Several Hurt in Tractor-Trailer Accident

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A tractor-trailer crossed the center line near the 1700 block of Bel Air Road on Friday, January 27, causing a 14-car pileup. At least seven people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to witnesses, the car-carrier was southbound on Route 1 when it suddenly careened over into the northbound lane, hitting a number of passenger vehicles. The driver of the truck, who asked that his name not be given, said he took evasive action to avoid hitting another vehicle that crossed his path. One spectator said that the large commercial vehicle appeared to be airborne at one point.

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Because of his record and reputation, he has been a multiple recipient of the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and is also respected by his colleagues in the legal profession, who have given him an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

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Maryland Doctors Settle Biopsy Death Case

Maryland Doctors Settle Biopsy Death Case

A wrongful death lawsuit against doctors at Franklin Square Hospital, in Baltimore, has been settled, moment before the trial was to begin. The action was filed by Jason Jaworski after his wife Linda died following a medical procedure there.

According to court filings, Mrs. Jaworksi was taken to the hospital in March, 2014, complaining of high blood pressure, weakness, abdominal pain and problems swallowing. Attorney for Mr. Jaworski alleged that medical personnel misread the symptoms and ordered a kidney biopsy that was unnecessary. Mrs. Jaworkski suffered from severe anemia and was taking anti-coagulants at the time. The biopsy led to uncontrolled bleeding, which ultimately caused Mrs. Jaworski’s death.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer , has fought for the rights of injured people in Maryland for more than three decades, including victims of medical malpractice. Because of his record and reputation for effective representation, he has been awarded the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and has also built an outstanding reputation with his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

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Woman Perishes in Fatal Fire

Fatal Fire Claims Woman’s Life in Townhome Fire

A fatal fire occurred in a townhome that caught fire on May 21, 2013. Anne Arundel firefighters were called to the residence in Crofton around 1:40 p.m. on May 21, where they discovered smoke coming out of the second floor of a two-story, end-unit townhome. Pursuant to a search of the premises, they found a woman in a second floor bathroom. She was immediately taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, and later transferred to the Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore.

A total of 23 firefighters took nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control. Officials report property damage at approximately $60,000. No one else was hurt in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

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For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in Maryland personal injury and fatal fire cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results, including fatal fire cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law  by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Attorney Smith handles all types of serious and catastrophic injury claims, including fatal fire cases, burns, broken bones, paralysis, brain and spinal cord injury, and amputation or loss of limb. He also represents individuals and families who have lost a loved one because of a wrongful death, including fatal fire cases.

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If you have been hurt in a fire, or a loved one has perished in a fatal fire, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses. Contact us by e-mail or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

 

Safety Tips for Summertime Pool Fun

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Swimming pool accidents are hardly ever minor. Deep water, rough-housing kids, cement corners, inattentive lifeguards, poorly maintained equipment-these are some of the top threats to children’s safety at community and private pools

As parents, you want your children to enjoy their time in the water. But – also as parents – you need to take every available step to make sure they are safe. There are actions you can take to help keep your children safe, and there are questions you should ask about the pools where your children swim.

As a parent, you can:

  • Enroll your children in a water safety class that concludes with a safe swimmer certification.
  • Keep a fully charged cell phone with you whenever your family is at the pool.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Pay special attention to your children under 5, who are at higher risk of pool-related submersion deaths and injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ask these questions at community pools where your children swim:

  • Are lifeguards trained and certified?
  • When was the last time the pool drains and pumps were serviced? Do you make service records available to pool users?
  • What was the last injury at the pool?
  • How do you decide how many lifeguards to staff?
  • Where is life-saving equipment located? When is the last time it was checked for wear and tear?
  • Do your pool drains use the new safety covers required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act?

