vehicles; Road Hazards.


Partners

Bryan Chant Mr. Bryan J. Chant
Partner
Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation

Tracey Ritter Ms. Tracey L. Ritter
Partner
Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicles, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation

Maximillian Van Orden Mr. Maximillian F. Van Orden
Partner
Accident, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Criminal Law, Health Care and Social


Affiliations

  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Maryland Association for Justice
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives

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 Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

Truck accidents are some of the most devastating, destructive wrecks on roads and highways across the country.

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 Steer Clear of Trucks' “No Zones”

Driving next to a large commercial truck can feel a bit intimidating due to its massive size and weight.

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 Chemical Plant Hazards Jeopardize Workplace Safety

When a major chemical plant explosion occurs, it usually makes the national news due to the devastating nature of the accident.

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 Automated System Detects Medication Errors

Medications can control pain, manage high blood pressure and cholesterol, and help treat serious diseases like cancer.

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 Vehicle Recalls

Each year, auto companies in the United States issue safety recalls on car parts ranging from tires and gear shifts, to the very publicized Takata airbags.

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 When Your Therapist Is Guilty of Medical Malpractice

When it comes to medical malpractice, most people think about a physician who makes an error in diagnosing, treating, or managing a physical injury or illness.

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 How to Avoid a Misdiagnosis

Doctors often diagnose an illness based on the symptoms that the patient is suffering from, as well as the patient’s age, family history, and other information that can help accurately identify the problem.

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 Neck and Back Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

The human body is not meant to withstand the force of impact that can occur in a serious car accident.

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 Lower BAC May Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

In Maryland, drivers are legally drunk if they have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher.

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 Safety Tips from NASCAR Drivers

In an average NASCAR race, drivers often reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour as they careen around the track.

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 Reduce Repetitive Stress Injuries

As we age, our metabolism begins to slow down, fine lines and wrinkles start to appear, and our memory and problem-solving skills may not be as sharp as they once were.

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 Filing Your Workers' Compensation Claim on Time Is Critical

All employees are eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits if they suffer from a workplace injury.

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 Workplace Injuries Caused by a Fellow Employee

Workplace injuries can happen anytime, often when you least expect it.

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 Vehicle Adjustments for Seniors

According to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers aged 65 and older are more than twice as likely to be fatally injured in a car accident than younger drivers.

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 Hazards of Working in Cold Weather Conditions

A winter storm can cause major problems, especially when it involves heavy snow, freezing rain, and single-digit temperatures.

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 Common Birth Injures Due to Medical Negligence

The day of your child’s birth should be one of the most joyful of your life.

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 Driverless Cars May Drastically Reduce Car Accidents

According to a new study by the RAND Corporation, driverless cars do not need to be perfect to be better than humans when it comes to avoiding car accidents.

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 Advanced Vehicle Safety Technology

Thanks to the latest advances in technology, today’s vehicles are safer than ever, offering a range of accident avoidance features that help protect motorists from dangerous, potentially life-threatening car accidents.

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 Risk of Injury for Factory Workers

Factories are full of complex machinery and heavy equipment with many moving parts that can cause serious injury if proper precautions are not taken.

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 When a Car Accident Injury Is More Serious than You Thought

Even with the advanced safety technology that most cars are equipped with today, car accidents continue to happen, causing significant property damage, injuries, and fatalities across the country.

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 Parking Lot Accidents During Holiday Shopping Season

Stores have been stocking their shelves with holiday decorations since before Halloween. This means the holiday shopping season frenzy is in full swing.

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 Steps to Take If Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Denied

If you have been injured at work, your employer’s Workers’ Compensation plan will cover the costs associated with your injury.

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 Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

In 2015 alone, close to 42 million Americans packed up their cars and hit the road to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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 Tesla Shares Blame in First-Known Semi-Autonomous Car Fatality

After an in-depth investigation into the fatal 2016 crash of a semi-autonomous Tesla sedan, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined that the vehicle’s autopilot system contributed to the wreck.

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 Avoid Road Rage by Taking the High Road

If you have ever been intentionally cut off, rear-ended, or screamed at while driving, you know how scary it can be when you are the object of another person’s road rage.

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 Safety Equipment Reduces Workplace Injuries

Construction workers and other skilled laborers are exposed to a wide range of workplace hazards every day.

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 Most Common Kitchen Injuries

The kitchen is a place rife with accident opportunities that can happen to even the most experienced chefs.

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 The Deadliest Jobs in America

Injuries from any job can give rise to a viable claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits.

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 Drug Overdose Wrecks on the Rise

Over the past decade, drunk driving-related fatalities have gone down by almost 25 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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 Reckless Driving and Speeding

Even when you make every effort to follow the rules of the road and make safety a priority every time you get behind the wheel, you cannot control how others drive.

