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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 family dog
  • $300,000 – Car accident (Previous attorney gave up on client injured in three car accidents over two years)

Living in Frederick, Maryland

Frederick, Maryland, is appealing to both those who enjoy a varied and thriving downtown and those who love the peacefulness of a farm-dotted countryside. Downtown Frederick is a walkable area abundant in independent shops, art galleries, restaurants, and federal architecture. 

In fact, the historic district of Frederick (50 square blocks) is on the National Register of Historic Places. Do you remember hearing a poem in elementary school with the line, “‘Shoot if you must this old gray head, but spare your country’s flag,’ she said.”? Whittier’s aged heroine, Barbara Frietchie, lived in Frederick; you can see a 1927 reconstruction of her house on Patrick Street. 

Frederick, a city in the northern part of Maryland, has a population of 72,244. It was an important crossroads for Native Americans before being settled in colonial times and has been the county seat of Frederick County since 1748. It is located at the junction of Interstate 70, Interstate 270, U.S. Route 340, U.S. Route 40, U.S. Route 40 Alternate, and U.S. Route 15. This gives its residents an easy way to commute, both to Baltimore (57 minutes via I-70 E) and to Washington D.C. (65 minutes via I-270 S). It is only a 15-minute commute to get to Fort Detrick, a U.S. Army Medical Command installation that is the largest employer in Frederick County. 

Frederick’s cost of living is above the national average but below the state of Maryland as a whole. This is the same with house prices: the median home cost in Frederick is $283,800, compared to a national median of $231,200 and a Maryland median of $294,100. Niche ranks Frederick’s public school district as 5th out of 24 in Maryland. 

Dangerous Roadways and Intersections in Frederick

There were 3,602 crashes in Frederick in 2019, injuring 1,574 people and killing 24. The five-year average of crash locations shows that some roads are more dangerous than others:

  • MD (Maryland routes) 24.2%
  • CO (County Routes) 18.5%
  • IS (Interstate Routes) 17.2%
  • US (United States Routes) 16.7%
  • MU (Municipal Routes) 12.5%

Some specific locations that have proven to be especially dangerous are:

  • Old Annapolis Road and MD-26 (“One of the most dangerous intersections in the county, if not the state,” according to The Frederick News-Post
  • MD 355 (also called Frederick Road and Urbana Pike)
  • Buckeystown Pike & Md. 355 (the highest traffic volume intersection in the county)
  • Route 40 (the Golden Mile)
  • The intersection at U.S. 15, Interstate 270, and Jefferson Street

Dog Bite Injuries in Fredrick

Newly-Adopted Dog Bites Young Girl in the Face 

When a man picked up his daughter from his ex-wife’s house, he was devastated to see a dog bite wound on his daughter’s face. The 10-year-old girl had a dog bite puncture wound to the right of her nose, plus damage to her upper lip and lower chin.

The girl said the dog had growled at her, then jumped up and bit her when she reached for the TV remote. After hearing this story and seeing his daughter’s injuries, the man took her to a nearby emergency room and contacted Animal Services to report the incident. 

According to the report, the man’s ex-wife had recently adopted the black labrador retriever from a shelter in Frederick, Maryland. The dog was quarantined for 10 days while Animal Services investigated the incident and worked with the authorities to determine how to proceed.

What if your child was the victim of a dog bite like this? Facial injuries often require extensive wound care and reconstructive surgery to repair, especially in children.

Young children have a much higher risk of serious injury or even death due to dog bites. Children are short and close to dogs’ faces during attacks, making them vulnerable to severe head, face, and neck wounds. 

If your child is the victim of a devastating dog attack, you need a Baltimore dog bite lawyer as soon as possible. At Zirkin & Schmerling, we can help you hold the dog’s owner responsible and get the resources your child needs to recover from this traumatic event.

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Which Types of Frederick Cases Do You Handle?

At Zirkin & Schmerling Law, we handle a wide variety of cases in and around Frederick, Maryland, including motor vehicle accidents, divorce, DUI/DWI, and dog bite cases. If you need legal assistance with any of the following areas of law, please contact us for an initial consultation.

Car Accidents

There are many high-speed highways and busy on-ramps in Frederick, so a catastrophic car accident at highway speed is always a risk here. Plus, many accidents (particularly fender benders) happen on the MD 355 section crowded with businesses. A car accident attorney can help you make an insurance claim, go to court if necessary, hold the right person responsible, and get a high-value award.

Dog Bite Injuries

If a dog bites you in Frederick, take it seriously. Dog bite cases are on the rise in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. We urge you to contact a qualified dog bite injury attorney who can help you get your medical bills paid and recover from the attack.

Personal Injury

After an injury at a Frederick home, government building, bar, restaurant, or other business, you can sue for compensation. To get the best results, you’ll need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you pursue the value of your medical bills and more.

Semi-Truck Accidents

You’ve probably seen the devastation of semi-truck accidents on I-70, I-270, and other area roads. If you’re injured in one of these accidents, 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

Arrested? Charged with a crime? Don’t face a criminal charge alone. Our law office handles felonies, misdemeanors, expungement, domestic violence, theft, drug crimes, assault, and reckless endangerment. Let’s find the best outcome possible after your criminal charge.

Divorce

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

Group Home Abuse and Neglect

Is your loved one being neglected or abused in a group home setting? You can take action. Contact a group home abuse and neglect attorney about seeking high-dollar compensation.

DUI & DWI

Your Frederick drunk driving charges can easily end in jail time, in addition to fines and the loss of your driver’s license. Take these charges seriously. A DUI/DWI lawyer can explain your options and help you seek the best outcome.

Traffic Violations

Unfortunately, a simple traffic ticket can lead to much more stress and cost if you don’t deal with it. Other traffic violations can build up to more serious charges, depending on your circumstances. Contact a traffic violation lawyer who can help you sort through your traffic issues and clear your good name.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can arise in almost any healthcare setting. After medical malpractice or a birth injury, seek the help of an experienced attorney who knows how to stand up to the big healthcare companies and their insurance carriers.

Workers’ Compensation

Your employer is required to follow the law when it comes to workers’ compensation. Did your employer support you after an injury? Do you deserve more than what they’re offering? These cases can be very complex, and you’ll need solid legal advice.

Wrongful Death

A wrongful death may occur when a loved one dies due to someone else’s negligence. You’re left behind with sorrow and questions about what happened. In a wrongful death case, we’ll help you get to the bottom of it and seek the compensation you deserve.

Motorcycle Accidents

Bikers, you deserve experienced representation right here in Frederick! With the help of a motorcycle accident attorney, you can recover the cost of your injuries, bike damage, and more.

Defamation of Character

Did someone defame you on social media or somewhere else online? Defamation of character is becoming more common 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 on the rise here in the greater Baltimore area and across the nation. It’s a crime in Maryland, and 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?

Unsure about your legal options? Don’t know if you have a case? We encourage you to read the information on this page about Frederick and contact us for an initial free consultation about your situation.

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 — not to mention representing you in a court case if necessary.

What Kind of Compensation Could I Recover?

Contact us for a consultation to get an idea of your potential damages. It’s hard to say exactly what kind of compensation you could receive without knowing your specific situation. But 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 in Frederick to see if you could receive compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Past and future lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
If you feel like you need some legal help, contact our attorneys to schedule a free case evaluation today.
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Will My Case Go to Court?

Here’s some good news about many types of cases: Most can be resolved outside of court through an insurance arrangement or settlement. But 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 Frederick, sometimes there is 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 he or she is 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 who 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 that 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 workers’ 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 Frederick and Baltimore.

Please contact our attorneys serving Frederick, MD 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 Contact Information for Fredrick, Maryland

Police

In an emergency, always call 911

Frederick Police Department — 301-600-2101
Frederick City Police(301) 600-2100
Frederick County Sheriff’s Office — (301) 600-1046
Maryland State Police — (410) 653-4200 | (800) 525-5555 

Fire Department

Frederick Division of Fire and Rescue Services — 301-600-1536
Frederick County Maryland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association — (301) 600-2356 (301)

Hospitals

Frederick Health Hospital — 240-566-3300
Children’s National Hospital, Frederick — 301-682-6668

Courts

Maryland State Courts
Frederick County Circuit Court — 301-600-1976
District Court of Maryland — (410) 512-2500

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Zirkin & Schmerling Law will 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 in the Frederick area. Contact Zirkin & Schmerling Law