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Rockville Personal Injury Law Blog

Broken bones from a fall can require extensive medical care

Many people think of falls as an embarrassing nuisance. While this is the case for some falls, it is also possible that this could lead to a very serious injury.

People who suffer injuries when they fall should be prepared for the recovery process. This varies greatly depending on the type of injury that they have. Broken bones are one type of injury that can require considerable time and rehabilitation to recover completely.

Government can be found liable in slip-and-falls

As many Maryland residents know, sustaining an injury due to a circumstance out of one's control is often frustrating and feels unfair. When the injury happens in a public place, such as on a road or sidewalk, in a park or a government building, there are laws limiting the responsibility of the government until in charge of the area.

As FindLaw explains, bringing a claim of premises liability against a government entity is different than a case against a grocery store or amusement park because of "sovereign immunity," or the inability for the government to be found liable in a lawsuit. However, laws have been passed to limit this immunity, so people are able to sue when they are hurt or their property is damaged. There are often additional steps required when suing the government, and many states require people to file a claim with the governmental agency within a certain period of time after the incident occurred. If the claim is denied, then a lawsuit can be filed. Many states also put a limit on the amount of damages one can receive in a case.

What should I do in a hit-and-run?

Any car accident can be scary, but being involved in a hit-and-run accident can leave you terrified and confused. Many drivers are unsure about what they should do if the other driver leaves the scene of the crash, but knowing the steps to follow can ease stress and worry.

 

Brain injuries can lead to devastating emotional problems

Many people focus on the physical effects of a brain injury. There are many other impacts that a person with this type of injury might have to deal with. One of these is the emotional impacts that are due to the damage to the brain.

In some ways, the emotional damages of the injury can impact life almost more than the physical effects. It might be hard for people around the victim to understand, but the emotional toll can cause significant problems.

FMCSA regulations to curb trucker fatigue

If you are like many others in Maryland, you may well be concerned about the long hours that truck drivers spend behind the wheel. The monotonous and lonely nature of driving a large truck may well contribute to fatigue among drivers. This, in turn, may increase the risk of an accident happening because a tired driver is far less able to respond quickly or operate a vehicle safely at all times.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration oversees the trucking industry and has very clear rules about how many hours in a day and in a week a trucker may work and drive. There are also clear rules around when breaks should be taken. The goal of these regulations is to reduce trucker fatigue in an effort to improve safety.

How can traumatic brain injury affect you?

Maryland drivers face the risk of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, if they're involved in a car accidents. Traumatic brain injuries can affect you for an extended period of time, and the effects themselves might be more varied than you would expect.

TraumaticBrainInjury.com is a site dedicated to explaining the difficulties, effects, and impact that TBI can have on its victims. It describes TBI as being either mild or severe, but states that both can have negatively life-changing impacts on you if you suffer from one. Even mild brain injuries can cause confusion, disorientation, difficulties with memory, trouble with communication, and more. However, in mild TBI cases, these issues will likely fade and will also lack the intensity of severe TBI.

Heavy trucks are more dangerous

Many Maryland residents have to spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel, so it is important to understand the dangers lurking on the highways. Trucks carrying loads over the weight limits are a danger to everyone on the road.

As the Press Herald reports, since 2009 there have been more and more deadly collisions on highways involving large trucks. In 2016, the number of people killed in accidents involving trucks was 3,852. The consequences of these incidents are so significant that officers at roadside truck weigh stations make more than 3.5 million inspections of big rigs. With heat-sensing cameras to determine whether the brakes are working properly and sensors to allow trucks to be weighed as they drive by, truck weigh stations are part of the law enforcement strategy to keep the roads safe from heavy trucks that can cause major problems.

Just how dangerous are wet floors?

You see the caution signs all the time in shopping centers, airports, or any other public place in Maryland that has a slick floor. Whenever someone mops the floor up or spills water on it, a sign cautioning people that it's wet is supposed to be put up. But are these warnings necessary? How dangerous are wet floors?

The truth is, wet floors can actually cause you to suffer from some pretty severe injuries. The Work Safe Center states that wet floors are one of the major contributing factors to slip and fall accidents, which can result in injuries like:

  • Broken bones
  • Sprains
  • Head injury
  • Spine damage

Post-concussion syndrome can last a long time after a head injury

Head injuries are common when you are involved in an accident, including a slip-and-fall accident or a car crash. One thing that many people don't realize is that sometimes victims of head injuries have to deal with long-lasting effects, even when the injury doesn't seem that serious.

A person who suffers a concussion in one of these accidents might have post-concussion syndrome. This is a condition is possible even if there wasn't any loss of consciousness at the time of the accident. If you or a loved one suffered from a concussion, you should know the basics about post-concussion syndrome.

Summer safety: Road trips with Fido

With summer in full swing, many across Maryland will hop in the car with the whole family to take a road trip for vacation. For pet owners, a family trip could just as easily include a beloved dog or cat, and there are several safety tips to follow to keep the entire family safe on a trip.

As Click on Detroit explains, holding a pet while driving is a bad idea. This makes both the animal and the driver less safe, and the pet can get loose, which can be a huge distraction to the person behind the wheel. If the pet becomes entangled in the driver's arms or legs, steering or hitting the brakes becomes difficult and can even lead to an accident.

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