Recovering Damages for Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose an Injury or Illness

Failure to Diagnose an InjuryWhen you seek medical treatment because of an accident or concerns about health irregularities, you expect that, at a minimum, your condition won’t get worse because of carelessness or negligence on the part of a medical professional. Unfortunately, it happens far too often. In the haste to push a number of patients through the system, doctors often neglect to take basic, accepted measures to properly diagnose an illness or injury. This can happen in a number of different ways:

  • A doctor may fail to order reasonable tests
  • A physician may incorrectly read or interpret test results
  • Charts may get mixed up or misplaced
  • A doctor may fail to anticipate related conditions

Proven Baltimore County Personal Injury Lawyer

Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has aggressively protected the rights of personal injury victims across the state of Maryland for over three decades. Attorney Smith is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor bestowed on less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. A highly experienced trial attorney, Smith knows the impact a personal injury can have on every part of your life, and will fight to get full and fair compensation for all your losses. He has the skill, knowledge, experience and resources to successfully argue your claim in court.

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys has listed him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.” He has been included among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012.

The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has honored Smith as one of the top 100 attorneys in the state of Maryland. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars. He has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his other lawyers under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, given to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory.

Top-Rated Columbia, MD Premises Liability Injury Lawyer

We offer comprehensive legal counsel to anyone who has suffered a needless injury because of the carelessness or negligence of others. Send us an e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent slip and fall injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Maryland Law Requires Tamper-Resistant Smoke Alarms in Apartments

Smoke Alarm Must Be Sealed—Landlord Can Be Cited, Fined or Even Incarcerated

Smoke Alarms in ApartmentsUnder the Maryland Smoke Alarm Law, enacted in 2013, Maryland homeowners, including landlords, must install tamper-resistant smoke alarms. The required alarms have a sealed 10-year battery that cannot be removed. The alarms have a temporary hush button to allow them to be reset after a non-emergency alarm, such as cooking steam or smoke. A building owner or even a tenant in an apartment may be charged with a misdemeanor for failure to have the proper alarm installed. Penalties include 10 days in jail and a potential fine of $1,000.

Landlords and residents can also be civilly liable for any injuries suffered in a fire, should a home or apartment not have the required smoke alarm.

Proven Carroll County, Maryland Accidental Injury Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has aggressively represented personal injury victims in and around the Baltimore metropolitan area for more than 30 years. He is a skilled, experienced and respected trial lawyer with reputation for getting positive results at trial.

Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his fellow attorneys under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988 and has also been honored with Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an award given to less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has named him one of the state’s top 100 attorneys.

Attorney Smith has earned a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a litigation attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars. Smith has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was listed as a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys listed him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.” He belongs to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, given to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements.

Effective Ellicott City Personal Injury Accident Lawyer

If you have been hurt because of the wrongful act of another person, we can help. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Singing Doctor Killed in Crash

Singing Doctor Killed in CrashA 29-year-old resident at the family practice program at Riverside Brentwood Medical Center, who had auditioned for the hit show “America’s Got Talent,” has died in a one-car crash on Maryland Hwy 295 near Hanover. On June 9, Brandon Rogers had just finished his first year of the three year program, and had performed the national anthem a capella at the hospital graduation ceremony. Officials say he then left with friends to go to a family function in Maryland. Around 4:30 am on the morning of June 10, the car in which he was traveling went off the road and struck a tree head-on. Police speculate that the driver fell asleep at the wheel. Rogers was a passenger in the front seat.

Top-Rated Columbia, MD Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has fought for the rights of injured people in Maryland for more than three decades, including individuals who have suffered any type of burn injury. Because of his outstanding record and strong reputation for effective representation, Attorney Smith has been honored with the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible). He has a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, and is also highly regarded by his colleagues in the legal profession, earning an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System, the highest rating possible. Attorney Smith was also recognized as a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

Baltimore County, Maryland, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

If you have been hurt because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, we can help. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Car Wreck in Howard County Injures State Trooper

Maryland State Trooper Injured in Howard County Car Wreckcar-wreck-attorney-howard-county-md

A car wreck on January 16, 2013 in Howard County injured Cpl. Matthew Telep, assigned to the JFK Barrack near Perryville. The car accident was believed to have been caused when his vehicle was cut off by an unidentified motorist, according to the Maryland State Police. The trooper sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Trooper Telep was traveling in the eastbound lane of I-70 in Howard County when he was forced off the road and hit a tree. The magnitude of the impact trapped Telep in his vehicle until Howard County Fire Department personnel could extricate him. He was flown by helicopter to the University of Maryland Trauma Center.

