Ron Miller is a Maryland personal injury lawyer who focuses on serious injury and wrongful death cases involving motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, and products and premises liability. This site is designed to provide practical information to both injury victims and plaintiffs' attorneys in the Baltimore-Washington area who want to achieve a fair settlement or verdict. If you are looking for counsel for your case, call him at 410-779-4600

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Medical malpractice case involving a stroke can be a challenge.  Stroke cases are difficult to prove. Can they be a case?  Yes.  doctors with medicals

This post is for lawyers who are getting stroke misdiagnosis cases but do not know whether the claim is viable.

There are common threads that run through most successful stroke misdiagnosis/failure to treat cases.   Cases that result in a settlement or a jury verdict for the plaintiff are usually are one of these two breeds: Failing to prevent a stroke and failing to treat a stroke once it has occurred.

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When should you retain an expert in a personal injury accident case?  The short answer is early, usually earlier than you think.Experts recommend

This is never a problem in medical malpractice cases, because it is well understood that medical malpractice claims are predicated on expert  testimony, to even bring forth a claim in the first place.  But lawyers — both Plaintiffs’ lawyers and defense attorneys —  typically wait too long.

How do you know whether or not you need an expert?  Investigate.  Early.  Do you have a problem with speed, with drinking, with highway design, or with a “dangerous condition?” You will not know if you have any of these problems, without investigating your claims properly.

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Law DictionaryInsurance companies in Maryland are now required to disclose upon request from the victim or their personal injury attorney the amount of insurance coverage their client may have.  So you can find out from day one, how much coverage might be available to satisfy your client’s injury claim. This law went into effect on October 1, 2015.  If you are a Maryland personal injury lawyer, you’re probably in the top 1% of your colleagues in knowing of the existence of this law.  I think it is such a well kept secret, because I don’t believe any lobbying went into this effort.  No one is climbing over themselves to claim credit for it. Just the Maryland General Assembly doing their job.  Who knew?

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A new wrongful death lawsuit alleges Fast and Furious star, Paul Walker, survived the impact of the high speed car crash that cost him his life.  It alleges that hePorsche Carrera GT 2 could have gotten out of the car but for a defective design of his Porsche Carrera GT.  The suit claims that Walker could have avoided the fire except his seat belt “snapped Walker’s torso back with thousands of pounds of force, thereby breaking his ribs and pelvis,” which made an escape impossible.

That is one allegation.  The lawsuit also alleges the car should have had a stability system that prevents swerving.  Also, the side door was too close to the fuel line, and that the car had a history of control problems.  The claim concludes that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car that does not belong on the road.  It seems like a real reach.

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I tried to keep abreast of verdicts and settlements in personal injury cases in Maryland by reading the Maryland Daily Record, keeping up on court roomthe Maryland Association for Justice listserv, and getting the reports from Jury Verdict Research, Metro Verdicts, and just what I hear on the street from other lawyers.

The result of one case tells you nothing.  But if you keep following jury verdicts and settlements, you see patterns emerge.  Here are ten things I have learned from this process:

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Maryland personal injury lawyers are not permitted to say that they specialize in personal injury law.  This may soon change.Law Book

The Maryland Court of Appeals is considering amendments to Rule 7.4 of the Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct that would permit a Maryland personal injury attorney — or any lawyer for that matter — who has been certified as a specialist in a particular area of law to hold themselves out to the public as a specialist.

What would the attorney’s qualifications be for specialization?  I think this may be the challenge that led the court to defer ruling on this issue, which they did last week.

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There are an unbelievable number of variables involved in arriving at a settlement value for a personal injury case.  Compensation offers varyMoney and gold Scale of Justice wildly because there are so many different factors that have different weights attached to them.

But assuming there is no issue about the amount of money available* to pay on the claim,  the single most reliable predict of settlement value is the type of injury.  There are two key factors to consider when looking at the type of injury.

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The state of elder care in the United States is incredibly poor. Sending a loved one to a nursing home has become more and more difficult, Lonely old womannot for lack of quantity, but for lack of quality care. The problem is especially big in Maryland, where malpractice, malnutrition, and plain bad care run rampant throughout the elder care system. If the amount of lawsuits filed are any indication, some of the lowest quality care facilities are in Prince George’s County (P.G.) and Baltimore City.  You can argue that these are the best jurisdictions for plaintiffs so, of course, all of the cases get filed there.  But you can also read the list of complaints and inspections that the government does.  Trust me, P.G. County and Baltimore City are not great jurisdictions for nursing homes.

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After a serious accident or the loss of someone that you rely upon economically, the financial hardships can be overwhelming.  In even the best case scenario, justice is never immediate.  I’ve seen people suffer incredible economic losses Wallet with moneywhile they wait for justice, including losing their homes.

Some people file for bankruptcy.  What most victims and even personal injury lawyers in Maryland do not fully understand sometimes, your personal injury claim becomes the property of the bankruptcy estate, when a injury victim files for bankruptcy protection whether the claim is listed in the bankruptcy or not.   In my experience, the personal injury victim generally gets the claim back after the bankruptcy.  But as the victim’s lawyer you represent the victim, then the trustee, and then back to the victim again.  The whole thing is just an utter mess.

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I’m don’t use this blog much for safety tips.  Not because they are not important but because you can get that information elsewhere. But withGuy and rear-view mirror Labor Day weekend coming upon us, I have to drive to the Eastern Shore so I’d like to be safe. And I get to feel unbelievably superior when I write these things.   So let’s talk about using car mirrors properly, because it seems like few people know how to use them and fewer understand their limitation. Please read this in a condescending, know-it-all tone.

Mirrors are one of the most vital parts on an automobile.  Too many drivers on Maryland roads today, view mirrors as important as getting a NFL Red Zone is to the “Kinky Boots” musical cast playing at the Hippodrome later this month. They are jerking their heads around, like a madman before every aggressive, unsafe lane change they make.  

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