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Hardy Wolf & Downing files personal injury lawsuits in Maine due car accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice, and other acts of negligence. Call today.

Tips for Staying Safe this Fourth of July

fourth of July celebration

Fourth of July is right around the corner and with the holiday comes concerns over how to stay safe in the midst of the fireworks frenzy. The personal injury attorneys at Hardy Wolf & Downing want to wish all of our fellow Maine residents a safe and happy Fourth, which is why we are providing a… Read more »

Five Overlooked Hazards that Present Summer Safety Risks

little girl in a float in a swimming pool

School is finally out and the summer is on its way. Along with the graduation parties, barbecues, and summer recreation, the sunny season brings a rise in injuries. Sources ranging from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to hospital emergency rooms confirm that accidental injuries swiftly increase during the summer months, and many of those… Read more »

Recreational Boating Accident Injuries Drop, Reports Coast Guard

Life buoy

Last year saw 32 recreational boating accidents in Maine, and eight fatalities, reports The U.S. Coast Guard. According to its 2015 Recreational Boating Statistics, national boating accident related injuries are significantly lower than recent years, with 2,613 injuries in 2015. Boating deaths spiked just 2.6 percent from 2014, with 626 deaths last year. While this… Read more »

New OSHA Rules Aim to Curb Workplace Injuries

Factory worker calling for help after accident

Last week, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced its new data reporting rule aimed at modernizing injury data collection. According to a recent OSHA news release, the new rule, which goes into effect August 10, 2016, is intended to “nudge” employers to increase precautions that reduce workplace injuries and illnesses…. Read more »

Family: Maine Med Patient’s 6th Story Jump Not Suicide

lifestyle photo of a young caucasian man as he waits in a hospital examination room

A man who jumped from a sixth story window in the Richards Tower of the Maine Medical Center last month was not attempting suicide but, rather, suffering from impaired judgment due to a brain injury, according to his family.  The man, identified as Paul Cady of Hollis, was recovering from a motorcycle accident that took… Read more »

Updated OSHA Reporting Requirements Yield Workplace Accident Data

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Now that the first year under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) new workplace injury reporting requirements has come and gone, the agency is now assessing the implications of the data gleaned in the past 12 months and what it may reveal about employer-based safety initiatives and precautions. In support of that effort, OSHA… Read more »

Long-Term Complications Tied to Early Childhood Brain Injury

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Even children who suffer a mild brain injury early in life are at risk of long-term functional impairments and learning disabilities, suggests new research published in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers also found that a child’s home environment plays an important role in the healing and outcome of pediatric head trauma, with poorer outcomes noted in children… Read more »

Social Media Now Plays a Role in Nursing Home Abuse

Care Worker Mistreating Senior Woman At Home

Adding to the growing problem of nursing home abuse across the country, recent reports reveal that some nursing home workers are violating the privacy of the elderly in their care by posting dehumanizing and private images and videos of residents on social media sites, such as Snapchat. This recent trend has lead to criminal charges in some cases, since taking… Read more »

Study Shows Slowing of Brain Blood Flow Following Concussion

Xray of concussion

Though still considered preliminary in nature, recent research findings suggest that patients who experience a concussion may suffer reduced blood flow to the brain even after symptoms of the trauma are deemed to have subsided. The study was unveiled early this month as part of the Radiological Society of North America’s annual meeting, and was… Read more »