At the time of the car wreck, Telep was returning from a work assignment, having escorted an oversized load from Baltimore to western Maryland that morning. A motorist called state police after the accident, claiming to have witnessed the car crash and indicating that Cpl. Telep had been cut off by another vehicle. Neither the vehicle nor its driver were identified.

Top-Ranked Ellicott City Car Wreck and Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought for the rights of personal injury victims in car wreck cases in Maryland for more than three decades. He has built an outstanding reputation with clients and colleagues.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results— has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Lawyer Smith aggressively protects the rights of people who have been hurt, handling all types of car wreck and motor vehicle accident claims. He can help you pursue compensation if you have been injured in a hit-and-run car wreck.

Maryland Car Accident Attorney

To learn how we can help you obtain full and fair compensation for injuries suffered in a car wreck or motor vehicle accident, contact us online, or call 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

We represent injured people throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, and Prince George’s County.

Truck Accident Injures Essex Man

Truck Accident Injures Man While Pushing Friend Out of Danger

A truck accident on January 11, 2013 required hospitalization of a 19-year-old Essex man after being injured in a hit-and-run accident in Essex, reported Baltimore County Police.

According to police, the truck accident occurred when a van had stalled on Southeast Boulevard. One person saw a red Ford F-150 pickup truck approaching at a high rate of speed. He pushed another person out of the path of the truck and was thrown to the ground when he was struck by the truck. The driver of the pickup truck did not stop, but police later found the truck in the 2300 block of Poplar Road.

Highly Respected Maryland Truck Accident Lawyer

With more than 30 years of courtroom experience, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith knows how to protect the rights of truck accident and personal injury victims in Maryland.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • Selected for “Top Attorneys in Maryland.”
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Attorney Smith aggressively protects the rights of personal injury victims, including pedestrians involved in a truck accident or other motor vehicle accidents. He can help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, from lost wages and income to medical expenses, from loss of companionship to physical pain and suffering.

Columbia and Ellicott City Truck Accident Lawyer

Attorney Smith represents accident victims throughout Maryland, including Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, or other motor vehicle accident, caused by the wrongful act of another person, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you seek damages for all your losses. Call our office at 410-740-0101, or contact us online, to schedule an appointment.

Failure to Diagnose Cancer and Medical Malpractice – Maryland Attorney

Time counts with a cancer diagnosis. The sooner you get a diagnosis of any type offailure-diagnose-cancer-lawyer cancer, the more options you have to treat it effectively. When a doctor misdiagnoses or fails to diagnose cancer, lives can be lost.

We trust our doctors to order the appropriate tests, accurately interpret test results, and to simply take our complaints seriously. When they fail to do so, either through action or inaction, and you or a loved one has suffered significant harm from cancer that could have been treated, there may be a legal basis for medical malpractice.

195,000 People Killed Each Year Due to Medical Errors

Essentially, medical malpractice means that the medical care given has fallen below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and has caused injury. A doctor can be sued for damages if the facts indicate that medical malpractice has occurred. In fact, statistics show that about 195,000 people are killed each year as a result of medical errors in our country.

Issues of Medical Malpractice

  • Doctor misdiagnosis can result in delayed or ineffective treatments.
  • Delayed diagnosis or failure to diagnose can cause a cancer that could otherwise have been treated to spread (metastasize) to other parts of the body.
  • Improper reading of X-rays and mammograms by radiologists can cause patients to lose time to combat breast cancer or another disease.
  • Misdiagnosis of bladder cancer means that in most cases, the cancer will spread. However, when detected early, bladder cancer is often quite treatable.
  • Late diagnosis of some cancers, like lung cancers, that seemingly have no cure, rob victims of quality of life and the ability to ease symptoms.

Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney in Columbia, Maryland

If you or a loved one suffered harm due to a failure to diagnose cancer or any other serious illness, an attorney can help you determine if indeed medical malpractice occurred. If so, you may have a right to seek compensation to pay for medical treatment, rehabilitation, and other types of damages. To schedule an appointment with experienced medical malpractice attorney Jonathan Scott Smith in Columbia, Maryland, call 410-740-0101 or contact us online.

Laurel Car Accident Injures Five

Laurel Howard County Car Accident

 

On May 2,2012, 1997 Land Rover northbound on Route 1 collided with a Chrysler van, crossed the double yellow line into the southbound lanes, hitting a guardrail and then colliding head-on with a southbound 2008 Infinity in Laurel, according to news reports. The car crash occurred at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 175 in Howard County. Five people reportedly injured; two in critical condition.

Recent statistics reveal that there were 547 fatal car crashes in Maryland, and 24 of those fatal car accidents happened in Howard County.