If your children swim in private residential pools, whether your own or someone else’s, check these issues to decrease the risk of drowning or drain entrapment:

  • Is there a 4-foot or higher fence around the entire pool?
  • Does the pool gate use self-closing hinges and self-latching latches?
  • Does the hot tub or spa have a locking safety cover?
  • Is life-saving equipment located nearby? Is it in good working order?
  • Is a fully charged phone kept near the pool at all times?
  • Does the pool use safety drain covers?
  • When was the last time the pool pump and drains were serviced?
  • Are pool and gate alarms installed?
  • Have you considered a surface wave or underwater alarm?

Learn more about swimming pool safety at the U.S. government’s “Pool Safely” website.

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Courts Address Social Host Liability

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Though the Maryland legislature has yet to take action to allow lawsuits against establishments that serve alcohol to people who subsequently cause death or injury in motor vehicle accidents, the Maryland courts are trying to remedy the situation. Two recent decisions by the Maryland Court of Appeals have officially recognized legal responsibility based on social host liability. In essence, the court has said that individuals who serve alcohol at private parties ultimately have some responsibility if attendees get intoxicated and either hurt others or make bad decisions themselves.

In Dankos v. Staph, the court found that a defendant who allowed a 17-year-old boy to drink too much at a party at her home could potentially be liable for his death. The boy died as a passenger in a truck driven by another party attendee, who was also drunk. The boy’s mother argued that he would not have made the bad decision had he not been served alcohol.

In Kiriakos v. Brandon Phillips, the defendant was a 26-year-old co-employee of an 18-year-old. The 26-year-old provided alcohol to the 18-year-old, who subsequently got behind the wheel of an SUV and seriously injured a woman out walking her dog.

The court sent both cases back to trial with the instructions that dram shop laws can be applied to social host liability.

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Cheap Gas Leads to Dramatic Increase in Highway Deaths

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Officials at the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration warned nearly two years ago that a prolonged period of lower gas prices would likely lead to a significant rise in injury and death on the nation’s roadways. Unfortunately, their predictions have come true.

According to the National Safety Council, 2015 saw the largest increase in motor vehicle deaths in half a century. Experts say the reasons are not that complex. Cheaper gas prices make driving more attractive than other modes of transportation. The more people on the road, the more accidents you can expect, even if the accident rate remains the same. In addition, because the cheaper gas prices have more of an appeal to younger drivers, who typically have less discretionary income and don’t have to drive for work or other necessities, they are the ones who typically see the highest increases in accidents and fatalities..

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Most Common Causes for Bicycle Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 743 people were killed in 2013 in accidents involving bicycles, a decrease from the high of 772 in 2006, but a significant increase from just two years earlier, when the death toll stood at 682. The injury rate, which has hovered at or above 50,000 for most of the last decade, dropped to approximately 48,000 in 2013, as compared to an all-time high of 68,000 in 1993. Here are the most common causes of bicycle accidents.

Accidents Caused by Motorists

Studies consistently show that the vast majority of bicycle accidents are caused by motor vehicle operators. Here are the most frequent causes, in order of magnitude:

  • A driver turns right into the path of a bicycle traveling in the same direction—This can happen for a couple reasons. The driver may forget or neglect to use a turn signal, or may be in a position where the turn signal is not visible to the cyclist. This is why you tend to see so many cyclists cross an intersection in the middle, rather than to the right of any cars that are present. In most jurisdictions, a car turning right must yield to a cyclist going straight through an intersection, just as you would yield to a pedestrian.
  • A driver turns left into the path of an oncoming cyclist—The most frequent explanation from the motorist is “I never saw the bike.” Drivers tend to look for vehicles and miss bicycles. Unfortunately, cyclists may have to simply drive defensively. However, the cyclist coming through the intersection has the right of way over a motorist turning left, unless there’s a green left-turn signal.
  • A driver rear-ends a cyclist—This is the most common cause of drunk-driving accidents involving bicycles.
  • A driver sideswipes or opens a door in front of a bicyclist—Again, this is mostly due to a simple failure to pay attention.