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 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim

No one goes to work expecting to become seriously injured while performing their regular job responsibilities.

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 Children Who Develop Kernicterus

Although jaundice is a common ailment for some infants, if not diagnosed and properly treated, it could develop into a life-threatening condition called kernicterus.

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 Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Error

Cerebral palsy affects up to 10,000 children each year, according to the Cerebral Palsy Group, a non-profit advocacy organization.

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 Reckless Driving and Speeding Accidents

Reckless driving can take many forms, but the one thing they all have in common is that they can cause serious car accidents resulting in significant property damage, life-threatening injuries, and fatalities.

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 Disability Benefits for Lyme Disease

Tick infestations have become rampant in recent years, and the effects of a tick bite can be debilitating. Ticks bites can cause a nasty bacterial infection called Lyme disease, which can manifest a number of complications.

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 Impact of Advanced Safety Technology

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of preventable fatalities in the United States, and truck accidents are among the most devastating of these fatal wrecks. In an effort to significantly reduce the number of truck accidents on roads and highways across the country, manufacturers, regulators, and technology firms are considering new safety technology that has the capability to reduce fatal crashes.

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 Patients Want More Information about Drug Side Effects

Doctors prescribe medications to their patients in order to help treat and manage a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Ideally, the medication is effective at treating the condition without causing any unpleasant side effects.

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 MIT Research Aims to Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Age Lab, and the Michigan engineering firm of Touchstone Evaluations are taking a new approach to reducing the number of car accidents caused by distracted driving.

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 Link Between Early School Start Times and Car Accidents

Between school, activities, and friends, teens have a lot on their plate. When you combine these daily pressures with the fact that too many teenagers are not receiving enough sleep, serious consequences can occur.

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 Older Employees at Greater Risk for Injuries

When a job requires a certain amount of heavy lifting, bending, reaching, or other physical activity, it can take a toll on a worker’s body, particularly older employees. The natural aging process makes older adults more prone to things such as back injuries, knee problems, and joint pain.

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 Truck Driver Tops List of Most Dangerous Jobs

Without knowing everything that goes into driving a truck, it may not seem like a particularly dangerous job. However, in 2015, 745 truck drivers suffered fatal injuries on the job, only a slight decrease compared to the 761 drivers in 2014.

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 Back Seat Passengers Less Likely to Wear Seat Belts

It is common knowledge that seat belts are one of the most effective and life-saving safety features in a motor vehicle. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 13,941 lives were saved by proper seat belt use.

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 Paramedics Offer Safety Tips for Car Seats

Selecting the right car seat for a child is among the many purchases that can be extremely overwhelming for parents. It can be difficult to decide which car seat to buy when there are hundreds of models available that offer different safety features and come with a wide range of consumer reviews.

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 Reckless Driving and Speeding in Baltimore City

When someone disregards the rules of the road while they are behind the wheel of a car or truck, they compromise the safety of other drivers on the road. Reckless driving and speeding are two of the most common causes of car accidents, many of which are very serious or fatal.

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 Too Many Drivers Pass School Buses Illegally

When approaching a school bus that has stopped and has flashing red lights on, cars traveling in the same direction are prohibited from passing the bus until the flashing lights are turned off. Cars approaching from the opposite direction must also stop, unless there is a physical barrier, such as a median.

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 Volvo’s Accident Avoidance System

Car manufacturers around the world are continuing to make advances in technology that make cars safer than ever, and Volvo is no exception. For years, Volvo has had some of the highest safety ratings, thanks to the Swedish automaker’s commitment to providing innovative safety features that help drivers avoid potentially dangerous accidents.

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 Lump Sum Settlements in Workers' Compensation Cases

Workers’ Compensation benefits are designed to provide financial relief for someone who has been injured on the job. This includes the cost of medical treatment, lost wages, job training, disability payments, and other costs that are directly related to the injury. In most cases, injured employees receive weekly payments based on the severity of the injury.

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 NIH’s Clinical Center: Patient Safety Concerns

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recognized worldwide as a leader in biomedical research. Thousands of patients come to the Clinical Center each year hoping to benefit from the kind of life-saving medical breakthroughs that have made it the flagship hospital of the NIH. Recently, however, a report found that the hospital suffered from low employee morale and ongoing patient safety concerns.

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 Improvements to Rear Guard Regulations Can Save Lives

Few wrecks are more destructive than truck accidents, simply because of the massive size and weight of the vehicle. While every truck accident has the potential to cause catastrophic damage and life-threatening injuries, rear underride accidents are particularly devastating for the occupants of the vehicle that hit the truck.

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 Consumers Appreciate Latest Advanced Safety Systems

Consumer Reports recently published its Advanced Auto Safety Systems Survey, which closely examines owner experiences with a range of safety features.

