The release of the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades show Maryland hospitals could be getting safer. Though the state fell eight spots since the Spring reviews, ranking 38 out of the 49, Maryland ratings have still shown quite a bit of improvement.
The bad weather has shown its face early this year, and just in time for holiday travel. Before heading to your Thanksgiving destination your checklist might include packing your bags, shopping for road snacks, and bringing enough activities to keep everyone busy on the ride. You’ll probably grab a coffee and gas up before you go too. Yet, one important step that people neglect is checking their tire pressure.
The time for trick-or-treating and spooky festivities is almost upon us, and now is when Baltimore parents should prepare for safety.
Teaching your teen to drive involves more than just making sure they understand how the car works. Teen drivers who are inexperienced and reckless cause thousands of fatal road accidents every year. From not paying attention, to speeding, to falling victim to endless road distractions, there is not doubt that teens are more susceptible to hazards on the road. Fortunately, most of these accidents are entirely preventable.
The prevalence of concussions among young athletes has seen a concerning spike in recent years. Brainline recently reported a study that concluded 3.8 million concussions were suffered as a direct consequence of sports in the United States last year. The report also estimated that 50 percent of these cases probably went unreported and, therefore, were never treated.
The rising costs of healthcare are causing some US citizens to travel to other countries for medical procedures. Top destinations include India, Mexico, Costa Rica, and more. While the savings for these procedures can be considerable, patients should understand the risks involved as well.
Giving back to the communities we serve is an essential part of who we are at D’Amore Law. We take great pride in helping our clients in cases where things have gone terribly wrong. However, we also find tremendous joy in helping our neighbors through the power of giving. This culture comes from the founder of the firm, Paul D’Amore. Paul is passionate about lending a helping hand to those in need throughout the Baltimore area.
Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death in children. A recent study found everyday consumer products could be leading to higher rates of non-fatal traumatic brain injuries (T.B.I.) in children. Published in the medical journal Brain Injury at the end of July, the study found that over four million pediatric T.B.I.s reported in the United States between 2010 to 2013 were linked to consumer products as a cause of injury, more than 72 percent of all non-fatal T.B.I.s.
Labor Day weekend is upon us, and Maryland law enforcement is prepared for the uptick in drunk drivers. According to Patch, Montgomery County officers arrested 12 people last week for drunk driving in an early crackdown before the holiday weekend. In Harford County, police officers will be conducting a special sobriety checkpoint on the night of August 30, to catch even more intoxicated drivers before they can cause harm.
Health care costs at hospitals in the United States are skyrocketing causing some Americans to travel outside of the country for their medical procedures. According to Kaiser Health News, over a million Americans per year are now seeking medical care outside of the U.S. for procedures they cannot get, or cannot afford here at home.
Red lights on traffic signals are not polite suggestions to stop if you have time. Stopping at a red light is the law in every state across the country. However, despite this fact, studies show at least two people die every day in accidents involving red-light runners.
More than 900 children have died in the United States from vehicular heatstroke, approximately nine every day. In 2018, our country saw the highest number of hot car deaths in the past two decades, with a total of 52 lives lost. According to KidsandCars.org, Americans have already seen 26 hot car deaths this year, and five of them occurred in just the last week.
Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in children across the country. A fact that is scary enough. But in the summer of 2017, the heartbreaking story of a young Texas boy who died an entire week after swimming from “dry drowning” gave parents another reason to lose sleep.
The beginning of July brought more than just scorching summer temperatures to the state. According to The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post, several new state laws went into effect as of July 1 that could significantly affect the lives of residents across the state. Between new tax credits, state employee raises, and the possibility of lower prescription drug costs, here are the most life-changing laws Marylanders need to know about:
Marylanders looking to celebrate Independence Day locally this year are making a safe choice. According to a new study by ASecureLife, Maryland was rated as the ninth safest state in the country to observe the patriotic holiday, reporting fewer instances of firework and vehicle accidents occurring in the surrounding days.
