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Death Benefits In Workers’ Comp Cases In Maryland

Maryland’s workers’ compensation system is designed to protect workers who are injured on the job. It provides benefits for individuals who are hurt at work. Injured workers can receive medical care and other benefits after a workplace injury. In some cases, a worker may sustain injuries that result in death. Family members may be entitled […]Continue reading

Workers’ Comp Benefits For Police Officers – Hypertension or Heart Disease

Police officers face the risk of injury and death each day. Most people associate a workers’ comp claim for a police officer with an accidental injury in the line of duty, such as injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident or while apprehending a suspect. However, some police officers develop heart disease related to their […]Continue reading

Workers’ Comp Benefits For Firefighters In Maryland – Cancer Diagnosis

Employees who are diagnosed with cancer may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Maryland if the cancer is related to their employment. The worker must prove that the cancer was the result of working conditions or the exposure to toxic materials that was a normal part of the employee’s duties while performing his or […]Continue reading

Workers’ Comp Benefits For Correctional Officers – Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

Maryland correctional officers share some of the same workers’ comp benefits that police officers are entitled to receive. These benefits are not available to the general public. One of the workers’ comp benefits that some correctional officers receive is the presumption of an occupational illness for high blood pressure. Correctional officers diagnosed with heart disease […]Continue reading

Is Failure To Diagnose Injuries Considered Medical Malpractice In Maryland?

When you seek medical treatment, you expect your physician or medical provider to diagnose your condition correctly and prescribe a treatment plan that gives you the best chance of recovery. Even though you do not receive a guarantee that a course of medical treatment will work, you do expect the doctor to do everything reasonably […]Continue reading

Workers’ Comp For Public Safety Employees In Maryland

Work-related injuries and occupational diseases are common in many industries. However, public safety employees often face situations and conditions daily that can result in a workplace injury or occupational illness. The Workers’ Compensation Code provides specific considerations for public safety employees. These specific considerations include special legal presumptions and higher rates for benefits. If you […]Continue reading

Maryland Department of Disabilities Announces Delegate Christian Miele as Deputy Secretary

BALTIMORE, MD – January 3, 2018 – Secretary Carol Beatty today announced the appointment of Delegate Christian J. Miele, Esq., as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities. The appointment is effective January 9, the date Miele completes his term of office in the Maryland House of Delegates. “Christian worked hard representing his constituents […]Continue reading

What Should I Do After An MTA Bus Accident?

Millions of passengers use The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to commute throughout Maryland each year. The MTA Maryland transit system is the thirteenth largest rapid transit system in the United States. It utilizes over 1,300 vehicles to provide service to Maryland residents and visitors 24 hours a day. The transit system includes local buses, light […]Continue reading

What Do I Do After A Light Rail Accident In Maryland?

The light rail service in Maryland opened in 1992. Since that time, millions of people throughout Maryland have utilized the light rail service as a convenient and inexpensive form of transportation. In 2016, the light rail system transported over 7.4 million passengers. One of the goals of the Maryland Transportation Administration (MTA) is to provide […]Continue reading

My Doctor Accepts An A&A for Accident Claims? What is an A&A?

When you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, slip & fall, or other personal injury accident, one of your first priorities should be seeking medical treatment for your injuries. Prompt medical treatment is important for two reasons. First, you could have suffered a serious injury that may become worse or life-threatening without treatment. Second, […]Continue reading

What is the UCJ Claim & How Do I Make a Claim with the MAIF for a Maryland Car Accident?

An Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment (UCJ) is a claim for compensation made against the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF). UCJ claims are extremely complex because the MAIF does not make it easy for accident victims to recover compensation for injuries. Many lawyers shy away from MAIF-UCJ claims because there are so many rules and hoops […]Continue reading

Valuation of a Wrongful Death Case in Maryland — What is My Claim Worth?

Money will not replace your loved one nor will money take away or ease your grief. However, the judicial system has no other way to compensate families when a loved one is killed through negligence or a wrongful act. Therefore, Maryland enacted wrongful death laws so that families could file claims against the party or […]Continue reading

What Happens If I Die Without A Will in Maryland? Who Receives My Property?

Probate is the legal process of distributing a person’s property after the person dies. Many people engage in estate planning to ensure that their wishes will be carried out after the death. Estate planning also protects a person’s property and helps provide for their family members after their death. An estate plan can also provide […]Continue reading

What is a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? Are There Advantages to Filing Under Chapter 13?

Bankruptcy may frighten many people because they have heard horror stories about debtors losing property or paying thousands of dollars they could not afford to pay. The fact is that filing for bankruptcy relief is an affordable way to get out of debt. Our Parkville bankruptcy attorneys provide a free consultation so that you can […]Continue reading

Who Is Liable In A Tractor Trailer Accident In Maryland?

In many traffic accidents, it is clear who is responsible for causing the crash. However, liability is not always clear, especially in a tractor-trailer accident. Several parties may be liable for damages for accidents involving tractor-trailers or large trucks. A Maryland tractor trailer accident attorney can investigate the crash to determine the factors that led […]Continue reading

What Is A Mortgage Modification and How Can A Lawyer Help?

Are you having trouble paying your mortgage payments? If so, you need to know that you might have one or more options for avoiding a foreclosure action. Our Parkville mortgage modification attorneys can help you apply for a mortgage modification that can save your home from foreclosure. What is a Mortgage Modification? A mortgage modification […]Continue reading

What Is A Pre-Trial Settlement Conference in A Maryland Personal Injury Case?

