Maryland Personal Injury Law: Understanding the Concept of “Contributory Negligence”

Negligence is a legal term that means that one party was careless or failed to act in a way that a reasonable person would act in a similar situation. Negligence is also a concept used to determine fault in personal injury and other types of legal cases. There are situations where one person is completely at fault for another person’s injuries. However, in some circumstances, both parties are at least partially at Read More

Injured in a Slip & Fall Accident? Take These 5 Key Steps to Protect Your Claim

When you are injured on someone else’s property as a result of the negligence of the property owner, you may be entitled to compensation to help you pay for things like medical costs, lost wages, and even the pain and suffering that results from your injuries. However, personal injury cases such as this can be incredibly complex, and there are steps you must take following the accident in order to preserve your right Read More

Let Me Check My Calendar!

I'm a little obsessed with my computer and internet based calendars. And for good reason.  I can't remember when to do anything unless I have it "written down" somewhere. Ironically, in the age of the DayTimer calendaring system, I never maintained a written schedule. But the practice of law involves a host of dates and appointments such that the process is much more complicated - and that's where I look to 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

Rapper Lil Wayne Not Quite the Performer He Thinks He is in Depositions

My son Clark sent me this link this morning and I could only shake my head. Unfortunately, some people think they can misbehave in depositions and court and that it won't come back to hurt them. Keep in mind that rapper Lil Wayne was the one suing Quincy Jones over a documentary that the latter made about him. So he is trying to win his case rather than playing defense and trying not to lose the case. So it behooves 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