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Was Your Teenager in a Car Crash? What to Know.

It can be scary when your teenager starts driving. It’s even scarier when they get into a wreck. If it happens, calling a car crash attorney like Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates is your best course of action.

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Tips to Prevent my Teenager from Getting in a Wreck

Not giving them a license is the absolute best way, but “I’m doing this for your own good!” probably won’t go over well at all. So, on to Plan B: Teach them to do it right.

Explain defensive driving, tell them to look at other cars and ask, “What could go wrong?” Talk to them while you’re driving and point out possible errors by other drivers. Critique (do not criticize) their driving. The mall parking lot is a great place for them to practice. Almost everything that happens on the road happens in a big parking lot, but slower: Stop signs, parking, passing, rude drivers, you name it.

Visit Maryland’s “rookie driver” page so they understand how their driving privileges are limited. Even if they meet the restrictions, keep them off the road when the drunks are heading home.

What do I Do if my Teen Gets in a Wreck?

Don’t panic! Not joking: Your kid has already done that; seeing you calm will reassure him or her more than anything you say. Your first words should be something like “I love you, I’m so glad you’re safe.”

“Where are you? Is anyone hurt? Is an ambulance on the way?” Are the follow-ups. If the wreck is serious — if the firemen are warming up the jaws of life, deal with that.

Now that your kid knows you care more about him/her than the car, change tracks:

  • “Don’t admit anything.”
  • “Do what the police tell you, but don’t answer any questions until we are with you.”

Meet your child at the scene or the hospital. As soon as possible, speak to them privately, away from doctors, nurses, first responders, everybody. Record their story on your phone, get photos of the accident scene or injuries. Regardless of who is actually at fault, you may have to defend your child. How the police react will depend on the event — don’t argue. Act polite and professional and they’ll probably do the same.

Call your insurance agent or leave a message. If your child has specific health needs — allergies, meds, etc. — inform on-scene medical personnel and call your specialist so they can consult if necessary.

How Can Lloyd J. Eisenberg Help Me?

As soon as the situation is stable, call your personal injury attorney, Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates. After more than 30 years of practice in Columbia, Maryland, our motto could be “Been there, done that!” We’ve seen about every type of accident and injury and we have dealt with about every type of case that might come up. If your child has been hurt, as the driver or a passenger, we can do anything you need to be compensated for injuries and other damage.

Am I Eligible for Disability Benefits?

When you suffer a permanent injury and can’t work, you have a lot to worry about. You probably have medical appointments and the bills to go with them. You may have issues that arise in your everyday life, like medications to take or problems getting around. When you have all of this going on, the last thing you want to worry about is money. But stress caused by money trouble is inevitable, since you are no longer able to work. This can be quite jarring for those who built a career on serving the public and now cannot even serve their family’s own needs. This is where disability benefits may become essential. Here are some guidelines on what types of disabilities qualify for benefits and when to contact a disability attorney.

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What Kinds of Injuries Are Eligible for Disability Benefits?

Not all disabilities will qualify for benefits. These are the main types of injuries that will qualify you to apply for disability benefits:

  • Musculoskeletal problems: This category includes back injuries and other injuries that affect joints and bones.
  • Problems with the senses: This includes vision and hearing loss.
  • Speech problems
  • Respiratory illnesses: These include conditions like asthma and cystic fibrosis.
  • Cardiovascular conditions: These conditions mostly affect the heart, such as chronic heart failure and coronary artery disease.
  • Digestive tract problems: These affect the digestive system, such as liver disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
  • Neurological disorders: This category includes multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, and epilepsy.
  • Blood disorders: These include conditions such as sickle cell disease and hemophilia, which affect the bloodstream.
  • Mental disorders: Disorders that affect mental health include depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and autism.
  • Immune system disorders: This category includes HIV/AIDS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and kidney disease.

When Is It Time to Get in Touch About Disability Benefits?

Typically, you would get a disability attorney involved once you’ve been denied for benefits. They can help you put together your appeal. However, the best time to reach out may actually be when you’re initially applying for benefits. They can help you with the paperwork and make sure you are approved the first time around, so you don’t have to worry about appeals.

Why Should I Contact Lloyd Eisenberg’s Office?

Lloyd Eisenberg can help you through the entire process of applying for disability benefits. Our office in Columbia, Maryland, specializes in representation for law enforcement officers, paramedics, and firefighters. Contact the office of Lloyd Eisenberg today to discuss your case.

Top Reasons to File for Workers’ Compensation

Well, that depends on how you count. One study says the top five injuries (by percentage of total claims) are strains and sprains (30%), cuts (19%), bruises (12%) and inflammation or fractures (5% each). Another study notes that the most frequent causes of workplace injuries are material handling (32%), falling (16%), collisions (10%), tools (7%, unless you’re Tim Taylor) and long-term trauma (4%).

