Mechanicsville, Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

George E. Meng
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Prince Frederick, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 46 years experience
(410) 535-5500 85 Sherry Lane
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Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Personal Injury, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and Insurance Claims
The Catholic University of America
Top rated attorney George E. Meng concentrates his practice in the field of litigating estate, trust and real property cases. These include will contests, improper handling of estate or trust funds, disputes relating to distributions from estates and trusts, boundary disputes and title issues at both the trial and appellate level. Routine probate, wills, trusts and estate planning are also an integral part of his experience. In addition, Mr. Meng's practice includes personal injury litigation and civil litigation in a variety of fields. Mr. Meng has an established reputation among his clients and throughout the legal community...
David Gormley
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(301) 863-7480 22196 Three Notch Road Suite 104
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Free ConsultationLexington Park, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 26 years experience
Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
Dave Gormley is a Partner and the head of our Bankruptcy and Real Estate departments. He has been handling bankruptcy and foreclosure cases for over 10 years. There isn’t much related to bankruptcy or foreclosure he has not already seen. Dave is admitted to practice in Maryland and the Federal Courts, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He lives near Annapolis with his family.
Andrew D. Alpert
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 30 years experience
(301) 396-7772 22776 Three Notch Road, Suite 201
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Insurance Claims
The George Washington University Law School
Andrew D. Alpert is a partner with Alpert Schreyer, LLC, a top rated law firm serving all of Maryland. A former prosecutor, Mr. Alpert has successfully represented thousands of individuals charged with Maryland DUI and other criminal offenses including but not limited to theft, weapons charges, drug crimes, assault, burglary and vehicular manslaughter. He is particular adept at representing repeat offenders. Mr. Alpert is also an experienced personal injury attorney who represents Maryland and DC residents injured and/or disabled due to car, truck and motorcycle accidents, boating incidents, and other types of personal injury events. He also...
Michael Joseph Schreyer
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 31 years experience
(301) 396-7772 22776 Three Notch Road, Suite 201
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Maryland attorney Michael J. Schreyer is a managing partner with Alpert Schreyer, LLC a top rated law firm serving all of Maryland and the District of Columbia. A graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, Schreyer has spent the past 21 years providing aggressive representation to individuals from all walks of life who have suffered injuries in Maryland and the District of Columbia. During the course of his career, Schreyer has participated in more than 2,000 personal injury and workers' compensation cases earning him a well deserved reputation among his clients and peers...
Thomas Edward Pyles
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Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 27 years experience
(301) 705-5006 2670 Crain Highway
Suite 106
Waldorf, MD 20601
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Medical Malpractice
American University Washington College of Law
Thomas E. Pyles, Esquire, is an accomplished personal injury and criminal defense trial attorney with over 26 years of legal experience. He has a tremendous background in personal injury and criminal defense cases, having tried over 200 jury trials and over 1,000 bench trials. Mr. Pyles has handled complex civil and criminal litigation with outstanding client satisfaction and great professionalism. His reputation, both inside the courtroom and out, have allowed him to be one of the top litigators in this state.
Shawn M. Poe
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 7 years experience
(301) 863-9997 22776 Three Notch Road
Ste. 201
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Maryland Attorney Shawn Poe was born and raised in Southern Maryland and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the law firm of Alpert Schreyer, LLC. Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Poe served in the United States Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon for combat operations. While attending the University of Maryland Law School, he worked as a legal intern at the United States Sentencing Commission and at the Baltimore City Circuit Court. After graduating in 2012 with his...
Edward Warren Olmsted
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La Plata, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 23 years experience
(301) 934-8434 211 Charles Street
P. O. Box 1966
La Plata, MD 20646
Personal Injury, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
I am dedicated to providing the highest quality, personal service to all of my clients. I work in a small firm. My partners are also my father and my brother. Unlike the indifferent, "take a number" approach you get at many law firms, we treat each client as a person whose case matters most. We spend the extra time that is needed to make sure you understand the complexities of your case and to get you the best result possible. Our advice is honest and to the point. We'll tell you the good and...
Francis Jones
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La Plata, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 32 years experience
(301) 934-2490 102 Centennial St.
Suite 102
La Plata, MD 20646
Personal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Medical Malpractice
George Mason University School of Law
Attorney Frank R. Jones is a partner at the firm of Sasscer, Clagett & Bucher.