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 Drivers Urged to Use Caution in Work Zones

Due to the warmer temperatures and longer days, construction crews often tend to complete road work during the summer months. Speed limits in work zones are typically 45 miles per hour, yet many drivers fail to obey these posted signs.

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 Vibration Injuries at Work

Workers who use vibrating hand tools repeatedly and frequently are at risk for developing vibration injuries such as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). While not as dramatic as a sudden workplace accident, the results of a repetitive use or wear and tear injury can be just as debilitating. Over time, the use of jackhammers, drills, chainsaws, riveters, and other vibrating tools can cause tingling sensations or worse, irreversible damage to nerves and blood vessels.

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 New Distracted Driving Law in Washington State Prohibits All Cell Phone Use

Many states have issued strict distracted driving laws in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that occur when people use their handheld devices while driving.

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 Child Car Seat Safety Reports

Statistics prove that car seats save lives, but choosing the right car seat and making sure it is properly installed are vital to protecting your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 35 percent of children aged 12 and under that were fatally injured in a car accident were not properly secured in their car seat.

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 IIHS Names Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently included three full-sized vehicles to its list of cars that have received high ratings for crash worthiness. The vehicles included were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the Lincoln Continental, and the Toyota Avalon. Missing from this list is the much-anticipated Tesla Model S, the Ford Taurus, and the Chevrolet Impala.

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 Drunk Driving Accidents in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland

Even the most experienced and careful driver can be involved in a car accident; but when the accident is caused by a drunk driver, the injuries are often catastrophic. Queen Anne’s County car accident lawyers are committed to helping victims of drunk driving accidents recover the maximum compensation available under the law.

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 When General Practitioners Fail to Diagnose Heart Disease

New research published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety reveals that close to 25 percent of patients with a misdiagnosis of heart attack or coronary artery disease had a history of cardiovascular disease.

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 New Truck Safety Regulations

In an effort to improve truck safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur on roads and highways across the country, the Trucking Alliance, a leading proponent of safety reforms in the freight transportation industry, is calling for industry-wide support of new truck safety regulations.

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 House Committee Approves First Major Bill on Self-Driving Cars

The U.S. House Committee approved the first major bill on self-driving cars entitled the SELF DRIVE Act, which stands for “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research Vehicles Evolution Act.” This bipartisan bill favors autonomous vehicles in that it would allow car manufacturers to place up to 25,000 of the vehicles on the road in the first year they publicly roll out.

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 Long-term Impact of Workplace Injuries

When an employee suffers from an injury at work, in most cases, that employee is eligible for Workers’ Compensation through their employee. Workers’ Compensation benefits cover lost wages, medical bills, physical therapy, and other costs related to the injury.

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 Drunk Driving Car Accidents in Harford County, Maryland

Under no circumstances is it a wise decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after having had too much to drink. Unfortunately, too many people make the reckless and irresponsible choice to drive drunk, which can cause serious injuries and fatalities, as well as significant property damage.

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 Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, neck and spine injuries, organ damage, and fatalities. Car accidents are also one of the leading causes of brain injuries.

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 Disclosing Medical Mistakes May Reduce Malpractice Costs

When a patient has been injured or has passed away as a result of a medical mistake, the standard operating procedure that doctors have followed has been to deny any wrongdoing and defend their care. For the patients who suspect negligence, and pursue a medical malpractice case, it can be a long, stressful, and emotional process. Oftentimes, they are forced to relive the ordeal, while the hospital and doctors refuse to take any responsibility.

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 Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of workplace accidents and account for over 20 percent of all workplace injuries.

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 Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

Aggressive driving and road rage are two examples of dangerous driving behavior that can lead to serious, potentially fatal, car accidents.

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 Safety Advocates Concerned about Autonomous Test Cars

According to companies that manufacture self-driving cars, this technology will have a major impact on reducing the number of car accident fatalities each year in the United States. While this is encouraging news, safety advocates want to be sure that the test cars are safe before allowing them on the roads.

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 Drivers Using Phones Almost Every Time They Drive

It is not a good idea to use our smartphones while we are driving, whether it is to check a text, make a call, or use social media. Yet, a staggering number of drivers continue to use their phones almost every time they get behind the wheel.

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 Health Risks Caused by Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are used to improve patient safety, reduce medical errors, and establish a more effective workflow. However, research indicates that EHR-related medical malpractice claims may be on the rise.

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 Trailers Pose Serious Threat During Summer Travel

Summer is well underway, which means that more people are hitting the road for various vacation destinations. In addition to the tractor-trailers that are a common sight on highways across the country, more people hitch things such as campers, boats, and livestock trailers to their vehicles during the summer months.

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 Bicycle Safety Tips for Children

As the temperature rises and the days get longer, more and more children are out on the street riding their bicycles. Riding a bike is a great way to obtain exercise, enjoy the outdoors, and spend quality time with friends and family.

