Willards, Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

Frank Benvenuto
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(410) 641-2999 10031 Old Ocean City Blvd.
Suite 108
Berlin, MD 21811
Free ConsultationBerlin, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 26 years experience
Personal Injury, Criminal and DUI
Widener University Delaware School of Law
The Law firm of Frank Benvenuto, P.A., has been providing criminal defense since 1993. With over 26 years experience, Frank Benvenuto is a skilled trial lawyer who grew up in Ocean City, Maryland. Frank Benvenuto regularly appears in both the District courts in Worcester County (those being Ocean City and Snow Hill District Courts). If you commit a crime in Ocean City usually you go to trial in Ocean City District Court of Maryland. He also appears regularly in the Circuit Court for Worcester County and Wicomico County. Frank handles all kinds of criminal cases: Assaults Affray Disorderly...
Thomas Joseph Maronick Jr
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Ocean City, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 11 years experience
(800) 491-4291 5000 Coastal Highway
Unit 5
Ocean City, MD 21842
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...
James Scott Robertson
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Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 25 years experience
(410) 749-9111 1205 Pemberton Drive
Suite 104
Salisbury, MD 21801
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Insurance Claims
University of Baltimore School of Law
Voted Best Attorney in both The Metropolitan and Coastal Style Magazines in 2015. Robertson & Robertson has also been voted best law firm in both magazines. We professionally and ethically handle personal injury cases and insurance claims, usually arising from car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents. We not only work to achieve the best possible monetary settlement or recovery, but we are responsive to and communicate with our clients to make a stressful and confusing process much less onerous. Hiring a lawyer should not be stressful, and we make the process much easier. We offer prompt and free initial...
Erin Michael McCormack
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Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 14 years experience
(443) 742-8330 119 West Main Street
Suite 101
Salisbury, MD 21801
Personal Injury, Business, Criminal and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
Erin Michael McCormack provides a wide range of legal services to clients throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland with his case load centered in Worcester, Wicomico, Dorchester and Somerset Counties. As a former Assistant State's Attorney and Law Clerk in Worcester County, Mr. McCormack possesses a unique insight into the judicial process facing individuals that find themselves before the Court. Since entering private practice, Mr. McCormack has primarily devoted his time to the areas of criminal defense, traffic matters (DUI/DWI) and civil litigation (business & contract disputes, professional negligence, etc.). Despite those concentrations, he also handles a...
Wm A Lee Clarke III
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Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 44 years experience
(410) 219-5899 30644 Brandywine Ct
Salisbury, MD 21804
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
University of Baltimore School of Law
Attorney Lee Clarke defends and fights for people accused of crimes, from death penalty murder and other felonies, down to DUI and other misdemeanors, in all Maryland State and Federal Courts; particularly in the Salisbury - Ocean City Maryland area.

Lee Clarke has been selected, by The National Trial Lawyers, as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Maryland.

Attorney Clarke also represents people, who have been seriously injured in vehicle accidents, on a contingent fee basis.

