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Frederick County is a county in the state of Maryland, located to the north and west of both Baltimore and Washington, D.C. and forms the base of Maryland’s narrow western panhandle. As a result, Frederick County is bordered on the north by the state of Pennsylvania, and on the south by Virginia, and has benefited greatly from the rapid growth of both cities in recent years, as many workers there have chosen to settle in many of the towns and small cities located in Frederick County.
Unfortunately, Frederick County is still a place where accidents can happen and leave innocent victims terribly hurt. If this should ever happen to you or to someone you love, you need legal representation to ensure you get compensated for your injuries and your other losses. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or the people who were ultimately behind the accident that caused your injuries, you can protect your financial stability for the future by making sure the people who caused your pain and suffering pay for it, rather than you having to pay for the cost of your own recovery.
Frederick County is a county in central Maryland at the base of the state’s western panhandle that stretches between Pennsylvania, on the north, and Virginia and West Virginia, on the south. In terms of land area, Frederick County is the largest in Maryland with 667 square miles. Much of this area is suburban, as Frederick County had a population of 233,385 people during the 2010 census, making for a density of 353 people per square mile. A significant portion of these people are clustered in the center of the county in the city of Frederick, the county seat, which has a population of over 65,000 people, making it the second-largest incorporated city in the state, behind only Baltimore. Other clusters of population occur around the two interstate highways that pass through the county, I-70 and I-270, and in the southwestern corner of the county, in the small city of Brunswick.
As a county in Maryland, Frederick County has a deep history that reaches back into the Civil War. The Battle of Monocacy, often called the “battle that saved Washington,” was fought just outside the city of Frederick, while the Battle of South Mountain happened further south, near Brunswick. Local historical groups in Frederick County have memorialized these battles with Civil War museums and have made significant attempts to preserve the battlefields.
Personal Injury in Frederick County
Unfortunately, these attractions can also be the source of an accidental injury that leaves you in dire need of medical attention. If this should ever happen to you or to someone you love, enforcing your legal rights under Maryland’s personal injury law is crucial if you want to get the person or people who were ultimately responsible to come forward and pay their fair share for the injuries and other losses you have suffered as a result of their negligent conduct or oversight.
Car Accidents on Interstate 70
One of the most common kinds of accidents that ends with an innocent person getting hurt is a car crash. The worst of these accidents occur on interstate highways because of their high-speed limit. With people driving so fast, accidents occur more frequently because there is less time to identify a dangerous situation and react appropriately. Worse, those accidents are far worse than they would have been if they had happened on a road where drivers went more slowly.
This makes Interstate 70 one of the most dangerous roads to drive on, in Frederick County. Its path through highly-populated areas like the city of Frederick makes it busy enough for car accidents to happen regularly, while its high-speed limit makes those accidents serious or even fatal.
Luckily Maryland’s personal injury law puts liability on drivers who cause an accident while not driving reasonably safely for the conditions on the road. If another driver caused the accident that hurt you by speeding or by driving while distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, filing a personal injury claim against them for compensation can be a huge help on your road to recovery.
Injuries on Government-Maintained Properties
The numerous Civil War museums and battlegrounds in Frederick County are a tourist attraction for many in the region, and provide hours of entertainment and educational value for locals, as well. The Monocacy National Battlefield, as well as the several distinct battlefields that were the location of the Battle of South Mountain, have been preserved by historical groups for just this purpose, while other museums, including the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, are kept open to keep this history alive.
The owners and managers of these properties, however, have a legal duty to maintain them in ways that keep their visitors safe while they are on the premises. If they fail to do so, they could be liable under Maryland’s premises liability law for injuries suffered if you slip and fall. These accidents can lead to severe injuries, especially for elderly people or those who were unprepared for the fall. Worse, the injuries you suffer in a slip and fall accident can prevent you from going to work if you work in a physically demanding job. This can mean you do not make an income during your recovery, which can exacerbate the financial strain the accident puts on your life and your family.
Frederick Memorial Hospital
Doctors and other medical professionals are humans, just like the rest of us. This means they make mistakes or act negligently from time to time. Unfortunately, if you were their patient at a time where they made a mistake, it can be disastrous for your health.
One place in Frederick County that this happens is at the Frederick Memorial Hospital. With 233 beds for inpatient care and nearly 2,700 employees, lots of medical services are provided for the residents of Frederick County in Frederick Memorial Hospital. However, with such a high patient volume, this also means that there are bound to be numerous instances of medical malpractice.
Doctors, surgeons, and even nurses all owe their patients a duty of care to provide reasonable medical attention. If they fail to uphold this duty of care, it can amount to medical malpractice, which can impose liability on them for the injuries they have caused. These injuries are frequently some of the worst kinds that you can suffer, in large part because of the internal nature of the medical procedures that, when done improperly, cause malpractice situations. They are often fatal.
Getting the compensation you need for injuries from medical malpractice is crucial if you want to make a full recovery. Filing a personal injury lawsuit is the way to make this happen.
Frederick County Courthouse
In Frederick County, there are two courthouses that could hear a personal injury lawsuit. The Frederick County District Court hears civil cases like personal injury lawsuits that concern less than $5,000, while the Frederick County Circuit Court hears cases that are worth more. Both, however, are located at 100 West Patrick Street, in Frederick, Maryland. Parking for both courthouses is available, for a fee, in the parking garage across Court Street from the building.
Just like elsewhere in the state of Maryland, personal injury claims filed in Frederick County need to be initiated before three years have passed since the incident happened. This is because Maryland’s statute of limitations only gives accident victims a three-year window to file a lawsuit to enforce their legal rights to compensation. Waiting too long will let your rights expire, and will prevent you from getting the financial help that you deserve from those who were responsible for your pain and suffering.
Gilman & Bedigian: Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Frederick County
Getting hurt in an accident that was not your fault is frustrating and painful, no matter where it happens. If the accident occurred in Frederick County, though, there is no reason why you should not explore your legal options to get the help that you need from those who should be contributing to your recovery, anyway. It is only fair, after all, for them to step in and make sure you are fully compensated for the injuries that they caused.
This is why the personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian legally represent accident victims in Frederick County. Accident victims have suffered enough, as it is. Expecting them to pay the medical bills and suffer through the loss of income and the long-term disabilities that come with their injuries, as well, is too much. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or the people who were responsible, you can get the financial help you need to make you as close to whole as possible after your injuries.
Contact us online or call us at (800) 529-6162 for the free consultation that helps you explore your options and decide what is best for you.