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We get results. Take a look at some of our positive outcomes for clients:

  • $3,250,000 – Workplace sexual assault case
  • $1,850,000 – Driver hit by flying aluminum on the road
  • $500,000 – Victim’s ear bitten off by a dog
  • $475,000 – Group home abuse case
  • $375,000 – Rear-end auto accident
  • $300,000 – Homeowner’s insurance claim over an infant being dropped
  • $300,000 – Babysitter attacked by the family dog
  • $300,000 – Previous attorney gave up on client injured in three car accidents in two years

Living in Annapolis, Maryland

Annapolis is a mid-size suburb of Baltimore with a population of about 39,000. It’s Maryland’s capital and is known as the sailing capital of the world, hosting numerous annual sailing and yachting events. It’s also home to the U.S. Naval Academy.

The neighborhoods of Annapolis are attractive for young professionals and families because it’s just a 40-minute commute to both downtown Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Annapolis also gets high marks for its ethnic diversity, nightlife, and entertainment options.

Plus, the weather and scenery are beautiful in Annapolis and the city offers plenty of nearby parks, waterways, and outdoor activities. Kayaking and paddle boarding are popular among Annapolis residents and tourists alike. Historic lighthouse tours are also popular among visitors to the state of Maryland.

Living here can be expensive, however. The cost of living in Annapolis is 25% higher than the national average and buying a home will cost you almost twice as much as the average American pays.

A Vehicle Accident in Annapolis, Maryland 


An accident happened in Anne Arundel County on a dry day in mid-December on U.S. 50/John Hanson highway near Exit 23. A police officer described the accident in a police report, categorizing it as a same-direction rear-end accident with property damage. Vehicle 3 was traveling east with Vehicle 2 behind it, which was followed by Vehicle 1. Vehicle 1 struck the rear of Vehicle 2, which then hit the rear of Vehicle 3.

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Which Types of Annapolis Cases Do You Handle?

At Zirkin & Schmerling Law, our practice area consists of handling a wide variety of legal situations including injury and civil cases in and around Annapolis, Maryland. We can help you with motor vehicle accidents, divorce, DUI/DWI, dog bite cases, and more. Please contact us for an initial consultation if you have a potential legal matter involving:

Car Accidents

Car accidents happen constantly in Annapolis and a local car accident attorney can help you make an insurance claim or go to court if necessary. It’s usually possible to arrange an out-of-court settlement that helps you hold the right person responsible and get valuable compensation for your medical bills and more.

Dog Bite Injuries

Dog bite cases are on the rise across Maryland, including in Annapolis and Baltimore. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite, contact a qualified dog bite injury attorney who can help you get your medical bills paid and recover from the attack.

Personal Injury

A personal injury puts your health and safety at risk, but you have the legal right to seek compensation from the liable party. To get the best chance at full compensation for your damages, you’ll need legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney to help you pursue the full value you deserve.

Semi-Truck Accidents

After a severe semi-truck accident in or near Annapolis, you can hold the trucking company and their insurance company accountable with the help of a lawyer who is qualified to handle semi-truck accidents.

Criminal Law

You need excellent representation from a criminal defense lawyer when you’re charged with a crime. Our law office handles felonies, misdemeanors, expungement, domestic violence, theft, drug crimes, assault, and reckless endangerment. Let our criminal defense attorneys find the best outcome possible after your criminal charge.


An Annapolis divorce and family lawyer can handle your separation, divorce, division of property, alimony, child custody, child support, or protective order. Contact us for a caring approach to all family law cases.

Group Home Abuse and Neglect

It’s difficult to think about your loved one being neglected or abused in a group home setting. However, if this happens, you can take action. Contact a group home abuse and neglect attorney who knows how to pursue these complex cases.


Your Annapolis DUI/DWI lawyer can explain your options and help you seek the best outcome after a drunk driving charge. You may be able to avoid jail time and other penalties depending on your situation.

Traffic Violations

Do you have one or more traffic violations in Annapolis or Baltimore? Never ignore traffic citations that can build up to more serious charges. Contact a traffic violation lawyer who can help you sort through your traffic issues and maintain your good name.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice cases are emotionally traumatic and can be financially devastating. After medical malpractice or a birth injury in the Annapolis area, seek the help of an experienced attorney who knows how to stand up to the big healthcare companies and their insurance carriers.

Worker’s Compensation

Here in Maryland, all employers must follow the law when it comes to worker’s compensation. You’ll need solid legal advice to navigate the challenges presented by a worker’s compensation case.

Wrongful Death

Did your loved one die due to someone else’s negligence? It could be a case for wrongful death. We’ll help you get to the bottom of it and seek the compensation you and your family deserve.

