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Harford County is a county in Maryland, in the state’s northeastern quadrant. Located to the northeast of Baltimore, on the northern banks of the Chesapeake Bay, and with its eastern border formed by the Susquehanna River, Harford County has benefitted from the growth of the cities in Maryland, and serves as one of the major suburbs of Baltimore, with many of its towns and smaller cities, particularly in the county’s south, providing quiet living for the city’s many workers.
As a result, though, Harford County is a place where accidents are common, and where innocent people frequently get hurt as a result. If you or a loved has the misfortune to be one of these innocent victims after someone else acted negligently and caused an accident, you need legal help to file a personal injury lawsuit that can help you get you the compensation that you need and deserve.
Harford County is a county on the northern border of Maryland with Pennsylvania. With an area of 527 square miles and with a population of 244,826 during the 2010 census, Harford County has a significant population density of 560 per square mile. This high density is helped by the numerous large towns that are located in Harford County, including the county seat, Bel Air, with a population of 10,120, Aberdeen, which has 14,959 residents, and Havre de Grace, with 12,952 people. All of these population centers are in the southern half of the county, leaving much of the northern half far more rural.
This split between suburban and rural areas in Harford County give both halves a distinct atmosphere, with the southern half having a busier feel and access to picturesque shoreline along the Chesapeake Bay, while the northern half has rolling hills and quiet farmland.
The southern portion of the county stretches out on both sides of Interstate, which passes through the area and lets people get from southern towns and cities in Harford County to Baltimore, 25 miles away. However, it also includes the Aberdeen Proving Ground, a military establishment that has been a source of controversy for the chemicals it has let out into the surrounding area and the Chesapeake Bay.
In the northern half of the county, on the other hand, the main attraction is the scenic Susquehanna State Park, located on the western bank of the Susquehanna River, and which has numerous opportunities for outdoor activities like fishing, boating, camping, and hiking.
Personal Injuries in Harford County
Unfortunately, Harford County is not an exception to the rule that accidents can happen anywhere. Each and every one of the attractions that bring people to Harford County and that provide locals with countless hours of entertainment or social value can be the source of an accident that ends with you suffering a serious personal injury that can change your life.
Should this ever happen to you or to someone you love, getting financial compensation to cover the costs of your recovery and your pain and suffering is crucial if you want to be made whole, once again. The best way to do this is to get legal representation and file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or the people who were ultimately responsible for your losses, to formally request that they pay their fair share for the injuries that they have caused.
Out of all of the ways for an accident to happen, car accidents are probably the most common. While Maryland’s personal injury law puts a legal duty on drivers to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner because of how foreseeable it is for them to hurt others on the road if they do not, it seems like very few people take that legal obligation seriously. Instead, they speed, drive recklessly, weave in and out of traffic, and drive while distracted or even while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
In Harford County, Interstate 95 is an especially dangerous and yet common place for people to drive unsafely. The traffic on I-95 is among the heaviest in the country, in large part because the highway passes through some of the most densely populated areas in the country. With more drivers on it, the odds of getting in a car accident while on I-95 skyrocket. The severity of these crashes, unfortunately, is made worse by the fact that I-95 has a high-speed limit. As a result, accidents that happen on Interstate 95 in Harford County are both common, and very bad.
Susquehanna State Park
People who venture into the northern part of Harford County to get away from the cities and back into nature often go straight for Susquehanna State Park. This untamed wild area, with 2,753 acres in it, is owned by the public and managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. There are numerous ways to enjoy yourself in this park, from extensive and popular hiking and biking trails to historical fixtures like the Rock Run Historic Area.
However, these attractions can also make Susquehanna State Park a potentially dangerous place to visit. Every one of these activities put you into contact with conditions that could be hazardous. Unfortunately, these hazards might not be apparent to a normal observer, creating the possibility of a slip and fall injury from a dangerous condition that you did not notice and had no way of knowing about.
Luckily, Maryland’s premises liability law allows you to get compensation for these injuries by requiring owners and managers of land to take reasonable steps towards maintaining their property in a way that ensures the safety of its visitors. This is especially true of property that is held open to the public, like the Susquehanna State Park.
Upper Chesapeake Health System
If you get hurt in an accident or are just getting routine medical attention, that does not mean that you cannot suffer another personal injury. In fact, injuries suffered at the hands of doctors and other healthcare professionals through an instance of medical malpractice is often even more severe than those that happen in other places.
Out of all of the places that medical malpractice can happen in Harford County, the two hospitals that make up the Upper Chesapeake Health System – University of Maryland’s Upper Chesapeake Hospital, in Bel Air, and their Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace – are where a significant portion of it occurs. These hospitals see a vast portion of the patients that need medical care in Harford County, providing numerous chances for an instance of medical malpractice to happen. These instances of medical malpractice can happen if a doctor or another medical professional, like a surgeon or a nurse, fails to uphold their legal duty to provide reasonable medical care to their patients. Because of the severity of many of the injuries that result from medical malpractice, getting compensation for your losses is crucial if you want to make a full recovery.
Harford County Courthouse
If you file a personal injury lawsuit in Harford County after getting hurt there, your case will go before the Harford County District Court, if it involves a claim for less than $5,000, or the Harford County Circuit Court, if it involves more than that. Both of these courthouses are located in the city of Bel Air, and are right across the street from each other: The District Court is at 2 South Bond Street, while the Circuit Court is at 20 West Courtland Street.
Importantly, you need to file a personal injury claim within a certain time frame after the incident that caused your injuries. Under Maryland’s statute of limitations law for personal injury claims, this time frame is three years. Any lawsuit that is filed after that time period has expired will be dismissed by the court for being too late, even if it would have been successful, otherwise.
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Accident Victims in Harford County
The personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian know how frustrating it can be to be injured in an accident that was ultimately caused by someone else. There was often nothing that you could have done to prevent the accident, and it was only through someone else’s mistake or negligence that you were hurt.
This is why we strive to represent accident victims in a legal capacity throughout the state of Maryland, including in Harford County. By working as your legal representative both in and out of court, we can fight for your legal rights to compensation, as well as your other legal interests. This can make a huge difference in your ability to overcome the setbacks you have had to go through because of the poor conduct of someone else and compensate you for the losses you have had as a result of the accident.
If you want to explore your legal options, contact the law office of Gilman & Bedigian online or call us at (800) 529-6162 for the free consultation.