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Cecil County is a county in the state of Maryland, located in the northeastern corner of the state. Because of this isolated position in Maryland, Cecil County is the only county in the state to not be counted in either the Washington, D.C. or the Baltimore metropolitan areas. Instead, Cecil County is included in the metropolitan area that centers on the city of Philadelphia, to the northeast, and extends down through Wilmington, Delaware, and into Cecil County. After a long history as one of the wealthiest places in the country, Cecil County has struggled to maintain its affluence and, despite a recent uptick in wealth through strenuous efforts to attract businesses to the area, still places beneath the Maryland state average in median household income.
Any lawsuits stemming from accidents that happen within Cecil County will be heard by the Cecil County Circuit Court, in Elkton, Maryland. It is there that you will be able to have your voice heard and where you can fight for the compensation you need and deserve after being hurt by someone else.
Cecil County is in the northeastern corner of the state of Maryland, hugging the very northernmost tip of the Chesapeake Bay and geographically closer to the Delaware city of Wilmington than to Baltimore, Maryland. Its western boundary is formed by the Susquehanna River, as it runs southeast from Harrisburg to the Chesapeake Bay. The southern boundary is formed by the Sassafras River. Cecil County’s northern and eastern borders are formed by the Mason-Dixon Line, which creates the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, on the north, and Maryland and Delaware, on the east.
Altogether, this series of boundaries encapsulates 418 square miles within Cecil County, of which 346 are land and 72 are water. However, during the 2010 census, only 101,108 people called Cecil County home, leaving the area with a low population density, few notable cities, and lots of rural or untamed territory.
Much of that territory lies within throwing distance of the Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries. Both the western and southern borders of Cecil County are made from waterways that flood into the Chesapeake, one of which, the Susquehanna River, provides half of the Bay’s freshwater flow. The Susquehanna is also the 16th-longest river in the United States and the longest to empty into the Atlantic Ocean. From the low lying areas surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, Cecil County slopes slowly upwards in the northwest, reaching a high point of 534 feet near the Pennsylvania border and outside the town of Rising Sun.
Personal Injuries in Cecil County
Even though relatively few people call Cecil County for the state of Maryland, that does not mean that no one gets hurt in accidents in the county. Accidents can happen anywhere, and innocent people can find themselves involved in one despite their best efforts to avoid it if someone else is acting negligently or recklessly.
If you or someone you love has the misfortune to be involved in an accident in Cecil County that ends with a significant personal injury, it would be unfair to expect you to pay for your own costs of recovery. After all, if it was not your fault that you got hurt, there is no reason why you should be the one to pay for it. It is bad enough that you need to go through the time and the pain of the recovery process.
This is where the personal injury system of Maryland can help. By filing a personal injury lawsuit against the person or the people who were the ultimate cause of your injuries, you can get the compensation that you need and deserve.
One of the most common places in Cecil County for accidents and injuries to happen is on Interstate 95. This highway passes along the entire East Coast of the United States, bringing people from as far away as Maine or Florida through Cecil County. Additionally, in Maryland, I-95 is one of the main arteries feeding the major cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Car accidents happen on the stretch of Interstate 95 that passes through Cecil County all the time, and the significant speeds that people travel on the highway make the injuries that result from those accidents severe.
In Maryland, drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. If they fail to do so and this causes you or someone you love to get hurt, they could be liable for your injuries and other losses.
Despite this legal duty, many people drive unsafely all the time. Whether they are driving while drunk or distracted, or whether they are speeding or weaving in and out of traffic, if they cause an accident with their poor driving and you get hurt, you can file a personal injury claim against them for reimbursement for the costs of your recovery.
Injuries in State Parks
In Cecil County, another common source of accidents and resulting personal injuries is the Elk Neck State Park. There, premises liability law can provide a means for injured visitors to get financial redress for their pain and suffering from injuries suffered because of a dangerous condition on the property.
Elk Neck State Park is a 2,200-acre property that is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. It has numerous outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, boating, and swimming, as well as a playground for children and the iconic and historic Turkey Point Lighthouse, which overlooks the Chesapeake Bay.
Each and every one of these facilities, however, can be the source of a serious personal injury if you trip or slip and fall on them. Unexpected falls like these can lead to broken bones which can require extensive surgeries and recovery time to fix properly. If you work with your hands or make money doing physically demanding work, such an injury can keep you off the job for weeks or even months, and can prevent you from returning to the level you were accustomed to being at, even after you return.
Maryland’s premises liability law allows you to get financial compensation if this should ever happen to you. By putting a legal obligation on the owner or manager of property to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of those who visit, Maryland’s premises liability law gives you an avenue of recovery to make yourself whole, once again.
While rare compared to car accidents of slip and fall injuries, medical malpractice issues often involve complex and devastating injuries that lead to long-term disabilities or even fatal injuries. In Cecil County, Union Hospital in Elkton is one of the main sources of medical malpractice claims, in large part because it provides such a high percentage of the medical care in the county.
Union Hospital has approximately 360 physicians, 1,000 staff members, and no fewer than 6 operating rooms to provide the residents of Cecil County the healthcare they need and deserve. However, doctors and other healthcare professionals are human beings, too, and cannot help but make mistakes or act negligently from time to time. Unfortunately, when they do, it can lead to serious and life-threatening personal injuries to you or a loved one if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
These injuries can be the basis for a personal injury claim in Maryland. Doctors and other healthcare providers have a duty of care to provide reasonable medical services, and if they fail to do so, they could be committing malpractice that would hold them liable for the injuries that they end up causing.
Cecil County’s Courthouse
If you get hurt in an accident in Cecil County and file a personal injury lawsuit, it will go before the court at the Cecil County Circuit Courthouse, in Elkton, Maryland. This courthouse is located at 129 East Main Street, in Elkton.
If you need to go to the Cecil County Circuit Courthouse, you can find parking in a large lot behind the courthouse or on at spots along Main Street.
Gilman & Bedigian: Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Cecil County
If you get hurt in an accident that was caused by someone else, there is no reason why you should be the one who is expected to pay for your own recovery. You were not responsible for the accident, so why should you be the one paying for it?
That is why Maryland allows accident victims for file personal injury lawsuits and make a formal claim for compensation from the person or people who ultimately caused your injuries. Succeeding in these claims, however, often takes a personal injury attorney who knows and understands your needs and the applicable law.
That is where the personal injury lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian can help. Contact us online or call us at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation to determine your legal rights and how to enforce them.