Motorcycle Accidents

Annapolis motorcyclists deserve experienced representation from a legal team that cares about your damages and your trauma. With the help of a motorcycle accident attorney, you can recover the cost of your injuries, bike damage, and more.

Defamation of Character

Defamation of character is becoming more common across the U.S. due to the impact of social media. You may have a case against the person who is damaging your reputation. Talk to an attorney to discuss your situation.

Peace Orders and Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a crime and it’s on the rise here in Maryland. You can request a peace order and/or sue someone for the damages you have suffered. Talk to an attorney to understand your options.

What if I’m Not Sure Whether I Have a Case?

Please read the information on this page about Annapolis legal options and potential compensation, then contact us for an initial consultation about your situation. Of course, every case is unique and the information below serves only as a general guideline for what may happen in your case.

Here’s how the process works. Your lawyer will meet with you, ask about the details, sort through the legal matters, and present you with your options. If you decide to move forward with a case, your lawyer provides valuable assistance with a wide array of legal tasks like conducting interviews, communicating with the other side, locating documents, and handling paperwork. If necessary, your lawyer will represent you in court.

What Kind of Compensation Could I Recover?

Contact us for a consultation to get an idea of your potential damages. We can’t predict exactly what kind of compensation you could receive without knowing your specific situation. However, one thing is for sure: You have the right to pursue compensation for many types of damages in Maryland, depending on the type of case and the circumstances. 

Check with an attorney to see if you could receive compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
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Will My Case Go to Court?

Most can be resolved outside of court through an insurance arrangement or settlement. We can help you negotiate an arrangement that covers your damages and helps you recover from the incident. Sometimes, going to court is the best way to get the compensation you deserve. It’s always important to have an experienced Maryland lawyer on your side.

For a personal injury case in Annapolis, there is often no need to go to court for a civil matter because a talented lawyer can help you negotiate a settlement that is accepted by both sides. In this situation, nobody goes to court, yet everyone carefully creates an agreement that resolves the situation. While a lot of civil cases settle, the insurance companies keep offering less and less on cases. Due to this, it is important to have a lawyer representing you who is familiar with trying cases in front of a judge or jury. 

Many lawyers claim to handle personal injury or car accident cases but have never seen the inside of a courtroom. Before hiring a lawyer make sure you know that they are experienced in litigation. Also, the insurance companies will sometimes offer more money to law firms that go to court because the insurance company knows that the lawyer isn’t just looking for a quick settlement for the client.

For a criminal case, a court appearance may be unavoidable. You’ll need to present your best case to the court and a lawyer can help you show the judge that you’re a respectable person who is trying to do the right thing. Sometimes, you can avoid going to court in a criminal case if your lawyer can negotiate a legal arrangement with the prosecutor. 

Once again, it is important to have a lawyer who understands the details of trying a criminal case in front of a judge or jury. Prosecutors know the lawyers that will try a case in front of a judge or jury and the lawyers that are looking to plead their client guilty. If you have a real trial lawyer on your side that can often lead to better offers from the prosecutor’s office.

For a family law case, these cases such as divorce can be complex and may involve court appearances. In some cases, you can negotiate arrangements with the other side with the help of your family law attorney and may avoid the need for a court appearance. With family law cases it is always best to avoid court if possible so you don’t have to bring the children into the litigation. 

Also, it helps keep your attorney fees down, but sometimes there is no choice and you have to try the case because the other side is not being reasonable. In these situations, it is crucial to have an experienced family law attorney to try your case.

For a worker’s compensation case, these cases often involve an appearance in front of a workers’ compensation commissioner. Make sure your lawyer has experience with worker’s compensation claims like yours, right here in Annapolis and Baltimore.

Please contact us for an initial consultation about your case and we will help you understand your options and the potential outcomes involved.

Nearest Emergency Services and Local Maryland Departments Contact Information for Annapolis, Maryland

Police Department

Annapolis Police Department – (410) 268-9000
Sheriff’s Office, Anne Arundel County – (410) 222-1571

Fire Department

Anne Arundel County Fire Department – (410) 222-8300


Lumenis Health/Anne Arundel Medical – (443) 481-1000


Maryland State Courts
District Court of Maryland – (410) 512-2500
Anne Arundel County Courts – (410) 222-1397

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If you live in Annapolis, Zirkin & Schmerling Law can help you handle your legal matters with speed and professionalism. We truly care about our clients and we are dedicated to providing you with the best possible representation. To learn more, contact us today at (410) 753-4611 to get in touch with a qualified, experienced lawyer serving the Annapolis, MD area.

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1852 Reisterstown Road, Suite #203
Pikesville, MD 21208