Other Types of Bicycle Accidents

Though less common, bicycle accidents can happen when:

  • A cyclist fails to pay attention to traffic signs, signals or rules
  • A cyclist fails to use appropriate speed, skill or technique on the road
  • A bike has manufacturing or design defects that cause it to crash

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Motorcycle Deaths Up by Ten Percent in USA

The total number of fatalities from motorcycle accidents in America jumped from 4,560 to 5,010 in 2015, marking just the third time since statistics have been kept that the toll went above 5,000. According to authorities, 31 states reported an increase in the number of deaths involving motorcycle crashes. Most experts say the principal reason for the dramatic increase is the cheap cost of gas.

Public health officials have expressed concern about the potential for a substantial jump in traffic accidents since the price of gas plummeted in late 2014. Studies have been conducted showing a direct correlation between the cost of gas and the number traffic accidents and fatalities. Researchers say that, as the price of gas goes down, the incentive to drive goes up, especially for young drivers, who have less discretionary income, and whose driving may be mostly recreational. The more drivers on the road, the more accidents, assuming the accident rate remains the same.

A study by professor Guangqing Chi, of South Dakota State University, corroborated this theory. Chi found that a $2 reduction in the price of gas per gallon translated into an additional 9,000 deaths on American highways over the period of a year.

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An Airplane Crash—a Passenger’s Worst Nightmare

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You probably read about the plane that crashed and burned during a landing at San Francisco Airport a few days ago. It’s every airplane passenger’s worst nightmare. Sadly, two people were killed and another 182 passengers were injured, and 49 of those seriously injured.

Witnesses reported that the pilot may have tried landing short of the runway and one of the wings clipped a rock retaining wall. The end result being that the tail separated from the aircraft, which compromised the fuselage and caused a fire.

Nearly 200 firefighters arrived on the scene immediately, put out the fire, and began tending to the injured. Right now, we can only speculate as to the cause of the accident and a full investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board is forthcoming.

What to do if you are in a plane crash

Although statistics are in your favor and only one in approximately one million flights ends up in an accident, according to National Transportation Safety Board, you should still know what to do in a crash. The following tips may be helpful in ensuring the odds are in your favor if you are in a plane crash:

  • Wear comfortable and practical clothing and shoes. Comfortable clothes that cover the arms and legs and shoes that cover and support your foot, give you a better chance of moving quickly out of danger in the event you have to flee the plane.
  • Choose your seat wisely. You have a better chance of survival if you are seated behind the wing and/or near the emergency exits. And aisle seats are better than center or window seats. If possible, choose a seat in those areas of the plane.
  • Be vigilant during takeoff and landing. The times during which an accident is most likely to occur during a flight is a few minutes after takeoff and a few minutes before landing. So it is wise to keep your shoes on, your tray table up and to be aware of the two nearest exists relative to your seat. It is also advisable to put your carry on items beneath the seat in front of you, which will provide extra protection for your feet and legs in the event of an accident. Also remove sharp objects like pens and keys from pockets which can puncture skin in an impact.
  • Remain calm. The first 90 seconds after a crash are vital and so if you can remain calm and assess the situation you will be able to act quickly to save your life and that of your loved ones.
  • Act quickly. If there is a serious situation, do not stop to gather your belongings, or wait for instructions; just get off the plane as quickly and efficiently as possible

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Maryland, DC and Virginia Hold Out on Contributory Negligence

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For centuries, a key principle in personal injury law was the concept of “contributory negligence.” Essentially, contributory negligence says that if an injured person was in any way responsible for his or her losses, there can be no recovery for damages. Recognizing that this is overly harsh, most states in America have gone to the principle of comparative fault, where the jury looks at the total amount of the loss, allocates a percentage of responsibility, and apportions the cost accordingly. Under the concept of contributory negligence, if you are 1% at fault, you can’t recover anything. With comparative fault, if you are 20% responsible, you are only entitled to 80% of your losses.

Among the states still hanging on to contributory negligence—Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. But that may be about to change in the District of Columbia. Council members there have been exploring potential legislation to introduce some form of comparative negligence to the nation’s capital.

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in Maryland for more than 30 years. Because of his record and reputation for effective representation, he has been awarded the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and has also built an outstanding reputation with his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

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