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Wicomico County is a county in the state of Maryland, on the state’s quiet and rural Eastern Shore. Despite being on the Eastern Shore of the state, Wicomico County is not sparsely populated like the rest of the area. Instead, it has numerous large towns and small cities, like the county seat and center point of the county, Salisbury. As the state’s Eastern Shore has grown more popular, Wicomico County has been one of the areas that has most benefited from the slow rise in residents.
Unfortunately, accidents still happen in Wicomico County that can leave innocent people severely hurt through no fault of their own. When someone else acts negligently or overlooks something that they should have done and it causes an accident, the person or the people who get hurt deserve to be compensated. After all, they have been hurt through no fault of their own, so it is already bad enough that they are hurt and suffering. There is no reason why they should also have to pay for the costs of their own recovery, as well.
If this should ever happen to you or to someone that you love in Wicomico County, you deserve to be compensated for your losses. Getting legal representation and enforcing your rights to that compensation can mean the difference between getting reimbursed for your costs and having to deal with them, yourself. With the high costs of medical attention in the U.S., this can leave you in a difficult financial state, if you elect to forgo your rights.
Wicomico County is a county on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, bordering the Chesapeake Bay on its eastern bank. With 374 square miles of land area within its boundaries, it is one of the larger counties on the state’s Eastern Shore. With 98,733 residents during the 2010 census, however, Wicomico County was also one of the more populated counties on the Eastern Shore, with a high population density for the area, at 264 people per square mile.
Those residents of Wicomico County span the spectrum of economic vitality. While the median household income in Wicomico County was $50,752 during 2010, the fact that it was significantly below Maryland’s median number looks past the fact that a significant portion of the state’s population lives within the highly-expensive suburban area surrounding the District of Columbia. For the Eastern Shore, Wicomico County has a strong economy. With that said, though, more than 14% of the population of Wicomico County during the 2010 census was living below the poverty line.
These numbers, however, overlook the recent economic growth in the county seat of Salisbury. This city, which is the headquarters of the international poultry company Perdue Farms, Inc., was recently ranked as the seventh-fastest growing job market in the entire United States by the U.S. Conference of Mayors
Personal Injury in Wicomico County
It is unfortunate, but it happens all the time, in Wicomico County, Maryland, and beyond: You were minding your own business when someone else did something negligently, caused an accident, and you were the one to get hurt. No matter how often it happens, though, it does not make it any easier for you to go through such a frustrating ordeal. The fact that you have been hurt – sometimes seriously – because someone else was not paying attention or did something reckless can be difficult to deal with. The fact that you are now expected to pay for the costs of your own recovery, even though you were not the reason why you need to recover, in the first place, can be too much.
In Wicomico County, there are a lot of ways for these kinds of accidents to happen. Perhaps the most common way is for a car accident to happen on Route 50. An often overlooked source of these accidental injuries, though, is in a premises liability situation in the city of Salisbury. Finally, the most serious accidents come in the form of medical malpractice at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.
Car Accidents on Route 50
In the state of Maryland, drivers have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a manner that is reasonably safe for the roads they drive on. However, if you have driven in Maryland, you probably know that it seems like very few people seem to take that legal duty seriously. Instead, they drive well over the speed limit, swerving in and out of traffic with no warning, tailgate, and are either on the phone or drunk while behind the wheel. Each one of these poor driving decisions can result in a serious car accident that can hurt you and others.
Nowhere is this more apparent than on Route 50, which cuts through the heart of Wicomico County and hedges around the county seat and the largest city in the area, Salisbury. This thoroughfare is filled with traffic and has a high speed limit, making for dangerous driving conditions and numerous car wrecks every day.
Premises Liability in the City of Salisbury
While car accidents on Route 50 are a common source of personal injuries in Wicomico County, premises liability issues are no less severe. Premises liability accidents involve visiting the property of someone else, only to slip and fall and get hurt because of some unknown danger on the property. In some cases, the injuries suffered in premises liability accidents can be quite severe, with thousands of dollars of medical bills to account for. One of the most common places for this kind of injury to happen is in the city of Salisbury, where new shops are opening on a consistent basis, and where many of the people in Wicomico County go to have fun.
Perhaps even more frustrating than the regularity with which these accidents happen, premises liability injuries are entirely preventable. Landowners in Maryland are required to keep their premises maintained by taking reasonable steps to fix, remove, or warn about dangerous or hazardous conditions on their property. Failing to do so can open the landowner up to liability if someone has the misfortune to hurt themselves on the dangerous condition.
Medical Malpractice at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center
Even though they are the least common, personal injuries that result from medical malpractice are often the most severe. This is often because the victims of medical malpractice were in compromised health before the incident occurred, exacerbating their circumstances. However, some medical malpractice victims face severe repercussions for something far more mundane: They were merely getting a routine checkup and their doctor, through his or her negligence, failed to make a crucial diagnosis.
All healthcare professionals in Maryland have a legal duty to provide reasonable medical care. There are numerous times, though, when they fail to uphold this duty because they were working negligently. In Wicomico County, the place where this happens often is at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center. This hospital sees so many thousands of patients from across Maryland’s Eastern Shore that instances of medical malpractice are bound to happen at some point. If you or someone you love happened to be the victim, though, you deserve to be compensated by those responsible.
Wicomico County Courthouse
If you get hurt in Wicomico County and decide to enforce your rights to compensation from those who were responsible for the accident that caused you harm, your personal injury case will likely go before either the Wicomico County District Court, if the claim is a small one, or the Wicomico County Circuit Court, if it is a larger one. Both of these courthouses are in Salisbury, with the District Court located at 201 Baptist Street, and the Circuit Court located at 101 North Division Street. Parking for the District Court is available in front of the building, while parking for the Circuit Court is available on the streets surrounding the courthouse, or in the public lot at the intersection of South Division Street and Camden Street.
Importantly, filing most kinds of personal injury lawsuit in Maryland needs to abide by the statute of limitations. Under this law, claims need to be filed in court before three years have passed since the incident that caused the injury.
Wicomico County Personal Injury Lawyers at Gilman & Bedigian
If someone else caused an accident by acting negligently or overlooking something that they should have noticed and fixed, you can get hurt through no fault of your own and without even an opportunity to avoid the injury or minimize the damages you suffer. You deserve to be compensated.
That is where the personal injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian can help. By hiring us as your legal representative, we can work for your rights and interests and ensure you get the care and medical attention you need and deserve without worrying about your financial future. Contact us online or call our law office at (800) 529-6162 for a free consultation.