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When your accountant causes an audit, you can take action

You place a lot of trust in the individuals who handle your financial issues. If your accountant prepares your taxes and then you get audited, you probably have questions. Sometimes, it's clear that the audit is the result of an error or even a failure to file the proper paperwork. The mistakes an accountant makes could cost you thousands of dollars or even your freedom in some circumstances.

After all, the federal government isn't known for being particularly forgiving of those who fail to pay tax debt. If you find yourself facing an audit and claims of underpaid taxes, it is possible that the accountant who prepared your taxes made a mistake that may actually be a form of professional negligence.

A head injury at work requires immediate attention

No matter what kind of work you do in Maryland, there is always a possibility that you may strike your head while on the job. This can happen to factory workers, accountants, school teachers, and anyone else.

A blow to the head may not seem like it left an injury, but it is difficult to tell how much harm a person suffered until they receive a full medical examination from a doctor. Even a small impact can affect a victim's brain, and may cause symptoms that last for weeks or even months.

Don't let alcohol and an argument lead to criminal charges

Despite how common they may seem in movies or television shows, physical fights should not be a part of everyday life. Unless you are a boxer or martial artist, there is really no reason, other than self-defense, to strike another person. The law in Maryland is quite clear that physically harming another person is illegal.

Unfortunately, it often doesn't take much to turn a verbal dispute into a physical fight. This is particularly true in situations involving alcohol. Regardless of the circumstances leading up to a physical altercation, the individual who started the fight could very well find themselves facing criminal consequences in Maryland.

Report: Physicians surrender licenses, keep practicing anyhow

Is your doctor keeping a secret?

Your doctor may have surrendered his or her medical license in another state — rather than waiting for that state's medical board to revoke it — and you'd never know.

Workers' compensation benefits and carpal tunnel syndrome

Most people don't think that factory work and office work have a lot in common, but there's one occupational hazard that can trouble people who work in those jobs equally: carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and debilitating condition that affects a victim's hands and arms. It's caused by the compression of the nerves in the large bundle that travels from the neck to the hands. Aside from pain, it can cause weakness and numbness and make fine motor tasks next to impossible.

Is the loss of retirement funds due to bad choices actionable?

As a professional, you likely understand the benefit of specialization. You focus your career and professional development on the niche area to which you are best suited or which will earn you the most money. Instead of always attempting to perform certain tasks for yourself, you may choose to hire that work out to other people who have specialized in their field.

Money management and finance are a perfect example. They can take a lot of learning to understand the different financial instruments available and the way that the modern markets fluctuate. Instead of attempting to internalize and analyze that information, you may choose to work with an investment professional or financial advisor.

Defense, prosecution spar over University of Maryland hate crime

Defense attorneys representing a white man who fatally stabbed a black man in 2017 have asked the court to remove the "hate crime" designation that was added to the defendant's charges. The defendant was a student at the University of Maryland at the time, while the victim attended Bowie State University.

A hate crime is one in which the victim was targeted because of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability, national origin or sexual orientation. Defendants convicted of hate crimes typically receive harsher punishments than they otherwise would for the same offense against someone not targeted because they belong to one of those groups. In cases where death is involved, convicted defendants may end up receiving a sentence of life in prison without parole.

Is it time for your elderly relative to quit driving?

Getting a driver's license is, for many people, the first step toward adult independence. This is why deciding to stop driving can be so difficult.

Unfortunately, nobody can escape the kind of physical problems that come along with age forever. When someone you love starts experiencing signs that their best driving days are behind them, it's important to have a frank and honest discussion about putting down their keys.

The dangers of using the jail's phone lines

You have no expectation of privacy in jail while you are awaiting trial.

This is something that everyone should understand because far too many people make mistakes during their phone calls to loved ones that end up hurting them at trial.

Have a car accident? Go straight to a doctor

When you experience a car accident, it is often difficult to know what to do in the immediate aftermath and in the days afterward. Some car accident victims walk away after exchanging insurance information and wait for the insurers to clear everything up. They overlook the possibility that they have serious injuries that they cannot feel.

If you recently experienced a car accident and have not undergone a full medical examination, you must make this a top priority. While it is possible that you are lucky and only suffered property damage, if you do have injuries that are not yet causing pain, you may not realize you have them until they become a serious problem.

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