Mr. Jones has successfully developed a practice concentrating in motor vehicle accidents and other complex personal injury litigation, criminal defense including DUI/DWI cases, insurance defense, utility defense, civil litigation, and medical malpractice.

In the criminal area, he’s an experienced defender of those accused of minor misdemeanors to major felonies, including homicide.

In civil litigation, he has had extensive experience in personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, fraudulent claims, and special investigations.

Mr. Jones is known by his colleagues as a sharp and gifted cross-examiner. He litigates a...
Christopher Longmore
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 22 years experience
(301) 862-3764 22738 Maple Road
Suite 210
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Personal Injury, Business, Collections and Estate Planning
Georgetown University Law Center
Chris is a partner at the firm, Dugan, McKissick & Longmore, LLC, whose practice areas include complex civil litigation, estate planning, zoning/land use and related real estate matters, and government contracts. His litigation practice focuses primarily on business and partnership disputes, construction-related contract disputes and other real estate related matters. He also represents clients in personal injury matters and leads the firm’s collections practice. Chris received his law degree, magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1997 where he was Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review and a Writing Law Fellow. Chris joined Dugan, McKissick and...
Ryan Posey
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(301) 645-4100 11705 Berry Road, Suite 202
Waldorf, MD 20603
Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 5 years experience
Personal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Workers' Comp
University of Baltimore School of Law
Experienced attorney with a concentration in criminal law, personal injury and workers compensation cases. Has litigated cases ranging from simple traffic misdemeanors to serious felonies. Has represented clients throughout Southern Maryland in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary's Counties. Born and raised in Charles County, currently resides in hometown of La Plata, Maryland.
Tucker Clagett
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(301) 863-7480 22196 Three Notch Road Suite 104
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Free ConsultationLexington Park, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 24 years experience
Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Comp
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Tucker has one of the largest Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury practices in Southern Maryland. He is an experienced litigator, winning jury trials in courts around the state, and successfully litigating several appeals in Maryland’s Appellate Courts. Tucker is very active in the community. He was born and raised in Upper Marlboro, and now lives with his family in La Plata.
Tyler Cumbo
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 3 years experience
(301) 863-7480 22196 Three Notch Road Suite 104
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Bankruptcy and Workers' Comp
Tyler concentrates her practice in personal injury, workers compensation, bankruptcy and criminal law. She joined our firm after serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable DaNeeka Varner Cotton of the Circuit Court in Prince Georges County. While serving under Judge Cotton, Tyler was exposed to the intricacies of the civil and criminal processes handling a wide range of complex legal issues. While clerking, Tyler conducted extensive legal research and is knowledgeable on both civil and criminal concepts and procedures. This “behind the scenes” education is invaluable to her clients who face the prospect of appearing in...
Bryan T. Dugan
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 33 years experience
(301) 862-3764 22738 Maple Road
Suite 210
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Personal Injury, DUI, Divorce and Family
Bryan is a co-founder of Dugan, McKissick and Longmore and has over 25 years of experience as a litigator. Bryan was born in Agana, Guam and moved to St. Mary’s County during his high school years when he attended Chopticon High School. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law. In the late 1980s, Bryan returned to St. Mary’s County as a young lawyer. His practice areas include family, civil, criminal, and traffic litigation matters. Bryan remains an avid supporter and fan of West Virginia Mountaineer Athletics, especially during basketball season.
Matthew Trollinger
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Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 10 years experience
(301) 965-8500 3010 Crain Hwy
Suite 200
Waldorf, MD 20601
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
Regent University School of Law
Owner of Trollinger Law, Matthew Trollinger is a dedicated personal injury attorney and advocate for the rights of injury victims. He has managed and negotiated personal injury claims resulting in millions of dollars for hundreds of clients throughout Maryland and has extensive experience in assisting clients from injury to recovery in both Maryland workers' compensation cases and Maryland and Washington, D.C. auto claims.