Summer carnivals are not always the thrilling experience families are hoping for. From May to September, approximately 20 children are treated in emergency rooms across the country every day for amusement park-related injuries, according to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. These injuries total to more than 4,000 a year, with accidents ranging from minor bumps to life threatening conditions.
A horrifying vehicle accident in New Hampshire last week left seven motorcyclists dead after they collided with a pickup truck towing a commercial trailer. According to BostonHerald.com, the 23-year-old driver of the pickup truck was charged with seven counts of homicide for allegedly driving “erratically and across the double-yellow centerline.” Shockingly, just two weeks before the crash, the same truck driver was charged with flipping an 18-wheeler in Texas under the influence and in possession of drugs. He was also arrested in Connecticut on May 2019 after failing a sobriety test and had his license temporarily suspended in 2013 for drunk driving.
Over 400 people die every day in the United States from accidental injuries. In 2018, unintentional injuries became the third leading cause of death for the first time in history, only beat by heart disease and cancer. According to the National Safety Council (N.S.C.), 47.2 million Americans reported injuries in 2017. Of these, 169,936 resulted in fatalities, and 100 percent of these deaths were preventable.
The end of Memorial Day weekend means that summer is right around the corner. Unfortunately, it is also the dreadful beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days. According to the AAA, fatal accidents involving teen drivers increase by 14 percent in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In 2016, 1,050 people were killed in vehicle crashes during this time- an average of 10 people per day.
Maryland has some of the best medical facilities in the nation. But not every hospital is up to par. In the biannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Report released last week, Maryland hospitals ranked 30th across the country for health and safety.
With Summer just around the corner, it is time to start applying sun screen on a daily basis. By now, we all know the benefits of making sunscreen a daily routine. But, there is some new information you should know when comparing different sunscreen products.
This week, Uber joined the growing number of dockless scooter programs and launched 300 new JUMP electric scooters in Baltimore. According to The Baltimore Sun, Uber snagged the chance at becoming the city's new hit ride, offering rentals at only 15 cents per minute with no unlocking fee while other competitors recently doubled their prices.
Maryland is one step closer to being the first state in the country to ban polystyrene foam food containers and cups. With this small, yet, significant step towards making our world a safer place to live, Maryland is now at the forefront of the battle against single-use plastic containers.
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here! Over half of the American population is planning to celebrate this year and Baltimore has no shortage of shamrock festivities.
Every nine-seconds, someone sustains a brain injury in America. It’s estimated that more than 5.3 million people in our country live with the after-effects of a brain injury, but even these staggering numbers pale in comparison when considering the number of cases that go unreported and untreated.
Maryland bridges are not as safe as we’d like to believe. Over 300 bridges in the state are classified as structurally deficient according to a new report published by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), and some of these bridges are traveled by millions of vehicle every day.
No one prepares to spend Valentine’s Day with their sweetheart in the emergency room, but even this holiday can prove hazardous for some. If you’re planning something special this week or weekend, make sure to avoid making these common Valentine’s Day mistakes to keep you out of the hospital on your special night.
A new study released at the beginning of January this year found that adults with cerebral palsy are at a higher risk for developing mental illnesses. Focusing primarily on depression and anxiety, the study revealed adults with CP ( no intellectual disabilities) had almost a 2- to 3-fold increase in the likelihood of being diagnosed with these two conditions than adults without CP. For the general public, these results may seem shocking, but for individuals with physical disabilities and caregivers, the data comes as no surprise.
Between 1999 to 2016, almost 9,000 children in the United States died from opioid poisoning. Every pediatric age group at least doubled their fatality rate between this time, but what experts are finding most troubling is the growing number of accidental overdoes in kids under five, who are unintentionally or sometimes even forced to ingest these deadly drugs.