Car Accident Injury

Many people in a Laurel car accident are injured, often times with neck and back strains. Sometimes, the car accident injury could be more serious, such as fractures, ruptured discs, herniated discs, brain and head injuries, and even death.

Howard County Car Accident Personal Injury Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. He has successfully handled many Laurel and Howard County car accidents, fatal car accidents, wrongful death, and other injury cases. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him. Mr. Smith is considered to be one of the best lawyers in Howard County.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries and wrongful death.

Successful Claim for Pedestrian Killed in Car Wreck Caused by Drunk Driver

Deaths Caused by Drunk Drivers in Car Wrecks

 

Too many innocent people are injured or killed by drunk drivers in Maryland and the United States every year. Tragically, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that over 13,000 people were killed annually in the United States by alcohol-impaired drivers. DUI drivers should be punished for causing fatal auto accidents, and make restitution to their victims. Mothers Against Drunk Driving was established to stop drunk driving and to support its victims.

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver

On October 1, 2010, Scott T. Berenbach left a wedding reception where he had been drinking alcohol and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He struck and killed Adam J. O’Connor, a pedestrian who was attempting to cross Ft. Smallwood Road in Anne Arundel County. Investigating police officers made Berenbach submit to an alcohol test, which revealed his blood alcohol level to be .07 – equivalent to driving while impaired by alcohol in Maryland. He later plead guilty to a drunk driving offense and was sentenced to jail.

Death Claim Settled Against Drunk Driver

The drunk driver’s victim, Mr. O’Connor, left behind a mother and 15-year old daughter to grieve over the loss of their son and father. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, an experienced personal injury lawyer, represented the victims and successfully resolved their claims with the insurance company. The insurer agreed to pay the full policy limits. The money was used to pay for Mr. O’Connor’s funeral expenses and to create a fund to pay for his daughter’s future college education.

Drunk Driving Victim Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims of drinking and driving accidents in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto wrecks truck wrecks drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks
on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries.

Howard County Car Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Baltimore Insurance Claims Adjusters and Other Car Insurance Representatives Are NOT Looking Out for Your Best Interest

Why Maryland Car Insurance Companies Are Not on Your Side after a B-W Parkway or Other Auto Accident
(Even if it is your own insurance company!)

Car Insurance CompaniesMost people feel that because they pay their insurance company premiums, the insurance company is on their side. Many claims adjusters would have you believe the same thing, claiming they are trying to get you the most money in your pocket and telling you that you do not need a lawyer.

The fact is that insurance companies, and their representatives, are not on your side and do not even consider your interests. They are accountable to shareholders, who are only interested in profit. Profit is created by collecting as much as possible in car insurance premiums and paying out as little as possible in car accident claims.

Studies have shown, and it has been our experience as well, that the vast majority of people who hire an auto accident attorney net more money than they would have if they had accepted the initial settlement offer by the insurance company. Why else would an insurance company try to convince an injured party to settle without having a lawyer? Many people are not savvy enough to retain a personal injury attorney after a Baltimore car accident, which can be a catastrophic mistake. First, chances are you will not receive the compensation you deserve for your Maryland auto accident. Second, and equally important, without representation, you may prematurely sign a waiver, and not receive compensation if an injury sustained in a car accident manifests itself at a later time, which is not an uncommon event.

Insurance companies take advantage of your situation and your ignorance of Maryland personal injury laws. The insurance companies do not take any action before consulting their lawyers, why should you?

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries.

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City Car Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Howard County Police Officer Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver

Drunk Drivers Cause Injuries and Deaths in Maryland

Drunk drivers are responsible for causing untold tragedies in Maryland every year. Unfortunately, drunken driving accidents are responsible for injuries to other drivers and passengers. Tragically, sometimes people have been killed by DUI drivers in fatal auto accidents. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that over 13,000 people were killed annually in the United States by alcohol-impaired drivers.

Recently, a Howard County police officer who was conducting a traffic stop was struck by an alleged drunk driver. The officer was hit while investigating a traffic violation at Route 40 and Route 29. An alleged drunk driver struck the rear of the police car, pushing it into another car, which then struck and injured the police officer, according to the Baltimore Sun. Drinking & driving often results in car wrecks that cause personal injuries to innocent people.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a drunk driver in a car accident or auto wreck fatality in the Baltimore, Maryland area, including the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), the B-W Parkway or one of the interstate highways (such as I-95, I-70), or major local roads such as Route 29 and Route 40, you need an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to ensure you and your family receive the advice, representation and counsel to obtain restitution from the drunk driver.

Drunk Driving Victim Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims of drinking and driving accidents in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto wrecks, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries.

Howard County Car Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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