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I have been summoned to jury duty; is it safe?

Monday, September 28, 2020

The Maryland Court System is due to enter the next stage of reopening on October 5, 2020. This means courts will resume full operations including the long-awaited jury trials. However, jury duty and jury trials will look different as many new safety protocols have been implemented to make the process as safe as possible for potential jurors.

While balancing safety and justice it is important that "the people of Maryland can depend on access to justice" said Chief Judge Barbera of the Maryland Court of Appeals. When arriving to the courthouse jurors should expect the standard protocols including mask wearing, screening questions and pre-admittance temperature checks. Some counties have organized jury check-ins at local volunteer fire company's social halls, high school gymnasiums and other large venues around the state, in an effort to maintain social distancing between prospective jurors.

It is important to note that the standards will be maintained throughout the state, but each jurisdiction will operate a little differently. Some counties will use technology to assist in picking a fair and impartial jury by sending potential jurors' questions to answer, using their smart phones, while others will stagger the jury panels by placing them in multiple court rooms where they will hear the judge telephonically. In all circumstances, the courts expect to call on more jurors then usual to allow for the flexibility in deferring service due to health concerns. If a juror has been called to jury duty and has an underlying health condition that might put them at greater risk deferring duty will be evaluated on a case by case basis, therefore be sure to notify the courts as soon as you receive your summons.

For more information on what to expect when you arrive for jury duty view this quick video, which highlights the additional safety protocols Maryland courts have implemented but remember to bring your own pen!

Attorney Julie Mirman

Written by Julie Mirman, an Associate Attorney with Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, specializing in medical treatment coverage under workers' compensation.
Julie Mirman
jmirman@bsgfdlaw.com

How COVID-19 Could Impact Your Personal Injury Claim

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

The nature of personal injury claims are changing, and the attorneys here at BSGFD are adapting to maximize your recovery. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States, fewer and fewer people are receiving medical care for "non-emergency" matters.

If you have been injured in an automobile collision, you may feel that you need to seek medical treatment, especially if your pain impacts your activities of daily living. If you were already receiving medical treatment related to your auto collision, you may wonder if you should continue visiting a doctor's office during this time.

If you don't feel comfortable presenting to a physician at this time, many doctors' offices are conducting appointments by live video or through other accommodations. It is important to keep in mind that the value of your injury claim, to an extent, depends on how much medical treatment and what kind of treatment you received. If your physical therapist or chiropractor has already prescribed a home exercise program for you, be sure to keep a record of the exercises you are performing each day because it will be beneficial in proving your damages.

If you fail to receive any medical treatment for your injuries, it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to prove the damages you sustained from the incident.

If you’ve been injured in an automobile collision, call personal injury attorney Jaclyne Kartley today for a FREE CONSULTATION at 301-740-3313.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
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Walk This Way

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Now is the perfect time of year to go on a long walk and admire the beautiful changing leaves! Did you know that there are laws in Maryland regarding rights and rules for pedestrians on roadways? Well, there are!

If you are a pedestrian on a roadway where a sidewalk is provided, you may NOT walk along or on the adjacent roadway. You MUST walk on the sidewalk.

If there is no sidewalk provided, you are only authorized to walk along the left shoulder (or left side of the roadway) if it’s possible to do so. You must also be facing traffic that might approach from the opposite direction.

Have you been injured in a motor vehicle accident? Call personal injury attorney Jaclyne Kartley today for a free consultation at 301-740-3313.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
Jaclyne Kartley
301-740-3313
jkartley@bsgfdlaw.com

Property Damage – What you Need to Know

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Being involved in a motor vehicle collision can be scary and frustrating. You’re hurt, and to boot, your car has sustained damage and needs repaired.

If the repairs are too extensive, your vehicle could be deemed a total loss. In this situation, you are entitled to the fair market value of your vehicle. That value is determined by looking at a wide range of factors such as the specific features of your vehicle, for example leather seats, power windows, and mileage. Your vehicle is also compared to similar vehicles within a close geographic proximity.

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle collision, contact Jaclyne Kartley today for a free consultation at 301-740-3313.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
Jaclyne Kartley
301-740-3313
jkartley@bsgfdlaw.com

Got Disability Slips

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

After being involved in a car accident, you may be unable to work as a result of your injuries. This can create a serious strain on your finances.

If a medical professional places you off-work because you are unable to perform your job duties due to the accident, you should ensure that you are given a disability slip. Any lost time from work can be included in your total amount of damages. Additionally, if you have Personal Injury Protection coverage on your automobile insurance policy, you can also have a portion of your lost wages paid through your own first party coverage.

It is very important to obtain disability slips from your healthcare professionals if you are missing work due to an injury. Otherwise, your lost wage claim could be unsubstantiated and subsequently denied.

Have you been injured in an automobile accident? Call personal injury attorney Jaclyne Kartley today for a free consultation at 301-740-3313.