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 Newly Licensed Teens And Fatal Crashes

We are well into the 100 deadliest days of summer, which means that there are more teen drivers on the roads now compared to the rest of the year. Unfortunately, this also means that the number of car accidents will likely increase.

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 Truck Drivers Face Stringent Sleep Apnea Screening

Driving a truck for a living, combined with an unhealthy diet, can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and sleep apnea. It is likely that truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea will be required to undergo more thorough screening by trucking companies before being allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle.

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 SUVs Receive Poor Headlight Ratings

With today’s technology, cars and trucks have more safety features than ever before. From sleek new designs to rollover prevention technology and accident avoidance systems, car manufacturers have made great strides when it comes to advances that improve the safety of today’s vehicles.

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 Fuel Reduction and Safety Technologies

Senators from Michigan are hoping to pass legislation designed to encourage investments in zero-emissions research and development, advanced fuel reduction, and safety technologies; making trucks and cars safer and more efficient.

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 When Is an Employee’s Commute Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

In most cases, if someone is injured in a car accident on their way to work, their injuries are not covered under their employer’s Workers’ Compensation plan.

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 Vehicle Size and Car Safety

Many people purchase small, compact cars because they are fuel efficient. However, as the price of gas remains fairly low, more people are buying larger cars, including SUVs.

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 Summer Driving Deadly for Teens

Now that the school year has ended, more inexperienced teen drivers are on the roads, which can have a serious impact on the number of car accidents that occur during the summer months.

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 Hospice Care

Hospice care is end-of-life medical care that is designed to ease suffering and keep patients as comfortable as possible. In the United States, hospitals vary in terms of how and when they decide to move stroke patients from a treatment facility to hospice.

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 Drinking and Driving in the Summertime

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, people are on the roads and highways more often due to the end of the school year and families hitting the road for summer vacations. Unfortunately, there is also a rise in car accidents during this time, which is why the summer months are known as some of the deadliest days on the road.

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 Poultry Workers

A new study found that an average of 27 poultry workers are injured every day in the United States. The study, conducted by the National Employment Law Project (NELP), utilized data collected by the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

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 Drugged Driving

A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility reveals that drugged driving is on the rise, resulting in more car accident fatalities in 2015 than drunk driving.

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 Most Common Crash-Related Injuries

Seat belts and airbags are very effective at protecting drivers and other passengers from becoming injured in the event of a car accident. However, if the accident is serious, it is unlikely that the occupants of the vehicles involved will walk away without a scratch.

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 Prescription Errors on the Rise

Every day, thousands of people have their prescription filled at pharmacies across the country. From antibiotics and pain medication, to antidepressants and other medications that treat diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and high blood pressure, these medications provide relief from a wide range of illnesses and chronic diseases.

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 Common Causes of Accidents

Due to the immense size and weight of large commercial trucks, they can cause massive damage and life-threatening injuries when they are involved in a wreck. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in 2010, large truck accidents were responsible for 3,413 fatalities.

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 Distracted Driving Epidemic

It is hard to imagine how we did anything or got anywhere without the use of a smartphone. No missed calls, no getting lost, and answers to any question right at your fingertips all thanks to smartphone technology.

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 Surprising Facts About Social Security

Social Security is federal program that provides financial benefits to those who are retired, people with disabilities, or surviving dependents of workers who have passed away.

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 Fitness Determination Rule

In January of 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a safety fitness determination (SFD) rule that determined whether a motor carrier was considered fit to operate a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

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 Misdiagnosis of Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes the brain to stop producing dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls a person’s ability to regulate their movements and their emotions.

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 Distracted Driving Accidents

Driving a car is a huge responsibility that should not be taken lightly, even for the most seasoned, experienced driver. Part of being a safe, responsible driver is keeping one’s attention focused on the road at all times.

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 Forklift Accidents

Forklifts are one of the most common pieces of equipment used at warehouses, factories, retail outlets, and other establishments where heavy materials must be moved or lifted from one area to another.

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 Distracted Driving Car Accidents

Driving is an activity that millions of people do every day. Unfortunately, people often forget that a car can cause serious damage and massive injuries if a driver’s attention is taken away from the road, even for a second.

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 Maryland Workers' Compensation Claims for Injuries Caused by Elevator Accidents

Elevators are used on a regular basis, most frequently in the construction industry, to carry workers to and from worksites that may be located on multiple stories of a building.

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 Opioid Addiction After Work Injury

According to the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), three out of four injured workers are prescribed an opioid drug for treatment after a workplace accident.

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 Veterans Administration Patients at Risk

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for Veteran’s Affairs has released a preliminary report detailing the inadequate administration of the VA Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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 Treatment of Opioid Addiction

Across the country, people continue to struggle with prescription opioid addiction and the social stigma that goes along with it. Like any drug addiction, opioids can wreak havoc on a person’s life, ruining personal and professional relationships, as well as having serious financial implications if the individual loses his or her job but continues to spend money on more prescription opioids.

