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Queen Anne’s County is a county in the state of Maryland, located in the middle of the state’s Eastern Shore, directly to the east of Washington, D.C. Because it is on the Eastern Shore, Queen Anne’s County is marked by a low population and few major towns, while maintaining a significant rural and country atmosphere that centers on coastal activities on the Chesapeake Bay.
Unfortunately, just like in all of the other counties in Maryland, accidents can happen in Queen Anne’s County that leaves innocent people hurt because of someone else’s recklessness or negligence. Whether these accidents happen in a car crash on Route 50, in the hotel you stay at while enjoying the natural beauty of the county, or in a doctor’s office or hospital while getting treated for a different condition or during a routine checkup, they can all leave you with severe injuries that take time and money to overcome.
While filing a personal injury claim cannot turn back time to before the accident when you were not hurt, it can make a huge difference in your ability to overcome your injuries in ways that do not destroy your financial well-being for years to come. This makes it crucially important to file a claim if you have been hurt in Queen Anne’s County by someone else, and you were not at fault when the injury happened.
Queen Anne’s County
Queen Anne’s County is a county in eastern Maryland, on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Made up of 372 square miles of land area, it had 47,798 people during the 2010 census, making for a low population density of only 128 people per square mile. Unsurprisingly, with a population density this low, there are only a few sizeable towns within the confines of Queen Anne’s County. The largest incorporated town, with 4,285 people living in it, is Centreville, which is also the county seat of Queen Anne’s County. However, it is Stevensville, an unincorporated area located on Kent Island, which is the largest island in the whole of the Chesapeake Bay, that has the most residents in the county, with approximately 5,880. However, because it is an unincorporated area with undefined boundaries, this is just an approximation.
The proximity of Queen Anne’s County to the waters and pristine coastline of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the major cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C. on the far side of it, make the area especially preferred by wealthy residents looking to get away from the cities and relax in boating communities. As a result, Queen Anne’s County has a high degree of affluence, with a median household income of $81,096 during the 2010 census and with only 5.5% of the population living below the federal poverty line.
Many of these residents and plenty of tourists enjoy the natural wonders in Queen Anne’s County, many of which are on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay provides plenty of boating and fishing opportunities and gained lots of popularity for people from outside of the region when the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was completed in 1952, allowing greater access for people living on the western side of the Bay.
Personal Injury in Queen Anne’s County
Unfortunately, accidents still happen in Queen Anne’s County that end with innocent people getting severely hurt because of something that someone else did. If this ever happens to you or to someone you love, getting the financial compensation that you need to make a full recovery should be at the top of your list of things to pursue, as it could make a huge difference in your future well-being.
Here are some of the most common places for accidents to happen, in Queen Anne’s County.
Hotels and Bed-and-Breakfasts
Lots of the people who come to Queen Anne’s County to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the hustle and bustle of Maryland’s cities stay in one of the numerous hotels or bed-and-breakfasts in the county. While many are picturesque and quaint and all are an excellent way to get away from the grind of daily life while you enjoy Queen Anne’s County’s outdoor activities, all of them can also be the site of an unfortunate accident that starts with you tripping or slipping and falling and ends with you getting hurt.
Luckily, Maryland’s premises liability protects innocent victims of these kinds of situations. By holding landowners or managers liable for injuries caused by dangerous conditions on their property that they should have taken reasonable steps to fix or warn about, premises liability law allows you to get compensated for injuries that you were not your fault. While everyone has rights under Maryland’s premises liability law, people staying with professional lodgers like hotels or B&Bs enjoy special rights that can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case if you get hurt on those premises.
While Queen Anne’s County does not have a major interstate highway passing through its borders, it does have Route 50, which channels traffic to Maryland’s Eastern Shore from major cities like Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and others further out west. This highway sees thousands of cars traveling at high speeds every day, including along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. As a result, serious car accidents happen nearly every day on Route 50, killing dozens of people every year and hurting hundreds more.
Legally, Maryland puts an obligation on drivers to drive reasonably safel for the conditions they are presented with on the road. Unfortunately, very few drivers seem to take this responsibility seriously. Instead, they speed, weave in and out of traffic, and drive while distracted or even drunk. When they do fail to uphold their legal responsibilities to drive safely, and this causes a car accident that ends with you getting hurt, they could owe you compensation for your injuries. However, you may have to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to enforce your legal rights under Maryland’s personal injury law.
The Chester River Hospital Center
If you get hurt or need basic medical attention and you go to see a doctor or get rushed to the hospital, you would hope to get the medical care that you need to get better. Sometimes, though, when you get admitted to a healthcare facility and seen by a medical professional, things can get even worse. Doctors and surgeons are, after all, still human beings who make mistakes. If you happen to be their patient when they do, though, it can result in serious personal injuries that can cause long-term disabilities or even prove to be fatal.
Under Maryland’s personal injury law, healthcare professionals have to provide reasonably adequate medical care to their patients. When they fail to do so, though, it can amount to medical malpractice.
One place that this can happen in Queen Anne’s County is at the Chester River Hospital Center. There, doctors, nurses, surgeons, and other medical professionals see hundreds of patients every day, so medical malpractice can occur at any time. When it does, it can create complications and internal injuries that drastically reduce your well-being and prove to be impossible to cure, putting you in a position where you need and deserve to be compensated for your losses.
Queen Anne’s County Courthouse
If you do choose to enforce your rights by filing a personal injury lawsuit in Queen Anne’s County, your case will go before either the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court or the Queen Anne’s County District Court. Both of these courts are located in the county seat, Centreville, with the District Court at 120 Broadway, and the Circuit Court at 100 Court House Square. In fact, the building that houses the Circuit Court is the oldest courthouse in Maryland that has been in continuous use and is of historical significance.
However, taking your case to the court in Queen Anne’s County is not something that you can do whenever you want to. Maryland’s statute of limitations prevents most kinds of personal injury lawsuits from being filed if three or more years have passed with limited exceptions.
Gilman & Bedigian: Queen Anne’s County Lawyers Who Can Help
There is little that is more frustrating than suffering at the hands of someone else, simply because they were being negligent. Through no fault of your own, you could find yourself facing serious medical worries and difficulties that could make your life hard for years to come. Worse, the cost associated with your rest and recovery can put your financial well-being in jeopardy, right alongside your physical well-being.
That is why the personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian strive to represent accident victims in Queen Anne’s County. By fighting for your rights and interests both inside and outside of the courtroom, we can ensure that you get the financial compensation that you need and deserve to make as full of a recovery as humanly possible. Contact us online or call our law office at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation.