Timonium is a census-designated place in northern Maryland, with a population of 9,926 during the 2010 census. Unlike many other areas in Maryland, Timonium is not technically a town or a city – to have such a distinction in the state of Maryland, communities must actively file a charter of incorporation or go through procedures to become a recognized municipality. Because Timonium has not gone through any of those procedures, it has no legal distinction in the state of Maryland. Nevertheless, for the purposes of giving the area a description, the United States Census Bureau designated the area known to locals as Timonium as a census-designated place. Unfortunately, this leaves Timonium with vague boundaries that might not comport with the common understanding of the people who live in the area.
Because of Timonium's close proximity to Baltimore, it is often used by residents as a commuter town by people who work in the city, but who want affordable housing outside of it. Timonium is a prime choice for these residents because it is only about a dozen miles away from their workplace, and sits within easy access of Interstate 83, which runs right into the heart of the city.
However, for a residential or commuter town, Timonium has plenty of things to do, as well. Numerous businesses, including the Timonium Shopping Center, line Route 45, also known as York Road, through the center of Timonium. Additionally, Timonium has been the site of the annual Maryland State Fair since 1879. The Fair has grown and become a popular tourist destination, extending into an 11-day event starting in 2006, beginning in late August and ending around the Labor Day holiday.
Personal Injury Claims in Timonium
For a commuter town, Timonium has a lot of energy. Unfortunately, in this bustle, accidents can occur, leading to damage and injuries. If you are in the wrong place at the wrong time when someone else causes an accident, you may be put in a position where you need to enforce your legal rights and file a personal injury claim. To succeed in a personal injury claim, you will have to show that there were four elements present in the accident that hurt you:
- Someone else owed you a duty of care to keep you safe,
- That person breached their duty of care,
- That breach was the cause of your injuries, and
- You suffered physical or financial damages.
The Duty of Care
A personal injury case cannot go anywhere if the person or people you are suing did not have a duty of care towards you. A duty of care is a legal responsibility to keep you out of harm's way or to refrain from conduct that could cause a reasonably foreseeable injury. Generally, the duty of care in the state of Maryland requires people to act like reasonably prudent people. What this entails, though, typically depends on the circumstances of each case.
Breaching the Duty of Care
Once it has been established what the other person needed to do in order to uphold their duty of care, showing that they failed to uphold it is the next step. Importantly, a breach of the duty of care can be done either intentionally or unintentionally. This means that negligent acts or oversights can breach the duty of care and make someone else liable for your injuries, as well.
Just because someone else acted poorly does not mean that they should always be liable for your injuries – it would be unfair to expect them to pay for your losses if their poor conduct was not the cause of your injuries. This is why Maryland personal injury law requires that you show these two different facets of causation:
- That you would not have been hurt, but for the other person's breach of their duty of care, and
- The breach of the duty of care and your resulting injuries were not so remote from each other that it would be unfair to hold the other party responsible for them.
Physical or Financial Damages
Personal injury cases in Maryland focus on getting you the compensation you need to recover from your losses. However, this requires an extensively detailed assessment of your losses – otherwise, it would be impossible to tell if you have been adequately compensated or not.
In Maryland, your damages includes things like your medical bills – both those you have already paid and those that are likely to result in the future from your injuries – your lost wages, any income potential that you have likely lost because of the injury, and the pain and suffering that both you and your family have gone through because of the accident.
Car Accidents in Timonium
Car accidents are frequently the source of a personal injury claim, and this is no exception in Timonium. People drive through the area on a constant basis, and it is just a matter of time before two cars collide. From a personal injury perspective, all drivers owe the others on the road a duty of care to drive reasonably safely. Rarely, though, do they take this responsibility seriously, driving drunk or distracted or recklessly all the time. If this breach of the duty of care leads to a car accident that causes your injuries, you could be entitled to compensation.
Dog owners are strictly liable for the dogs. This means that, whenever a dog bites someone else and causes a personal injury, it is the dog owner that is legally responsible, not the dog. Unfortunately, these kinds of injuries are very common in residential areas like Timonium. Worse, children are the most common victims of dog bites, making it even more important to get compensated for their losses.
Premises Liability in Timonium
Business and landowners in Timonium owe a duty of care to their visitors to keep their premises safe from dangerous conditions. If they do not uphold this responsibility, it can lead to you suffering a slip and fall injury, which opens up the landowner to premises liability. Importantly, the relationship that you have with the landowner plays a large part in what they have to do in order to avoid breaching their duty of care. Each situation can be different.
One of the least common types of personal injury case, but one of the most severe, is medical malpractice. Doctors and other medical professionals in Timonium, including at the AFC Urgent Care Center, owe their patients a duty of care to provide reasonably adequate medical care. If they fail to uphold this duty of care, their mistakes could amount to medical malpractice. Unfortunately, victims of medical malpractice are often in weak health, making medical malpractice a potentially severe or even fatal issue.
Gilman & Bedigian: Personal Injury Attorneys in Timonium
These are just a few of the many different kinds of cases that can happen in Maryland or in Timonium. For each, having a personal injury attorney at your side early in the process can make a huge difference in whether you get compensation for your recovery, or if you will have to pay out of your own pocket to make yourself whole, again.
This is why the personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian fight relentlessly for their clients. By working diligently to pursue your legal rights and interests both in and out of court, we can make sure you are protected from the adverse interests of insurance companies and the people who caused your injuries. Contact our law office online or call us at (800) 529-6162 for the legal representation you need in order to get the compensation you deserve.