What Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

The question gets raised often by injured parties worried that they don’t have the resources to hire a lawyer to fight for their compensation following an injury: how am I going to be able to afford an attorney? These folks, no matter their financial status prior to the injury, are at a disadvantage after an […]

I Don’t Want to Be One of Those People

I hear it at least once a week, or some variation of it. “I’m just going to let it go. I don’t want to make a claim.” When I inquire why they want to surrender their ability to exert their legal right to protect themselves after an injury caused by someone else’s carelessness, they often […]

Stacking is Here

A law passed in the 2017 legislative session requiring insurers writing policies in Maryland to offer “stacking” of underinsured (UIM) automobile insurance coverage. This law went into effect in July 2018, but it hasn’t gotten much, if any, publicity. What’s Stacking, and Why Is It Important? Before we get to that, let’s take a quick […]

Insurance Companies Want Jurors In The Dark To Keep Verdicts Lower

Those who bring personal injury claims in Maryland face a number of hurdles in achieving satisfactory recoveries for their damages. Some of these are fair, such as the burden of proof resting with a plaintiff to prove their case (although oftentimes jurors hold plaintiffs to a higher burden of proof than should be applicable, incorrectly […]

Study Says Playing Tetris Can Help Personal Injury Victims Ease PTSD Symptoms

People involved in car crashes often describe various symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder, ranging from mild to severe. One such symptom is recurrent flashbacks of the incident itself, which can interrupt daily activities and disrupt sleep, aggravating the many other symptoms typically suffered. Imagine having a painful injury, trying to continue your typical busy […]

The Importance of Credibility in Personal Injury Cases

In legal TV shows and movies of old, judges and bailiffs would administer the oath to a witness or party, stating “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” While the oath (or affirmation) has changed as times have, the sentiment remains the same. […]

Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney Before Retaining One, Part II

Do you charge a fee to process Personal Injury Protection reimbursements? Personally, I disagree with the business practice of personal injury attorneys charging their clients a fee to do something that is already part of the job they were retained to do. Yes, it’s a way for attorneys to make more money, even in cases […]

Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney Before Retaining One

I’m a firm believer that a person who’s looking to retain an attorney should interview a few different lawyers/firms before making a decision on who should represent them. If the matter is serious enough to warrant an initial consult with an attorney to begin with, then it’s serious enough to meet with more than one […]

Elements of Compensation for Personal Injuries in Maryland

There are a few elements of damages an injured party is supposed to be entitled to under Maryland law. I say “supposed to be” because insurance adjusters (and even judges and jurors, on occasion) do not recognize or fully compensate for these elements. The main categories of damages recoverable after an auto tort or other […]

What Happens if the Insurance Company Doesn’t Make a Reasonable Offer to Settle My Personal Injury Case?

It happens. Regularly. Insurance companies get a demand package from an injured person’s attorney’s office and make a low-ball offer. Some clients insist on taking it. Unfortunately, some attorneys who claim to know how to practice personal injury law don’t know better and tell their clients to take the offer. Other attorneys, even if they […]