Perinatal Asphyxia

August 16, 2020

A decrease in blood flow to the baby’s tissues, or decrease in oxygen in the baby’s blood pre-, during, or post-delivery is called Perinatal asphyxia. Some of the most common causes of Perinatal asphyxia include the following: Placenta has separation from the uterus before delivery (placental abruption) Umbilical cord blood flow due to obstruction Fetus […]

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Birth Injury: Bleeding Around the Brain

August 16, 2020

  Bleeding around and within the brain (intracranial hemorrhage) is typically caused by the rupture of blood vessels that may have originated during birth. These blood-related issues may include: Injuries sustained at birth Decreases of delivery of blood or oxygen to the brain which may result in significant illness in the newborn A severe issue […]

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Common Types of Birth Injuries

August 16, 2020

The consequences of injuries to a baby during difficult labor and delivery may range from mild to severe and may be temporary or permanent. These traumatic birth-related injuries may involve the other parts of the body and specifically, the brain. Some of the most common preventable birth injuries may even result in death. Preventable birth […]

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Common Car Accident Injuries

May 13, 2020

Despite major advances in car safety in recent years, car accidents remain among the leading causes of accidental injury and death in America. When a car stops suddenly because of an accident or collision, the vehicle’s occupants will remain in motion until they hit a safety restraint or the structure of the car. Unrestrained passengers […]

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How to Safely Share the Road with Cyclists

May 13, 2020

For drivers, sharing the road begins with the understanding that bicyclists and motorcyclists have the same rights as you. They also face unique safety challenges, such as being smaller and less visible. To maintain a safe coexistence, motorists must act with added care and respect for outlined rules and regulations when it comes to sharing […]

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What is Distracted Driving?

May 13, 2020

Roadways can be a dangerous place. Regardless of where you live, or why you’re on the road, the risks seem to be increasing each year. By participating in distracted driving behaviors, your risk of hurting yourself or someone on the road around you increases instantly. Driving while distracted is much more dangerous than you may […]

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Safety Tips to Use in the Kitchen This Holiday Season

December 18, 2019

Sometimes holiday plans can become very hectic, especially when prepping to have loved ones over, or cooking food to bring to a holiday party. This could mean that your holiday party prep becomes rushed, and important tasks, such as forgetting to turn a stove off, can occur. It’s important to ensure that you prepare and […]

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Safe Driving Tips for the Holiday Season

December 18, 2019

For many people, holidays involve traveling to celebrate with family or friends. Though this is a joyous time of year, it can also become dangerous. When traveling, it is important to make sure you are always keeping safety in mind when on the road.   Keep spirits high and everybody safe with these winter holiday […]

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Top Five Common Misunderstandings about Car Crashes from Victims

December 2, 2019

IMPORTANT FACTS YOU SHOULD KNOW Delays are Caused by Victims False – Most delays are due to the crowded court dockets, while some are due to the insurance company hoping that the victim may tire and give up over time. Also, a victim is only allowed to have one jury trial. That’s why it’s important to […]

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Birth Injury: Cerebral Palsy

October 11, 2019

Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common causes of brain disorders affecting infants in the United States. According to the CDC, it affects around 4 children out of every 1,000 children. How these deficiencies affect the individual will vary depending on what type of disorder the person has. Cerebral palsy is often used as an […]

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Stay Safe When Driving at Night

August 5, 2019

Driving at night can become dangerous if you are not prepared. It can be much riskier for both motorists and pedestrians during this time. Visibility is significantly decreased, leading to more factors that may pose a risk of causing an accident. According to The National Safety Council, “Traffic death rates are three times greater at […]

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4 Summer Driving Hazards to Be Aware Of

June 24, 2019

With summer comes the joy of family vacations and warm, sunny weather. However, summer also brings along a new set of issues to be cautious of. When it comes to driving during the summer season, it is best to be prepared for any situation that may arise and practice behaviors that will keep everyone safe […]

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How to Prove a Wrongful Death

June 24, 2019

When someone is killed due to misconduct or negligence, a wrongful death lawsuit may be filed. These types of lawsuits seek to compensate the survivors of the deceased for lost wages, companionship, and funeral expenses. The suit is usually filed by a representative of the estate on behalf of the surviving family members and all […]

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Pedestrian deaths hit 28-year high, and big vehicles and smartphones are to blame

March 5, 2019

Source: CNBC | Phil LeBeau The number of pedestrians killed along U.S. roadways last year climbed to the highest level since 1990, according to a new report. An estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in 2018, an increase of 250 from 2017, the Governors Highway Safety Association said Thursday. The association based its estimate on data […]

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Avoidable Sepsis Infections Send Thousands to Gruesome Deaths

October 15, 2018

No one tracks sepsis cases closely enough to know how often these severe infections turn fatal, but the toll is enormous. Source: by Fred Schulte, Elizabeth Lucas, Kaiser Health News and Joe Mahr, Chicago Tribune / Sep. 6, 2018 Shana Dorsey first caught sight of the purplish wound on her father’s lower back as he […]

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Calvert County Woman Dies When Truck Crosses Center Line

September 17, 2018

Source: Deb Belt, Patch National Staff A Calvert County woman died in a weekend Severna Park crash when a pickup crossed the center line and hit her car, police say. SEVERNA PARK, MD — A Calvert County woman died Saturday when the car she was driving has hit by a pickup truck that crossed the […]

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2 killed in another wrong-way crash on Route 50 in Annapolis

September 10, 2018

Source: Eye on Annapolis | Staff Maryland State Police are investigating a crash in which two people died early Sunday morning in Anne Arundel County. Shortly after 12:50 a.m., troopers from the Maryland State Police Annapolis Barrack responded to eastbound U.S. Route 50 at Ridgely Avenue on a report of a two-vehicle crash. According to […]