Mr. Trollinger served as Chair of the Maryland State Bar Negligence, Insurance, and Workers' Compensation Section in from 2016-2017, has served on statewide panels for worker's compensation issues such as the Maryland Workers' Compensation Education Association, and has...
Richard Joseph Steinmetz
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 17 years experience
(301) 862-4400 22335 Exploration Drive
Suite 2030
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Personal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Richard J. Steinmetz, Jr. is a partner at The Law Offices of Baldwin, Briscoe & Steinmetz, P.C. He joined the firm after seven years of working with Andrews, Bongar, Gormley & Clagett, P.A. in Waldorf, Maryland. Mr. Steinmetz primarily focuses on civil and criminal litigation with an emphasis in personal injury, business and real estate property disputes. Mr. Steinmetz grew up in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He attended East Stroudsburg University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science in 1998. After graduating from East Stroudsburg University, Mr. Steinmetz moved to Washington D.C. He attended the Catholic University...
Joseph Clifford Hangarter
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Lexington Park, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 22 years experience
22196 Three Notch Road Suite 104
Lexington Park, MD 20653
Personal Injury, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Family
The George Washington University Law School
Joe is our newest team member, joining the firm after practicing in La Plata for over 10 years at Barbour & Hangarter. We have known and respected Joe for a long time, and it is great to have him join us as “Of Counsel.” He is also admitted to practice in Virginia and the Federal Courts, which gives our firm more reach than before. Joe will concentrate his practice in Personal Injury litigation, Family Law, and Elder Law. Joe has a passion for personal injury litigation, and that is a full time job these days. He is a guy...
Kendall Knight
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Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 1 year experience
(301) 645-4100 11705 Berry Road
Suite 202
Waldorf, MD 20603
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal and DUI
Southern University Law Center
Stephanie Maddox
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Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 3 years experience
(301) 843-3890 3475 Leonardtown Road
Suite 200
Waldorf, MD 20601
Personal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
University of Baltimore School of Law
James J. Gorney
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La Plata, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 35 years experience
(301) 753-1800 101 E Charles St
Suite 202
La Plata, MD 20646
Personal Injury, Business, Collections and Insurance Claims
George Mason University School of Law
JAMES J. GORNEY, a former insurance adjuster, is a graduate of George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia. He has been practicing law for over 25 years. His practice is primarily civil litigation with an emphasis in real estate, personal injury, commercial litigation, title insurance litigation, wills and estates. Mr. Gorney is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and currently serves as treasurer of the Charles County Bar Association. He is on the Board of Directors of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club of Laplata, is a member of the Attorney Grievance...
Jessica Gage Bhagan
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Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 14 years experience
(301) 645-1155 3010 Crain Highway
Suite 301
Waldorf, MD 20601
Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Joshua Aaron Welborn
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Prince Frederick, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 9 years experience
(240) 232-8399 65 Duke Street, Suite 211
Prince Frederick, MD 20676
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Elder
Joshua A. Welborn is a trial attorney whose practice includes domestic and family law, criminal defense, personal injury, bankruptcy and general civil litigation matters. Joshua has been representing individuals and families in Calvert County and throughout Southern Maryland for over six years. Joshua earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in history from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005. In 2009 Joshua earned a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law, where he was an active member of the Property Law Society and Family Law Society. Joshua also served in the Florida Coastal...
