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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Top 6 Most Common Workplace Injuries

Tuesday, November 29, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

Every year, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission releases an annual report that covers such data as claims filed by industry, awards according to disability and body part, the demographics of claimants, fatalities by industry, and other important information. From these details and facts gathered by workers’ comp agencies in other states, certain patterns emerge, including the most common types of workplace injuries. If you’ve been hurt on the job under any of these scenarios, consult with a workers’ comp lawyer about your rights and filing a claim.

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Common Injuries in Baltimore County, MD Car Accident Cases

Wednesday, November 16, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

In July 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report on Traffic Safety Facts involving passenger vehicles. The numbers on car accident cases were staggering: Collisions involving vehicles and light trucks caused injuries to 2,074,000 people in 2014, though that number represented a decrease as compared to 2013. Still, the accident report shows that accidents do happen despite a motorist’s exercise of care when driving. If you’ve been hurt in a Baltimore County, MD car accident case, talk with an attorney about the different categories of injuries for which you might be entitled to compensation.

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How Does a Maryland DUI/DWI Affect Driver's License Points?

Thursday, November 3, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

If you’re arrested for DUI/DWI in Maryland, the offense will result in criminal charges that may lead to jail time and a fine; you may also receive a driver’s license suspension and be forced to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on your vehicle for a minimum of six months. Under the newly effective Noah’s Law, drunk drivers must implement the IID technology, which prevents your car from starting if your breath reveals a blood alcohol concentration higher than the designated percentage.

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Car Accidents & Vicarious Liability

Monday, October 31, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

There are many instances where an employee causes a car accident or an injury to another while they are working. It could be that a worker is responsible for creating a slip and fall hazard that a customer falls victim to, or a worker could be out making a delivery in a company car and causes an automobile accident. Whatever the case may be, the law provides for vicarious liability, also referred to as respondeat superior, which holds an employer accountable for the actions of its employees while they are on the clock.

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Car Accidents and Uninsured or Underinsurance Motorist Insurance

Monday, October 17, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

Maryland, like all states, requires motorists to maintain a certain minimum amount of liability insurance, i.e. $30,000 bodily injury coverage, $60,000 for two or more people, and $15,000 for property damage. Nonetheless, the Insurance Research Council estimates that as many as 12 to 15% of Maryland drivers do not maintain any insurance coverage at all, despite downward trends in uninsured motorists over the past several years. In car accidents with drivers who do not maintain the required insurance coverage, uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage can help compensate you for any losses that you might have.

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Motor Vehicle Hearings for DUI in Maryland | Top 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions

Wednesday, October 12, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

If you’ve been charged with drunk driving in Maryland, you’re probably aware that the offense has implications for your driving privileges and criminal penalties. Because DUI/DWI is a crime, your case will proceed before a criminal court to determine guilt and sentencing. However, the case involving your ability to drive is not criminal in nature: This proceeding goes before the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) where a hearing will determine your driving privileges.  

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Noah's Law Takes Effect October 1, 2016: What This New Law Means for DUI/DWI in Maryland

Monday, October 3, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

Drunk driving laws in Maryland have been around for years, but a new one inspired by a police officer will soon be taking effect. On October 1, 2016, Noah’s Law will require all motorists convicted of DUI or DWI to install an ignition interlock device on their vehicles. Police officer Noah Leotta was struck and killed by a drunk driver in December 2015 while patrolling as part of a DUI task force. According to reports, the offender had been drinking beer and whiskey for several hours prior to the incident, and had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .22 percent – almost three times the legal limit. Officer Leotta was 24 years old.

 

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Pursuing Your Underinsurance Claim

Wednesday, September 28, 2016      Michael A. Freedman

A very typical occurrence in Maryland, and most other states, is the use of underinsurance, (“UIM”), in an auto accident case. For the sake of this discussion let’s assume that our client has been struck in the rear causing considerable injury. Let’s also assume that the injury requires significant treatment and that I conclude that the case is worth something over $100,000. 

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