Multi-Car Crashes and Establishing Liability in Maryland

A multi-car crash claimed the lives of four people in Glenmont, Maryland on Feb. 20. The crash occurred near Silver Spring at southbound Georgia Avenue and Hathaway Drives at about 3:30 PM. Four people, including one child, were taken to the hospital after suffering serious injuries in the crash. According to police, two of the…

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Car Accidents and Insurance Claims: A Primer

If you are like most people, the words “insurance claim” make you a bit anxious. You have car insurance, and you know that, generally speaking, it’s supposed to help you if something happens to you or your car, but other than that – it’s all a bit of a blur. We want to look at…

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Hot Coffee and McDonald’s

In 1992, a 79-year-old woman named Stella Liebeck was sitting in the passenger seat of her grandson’s stopped car, ready to add some cream and sugar to her McDonald’s coffee. She put the Styrofoam cup between her knees and pulled the lid off; the coffee dumped into her lap, scalding her inner thighs. The burns…

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Are You Covered if You Have an Accident with an Uber Driver at the Wheel?

If you live, work or play in Baltimore, the chances are good that you have seen a Lyft or Uber driver transporting passengers. Lyft and Uber drivers, unlike traditional taxi or limousine drivers, are “rideshare drivers,” and until very recently that created serious problems in regards to auto insurance. When a rideshare driver was transporting…

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New Study Links Paxil and Prozac to Increased Risk of Birth Defects

A new study published in the British Medical Journal points to a link between pregnant women who take certain anti-depressants and an increased risk of their children developing serious birth defects. As reported by Reuters, researchers surveyed more than 28,000 women to see if they took “Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil or Zoloft any time from…

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The Case Against Zofran Manufacturer May Be Worse Than We Thought

Zofran, a popular anti-nausea drug approved for use for cancer patients, has been linked to a number of different birth defects. Around the country families have been bringing lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the manufacturer of the drug, for marketing Zofran to pregnant women with morning sickness despite the drug never having been tested for its…

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Medical Devices Contain Antibiotic Resistant “Superbug” CRE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call it the “nightmare bacteria.” It has been implicated in the deaths of hospital patients in both Los Angeles, California and in Seattle, Washington. It is also the basis for new lawsuits against medical device manufacturers. The “superbug” is Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), bacteria which “kill up to half…

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