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No-contact car accidents: Protect yourself with these steps

The odds are actually good that you'll someday be involved in what's known as a "no-contact" accident.

That's the type of car accident where you're suddenly forced to swerve off the road to avoid hitting another driver. You may end up hitting a guardrail or you may end up in ditch, for example, after swerving to avoid a driver who merged into your lane without looking. It's called a "no-contact" accident because you never make contact with the other car.

Look for these signs of accounting negligence

If you own a business, it's critical to have good support services, including an accountant. You also need to be able to rely on that accountant to meet certain minimum standards that are at least level with any other member of the profession.

When an accountant fails to meet those minimum standards, that's a type of professional malpractice known as negligence. Unfortunately, if you don't recognize the signs that it's happening, accounting negligence can end up costing your business a lot.

Guns and product liability: Were you hurt by a defective firearm?

What kind of product could be more dangerous than a firearm? A gun is a manufactured object specifically designed to injure and kill people. In most cases, gun makers design and manufacture weapons so they function as they're supposed to, but sometimes a gun has serious problems that results in a tragic or fatal accident.

When a gun maker builds a defective weapon, and it hurts someone, it could give rise to a product liability lawsuit.

4 Maryland teens charged in officer's murder

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the intentional murder of a Maryland officer after running her over with a Jeep when she attempted to arrest him. The entire incident was caught on the officer's body camera. It shows the teen accelerating as he aimed for the officer.

Now, three other teens have been arrested at their homes in connection with the same incident. Ranging from 15 to 17 years of age, all three teens will be charged with burglary and first-degree homicide, even though they weren't in the Jeep when the tragedy happened. They were actually inside one of the nearby suburban homes, robbing it.

When can children be charged as adults in Maryland?

What you don't know can actually hurt you -- quite a bit.

Especially when it comes to how the legal system works. Many teenagers are under the impression that they can't be tried in adult court -- or suffer adult penalties if they're convicted -- simply because they're too young to vote, buy cigarettes, drive a car and all those other adult activities.

Professional malpractice claims must be handled carefully

Professional malpractice is a very serious matter when it has to do with doctors or attorneys. It is imperative that these individuals always do what they are hired to do. They must act in a professional manner and keep the best interests of their clients at the heart of their decisions regarding the case.

When a professional doesn't do what they are supposed to do, there might be a claim made regarding professional malpractice. These allegations are serious and must meet certain criteria. Here are some important points to remember:

Maryland considers law that would change expert testimony rules

If you've been injured due to someone's negligence, who would you want to testify on your behalf -- an expert who knows has enough experience to break down complex information in a way that's easily understood by laypeople and knows how to handle himself or herself on the stand or an expert without those slowly-developed skills?

The answer seems pretty obvious. Who wouldn't want the expert that understands how a trial works and what's important for the jury to hear?

Maryland's medical marijuana plan: Trouble for injured workers

Maryland recently joined the growing body of states that allow the use of medical marijuana. However, it is too early to tell whether or not everyone who needs the drug will have the insurance coverage they need to get it.

For now, injured workers who are receiving treatment for on-the-job accidents through their employer's workers' compensation program can expect to pay the costs of medical marijuana out-of-pocket -- including whatever consultative exam they need to have with a marijuana prescriber. For many injured workers, that's an expense they can't afford.

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