Maryland product liability laws govern many situations involving consumers or patients who suffer injuries because of a defective or dangerous object. These lawsuits may arise after a consumer suffers injuries or damages from a defective product. Recently, the Coca-Cola Company announced a recall of certain Minute Maid products after receiving reports of foreign objects in their products.

Under the law, foreign objects in food refer to situations when users discover an object in their drink or food. The item is generally one that the consumer would not expect to be in their meal or drink. Some common examples of a foreign object may include:

  • Metal;

Like much of the east coast, the winter months bring snow and ice to many parts of Maryland. Naturally, this weather can increase the risk of injuries from a slip and fall. While many weather-related accidents occur at businesses, especially in parking lots or sidewalks, individuals can suffer injuries anywhere snow and ice accumulate. Under Maryland law, property owners have a duty of care to those who enter their property. The standard of care varies depending on the type of visitor; however, generally, property owners must ensure that their property is reasonably safe from dangers.

During the winter, property owners have the duty to exercise reasonable care in areas that they should reasonably expect people to be. The duty includes inspecting the property for dangers like icy patches and other slick areas. Further, property owners should remediate dangerous conditions that may lead to a slip and fall. Those who fail to do this may be liable for negligence under the state’s premises liability laws.

Many businesses and government properties contract with snow removal companies to ensure that their property is clear of dangers. However, in most cases, liability still falls on the property owner. For example, a property owner may be liable for injuries if their snow removal company did a poor job or failed to remove the hazards. The inquiries in these cases tend to hinge on the totality of the circumstances and whether the property owner’s conduct was reasonable.

Medical devices often play a crucial role in diagnosing and treating serious medical conditions. However, patients who use defective or dangerous medical devices may end up in a less desirable position than they started. Companies whose products cause harm to patients may be liable under Maryland’s product liability laws. While a defective product lawsuit may not make a person whole again or undo the harm they experienced, it can relieve some financial burdens.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a recall statement alerting those who use specific Philips ventilators, CPAP, and BiPAP machines. The recall follows a June 2021 safety report that advised healthcare providers and consumers that these devices may pose potential health risks. The FDA’s investigation in conjunction with the company’s testing revealed that foam degradation in the product is toxic and might emit carcinogens. Philips explained that the foam might release toxic fumes and particles that users may swallow or inhale. While the company stated that they were replacing and repairing the machines, the process may take upwards of a year. Further testing also showed that the replacement foam poses many of the same risks as the original product.

Many users have reported injuries related to defective machines, such as:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Respiratory Distress System
  • Heart Failure and Attack
  • Liver Cancer, Damage, and DIsease
  • Lung Cancer, Damage, and Disease

These injuries can have lifelong consequences on the user and their loved ones. In addition to these conditions come users reported side effects such as:

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No one is ever ready to lose a loved one, especially not to an unexpected and sudden accident. When you lose a loved one out of the blue because of another party’s negligence or recklessness, it can be even more painful and frustrating, because it likely should not have happened in the first place.

According to a recent local news report, a pedestrian died after being hit unexpectedly in an accident. Maryland Transportation Authority Police reported that the victim, an unidentified man, died from his injuries at the scene. The accident remains under investigation as local authorities work to identify the party responsible for causing the accident and fleeing the scene.

In Maryland, if an accident like the one described above takes place and involves you losing a loved one, it is likely that you have grounds to bring a wrongful death or survival claim. Under Maryland law, a wrongful death takes place when it is caused by a particular act or neglect which would have allowed the deceased to bring a claim to recover damages if the death had not happened.

The consequences of a Maryland DUI crash can be serious and long-lasting for victims and their family members. But taking some important steps can help address some issues that can come up. For one, it is important to keep any evidence from the crash, including photos, the contact information of witnesses, and notes of relevant pieces of information. Victims should also obtain a copy of the police report from the crash and report the crash to their insurance company. They should also keep copies of medical records and receipts for any medical expenses, including physical therapy and prescriptions. Victims should also follow the recommendations of doctors concerning their medical treatment to avoid being blamed for failing to address or mitigate injuries.

