• Find Out More About How To Approach Your Personal Injury By Visiting These Useful Links

    Unfortunately, some individuals and businesses will always be reckless and negligent, and people will continue to get hurt. If you’re ever the victim of another’s negligence, it’s important that you hire a skilled personal injury attorney to help you seek the compensation you need. For more information, call Sussman & Simcox at (301) 840-0404.

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    • Sometimes, even pharmacists make mistakes. Visit this page from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to learn about medication errors .
    • Do you know what to do after a car accident ? If not, visit this page from Edmunds.com.
    • The best way to avoid an accident is to drive safely. Head over to this page from HowStuffWorks.com for some safe driving tips .
    • Contributory negligence is a doctrine that many people think is too harsh. For more information, read this study from the Maryland Department of Legislative Services.
    • Did you know that 29% of Americans take five or more medications? For more medication safety statistics , visit this page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Are You A Smart Driver?

    Each year, GMAC Insurance posts the results, by state, of its national driver test.  This is a short quiz testing basic knowledge of good driving practices.  Sad to say, for 2011, drivers in Maryland and D.C. scored at the bottom of all states!

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    These results do not bode well for motorists on our local roadways. Every properly trained driver should immediately know what to do when facing a light that has just turned yellow, or to identify what is considered to be a safe following distance behind the car ahead. These are basic safety concepts and if you don’t know them, you are at higher risk to cause an accident.

    Spend a few minutes to take  GMAC’s quiz and see how you score.  Let us know here how well you did.  If you are struggling with any of the answers, maybe it’s time for a refresher.  The DMV will usually provide you with a free copy of the Drivers Handbook.  If you have teens in your house who are going through the license process, you probably already have a copy laying around.  Spend a little time refreshing your knowledge of basic rules of the road and good driving practices. Taking steps to becoming a safer driver is time well spent.  Hopefully, we can pull those scores up for 2012.

     

  • The Prevalence of Pharmacy Errors and What You Can Do if You Have Been Harmed by One

    Millions of Americans look to pharmaceutical drugs for help with a wide variety of ailments. These drugs have to go through many steps in order to get to the patient—and with each step, there are new risks for potentially disastrous errors. The pharmacy, for example, is one place where mistakes commonly occur. Here’s a brief look at the prevalence of pharmacy errors , the potential risks, and what you should do it you’re ever harmed:

    Pharmacy: Pharmacist Holding Handful of Capsules

    Types of pharmacy errors

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medication mistakes cause over 700,000 visits to the emergency room every year, and $3.5 billion goes towards undoing the damage done by adverse drug effects. There are many ways in which a pharmacy error can occur; a pharmacist can misread the doctor’s notes, miscount the number of pills, give the wrong pills, enter the wrong information into the system, or make any number of errors that result in a patient receiving the wrong dosage or the wrong drug.

    Potential consequences

    Millions of us rely on our prescriptions in order to stay healthy. Receiving the wrong pills can cause severe health problems due to unexpected interactions with other drugs or health conditions, leading to serious illness or even death. Errors regarding the dosage of a particular drug could lead to either overdose or ineffectiveness.

    What to do if harmed

    If you or a family member has recently been the victim of a pharmacy error, it’s important that you hire a skilled personal injury lawyer. Though mistakes do sometimes happen, it’s a pharmacist’s job to ensure that the prescriptions are filled correctly. You shouldn’t have to pay for a pharmacist’s negligence—instead, you should hire an attorney and seek fair compensation for your damages.

    For a smart, aggressive personal injury lawyer, contact the law office of Sussman & Simcox . , Karen Sussman and Howard Simcox are both experienced, well-respected attorneys who have the knowledge necessary to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. For more information, call (301) 840-0404 today.

     

  • Learning to Drive Safely Around Trucks by Avoiding Blind Spots

    If you’ve been driving for a long time, then you probably know all about blind spots. Though blind spots are bad enough for regular-sized cars, they’re especially difficult for truck drivers.

    In this short video from ConsumerReports.org, we get a feel for how truly difficult it is for truck drivers to see. In order to stay safe, it’s important that you avoid driving alongside large trucks, and instead stay well ahead or behind them. Remember that if you can’t see the driver’s face in his mirror, he can’t see you.

    Unfortunately, exercising proper caution isn’t always enough to avoid an accident. If you’ve recently been injured in a collision with a commercial truck, call Sussman & Simcox at (301) 840-0404 and we’ll help you obtain all the compensation you need.

     

  • Can I Still Make a Personal Injury Claim Following an Accident if I Was Partially Liable?

    Car AccidentPerhaps one of the most complicated aspects of the law is personal injury law , which is the stage for many hard-fought legal battles. For example, can an injured person file a personal injury claim if that individual is himself partially liable for the accident? Read on to learn more about this complicated topic.

    • Comparative negligence 
      In most states, the concept of comparative negligence provides a precedent for cases in which more than one party is liable. For example, if an individual is injured in a car accident due to another’s recklessness, the injured individual is entitled to compensation. However, if the injured individual was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, some of the liability would fall on him. The injured individual would likely receive the normal compensation package, minus his percentage of liability as determined by the court.
    • Contributory negligence 
      Contributory negligence is another concept that helps determine liability in personal injury cases. This doctrine is quite the opposite of comparative negligence, in that the personal injury plaintiff (i.e. the injured individual) does not receive compensation if he is even 1% liable. Unfortunately, Maryland is one of only five jurisdictions in the nation that still observe this oft-criticized doctrine—the other four being North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama, and Washington DC.
    • Seeking compensation 
      If you’ve recently been injured, you had better make sure that you are not liable in any way before you try to file a personal injury claim. If you’re unsure, it’s highly recommended that you speak with an experienced attorney. After carefully reviewing your case, an experienced attorney can tell you whether or not it’s worth pursuing.

    If you’ve recently been injured due to medical malpractice, an auto accident, or some other form of personal injury, contact Sussman & Simcox today. Though Maryland personal injury law is complex, Karen Sussman and Howard Simcox have helped many individuals receive proper compensation. If you have any questions, call (301) 840-0404 today.