Heart disease does not simply sneak up on a person. There are a number of lifestyle choices and medical conditions that can lead someone to develop heart disease, with some symptoms going completely undetected until it’s too late. The real tragedy behind the staggering number of deaths caused by heart disease is that they are often preventable. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Americans increase their risk of acquiring these deadly conditions simply by forgetting or neglecting to focus on their heart health on a daily basis.
If you’ve lived in Maryland your whole life, you may not have noticed how bad it is to drive in our state- but the rest of the country has! A new study released last month is showing the cost for driving in Maryland is far higher than a number of other states, and we’re not just talking about money.
Baltimore, MD, January 7, 2019 – Five deserving families sat down to a fully-prepared holiday meal complete with colorfully-wrapped presents thanks to the kindness of D’Amore Personal Injury Law, LLC. The meal and gifts were delivered by Paul D’Amore, the founder of the firm, and his colleagues. “Seeing these kids so excited about receiving a simple toy and hat and gloves was the best part of my holiday season,” says D’Amore. “It truly was a poignant reminder of what the holidays are all about.”
At least 45 percent of the American population makes a New Year’s resolution to get fit, get healthy, or both. While some resolutionists lose interest and motivation early on, others are forced to call it quits due to injuries from using unhealthy exercise and dieting methods.
In 2018 alone, an estimated 1,735,350 people were diagnosed with cancer. Cancer can take an enormous toll on a patient’s body, mind, and spirit. It can also weigh heavily on the loved ones surrounding those who are in treatment and struggling to fight. While the average person performs everyday tasks such as going to school, paying bills, and preparing meals without a second thought, these undertakings can be extremely difficult or near impossible for cancer patients and their family members to carry out when their primary focus is to fight back against such a monstrous disease.
Consider this–A 2016 study lead by researchers at Johns Hopkins and published in the British Medical Journal found medical errors in the U.S. may now be the third leading cause of death in our country. The reasons for this are complex, and we don’t have time to go into them in this article. here today, But, let’s talk about
If you’re planning on taking a road trip this Christmas, your travel plans might look something like this: pack your bags, wrap the presents, buy the road snacks, and pick out enough activities to keep everyone busy on the ride. You’ll probably grab a coffee and gas up before you go too. But a number of travelers neglect to check their tire pressure before hitting the road and this has proven to be a terrible mistake.
Pneumonia can be quite serious, but it’s also relatively common. In fact, there are more than three million cases in the United States every year. Many people get pneumonia at least once during their lifetime.
You’ve probably heard it said that “there’s no such thing as minor surgery.” It’s true. Every invasive procedure invites the possibility of unintended harm, no matter how minor the invasion or how minimal the risk.
When brain injury is caused by someone else’s negligence (even a doctor’s), victims may be entitled to financial compensation for their damages.
Maryland drivers, prepare to move over. This past October, state legislators expanded the existing ‘Move Over’ law to include more than just emergency response and law enforcement vehicles, and motorists should be prepared to avoid hefty fines and unnecessary traffic accidents.
Kids across Baltimore are already gearing up to hit the streets this Halloween, strategizing the best costumes and neighborhood routes to collect the most candy possible in only a few hours. However, while kids are planning the fun, parents should be preparing for safety. There are a number of dangers that accompany Halloween posing serious harm to children and other holiday enthusiasts out for the night. Knowing what to plan for and how to stay safe can help ensure everyone makes it home in one piece after their epic Halloween celebrations.
Placental abruption is relatively uncommon, but when it happens, it can be life-threatening for both mother and child.
It’s one of the most common medical diagnoses: influenza. We all know the signs: fever, coughing, sore throat, achy muscles, and fatigue. It’s the feel-like-a-truck-hit-me constellation of symptoms that doctors describe in the most general of terms: “flu-like.”
But what happens when your symptoms are flu-like
Smoking is “cool” again and health officials are concerned. The use of traditional cigarettes among children and teens has significantly decreased over the past few years. However, with the introduction of vaping and e-cigarettes, smoking is on the rise again. More than 20% of current high school students have reported using e-cigarettes at least once according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and these vaping products are not as safe as originally advertised.
