A Word of Special Thanks…
From the Editor:
I am so grateful to my bloggers and friends at the firm for all their hard work this week. I started a multi-week trial this past Tuesday, but in my absence, the Eye Opener kept rolling right along thanks to them. Special thanks to Jason Penn, who took over the task of making sure the schedule was kept and the blogs got posted.
From Jason Penn -
It is time to take a look back at the week that was. With the temperatures soaring in the Baltimore-Washington area, the Eye Opener did its best to keep pace with the thermometer. Five posts, five days. All while the lawyers prepared for upcoming trials. Not too shabby, if you ask me. Without further ado, lets take a look at retrospective look:
The loss of a child, particularly an infant, is one of the most difficult and painful horrors anyone could every have to deal with. Writing about it isn’t much easier. Nonetheless, on Monday, blawger Michael Sanders’ post provided insight into the economics of lawsuits involving the death of an unborn child. It is truly a “must read” for anyone that is contemplating taking legal action for the loss of their child. The interplay between gestation, age of death and so-called “survival actions” is particularly tricky. Mike lays out Maryland’s law on the topic and gives helpful primer for parent and practitioner alike. Read more…
Obesity in America, particularly among our youth is a serious problem. The problem itself certainly isn’t new but the approaches to promote healthy eating certainly have been. On Tuesday, Sara Keough pulled up to the table and reviewed the new MyPlate image and its impact on America’s unhealthy eating habits. As I am sure you know, there have been a variety of methods to improve our nation’s eating habits. In most recent memory is the ostracized food pyramid and the First Lady’s “Let’s Move Campaign” (and associated dance moves). Sara provided her perspective on the new eating tool as both an individual and a parent. I personally am curious: for the parents out there, will this change the way you handle your children’s nutrition? Read more …
On Wednesday, Jon Stefanuca provided the third installment of our Legal Boot Camp. With class in session, Jon presented the following scenario: Last month, Sean turned 24. He and Kristy are married. Their daughter, Kira, is 2-years old. Sean just entered medical school. Kristy’s parents support them, while Sean is in school. Sean has never held a job. Kristy is a stay at home mom. A month ago, Sean was driving home when a drunk driver pushed him off the road. In the accident, Sean broke his sternum. He also sustained a number of vascular injuries, which caused internal bleeding. He was rushed to the nearest hospital. Soon after his arrival, Sean underwent surgery to stop the bleeding.
Sean was recovering beautifully. Unfortunately, on his third day in the hospital, he developed rapid breathing, shortness of breath, and his chest pain got worse. A CT scan of the chest revealed that Sean had a pulmonary embolism. The physician ordered 100 mg of anticoagulation medication. The nurse misread the order and made a mistake in its administration. The overdose caused Sean to have extensive bleeding. Sean was scheduled for discharge within the next 3 days. Instead, he died within a few hours.
What legal action could Kristy take? Read more…
On Thursday, Jason Penn provided us with Part II of his series “Dealing with Cerebral Palsy: A Resource for Parents and Family.” Part II of the series takes a look at educating children with cerebral palsy. Children that have special needs that impact his/her ability to learn at school often qualify for an Individual Education Plan.
An IEP is a legal document created to ensure your child’s teacher, staff and administration understands his learning and other limitations and utilizes the best practices to ensure that he gets the education that he/she deserves. Curious about an IEP? Read more…
By: Michael Sanders
To finish up the week, Michael Sanders returned, and asked the question: What is Your Marriage Worth? If you’re married, there is category of damages that you may be able to recover – damage to your marriage. It’s called Loss of Consortium and is an important element of damages in the right circumstances. It is a legal recognition that the marital relationship itself – separate and apart from the injury to the individual – is a protected interest that is deserving of compensation if it has been harmed by the negligence of another person. Read more…
Sneak Peak of the Week Ahead:
With the weather taking a turn for the better (hopefully), and the local sports teams showing renewed vigor, we are going to keep up the pace. As you finish up this week, and turn to the next, you can look forward to the following:
- Service dogs for children: more than just a pet
- Subdural Hemorrhages – “Man, is my head aching…”
- HIV Patients: Increased risk for developing cancer
- Crib bumpers & safety
- Legal Boot Camp is back in session and Part III of our Cerebral Palsy tutorial.