If you have been injured because of the negligence or wrongdoing of another party, you might be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. However, to recover compensation in a personal injury case, you must file a claim against the liable party. In most personal injury cases, the insurance provider for the liable party handles […]Continue reading

Rehab from Spinal Cord Injuries — What You Need to Know After a Maryland Car Accident

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most traumatic injuries a person can sustain in a car accident. Damage to the spinal cord may result in loss of function, including feeling and mobility, throughout the entire body. Many people assume that the spinal cord must be severed to suffer paralysis. However, this is not true. […]Continue reading

Common Causes of Tractor Trailer Accidents in Maryland

Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks and other large trucks are extremely deadly and dangerous to the occupants of other vehicles. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of fatalities in crashes involving large trucks increased by 5.4 percent. In 2016, the fatalities caused by accidents involving large trucks took the lives of 4,317 individuals. Sadly, […]Continue reading

Is There A Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death Cases in Maryland?

The death of a family member is never easy. When a negligent or reckless act causes the death, it can be difficult to accept the death. In some cases, a person who causes a wrongful death can be held responsible for a crime. However, that person may be held liable in civil court for a […]Continue reading

Are Workers’ Comp Awards Taxable in Maryland?

Workers’ comp benefits are paid to employees who are injured on the job or who suffer a work-related illness. However, many people are concerned about paying taxes on their workers’ comp benefits.  Because workers’ compensation does not reimburse you fully for lost wages, paying income taxes on the amount you receive could increase the financial […]Continue reading

How Can I Save My House in Bankruptcy?

Losing your home because you cannot afford to pay your mortgage payments is frightening. You have tried everything you can think of to catch up the past due mortgage payments, but the lender is ready to file a foreclosure action. Loan modification, refinance, and other efforts to save your home have failed. Is there anything […]Continue reading

Can I Use Health Insurance for Auto Accident Bills in Maryland?

Being injured in an auto accident can cause significant financial hardships for victims. Victims of car accidents often incur debts for medical bills and other costs associated with the accident and their injuries. In addition, many accident victims are unable to work because of their injuries, thereby intensifying the financial hardship. Unfortunately, some medical providers […]Continue reading

Are Auto Accident Settlements Taxed in Maryland?

If you were injured in a Maryland auto accident, you might be entitled to substantial compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. Working with a Parkville auto accident attorney with Pinder Plotkin can help you protect your right to receive a fair and just settlement for your car accident claim. In addition, we can advise […]Continue reading

I Can’t Afford A Doctor After an Auto Accident! What Should I Do?

It is a wise idea to seek medical attention after a car accident, even a minor accident. You could be injured, but the symptoms may not appear for a few hours or days following the accident. A complete physical examination by a medical professional can help diagnose injuries so that you can begin treatment immediately […]Continue reading

Limit on Non-Economic Damages in Maryland for Personal Injury Claims

If you are injured in a personal injury accident or through medical malpractice, you sustain a variety of damages. In addition to the physical injuries, you sustain financial damages and non-economic damages. Under Maryland’s personal injury laws, you are entitled to seek compensation for your damages if the injury was caused by negligence or other […]Continue reading

How is a Jury Selected in Maryland?

Jurors are very important in the judicial process. We have jury trials in criminal court and civil court. A jury is often referred to as the “trier of facts” in a case. The job of a juror is to listen to the evidence presented by both parties and determine the issues of fact in the […]Continue reading

What Is A Deposition? How is It Used in a Maryland Court Case?

If you are involved in litigation, you may be required to participate in a deposition. In a deposition, an attorney asks you questions related to the matter being litigated. For example, if you filed an insurance claim regarding an automobile accident, the attorney for the insurance company may subpoena you for a deposition. During the […]Continue reading

Will I Lose My House in Bankruptcy?

One of the most common bankruptcy myths and fears about filing for bankruptcy relief is losing property, especially a home. For many people, their home is their most valuable asset. The thought of losing your house in bankruptcy is terrifying. However, what are you supposed to do if you cannot afford to pay your bills […]Continue reading

Attorney Jason A. Plotkin Named to Million Dollar Advocates Forum

The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team is pleased to announce that Jason A. Plotkin, Esq. has been certified as a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have […]Continue reading

Pinder Plotkin Presents MotorcycleTalks

We are proud to announce the launch of, a site focused on protecting the rights of motorcycle riders and telling their stories. We’re honored to kick off the blog series with the story of Chuck Ritz, the Founder of The Hope & Peace Foundation. MotorcycleTalks will share a new story each month penned by […]Continue reading

How to Prove that Driver Fatigue Contributed to the Cause of a Maryland Truck Accident?

Operating a commercial truck requires a great deal of training and experience. Regardless of a driver’s level of training and experience, a driver who is tired or drowsy is not as safe as a driver who is well-rested. Truck driver fatigue greatly increases the risk of being involved in a truck crash. Drivers who are […]Continue reading

Do I Earn Too Much Money to File Bankruptcy in Maryland?

It can be hard to believe, but some people do make too much money to file bankruptcy under Chapter 7. However, that does not mean they cannot file for bankruptcy relief under Chapter 13. The first step to determine if your income qualifies for a Chapter 7 is to complete the bankruptcy Means Test. What […]Continue reading

What is a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy? Do I Need a Parkville Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney?

Being in overwhelming debt is stressful and frustrating. No matter how hard you try to catch up your bills, you just cannot seem to get ahead. For many people, getting behind on their bills means they could face losing their home or their vehicles. However, if you could get a break from some of your […]Continue reading

A Look Behind Christian Miele

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born… and the day you find out why.” – Mark Twain For Maryland state Delegate Christian Miele his why surfaced in his late 20’s and he hasn’t looked back since. In fact, he’s driving forward with everything he’s got and everything he’s […]Continue reading

Hollie S. Cutler Joins the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team

Parkville, MD – The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team is pleased to announce that it has acquired the law practice of Hollie S. Cutler, Esq. in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.  Cutler brings 38 years of civil and criminal litigation experience.  Cutler’s Annapolis based practice will mark the third office for Pinder Plotkin. “We are extremely excited to […]Continue reading

What is a Driver Improvement Program (DIP) in Maryland?