After graduating magna cum laude, from law school, ranked 8th in a class of 333, and study of International Law, in England, Lee Clarke spent...
Andrew Melchior MacDonald
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Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 24 years experience
208 Calvert Street
Salisbury, MD 21801
Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Criminal and Estate Planning
Former Assistant State's Attorney for Wicomico County. Criminal prosecutor for ten years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Former judicial law clerk in Wicomico County. 18 years of trial experience in criminal law. Member of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney's Association.
Mr. Mark Elliot Korn Esq
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Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 19 years experience
(410) 543-8300 1147 N Salisbury Blvd
Box 222
Salisbury, MD 21801
Personal Injury
Harold Stanley Link
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Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 28 years experience
(443) 834-9603 845 Victoria Park Drive
Suite 303
Salisbury, MD 21801-8076
Personal Injury, DUI, Family and Workers' Comp
Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 35 years experience
(410) 341-3939 231 E Main St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Criminal and DUI
Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 24 years experience
(410) 341-7575 110 Baptist St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Business and Criminal
Salisbury, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 21 years experience
(410) 749-6052 212 W Main St
Salisbury, MD 21801
Personal Injury, Business and Criminal
Ocean City, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 22 years experience
(410) 723-1400 6200 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842
Personal Injury, Business, Municipal and Real Estate
Ryan Christopher Atwell
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Easton, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 19 years experience
(410) 443-0473 21 North Hanson Street
Suite 102
Easton, MD 21601
Personal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
University of Baltimore School of Law
At the Law Office of Ryan C. Atwell, I strive to be the one attorney you will ever need to handle all of your legal matters.
Michelle Barnes
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Cambridge, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 26 years experience
(410) 463-6296 505 Maryland Ave
Cambridge, MD 21613
Personal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
University of Baltimore School of Law
Heavyweight Experience in YOUR corner. Michelle has 25 years experience in the courtroom. As a twice elected State's Attorney, 8 years as the Division Chief for the Maryland Attorney General's Office specializing in criminal and environmental matters, and 12 years as a successful criminal defense attorney, Michelle is the one to have in your corner. Michelle practices all over the Eastern Shore of Maryland, as well as Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Baltimore City, and Baltimore Counties, as well as surrounding locations. Offices are based in Cambridge, MD but she can arrange meeting and trial prep rooms...
Easton, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 23 years experience
(410) 820-7600 295 Bay St
Easton, MD 21601
Personal Injury, Business and Estate Planning
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...
Ronald V. Miller Jr.
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(800) 553-8082 1 South St
#2450
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationBaltimore, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 23 years experience
Personal Injury, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
University of Baltimore School of Law
Maryland personal injury trial lawyer.
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...
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...
Mr. G Randolph Rice Jr.
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Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 12 years experience
(800) 470-7423 6914 Holabird Avenue
Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21222
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
Loyola University New Orleans
The Law Offices of Randolph Rice provides experienced and trusted legal knowledge and advise to individuals and businesses in the Baltimore Maryland region. Concentrating in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI/DWI, Personal Injury, Injury Law, Medical Malpractice, Wills, Estates, Domestic Matters. Providing personal service to each client. Handling Drug Crimes, Assault Crimes, Domestic Violence, Driving Violations, Traffic Citations, and all other criminal and traffic charges.
Jobeth Rocky Bowers
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Elkton, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 4 years experience
(410) 885-6200 224 E. Main St
Elkton, MD 21921
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, Insurance Claims and Medical Malpractice
University of Baltimore School of Law
I run a client centered practice handling cases in personal injury (worker's compensation and auto accidents) and criminal defense (crimes, serious traffic offenses) I take pride in the results that I provide with my clients, as well as the ongoing communication I maintain with my clients in order to better prepare their cases and claims.
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.
Nyasha A. West
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Pikesville, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 13 years experience
(301) 798-4100 600 Reisterstown Road
Suite 600D
Pikesville, MD 21208
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Insurance Claims
Howard University School of Law
West Law Firm is a boutique law firm founded by Attorney Nyasha West. For more than a decade, Ms. West has represented consumers in bankruptcy and loss mitigation matters. In 2018, West Law Firm expanded to include Divorce Law, Insurance Law and Personal Injury.

