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  • Personal Injury Suits for Crime Victims

    For crime victims, seeing an offender convicted is satisfying, but does little to make the victim whole. In Maryland, every victim of crime has the right to file a lawsuit against the perpetrator to recover compensation for the harm that he or she suffered. Victims may also be able to sue those whose negligence allowed the crime […]

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  • Premises Liability

    The owners and possessors of property are responsible to keep their property safe. This may include maintenance and upkeep, taking appropriate security measures, and ensuring that property is in compliance with building and safety codes. If adequate safety measures are not taken and someone is injured as a result, the owner may be subject to legal […]

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  • MD Jury Rewards Millions to Victim of Medical Malpractice

    When Maryland resident Gary Stern went to the hospital with terrible pains in his abdominal region, he expected to be treated accordingly. After all, experts in the medical field have peoples’ lives resting in their hands on a regular basis and cannot make a mistake, no matter how long of hours they work. It is […]

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  • Calculating Death Benefits in Maryland

    Recently, the widow of a worker who was killed when he was struck by a co-worker’s vehicle while at work received a $400,000 award in death benefits from the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission. The decision to award this amount was based on the commission’s recognition that the widow was financially dependent on her spouse, which meant that […]

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  • Nursing Home Negligence Leads to Death of 80-Year-Old Resident

    In Maryland, negligent care of nursing home residents can have serious financial and legal repercussions. The recent death of an 80-year-old patient who wandered away from a picnic outing sponsored by his nursing home has raised concerns about elder abuse in the state. Lubin Phipps was a resident of Woodmore House Assisted Living and required constant supervision […]

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  • School Injuries

    School Injuries Children spend much of their time at school and are often injured during the course of their time there. Sometimes, their injuries are caused by dangerous conditions on school grounds or by the neglect or wrongdoing of teachers or other school employees. If a child’s injury is attributable to the school’s negligence, the […]

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  • New Law Requires Mandatory Disclosure of Insurance Policy Limits

    In past years, in lawsuits concerning vehicle accidents, insurance companies in Maryland were not required to disclose the limit of a client’s policy to other parties. In 2011, the state legislature changed this by passing a law that required insurance providers to divulge an insured client’s coverage. In order gain the information, the claimant must have […]

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  • Patient Sues Anesthesiologist for Medical Malpractice

    In a recent decision, a Fairfax County, Virginia, court found a Maryland anesthesiologist liable for medical malpractice and defamation. The plaintiff, D.B., was undergoing a routine colonoscopy when his accidental recording of the procedure later revealed that both attending physicians had insulted him throughout the proceeding. After a three-day trial, the jury found the anesthesiologist and her […]

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  • Essure and Defective Medical Devices

    A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee has convened to reinvestigate the risks and benefits of using Essure, the only non-surgically implanted birth control device currently available in the U.S. Essure is a small metal and polyester coil that is implanted in a woman’s fallopian tubes to create permanent sterility. Essure users have complained of side effects including pelvic […]

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  • Negligence and Violating Statutes

    Often when a person violates a law, someone else is harmed. In some cases, that other person may have a compensable injury that gives rise to a personal injury suit based in negligence. When that happens, Maryland law treats the legal violation as evidence that the violator was negligent. Evidence of Negligence Under Maryland law, violating a […]

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  • Volkswagen Emissions Legal Investigation

    In mid-September, Volkswagen publicly admitted that it had cheated during the emissions tests on as many as eleven million of its “clean diesel” engines. It has since come to light that the vehicles were equipped with computer software that could detect when an emissions test was taking place based on engine operation, air pressure, monitoring […]

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  • Medical Malpractice Damage Caps in Maryland

    Maryland limits how much a medical malpractice victim can recover in damages in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. The state’s statutes include caps on the amount that may be recovered for noneconomic damages in a medical malpractice claim. The medical malpractice limit is different from that which applies in other personal injury claims, such as […]

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  • Medical Malpractice Arbitration

    Before a medical malpractice victim may file a lawsuit for malpractice in Maryland, the parties must first complete arbitration or waive the arbitration process, and the claimant must file a certificate and report from an expert witness. If the parties waive arbitration, or if one party wishes to appeal the arbitration award, they may continue their suit […]

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  • Undocumented Immigrants & Personal Injury Claims

    n Maryland, undocumented immigrants, like anyone else, are permitted to file personal injury lawsuits. But defendants may discover that they are in the country in illegally, and their immigration status may have an effect on the amount of damages that they can recover. Relevance and Prejudice Evidence of a personal injury plaintiff’s status as undocumented immigrant is admissible […]

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  • Nursing Malpractice

    Most people think of medical malpractice claims as being against doctors, for serious harms such as botching a surgery or failing to diagnose a disease. But other medical professionals, such as nurses, play a large role in any patient’s care. A nurse’s competence can be essential to a patient’s treatment and recovery. If the nurse fails to […]

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  • Standard of Care in Medical Malpractice

    In a medical malpractice or medical negligence case, one important aspect of the case is proving the standard of care. The standard of care means the level of caution and attention that a medical professional or hospital must exercise in the treatment of a patient. In any personal injury lawsuit for medical malpractice, the injured party must […]

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