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 Baltimore City Accident Settlement

The city of Baltimore recently settled a lawsuit involving a high-speed chase with city police. The Board of Estimates, which is overseen by Mayor Catherine Pugh, will be distributing a $500,000 settlement to the families of three people who were injured in a collision involving a vehicle being pursued by Baltimore police.

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 Common Causes of Car Accidents

Millions of people get into their cars every day, put on their seatbelt, and make every effort to follow the rules of the road without thinking twice about it. Others make careless decisions, like texting while driving, speeding, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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 Checklist Reduces Medical Mistakes

Every year in hospitals around the country, patients suffer injuries or die as a result of surgical errors. Many of these medical mistakes could have been prevented if the surgical team had a pre-operative system in place that could lower the risk of complications.

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 Data Sharing to Improve Safety

Truck accidents can cause massive property damage and devastating, often fatal injuries. Over the years, state traffic centers, commercial carrier companies, and truck drivers have collected a vast amount of important and useful data about some of the problems facing the trucking industry.

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 Motorcycle Safety Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Month in Maryland. Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable on the road, as they do not have the safety features of a vehicle to shield them in the event of a wreck.

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 Equipment Malfunctions

If you work at a construction site, warehouse, or factory, you probably use some type of machinery on a daily basis. From forklifts and drills to bulldozers and cranes, today’s machines allow workers to perform their job more quickly and efficiently than before.

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 Impact of Drugs and Alcohol and Disability Benefits

When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, there is no guarantee that the application will be approved. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a wide range of factors when reviewing an application, including the nature of the disability, the applicant’s age, their past work experience, and education.

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 Types of Car Accident Injuries

Every year, millions of people are hurt in car accidents, with injuries ranging from cuts and scrapes to broken bones, head injuries, and even death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over three million people are injured every year in car accidents in the United States.

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 Compensation for Scars and Disfigurement

The physical and emotional suffering caused by a disfiguring injury cannot be overstated. Not only will most victims undergo numerous painful surgical procedures, many will also suffer the emotional effects of having their appearance dramatically altered.

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 Roundabouts Can Curb Accidents

According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 40% of car accidents and over 20% of traffic fatalities in the United States take place at busy intersections.

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 Disability Benefits for Back Pain Claim

Anyone who has ever suffered from chronic back pain knows that it can be quite debilitating, especially when the pain is severe. When the pain is so bad that it prevents a person from being able to work, he or she may consider filing a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance.

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 Stricter Malpractice Laws

When a patient is admitted to the hospital for surgery, his or her life is literally in the hands of the surgeon who is performing the procedure.

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 Benefits from an Ex-Spouse

If you are divorced and planning for your retirement, you may have questions about what benefits you are entitled to receive, including Social Security or disability benefits from your ex-spouse.

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 Restaurant Employees

Anytime you go out to eat at a restaurant, a host typically greets you as you enter, a server takes and delivers your order, and the chef prepares the food that you eat.

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 Social Host Responsibility in Maryland

In an effort to impose stricter penalties on adults who allow underage drinking in their homes, a new ruling by the Maryland Court of Appeals says that adults will be held civilly liable for any injuries or fatalities caused by the underage individuals who were drinking on their property.

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 SSD and Retirement Benefits in Maryland

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to those who have suffered a medical condition that leaves them unable to work for at least one year, or until the person passes away.

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 Filing a Disability Claim

Anyone who has ever been out of work for an extended period of time due to an injury or an illness knows that it can be extremely difficult and stressful.

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 Taxes and Disability Benefits

When it comes to disability benefits, the type of benefits that you are collecting will determine whether they are taxable or tax free. How your disability benefits are taxed depend on who makes the payment and the deductibility of the premium payments.

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 Fatal Tesla Accident

Earlier this year, while testing the autopilot feature on a Tesla S sedan, an occupant was fatally injured when the car failed to brake before it turned in front of a semitrailer. The car hit the truck, ran under the trailer, and then veered off the road and into a power pole. The car accident has sparked an ongoing debate about the safety of self-driving technologies, and their future in commercial trucking.

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 Termination after Work-Related Loss of Body Part

Workplace injuries can range in severity from minor cuts and sprains to serious head and neck injuries. An example of one of the more serious injuries is the loss of a body part, like an amputated finger. In addition to the pain and discomfort of the injury itself, the individual may be unable to perform the same job duties as a result of the amputation.

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 Disability Claims for an “Invisible Condition”

When an employee is unable to work because of a physical injury like a broken bone, a chronic back condition, or a serious illness like cancer or multiple sclerosis, the condition is obvious. The injury can be seen, and the illness can be verified through medical tests.

