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Anne Arundel County is a county in the state of Maryland, located in the central portion of the state on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. It lies between the cities of Baltimore, to the north, and Washington, D.C., to the west, and includes the city of Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. Its close proximity to many of these cities makes Anne Arundel County one of the most populous and affluent in the state of Maryland. With the Chesapeake Bay on its eastern border, there are also plenty of opportunities for vacationing and boating, which many of the region’s residents take full advantage of.
If you or someone you love gets hurt in an accident in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and you elect to pursue your legal rights in a personal injury lawsuit, the case will go before the Anne Arundel County Courthouse in Annapolis.
Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County sits on the Chesapeake Bay, just to the south of Baltimore and a handful of miles to the east of the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. It is almost completely bordered by water, from the Bay on the east to the Patuxent River to the west, and from the Lyons Creek on the south to the Patapsco River and one of its tributaries, Deep Run, on the north. Between these boundaries, though, the Anne Arundel County comprised 588 square miles. Nearly a third of them, however, are water, with numerous rivers and inlets from the Chesapeake Bay eating into the county’s land area. However, there were 537,656 people living in Anne Arundel County during the 2010 census, giving it a significant population density of 1,295 per square mile.
Anne Arundel County’s coastline gives it many picturesque views and several beaches that attract tourists from the area and give the county a distinct maritime feeling. However, the proximity to the coast also means that Anne Arundel County does not have any of the mountainous terrain that western Maryland sports – the highest point in Anne Arundel County is just to the north of Fort Meade, and a scant 300 feet above sea level. Instead, most of the area consists of rolling hills and flat ground, though much of it has turned into residential developments in the past decades as a lot of the area has become a bustling suburb of either Washington, D.C. or Baltimore, both of which have grown rapidly since World War II.
Personal Injuries in Anne Arundel County
Just like anywhere else in the U.S., accidents can happen in Anne Arundel County that leaves you hurt and in dire need of medical attention. Unfortunately, these injuries can put you out of work and leave you with significant hospital bills. This is where personal injury lawsuits can go a great length towards helping you make the full recovery that you deserve.
In the United States as well as the state of Maryland, one of the most common accidents that can lead to a personal injury is a car accident. Car accidents happen so often that they have become a part of life in Anne Arundel County and elsewhere. Unfortunately, just because they are incredibly common does not mean that they are trivial, especially if they happen at the high speeds that are commonly seen on Interstate 97, as it passes through Anne Arundel County.
Interstate 97 winds through the heart of Anne Arundel County, passing from Baltimore, in the north of the county, through towns like Glen Burnie and Crownsville, and comes to an end near the town of Parole, just to the west of Annapolis, the county seat of Anne Arundel County and the capital of the state of Maryland. Throughout this path, Interstate 97 has numerous difficult points where car accident or truck accidents are common. If you get involved in one of these crashes, you could find yourself on the road to recovery from severe injuries that can put you out of work and lead to thousands of dollars of expenses for the medical care that you need.
This is why the personal injury law of Maryland allows car accident victims to recover for their losses by filing a personal injury claim in court. Drivers owe a duty of care to the others on the road to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and, if they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the injuries that result. This can make a huge difference if you or someone you love has been hurt in a crash on Interstate 97, as the financial toll of such an accident can be significant and difficult to overcome.
Historical Sites in Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County is the site of numerous incredible relics of American history. From the Maryland State House, National Cemetery, and the Colonial Historic District in Annapolis to the Historic London Town and Gardens in Woodland Beach, countless sites in Anne Arundel County showcase how it is one of the oldest counties in the country and the location of some of the most historically significant aspects of America.
Despite the historicity of many of these unique locations, accidents can still happen when you visit them. Whether you get hurt because of a hazardous condition on the property or if you slip and fall on something you did not see on or near the ground, if you get hurt through no fault of your own, you deserve to be compensated through the law of premises liability.
In Maryland, the owner or supervisor of property owes you a duty of care to keep you safe. This duty is at its strongest when the property is held open to the public, as is the case with many of these historical sites. If this duty of care is not upheld and you end up getting hurt, you could file a lawsuit against the person or the people who are ultimately responsible in order to get the compensation that you deserve.
Anne Arundel Medical Center
Another common source of a personal injury situation in Anne Arundel County is a medical malpractice issue. In Maryland, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals owe you a duty of care to provide reasonable medical attention. When they fail to uphold this duty, they can be liable to you for their medical malpractice.
As one of the biggest providers of medical care in the county, the Anne Arundel Medical Center is a frequent source of medical malpractice injuries and claims. This is in large part due to the sheer size the Medical Center. With 380 beds, more than 1,000 staff members, and nearly 4,000 employees, the Anne Arundel Medical Center provides healthcare to many tens of thousands of people in Anne Arundel County. It is just a matter of time before a mistake is made that causes someone to get drastically hurt in an instance of medical malpractice.
The injuries suffered in medical malpractice cases is often far more severe than those that happen in other types of personal injury cases, like car crashes. This is because medical malpractice often involves internal medicine or surgical procedures that have irreversible consequences and that can leave people with long-term injuries for which there is no full recovery. In these cases, if you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, you should be compensated for all of the losses that you have been forced to go through, and to which you did not contribute in any way. After all, there is no reason why you should be the one to suffer when your injuries were caused by someone else.
Anne Arundel County’s Courthouse
Unfortunately, there is no designated courthouse parking nearby. However, there are numerous parking spots on the streets around the courthouse building. Additionally, there is a free trolley service, run by the City of Annapolis, that goes from many of the city’s parking garages to destinations in the city. The courthouse is one of them, so many people who have to make an appearance in court choose to use it.
Gilman & Bedigian: Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Anne Arundel County
Just because it has deep roots in the history of the United States or gorgeous coastal scenery does not mean that accidents do not happen in Anne Arundel County that results in innocent people getting hurt.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of an accident that was caused by someone else, getting legal representation can mean the difference between getting the compensation that you deserve and having to pay the costs of your recovery by yourself. Call the law office of the personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian at (800) 529-6162 or contact us online for a free consultation.