Maryland workplace eye injuries and workers’ compensation
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
1d ago
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about 20,000 Americans sustain job-related eye injuries each year. Maryland workers who are among them can possibly receive workers’ compensation benefits. To do so, however, depends on the circumstances of the injury. What is workers’ compensation? Workers’ compensation is insurance that provides financial assistance or medical care for workers who become injured or sick because of their job. The employer pays for this insurance. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission says that Maryland employers with one or more employees must offer wor ..read more
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Is lane splitting legal and can it cause motorcycle accidents?
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
4d ago
Motorcyclists and lane splitting are a dangerous combination. Lane splitting, or the practice of a motorcyclist navigating between two lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic, is risky for all road users. Not only is this practice illegal in Maryland, but it can also lead to accidents and injuries. Motorcyclists, like drivers of four-wheeled vehicles, should always prioritize everyone’s safety. The injured party can seek compensation if a motorcyclist injures another because of lane splitting. How lane splitting leads to injuries Lane splitting can result in injuries due to several factors: Li ..read more
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Is it possible to get a home loan after filing for bankruptcy?
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
4d ago
Understandably, many adults in Maryland want to become homeowners. However, life can sometimes be full of unwanted financial-related surprises. One of these situations happens when someone must file for bankruptcy. After completing this process, many people wonder if they’re able to qualify for a home loan. Home loans after bankruptcy Fortunately, the good news is that people can qualify for and obtain a home loan after filing for bankruptcy. Typically, most people who file for bankruptcy choose Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Completing a waiting period While homeownership is possible aft ..read more
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Recovering from your bankruptcy
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
1w ago
Filing for bankruptcy could be a highly positive step in the right direction for people who are interested in rebuilding their financial situation. Following all the necessary steps during the bankruptcy process could lead a Maryland debtor to embark on life with a clean financial slate. Once bankruptcy ends, avoiding mistakes that could lead back to fiscal woes becomes necessary. Post-bankruptcy approaches Devising an adequate budget will be helpful, as the proper budget might prevent someone from overspending. Overspending on unnecessary things may deplete cash and force borrowing at other t ..read more
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Car loans and bankruptcy
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
1w ago
Filing for bankruptcy provides an opportunity to discharge some or all of your debts without the need to give up property such as a Maryland home. However, it may complicate your efforts to apply for vehicle financing as the bankruptcy remains on your credit report for up to 10 years. How lenders view bankruptcy There is no amount of time that you have to wait after filing for bankruptcy before attempting to apply for a vehicle loan. However, if you file for Chapter 13 protection, you will need to get permission from the bankruptcy court before the loan can go through. In addition, lenders may ..read more
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What appears in a background check?
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by bkabritsor
2w ago
Seeking a new job or pursuing other major opportunities in life may require a background check. What these checks reveal depends on state and federal laws. Learning more about background checks can help you protect your rights and privacy. It is beneficial to understand what information can legally be disclosed about you and how you can potentially correct or dispute inaccuracies in your background report. Background checks Criminal history is a key part of nearly all background checks. A criminal background check lists past convictions, arrests, sentences and court records. Most states, inclu ..read more
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The devastating effects of texting while driving
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
2w ago
It is not uncommon to see someone texting while cruising in Maryland. Driving while using a cell phone leads to thousands of car accidents yearly around the country. Why texting and driving is dangerous Texting and driving pose a greater risk than simply talking on the phone while behind the wheel due to the multiple layers of distraction involved. Visually, drivers are diverted by looking at the screen, manually by typing on the digital keyboard, and cognitively by formulating messages. Studies suggest that texting while driving can impair reaction times to a similar extent as consuming alcoh ..read more
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How to Expunge a DUI PBJ in Maryland: It Soon Can (Finally) Happen!
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
2w ago
Since 1998, Maryland has taken a stand on DUI PBJs — probation before judgment — that prevents them from being expunged. Current Maryland law is that anyone with a DUI or DWI PBJ is not eligible for expungement. As a result, DUI offenders who have been offered a PBJ have been able to avoid conviction but have not had the benefit of expungement. A DUI PBJ would forever remain on their record, until now. Senate Bill 118, allows expungements of PBJs for DUI, DWI, and DUI per se (a blow score of .08 or higher) IF: Fifteen (15) years have passed since the COMPLETION of any probation imposed (not th ..read more
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The link between daylight saving time and car accidents in Maryland
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by ryan.burch@thomsonreuters.com
2w ago
Daylight Saving Time is more than just “springing forward” or “falling back.” The annual time change directly impacts people’s daily routine, sometimes with unintended consequences. A common occurrence is the rise in road accidents in Maryland during this time of the year. Here’s why that happens. Daylight saving time Daylight Saving Time (DST) is a seasonal practice where people adjust their clocks forward by one hour to extend daylight hours into the evening. It usually starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. The chronological shuffle’s effect on commut ..read more
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4 tips for divorce talks when both spouses want to keep the house
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by bkabritsor
3w ago
It is common for both spouses to want to keep the marital home in a divorce. Of course, this is usually not practical. Maryland, like many states, follows equitable distribution laws. Assets acquired during the marriage typically undergo fair but not necessarily equal division. Keep a few things in mind if you are in talks to keep the home. 1. Your financial situation Both spouses should comprehensively understand their financial standing. This includes assessing the mortgage balance, property value and any outstanding debts associated with the home. Both of you also need to have a handle on y ..read more
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