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 Divorce and Social Security Benefits

Knowing how and when to apply for Social Security benefits can be a confusing process, especially if a person is divorced. Clients often have questions about whether he or she is entitled to a portion of the ex-spouse’s benefits, and the best way to pursue collecting those benefits.

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 SSDI Application Process

The number of people who applied for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits from January to July of this year has decreased slightly from last year, a trend that is likely due to the aging workforce in the United States.

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 Tax Rules Affect Disability Benefits

Individuals who have become disabled and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) rely on these benefits when their disability prevents them from working. What many people do not realize is that, under certain circumstances, their benefits must be reported as taxable income.

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 Slip and Fall Workplace Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common types of accidents that occur in the workplace. A simple slip, trip, or fall on a slick, wet, or uneven surface can put a worker out of commission.

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 How to Qualify for SSDI

If you have been injured resulting in a disability that prevents you from returning to your job, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The amount of benefits you will be eligible for depends on your work record. This means that you will likely receive what your Social Security retirement benefit would have been if you continued to work until retirement age.

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 Filing a Birth Injury Lawsuit

When a woman goes into labor, she puts the life of her unborn baby in the hands of well-trained medical professionals. In most cases that person is an obstetrician, gynecologist, neonatologist, or other doctor who has had the necessary training to safety deliver babies. Some women decide to go a slightly different, more natural route, by opting to have a midwife deliver their baby.

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 Liability is Often Shared in Truck Accidents

In the event of a truck accident, one may often assume that the driver of the truck is the liable party. And while that may often be the case, the trucker may not be solely responsible for the injuries or damages that may have occurred as a result of the wreck.

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 Filing a Personal Injury Claim

No one expects to become seriously injured while driving to work, taking the dog for a walk, shopping at the mall, or any other common tasks we all do almost every day.

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 Workers’ Compensation Claims

For over 30 years, the Timonium Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have been dedicated to helping injured workers from all types of industries obtain the Workers’ Compensation benefits to which they are entitled. Our goal is to recover the maximum compensation for medical expenses, wage loss benefits, and death benefits for every case we handle.

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 Can Damages Surpass the Cap?

A West Virginia doctor is being sued for medical malpractice in a case involving the passing of a patient who had been in a car accident. The lawsuit seeks punitive damages for the plaintiff in addition to regular damages, which would likely exceed the medical malpractice cap for damages, particularly if it can be proven that the defendant’s reckless behavior caused the patient harm.

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 Social Security Disability Benefits for Bone Fractures

A broken bone, also known as a bone fracture, can be extremely painful, often requiring a fair amount of time to fully heal. Some fractures heal relatively quickly without any complications, while more severe breaks can be more problematic.

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 Can You Work While Collecting Benefits?

If you are currently collecting Social Security Disability benefits, you may wonder if you are allowed to work, especially if your benefits do not fully cover your living costs. Fortunately, you can continue to collect your benefits while working as long as you meet certain criteria set forth by the Social Security Administration.

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 What to Do When Your Disability Claim Is Denied

When applying for Social Security disability benefits, there are some things that you should know about how the system works, especially when you are considering whether or not to hire a Social Security disability lawyer.

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 Common Mistakes When Applying for Benefits

The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be complicated, confusing, and overwhelming. In order to successfully secure the benefits you need, knowing what not to do is sometimes just as important as knowing the right steps to take.

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 Occupational Heat Exposure

When it comes to being exposed to heat on the job, there are some workers who are at a higher risk of heat-related injuries than others, including construction workers, landscapers, firefighters, factory workers, and emergency response operators.

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 When Truck Driver Negligence Causes Wreck

Auto accidents involving large trucks can be some of the most devastating collisions due to the massive size and weight of large trucks and tractor-trailers.

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 Accidents with Commercial Vehicles

People who drive commercial vehicles spend a great deal of time on major highways, transporting goods, and materials from one state to another.

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 Maryland Passes Landmark Safety Law

With the recent approval of Maryland’s car safety disclosure laws, car manufacturers will no longer be permitted to punish dealers for sharing information about any safety or defect information with potential buyers.

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 Jeep that Killed Actor Was Recalled

Anton Yelchin, an actor best known for his role in Star Trek, was fatally injured June 19th when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled down his driveway, striking him and pinning him against a security gate.

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 “I’m Sorry” Laws

When a medical procedure goes wrong, doctors and hospital officials are often quick to “deny and defend” rather than acknowledge the medical mistake, for fear of being sued by the victim.

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 Roller Coaster Accident

A fun day at an amusement park for a father and his six-year-old son recently took a terrifying turn when the boy’s seatbelt came unfastened while riding a roller coaster.

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 Data from Past Claims

In an effort to reduce the number of medical malpractice lawsuits and develop more effective safety protocols and prevention strategies, malpractice insurers and other medical groups are closely examining thousands of past claims in order to gain a better understanding of why doctors are sued and identify the issues that compromise patient safety.