Can My Auto Insurance Company Force me to Have a Medical Evaluation

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

If you were injured in an automobile accident and were fortunate enough to have Personal Injury Coverage, your insurance carrier may schedule you to be examined by a doctor of its choosing depending on the terms of your policy.

If you haven’t read my previous blogs, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) is a coverage you can elect to have on your policy that you can use if you’re injured in an auto accident, regardless of fault. PIP can pay for your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages.

If you use the PIP coverage, depending on the terms of your auto policy, you could be required to appear before a physician for a medical evaluation that your insurance carrier chooses. This is to protect the insurance carrier from paying on PIP claims that may not be related to the accident in question or to prevent the insurance company from paying on claims that are excessive, unrelated, etc.

If your insurance company is demanding that you be evaluated by a medical professional after you’ve been involved in an accident, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney review your entire auto policy to ensure that the insurance company is allowed to demand this.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
Jaclyne Kartley
301-740-3313
jkartley@bsgfdlaw.com

Lien on Me

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

After a car accident, if you seek medical treatment and use your health insurance, you may owe money to your health insurer if you receive a settlement of a judgment. This is referred to as a health insurance lien on your personal injury case.

Every health insurance policy is different but occasionally an insurer will demand that you pay every cent of the lien back “according to the policy.” At this point, it is customary for me for request a copy of the full policy and other plan documents to ensure that health insurance carrier is indeed entitled to the full amount, as opposed to a reduced amount.

If the plan administrator fails to provide the requested documentation in the appropriate time, there are significant financial penalties that could reap a greater recovery for YOU.

To increase your potential recovery after an auto accident, it’s important that you consult with a knowledgeable attorney in insurance matters.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
Jaclyne Kartley
301-740-3313
jkartley@bsgfdlaw.com

Subsequent Injuries

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

When you’re injured in an accident you have the burden to prove your injuries, damages, etc. One of the burdens I will speak of in this blog is the burden to prove that your injuries are causally related to the incident in question.

This burden becomes harder to overcome if the client suffers a second injury to the same body part. For example, Mr. Smith injured his back in a motor vehicle collision in January. Mr. Smith is evaluated by a physician who prescribes physical therapy; Mr. Smith attends therapy 3 times per week. In February, still under a doctor’s care, Mr. Smith slips and falls on ice. He reports increased back pain to his doctor as a result of the fall.

Similar situations happen more often than what you may think. Subsequent injuries of the same body part (and even different body parts) can limit your recovery for the first incident up to the date of the intervening event that caused the worsening.

Every case is different and suffering injuries from two or more separate losses can be extremely difficult to understand.

Have you been injured in an automobile collision? Call personal injury attorney Jaclyne Kartley today for a free consultation at 301-740-3313.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
Jaclyne Kartley
301-740-3313
jkartley@bsgfdlaw.com

When the Lights Go Out – STOP

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

At some point or another while driving, we've all encountered a non-functioning traffic signal. This situation can be extremely dangerous if drivers don't know the proper procedure for entering the intersection.

If you approach a traffic signal that is non-functioning, you must:

STOP!

Where should you stop? Maryland law states that you must stop at a marked stop line. If no stop line is visible, then stop at the marked crosswalk. If there is no marked crosswalk, then you must stop prior to entering the intersection.

In addition to stopping, you must yield to pedestrians or vehicles that are already in the intersection and remain at a complete stop until it is safe to enter the intersection.

Have you been injured as a result of a motor vehicle collision? Call personal injury attorney Jaclyne Kartley today for a free consultation at 301-740-3313.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
Jaclyne Kartley
301-740-3313
jkartley@bsgfdlaw.com

Third Party Claims – When Work Accidents are Caused by the Negligence of Others

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

If you have suffered an injury while working, you may also have a third party claim against the negligent person or entity that caused your injury, depending on the circumstances.

For example, an ambulance driver is responding to an emergency in an ambulance, and is struck by another vehicle. The ambulance driver has a workers’ compensation claim, and also has a third party claim against the at-fault driver.

What can be tricky with third party claims is the recovery aspect. When the workers' compensation carrier pays for the claimant’s medical treatment, lost time from work, and permanency award, the carrier keeps track of every dollar it expends. Then, if the claimant recovers in a negligence action against the at-fault party, the claimant must pay back the workers’ compensation carrier for all of the money it paid.

This can be quite a balancing act for Plaintiff's attorneys, especially if the claimant missed a substantial amount of time from work, suffered severe injuries, etc. Furthermore, depending on the amount of liability coverage available, the potential recovery can begin to shrink rather quickly if the claimant has substantial medical bills and lost wages.

Contact personal injury attorney Jaclyne Kartley today for a free consultation at 301-740-3313.

Attorney Jaclyne Kartley

Call or email me with your questions:
Jaclyne Kartley
jkartley@bsgfdlaw.com

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