The Driver Improvement Program (DIP) is a driving course that is used in Maryland by the courts and the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). There are many reasons why a driver may be referred to the DIP by a judge or the MVA. However, you may voluntarily participate in the DIP if you desire. Some insurance […]Continue reading

Chapter Six – Conclusion and Tips for Avoiding Motorcycle Accidents

The entire legal team and personal injury lawyers of Pinder Plotkin LLC are here to help you if you are injured in a motorcycle accident. However, we hope that you remain safe and never need to deal with an injury claim. Therefore, we encourage you to follow these safety suggestions to reduce your risk of […]Continue reading

Who Is Liable For Car Accidents In Maryland Work Zones?

Car accidents occur for a variety of reasons.  Some accidents involving motor vehicles are caused by driver error, such as impaired driving, distracted driving, and violating traffic laws. Defective car parts or hazardous roads can also cause car accidents. An over-looked contributing factor to some car accidents is work zones. According to the Federal Highway […]Continue reading

Did You Know That October is Chiropractic Health Month!

Governor Larry Hogan has proclaimed that October 2018 is Chiropractic Health Month in Maryland! You know the expression – Move It Or Lose It. Many of us know that we should eat healthy and exercise but have a hard time getting our recommended dosage of fruits, veggies and exercise in. This is evident through staggering […]Continue reading

I Was In An Auto Accident While I Was On Vacation. What Do I Do?

There are a few things that can ruin a vacation very quickly. Becoming ill, losing your wallet, delayed flights, lost luggage, and car accidents are just a few. Maryland has beautiful vacation spots that attract thousands of tourists each year. Unfortunately, some tourists will be involved in a car crash while visiting Maryland. Likewise, many […]Continue reading

Chapter Five – Motorcycle Accident Damages, Filing an Injury Claim, and Personal Injury Lawsuits

When another person causes your injury, Maryland’s personal injury laws allow you to recover compensation for your damages, injuries, and losses. Damages in an accident claim are divided into two categories — financial damages and non-economic damages. Financial damages are your out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident, injury, and recovery. To substantiate these damages, you […]Continue reading

Can I Receive Compensation in Maryland for Pre-Impact Fright in Auto Accidents?

Common sense would lead us to believe that if someone knew they were about to be in a car crash that the person would be filled with anxiety, fear, and panic. Most drivers understand that if they are in a collision, there is the possibility they could suffer traumatic injuries, intense pain, and even death. […]Continue reading

What Happens If You’ve Been Injured as An Uber Or Lyft Passenger in Maryland?

If you are involved in a car accident in Maryland, you must prove that another party was to blame for the crash to recover compensation for your damages. Passengers are typically not to blame for a car accident because they had no control over the operation of the vehicle. In other words, you should be […]Continue reading

Chapter Four – Proving Fault, Your Injuries, and Your Recovery

In the days and weeks after the motorcycle accident, you are going to be overwhelmed. If you suffered a traumatic injury, you need to focus on your health and recovery, which may include surgeries, physical therapy, pain management, and other treatments.  For some accident victims, the recovery period can be extremely painful and lengthy. However, […]Continue reading

What Happens If You’ve Been Hit By A Drunk Driver in Parkville?

Drunk driving is illegal in Maryland. A driver who is convicted of DUI can face severe criminal penalties, including jail, fines, license revocation, alcohol abuse assessment, and an ignition interlock program. However, a driver who causes a DUI accident can also be held liable for any damages caused by the accident. If you are injured […]Continue reading

What Do You Need to Know About Maryland Pedestrian Auto Accident Investigations?

The number of pedestrians injured in Maryland increased again in 2017. From 2013 through 2017, the number of pedestrians injured in traffic accidents increased each year. During 2017, 3,515 people were injured in pedestrian-auto accidents. In that same year, 111 people died in pedestrian-auto accidents. Being involved in a Maryland pedestrian accident can cause severe […]Continue reading

Chapter Three – After the Motorcycle Accident – Seeking Medical Treatment and the List of Don’ts for Motorcycle Accident Victims

If you did not go to the emergency room from the scene of the motorcycle accident, you need to see your doctor as soon as possible. There are two reasons why you need to see a doctor after a motorcycle accident, regardless of whether or not you believe that you are injured. First, some injuries […]Continue reading

How To Share Maryland Roads With Bicycles

It is very important to remember that bicyclists have the right to share Maryland roads with motorists. In Maryland, bicycles are considered vehicles. Motorists do not have an exclusive right-of-way when traveling on our roads. While bicyclists must obey traffic laws, riders also have the right to expect motorists to meet their duty of care […]Continue reading

Chapter Two — Motorcycle Accident Statistics And Steps To Take At A Motorcycle Accident Scene

Motorcyclists face challenges each time they decide to ride their motorcycle. Challenges can include distracted or negligent drivers, hazardous road conditions, poor weather conditions, or defective motorcycle parts. Sadly, you can be the safest rider in Maryland and still be severely injured in a motorcycle crash that is not your fault. At Pinder Plotkin LLC, […]Continue reading

Do I Have To Give A Recorded Statement for a Maryland Personal Injury Claim?

When you are injured in a personal injury accident, you may be contacted by an insurance adjuster from the other party’s insurance company. The insurance adjuster is investigating the accident and your claim. Regardless of what the adjuster may tell you, the adjuster is not working for you. The adjuster is not “on your side” […]Continue reading

Will My Insurance Go Up If I Use My Insurance?

How Do Maryland PIP, UM, UIM And Property Damage Claims Impact Insurance Rates? Many people are worried about filing a no-fault insurance claim because they fear their insurance company will raise their rates. However, why have no-fault insurance coverage and not use it when you need it? Our Maryland accident attorneys understand your concern about […]Continue reading

Chapter One — Maryland Motorcycle Information for New Riders and a Refresher for Seasoned Riders

If you purchased a motorcycle recently, congratulations! Maryland and the surrounding areas have some of the most beautiful motorcycle routes on the east coast. In addition, with the traffic in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia, riding a motorcycle can be an economical, convenient form of transportation. For readers who are seasoned motorcyclists, the information we cover […]Continue reading

Dealing With Underinsured Or Uninsured Motorists In A Maryland Car Accident

Maryland is a “fault” state for automobile insurance purposes. That means that every driver is required to carry minimum liability insurance to protect other people if the driver causes a car crash. The minimum liability insurance required for Maryland drivers is $30,000 for bodily damage ($60,000 for two or more victims) and $15,000 for property […]Continue reading

How Long Do I Have To File A Workers’ Comp Claim With Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation Commission?

