Dundalk Personal Injury Lawyer
Nothing can adequately prepare you for suffering a serious injury. While your physical injuries are the most immediate concern, accidents often take a tremendous toll on the lives of those they affect, which can impact almost every aspect of your day-to-day life. Whether it’s an uncertain recovery, weeks or months of missed work, or sky-high medical bills, it can be months or years before your life returns to “normal”—if it ever does at all.
The Dundalk personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Lebowitz & Mzhen are committed to helping Baltimore County accident victims hold those who are responsible for their injuries financially accountable. We have more than 25 years of experience aggressively pursuing maximum compensation on behalf of our clients and have secured countless multi-million dollar verdicts against negligent individuals and businesses—as well as their insurance companies.Types of Cases Our Dundalk Personal Injury Lawyers Handle
At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we focus our practice on personal injury cases. In fact, that’s the only type of claim we handle. However, there are many different types of personal injury claims. Some of the most common Dundalk personal injury lawsuits we handle include the following:Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common types of personal injury claims, which shouldn’t come as a surprise given the fact that the average commute for Dundalk is about 27 minutes each way. According to the most recent data, 21 people died in fatal Dundalk car accidents in 2021, and hundreds of others were seriously injured.
Some of the most common causes of Dundalk motor vehicle accidents include:
- Distracted driving,
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
- Speeding and aggressive driving, and
- Fatigued driving.
Based on the past few years of accident data, the following are among the most dangerous roads in Dundalk:
- Dundalk Avenue
- Dunman Way
- German Hill Road
- Holabird Avenue
- Interstate 695
- Liberty Parkway
- MD 151
- MD 157
- Merritt Boulevard
- Northpoint Road
- Sollers Point Road
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among Dundalk residents aged 65 or older. However, slip and falls do not only affect older adults. For example, falls can occur at a grocery store, shopping mall, healthcare facility or retail store. Regardless of where you fall, the owner or operator of the location may be liable for your injuries. This is because Maryland’s premises liability law requires businesses and property owners to take reasonable efforts to ensure their property is safe for guests.Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect are serious issues impacting the elderly population of Dundalk. Abuse in nursing homes can take many forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect of a resident’s basic needs. Neglect, which is harder to detect but equally harmful, involves the failure to provide necessary care, leading to medical complications, emotional deterioration, and decreased quality of life.
At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we are dedicated to protecting the rights and dignity of the elderly. We provide compassionate and comprehensive assistance to residents and their families designed to hold negligent and abusive nursing home facilities accountable for the harm they’ve caused.
In Dundalk, nursing home abuse and neglect are particularly concerning because over 17 percent of the population is over the age of 65. Below are a few of the many nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Dundalk:
- All's Well Home Care
- Our Fortress Homes Inc
- Freedom Way LLC
- All In 1 Assisted Living
- Heavan's Sent Assisted Living
- Complete Care at Heritage
A medical malpractice lawsuit is a type of personal injury claim filed against healthcare providers or institutions that are responsible for patient’s injuries caused by negligent medical care. These claims arise when a doctor, nurse, surgeon or other healthcare practitioner fails to adhere to the medical community's accepted standards, resulting in a patient's injuries or death. To succeed in a Dundalk medical malpractice claim, a patient must demonstrate that the healthcare provider owed them a duty of care, that the provider violated this duty, and that the provider’s breach directly led to their injury.
Additionally, expert testimony is often required to define the standard of care and show that it was breached. There are also mandatory procedural steps, including filing a preliminary claim with the Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office before filing a claim.
Medical malpractice can occur at hospitals, doctor’s offices, dental practices, physical therapy centers, urgent care clinics and any other medical facility. Below are some of the most common healthcare facilities in and around Dundalk:
- UM Urgent Care at Dundalk
- Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Dundalk
- MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
- Mercy Hospital
- Sinai Hospital
- MedStar Health at Dundalk
- MHC Healthcare
A Maryland wrongful death claim is a lawsuit that allows the family members of a deceased accident victim to seek justice and compensation when their loved one's death was caused by another's negligence. These claims are particularly relevant in Dundalk, where families may face the sudden loss of a loved one due to various circumstances, including car accidents, medical malpractice, or workplace incidents.
Under Maryland law, primary beneficiaries like spouses, parents, and children of the deceased have the right to file a wrongful death claim. If no primary beneficiaries exist, secondary beneficiaries, which may include siblings, cousins, or other relatives, can file the claim. The purpose of a Dundalk wrongful death lawsuit is to provide financial support for a grieving family’s losses, including lost wages, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and funeral expenses.
Families can pursue a wrongful death claim after any accident involving another’s negligence, such as:
- Car accidents,
- Truck accidents,
- Motorcycle collisions,
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents,
- Workplace fatalities,
- Construction accidents,
- Medical malpractice,
- Dog bites and animal attacks,
- Pharmacy errors,
- Nursing home abuse and neglect, and
- Deaths caused by dangerous or defective products.
Given the complexities of these cases as well as their emotional toll, consulting with a knowledgeable Dundalk wrongful death lawyer can provide crucial guidance and support through the legal process, ensuring your family’s rights are protected, and your claim is given the attention it deserves.Frequently Asked Questions:How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Dundalk, MD?
The general statute of limitations for Maryland personal injury claims is three years. This means that you have three years from the date of the accident to bring your claim; otherwise, the court may not have the legal authority to hear it. However, there are exceptions that can shorten the period of time you have to bring a case. For example, if a claim is against a government entity, you’ll need to provide the entity with notice of your claim within one year.
There are also situations where you may have more than three years from the date of the accident, for example, if you were a minor at the time or if you did not discover your injuries until a later date.What Damages Are Available Through a Dundalk Accident Lawsuit?
If successful in bringing a Dundalk accident lawsuit, you may be able to recover various types of damages designed to return you to your pre-accident condition, as much as possible. Economic damages cover tangible losses like medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages address intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. In some cases, punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for their particularly egregious or reckless behavior, may be awarded as well. It's important for accident victims in Dundalk to consult with an experienced attorney to understand the full range of damages they may be entitled to and to ensure they receive fair compensation for their injuries or losses.How Can I Get a Copy of a Dundalk Accident Report?
As an unincorporated community in Baltimore County, the Maryland State Police (“MSP”) or Baltimore County Police respond to most Dundalk car accidents.
To obtain a copy of an accident report from the MSP, you’ll need to visit the MSP Barrack that completed the report. For most Dundalk motor vehicle collisions, this will be either the Golden Ring Barrack, located at 8908 Kelso Drive, Essex, MD 21221, or the JFK Memorial Highway Barrack, located at 15 Turnpike Drive Perryville, MD 21903-2219. You should wait at least ten days after the date of the accident to ensure the report is available.
For Baltimore County Police reports, you will need to contact the Community Correspondence Unit of the Baltimore Police Department at 242 W. 29th Street, Baltimore, Md. 21211.Have You Been Injured in a Dundalk Accident?
If you or a loved one was recently hurt in a preventable accident, reach out to the experienced Dundalk personal injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen for immediate assistance. At Lebowitz & Mzhen, we recognize that the weeks and months after an accident are incredibly challenging, and we’re here to help you understand your rights so you can make the best decision for your family. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients, during which we will provide you with an overview of the recovery process, answer your questions, and explain how we can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. To learn more, and to schedule a free consultation today, call 800-654-1949 today. You can also connect with us through our secure online contact form.