Personal Injury Archives - Zirkin and Schmerling Law

Determining Fault in Left-Turn Auto Accidents in Maryland

Making left turns is one of the top five driving phobias in the U.S., and with good reason. The NHTSA reports that 53.1% of crossing path crashes involve left turns, but only 5.7 % involve right turns. Intersections are especially dangerous because traffic is coming in all directions, so the potential for accidents is increased. […]

The 14 Do’s & Don’ts of Divorce

Over the years, I have helped guide many clients through many divorces, both amicable and and not so amicable. I have seen firsthand what an emotional and difficult process it can be to exit a marriage that was supposed to last forever. I have also gathered some easy-to-follow pointers to help my clients who find […]

PTSD from Car Accidents and Settlement Value

If you have been involved in a car accident in Maryland and been left with PTSD as a result, you are allowed to sue for damages. PTSD stands for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, an aptly named mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event, such as a car accident. Its symptoms often don’t manifest […]

Meet Kristen Fon L. Lim, Associate Attorney

Zirkin & Schmerling Law welcomes Kristen Fon L. Lim as she joins the firm. She’s an associate attorney and will primarily practice family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, and visitation arrangements. Prior to joining Zirkin & Schmerling Law, Kristen worked as a public defender and children’s attorney in Baltimore. During her time as […]

Common Dog Owner Defenses

Dog owners may make many defensive arguments if their pet bites or attacks someone. It is human nature to be defensive, especially in support of one’s children or pets. It is also unsurprising that an owner of a dog that has bitten someone would want to avoid financial loss as a result of a lawsuit. […]

Most Dangerous Intersections in Baltimore

Driving is dangerous in Baltimore. We have some of the country’s biggest traffic jams, most dangerous expressways, and highest rates of severe and fatal accidents. The overwhelming majority of people in Baltimore drive rather than walking, bicycling, or taking public transportation. Baltimore’s commuting times are among the nation’s longest and have only become worse in […]

Don’t Make These Mistakes After a Dog Bite

A dog bite is a painful and traumatic event nobody ever wants to experience. But more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., and 800,000 of these injured people need immediate medical attention. In the chaos after a dog bite, it’s easy to make mistakes you come to regret […]

AAA Report Finds Significant Trends in Pedestrian Fatalities

After three decades of steadily declining U.S. pedestrian fatalities, there was a huge spike. A new report from AAA shows a 53% increase in pedestrian fatalities during the decade leading up to 2018. Why are pedestrian fatalities becoming so much more common? Here’s what the research shows. Road Safety is a Mixed Bag First, let’s […]

When an Owner Isn’t Liable for a Dog Bite

Maryland has strict laws for dog owners, but that doesn’t mean an owner is automatically responsible for a dog bite. There are many situations where a dogowner isn’t liable or someone else also shares partial responsibility. Let’s look at what the law says about a variety of dog bite situations. If you’re a dog owner […]