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 Maryland Anesthesiologist Facing Charges

When a doctor engages in inappropriate behavior towards a patient, it is a serious violation of the doctor-patient relationship. That is allegedly what happened between a local anesthesiologist and three of his female patients between 2012 and 2014. The Maryland State Board of Physicians has charged Bryan S. Williams with sexual misconduct. According to the female patients, Dr. Williams touched the women inappropriately during a number of medical examinations.

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 Maryland Passes Landmark Safety Law

With the recent approval of Maryland’s car safety disclosure laws, car manufacturers will no longer be permitted to punish dealers for sharing information about any safety or defect information with potential buyers. While some states allow car dealers to provide information about safety issues if customers request it, Maryland takes this one step further by allowing dealers to disclose this information to anyone who buys a car from the dealership.

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 Roller Coaster Accidents

A fun day at an amusement park for a father and his six-year-old son recently took a terrifying turn when the boy’s seatbelt came unfastened while riding a roller coaster. The boy’s father, who planned on videoing the two of them on the ride, ended up recording the moment when his son’s seatbelt came undone, which resulted in the boy being thrown to the bottom of the cart.

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 Driverless Trucks May be the Future

It is a well-known fact in the trucking industry that truck accidents involving big-rigs and 18-wheelers can be catastrophic, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities. Autonomous driving technology has been gaining traction in the personal vehicle market in recent years, and the trucking industry is following suit.

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 Sleep Apnea and Risk of Crash

Not surprisingly, truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea and do not follow their recommended treatment program are much more likely to be involved in a serious crash.

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 Aneurysm Medical Device Blamed for Patient’s Stroke

The Penumbra Coil 400 is a medical device that has been used to treat patients suffering from aneurysms.

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 SSA’s Review of Disability Benefits

If you currently receive Social Security disability benefits, it is important that you are prepared when the Social Security Administration (SSA) decides to conduct a review of your condition.

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 Bill to Improve Construction Worker Safety in Maryland

Legislators in Maryland have introduced a new bill that will have a major impact on the construction industry. HB977 will address some of the significant safety issues that have plagued the industry for years, and make serious reforms that will ensure adequate health plans for employees and improve worksite safety.

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 Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

As the weather gets warmer, more motorcyclists will share the roads with other drivers. While it is always important for motorcyclists and drivers alike to be alert and practice safe driving habits at all times, early spring is a good time to bring special attention to motorcycle safety.

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 Speed Camera an Unfair Speed Trap

For more than 10 years, Washington D.C. officials have been installing cameras on traffic lights in an effort to enforce local speed limits. But according to residents living in the D.C. area, there is one speed camera that has been a source of frustration as many consider it to be a blatant speed trap.

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 Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that slip and fall accidents are responsible for 15 percent of all work-related fatalities in the United States.

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 Discuss Common Causes of Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians are at a much greater risk of being seriously injured or killed when struck by a vehicle compared to passengers in a vehicle because there is nothing physically protecting them from the impact.

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 Physicians Who Build Rapport with Patients

The percentage of physicians who have been sued at some point over the course of their career is quite high. In fact, according to a recent Medscape survey of nearly 4,000 physicians, 59 percent had been named as a defendant in a medical malpractice suit.

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 Federal Regulations for Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars are one of the latest technological advances in the automobile industry. According to certain automobile companies, self-driving cars that require occasional driver intervention are only a few years away, and completely self-driving cars are not far behind.

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 April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

With the growing technology available in new cars, drivers are now able to call, text and even check social media through their dashboard “infotainment” systems.

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 Lawsuit Accuses Drug Maker of Hiding Side Effects

A new lawsuit claims Johnson & Johnson and the former FDA Commissioner conspired to conceal information about the harmful effects of the antibiotic, Levaquin. The drug has been linked to several life-altering injuries and, in some cases, death.

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 Vehicles with Open Safety Recalls

Carfax, the provider of used car history, reported recently that almost one in five vehicles on the road in the United States have open recalls, meaning they have safety issues that are serious enough to put them on the federal recall list. Out of the 258.5 million cars on the road, a staggering 47 million cars that are being driven on a regular basis are in need of repair.

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 Who is Liable in Hit and Run Car Accidents?

When you get behind the wheel, you can do your best to control the way you drive, paying attention to speed limits and other traffic signs, making sure you are well rested, not using handheld devices while driving. What you cannot control is how other people drive or how they react if a wreck occurs.

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 Medical Negligence in Weight Loss Surgery

Medical negligence is a serious problem in the medical field. In fact, according to the American Medical Association, it is one of the top three causes of death in this country.

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 New Rule Targets Unsafe Trucking Companies

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to add a new rule that would make it easier to take unsafe trucks off the road. The rule is designed to enhance and simplify the agency’s ability to identify motor carriers who violate safety rules and prohibit them from continuing operations until they improve.