Being injured at work can turn your entire world upside down. You may need surgery, extensive physical therapy, and other treatments before you are ready to return to work. For some workers, injuries may cause permanent impairments that prevent them from returning to work or from working full time in the same industry or job. […]Continue reading

Welcome to our Motorcycle Law Series

Whether you have been riding a motorcycle for years or you have just purchased a motorcycle, it is important to understand the risks you take each time you ride. A motorcycle gives you the feel of the open road without the restriction of a steel “cage” around you. For many people, there is nothing like […]Continue reading

A Maryland Workers’ Comp Claim with a Third-Party Claim — One Accident With Two Claims

When you are injured at work in Maryland, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In most cases, injured employees are only entitled to receive the benefits provided by Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation laws. Workers are not permitted to sue employers for compensation for other damages, except in very limited and narrowly defined situations. The […]Continue reading

Soft Tissue Injuries HURT — Maryland Personal Injury Attorney Answers Questions About Soft Tissue Injuries

When you are injured in a personal injury accident, such as a motor vehicle crash, workplace injury, or slip & fall, you can suffer a variety of injuries. Common injuries in personal injury accidents include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, lacerations, and soft tissue injuries. Unfortunately, many insurance companies treat soft injuries […]Continue reading

What Evidence Is Needed in A Lemon Law Case?

When you purchase a new or leased vehicle, you need to pay close attention to the warranty you receive with the vehicle. Vehicles can break down, even when they are new. Therefore, you want to ensure that your warranty covers as many systems and parts as possible so that you do not have a costly […]Continue reading

Damages in a Maryland Lemon Law Case

Because Maryland has some of the toughest Lemon Laws, many dealers and manufacturers obey these laws, if a consumer can prove that the vehicle meets one of the three definitions of a “lemon.” However, if a dealer or manufacturer does not obey the law, filing a Lemon Law claim can be complex and overwhelming for […]Continue reading

What Is an Interlock Ignition Device?

An interlock ignition device is a type of alcohol monitoring system that is designed to prevent a driver from operating a car after consuming alcohol. The device is connected to the ignition system of the vehicle when it is installed. A driver must blow into a mouthpiece connected to the device before attempting to start […]Continue reading

Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care Center After a Car Accident in Maryland

When you are injured in a car accident, you may not have a choice whether you go to an emergency room or an urgent care center. If the injuries you sustain in a car accident are severe, EMS will transport you to the emergency room unless you are coherent and deny transportation. Some people believe […]Continue reading

Low Impact Collisions Cause Injuries — How Can a Maryland Car Accident Attorney Help?

Low-impact car accidents are common in Maryland, but that does not necessarily mean that they do not cause severe injuries. Fender-benders, another name used to describe low-impact car accidents, can occur in a variety of situations. If you are involved in a slow-speed accident, you need to treat the accident as you would any other […]Continue reading

Dangers of Distracted Driving in Maryland

Are you guilty of distracted driving? You may think because you do not text or use a cell phone while driving that you are an alert driver. Even though texting while driving and talking on a cell phone while driving are two of the most common distractions for drivers, these are not the only examples […]Continue reading

What is Aqua Therapy?

When you are injured in an accident, your physician may recommend a variety of treatments depending on the type and severity of your injury. If you have several options for treatment, you and your doctor can work together to develop a treatment plan based on the potential risks associated with certain treatments and the likelihood […]Continue reading

Your Right To Choose a Medical Provider In a Maryland Workers’ Comp Claim

When you are injured on the job, you have two priorities. You need to seek medical treatment for your injuries and report the accident to your employer. If your injuries require emergency medical treatment, always seek treatment as your first priority and report the accident to your employer as soon as possible after you are […]Continue reading

Why The Insurance Company Does Not Want You To Hire An Attorney For An Auto Accident

When you are injured in an auto accident that you did not cause, the insurance agent for the other driver may contact you to discuss the claim. The adjuster may tell you that you can handle the claim without an attorney to save money.  He may even tell you that he understands you have been […]Continue reading

Do I Have A Birth Injury Case?

Giving birth is a beautiful experience that parents anxiously begin to plan for as soon as they learn they are expecting a child. Even though giving birth is a natural process that has been occurring for millions of years, the process is not without risks. Sadly, some mothers and infants will suffer injuries and life-threatening […]Continue reading

PIP vs. MedPay — Do I Need Both to Drive in Maryland?

While it is a personal decision what type and what amount of car insurance to purchase, the Maryland car accident attorneys of Pinder Plotkin LLC find that many drivers have minimum insurance coverage. Therefore, if you are involved in an accident, you may not have sufficient insurance coverage to protect yourself or your family. Because […]Continue reading

Common Reasons For Social Security Disability Denials

The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers two disability programs for disabled Americans. The SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and SSDI  (Social Security Disability Insurance) provide income benefits for individuals who have a medical or psychological condition that prevents them from working. However, both programs have very strict rules for submitting applications. In addition, applicants must meet […]Continue reading

How The Insurance Companies Use Computers To Devalue Your Auto Accident

Maryland personal injury laws do not contain a formula for calculating the value of an auto accident claim. As experienced accident attorneys, the lawyers of the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team understand the factors used to calculate the maximum value of a car accident claim.  However, we also understand how insurance companies value claims, including the […]Continue reading

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a common injury in motor vehicle accidents and falls. Insurance adjusters often dismiss whiplash as a “minor” injury that does not require medical attention.  However, whiplash can be extremely painful and limit movement. In some cases, chronic whiplash can have long-term health consequences for some accident victims. The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team treats […]Continue reading

What Happens If I Refuse To Take A Breathalyzer?

