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September 2017 Archives

Reversal reflects how judicial standards can evolve

Most people have never taken a polygraph test. We venture to guess that the nearest encounter most people have had with the devices - also known as lie detectors - is what they've seen on television or the movies. In theory, the devices gauge changes in a subject's physiological responses to questions and allow skilled operators to read whether the person is lying or not. The problem is that the machines are not foolproof. Courts sometimes allow polygraph results as evidence, but only if they meet a standard set 70 years ago called the Frye test.

How much protective screening should baseball fans expect?

The recent injury to a young girl at Yankee Stadium has reignited the controversy over how extensive the screening should be that protects fans from being struck by balls traveling at speeds of upwards of 100 miles per hour. It also raises questions about the legal responsibility of teams for those injuries.

Psychiatrists can be sued for medical malpractice

Filing a medical malpractice suit against a psychiatrist or other mental health professional can be more complicated than taking legal action against other types of doctors. The injury is likely not visible or measurable, as it would be if a surgical procedure was done incorrectly or a medical condition was misdiagnosed.

Did you hear that? No? Maybe you're a 'sonic attack' victim

Everyone knows, or at least should know, that prolonged exposure to loud noises can damage your hearing. Anyone who has attended a rock concert without some form of ear protection has probably experienced a ringing in the ears for days afterward. If you paid the price for the ticket, that damage is a risk you chose to face and you can't expect someone else to cover the cost of your recovery.

Battles over shared use of Baltimore's streets seem in full fury

If you are a motorist in Baltimore, or anywhere else in Maryland for that matter, you probably have noticed that there are increased numbers of bicycles sharing the streets. This is not by chance. For many years, the city has lagged behind other metropolitan areas in providing the infrastructure for encouraging more bicycling. That has changed in recent years, to a point where this year, Baltimore is recognized as one of 10 U.S. cities leading the way on making improvements.

Do you have a civil claim against a nursing home?

Nursing home abuse and negligence is far too common here in Maryland and across the country. Just recently, we saw the tragic story of nursing home residents left in their facility with no power or air conditioning instead of being evacuated as Hurricane Irma bore down on Florida.

Reliability of blood samples at issue in FL DUI appeal

In any criminal defense case, the reliability of the evidence presented by the state is important for criminal defendants to carefully scrutinize and challenge, when necessary. In the context of DUI defense, it is particularly important to look at the reliability of evidence related to blood-alcohol content.

Study correlates development of cerebral palsy to gene controlling brain inflammation

Cerebral palsy is a common birth injury that can leave a child with lifelong impairments, particularly limitations in movement and motor skills. The condition is caused by brain damage, though the underlying causes can vary and are not fully understood in every case.

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