For some, they represent a technological advancement in traffic enforcement, preventing traffic violations, making roads safer, and even saving lives. For others, they are a corrupt scheme, a dirty deal between local governments and lobbyists that screws motorists out of their money and threaten their constitutional rights. They are red light and speed cameras.
Here in Maryland, it’s homecoming season. I have three teenagers. Plans are being made for “the ask” (the over-the-top production of how one goes about asking their chosen date to attend) “the dress”, (self-explanatory) and “the ride” (who will have the most memorable limo arrival). All harmless high school fun, right? And the limo, while it may be pompous, does hold a certain “well, at least they won’t be driving” attraction for us worried parents, right? Maybe not.
In 2017, a boy scout from Maryland was cliff climbing with a friend in New Mexico when he fell and hit his head. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where doctors told the boy’s parents that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and that his life was in serious jeopardy. After spending months in a coma and months in rehab, this brave teen is still struggling to recover from his injuries- a struggle that could last a lifetime.
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States according to a John Hopkins study, responsible for approximately 250,000 fatalities every year. Patients cannot foresee every medical error that may be committed by their doctor, but they have far more control over becoming a victim of medical negligence than they might think. Sometimes all it takes to reduce the chances of injuries or illnesses due to medical errors is choosing the right doctor and avoiding the common mistakes most patients make when settling on a healthcare provider.
We put our children on the school bus every morning with the expectation that the bus driver and the vehicle are going to keep them safe. In fact, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) predicts children who ride school buses are generally 70 times safer than those riding in a passenger vehicle on the way to school. Unfortunately, recent school bus accidents popping up around the state and across the country are unveiling how unsafe our children’s school bus rides can really be:
Two children were ejected from an SUV in Prince George’s County this past July after their vehicle lost control and crashed into a guardrail. The children were hospitalized after the accident and miraculously did not sustain any life-threatening injuries- not all children are this lucky.
If you’ve recently been injured in a major accident and someone else was at fault, you may already know that you’re entitled to some compensation.
Midwives and gynecologists have been educating mothers with low-risk pregnancies for decades that keeping baby in the womb for 40 weeks or more is the most beneficial for health and development. But now, new research examining inductions of 39-week old babies is questioning whether the 40-week recommendation is actually the safest for mom and baby.
Approximately 40 to 50 percent of the brain is dedicated to sight. Knowing that, it’s no surprise that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) often lead to vision problems including shortcomings in acuity and field of vision. These symptoms are often alarming to patients and fortunately, most remain only for the short term. Here is what you need to know about vision and head injuries.
We all need oxygen in full and constant supply to keep our brains, hearts, and internal organs functioning well.
If you or a loved one is injured from substandard medical care, it is likely your first instinct is to file a complaint against the doctor. This is especially true when negligence causes death or the lack of treatment contributes to further pain and suffering. With doctor burnout on the rise, there is always the chance of a mistake during medical treatment, and it is understandable if you want justice. If you or a loved one face the misfortune of these shortcomings, here is what you need to know.
The idea that your soon-to-be-born baby could be under distress is enough to make any mother worry.
Suffering from a heart attack is nothing less than terrifying. Being rushed to the emergency room and treated for a life-threatening condition is more than enough of a reason to feel anxious, but new research shows women have one more element to be concerned about in the ER- the gender of their physician.
Distracted walking is a concerning behavior that has some Maryland residents laughing, but this issue is no joke. Pedestrians who walk distracted, particularly when on their cell phones, are putting themselves at more risk than ever before- even dying from making fatal errors in judgment.
As a busy medical malpractice attorney in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this story in USA Today, by Alison Young does not surprise us. We often get calls from distraught family members relaying tragic accounts of mothers being injured and lost due to medical issues that appear easily avoidable.
