Archives for July 2014

Woman Not Wearing Seat Belt Killed in Howard County Crash

A woman was killed after driving westbound in the eastbound MD 32 lanes when her car struck a tow truck head on, around 4:15 in the morning. The crash happened near Dorset Run Road around Annapolis Junction.*

The driver, who was from Guatemala, was not wearing a seatbelt. The passenger in her car did have a seatbelt on. She was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was listed in critical condition. The tow-truck driver was treated at the same hospital in stable condition.

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*http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2014-01-13/news/bs-md-ho-fatal-crash-20140111_1_police-id-victim-howard-co-seat-belt

**AV® Preeminent™, BV® Distinguished™ and Rated are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

Is It Wrong to File a Lawsuit?

When you’ve been in an accident, the last thing you may be thinking about is filing a lawsuit. Whether or not you may need a lawyer will depend, ultimately, on the extent of your injuries and the complexity of your personal injury insurance claim.

In most cases, after the accident you will be focused on your recovery, getting the appropriate medical treatment and making the necessary shifts to accommodate your injuries. All of this takes a lot of energy, physically and emotionally. However, the insurance company also has a goal — to settle your claim as quickly as possible. Now, if you are recovering well from your injury and your life hasn’t been sidelined as a result, then you may well negotiate or close out the claim with your insurer. End of story.

However, sometimes the insurer decides to offer you a settlement that does not cover your current costs or future medical costs. Or they may cut you off from receiving further paid medical treatment under the insurance claim, saying that you should have recovered by now based on comparing your recovery process with the recovery time of others with similar injuries. What can you do at this point but consider a lawsuit if you are still suffering from the trauma of the accident and still need medical treatment?

It is not wrong to hope to get your medical costs and other damages reimbursed. It is not wrong to expect that you should be compensated for lost wages, lost future income, damaged property, and all current and future anticipated medical costs including pain and suffering. You might not have the legal knowledge to force your insurance company to do the right thing — pay the costs that have come about as a result of the accident. And dealing with the insurer on your own can be intimidating, confusing and complicated. A lawsuit in which a skilled attorney represents you can be a guarantee that your rights will be protected.

Such a lawsuit can allow you to focus on what is important – getting better and getting your life back — while your attorney focuses on the legal matters.

Personal Injury Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith

For more than 30 years, personal injury attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been a strong advocate for people’s rights. He cares deeply about his clients and is committed to seeing them get the help they need to recover and get their lives back on track after suffering injuries in an accident caused through no fault of their own.

His work has earned him honors, respect and recognition from his peers and clients. Mr. Smith has been included in the Maryland Super Lawyer List and has earned a “10.0 Superb” rating as a litigation attorney by AVVO and the “AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He has also earned the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible — and has also been named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell (2012).

Discuss Your Concerns About Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith protects the rights of clients in personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and criminal defense cases throughout Maryland, including Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster and Baltimore, and throughout Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

*AV® Preeminent™, BV® Distinguished™ and Rated are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

Worker in Hagerstown Dies From Exploding Tire

A machine-shop worker in the area of Hagerstown died after the tractor tire he was inflating exploded. Evidently, the middle-aged man had been kneeling between the two front tires when the one exploded, killing him.*

An investigation is being pursued by Maryland Occupational Safety and Health. It is not clear if there was a defect in the tire or the tractor’s wheel that may have in some way been a factor in the explosion.

Serious and fatal accidents can occur if tires have defects in their design or manufacture, or have been incorrectly fitted. If the makers, designers or fitters of the tire in question were aware of the problem and continued to put the tire on the market, creating dangers for drivers, workers, bystanders and others, they must be held accountable. Such behavior has happened in the past, but tire makers cannot be allowed to get away with it.

Experienced Attorney Helps the Injured

Jonathan Scott Smith is an attorney who can level the playing field. He has the skill, experience and knowledge to take on those who put profits over the safety of human beings. He has more than 30 years of experience helping people who have been injured due to negligence or a careless mistake and their families.

Smith has also been named a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell. He has also earned the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible) and a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO.**

Personal Injury Attorney, Maryland

If you have suffered injuries from a car crash or any other type of accident, or you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligence or carelessness on the part of another, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses. Contact us by e-mail or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

Our law firm represents clients in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

*Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/western-maryland/hagerstown-worker-killed-by-exploding-tire/24266736

**AV® Preeminent™, BV® Distinguished™ and Rated are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

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