From the Editor:
We didn’t get to post as many blogs as usual this past week due to the simple fact that our lawyers/blawgers were spread around the country doing depositions and meetings, in court and getting ready for some major trials coming up very soon.
Sometimes the real practice of law (which is what we do when we’re not on WordPress blawging away) just gets in the way (read – big smiley face).
Here’s what our blawgers wrote this past week. We hope you enjoy! Oh – thanks for stopping by too.
Summer Vacation Checklist: Add Vaccination to Your List
By: Theresa Neumann
Ahhh, summer vacation is coming. Passport? Airline tickets? Three 1oz containers? Zipper-lock bag? Sunblock? Camera? Vaccination status?
Summer is typically the busiest time for vacationers to explore new territories, or even old ones. Granted, the economy has replaced some travelersâ€™ grand plans with much more modest ones, but many are still planning trips to Mexico and other foreign destinations. The summer is also a big time for missionary groups to head to under-served areas to provide assistance and medical care. The events of September 11th have forever changed travel for the United States and countries all over the world. There is now a new concernâ€¦..your vaccination status! Read more
The Grief of Losing an Unborn Child
By: Mike Sanders
For parents who have lost an unborn child, the sense of grief is no different than if the child had been born and then died. Unfortunately, our society seems less sympathetic to the loss because there is no infant that we have seen and gotten to know. We all recognize the agony of losing an older child. Even if we havenâ€™t experienced it ourselves, we can at least try to understand how sickeningly awful it must be. We can then offer our support and love and condolences to those who have experienced it. With an unborn child, however, itâ€™s different. We have a tendency to minimize the grief associated with losing an unborn child, as if the fact that the child wasnâ€™t yet born makes him or her less real. Even medical providers are guilty of this. Iâ€™ve had women tell me that their doctors tend to treat miscarriage or stillbirth as a medical condition, not the loss of a loved one. For the parents of such children, however, the loss is deep and real and long-lasting. Read more…
Legal Boot Camp: The Story of Mark and Susan – Common Law Marriage in Maryland
By: Jason Penn
Mark and Susan had been living together in a small apartment in Baltimore for 12 years. Both of their names were on the lease and they share a used car to commute back and forth to their jobs. Both names appeared on the utility bills and although they never had an actual â€śceremony,â€ť they always considered themselves to be husband and wife. Mark and Susan always assumed that the state of Maryland would consider their relationship to be a â€ścommon law marriage.â€ť Ten months ago, Susan began experiencing unfamiliar stomach pains. Her doctor assured her that she was fine and that no follow-up examinations were necessary. Six months ago, Susan was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. Tragically, Susan died last week. Mark is certain that Susan was the victim of medical malpractice and wants to file an action for medical malpractice. Mark is now concerned that his common law marriage might not be valid.Â Is it? Read more …
Home Births: Increasingly Popular But Are They Safe?
By: Sarah Keogh
Many little girls grow up fantasizing about what they want to be when they grow up; perhaps they want to be the President, or an artist, or a doctor, or an architect. Others might be daydreaming about being a princess or an astronaut. However, I do not know of many little girls who grow up dreaming about how they would like to bring a child into this world. Yet once these girls grow up into adults, many of them feel strongly about having a birth plan that is just as magical as all of their other dreams. Images of a comfortable labor or a display of womanly strength may play a role; perhaps they want music or a particular image available to them. Some want as few interventions as possible, while others would prefer an epidural at the hospital door. No matter what vision of childbirth a woman has, the desired end result is almost universally a healthy child. Read more ….
Sneak Peak of the Week Ahead
- Two Sessions (yes, it’s almost summer) of our Legal Boot Camp Series –
- Parents of children with Cerebral Palsy – Part II
- Loss of Consortium – some things about this claim you need to understand
- ….AND even more….
Have a Great Weekend, Everyone!