Regardless of how, where or when, Lloyd J Eisenberg & Associates is the workers’ compensation attorney for you.

Different Types of Workplace Injuries

The easiest injuries to deal with (legally) are acts of God. That means no one could predict or prevent what happened, as in an earthquake or tornado, although some insurance policies list this as an exception to their liability. The toughest to deal with are injuries resulting from criminality, with negligence a close second. In those cases, the worker must prove the employer acted illegally. The employer will, of course, defend him/herself forcefully.

Under Maryland law, a covered injury must arise “out of the course of employment” and “in the course of employment”. “Out of the course” requires a connection between the accident and your job. If you work in a kitchen and you’re burned, that’s a connection. “In the course of” is about timing. If you work in a kitchen and burn yourself making your lunch in the breakroom, you may not be covered.

Confused? That’s why you need a trained and experienced workers’ compensation attorney!

Am I Responsible or is my Employer?

Some say that, if your employer doesn’t claim the worker was at fault, he isn’t doing his job right. There’s a grain of truth in this – the boss has an obligation to owners, employees and others. If an employer accepted every injury claim without investigation, that business will go broke very quickly.

Some say it’s always the worker’s fault. Another grain of truth; as an adult, you have primary responsibility for your own safety, and the law will back you on both refusing to do dangerous work without proper safeguards and blowing the whistle on such situations.

Neither attitude, by itself, recognizes the dozens of variables in any accident, including pure dumb luck! Every situation is different, and the law requires we judge each case individually. That means each side must have their day in court, present their evidence and hope the judge or jury can discern the real facts hidden among the opinions and memories.

 

When Should I Contact Lloyd Eisenberg’s office?

Your attorney should be your first call – after the ambulance, of course. Worker’s compensation cases can be complex, so, you need expert guidance. Call or email Lloyd J Eisenberg & Associates, the top workers’ compensation attorney in Columbia, Maryland. The Eisenberg team will take the time to walk you step by step through the process. More than just the money, he will deliver peace of mind.

Signs You Should File For Malpractice

Thousands of people are injured every year due to mistakes by healthcare professionals but, sometimes, the harm is not obviously the fault of a doctor. There’s a reason we call it practicing medicine — every human being is unique and even when everybody does everything right, a happy ending isn’t guaranteed. When real medical malpractice happens, you may be dealing with grief, added health challenges, the death of a loved one. Let Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Assoc. relieve you of the worry over finding the truth and setting things right.

 

Signs that a Doctor was at Fault

Sometimes, healthcare professionals give the wrong medications or dosages, perform incorrect procedures or fail to follow established protocols. Sometimes, facilities fail to provide proper care due to short staffing. Sometimes, they fail to get informed consent. Sometimes, they misdiagnose, suggesting the situation is more or less serious than it is.

When problems arise, it’s possible that a doctor, nurse, etc., will admit to a mistake but don’t bet on this happening and, if it does, pray you have witnesses because their lawyers will probably make them retract that statement.

 

When Do You File Suit?

First, remember the statute of limitations: In Maryland, you must file a suit within three years under most situations. If you believe malpractice has occurred, call Lloyd J. Eisenberg immediately. Second, remember that you are the plaintiff — you must prove that an error was made, that the error was negligent and that this negligent error caused substantial injury. Third, you must be prepared for a long, arduous process that’s going to cost you time, emotion and more.

If you have concerns, you need to talk them over with the healthcare providers. Many mistakes can be fixed relatively simply. If the provider is part of an organization (such as hospital staff), you also need to talk to the leadership; they have the responsibility to oversee their people. The local medical association should also be consulted — they can’t get compensation, but they can sanction their members, and bad advertising is something no business wants.

When you’ve been through all of that and you are still determined that your claim is legitimate and has not been addressed adequately, make the call.

 

Why Call Lloyd J. Eisenberg?

The medical community deals with medical malpractice every day and they have top-level insurance and legal protection. You deserve the same A-list protection, so call Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Assoc., the medical malpractice experts in the Columbia, Maryland, legal professionals

Tips for Choosing a Car Accident Attorney in Columbia

When you’re involved in an auto accident and the other party is at fault, there are several reasons why you should protect yourself with an experienced attorney. From ensuring that deadlines are met to gathering evidence to support your case and everything else throughout the entire process, an expert car accident attorney from the right firm will be there for you every step of the way.

However, there are several key things to look for when selecting an auto accident injury attorney. While it can be tempting to go with the first choice in the phone book or the top paid ad on your Google search, failing to follow a few basic steps could cost you dearly in the end.

