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In the recent decision in Wadsworth v. Sharma, 2022 WL 2763202 (Md. 2022), the Maryland Court of Appeals once again declined to adopted the loss of chance doctrine in wrongful death cases. The decision was based largely on the COA’s long standing tradition of abstaining from judicial policymaking, as the majority opinion noted that it was up to the Maryland legislature whether to adopt this rule. Unfortunately, this decision effectively means that doctors and hospitals in Maryland are immune from malpractice liability when caring for terminally ill patients.

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Stephanie Wadsworth was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in her left breast in 2006. She underwent a mastectomy, chemo, and radiation therapy and subsequent testing over the course of the next few years indicated that her cancer had been effectively treated.

The City of Baltimore has joined the thousands of plaintiffs seeking financial compensation for cancer allegedly caused by exposure to a hidden carcinogen in the popular heartburn drug Zantac (ranitidine). In this post we will look at the odd nature of the Zantac lawsuit filed by the City of Baltimore and evaluate its chances of success.

About the Zantac Cancer Lawsuits

Zantac is the popular brand name for ranitidine, an antacid drug used for the treatment of heart burn, indigestion and other common conditions. Zantac and generic ranitidine had been around for decades in both over-the-counter and prescription forms. It was one of the most commonly used medications in the U.S. Over 10 million people used Zantac on a regular basis.

In 2010 Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old women’s lacrosse student-athlete at the University of Virginia was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend George Huguely. The tragic case made national headlines and was of particular interest locally because Love was from Baltimore. Huguely was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 23 years. Love’s mother and sister brought a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Huguely and last week a jury in Virginia awarded them $15 million. Unfortunately, that judgment will likely never be collected. In this post we will look at the wrongful death case and explain why collecting on the $15 million verdict will probably be impossible.

Murder of Yeardley Love

In 2010 Yeardley Love was a beautiful young student-athlete on the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Virginia. Love grew up outside Baltimore and was living in an apartment near UVA’s campus in Charlottesville. George Huguely was also 22 and played on the UVA men’s lacrosse team. Huguely grew up outside Washington, DC in Chevy Chase.

Wrongful death lawsuits in Maryland are subject to a 3-year statute of limitations that runs from the date of death. In this post, we will look at wrongful death claims and this 3-year limitation deadline in more detail.

Wrongful Death Lawsuits in Maryland

When a person dies, Maryland law allows their surviving immediate family members to file a civil lawsuit for wrongful death against any person or entity who can be held legally accountable for causing that death. Legal accountability for wrongful death can be based on negligent or reckless conduct.

This post will serve as our insider’s guide for what to expect when dealing with State Farm Insurance on auto accident claims in Maryland. We will also offer some tips and strategies for how to effectively work with State Farm and its adjusters on your Maryland auto tort claims. Our Maryland accident lawyers have handled thousands of State Farm claims over the years and we know exactly what can expect with going up against them.

About State Farm

State Farm is the biggest auto insurance company in the U.S., although in Maryland State Farm ranks second behind GEICO in terms of the number of insured drivers. State Farm was originally founded in the 1920s as a mutual auto insurer for farmers, but it has expanded into all lines of insurance.

The well-known infant formula Enfamil has recently been the subject of a growing wave of product liability lawsuits filed in courts around the country. These Enfamil lawsuits have been prompted by recent medical evidence establishing that formulas made from cow milk (like Enfamil) are actually dangerous for premature babies because they significantly increase the risk of developing a deadly infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

The company that makes Enfamil, Mead Johnson Nutrition, has known about the evidence linking its formula to NEC in premature babies. However, Mead Johnson has refused to include any warning on its product labeling for Enfamil and even marketed it as safe for preemies. Parents of premature babies who developed NEC from Enfamil and died or were permanently harmed are now holding Mead Johnson accountable and seeking financial compensation for their loss.

Enfamil is Dangerous for Premature Infants

Similac product liability lawsuits have been filed recently alleging that the popular baby formula has caused many premature infants to develop a serious gastrointestinal infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Our firm is currently looking into potential Similac lawsuits against the formula manufacturer, Abbott Laboratories Inc., for failure to warn about the risks of NEC associated with Similac. A successful baby formula NEC lawsuit could result in significant financial compensation.

Similac Causes NEC in Premature Infants

Similac is a leading brand of baby formula that is made from cow milk and given to infants as a substitute for their mother’s breast milk.  Recent scientific research and medical studies have confirmed that giving bovine formulas such as Similac to premature infants greatly increases their risk of a dangerous bowel infection called necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).

Over the last few years, victims of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy members in Maryland have been coming forward to hold their abusers (and the church) accountable.  Our lawyers handle these cases in Maryland and throughout the country.

A groundswell of public support has developed around these victims, and for obvious reasons. The sexual abuse of young children is universally reviled by all cultures. Just the thought of a child being sexually abused by a priest or pastor can send chills down the spine.  The victims of childhood sexual abuse are left permanently scarred and damaged in a very real way.

The wave of abuse allegations and public attention has prompted a movement in favor of holding the clergy abusers and their churches accountable. For the individual clergy members who committed the abuse, accountability often means criminal charges. For the church institutions that allow the abuse to happen, however, accountability has come in the form of civil lawsuits and monetary damages. Over the last decade, religious organizations have paid out over $3 billion in clergy sexual abuse lawsuits.

here is no law in Maryland requiring shoes or prohibiting certain types of footwear while driving. However, driving while barefoot or wearing shoes such as high heels or flip-flops can be unsafe. Improper footwear affects your ability to apply pressure to your pedals or pivot between them. They can even cause you to hit both pedals at once.

Shoes to Avoid While Driving

You should avoid wearing the following types of shoes while driving. These shoes can impair your ability to control your vehicle’s pedals.

I love minor league baseball games.  I’ve been to a few Delmarva Shorebirds games.  It really is a fun environment.

One thing I really like?  Any kid that really wants a baseball will get one at the game one way or another.  The Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox, and the Aberdeen Iron Birds (I’m told, I have not seen an Iron Birds game but the stadium is awesome).

There is an interesting lawsuit in Wicomico County involving Jared Breen, a little known former minor league prospect of the Baltimore Orioles.  He is suing the Delmarva Shorebirds and Wicomico County after his career was cut short by a collision with an unpadded wall. The Orioles drafted Breen in the 24th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. After being drafted, Breen began his minor league career playing shortstop for the Delmarva Shorebirds.

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