Consulting with an experienced Maryland DUI lawyer is an important step as well. Even if a driver was not convicted of DUI in a criminal case against them, a lawsuit may still be possible. Every case has a statute of limitations which means that the case must be filed within a certain amount of time, so talking to a lawyer as soon as possible is very important. Generally, lawsuits filed after a DUI crash are based in negligence and rely on showing that the at-fault driver is liable because his actions fell below the standard of care required. Experts are necessary in many DUI cases, as they can explain issues that are not within the common knowledge of most people—such as how alcohol impairment affected the driver or how the victim’s injuries required certain services or treatments. Victims might be able to recover damages including medical bills, loss of future earnings, property damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

NFL Player Charged After Fatal DUI Crash

In the unfortunate event of the recall of a product owned by a Maryland consumer, the first step is to get rid of the affected product. The recall will have details on how to properly dispose of the product and may include returning it or throwing it away. Affected consumers also generally will be entitled to a refund or a replacement, depending on the recall, so they should check the notice for how to get reimbursed for the damaged product. Registering a product after purchase is useful because it may alert consumers to product recalls and may allow them to get reimbursed easily. Any consumer who believes they may have suffered because of a defective product should consult with a Maryland product liability lawyer as soon as possible.

A product recall is a sign that the product was defective and that the company may be liable for injuries caused by the product. The type of claim a consumer may file after an injury depends on the circumstances surrounding the injury and the type of defect. In a negligence claim, the consumer generally must show that the defendant owed the consumer a duty, that the defendant breached that duty by manufacturing or selling a dangerous product, that the product’s defect caused the consumer’s injuries, and that the consumer suffered damages. In a strict liability claim, the consumer does not need to prove that the defendant was negligent in any way. The consumer must prove only that the product was defective at the moment it left the defendant’s control, that there was no substantial change in the product’s condition when it reached the consumer, that the product was unreasonably dangerous, and that the product’s defect caused the consumer’s injuries. In any event, a consumer should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible who can evaluate their claim.

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Personal watercraft accidents can cause serious and lasting injuries. There were 155 reportable Maryland boating accidents in 2020, according to the state. 64 of those accidents resulted in injuries and there were seven deaths. Filing a Maryland injury claim after a personal watercraft accident may be the only way victims can hold others responsible and recover compensation for injuries. In this type of claim, a victim must generally show that the defendant in the case acted negligently and caused the victim’s injuries. Boating accidents can be complicated and in some cases, there may be disputes about which law applies in a certain jurisdiction.

A recent case involving a near-collision between a surfer and a city lifeguard operating a personal watercraft is an example of the complex laws and disputes that can arise in such cases. In that case, the surfer was surfing by a public beach when the lifeguard made an abrupt left turn in front of him, according to the surfer. The surfer alleged that he had to dive off of his surfboard in order to avoid a collision. The surfer hit his head on the ocean floor and suffered serious injuries as a result. He used a wheelchair full time as a result. The surfer and his wife filed a lawsuit against the city and the lifeguard, arguing that the lifeguard was negligent.

The case went to trial and the jury found in favor of the defendants. On appeal, the plaintiffs argued in part that the trial court made an error by failing to tell the injury that a basic default speed law applied in this situation, according to a state navigation code. The section of the code reflects a default speed limit of five miles per hour for vessels that are operated in certain waters. The law states that an operator is guilty of an infraction if the operator uses a vessel at a speed in excess of five miles per hour in certain areas, within 100 feet of another person that is surfing or doing certain activities in the water. The plaintiffs had requested that the court instruct the jury about this law, but the judge found that the law did not apply to city lifeguards.

Immediately after a car accident, it may be hard to think clearly because of the adrenaline of the moment. It is crucial, however, to take several steps toward documenting the accident, if you are able, so that you can both aid in your personal stake in recovering following the collision, and also help with ongoing investigations by local authorities into your crash.

According to a recent news report, Maryland State Police are investigating a crash involving multiple vehicles. Troopers responded to a report of an accident with four vehicles, where a preliminary investigation showed that a Volvo tractor-trailer collided with the rear of a Dodge caravan, which pushed the Dodge off the road and into the jersey wall. The tractor-trailer then crashed into the rear of a Hyundai and sideswiped a Toyota. The driver of the Dodge was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where she later died from her injuries. The Hyundai driver was also transferred to a hospital for treatment. Maryland State Police and their Crash Team are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Determining what exactly happened in the course of a collision, especially one with multiple parties, is crucial. Whether it’s the parties involved in the accident or the insurance companies, knowing exactly what took place is important both for subsequent disputes and for maximizing your chances of receiving compensation.

Maryland state troopers are looking into a recent Maryland roadside crash in which a AAA worker was killed while changing a tire. According to one news source, the AAA worker had just finished changing a flat tire on I-70 in Marriottsville when a pickup truck driver hit him and his work van. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash, including possible factors such as distracted driving and speed. The crash occurred at around 11:30 in the morning. The worker was wearing a safety vest and the emergency lights on the work van were flashing.

A AAA Public and Government Affairs Manager said that the crash highlighted the dangers that first responders, police, tow truck drivers, and EMS face every day on the side of the road while assisting others. A AAA representative reported that this was the sixth worker killed on the job within the last six months. A recent AAA survey found that 75 percent of first responders in Maryland report that drivers do not move over or slow down.

Maryland’s Move Over, Slow Down Law and Its Consequences

When Maryland drivers approach emergency, tow truck, law enforcement, transportation, and utility vehicles that are stopped, standing, or parked on the highway with their lights flashing, drivers must move over. If drivers cannot safely move over, then they must slow to a reasonable and safe speed considering the conditions. The law originally applied only to first responders and law enforcement but later expanded to include tow truck drivers. Violators of the law may be fined and may be charged with criminal charges in some cases. They also may be subject to civil lawsuits if anyone is injured as a result.

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Expert testimony is essential in many Maryland accident cases. A Maryland appeals court recently issued a decision in part on whether a court was wrong in excluding expert testimony, despite not having reviewed the patient’s relevant medical records. In that case, the plaintiff filed a malpractice claim against a doctor and his practice, claiming that she suffered a permanent loss of feeling in her tongue after the doctor allegedly severed lingual nerves in her jaw while he was taking out her wisdom teeth. She claims the doctor failed to take proper precautions when extracting her teeth, including failing to obtain a CT scan of the plaintiff’s mouth and nerves because she had impacted teeth, by failing to administer steroids immediately after the nerve injury, and by failing to immediately refer the patient to a nerve surgeon specialist.

The judge dismissed the case, in part because he excluded the expert testimony presented by the plaintiff. The plaintiff had two expert witnesses in the case: Dr. Kramer and Dr. Kotikian. The judge found that the opinion of Dr. Kramer was inadmissible in part because he had not reviewed the notes and records from the plaintiff’s treatment. The judge also found the opinion of Dr. Kotikian was inadmissible because he found that inferences of negligence can only be drawn when the alleged injury would not have occurred in the absence of medical negligence. The judge also found the plaintiff was contributorily negligent because she failed to attend follow-up appointments. The plaintiff appealed the decision.

Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Maryland Accident Cases

Under Maryland Rule of Evidence 5-702, expert testimony may be admitted in a case if the court finds that the expert testimony will be helpful in understanding evidence or deciding a fact in the case. A court should determine: if the expert witness is qualified based on knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education; if the expert testimony is appropriate on the issue, and; if there is sufficient factual support for the testimony.

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