Tiger Woods' Recent Arrest & Maryland Drugged Driving Laws

Friday, June 16, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

By now, you’ve surely seen the headlines about Tiger Woods’ recent arrest on suspicion of drunk driving. You’ve probably also read the news reports, such as in Baltimore’s CBS affiliate WJZ News 13, stating that the superstar athlete submitted to breathalyzer tests. Not once, but twice, the results came back as negative for the presence of alcohol. However, Mr. Woods did admit to using multiple prescription medications, including painkillers. While further details may not be available until his arraignment on July 5, 2017, it’s possible that the famous golfer will be charged with drugged driving. In Maryland, the offense is termed driving under the influence of drugs (DUID). These matters have a lot in common with drunk driving cases under state law, but they’re also distinct offenses that you’d be wise to entrust to an experienced DUI/DWI lawyer.

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Exceptions to the Harsh Contributory Negligence Rule in Maryland Car Accident Cases

Monday, May 29, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

In a Baltimore County, Maryland car accident case, negligence is a term attributed to the conduct of the responsible party that presents a risk of harm to another person. Victims can sue the negligent individual for damages related to their injuries, including costs of medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages. However, under state law, a victim may not be able to recover compensation if he or she bears some responsibility in the accident. If you’ve been injured in a car crash and may be partly to blame, talk to a Maryland car accident lawyer right away about the exceptions to the harsh rule of contributory negligence.

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Baltimore Bus Crash Highlights Issues of Vicarious Liability in Maryland Accident Cases

Friday, May 19, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Many around the Baltimore area may recall the tragic bus crash in November 2016 that claimed the lives of five individuals and caused injuries to 11 other victims. On May 4, 2017, the Baltimore Sun reported that a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of all victims, seeking more than $10 million in damages. The theory of liability is that the driver of the school bus, which struck a Maryland Transit Administration bus, should have been disqualified from obtaining a license to operate a commercial vehicle. The plaintiffs contend that the man suffered from numerous medical issues, including seizures, diabetes, and hypertension, that impact his ability to operate a bus. In fact, the driver had a history of previous traffic accidents and health-related problems.

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What NOT to say when you've been in a car accident

Saturday, May 13, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

A car accident is a traumatic and frightening experience for anyone. Whether it is simply a fender-bender or a serious crash, you will be shaken at the very least. And, when adrenaline is flowing, you are never in a position to say or do all the right things.

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Psychological Disorders from Traumatic Brain Injury

Friday, May 12, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you or a loved one suffers traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a car accident, the impact is extensive and life-changing. Unlike broken bones and contusions that heal in a relatively short time, an injury to the brain is unique and can have long-lasting implications; some accident victims may never fully recover. The psychological effects of a TBI can be especially harmful, as bipolar conditions, memory loss, and other psychoses are common for victims. Treatment of these types of injuries come with sky-high medical costs and other losses compared to less severe injuries. Consult with a Baltimore County auto accident lawyer about your options for compensation if you’re the victim of a TBI.

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Is Maryland a "Fault" or "No-Fault" State for Car Insurance?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’re injured in a car accident in Baltimore County, you may be hit with multiple losses that include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages from the responsible party, but the process for pursuing your claim depends on state law regarding “fault” and “no-fault” insurance coverage: Maryland is a fault state. While you should trust an experienced auto accident attorney to assist you in obtaining financial recovery for your losses, some general information on car insurance should be helpful.

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Field Sobriety Tests for DUI/DWI in Maryland

Thursday, April 27, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

If you’re pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving in Maryland, a police officer may request that you submit certain types of tests that indicate there may be alcohol or drugs in your system. These “field sobriety tests” are typically conducted at the scene, so that an officer can determine whether a further investigation is necessary. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has sanctioned three standardized tests that law enforcement across the US may use in the field, though some jurisdiction have implemented non-standardized physical exams. Due to the serious nature of a DUI or DWI charge in Maryland, it’s critical to discuss your case with an experienced attorney if you were arrested for drunk driving based upon these types of test results. 

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How Much Does Your Firm Charge to Handle a Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident Personal Injury Claim?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

The amount of damages caused by commercial motor vehicle accidents is staggering. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2012 there were $87 Billion dollars worth of damages caused by commercial motor vehicle crashes. These numbers can be quite baffling, but when one understands that the Texas Department of Transportation’s investigation reveals that in 2015 there were 34,230 accidents that resulted due to collisions. Because accidents are influenced by a variety of factors, it can be difficult to assess exactly how much the damages from a commercial motor vehicle accident are worth. This article will examine exactly how much our firm charges to handle a tractor-trailer truck accident personal injury claim based on the various statistics available about these types of crashes.

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Nursing Home Fall Led to Death, Lawsuit

Friday, April 7, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

Nursing homes are supposed to provide proper care to keep our loved ones safe from harm. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. The family of a man who died while under nursing home care filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming negligence against the facility. The lawsuit was filed in Cook County against Forest Edge Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center LLC and others stating that they were negligent. The complaint requests damages in an amount greater than $50,000 and a jury trial.