Deciding whether to take a breathalyzer test is probably one of the most difficult decisions for someone who has been pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving. Because of tougher DUI laws in Maryland, refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test has its own set of penalties aside from a DUI conviction. As a driver, […]Continue reading

What is an MRI?

When you are injured in a personal injury accident, you can suffer a variety of injuries. Whether your injury was caused in an auto accident, truck crash, dog bite, defective product accident, or a slip & fall, you need an experienced medical provider to diagnose your injuries and develop a treatment plan for your recovery. […]Continue reading

Recoverable Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases

When a physician or hospital is negligent or fails in the duty of care, patients suffer. If a surgeon, doctor, nurse, hospital, or other medical provider makes an error, the result could be life-threatening. The consequences of medical malpractice change the lives of patients and their families forever. Some people never recover fully. Patients who […]Continue reading

Maryland’s New Stacking Law Effective July 1st for Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage is intended to help protect accident victims injured by negligent drivers who are uninsured or underinsured. When an at-fault driver’s insurance coverage is insufficient to pay an accident victim’s damages in full, the accident victim’s UIM coverage kicks in to provide compensation to the accident victim. UIM and liability insurance is […]Continue reading

Do I Need a Maryland Attorney for an Examination Under Oath in a Personal Injury Case?

Yes, you definitely need an attorney before you appear at an Examination Under Oath or EUO. The outcome of an EUO can have a significant impact on your personal injury claim. Unfortunately, it may not be the outcome you desire. Before you face an EUO alone, we strongly urge you to contact our office to […]Continue reading

Recoverable Damages in Birth Injury Cases

Parents spend months planning and dreaming about the day their son or daughter will enter this world. Becoming a parent changes your life forever. Sadly, not all births are joyous occasions. For far too many parents, the birth of their child is accompanied by one of the most painful things a parent can endure — […]Continue reading

Lemon Laws in Maryland

Purchasing a new vehicle is very exciting. You may have spent months researching various makes and models of vehicles to narrow down the list of potential vehicles. Then you may have spent a few weeks test driving each vehicle on your short list, so you can get a “real world” feel for how the vehicle […]Continue reading

Body Movement in Automobile Crashes — How Do Injuries Occur in a Maryland Auto Accident?

Even with the technological advances that make automobiles safer today than ever before, people who are involved in an accident often suffer bodily injuries. In some cases, it is the safety features, such as seatbelts and airbags, which contribute to the injuries suffered in a car crash. Understanding what happens to our bodies during a […]Continue reading

What Standard Field Sobriety Tests Are Used in Maryland DWI Stops

Being charged with driving under the influence is a serious matter in Maryland. Maryland prosecutors aggressively pursue DUI/DWI cases in our state. If you are convicted of drunk driving, you could face serious penalties, including jail time, fines, loss of driving privileges, alcohol treatment programs, and probation. One of the most common ways an officer […]Continue reading

Contingency Fee Myths — What Should You Know About Our Policy for Contingency Fees

When you are injured in an auto accident, dog attack, slip & fall, or defective product accident, you suffer a variety of damages. In addition to the immense physical pain and emotional suffering, many accident victims also incur substantial financial losses. It can be very difficult for a family to continue paying its bills and […]Continue reading

Baltimore County Government and Parkville Recreation Council Dedicate Ball Field to Ed Pinder

On Saturday, April 7, Diamond #27 at Belmont Park in Parkville was officially named “Pinder Field” in honor of Edward T. Pinder, local attorney and longtime Parkville Recreation Council leader. The field dedication, sponsored by Baltimore County Government and the Parkville Rec Council, recognizes Pinder’s years of volunteer service to youth athletic programs in the […]Continue reading

Chapter 8: Qualifications of A Chiropractor in Maryland

The Maryland State Board of Chiropractic Examiners (SBCE) regulates chiropractic care within the state, including issuing licenses to chiropractors who practice within the state.[i] According to the agency’s website, there are no waivers or exceptions to the requirements for a chiropractor license in Maryland. Requirements to Apply for a Chiropractor License in Maryland The following […]Continue reading

Chapter 7: Side Effects and Benefits of Chiropractic Care After a Car Accident

There is much debate on the effectiveness and safety of chiropractic care. Below is a brief discussion of the potential benefits and risks associated with chiropractic care according to several sources. Potential Benefits of Chiropractic Care There are several benefits[i] that chiropractic care can offer including[ii]: Catches Injuries That Are Not Obvious Some injuries sustained […]Continue reading

Chapter 6: What Methods are Used by Chiropractors to Treat Traffic Accident Victims?

Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are trained to use several different techniques and methods to treat patients suffering from car accident injuries. Because some techniques may not work for every patient, a chiropractor develops a chiropractic treatment plan that is best suited to offer the patient the best chance of recovering from car accident injuries while […]Continue reading

Chapter 5: Goals of Chiropractic Care After a Motor Vehicle Accident

Your goal in visiting a chiropractor (DC) and embarking on a chiropractic treatment plan is usually to relieve pain. Your chiropractor has that same goal; however, he or she also has several other chiropractic goals that can benefit you in the long-term. Your DC’s goal is to realign and treat your conditions through nonsurgical, drug-free […]Continue reading

Workers’ Comp Claims and Opioids in Maryland

Workers’ Comp Claims and Opioids in Maryland When a worker is injured on the job, Maryland’s workers’ compensation system covers medical care and other WC benefits. This coverage includes prescription medications, including opioids. Doctors often prescribe opioids for treatment of pain after an injury at work. However, with the growing opioid epidemic, the question of […]Continue reading

Chapter 4: What Will the First Visit Be Like?

