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USPS Releases Dog Bite Numbers With Baltimore in Top 11

Baltimore had 29 dog attacks on postal workers in 2019, putting our city at number 11 on the U.S. Postal Service’s newest list of dog attack rankings. In total, 5,803 USPS employees were attacked by dogs that year, which is actually slightly lower than the previous two years. While dog attacks on USPS workers are […]

If I’m Pulled Over By Police, Do I Have To Do a Field Sobriety Test?

If a police officer pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving, the next few minutes are of critical importance to your future. Worried and scared, most people do whatever the officer requests, including taking a field sobriety test. But are you required to do so? The answer is no. People routinely decline these tests […]

What is a Preliminary Hearing?

Were you arrested and charged with a felony in Maryland? If so, you’ll soon be facing a preliminary hearing. It’s your first court date and is typically held about 30 days after your arrest. Every year more than 53,000 felonies are committed in Maryland and each person must go through the justice system, starting with […]

Who is Responsible for a Dog Bite in Maryland?

Man’s best friend doesn’t always act so friendly. Sometimes a beloved family pet does something unexpected and attacks a neighbor, grandparent, colleague, pizza delivery driver, or even a child who’s played with the dog countless times.  But with a dog bite, the chances are that the owner of the dog that has attacked you or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Traffic Ticket Stop Goes Horribly Wrong

When the police stop someone for a traffic ticket, it sometimes sets off a series of tragic events that put everyone in danger – the person being stopped, the police officer, and the public. A simple traffic citation becomes a deadly disaster. It starts out as a routine situation. An officer pulls someone over, which […]