What to Do if an Insurance Company Offers You a Settlement

If you have been in an auto accident, or otherwise experienced a personal injury, you may be contacted by the other person or entity’s insurance company with an offer to settle the case. This offer could come before you even file a personal injury suit, which can make it very tempting to take the deal. Accepting an insurance company’s offer to settle the case, however, eliminates your right to pursue litigation down Read More

Understanding Maryland Auto Accident Liability

On paper, a car accident between two people is probably the fault of one of the drivers. When it comes to Maryland law, however, determining liability is often much more complex than that, and it has some very serious implications with regards to making an insurance claim or recovering any type of compensation for injuries that were suffered. With this in mind, having a good understanding of Maryland auto accident Read More

Estate Planning Lessons from “Furious 7”

They wreck a lot of cars in the movie "Furious 7". That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to most people. I took my wife to see the latest installment of the action film series - because she has the movie interests of a 14 year old boy. Noel has always been amongst the first in line for movies such as any Rambo, The Expendables, and most of the Fast series. The movie has done fabulously well at the box office even Read More

The Trouble With Juries

I have recently had a run of cases which have gone to trial before a jury in both Maryland and the District of Columbia. It is said that only the most difficult of cases make it to a jury because the vast majority of cases are settled before reaching the trial stage. By definition then, once you get to the point that the case is being tried, anything can really happen. There are arguments to be made on both sides and Read More

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

That old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words", is never more true than when litigating car accident cases. A good photograph of the accident scene can very often make or break one's case. Yet I can't tell you how often clients come to me without such evidence. This is even more surprising when you think how many people have smartphones that include cameras. A recent market research study indicates that more Read More

Motorcycles, Accidents, and New Maryland Law

Reading the other day about the youngest brother of Baltimore Raven's wide receiver Torrey Smith who was killed riding a motorcycle and it made me confront my own desires to get a bike. A little one, mind you, maybe no more than a fancy scooter. I think they look good and certainly would be economic to drive. But the potential for grave damage in an accident persuades me each time to forget about it. That and the Read More

Skin in the Game

Should a personal injury attorney require his clients to pay up front for out-of-pocket expenses incurred on behalf of their case? To be honest, I never really gave this question much thought. When I opened my solo practice I just did what my old firm did. I paid the out of pocket expense out of my pocket; and, hopefully, recouped them at the end of the case when it settled or a favorable judgment was entered. A Read More

Litigating a Personal Injury Case – New Client Call (First in a Series)

This is the first in a series of posts designed to discuss litigating a personal injury claim. It is intended primarily for other attorneys but will hopefully also prove valuable to those who might be contemplating a personal injury claim. After the accident, and hopefully after the person involved has begun treatment for their medical injuries, a call comes into the attorney's office asking whether or not the Read More

Are You Really in Good Hands with Your Insurance Company?

For sure, car insurance and car insurance companies are a necessary evil. You would be foolish, and in this state illegal, to operate a motor vehicle without insurance. In the event of an accident, and in particular a major accident, you need the insurance coverage to pay for your property damage to your car and to compensate you for your injuries and lost time from work. But make no mistake about it, insurance Read More

When Will I Become Jaded?

I'm sure it will come at some point. Listening to all of my esteemed colleagues, who have been practicing far longer than I have, moan and groan about the system and about judges in particular, makes me wonder when I will become equally jaded. Because to date, I have been remarkably surprised about how accommodating the court has been towards me and my clients. There have been times when my clients have been late for Read More