Kevin Mahoney
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Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 26 years experience
(301) 705-8600 11865 Federal Square
Waldorf, MD 20602
Personal Injury and Business
Nicholas Ferrante Esq
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Prince Frederick, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 23 years experience
(410) 535-6100 141 Main Street
Suite G1
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Personal Injury, Business, Criminal and DUI
Adam D. Perrelli
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Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 14 years experience
(844) 632-7274 8 Post Office Road
Waldorf, MD 20602
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home
Cornell University
Hammad Shaikh Matin
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La Plata, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 19 years experience
(301) 259-3488 204 Washington Ave
Suite 300
La Plata, MD 20646
Personal Injury and Criminal
Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 24 years experience
(301) 843-7157 603 Post Office Rd
Waldorf, MD 20602
Personal Injury, Arbitration & Mediation, DUI and Divorce
Prince Frederick, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 32 years experience
(410) 535-9200 135 W Dares Beach Rd
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Personal Injury, Business, Criminal and DUI
La Plata, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 30 years experience
(301) 753-4316 200 Washington Ave
La Plata, MD 20646
Personal Injury, Criminal and DUI
Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 26 years experience
(301) 645-3261 2255 Crain Hwy
Waldorf, MD 20601
Personal Injury, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Waldorf, MD Personal Injury Lawyer
(301) 804-2312 2670 Crain Highway, Suite 411
Waldorf, MD 20601
Personal Injury
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
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Easton, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 11 years experience
(410) 244-5068 21 North Hanson St
Suite 110
Easton, MD 21601
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Thomas Maronick Jr is a Super Lawyers-rated attorney who has been practicing since 2008. A Baltimore native, Mr. Maronick is the founder and managing partner of The Law Office of Thomas Maronick Jr, LLC. Mr. Maronick focuses his practice on criminal defense including DUI defense and handles serious felony cases in state and federal court as well as misdemeanors. He has litigated cases in nearly all of Maryland's counties and federal courthouses. Since becoming a lawyer, Mr. Maronick has been honored with "Superb" ratings from Avvo.com, A+ from BBB, "AV-preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, their highest rating, and being...
Miguel Palmeiro
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Rockville, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 9 years experience
(301) 363-2191 11821 Parklawn Dr, Suite 306
Rockville, MD 20852
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Mr. Miguel Palmeiro is a Plaintiffs Trial attorney in DC and Maryland. He has recently been selected as a Top Personal Injury Lawyer under 40. He manages a firm that takes pride in working closely with clients like you to help you get the personalized justice they deserve. The son of immigrants, Mr. Palmeiro grew up in the DC Metro area. In 2006, He entered law school as a Leadership Scholar and became involved in trial advocacy classes and civil litigation as a member of Maryland's National Trial Team. Upon graduation in 2009 Mr. Palmeiro began litigating personal...
Uzoma Obi
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Hyattsville, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 20 years experience
(301) 453-7177 7411 Riggs Road, Suite 400
Hyattsville, MD 20783
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business and Workers' Comp
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
At LAW OFFICE OF UZOMA OBI, LLC, we are a new kind of law firm for a changing world. We are consistent, patient and professional, giving each new case the attention it deserves.

