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Calvert County is a county in the state of Maryland, located in the south-central portion of the state and occupying the Calvert Peninsula. Calvert County is directly to the south of the city of Baltimore and is named after the same figure that gave his name to the city, though it is geographically closer to Washington, D.C. to the northwest. Because it is on a peninsula that stretches into the Chesapeake Bay, Calvert County has some of Maryland’s most pristine shores and is the spot of some of the country’s most interesting maritime history. It coastal location also makes Calvert County’s inhabitants affluent even for the wealthy state of Maryland, and one of the wealthiest counties in the country.
Accidents that happen within Calvert County will be heard before the Calvert County Circuit Court in the county seat, Prince Frederick. If you get hurt in one of these accidents, it is there that you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit to seek justice and the compensation that you need and deserve.
Calvert County is almost perfectly coextensive with the Calvert Peninsula, which stretches out from the central part of the state of Maryland and into the Chesapeake Bay. Shaped like the state of California, it sits there between the waters of the Chesapeake and the slowly burgeoning waters of the Patuxent River, which begins to the west of Baltimore and the north of the District of Columbia and empties in the Chesapeake. The Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River provide most of the boundaries for Calvert County, with only Anne Arundel County, to the north, providing a land border.
During the 2010 census, Calvert County had a total area of 345 square miles, though more than a third of that space was covered by water, making it the smallest county in the state of Maryland. There were only 88,737 people residing in Calvert County during the census, making it one of Maryland’s less-populated counties, as well.
The two shores of Calvert County have distinctly different attitudes to them. The eastern shore is on the Chesapeake Bay, and so has nearly all of the county’s beaches, the most notable of which are at North and Chesapeake Beach, Breezy Point, and Cove Point. These locations attract numerous visitors from the region during the summers, as do the cliffs that run along much of the coastline, particularly in the Calvert Cliffs State Park. The western shore of Calvert County, on the other hand, has far fewer beaches but many more harbors, marinas, and inlets for boating. This has attracted numerous wealthy residents who want a reprieve from their jobs at the nearby cities of Baltimore or Washington, D.C.
Personal Injuries in Calvert County
Despite the region’s affluence, Calvert County is still the site of many accidents that lead to serious injuries to unfortunate victims. Luckily, these victims can get compensation for their injuries and other losses by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or people who ultimately caused their injuries.
Here are some of the most common sources of these kinds of injuries in Calvert County.
Maryland Route 4
Calvert County is one of the only counties in Maryland that does not have an Interstate highway passing through it. As a result, Maryland Route 4, which runs the length of the county from Dunkirk, in the north, through Johnstown, in the south, is the main artery for the county and the Calvert Peninsula. Unfortunately, with all of the traffic that passes through Route 4, it is also the site of some of the most serious car accidents seen in the county.
In Maryland, drivers owe a duty of care to the others on the road to drive their vehicles reasonably safely. However, it seems rare for them to take this legal responsibility seriously. Instead, so many drivers on Route 4 and elsewhere in Calvert County drive while distracted or even drunk, and are often going well over the speed limit. If this causes a car accident that leads to you or someone you love suffering serious personal injuries, a lawsuit can be the best way to ensure you make a full recovery.
Calvert Memorial Hospital
Just like drivers owe people a duty of care to drive reasonably safely, doctors and other healthcare professionals owe their patients a duty of care to provide reasonable medical service. If they fail to uphold this duty of care, they can be committing medical malpractice.
With more than 1,300 employees, the volume of services that Calvert Memorial Hospital provides to the people in the area makes it just a matter of time before medical malpractice occurs in the community. Overworked and tired doctors and nurses are bound to be negligent the more patients they see in a day, and the mistakes that they make can have life-long repercussions to the people who have the misfortune to be the one on the table at the wrong time.
Duty of Property Owners
Because of its long maritime history and importance on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, Calvert County has some of the prettiest lighthouses in the region. Two of them, including the unique Drum Point Lighthouse, is at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, while the iconic Cove Point Lighthouse, Maryland’s oldest continuously working lighthouse, is in nearby Lusby.
While picturesque, these lighthouses also present a risk to visitors who want to enjoy the scenery and history that they present. Because many of them are so old, there are numerous unique hazards and dangerous conditions inside them, many of which are hidden to the untrained eye. As a result, you could find yourself tripping or falling inside one of them and getting seriously hurt. If this happened because of a hazard that you had no way of knowing about, the owner and the manager of the lighthouse could face premises liability and owe you compensation for your losses. This is because Maryland puts a duty of care on the owners and the managers of property to take reasonable precautions to keep visitors safe. The precautions that they need to take are at their most demanding when the property is being held open to the public because of the sheer number of people that are likely to visit the site.
Injuries in Government Maintained Parks
The Calvert Cliffs State Park is one of the most unique natural scenes in the state of Maryland. The park itself is a 1,460-acre natural reserve on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. While mostly wooded, the real gem of the park is the line of cliffs that run alongside the Bay. These cliffs are a destination for fossil hunters and professional scientists across the world who study paleontology – the cliffs expose the strata and allow them to read a significant way into the earth’s past. Additionally, the park has several miles of walking paths that let visitors enjoy the outdoors along one of Maryland’s most unique and untouched stretches of land.
However, like the lighthouses in Calvert County, these attractions at the Calvert Cliffs State Park pose a threat to the unwary with numerous hazards and hidden dangers. If you or someone you love gets hurt on one of these, you could file a premises liability claim against the manager of the park, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, in order to get financial help for your injuries and make the recovery that you deserve.
Calvert County’s Courthouse
If you are going to the Calvert County Circuit Courthouse for a court appearance or meeting, there is free street parking in front of the courthouse, on Main Street, and to the side of the courthouse, on Duke Street. Additionally, there is free parking available in several public parking lots immediately surrounding the courthouse.
Gilman & Bedigian: Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Calvert County
Calvert County might be one of the most affluent counties in the United States, but it still is the site of a lot of accident that causes innocent people to get hurt. If this happens and you or someone you love is the misfortunate victim, you need legal help to get you the compensation you deserve.
This is why the personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian represent accident victims in and around Calvert County. By working on your behalf, we can fight for your rights and interests and get you the financial compensation you deserve for the injuries that you did not.
Contact us online or call us at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation to determine your legal status and figure out the best way to go about getting you the help you need.