Our entire country continues to follow the horrifying events in Annapolis last week when an active shooter changed the lives of everyone in the Capital Gazette building . What’s being labeled as a targeted attack tragically ended in the death of five journalists working at the local newspaper when a shooter entered the building armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades. The suspect who was taken into custody after the devastating incident had filed a defamation lawsuit against the Capital Gazette back in 2012, allegedly, leading to the murder of the innocent journalists.
The votes for 2018’s best law firms are in and D’Amore Personal Injury Law is at the top! For the second year in a row D’Amore Law has been named one of the top Medical Malpractice Firms in Maryland, and this year, has also ranked as one of the top Personal Injury Firms in the
Back in March, the truck driver of a Family Dollar tractor trailer fell asleep at the wheel near Liberty Heights Road in Baltimore County. The driver crashed his vehicle into a tanker truck and barely escaped before his own truck burst into flames. The Family Dollar driver suffered some injuries and the tanker truck driver
Childhood hunger in the city of Baltimore is becoming a dangerous epidemic. In Baltimore City alone, over 80% of students qualified for free or reduced lunches during the 2016 to 2017 school year according to the Maryland Department of Education- that’s around 74,461 children who could have gone hungry without meal assistance.
Back in June 2015, two college-bound teenagers died and one was seriously injured in a drunk driving accident after leaving a house party in Montgomery County. The fathers of the two boys tragically killed were furious and heartbroken, reporting the parents in their neighborhood often hosted parties in their homes where they allowed teens to
In order to understand the importance of Uninsured Motorist coverage it is essential to understand exactly what it is, what it does, and how it works. To do that it is important to consider it in the context of motor vehicle insurance generally. In Maryland motor vehicle insurance is compulsory; however, the required limits are rather low: $30,000 per individual per accident to a maximum of $60,000 aggregate per accident is all that is required.
A corporation decides that profits are more important than people and poisons a community’s water supply. Unethical and immoral police officers abuse their power, target, harass and even kill innocent people. A parent places her trust in a teacher, coach, or doctor, only to learn that trust was used to abuse and harm her child.
It’s important to understand why teens crash at a higher rate than adults. There are many factors that come into play, but there are several common critical errors inexperienced teen drivers make that lead to serious auto accidents. These include lack of scanning to detect and respond to hazards, driving too fast for road conditions, and being distracted by something inside or outside of the vehicle.
Over the past decade, the number of people undergoing spine surgery in the United States has been constantly increasing. An aging population of baby boomers and advances in imaging and surgical techniques has led to increased patient demand. Chronic back and neck pain can be overwhelming. But is surgery always your best option?
Imagine yourself in a hospital room. Someone you love is lying unconscious in the bed. You have no idea what happened to cause him/her to be in this condition. Doctors and nurses are asking you to consent to the withdrawal of life-support. Your loved one left no instructions on what he/she wanted done under these circumstances.
When it comes to hiring an attorney for your personal injury case, more often than not you’ll need to base your decision on more than just picking up your phone and dialing the first number you see.
Both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH) created incentives for U.S. health care providers to improve medical recordkeeping and information sharing by transitioning to electronic health records (EHR).
1. Ask Questions
Research has shown that 15 to 30 percent of everything we do in healthcare—tests, medications, and procedures—is unnecessary. This is based on a nationwide survey of doctors themselves who are saying they’re ordering things in their own specialty that are unnecessary.
(In a more recent study, 97 percent of ER doctors nationwide
Whether you just received a scary diagnosis or moved to a new town, consult a variety of sources to find a trustworthy doctor. Here are seven resources to aid your search.
1. Board certification search tool
Among the first steps for evaluating quality is to check to see whether a physician is board certified, says
On September 7th, a Philadelphia jury awarded plaintiff Elle Ebaugh a $57 million award in her case against Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon Inc., manufacturers of a of an allegedly defective pelvic mesh product that left Ebaugh with permanent damage to her urinary tract.
The landmark verdict is the largest plaintiff award so far handed
A number of proposed class actions are rapidly accruing against the credit report company, Equifax, after personal information of its 143 million U.S. consumers had been compromised by a cyber security breach. In a bombshell news story that hit the media earlier this month, Equifax announced that hackers perpetuated the data breach and an investigation
Researchers at the University of Florida have developed a new gene therapy that shows promise in fighting multiple sclerosis (MS). Testing the technique in mice, the team found that the treatment was effective in preventing animals from developing the mouse equivalent of the disease, and almost completely reversed the symptoms in those that were already
A recent study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine found medical errors to be the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to medical malpractice insurance giant Deitrich Healthcare, medical malpractice payouts totaled $3.9 billion in 2014.
Wondering whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice? Take this quiz to learn
The decision to pursue legal action against a doctor, individual, company, or hospital is a difficult one. It may take time for you realize the full extent of your injuries, or for you to work up the energy to consult a personal injury attorney. However, waiting too long to take action for a car accident
A visit to a doctor or hospital requires filling out a lot of paperwork. Sometimes the amount of time it takes to fill out the paperwork is longer than the medical visit itself.
In life, there is nothing more joyful than the birth of a child, a moment in time to be cherished forever. However, for some unfortunate parents, that moment can turn terrifying and immeasurably devastating if there is a birth injury such as physical trauma or hypoxic/anoxic brain damage.
After the initial shock has passed, these parents
Various laws in Maryland apply to personal injury lawsuits. Every person who has suffered a personal injury caused by someone’s negligence should learn about Maryland’s statute of limitations, its cap on how much compensation a person is allowed to recover, fault and liability rules and more.
What constitutes a personal injury in Maryland?
You can sue the State of Maryland or a State employee for an injury that you sustained because the State or its employee was negligent. However, it’s not as easy as suing an individual. To file a lawsuit against the State of Maryland for an injury, you must follow all of the normal rules for
Sometimes situations arise where a lawsuit is not the most efficient or best way to resolve a problem. The amount of money at stake may not be enough to make hiring a lawyer worth the expense. The issue may be one that involves public policy, or a highly regulated are of commerce.
Several government agencies
There was a time when the United States government and its employees enjoyed sovereign immunity, which means that they were immune from suit. There was no statutory scheme by which the Federal Government or its employees could be sued for causing harm nor was there any common law remedy.
That all changed in 1949, when
You have recently been injured in a car crash, slip and fall, or some other type of accident, and you are considering filing a lawsuit. But, how do you determine what your case is really worth. Figuring out what your injuries have cost you monetarily, physically, mentally and emotionally comes down to putting a value on what the legal system calls your “damages”.
If you believe that you or a loved one is a victim of medical malpractice and you are considering filing a lawsuit, it’s important to know about the compensation cap that applies to non-economic damages related to your injury.
Non-economic damages, oddly named “general damages”, refer to emotional pain and suffering that is not as easy to
No matter your age, regular exercise is important for a person to maintain a healthy weight, enhance their cariovascular capacity and increase and improve strength, mobility, and flexibility. The same is true for people with disabilities; only they have an added challenge. Finding a sport or activity that not only interests them but also accommodates
Do you, or someone you know, spend days gazing out the window of your home wishing you could go out and enjoy all of the leisure and recreational activities Baltimore has to offer?
But because your wheelchair bound, you believe there are no activities you could possibly particiate in. There was a day when that
An unexpected visit to the emergency room is one of the leading causes of people struggling to pay their medical bills. In part, this is because treating some medical emergencies can be complicated and time-consuming, which has a corresponding effect on the cost of treatment.
However, it should also be noted that charges can accumulate
Since the adoption of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, cities and communities across the country have been revising and improving their modes of public transportation to better assist people with disabilities who want the freedom and independence to travel throughout their own community. Baltimore is no exception.
On June 18, 2017, Baltimore MTA
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is the use of massage, heat treatments, and exercise to aid in the treatment of injury, disease, and/or deformity without drugs or surgery.