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Blog Posts in January, 2015

  • How Juries Are Picked in Maryland Auto Accident Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 29-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky One of the biggest factors that will determine the outcome of a trial is who is in your jury. Jurors come in with their own beliefs, leanings, and prejudices, which will affect how they view the testimony and other evidence at trial. That's why picking a jury can be very important to the outcome of your case. There are twelve jurors in a criminal case in Maryland, but in a ...
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  • How to Choose the Right Court for Your Auto Accident Lawsuit in Maryland

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 26-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky The State of Maryland has two levels of trial courts: the District Court and the Circuit Court. When you bring a personal injury lawsuit, including an auto accident, you as the plaintiff generally have a choice of which of the two courts to file a lawsuit in. But that depends upon several strategic considerations. If you file in District Court, the main disadvantage is that you ...
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  • How Long Do You Have to Bring a Maryland Lawsuit After an Auto Accident?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 22-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky In Maryland, like other jurisdictions, there is a time limit for bringing a lawsuit. This is called a "statute of limitations." The length of the limit depends upon what kind of claim you are making in your case. But in Maryland, there is a general time limit for any act of negligence, including car accidents caused by negligence. That time limit is three (3) years. ...
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  • How a Traffic Case Against the Defendant Affects Your Auto Accident Case

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 21-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky If you are injured by a negligent driver, the police may decide to bring traffic charges against that driver. This tends to happen where the collision is more serious (for example, the impact was severe or the other driver was intoxicated) and the police firmly believe that the other driver was at fault. Will that traffic case affect your personal injury lawsuit against the ...
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  • Who is the True Defendant in a Maryland Auto Accident Lawsuit?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 16-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky When a driver hurts you in an automobile collision, we make a claim against the driver's insurance company, and it is the insurer who will pay out money to settle the case. If the insurance company doesn't offer enough money for us to settle the case, we will file a lawsuit. The lawsuit is against the driver, not the insurance company. Even so, the insurance company ...
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  • Why Damage to the Vehicles May Matter in an Auto Accident Case for Personal Damages

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 12-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky One of the first questions we ask clients when we take auto accident cases is, "how badly damaged was your automobile?" Of course, in a personal injury case, the extent of the damage to your car isn't what's on trial (except in the unusual case where auto insurance hasn't already paid off the property damage). In fact, we'd prefer to ignore the damage ...
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  • Maryland Court Refuses to Admit Evidence that Defendant Driver was Uninsured

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Jan-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky In Maryland, like other states, every driver is required by law to obtain auto insurance to cover their own legal liability. This is so that if a driver negligently hits you, the driver can afford to pay you in compensation. But if the defendant driver failed to purchase insurance, can you present this fact at trial in an effort to show that the defendant was at fault for the ...
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