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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.

You can't trust a workers' compensation nurse case manager

When you're injured and on workers' compensation in Maryland, the insurance company handling your claim may assign a nurse case manager (NCM) to your claim.

In theory, the NCM's role is to assist you with your treatment. NCMs are supposed to have a unique understanding of the medical and vocational issues involved in workplace injuries. They're supposed to help coordinate your treatment and facilitate better -- and more accurate -- communication with your treating physicians.

If you spot these issues, it's time to fire your accountant

As a small business owner, you need to be able to rely on your accountant to handle your financial affairs. It's your accountant's job to keep accurate records, file your taxes in a timely manner and compile the necessary documents that will portray your company's financial health to banks and investors.

A single act of accounting negligence, however, can ruin your business reputation, damage your investors and cause you significant personal financial losses. Any breach from acceptable accounting practices -- whether done intentionally or not -- can be a disaster. So, if you find any of the following danger signs happening with your accountant, it's time to hire someone new:

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