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Is COVID 19 better classified as an “accidental personal injury?”

A few weeks ago I wrote a piece discussing whether or not someone who contracts COVID-19 while at work has contracted an “occupational disease” for which he or she could receive workers’ compensation benefits.  As I mentioned in that article, COVID-19 presents novel legal questions.  In this article, I will consider whether or not COVID-19 […]

Do I Need An Attorney For My Traffic Ticket?

There are two types of traffic tickets in Maryland: fineable-only tickets and jailable tickets. As the terms imply, one results only in fines and one can lead to jail time as well as fines. If you’re facing incarceration, you should absolutely contact a Traffic Violations Defense Attorney as quickly as possible. But don’t assume a […]

Do You Need a Divorce During Coronavirus?

People are stuck inside their homes during the coronavirus pandemic, causing long-standing friction to come to a boiling point. Anger and arguments are arising in some families – sometimes escalating to the point of violence. Soon after the pandemic hit, there was a sharp rise in domestic violence reports. Children and spouses are at a […]

Custody Withholding During Coronavirus

The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on many couples’ custody agreements causing disruptions in schedules and co-parenting relationships. Maryland’s stay at home order specifically delineates that parents are required to follow whatever custody order they have for their minor children. However, many parents are withholding their children from the other parents, stating that they are worried […]

Peace Orders and Cyberbullying in Maryland

Does your child have a cyberbully? Or do you? Bureau of Justice statistics show that about 15% of U.S. high school students are cyberbullied each school year and a staggering 40% of adults have experienced cyberbullying too. Cyberbullying involves bullying, shaming, threatening, and stalking that occurs over electronic devices. It might take place in public […]

Penalties for First-time Drunk Drivers

When you’re charged with a first-time driving under the influence offense, it’s a scary situation. This could be the first interaction you’ve really had with the police and your mind will be swirling with worries about what could happen next. Can you fight the accusation? Does your clean driving record matter? Will you lose your […]

Your Next 10 Days After a DUI Arrest in Maryland

Did you know the 10 days after a Maryland DUI are critically important to your future? Buried within the paperwork you’ll receive, there’s a notification about a 10-day period that impacts your ability to keep your driving privileges. Miss this crucial window of time, and you may face a more drawn-out process with harsher penalties […]

How To Choose The Best Dog Bite Attorney In Maryland

Every year, there are more than 9,500 hospitalizations and 1,000 intensive care unit visits due to dog bites. Because these injuries can be severe, hospitalizations tend to be longer and up to 2.5 times more expensive than the average visit.  The average cost of hospital treatment for a dog bite case is approximately $18,000!  That […]

Is COVID-19 a compensable “occupational disease” under the law of Workers’ Compensation in Maryland?

The current COVID-19 pandemic is obviously an unprecedented public health crisis in American society.  Numerous industries and organizations, including the legal community, are facing uncharted questions and challenges. I’d like to examine one such question that is relevant to my particular area of legal practice, Workers’ Compensation in Maryland: whether someone who is deemed an […]

Booking In and Bailing Out: What You Should Know About Arrests

If you’re arrested, you’ll be booked into jail and will soon face a legal process known as bail review. This is a critical moment in your life when you need the best legal representation possible. What happens next affects your future and your freedom. Most people aren’t prepared for the highly-stressful bail review process until […]