FAQs Archive - Zirkin and Schmerling Law

How Do I Know if I Have a Case?

Group home abuse cases can be very complex and you’ll need input from a Maryland group home abuse lawyer who is experienced enough to understand the details and nuances of these cases. Whether or not you have a case will likely come down to whether the group home violated the person’s rights, what types of […]

What is Group Home Licensing and Monitoring in Maryland?

If your loved one is in a group home, you can only hope that the facility will truly provide the appropriate standard of care. The state of Maryland sets these standards through a strict set of group home licensing and monitoring policies.  Numerous agencies oversee group homes, mostly under the umbrella of the Maryland Office […]

Why is a Group Home Abuse Attorney Necessary?

Abuse in a group home is a horrifying situation that sparks strong emotions, especially in the parents of abused children. It’s also a situation that most people have almost no experience with until the moment it happens.  If you’re feeling confused, sad, angry, and fearful about how to handle group home abuse, the professionals at […]

What Is The Place Matters Initiative?

Maryland’s Place Matters Initiative is intended to maintain strong bonds between families and children while the children are in group home settings. This means, among other things, that there is an emphasis on having children in group home settings for the minimum time necessary and maximizing the time a child spends with their family. The […]

What Is The Value of a Group Home Abuse Case?

It’s difficult to predict the value of your case in advance, but its value is generally built upon the provable damages that arose from the specific abuse involved. This may include ambulance and surgery costs, doctor’s bills, and therapy visits that were required due to the abuse, plus damages for the injured person’s pain and […]

What Is The Maryland Children’s Group Home Bill of Rights?

Maryland has an official list of children’s rights in group homes outlined in the state’s Bill of Rights for Maryland’s Children and Youth in Children’s Residential Facilities. It establishes that every child has the right to be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness in group home settings. This means a child is entitled to appropriate […]

What Can You Do About Child Abuse In Group Homes?

When a group home fails to provide a safe and nurturing environment for your child, it’s a violation of their trust and their rights. You can stand up for your child by making a report to the proper authorities, starting legal action, and holding a group home accountable for its neglect, abuse, and failure to […]

What Should I Do if I am Injured?

Protect your health and protect your rights. Seek emergency health care immediately and follow the doctor’s instructions about your care. Save all paperwork related to your case. Don’t tell people about this situation and don’t post anything about it on social media. Talk to a Maryland slip and fall lawyer about filing an insurance claim […]

What are the Most Common Injuries?

The most common injuries from slip and fall accidents are bone fractures, hip injuries, hand and wrist injuries, and concussions. Falls can also cause much more serious injuries like spine and back injuries, deep lacerations from falling into sharp objects, organ damage from crushing blows, and traumatic brain injuries.

What Kind of Complications Come With a Slip and Fall Claim?

The most common complication in a Maryland slip and fall claim is that the other side is saying the injured person is partially at fault, which can destroy your case. Alternatively, the property owner may say they tried to address the hazard, they didn’t have time to fix the hazard, they were unaware of the […]