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What are the signs of a bad nursing home?

If you currently have a loved one in a nursing home in Maryland, it’s natural to be concerned about the quality of care the person is receiving. While many facilities strive to put their residents first, others may exhibit signs of nursing home neglect or even abuse. Next Avenue warns families to look for the following red flags so they can act quickly to protect elderly relatives.

Poor nutrition

FMCSA continues effort to curb trucker fatigue

Motor vehicle accidents in Maryland that involve large commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers can often involve some of the most horrific injuries in large part due to the immense size and weight of these big rigs. There may be a variety of factors that contribute to a trucking accident. Some of these include vehicle parts malfunction, reckless or negligent operation, impairment by drugs or alcohol and trucker fatigue.

In 2017, there were 48 people killed in Maryland in crashes involving large trucks according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While that is the lowest number of truck accident fatalities in the state in a few years, it still leaves 48 families mourning the loss of their loved ones unnecessarily.

Amicable divorces help children weather the storm of divorce

Married couples with children often wonder how divorce will negatively impact their kids. Some couples stay together long past the love has ended for the “sake of the kids”. The idea is that staying under one roof and “faking it”, is better than being honest about the failure of the marriage and deciding to separate and divorce.

Children whose parents stay together when it is clear they are no longer in love may feel angry and resentful that their parents didn’t own up to their own truth. The mask wearing doesn’t fool anybody and it only makes life under one roof more tumultuous and frustrating. It is like living with a problem that refuses to get solved.

At least 6 injured in multi-vehicle Maryland accident

Road construction can be both a blessing and a bane. It is necessary to keep the roads in good condition and to correct hazards that could lead to accidents or vehicle damage. At the same time, construction can contribute to hazardous conditions that can lead to accidents with the potential to injure drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, as well as construction workers themselves. Road construction played a part in a disastrous multi-vehicle accident that injured at least six people on Interstate 70 in Washington County, Maryland, late last Friday morning.

At the time of the accident, a construction crew was at work repairing potholes in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 70. Traffic within those lanes slowed considerably as a result. Allegedly, the driver of an empty Metro bus crashed into parked vehicles after failing to stop in time. Authorities continue to investigate the accident.

Mediation has benefits

Divorce is often a complicated and emotional process. However, for couples willing to work together to handle the process amicably, mediation might be a good option. Couples that choose mediation as opposed to litigation for settling the terms of their divorce can save both time and money since they avoid time in court.

Mediation is a collaborative process with less conflict. It gives couples more control over the outcome as they’re more involved in the process with a greater say over negotiations. And because it’s settled out of court, it’s confidential and private.

Is vehicle technology making us safer?

If you have shopped for a new vehicle in Maryland in the last couple of years, you might have seen vehicles that feature interesting new safety technologies. You might even have taken one of these vehicles for a test drive. The idea that technology can help people drive more safely and avoid accidents is certainly enticing. However, it is important for people to be educated about the true capabilities of these systems.

As explained by The Drive, features that automatically apply the brakes, detect objects in a driver's blind spot or alert drivers to a potentially unintended lane departure are referred to as driver assist features. That term deserves special attention, especially the inclusion of the word "assist". Some experts fear that people might start considering these features all but replacements for themselves but, in reality, they are only aids meant to adjunct the human driver's actions.

Fiery crash leads to manslaughter charges for Maryland man

Dashcam footage shows the scene of a horrific accident that happened in the Tribeca area of Manhattan in New York City, resulting in damage to multiple vehicles, several injuries, a life lost and a Maryland man in jail facing criminal charges. 

The accident happened on a Saturday morning at the end of December. A 37-year-old man from Maryland lost control of his vehicle and went careening through an intersection. In total, he hit five other vehicles; two parked cars along with three on the road. The driver of one of the vehicles he struck was a 57-year-old woman who succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The two other people injured in the crash should recover, though their current conditions are not known. 

Military retirement benefits in a divorce

For many couples in Maryland who get divorced, splitting up retirement assets can be something that happens during the property division negotiations. When one of the spouses is a member of the United States military, their military retirement benefits may then well be shared between both parties. This is pursuant to a law that has been in place since 1982.

As explained by, the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act gives states the right to decide if or how one spouse's military pension may be divided in a marital divorce. There is no minimum length of time that a couple must have been married in order for a judge to award a portion of the military spouse's retirement pay to the non-military spouse. There is, however, a maximum amount that can be awarded to the non-military spouse if the final divorce settlement also includes an award for child support, spousal support or both.

Organ donation system lacking oversight

Residents in Maryland might assume that when it comes to the donation and transplantation of human organs, a tightly run and well-supervised system is in place. This would be a logical assumption given the highly critical and life-sensitive nature of the topic. However, it seems that this may not actually be the case. An incident that occurred in early December in the Pacific Northwest sheds some light onto what may be some gaps in the nation's organ donation process.

According to The Seattle Times, a human heart was loaded into the cargo area of a passenger plane in Sacramento. The heart was supposed to be removed upon arrival in Seattle and taken to a facility there so that the valves could be harvested and used for transplant purposes. Instead of this happening as planned, the plane took off from Sea Tac Airport as scheduled and began making its way to Texas.

New film highlights patient risks

People in Maryland who find out that they must undergo a surgical procedure can understandably be nervous about this. In addition to concerns about the problem for which the surgery is recommended, patients today must also contend with the possibility than an error might happen during or after the operation. In recent years, it has come to light that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. This makes it important that patients advocate for themselves, either directly or via an appointed representative.

As reported by National Public Radio, there is a new documentary that has been released that highlights some of the reasons people need to be proactive in their own health care. The film, titled "Bleed Out", is about the mother of the man who made the film and was inspired by her very unfortunate experiences. Nearly a decade ago, the woman underwent an operation to replace one of her hips and has never been the same since.

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