Many people have never visited a chiropractor (DC) before an auto accident, so they do not know what to expect during their first visit. Your first visit with a DC is much like the first visit with any other healthcare professional. The first step is to review your symptoms and history with the chiropractor before […]Continue reading

Chapter 3: Common Injuries Treated by Chiropractors

Many accident victims consult chiropractors (DCs) because chiropractors treat a broad range of conditions and injuries that are common in motor vehicle accidents. Unlike other healthcare professionals who prescribe painkillers to deal with car accident injuries, a DC can use a variety of chiropractic methods to correct spinal misalignments to promote natural healing without the […]Continue reading

Chapter 2: What is a Chiropractor and Chiropractic Care?

You may not be familiar with chiropractors or chiropractic care. Therefore, we want to begin by explaining this area of health care and treatment for car accident injuries. What is a Chiropractor? Simply put, a chiropractor or Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) is a health care professional who uses noninvasive methods to treat a variety of […]Continue reading

Chapter 1: First Steps After a Motor Vehicle Accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 6.3 million accidents were reported in 2015.[i] As a result of those traffic accidents, over 2.4 million people were injured, and 35,485 people were killed. The numbers for 2015 are an increase from the numbers reported in 2014. Each day in the United States, thousands […]Continue reading

Jason Plotkin to present at MD Chiro Association Convention

Jason A. Plotkin is a panel speaker at the Maryland Chiropractic Associations’ 2018 Spring Convention on April 14, 2018 (  Mr. Plotkin will be presenting Auto Comp: The Role of a Chiropractor in Auto Injury and Workers’ Comp Claims.    This will be a great opportunity for chiropractors to learn about the interplay of workers’ compensation and motor […]Continue reading

Lost Wages in an Uber & Lyft Accident

For many Uber & Lyft drivers it is only a side hustle and not their full-time employment.  This can create a difficult scenario to recover lost wages if not properly documented.  The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team handles a large volume of motor vehicle accident cases and we routinely find that “gig” Uber and Lyft drivers […]Continue reading

DO’s and DON’T’s After an Uber & Lyft Accident

DO call 911. Request that the responding officer identify all passengers in the information and/or police report prepared. DO request an ambulance if hurt. DO take pictures of the accident scene (position of vehicles in intersection/landmarks). DO take pictures of the property damage to all vehicles (and vehicle tags). DO get contact name/address/telephone for witnesses […]Continue reading

Lyft Insurance Coverage / Liability

In November 2017, Jason A. Plotkin presented a National Continuing Legal Education course on Uber & Lyft Litigation to attorneys and other legal professionals located throughout the country.  The course was designed to teach other lawyers how to handle the unique nuances of accidents involving Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing companies. The Pinder Plotkin Legal […]Continue reading

Uber Insurance Coverage / Liability

In 2015, the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration estimated that there were 6.3 million motor vehicle collisions reported to police departments across the country. Contrast that to the 10 million trips Uber completes per day (according to its website) and it becomes clear that it is inevitable that Uber drivers and passengers will fall […]Continue reading

Uber and Lyft Car Accidents

Jason A. Plotkin is a frequent speaker on personal injury legal topics.  In November 2017, Jason A. Plotkin presented a National Continuing Legal Education teleconference on Uber & Lyft Litigation to attorneys and other legal professionals located throughout the country.  The course was designed to teach other lawyers how to handle the unique nuances of […]Continue reading

Christian Miele Joins The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team

The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team is pleased to announce the hiring of Christian J. Miele as an associate attorney. Miele joins the firm today, just one day after being sworn in as a member of the Maryland Bar by the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. “I am thrilled to begin my legal career as […]Continue reading

State Farm Confirms That Low-Impact Collisions Cause Injuries

In the course of our practice, we often meet with clients who are in obvious pain following automobile collisions in which the damage to their cars is “minimal.” Large insurance companies, such as State Farm, Allstate, and Geico, consider these claims to be “MIST,” or minor impact soft tissue claims. Such claims rarely garner compensation substantial […]Continue reading

Jason Plotkin to Speak at Upcoming National Business Institute Seminar

Estate administration is a complex process that can be easily derailed by even the most minor of mistakes. The National Business Institute has identified the most common mistakes made throughout the process, and will host the live seminar, “Estate Administration: Top Mistakes to Avoid,” on July 13th in order to help estate administrators better avoid […]Continue reading

Understanding Permanent Partial Disability

When it comes to workers’ compensation cases, there are many different types of injuries that workers can sustain and multiple types of benefits that they may be eligible for. However, according the to Maryland General Assembly, the most frequently tried cases are those concerning permanent partial disability claims brought by injured workers. Permanent partial disability […]Continue reading

Should I Seek Medical Attention After A Car Accident?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), each year Americans spend a combined total of over one million days in the hospital after being injured in car accidents. Additionally, they report that in 2012, the lifetime medical costs associated with such injuries was $18 billion. Despite these facts, many people wait to seek medical […]Continue reading

Recovering Damages After A Car Accident

After being involved in a car accident, your attorney will work to recover any damages that were incurred as a result of the accident. Damages can be awarded for everything from a loss of compensation, to being physically disfigured, depending on the severity of the accident. There are three types of damages that are relevant […]Continue reading

The Do’s and Dont’s After A Car Accident

It’s difficult to know what steps to take immediately after being involved in a car accident, especially when suffering from injuries or emotional distress. Who should you call? Should you take pictures of the damage? Whose contact information should you obtain at the scene? The answers to those questions are important to know before being […]Continue reading

Understanding the Subsequent Injury Fund (SIF)

Being injured while working can cause major stress for an employee, and can be even more difficult if the injured employee has a pre-existing condition or handicap. While navigating a workers’ compensation case can be daunting, one resource that can lessen the burden for employees with pre-existing conditions is the Subsequent Injury Fund (SIF). In […]Continue reading

How to Recover Unpaid Child Support in Maryland

When the court issues a child support order in your favor, it can feel like a major victory. However, this isn’t always the end of the story — what do you do if the other parent fails (or refuses) to pay the child support they owe, even in the presence of a court order?