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Birth Injury: Soft Tissue and Skin

August 21, 2018

The newborn’s skin may exhibit minor injuries after delivery, especially those areas receiving additional pressure during pre-delivery contractions, or bodily surfaces that first emerge from the birth canal during delivery. Forceps and assorted instruments required for normal delivery procedures can certainly injure the skin. Following breech deliveries, swelling and bruising may appear around the eyes […]

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Understanding the Risks Associated with Motorcycle Accidents

July 2, 2018

Summer is the perfect time of year to take full advantage of the outdoors. This being said, the warmer weather does tend to bring out more motorcycle riders than any other time of year. With the increased number of motorcycles on the roadways comes an increased number of motorcycle accidents. Understanding the risks associated with […]

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Police: Three Killed in Charles County, Maryland Highway Crash

May 16, 2018

Source: http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2018/05/16/identities-in-triple-fatal-crash-with-dump-truck/ Maryland State Police identify two of the three victims who died in a triple fatal crash in Charles County Tuesday. The preliminary investigation into the crash indicated a dump truck was traveling eastbound on Maryland Route 234 and Penns Hill Road shortly before 3:00 p.m. when an SUV failed to stop at the […]

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Understanding Your Rights:Wrongful Death in Maryland

May 11, 2018

It can seem next to impossible to move forward after the death of a loved one. When a wrongful death has occurred, family members are often inclined to pursue justice. Potter Burnett Law has been there for clients in the aftermath of a tragedy that could have been avoided. Our attorneys make sure that Maryland […]

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What Are the Most Common Pediatric Medical Misdiagnoses?

March 6, 2018

  Infants and young children cannot explain their symptoms if they are sick making it very difficult to pinpoint what’s wrong. Because of this, we count on doctors to recognize symptoms in children, make an accurate diagnosis, and carry out an effective treatment plan. Unfortunately, this duty of care sometimes goes unfulfilled. In fact, medical […]

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Nerve Injuries in Newborns

February 7, 2018

Nerve injuries—minor or life-threatening—may occur pre-delivery or during delivery. These nerve-related birth injuries typically cause weakness of the muscles controlled by the affected nerve. Nerve injuries symptoms may be observed through: A lopsided facial expression, resulting from facial nerve damage, or facial palsy Arm and/or hand weakness, called Brachial plexus nerve damage Difficulty breathing, called […]

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The Importance of Finding a Good Doctor

February 6, 2018

The decision to look for a new doctor may be one you’ve recently decided to make because of a number of different factors. You may have just moved to the Maryland or Washington D.C. area or you may be unhappy with the care you have been receiving from your current doctor. You may have also […]

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What is Cancer Misdiagnosis?

October 17, 2017

A cancer misdiagnosis is not as common as one may think. A cancer misdiagnosis occurs when a Pathologist analyzes a patient’s tissue and incorrectly diagnoses the patient with cancer. According to a group of researchers at John Hopkins Hospital that reviewed tissue samples from 6,000 cancer patients across the country, “one out of every 71 […]

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Medical Malpractice in Maryland

August 29, 2017

What is medical malpractice? Medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider neglects to provide a patient with an appropriate treatment or gives substandard treatment that leads to injury or death. In Maryland, a health care provider can be medically negligent if they injure or treat a patient below the industry standard of care. In […]

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School Bus Safety 101

July 25, 2017

With the end of summer, and the start of a new school year sneaking up, it is important to educate both you and your children on important school bus safety. School bus-related accidents are very common and typically occur when kids are boarding or leaving the bus. Whether you are a driver or a parent of […]

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When Dogs Bite

July 17, 2017

An average of 1,000 people in the United States need emergency care treatment for serious dog bite-related injuries daily. Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s breed has little to do with its likelihood to attack. A dog can be inclined to act out for several reasons—a poor upbringing, immersion in a stressful situation, fear or […]

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Proceed with Caution

July 5, 2017

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrians killed in traffic has increased by 11% in the last year, equating to nearly 6,000 fatalities. Leaving 2016 the biggest single-year increase in pedestrian fatalities in history, and the highest number in more than two decades. Statistics like this are nothing short of horrifying. […]

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Pedestrian Accident

April 19, 2017

Imagine you’re running your weekly errands. Although running errands isn’t your favorite activity, it is a warm spring day and you’re feeling productive and cheerful. The grocery store is the last stop on your list and afterward, you plan to go home and enjoy the sunset on your back porch. As you park your car […]

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Healing the Wounds of a Dog Bite

March 3, 2017

Thousands of Americans are injured by dog bites every year[1].” In some cases, a person may have a right to compensation. In the state of Maryland, you have three years to file a lawsuit for a dog bite case or to settle the case. When consulting a lawyer, make sure to have the animal owner’s […]

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Common Birth Injury and Trauma Causes

February 21, 2017

  Obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) providers embrace the responsibility of anticipating any potential problems reasonably foreseeable and were necessitated, the authority to actively intervene during labor and delivery to prevent harm. Negligence—the failure to act in accordance with accepted standards of care—are correspondingly at the center of birth injury. The most common birth trauma and […]

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Automobile Collisions Caused by Negligence

December 15, 2016

All automobile collisions have one thing in common – they are completely unexpected. Car crashes can happen to anyone and cause costly damages and impact your future and quality of life. Within the past year, automobile collisions have increased over 16 percent [1] in the state of Maryland. Potter Burnett Law has proudly represented countless victims […]

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4 Common Surgical Errors

October 31, 2016

Every year thousands of patients fall victim to surgical error. A surgical error is a form of medical malpractice and is considered a preventable mistake that occurs during surgery. An Institute of Medicine study shows that medical error is the cause of an estimated 98,000 deaths per year. There are many different surgical errors that can […]

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