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 Surgical Procedure Performed on Wrong Baby

When a new parent has a perfectly healthy baby in the hospital, it is normal for the baby to be taken away for routine tests, only to be brought back to the mother shortly after those tests have been completed.

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 Unsafe Road Conditions

As drivers, we can control how well we drive, making sure to obey speed limits and other traffic laws, and keeping our vehicle well-maintained at all times. But when poor road conditions like missing guardrails, potholes and poorly designed roads are the cause of a car accident, the question arises as to who should be held liable.

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 Social App May Encourage Dangerous Driving Behavior

Distracted driving is a major risk factor for car accidents. For several years now, the government has tried to curb distracted driving with public ad campaigns directed at teens who text while driving.

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 Maryland Car Dealer Settles with FTC

One of the nation’s largest used car dealers has agreed to settle with the Federal Trade Commission over allegations that they failed to disclose important safety information regarding used cars for sale.

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 Choosing an Onset Date for Disability

When applying for Social Security disability benefits, one of the first questions you will be asked is “on which date did you become disabled.” While this question may seem straightforward, many people find themselves struggling to decide on the appropriate date to list on the application.

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 Listed Impairment and Approval

When you have a disability that leaves you unable to work, the last thing you want to hear is that it might take months or even years to find out if you are eligible for Social Security benefits.

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 OSHA Tree Care Safety Standards

Tree care is a high-hazard industry that provides services such as pruning, tree and stump removal, cabling and bracing, storm cleanup and lightning protection.

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 Pre-existing Condition

If you are injured in a workplace accident, you expect your employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance to cover your injury-related medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages while you recover.

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 Common Injury Claim Mistakes

A person who suffers an injury in any type of accident can often feel overwhelmed.

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 Communication Errors

Nearly one third of all medical malpractice cases can be directly linked to communication errors, according to a recent study conducted by CRICO Strategies, a division of the risk management group that insures Harvard-affiliated hospitals.

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 No-Fault Birth Injury Fund

For the second time in two years, the Maryland General Assembly will hear arguments in favor of creating a no-fault birth injury fund to help cover the costs of medical care for babies born with brain injuries.

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 FMCSA to Require Electronic Log Books

Driver log books, also known as a driver’s record of duty status, can be a valuable source of evidence in any truck accident investigation.

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 Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

Medication errors are a common and serious problem throughout the United States healthcare system.

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 Dangerous Defect Prompts Nissan Recall

Nissan Motor Co has announced a major recall of its 2013-2015 Altima midsize cars to address potentially faulty hood latches.

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 Disability Benefits for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), is a serious and debilitating condition characterized by extreme fatigue that is not relieved by rest and may be worsened by physical or mental activity.

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 U.S. Department of Labor Issues Fine to Amazon

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a $7,000 fine to mega online retailer, Amazon Inc. for failure to report 26 workplace injuries that occurred in their New Jersey warehouse in 2015.

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 Proving Fault in a Wrongful Death Claim

When a person is killed as a result of another person’s negligent act, the survivors of the victims may file a wrongful death claim as part of a civil lawsuit.

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 Busy Maryland Highway Set For Major Safety Improvements

State and local officials have announced plans to spend $152 million to fund needed improvements to a dangerous stretch of Maryland Route 32 that connects Carroll County and Howard County.

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 Avoid These Mistakes When Reporting a Work-Related Injury

If you were hurt in a workplace accident or have recently been diagnosed with an occupational illness or injury, the actions you take during the first few days will set the tone for the rest of your claim.

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 Liability for Malpractice in Emergency Rooms

One of the most challenging positions in the medical profession is that of an emergency room physician.

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 Lawsuit Claims Popular Hair Care Product Causes Hair Loss

More than 200 consumers across 40 states have joined together to file a class action lawsuit against the maker of a popular hair care brand. They are claiming WEN Hair Care products caused them to suffer extreme hair loss and damage to their scalps.

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 Avoid these Mistakes when Reporting a Work-Related Injury

If you were hurt in a workplace accident or have recently been diagnosed with an occupational illness or injury, the actions you take during the first few days will set the tone for the rest of your claim.

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 Determining Liability in a Truck Accident

The process of determining liability following a truck accident can be much more complicated than in other accident cases.

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 Pill Mill Doctor on Trial for Murder

A Los Angeles doctor is facing a lifetime in prison for her alleged role in the drug overdose deaths of at least three of her patients.

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 New Guidelines Address Misclassification of Workers

Debate over whether certain workers qualify as employees or independent contractors is nothing new.

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 Homeowners Insurance and Dog Bites in Maryland

In 2014, Maryland lawmakers elected to do away with laws that impose different liability standards on dog owners based on what breed of dog they own.

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