In his role as the Principal Attorney, Uzoma draws on his diverse and broad experience to help clients across a number of practice areas with primary focus on personal injury, auto accidents, Workers Compensation, and business law.

Uzoma earned his Law Degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and is also a member of the...
Ruslan Kondratyuk
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Annapolis, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 9 years experience
(410) 324-2000 888 Bestgate Rd.
205
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Medical Malpractice
University of Baltimore School of Law
Prior to becoming a personal injury attorney, Rus graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. As a personal injury attorney, Rus continues to employ his computer skills, creating high-tech trial presentations that allow jurors to truly understand what his injured clients are experiencing. Rus’ work in the trial technology field has been used to obtain almost $100 Million in verdicts for catastrophically injured clients.
Paul D'Amore
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Annapolis, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 21 years experience
(410) 324-2000 888 Bestgate Rd
205
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Medical Malpractice
Northeastern University School of Law
After a decade of successful practice, Paul decided he would rather help real people instead of the rich hospitals and insurance companies that once retained him. He resigned his partnership at a prestigious defense firm, and began working as a personal injury lawyer serving injured people in their fight for justice against the very hospitals, corporations and insurance companies that once retained him. Since then, Paul has obtained tens of millions of dollars in compensation for his injured clients and their families. The results that Paul has achieved for his injured clients have earned him recognition as a Super...
Scott MacMullan
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Annapolis, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 9 years experience
(443) 494-9775 156 South St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Widener University
As a native of Anne Arundel County, Scott MacMullan is the owner and founder of Scott MacMullan Law, LLC. His connections to the local community, as well as his background working for two of the preeminent judges in Maryland, give him a unique perspective in court and puts his clients in a premier position as to the facts of their case. He focuses his practice on personal injury and criminal defense matters. He is passionate about helping his clients solve their problems and providing them with the maximum amount of compensation that they are entitled under the law. Call 443-494-9775...
Alan J. Belsky
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Greenbelt, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 27 years experience
(800) 895-5333 6301 Ivy Lane
Suite 700
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
University of Baltimore School of Law
I am a civil litigator and trial attorney with more than 27 years of courtroom experience in matters involving professional malpractice. I pursuing legal remedies for clients who have suffered avoidable catastrophic injuries due to negligence and misconduct. I strive to make the attorney-client relationship a collaborative one.

Money is no substitute for the loss of good health and other harms. In some cases, I recommend postponing the pursuit malpractice claims in favor of the exhaustion of all reasonable non-legal and medical options, particularly in cases where medical negligence is suspected. Only when all reasonable...
Bruce Plaxen
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Gambrills, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 36 years experience
(410) 285-8455 1500 Defense Highway
Gambrills, MD 21054
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Products Liability and Social Security Disability
Award winning and well-respected personal injury attorney representing people who have been injured due to accidents and negligence throughout the state of Maryland.
Tara Frame
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Stevensville, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 24 years experience
(410) 643-2202 721 Main Street, Suite 100
Stevensville, MD 21666
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
University of Baltimore School of Law
I provide families with peace of mind by creating and implementing customized estate plans based on the person's and family's unique circumstances and needs, including wills, powers of attorney, trusts, and deeds.
When a loved one dies, I handle all aspects of the probate and estate administration process so the family doesn't have to.
Justin Katz
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Bethesda, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 15 years experience
(888) 540-2599 6701 Democracy Blvd
Suite 300
Bethesda, MD 20817
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Animal, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Justin Katz is a Member in the Personal Injury Practice Group. He is admitted to practice in Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. Justin has spent his entire career handling a wide array of complex personal injury matters, including motor vehicle collisions and automobile negligence claims, bus and trucking accidents, uninsured/underinsured motorist claims, swimming pool and drowning accidents, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, animal attacks and dog bites, workers’ compensation claims and first-and third-party bad faith claims.

In 2011 Justin was named a “Rising Star” by Maryland Super Lawyers and continued to recieve this recognition in every year that has since followed....
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When a person is injured, tort law will govern whether that person may be compensated for the injury, the amount of compensation that may be recovered, as well as which parties will be liable for the injury. Tort law, also known as injury law, comes from federal and state codes, as well as judicial opinions from prior cases. The amount of damages a plaintiff to a personal injury action may receive can be determined by statute, or by a judge or jury. Typical recoveries may include compensatory damages (e.g., lost wages, medical bills, etc.) and in particularly egregious situations, punitive damages. In some cases, a plaintiff may recover certain non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, or loss of enjoyment of life.

Personal injury lawyers help injured people seek compensation from those who have harmed them. Some injury attorneys focus on a specific type of case, such as truck accidents, car accidents, slip-and-fall injuries, medical malpractice or products liability cases. If a person is injured as a result of criminal behavior, it may be appropriate to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the state's criminal investigation or prosecution.

Many personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation to evaluate your claim.


Negligence: Failure to use care which a reasonable and prudent person would use under similar circumstances.

Joint and several liability: A legal doctrine that makes each of the parties who are responsible for an injury, liable for all the damages awarded in a lawsuit if the other parties responsible cannot pay.