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What to Do After An Uber Accident

Sunday, April 2, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

In just a few short years ride-sharing services, such as Uber or Lyft, have significantly disrupted the traditional taxi industry. Uber rides are convenient and often more affordable than a traditional taxi service so many people like to use Uber when they need a ride somewhere. But just like any other vehicle on the road, Uber vehicles are just as likely to be involved in automobile accidents. What should you do if you are a passenger or driver in an Uber vehicle and your Uber ride is involved in an accident?

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Spinal Cord Injuries in a Baltimore County Car Accident

Friday, March 17, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

The severity of a Baltimore County car accident can vary widely, leading to injuries ranging from bruises and contusions to massive, life-changing wounds. One of the most serious injuries a victim can suffer is a spinal cord injury, since the spine is responsible for many aspects of the human body’s functioning. Not only will a person deal with immediate treatment, but there may be long-term care; some victims never fully recover from a spinal cord injury, so he or she could require assistance for a lifetime. If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident, consult with an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney for assistance in recovering compensation for your losses.

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Common Causes Behind Truck Accidents

Wednesday, March 8, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

According to the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Analysis Division, there were 83,000 truck accidents that caused injuries in 2015. That number represents 20 percent of all reported cases that year, which was 415,000. Truck crashes usually lead to much more severe injuries that incidents involving passenger cars, mostly due to their larger size and the weight of the cargo they carry. Victims may go through extensive medical treatment, longer rehabilitation periods, and may be out of work for months – or more. If you’ve suffered injuries in a Maryland truck accident, talk to an experienced attorney about the causes of the collision and what you may be able to recover as compensation.

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The Anatomy of a Maryland Personal Injury Trial

Wednesday, March 1, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

While the majority of Maryland car accident cases settle or are otherwise disposed of in the pre-trial phases of litigation, some matters do go to a full trial. However, the proceedings are quite different from what you may have seen in the movies or on TV. Your attorney will take the lead in representing your interests if your car accident case is headed for a trial, but the anatomy of a typical personal injury case will help you understand what to expect.

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Workers' Compensation Hearings in Maryland

Tuesday, February 21, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

A work-related injury can be aggravating. Even a minor incident may leave you out of work for medical treatment and recovery. At a time when you’re dealing with pain and immobility issues, you’re also losing wages until you can return to your job. Maryland workers’ compensation law is intended to help you get back to work as soon as possible, so the system is a no-fault concept: You don’t have to prove your employer was responsible for the injury. You can prevail on a workers’ comp claim by showing that you were hurt while on the job, and sustained losses as a result. Under certain circumstances, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) will award sufficient benefits to compensate you for your losses until you return to work.

Other times, it may be necessary to attend a hearing before the WCC if there are disputed issues with your claim. A Maryland workers’ compensation attorney can assist you through the hearing process, which is relatively complex.

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Wrongful Death Versus Survival Actions Under Maryland Law

Monday, January 30, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety statistics, there were 472 fatal car accidents in Maryland during 2015; another 41 people succumbed to their injuries at a time after the collisions occurred. These deaths impacted many families, leading to potential liability for parties that may have been negligent or reckless in causing the crashes. There are two different theories of liability for the damages that result from accidental death under state law, and both are intended to compensate the victims who suffer losses. You should discuss wrongful death cases and survival actions with a Maryland attorney if you’re the family member of someone who’s died in a car accident.

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How To Value Personal Injury Auto Cases

Monday, January 16, 2017      Michael A. Freedman

First of all, in order to have a case at all we must find that the other driver was negligent and that our client did not contribute to the accident. In Maryland, for example, if one is found to be 1% negligent they would be barred from any recovery via contributory negligence. Thus, once negligence is established we look at the accident itself and the injuries sustained.

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Settlement in a Maryland Car Accident Case: A Look Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, December 27, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

Statistics show that the majority of Maryland car accident cases involving injuries are settled before they go to trial. The victim and the responsible party’s insurer usually come to an agreement on the amount intended to compensate for all losses, including medical treatment, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages. However, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes as the parties approach the settlement process: It’s not as easy as one side making a demand, reviewing a possible counteroffer, and reaching an agreement somewhere in between. You must have a strategy in place for settlement negotiations to obtain the highest possible amount available under the law, and your personal injury attorney knows about these best practices for the process.

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Factors That Affect Compensation in Settlement Negotiations

Friday, December 16, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

Not all car accident cases in Baltimore County go through the full trial process, as many are resolved through settlement agreements intended to compensate the injured party for his or her losses. In a typical scenario, the attorney representing the accident victim...

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Pre-Trial Motions in Baltimore County, MD DUI cases

Friday, December 9, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland police have always been tough on drunk drivers, but the penalties for a DUI/DWI conviction are even more severe since Noah’s Law went into effect October 1, 2016. Now, in addition to potential prison time, fines, and driver’s license suspension, some offenders will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their vehicle. You need a strong defense when you’re facing such harsh punishment, and one strategy is the use of motions to weaken the prosecution’s case against you. A Maryland DUI/DWI lawyer can tell you more about presenting these motions during the pre-trial phases of your case.

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