 

How to Choose a Car Accident Attorney

Take the time to do some basic homework. How experienced is the attorney and does he take a lot of cases to court? A lawyer that isn’t well-versed in accident litigation, has a poor track record or tends to accept settlement offers from the insurance companies the majority of the time may not be the right choice for your situation.

You should also do a web search for reviews, take the time to read them, and ask for client references as this can tell you a lot about the lawyer and/or practice. Another good characteristic to look for is a firm that doesn’t have a high volume practice. If you’re simply a case number and not an individual with unique needs and circumstances, chances are you will not enjoy the experience much at all.

Before even meeting with your prospective auto accident attorney in Columbia, you need to inquire about fees. Unlike the completely free consultation provided by Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates, many firms will indeed charge you for that initial meeting.

Lastly, search for an attorney that believes in your case and that you feel will tell you how things are – not necessarily what you want to hear. You should always be extremely wary of any attorney that promises you a big number or that you’ll get everything that you’re asking for. A good lawyer will be there for you, answer whatever questions you have along the way, and be completely honest with you the entire time.

 

Contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates

We feel that you should never have to pay in order to find an attorney that meets your needs and that you should be able to trust everything your lawyer tells you. Take the time to complete the recommended steps above, contact us for that free consultation, and once you do make the decision to hire us to represent you due to an auto accident in Columbia, MD, we’ll be there for you from start to finish.

How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injury law is complex and involves numerous rules, regulations, and practices, and while each case is inherently different, personal injury cases should always be overseen by an attorney that is skilled in personal injury law. While of course plenty of attorneys handle wills, trusts, divorces, and bankruptcies, as well as personal injury cases, many of them, are merely a ‘Jack of All Trades’ and don’t specialize in any particular area of law.

Insurance companies can smell this type of representation a mile away and will always attempt to lowball your settlement based on your attorney’s experience and track record. Choosing the best personal injury lawyer can be critical for your case, so today we bring you some great tips you can utilize to help you select the best representation.

Top 3 Things to Look For in a Personal Injury Attorney

Extensive Trial Experience – If the lawyer advertises that they handle personal injury cases, you need to ensure that they are not only willing to take the case to trial but that they’ve gone to court many times with personal injury cases. Many of these attorneys simply take your case and then try to pressure you to settle, opting to accept whatever the insurance company offers. If your attorney isn’t willing to take the case to trial, the insurance company will know it – and you’ll be the one that suffers the consequences.

Proven History of Positive, and Large, Verdicts – Experience is vital! Ask how many million dollar settlements or verdicts the attorney has had. Are they a member of the Million Dollar Advocates (a renowned organization of attorneys that have settled or tried cases worth a million dollars or more). If you have a case with serious injuries, it is imperative to know that your lawyer has the experience of delivering large verdicts or settlements.

Reputation – Look online or even ask the attorney if you can speak with prior clients. A reputable and experienced attorney has satisfied clients that they’re not afraid to allow you to talk to. If a personal injury attorney tells you that they cannot let you speak to previous clients, there may be a reason for it – such as perhaps they didn’t do an outstanding job for their clients in the past.

The Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer You Need

With over 30 years of experience representing the injured, Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates know how life altering an accident or personal injury can be. Recovering compensation for your medical bills and lost wages can be overwhelming and sometimes impossible, and the responsible party must be held accountable for any injuries that they caused. Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates, P.A. defends and protects your legal rights, so you can get the compensation you deserve from those at fault for your injuries.

Representing thousands of individuals in personal injury claims throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, Lloyd J. Eisenberg not only has the experience needed for your case, he genuinely does care about your wellbeing and rights. Contact us today for a free legal consultation and start taking action to protect and preserve your rights and remember, you don’t pay if we don’t win your case.

How a Car Accident Attorney Helps You After Injury

When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may need professional legal help. For a small crash (the old “fender bender”), you can probably exchange info with the other driver, collect bills and documents and negotiate a fair settlement entirely on your own.

If, however, you’re suddenly faced with thousands of dollars in medical bills, if you’re off work for over a week, if there are questions about liability (as in “Whose fault was this accident?”) you’re probably thinking, “This isn’t a small accident,” and you’re right!

We like to stand on our own, but some situations are beyond one person’s power to fix — car accidents can involve legal problems, technical problems, personal problems and more, in addition to the medical issues. There’s no reason you should shoulder all that by yourself, and, with Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates, PA, on the case, you don’t have to.

How Can a Car Accident Attorney Help?

