Personal Injury

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Should Standing Up Against Terrorist Threats Open You Up To Liability?

Sony Pictures’ release of the movie “The Interview,” in which James Franco and Seth Rogen attempt to assassinate North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has resulted in significant threats of violence at or against any theater that shows the film.  As a result, Sony announced that it would allow the individual theaters to choose whether to … Continue reading

Why I Chose to Hang My Own Shingle and Start My Own Firm

When my mom found out that I was opening my own firm, her response was classic. She said to me, “I knew that it would happen one day, because you don’t play well with others!” Thanks Mom! But it was the truth, and not necessarily in a bad way. You see, many attorneys, me included, … Continue reading

Maryland Legislature to Review a Bar’s Liability for Drunk Driving Accidents in 2014

Last year I blogged about the Maryland Court of Appeals taking a look at the possible liability of a bar in relation to drunk driving accidents.  In its ruling on that case, Warr v. JMGM Group, LLC, 433 Md. 170 (2013), the Court stated that this issue involved significant public policy issues that would be better … Continue reading

“Ask a Lawyer” Websites: What You Need To Know BEFORE You Ask

There are many websites and forums available to the general public to pose legal questions, which are then answered by “attorneys.”  I participate on some of these sites from time to time and often question the wisdom of the people posing the questions, but also regularly question the wisdom contained in the answers.  As a … Continue reading

Should I Give A Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company? Will They Deny My Claim If I Don’t? You Do Have the Right to Remain Silent in Your Injury Case!

So you have been in a car accident and the other driver’s insurance company is on the phone asking you to make a recorded statement.  There is only one acceptable answer here:  NO!!!!  You have the right to remain silent, and anything you say can and will be used against you!  This does not only … Continue reading

When Can I Fire My Own Lawyer? Are You Getting The Service You Deserve?

Do you have an attorney that acts like you are wasting his or her time when you call?  Or, do you feel that you are being treated like a file on your attorney’s desk rather than a valuable client?  Are you wondering whether you should fire your attorney, or whether you are even allowed to? … Continue reading

Should Bars Be Held Responsible For Drunk Driving Accidents?

Should a bar be held liable for drunk driving accidents if they serve a customer who then is involved in an accident?  The Maryland Court of Appeals heard arguments on Tuesday on this issue.  For the past 32 years, Maryland law, known as a “dram shop” law, has prevented victims of drunk driving accidents and … Continue reading

Slamming the Brakes on a Tailgater: How It Can Land You With A Criminal Charge AND Prevent an Injury Recovery!

Slamming your brakes when being tailgated can lead to criminal charges, civil lawsuits, and an empty hole in your wallet when it comes to personal injury cases.   We’ve all done it, or had it done to us.  One car is tailgating another and the front car slams on his brakes to back the second … Continue reading

Are You Dooming Your Own Personal Injury Case? (Part 1)

As an attorney, hired by clients to manage their personal injury cases and try to negotiate the best settlement for their injuries, there are few things more frustrating than a client who seems hell bent on making my job more difficult by undermining their own personal injury case.  Obviously (you hope), they aren’t doing it … Continue reading

You Do Realize I Went to LAW School and Not the Wizard’s Academy… Right?

A lawyer has many responsibilities in representing his or her clients.  One of the most important is expectation management.   No matter what area of law you are practicing, it is unlikely that your clients have a realistic concept of what lies in front of them at the outset of the legal relationship.  In addition … Continue reading