The Basics of Divorce in Maryland

The end of a marriage is always a difficult time on an emotional and financial level, and it also comes with the added stress of the related legal process. If you’re considering or already going through a divorce in Maryland, understanding the basics of divorce law, procedures, and filing requirements in our state can help […]Continue reading

What’s the Right Amount of Motorcycle Insurance Coverage?

Motorcyclists know that riding comes with risks: Life-threatening injuries are 26 times more common among motorcyclists than drivers of passenger vehicles.

Non-Traffic Auto Accidents Can Still Lead to Serious Injuries

We all hear about car wrecks, motorcycle collisions, and semi-truck accidents in the news, but we hear about non-traffic auto accidents much less often — even though they can be just as serious. Non-traffic auto accidents typically involve a single motor vehicle (although they can involve multiple cars as well) and take place on private […]Continue reading

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?

Losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligence is perhaps the most devastating experience a person can go through. Knowing that the death of someone you care about could have been avoided if someone had simply behaved with care can make a loss seem even more senseless and difficult to understand. Although there’s no […]Continue reading

Learn About Your Right to Select a Medical Provider in WC Claims

Too many workers who are injured on the job in Maryland believe they have to work with whatever medical provider their employer prefers if they want to file a workers’ compensation claim. Often, when the employee isn’t improving after months or even a year and isn’t happy with the treatment they’re receiving, they feel stuck, […]Continue reading

What Happens When Your Car Is Totaled?

For many people, the fact that their car has been totaled can catch them by surprise. Most people think of a “totaled” car as a smoking wreck, but the reality is that your car isn’t totaled when it’s damaged in an accident — it becomes totaled when the insurance company decides it’s not worth fixing. […]Continue reading

Does Maryland Workers’ Compensation Cover Occupational Diseases?

When most people think of work-related injuries, they often imagine the sudden, unexpected events that cause them: a slip-and-fall, a vehicle accident, an equipment malfunction, etc. In fact, though, occupational diseases and injuries caused by repetitive motions of the body, known as repetitive stress injuries (RSIs), make up a significant portion of workplace injuries in […]Continue reading

Get Home Safe for the Holidays with These Maryland Winter Driving Tips

With the holiday season quickly approaching, many Maryland drivers will take to the roads to visit family and friends. For some of us, this means traveling in wintery weather when road conditions are less than ideal. Get to your destination safely this holiday season with these Maryland winter driving tips. 1. Inspect Your Vehicle Your […]Continue reading

How to Avoid Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls cause substantial and severe injuries throughout the United States every year. For instance, in 2014, there were nearly 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses dispersed among a wide variety of occupational settings. One of out of every three of these injuries resulted in an […]Continue reading

Watch Out for These 6 Causes of Workplace Accidents

Workplace Injuries: A Serious and Under-Reported Problem in the United States Workplace accidents are bound to happen no matter how attentive and careful employees are. If you’ve been at hurt at work, you may be entitled to compensation regardless of fault, and workers’ compensation benefits for your workplace injuries may include payment of medical bills, […]Continue reading

Families in Need Can Receive a Holiday Meal from Pinder Plotkin

The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team is proud to partner with Klein’s ShopRite to donate four holiday dinners to families in need this holiday season. Four separate families will be selected from within the Parkville/Carney community to receive the dinners. There will be two turkey dinners with sides and dessert and two ham dinners with sides […]Continue reading

Can an Attorney Really Help with a DUI/DWI in Maryland?

Being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) can be a sinking feeling. Many people don’t even consult with an attorney about their DUI case because they feel like nothing they do will matter anyway; they believe that the deck is already stacked against them and that the result of […]Continue reading

What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Accident in Maryland

If a serious auto accident is every driver’s nightmare, then a hit-and-run accident is one of those nightmares where you think you’ve woken up and then realize you’re still in a bad dream. Being hit and injured by a driver who leaves the scene can create feelings of helplessness and frustration. Fortunately, there are things […]Continue reading

Understanding Average Wages in Workers’ Compensation

Average weekly wage (AWW) is an important concept in Maryland workers’ compensation law. When you browse through the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission’s (WCC’s) website, you’ll see a lot of language like this: “Generally, if a covered employee is temporarily totally disabled due to an accidental injury or an occupational disease, the employer or its insurer […]Continue reading

How to Protect Yourself with Insurance in Maryland

Most drivers know that carrying proper auto insurance is part of being a responsible, prepared driver. Unfortunately, though, many drivers don’t understand some of the basic insurance coverage options that can protect them in the event of a serious collision — and insurance companies aren’t always out to help them in this regard. Learning about […]Continue reading

Know Your Rights: A Summary of Maryland Workers’ Compensation Law

In Maryland, almost every employer in the state with one or more employees is required by law to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. This means employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim and potentially receive monetary benefits.

What Are the Grounds for Contesting a Will in Maryland?

If you’ve been left out of a will or received less than you believe is fair after a loved one’s passing, you may be wondering whether you can contest the deceased person’s will. Likewise, if you’re acting as the personal representative for someone’s estate and someone else is challenging the will, you’re probably wondering whether […]Continue reading

Jason Plotkin Receives 2016 SmartCEO Centers of Influence Award

Pinder Plotkin is excited to announce that attorney Jason A. Plotkin has been honored with a 2016 Baltimore Center of Influence Award from SmartCEO magazine. The Centers of Influence Awards program honors the best and brightest attorneys, accountants, and bankers in the region who have demonstrated an unrivaled commitment to their clients, according to SmartCEO. […]Continue reading

Don’t Hire a Dabbler in Personal Injury Law or Workers’ Compensation

Dabble verb to work at something in an irregular and superficial manner. “I only dabble in personal injury law… so I hope the insurance company is ready to settle.” In the world of personal injury and workers’ compensation law, a “dabbler” is a lawyer who says they can handle your automobile accident or work-related injury […]Continue reading

All About Maryland Probate: What’s Involved and What to Expect

Probate is one of those legal terms that tends to confuse non-lawyers. You’ll often hear the word “probate” used as a noun, a verb, or an adjective at different times. For example, you might catch an attorney mentioning “a probate estate,” or you may hear a friend talk about “probating a will” after a parent […]Continue reading

Dog Bites: How to Prevent Them and What to Do if You’re Bitten

According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year; in 2015 alone, 34 of those dog bites proved fatal. Furthermore, many dog owners are alarmed to learn that a large percentage of dog bites occur in the family home when normally friendly dogs attack visitors.  

