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Carroll County is a county in the north-central region of the state of Maryland, bordering the state of Pennsylvania and just to the northwest of the city of Baltimore. While Carroll County has been rural for much of its history, the growth of Washington, D.C. to the south and Baltimore have led many people to seek quieter suburban living in Carroll County, making its population bloom in recent decades. Many of these newer residents to the area are wealthy enough to live far away from a city, making Carroll County one of the richest in the nation, among similarly-sized counties.
Nevertheless, accidents can still happen in Carroll County. When they do and you or someone you love is victimized by someone else’s negligence, you can enforce your legal rights to compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit. If the accident happened within the boundaries of Carroll County, that lawsuit would be heard by the Circuit Court for Carroll County, located in the county seat of Westminster, Maryland.
Carroll County is a county in north-central Maryland. Its northern border is a straight line running to the east and west along the Mason-Dixon Line, just to the north of which lies the state of Pennsylvania. Carroll County’s eastern border runs mainly southwestward from the Pennsylvania border to Liberty Lake and then follows the Patapsco River southward before going west along the South Brach of the Patapsco River all the way to its source near Mount Airy. From there, the border runs northward, parallel to Route 27, until it follows the line of Sam’s Creek to the town of Union Bridge, and then both the Little Pipe and the Double Pipe Creeks to the Monocacy River just to the west of the town of Detour. From there, the boundary of Carroll County meanders with the Monocacy River to where it rejoins the Mason-Dixon Line and the border of Pennsylvania, just to the west of the town of Harney and south of Gettysburg. In all, these boundaries encapsulate 453 square miles of territory, all but five of which is land.
This location of Carroll County gave it a prominent position during the Civil War, both for its status as a region right on the line between the North and the South, and for its location so close to one of the biggest battle of the war in Gettysburg. Now, though, the location of Carroll County has allowed it to benefit from the rapid growth of both Baltimore and the District of Columbia. Since 1950, Carroll County has approximately quadrupled in population, changing it from a rural area of the country into a suburban one. Many of these residents moved to Carroll County to give their children a suburban upbringing and proved to be affluent enough to drastically improve the county’s school system through their improved tax base.
Personal Injuries in Carroll County
Despite being a suburban county with no major city in it, Carroll County is still the site of numerous accidents that impact the lives of hundreds of victims every year. Oftentimes, the people who get hurt in these accidents are not the ones who were the ultimate cause of it. This can be unfair to the person or people who were hurt because they did not deserve their injuries and frequently could have done nothing to prevent them from happening.
This is why Maryland has a personal injury law that allows accident victims to make a formal and legal claim for compensation from the person or the people who were responsible for their losses. By allowing accident victims the ability to file a lawsuit against their wrongdoer, these unfortunate victims can get the compensation that they need to make a full recovery without suffering the significant financial strain that often accompanies it.
Here are some of the most common sources of accidents and personal injury situations in Carroll County.
Maryland Route 97
Car accidents are one of the most common kinds of personal injury in the United States, and Carroll County is no exception. This is the case, despite the fact that Carroll County has only a couple of miles of interstate highway within its boundaries: Accidents often happen on these highways and are frequently far more serious for their high speeds, yet Interstate 70 only passes through the very southern tip of Carroll County, down by the town of Mount Airy.
As a result, Maryland Route 97 is the likely the most dangerous road in the county, when it comes to the number of car accidents that happen on it. Route 97 runs the length of the county, from north to south, and passes through some of the most populated areas in Carroll County, including Westminster.
The drivers on Route 97 all owe a duty of care to keep the others on the road out of harm’s way by driving reasonably safely. However, distracted or drunk driving is common, as is speeding and other dangerous driving habits. If one of these driving techniques ends up causing an accident and hurting you or someone you love, you could get compensation from the unsafe driver in a personal injury case.
Carroll Hospital Center
The source of some of the most severe personal injuries that you can suffer is medical malpractice. Doctors and other healthcare professionals, like nurses or anesthesiologists, all owe you a duty of care to provide reasonable medical care. If they fail to uphold this duty of care, it could amount to medical malpractice and they could be liable to you for the injuries that they cause.
In Carroll County, many of the instances of medical malpractice come from the Carroll Hospital in Westminster. The Carroll Hospital serves thousands of people every year and has 165 beds to care for the people who need to stay there, overnight. With over 400 physicians and close to 2,000 employees, Carroll Hospital is the second-largest employer in Carroll County and helps to serve the medical needs of all of the people in the county. However, the sheer volume of its services means that the workers at the Carroll Hospital are bound to make mistakes or do something negligently that leads to medical malpractice. Unfortunately, when this happens, the injuries that it causes are often severe or even fatal because of how complex they can be. Getting compensation for these injuries is absolutely crucial to make a full recovery.
Injuries on Government-Maintained Property
Carroll County is the home to numerous museums and other historical sites, many of which celebrate the county’s deep roots in rural America, as well as its agricultural background. The most prominent example of these museums is the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster.
While visiting these sites, however, it is not unheard of for there to be an accident that causes significant injuries to all of those involved. Many of these scenarios involve a dangerous condition on the property that causes someone to slip and fall and get hurt through no fault of their own. In these situations, if you or someone you love is the one who gets hurt, you can get compensation through the law of premises liability.
Maryland’s premises liability law requires landowners or managers to keep their premises safe by taking reasonable precautions to prevent visitors from getting hurt. When the premises are held open to the public, like these museums, the steps that the landowner has to take are at their most demanding, which can make a huge difference in your ability to get the financial compensation you need to make the full recovery you deserve.
Carroll County’s Courthouse
If you or someone you love gets hurt in an accident in Carroll County and you want to enforce your legal rights to compensation, your claims will be heard by the Circuit Court for Carroll County. This court occupies two buildings: The courthouse, itself, and the annex. The building that houses the Carroll County District Court, itself, is located at 101 North Court Street. The Courthouse Annex is located across the street from the courthouse, at 55 North Court Street. The Annex, however, only houses the Clerks’ Offices and the county’s land records, so the business relevant to a personal injury claim will likely be entirely within the Circuit Courthouse. Free parking is available in a parking lot behind the Annex, between the building and the cemetery across North Ralph Street, and on Willis Street.
Personal Injury Attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian Serve Carroll County
If you or someone you love is involved in an accident in Carroll County that was someone else’s fault and ends up getting hurt, there is no reason why you should not pursue your legal rights by filing a personal injury claim to get the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian can help. Reach out to us by contacting us online or calling us at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation.