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Baltimore County is a county in the state of Maryland, stretching from the northern border of the state with Pennsylvania to the western shores of the Chesapeake Bay. Contrary to the county’s name, Baltimore County does not include the city of Baltimore, anymore. Instead, Baltimore County nearly surrounds the city of Baltimore, engulfing the city within its borders everywhere except directly to the south of the city. This means that nearly all of the suburbs of the city of Baltimore lie within the borders of Baltimore County.
Personal injuries that result from accidents that happen within Baltimore County will go before the Baltimore County Circuit Courthouses, which are located in Towson, Maryland. These courthouses should not be confused with the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouses, which are located inside the boundaries of the city of Baltimore and therefore outside of Baltimore County.
Baltimore County is a county in north-central Maryland. It reaches from the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, on the county’s eastern edge, northward to the border with Pennsylvania, west to the Liberty Reservoir, and southwards to wrap beneath the city of Baltimore. While Baltimore County does not include the city of Baltimore, it nearly encloses the city within its boundaries, leaving only a small portion of the city’s southern border open. Despite the hole in the middle of the county that is the city of Baltimore, Baltimore County has a total of 682 square miles within its boundaries, 598 of which are land. This makes Baltimore County the third-largest county in the state of Maryland.
The prime location of Baltimore County makes it ideal for the suburban living that dominates it. The Chesapeake Bay provides picturesque scenery for the many towns that have sprouted up alongside it, like Edgemere, Essex, and Middle River. From the Bay, Baltimore County slopes slowly and unspectacularly upwards to the northwest, reaching a high point of nearly 1,000 feet above sea level near the Pennsylvania border. This simple topography means nearly all areas in Baltimore County are accessible, and has allowed the area to become suburban without much interference from hills or mountainous areas. As a result, Baltimore County had a population density of 1,345 people per square mile during the 2010 census, with towns and small cities spread across much of its land area. With 805,029 people during that census, it was Maryland’s third-most populous county.
Personal Injuries in Baltimore County
With so many people living in Baltimore County, it should come as no surprise that hundreds if not thousands of people get hurt in accidents every year. Unfortunately, many of those who get hurt are not the ones who caused or even remotely contributed to the accident. These innocent victims deserve to be compensated for their losses by those who were the ultimate cause of the accident that led to the injuries.
This is where Maryland’s personal injury law comes into play. By providing injured Marylanders in Baltimore County the legal means to seek financial redress for the injuries and other losses that they have suffered in an accident, Maryland’s personal injury law allows accident victims to make the full recovery that they deserve by recovering the financial assistance from those who wronged them or put them in harm’s way.
Here are some of the most common sources of these kinds of situations in Baltimore County.
Interstates 83 and 95
Car accidents happen everywhere in the United States, and Baltimore County is no exception. While the county’s back roads crisscross the region and provide opportunities for misfortune to visit drivers across the county, two major highways allow the kind of fast driving that make car accidents very serious events: Interstate 83 and Interstate 95.
Interstate 83 is a major highway that runs from north to south directly through the heart of Baltimore County, from the border with neighboring Pennsylvania to the north, right into the city of Baltimore. This takes the highway through populous centers like White Hall, Lutherville-Timonium, and Towson, where accidents can happen at any time. Interstate 95, on the other hand, comes from the northeast, passing through towns like White Marsh and Middle River on its way to the city of Baltimore. Tributaries to this major highway, like I-695, which circles the city of Baltimore and passes through some of Baltimore County’s most populated areas, and I-795, which branches northwestward to Reisterstown, also provide high-speed driving options for commuters that can backfire in a serious car accident.
These highways all pose a risk for drivers because they rely on everyone driving safely, which is rarely the case. Despite the legal obligation that people in Maryland drive their vehicles like a reasonably prudent person, many people speed, tailgate, or drive while distracted or even drunk. These can all cause car accidents that leave innocent people hurt and in dire need of medical attention and financial compensation. If you or someone you love has been hurt while on the interstate highways of Baltimore County, filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or people who caused the crash can be a huge help in letting you make a full recovery.
Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital
Baltimore County is home to the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, one of the oldest private mental health hospitals in the country. Founded in 1853, many of its original buildings, along with its Gothic-style gatehouse, are all national landmarks.
However, just like other medical facilities, the healthcare professionals at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital owe their patients a duty of care to provide reasonable medical care. Violating or accidentally breaching this duty of care can amount to medical malpractice, which covers mental health as well as physical health. Psychiatrists and other mental health professionals at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital can commit malpractice in a variety of ways, from abusing their status as a trusted therapist to improperly prescribing medications to mental health patients. With more and more drugs being pushed by doctors and the pharmaceutical industry for mental issues, medical malpractice for mental healthcare providers is becoming more and more common. Worse, the injuries that these malpractice scenarios cause is highly difficult to fix, and can lead to serious and irreversible mental issues that cause severe emotional and even physical injuries to both the patient and his or her family.
North Point State Park
Baltimore County also has its fair share of natural areas, and the North Point State Park is only one of the most prominent. Located on the Chesapeake Bay, the North Point State Park provides fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking opportunities to anyone who visits. Unfortunately, these outdoor activities can be risky and can result in an accident that leaves you or someone you love seriously hurt.
Should this ever happen to you, the law of premises liability can be a way to make you whole, once again. Premises liability and “slip and fall law” put a duty of care on those who own or manage property to keep visitors reasonably safe while they are on the premises. This duty of care is at its most demanding when the land is held open to the public, like the North Point State Park, and requires the Park’s manager, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, to take numerous steps to ensure your safety while you visit. If they fail to take these steps and you get hurt as a result of their actions or oversight, you can file a personal injury law and use Maryland’s premises liability law to get the compensation that you need and deserve to make a full recovery.
Baltimore County’s Courthouse
If you or someone you love gets hurt in Baltimore County and wants to pursue your legal rights in a personal injury case, your claims will be heard by the Baltimore County Circuit Court in Towson. This courthouse is located at 401 Bosley Avenue. It was built in 1970 and sits on the same block as the older, more traditional-looking courthouse that served Baltimore County since the 1850s.
Personal Injury Attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian Serve Baltimore County
There is no reason why you should have to pay for the costs of your own recovery if you have been hurt in an accident in Baltimore County that was caused by someone else. However, enforcing your legal rights and getting compensated for your losses might seem overwhelming.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident in Baltimore County, you need legal representation to get the compensation you deserve from the person who people who should be paying it. This is where the personal injury lawyers at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian can help. By fighting for your rights both in and out of court, we can ensure you get the financial help you need and deserve. Contact us online or call our law office at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation.