Over a million people who lived or worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to dangerously high levels of toxic chemicals in the water supply at the base. The contaminated water at Camp Lejeune lasted from 1953 to 1987. Congress recently passed a new federal law giving victims of the Camp Lejeune water contamination the right to sue the government and get compensation.

The mass tort lawyers at Miller & Zois are currently accepting Camp Lejeune cases from victims who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune prior to 1987 and were later diagnosed with cancer or another serious health condition.

Toxic Water at Camp Lejeune

insurance policy limitWhen we get a wrongful death or serious personal injury case, our first concern is insurance coverage.  The fear is that you will prove your claim is worth a certain dollar amount.  But then you cannot collect because there is inadequate insurance coverage.

How do you find out what the insured’s policy is in a Maryland car accident?  In the old days, the only way to get the policy limits was to sue.

This was maddening.  Especially when there were laws in other jurisdictions in that refusing to offer the policy limits could be bad faith.  Insurance adjusters would refuse to tell us saying it violated the privacy of their insured which also made me want to throw a brick through a window.

Within the United States, Progressive Auto Insurance is one of the largest insurance companies, holding over 10 million policies and growing. They stand along the lines of other insurers, such as State Farm, Allstate, Nationwide Insurance, Farmers Insurance, and USAA.

Progressive offers policies to individuals for automobiles, motorcycles, boats, and even recreational vehicles. Known best by their advertising campaigns sporting a quirky saleswoman, Progressive wants to be known to consumers as just that – a “progressive” insurance company.

To its credit, Progressive Insurance has a reputation in Maryland for being prompt and professional when dealing with a consumer’s accident attorney. And Progressive Insurance adjusters follow up on demand letters and settlement offers as quickly as any car insurance company in Maryland.

This post will provide a comprehensive explanation of everything you need to know about lawyers’ fees and expenses in auto accident and personal injury lawsuits. We will explain exactly how much money your lawyer will take out of your accident or personal injury settlement in 2022.

To help you understand how this works, we provide examples of lawyer fees and expenses deducted from actual injury cases. Finally, we will go over what lawyers are NOT allowed to charge you for.

What will your lawyer take out of your settlement?

There is currently a Paraquat mass tort lawsuit involving hundreds of farmworkers (or people who lived near farms) who are claiming that prolonged exposure to Paraquat caused them to develop early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Our national mass tort firm is currently seeking new plaintiffs to participate in the Paraquat lawsuit.

We are looking for individuals who were regularly exposed to Paraquat for a period of 5 years or longer and were subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This group may include people who worked in the agricultural industry or lived within a mile of a commercial farm.

What is Paraquat?

A truck accident lawsuit recently filed in Philadelphia revealed that one of the worst highway accidents in the history of Pennsylvania may have been caused by a FedEx driver wearing noise-canceling headphones behind the wheel. Wearing headphones or ear pods while driving is illegal in Maryland and most other states and the tragic case from Pennsylvania is a sharp reminder of why.

Fatal FedEx Truck Accident

In January 2020 a tour bus full of passengers was on a rural, mountainous stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike roughly 30 miles east of Pittsburgh in Westmoreland County, PA. The bus was going on a trip from New Jersey to Cincinnati, Ohio.

In a personal injury case, the defendant and their insurance company will often state that they are “admitting liability.” Lawyers also call this admitting responsibility or accepting fault.

In this post, we will try to explain what it means when the defendant admits liability and how it will potentially impact the outcome of your claim. Admitting liability can happen in any type of tort case, but it is most common in auto accident cases so this post will focus solely on liability admission in auto tort claims.

Liability vs. Damages

Our Frederick personal injury lawyers field a lot of calls from potential clients who have been injured in auto accidents in Frederick. A large percentage of these accidents seem to occur at a handful of notorious roads and intersections in Frederick County. In this post, we will give our own list of the worst intersections and roads in Frederick County, Maryland. This list is based on both our own anecdotal information from client calls and data from the Maryland State Highway Administration.

In determining what should rank as the “worst” intersections and roads in Frederick, we are primarily looking at the frequency and severity of auto and pedestrian accidents that occur on that road or at that intersection. However, our list also takes into account traffic volume and congestion, which often goes hand-in-hand with the number of accidents.

Auto Accidents in Frederick County

The Baltimore Washington suburban corridor in central Maryland has changed dramatically over the last few decades. The 30 mile stretch along I-95 connecting the two cities has become one of the most densely developed and populated areas in the entire country. This intense suburbanization has generated a massive volume of vehicle traffic and transformed the roadways in central Maryland.

Columbia in Howard County is one of the areas in the Baltimore Washington corridor that has undergone the most dramatic change during this period. In the early 1990s, Columbia was still felt like the isolated “planned community” that it was originally designed to be.

Today, however, Columbia is the second largest town in Maryland with a population of well over 100,000. The volume of vehicle traffic and nature of the roadways in Columbia have followed a similar pattern of development. What used to be single-lane roads with stop signs have evolved into 4 or even 6 lanes commercial routes clogged with traffic lights.

Over the last few years, a large number of states have passed new laws eliminating or significantly expanding their statute of limitations on sexual abuse lawsuits. So far, however, Maryland has not joined this movement to make it easier for sex abuse victims to sue. Recent investigations uncovering sexual abuse at one of Baltimore’s leading private schools might help change this.

Investigation Uncovers Sexual Abuse at the Gilman School

Founded in 1897, the Gilman School is one of the oldest and most prestigious private schools in the Baltimore Region. For decades Gilman has enjoyed a relatively pristine reputation. Last summer, however, the school announced that it was conducting its own private investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by Gilman employees.