Wednesday, December 21, 2011
HOW MUCH IS MY BALTIMORE WORKER'S COMPENATION CASE WORTH? What worker's compensation benefits are available?
Personal injury lawyers in Baltimore routinely secure worker's compensation benefits for their clients. Available medical benefits are explored in another chapter. Wage loss, or "indemnity" benefits are explored in some more detail in other chapters, but, generally come in 4 varieties: temporary total disability- where a doctor has an injured worker "off-work", that worker will get 2/3 of what they made prior to getting hurt; temporary partial disability- where a doctor has an injured worker on "light-duty" work, and they are not earning as much as before getting hurt, that worker will get a portion of the difference; permanent partial disability- where an injured worker has suffered a permanent injury, they are entitled to a monetary award based on the severity of the injury; and, as personal injury lawyers in Baltimore know, the big dog- permanent and total disability, where an injured worker cannot work, at any job for which there is a reasonable market, in any capacity; they will get 2/3 of what they made prior to getting hurt for so long as that disability persists.
Friday, December 16, 2011
HOW MUCH IS MY BALTIMORE PERSONAL INJURY CASE WORTH? Can a law enforcement officer assault and batter me?
Well, let's look at the context. If an officer is acting with legal justification i.e. probable cause, he or she can generally place you under arrest. Now, if you're being arrested for something, you've likely got bigger problems that whether or not you've been properly arrested. Personal injury lawyers in Baltimore know that a law enforcement officer is authorized to use force, even force that amounts to a civil battery, to effect an arrest. However, if that officer acts with an intent to harm you, and you suffer bodily injury, a Baltimore city lawsuit is a possibility. Many personal injury lawyers in Baltimore have successfully litigated claims that an officer acted with "excessive force" or malice when arresting or detaining and individual. In those instances, the privilege to use reasonable force to effect an arrest does not apply.
Monday, December 12, 2011
That seems consistent with common sense, and, personal injury lawyers in Baltimore will advise you that is also the law in Maryland. We've discussed in other chapters the concepts of civil assault and civil battery- so called 'intentional' torts. The assaulter, or batterer, must have intended to cause the contact or fear of contact. Unintentional contact that cause personal injury, e.g. a Baltimore car accident, may be pursued as a negligence claim. Is every person that batters another answerable in damages to the person battered? Seasoned personal injury lawyers in Baltimore know that all Marylanders possess a privilege to use reasonable force, including battering another, to defend themselves, their property, third persons, or the property of their employer.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY BALTIMORE PERSONAL INJURY CASE? That man hit me, but was trying to hit the guy next to me?
I recent chapters we explored the concepts of civil assault and battery. Personal injury lawyers in Baltimore know that these are called 'intentional' torts. In other words, the assaulter, or batterer, must have intended to cause the contact or fear of contact. Unintentional contact that cause harm, e.g. in a Baltimore car accident, may be pursued as a negligence claim. What about a situation where a person intends to strike, or throws or shoots something at one person, the intended target, but through bad aim, hits a bystander. Experienced personal injury lawyers in Baltimore know that the doctrine of 'transferred intent' [from the intended victim to the actual one] supplies the necessary degree of willfulness to make the assault or battery actionable for damages.
Friday, December 2, 2011
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY BALTIMORE PERSONAL INJURY CASE? That man said he would physically hurt me. Can I sue him?
A high percentage of all civil lawsuits filed in Baltimore involved allegations of negligence, i.e. a victim sustained injury because another failed to use the proper degree of care. What if a person sustains injury due to the intentional conduct of another? Knowledgeable personal injury attorneys in Baltimore are familiar with the legal theories that permit a victim to recover money damages in these situations. A civil assault is a threat, made through words or conduct, to hurt another. The person making the threat must appear to have the ability to carry it out, and the recipient must actually fear some kind of imminent harm.Personal injury attorneys in Baltimore caution their clients that this is an action that must be brought quickly, as the statute of limitations on a civil assault is but one year.