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Posted on Fri, 2015-12-04 10:45 by Matthew J. Focht in

Maryland Trucking Accident Lawyers

In the early evening of Nov. 18, at the beginning of rush hour, a Freightliner truck tractor carrying containers full of hazmat suits overturned on Interstate 81. Because of the nature of the cargo, first responders to the scene had to take extra precautions to ensure there were no risks of contamination to themselves or the community. While some radioactivity was detected, experts agreed that the amount of possible exposure was too small to cause a serious threat and – after nearly four hours of diverting traffic – reopened the highway.

Posted on Tue, 2015-11-24 11:56 by in

 

Maryland Court of Appeals Rules on Admissible Identification

As previously discussed in this blog, in the spring of 2014, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in State v. Hailes,[1] made important rulings regarding several evidentiary issues. The Hailes court held that a “hard blink” can be a statement, that a “Dying Declaration” does not require actual imminent death, only a belief of imminent death, and that the Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment does not suppress a dying declaration.[2] After further appeal, the Court of Appeals of Maryland recently affirmed that decision.

Posted on Thu, 2015-11-05 11:02 by David Bulitt, Rama Taib-Lopez in

 

On July 24, Maryland Attorney General, Brian E. Frosh, issued an opinion that clarifies an important and relatively new aspect of family law: same-sex divorce. The opinion – which was hailed by such organizations as Equality Maryland, FreeState Legal Project and the Maryland State Bar Association – further defines the term “adultery” to refer to any extramarital affair, regardless of the sex of the individuals involved. 

As the Attorney General Frosh said in his opinion:

Posted on Thu, 2015-10-29 15:26 by Steven B. Vinick in

When we go to the doctor or the hospital, we expect our healthcare providers to perform their responsibilities without any errors. But the truth is that physicians are only human and are capable of making mistakes or committing oversights – just like the rest of us.

Posted on Tue, 2015-10-13 06:57 by Levi S. Zaslow in

This blog is a summary of recent significant appellate decisions by the Court of Special of Appeals of Maryland in the areas of Workers’ Compensation, Insurance, Landlord-Tenant, Guardianship, Lead Paint, Corporations and Associations, Foreclosure, and Family Law. 

Workers’ Compensation

Long v. Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund, No. 2615, Sept. Term, 2013 (Md. Ct. Spec. App. Sept. 30, 2015).

Posted on Wed, 2015-09-02 19:13 by Matthew J. Focht in

According to the Insurance Research Council, approximately 1 in 8 drivers in the United States are uninsured, meaning that these drivers are on the road without even the minimum auto insurance required by law. If you are injured in an accident with a negligent uninsured motorist, it is likely that you will be unable to recover the full value of your claim. This is because the overwhelming majority of drivers lack the financial resources to resolve even a small claim out of pocket.

Posted on Fri, 2015-08-14 12:05 by Burt M. Kahn in

Two days before his 15th birthday, Samuel Metler visited a radiologist, who diagnosed him with walking pneumonia. After receiving treatment, Samuel still experienced symptoms, which grew so severe that he was rushed to the emergency room. After examination, the doctors determined that Samuel was actually suffering from heart failure.

Posted on Wed, 2015-07-22 12:18 by Debora Fajer-Smith in

Uber Factor - Independent Contractor vs Employee

We all realize the internet has caused paradigm shifts in the market place – possibly in ways never imagined.

Posted on Wed, 2015-07-08 09:00 by Brian J. Markovitz in

Medicare Fraud and False Claims Act meets Snoop Dogg and Angel Heart

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “[i]n the world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes.”  Franklin’s point being that much like Snoop Dogg in the 90’s, before his unnecessary detours under other monikers, the Government gets its money. It’s got its “mind on [its] money and [its] money on [its] mind.” Snoop Doggy Dogg, Gin and Juice (Death Row Records 1993).  So, while you may say “until death do us part” in your wedding vows, not even the Grim Reaper can get you out of paying the Government if you owe it. 

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