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The emergency room is never a place any of us want to visit, but most of us will see the inside of an emergency room at some point in our lives. Do you also know the leading reasons why? There are seven procedures that account for 80% of all emergency room trips. The study, published in JAMA Surgery, identified the following seven procedures:

  • Partial Colectomy
  • Small-bowel resection

The Maryland Board of Public Works and the two grieving families of teens struck and killed while walking on Light Rail tracks have reached a $1.5 million settlement in regards to the wrongful death train accident. Although an investigation by Baltimore Police found that the two teens, Jarrett Peterson and Kyle Wankmiller, had died in an accident, two Light Rail operators were filed in the wake of the fatal train collision.

In the settlement, the lawyer representing the two boys argued that the train conductor must not have had his eyes on the tracks and was distracted before hitting the boys. In addition the Maryland Transit Authority did not have a written policy warning conductors to be more careful in the days and weeks after trains switched tracks.

The two 17-year-old boys from Lutherville, Maryland, were found in critical condition lying on the Light Rail tracks in early July. Both teens died of their injuries days later. An investigation revealed that the boys probably did not realize that the tracks were in service after a lengthy closure and that the northbound tracks were being used for southbound trains. It also looked into how a train could have hit the two boys in daylight without seeing them or feeling the impact. Several passengers on the train in question felt the impact of the train accident, but the train did not stop.

Ashley Younger and Jordan Wells were two college freshmen who had been involved in a car accident in Southern Maryland. The two, 17 and 18 respectively, suffered minor injuries such as chest pain following the crash, which took place when Younger lost control of the car, drove across a median, and hit a few trees before coming to a stop.

The girls were put in the Maryland State Police Aviation Command Trooper 2 and sent to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. However, when family members arrived at the hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, the girls did not appear. After four hours without answered, only Wells appeared – the other four people aboard the medical helicopter had died in the accident.

Now, Younger’s mother wants answers. She doesn’t understand why the helicopter transported the only minorly injured girls and why it was flying in poor weather conditions. She also wants to know why no one told her about the helicopter crash for hours after it happened – she discovered her daughter’s fate after hearing two nurses talking in the hallway.

According to the Daily Record, A Baltimore father who lost his son to suicide has successfully won his wrongful death claim against the boy’s stepfather, who the jury found negligent.

In 2005, Brian Montes shot himself in the head with a 9 millimeter pistol that he found in his stepfather’s draw. The gun was not locked away and bullets were close by. The family had eleven guns in the house despite the fact that Montes had a long history of severe depression and suicide attempts. In fact, Montes had overdosed on pills just weeks before the final incident. The pills were painkillers belonging to Montes’ stepfather.

Montes killed himself using the guns of his stepfather, Frank Eisler. Montes lived with his mother and stepfather in the years after his mother and father’s divorce.

In Hagerstown, Maryland, a bitter dispute between a volunteer fire department and an ambulance company resulted in the death of a pregnant woman and her unborn son as well as a out-of-court wrongful death settlement.

Twenty-year-old Christina Lynn Hess and the baby she was carrying died on March 5, 2004, from complications of eclampsia, a serious and deadly complication of pregnancy that causes seizures. When Smithsburg Emergency Services Inc. was called for help, the operator openly mocked the emergency and made it clear that they would not help Hess because of her relationship with the Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Although Hess was dying just three doors down from where the ambulance company is located, it took them nine minutes to respond to the woman. In the Emergency 911 call, the dispatcher can be heard making statements about the rivalry between the fire department and EMS. Both she and her son were pronounced dead at the Washington County Hospital.

The Ocean City Dispatch reports that a family has settled out of court regarding the deaths of a vacationing father and daughter, Paul and Kelly Boughter, died from carbon monoxide poisoning in an Ocean City, Maryland motel last February. Two other family members were exposed to the carbon monoxide in the Days Inn but survived. The award of damages will remain confidential.

The wrongful death and personal injury case was a complex one, as several parties were negligent during and after the accident occurred. The carbon monoxide was leaking from an exhaust pipe from a water heater in the basement that had been dislodged for an unknown reason, affecting several different rooms on the first floor of the Days Inn.

When three different paramedic groups came to the scene of the accident, a miscommunication during the rescue operation mean that the Boughter family in Room 121 were left unconscious in their room while others were saved. It was not until hours later that the bodies of the deceased were discovered – long after the rescue workers had thought their work was done.

According to and the Associated Press, an Elkton, Maryland family has reached a settlement with Wal-Mart regarding the wrongful death of a Wal-Mart Pharmacy customer. The lawsuit claims that a man died in direct result of a prescription medicine mix-up in which an elderly man was given the drugs of someone else. The incident took place in Cecil County in the spring of 2007.

North East, Maryland, resident 6-year-old George Smith became ill after taking someone else’s prescription medications for over a week in March of 2007. His condition worsened and the man died at Union Hospital in Elkton after the incident. The man’s two adult children sued the superstore a year later for $3 million in emotional suffering damages.

This week, on Monday, February 2, 2009, the Smiths’ attorney announced that the family and Wal-Mart had reached a favorable and private sealed lawsuit settlement regarding the personal injury victim, the details of which have been sealed by a Baltimore judge. Wal-Mart is the country’s leading retailer.

WASHINGTON – The American Civil Liberties Union says it has helped reach a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit it filed on behalf of the mother of a quadriplegic man who died while custody of the D.C. jail.

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The victims’ and the defendant’s loved ones filled the courtroom Thursday, expecting Eduardo Raul Morales-Soriano to be sentenced to prison for the crash that killed a Marine corporal and his date Thanksgiving night 2006 in Columbia.

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A rural tradition as old as pickup trucks themselves claimed the lives of two southwestern Virginia teenagers over the Labor Day weekend. They were illegally riding in the bed of the truck when it crashed near Hillsville. A third passenger also died. Sgt. Michael T. Conroy of the Virginia State Police said that the third victim, 17-year-old Brianna Peak of Dugspur, Va., was in the truck’s cab but not wearing a seat belt and was ejected in the crash on Sunday in Carroll County, about two miles north of the North Carolina border. Six girls were riding in the truck. For more information, follow the link below.

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