Act Fast: Speak to an Attorney Immediately after a Car Accident

You’ve been in a car accident—now what? It’s a disorienting experience, but keeping your wits about you and contacting an attorney will help you stay grounded. Below are some of the most important steps you can take after you’ve been in a car crash: 

Summer Safety Tips for Parents

Summertime signals fun in the sun for Maryland families who have spent the winter months mostly cooped up indoors. However, all that pent-up energy and the resulting burst of activity tend to bring about higher injury rates during summer, which is why some U.S. hospitals refer to June, July, and August as “trauma season.” Fortunately, […]Continue reading

July 4th Remains America’s Most Dangerous Holiday

Many Americans look forward all year to backyard barbecues, poolside fun, and dazzling fireworks on the 4th of July. This all-American holiday has a dark side, though, when it comes to safety. In 2007, a National Safety Council (NSC) press release named July the nation’s deadliest month and July 4th the most dangerous U.S. holiday […]Continue reading

Jason Plotkin Named to The Daily Record’s 2016 VIP List: Successful Under 40

Pinder Plotkin is proud to announce that Jason Plotkin has been recognized as one of the named professionals listed on The Daily Record ’s 2016 VIP List: Successful Under 40. This honor acknowledges Jason as a Maryland leader based on professional achievements, commitment to community, and accomplishments made before the age of 40. Jason Plotkin […]Continue reading

Pinder Plotkin Awards Annual Distracted Driving Essay Scholarship

At Pinder Plotkin, we believe that distracted driving poses an enormous danger to young adults, who often treat their smartphones as an extension of themselves. And even though statistics show that young adults are at a heightened risk for distracted driving, this epidemic problem transcends any particular age group and causes enormous harm. Consider the […]Continue reading

How to Choose an Estate Attorney

If you have been named as the personal representative of an estate in someone’s will, you might rightly feel honored, but you should also be prepared for a major responsibility — one that can seem thankless and overwhelming at times. Personal estate representatives, as they are called in Maryland — although many people would probably […]Continue reading

How to Prevent Family Disputes over Your Estate

It’s never easy when a loved one passes — not only do we have to deal with grief and loss, but there’s also matter of the person’s estate and final wishes. When strong emotions and practical matters get wrapped up together like this, family members can fight. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to happen. Proper estate […]Continue reading

The Risks and Rights of Longshoremen and Harbor Workers

The Risks and Rights of Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Maritime employees in Maryland work grueling hours in difficult conditions to keep the backbone of our state and federal economy strong. Unfortunately, there are many potential hazards involved in these careers, and many of the individuals who are injured in these fields suffer their injuries as […]Continue reading

Electrical Hazards on the Job: How to Stay Safe and What to Do If You’re Injured

The rates of injuries and fatalities related to electrical hazards have declined steadily over the past 20 years, but eliminating these types of injuries in the workplace is an ongoing battle. It’s important that all employees who interact with electrical hazards are properly trained to work with electrical currents, and that this training continues throughout […]Continue reading

Attorney Jason Plotkin on the Importance of the Women’s Law Center

As a son, a husband, and the father of two little girls, I am sensitive to the struggles women face throughout life as a result of sexism and gender-based discrimination. When I heard about the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, I reached out to Executive Director Michelle Siri to find out how I could get involved. This is an amazing group that exists to address the unique legal needs of women, and since the group formed in […]Continue reading

Hurt Driving During Work? You May Have Three Cases

Coming and Going There are many professions that require employees to drive while on the job — construction workers, taxi-cab drivers, food delivery persons, and many more — which inevitably exposes these workers to the risk of a motor vehicle accident.

Safe Bicycling Tips and What to Do if You’ve Been Injured

Spring has finally sprung, which means that it’s time to re-inflate those bike tires and hit the road, but before you do, we want to make sure that you’re practicing the proper precautions.

Get Involved! April Is National Volunteer Month

  “Wherever a man turns, he can find someone who needs him.” – Albert Schweitzer

What to Do If You’re Injured on the Job in Maryland

The state of Maryland has a skilled and spirited workforce. Our citizens work extremely hard, and we take pride in the services we provide and the products we develop, create, and distribute. We work through rough weather and tough times, over long days and endless nights to provide top-notch products and services to those in […]Continue reading

Settle for More: Hiring an Attorney vs. Going It Alone

  Taking the Long View Many times, people who have suffered personal injury as a result of another party’s negligence are confident in their ability to go it alone without the assistance of a skilled and experienced attorney.

Pile-up Accidents: Who’s at Fault and What Are Your Options?

  With 3,000-pound hunks of steel and plastic careening off each other like they’re in a pinball machine, a multiple car pile-up is one of the most frightening and destructive events that can occur on the road. Unfortunately, these crashes are all too common, especially during the winter: a USA Today analysis last year found that 57 reported pile-up accidents occurred between November 2014 and March […]Continue reading

Avoid Drunk Drivers This St. Patrick’s Day

Legend has it that St. Patrick drove all of the snakes out of Ireland in the 5th century. Similarly, police officers will be driving anyone operating a vehicle under the influence directly to jail on March 17.

Snowplow Accidents an Increasing Concern in Baltimore

Snowplows: Helpful but Dangerous While winter has finally begun to show its vulnerability and fade into a more gentle spring, we are still assaulted with the occasional snow storm here in Maryland. When this happens, our helpful private and government snowplow drivers take to our driveways, streets, and freeways to make travel safer for all […]Continue reading

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