West Law Firm is focused on providing excellent legal service to residents of Maryland in order to ensure they are not taken advantage of by creditors or insurance companies. It is our goal to treat all clients as though their matter is the only one what matters. To that end, at West Law Firm, clients are...
Alan J. Belsky
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Glen Burnie, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 27 years experience
(800) 895-5333 7310 Ritchie Highway
Suite 105
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
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...
Patrice Meredith Clarke
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Pasadena, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 7 years experience
(410) 685-1166 8055 Ritchie Hwy
#201-203
Pasadena, MD 21122
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
University of Baltimore
After law school, Patrice served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Deborah S. Eyler of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
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.
Michael A. Freedman
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Glen Burnie, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 52 years experience
(800) 782-7203 7310 Ritchie Highway
Suite #415
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Comp
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and University of Maryland - College Park
Maryland based law firm Michael A. Freedman P.A., was established in 1983. With over thirty years of experience we pride ourselves in providing the Baltimore, Glen Burnie, Owings Mills and entire Maryland community with quality, personal and professional legal representation.
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...
William R. Schmidt III
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Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 44 years experience
(800) 547-4529 923 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Criminal
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Rick Schmidt has extensive experience in virtually all facets of personal injury law and has recovered literally millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Schmidt holds BA and JD degrees from the University of Maryland and its School of Law. At Maryland Law, he won the American Jurisprudence Award for Equitable Remedies. In the 1980’s, Mr. Schmidt was chosen by Us Magazine as one of the 35 most promising Americans under the age of 35. Since then he has co-authored two books: How To Market Your Law Practice (Aspen Press) and Consumer Revenge (Putman’s). Mr. Schmidt has appeared on over...
John Cord
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Timonium, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 15 years experience
(410) 252-0600 108 W Timonium Rd
#303
Timonium, MD 21093
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Workers' Comp
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Colorado Law School
Jonathan Scott Smith
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Columbia, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 39 years experience
(410) 740-0101 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway
Ste 200
Columbia, MD 21044
Personal Injury, Criminal, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability
University of Baltimore School of Law
Top rated former prosecutor with over 30 years experience aggressively fighting for people and achieving successful results. Many satisfied clients. Call now (410) 740-0101.
Lee Eidelberg
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Towson, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 35 years experience
(410) 321-0600 502 Washington Avenue
Towson, MD 21204
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Criminal, DUI and Medical Malpractice
University of Baltimore School of Law
Lee J. Eidelberg is a former Assistant State's Attorney for Baltimore County with extensive experience in criminal and traffic court, having prosecuted many hundreds of cases during his tenure in public service, including serious felonies and misdemeanor violations. Since entering private practice more than 20 years ago, Lee has brought a unique combination of extensive trial skills, passion, and commitment to protecting his clients' rights, whether defending CDL holders charged with federal regulation violations, common motorists charged with DUI, or appearing on behalf of both Maryland and out-of-state drivers charged with non-incarcerable moving violations. Lee also assertively pursues financial...
Tracey R. Kidwell
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Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 13 years experience
(800) 547-4529 923 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury and Workers' Comp
University of Baltimore School of Law
Tracey Ritter Kidwell graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Towson State University in 1996. Following undergrad, she worked as a technical writer. She received her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005, passed the Maryland Bar that same year, and has been practicing law in Maryland ever since. Ms. Kidwell primarily represents injured workers before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission and the Circuit Courts of Maryland. Ms. Kidwell has also been a member of the Maryland Association for Justice since 2005.
Patrick Shane Preller
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Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 20 years experience
(410) 539-0042 16 South Frederick Street
3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Animal, Consumer and Criminal
University of Baltimore School of Law
Patrick S. Preller is the managing partner of the firm with over seventeen years of litigation experience in federal and state courts throughout the region. Mr. Preller is recognized as one of the most able trial lawyers in Maryland, and has enjoyed an extraordinary record of success.   In 1998, Mr. Preller graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore School of Law where he served as an associate editor on Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Preller clerked for the Honorable Maurice W. Baldwin on the Circuit Court of Maryland for Harford County.  He then accepted an appointment as an...
Brian Brown
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Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 33 years experience
(410) 698-1717 7 St. Paul Street
Suite 800
Baltimore, MD 21202
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Baltimore School of Law
Brian has over thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer. For more than fourteen years, Brian devoted his career to representing victims of childhood lead poisoning. He has tried well over one-hundred tort cases and has obtained multiple multi-million dollar verdicts. He also obtained the largest jury verdict in a lead paint case in Maryland history. Over his career, he has recovered more than $175 million for his clients, through trial and settlement. In addition to his trial experience, Brian has extensive appellate experience, having appeared before the Maryland Court of...
William Sinclair
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Baltimore, MD Personal Injury Attorney
(800) 385-2243 201 N Charles St
26th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Business, Products Liability and White Collar Crime
University of Virginia School of Law
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.
Keith R. Siskind
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Glen Burnie, MD Personal Injury Attorney with 32 years experience
(866) 902-4111 808 Landmark Dr
#227
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
University of Baltimore and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Michael D. Steinhardt
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Glen Burnie, MD Personal Injury Lawyer with 44 years experience
(866) 902-4111 808 Landmark Dr
#227
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Social Security Disability and Workers' Comp
University of Baltimore School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center
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Injured in an accident?

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.