Prince George's County is a county in the state of Maryland, located in the central portion of the state and on the eastern border of the District of Columbia. It is the second-most populous county in Maryland, in large part due to the rapid expansion that the county went through in the years after World War II. Despite its size, Prince George's County is also one of the wealthiest in the state and is the most affluent in the country, among counties where a majority of the population is African-American.
Unfortunately, accidents can happen in Prince George's County just like anywhere else in the United States. These accidents, whether they be a car accident on Interstate 495, a slip and fall injury at the Six Flags America theme park, or a case of medical malpractice at the Prince George's Hospital Center, can lead to severe personal injuries that leave you in desperate need of legal help. Getting this legal help can be the best way to ensuring that you get the compensation that you need and deserve to overcome your medical setback. By filing a personal injury claim against the person or the people who caused the accident that hurt you, you can make them provide the compensation that they should be providing and hold them accountable for their actions.
Prince George's County
Prince George's County is a county in central Maryland, on the immediate eastern border of Washington, D.C. It is made up of 499 square miles, and boasted 863,420 people during the 2010 census, making for a high population density of 1,788 people per square mile. This is in large part due to the numerous small cities in Prince George's County, including Bowie, which had 54,727 people during the 2010 census, College Town, whose census population of 30,413 might not accurately reflect the number of students that live there for most of the year, and Greenbelt, which had 23,068 residents in 2010.
Even though there are numerous people who call Prince George's County home, the county is still able to maintain a high degree of affluence. During the 2010 census, Prince George's County had a median household income of $71,260, and only about 8% of its residents were living beneath the federal poverty line. This put Prince George's County's residents in the upper echelon in the United States, but at the very top among counties where a majority of the residents were African-American. In Prince George's County, just under two-thirds of the people who live there are African-American.
The numerous opportunities for work in the federal government in the local area help to boost this degree of affluence in Prince George's County. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), U.S. Census Bureau, and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center are all based in Prince George's County, with each one providing thousands of jobs for local residents. Numerous private companies also call Prince George's County home, as does the University of Maryland, which employs nearly 18,000 people.
Personal Injury in Prince George's County
Unfortunately, just because it has one of the higher standards of living in the U.S. does not mean that accidents never happen in Prince George's County. They still occur within the boundaries of the county and still cause thousands of personal injuries or even deaths on a yearly basis.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of one of these accidents, you need financial compensation to make sure you land on your feet and are not overwhelmed with the costs of your recovery. That compensation should come from the person or the people who caused the accident that hurt you, in the first place.
Out of all of the ways that accidents can happen, a car accident is one of the most common, even in Prince George's County. Drivers there and throughout Maryland are legally obligated to drive reasonably safely, because of how foreseeable it would be for them to hurt someone else if they did not. Nevertheless, it seems that drivers rarely take this duty very seriously, driving while distracted or even drunk on a regular basis, and speeding or tailgating even more often.
Nowhere is this more dangerous in Prince George's County than on Interstate 495. As the beltway that runs around the city of Washington, D.C., heavy amounts of traffic pass over this highway and through the most populated areas of Prince George's County on a daily basis. The high volume, coupled with the high-speed limits on I-495, make car accidents on this stretch of roadway exceptionally serious.
If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt or even killed in a car accident on I-495, filing a personal injury lawsuit to get the compensation you need and deserve is crucial for your future well-being.
Six Flags America Theme Park
One of the more popular things to do in Prince George's County is to visit the Six Flags theme park just outside of the town of Upper Marlboro, which is also Prince George's county seat. Thousands of people visit this theme park every year, which sits on 523 acres and has a total of 54 rides, including 9 roller coasters.
Unfortunately, theme parks like Six Flags America can be dangerous. Not only can the rides malfunction or break while you are on them, but other things can happen even if you are just walking around the theme park. Dangerous conditions on the property, like broken stairs, loose railings, or slippery floors can cause a slip and fall injury that you were not expecting. The injuries that these instances cause is not always minor, and can lead to thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages as you recover.
Maryland's premises liability law aims to protect innocent victims in these situations by holding landowners and managers liable for injuries that result from hazards that could have been prevented if reasonable steps had been taken. Enforcing your rights under this law, though, typically requires filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Prince George's Hospital Center
A relatively rare but very serious kind of personal injury that you can suffer comes from medical malpractice. Just like drivers on the road, doctors and surgeons in hospitals and clinics have a legal duty to provide reasonable medical care. When they fail to uphold this legal responsibility, they can be held liable for the injuries they cause under medical malpractice law.
One of the most common places for medical malpractice to happen in Prince George's County is at the Prince George's Hospital Center, in Cheverly, Maryland. Simply because it sees such a high volume of patients – around 180,000 every year – instances of malpractice are bound to come up. After all, healthcare professionals and doctors are humans, too, and make mistakes just like the rest of us. However, whether it was mistake or negligence or oversight, there is no reason why you should be the one paying for the costs of your own recovery after a doctor commits malpractice.
Prince George's County Courthouse
If you get hurt in an accident in Prince George's County and file a personal injury claim to enforce your rights to compensation from the wrongdoers or negligent party who hurt you, your lawsuit will be heard by either the Prince George's County Circuit Court or the Prince George's County District Court. Both of these courts are located in the county seat of Upper Marlboro, at 14735 Main Street. Parking is available in metered spots on the street or in the parking garage next to the courthouse. Additionally, free parking is available to the south at the Equestrian Center at the end of Water Street.
An important thing to note, though, is that personal injury lawsuits cannot be filed at any point after an injury. For most cases, Maryland's statute of limitations for a personal injury suit is three years: Any case that is initiated after that time frame has expired will be blocked from the courtroom, no matter how much you should be compensated.
Gilman & Bedigian: Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Prince George's County
Getting hurt because someone else was acting negligently or recklessly is something that no one should ever have to go through. Unfortunately, sometimes that is exactly what happens. These situations can leave you feeling victimized and powerless because there was often nothing that you could have done to prevent it from happening and no reason why you should be put through this kind of pain and suffering.
That you should also have to pay the costs of your recovery is one step too far. It is bad enough that you have to deal with the frustration of being hurt through no fault of your own. You deserve to be compensated by the ones who hurt you. This is where the personal injury attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian can help. By fighting for your rights and interests in court, we can ensure that you get the care, attention, and financial compensation that you so need and deserve to get. Contact us online or call our law office at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation.