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August 2012 Archives

Brain injury lawsuits against the NFL, insurers fight back

As many Maryland residents have no doubt heard, the National Football League has been hit with numerous personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits involving better than 2,400 now retired NFL players who are accusing the league of failing to protect players from brain injuries. The suits claim the NFL failed to act on evidence from the medical community that shows repeated trauma to the head can cause permanent brain injuries, as well as other long-term medical problems.

Update on dog bite liability laws and the Maryland legislature

Lawmakers in the special session of the Maryland legislature failed to pass a bill that would have overturned a court ruling involving liability issues surrounding animal attacks by pit bulls. Maryland's highest court previously ruled that pit bulls are to be considered "inherently dangerous," and that personal injury or premises liability lawsuits involving dog bites by pit bulls did not require proof that the animal had exhibited prior violent behavior in order to hold the owner of the animal liable for damages.

Montgomery County car crash leaves one dead, another injured

When someone is a passenger in a vehicle, that passenger is putting his or her safety in the hands of another, assuming that driver will drive safely and without incident. That was not the case after a car crashed into a tree on Connecticut Avenue in Chevy Chase Village, killing a female passenger and injuring the male driver. The car crashed into the tree a little before noon last Wednesday on the southbound lanes of Maryland State Route 185, also called Connecticut Avenue, near Irving Street, according to Montgomery County police.

Stem cell research for spinal cord injuries receives $20 million

Maryland and Washington D.C. area residents may be interested to learn of a new $20 million grant to a state university and private company to research stem cell treatments for spinal cord injuries in the neck area. The grant will allow the university and private company to begin preparing for human testing of experimental treatments to improve or restore movement for those paralyzed through a spinal cord injury. The goal is to allow paralyzed patients to walk again however researchers anticipate more modest gains will result, at least initially.

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