Every case is different, but some things are pretty universal. Having an ally — one that isn’t dealing with the emotions of the situation — can make the whole process less traumatic. An ally that’s dealt with this situation hundreds of times before can also ensure that nothing gets overlooked or forgotten. Among other things, a lawyer may be able to:

  • Communicate with the other driver’s insurance company
  • Collect car repair bills and the other info you need to prove the extent of property damages
  • Collect medical records and the other info you need to show the extent of personal injuries
  • Review medical bills to be sure that all of them are correctly presented (and presented only once!)
  • Uncover evidence that can impact liability
  • Organize and present evidence to prove liability and damages
  • Negotiate with lien holders on your claims and reduce (if possible) the amount of those liens
  • Negotiate a satisfactory settlement with the insurance adjuster or defense attorney

Let Your Car Accident Lawyer Help You

At your first appointment, you’ll meet with Lloyd Eisenberg himself for a no-fee consultation. He’ll listen carefully; he’ll be sure he fully understands every aspect of your situation and, throughout your case, he’ll promptly return your phone calls.

Over the last 30 years plus, Lloyd Eisenberg has represented thousands of individuals in Workman’s Compensation, disability, and personal injury claims throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Visit us online to schedule your no-fee consultation. As our client, you’ll get proactive, effective and thorough representation.

What To Do When a Physician Causes Harm

It is a common story across the United States: a patient goes into a physician, the physician makes a mistake, and the patient is harmed. It is unsurprising that this occurs: modern medical practices are so complex that a single mistake can have lasting repercussions for the patient. If you are injured by a physician and are in Maryland, you may be looking for a medical malpractice attorney in Columbia, Maryland.

Prior to going to a medical malpractice attorney if you are in Columbia, Maryland, you should first seek medical attention from a medical professional other than the one that may have injured you. Try to find a specialist that can help care for the injury. In the meantime, report the physician, getting the report in writing and saving multiple copies of that report.

Medical Malpractice Attorney in Columbia, Maryland

What can a medical malpractice attorney do to help you? As it turns out, they can help you through a very complex process to get you the compensation you need, the care you require, and to get you back on your feet.

As stated above, make sure that you have recorded the injury have that record in writing. You can present this to the attorney, who can then start an investigation. This investigation may require you to do a lot, but it will allow the attorney to present the case better in a civil court and, if the court would like you to adjudicate outside of court in alternative dispute resolution, provide an upper hand in negotiations.

The entire goal of a medical malpractice suit is not to punish but to “make you whole again.” This means that the attorney will do everything in their power to get you rightful compensation, get you treated for your injuries, and get you back on your feet. The attorney will try to do this in as quick a manner as possible: the more long and drawn-out the ordeal is, the harder it will be for you.

This is often why attorneys will try to find a settlement with the doctor or the hospital the doctor works for. This keeps both parties out of court while still ensuring that the patient receives the compensation they deserve.

If you are injured as a result of a medical mistake and are located close to Columbia, Maryland, you should contact a medical malpractice attorney in Columbia, Maryland to get the help you deserve.

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Reasons You Should Call a Car Accident Attorney

You’ve been in a car accident and you’re scared. Hopefully you walk away without tan injury, sometimes unfortunately you may be injured. You’re understandably not thinking straight after a car accident as adrenaline is pumping through your body. You’re wondering if you should call a car accident attorney in Columbia. The answer very well might be yes. We’ll explain when you should call one.

When You Should Call a Car Accident Attorney in Columbia

You should call a car accident attorney if the accident caused any injuries especially broken bones or worse. There could be lots of money and medical bills involved and an attorney can help.

You should call an attorney when it’s not clear who was at fault. An attorney will know the laws about these things and can help you either get more money or pay less money depending on the circumstance.

If your accident involving pedestrians, cyclist or other drivers you should call a car accident attorney. An attorney can help assess and minimize your liability in the situation.

An attorney can help you if an accident report such as a police report doesn’t describe the actual events correctly. They can help with insurance companies as well as any potential legal ramifications.

You should call an attorney if you’re worried about your insurance policy liability limits, your insurance status, or if you don’t have any insurance at all. The attorney can help you work through any potential negatives in these situations and minimize legal problems.

It’s a good idea to call an attorney if the accident happened in a protected area like a school zone or construction zone. There could be legal issues and play in a place like a school zone. You could also be looking at repair costs if the accident occurred in a school zone.

You may need an attorney involved if you feel like your insurance company is handling things improperly. They might send mixed messages, tell you about problems that you weren’t aware of, or try to get you in touch with their own attorney. A car accident attorney can protect you and fight for your best interest in these situations.

If you fit into any of the above categories you should call a car accident attorney in Columbia immediately. If something doesn’t feel right to you about the accident or dealing with your insurance company you should call as well. It can’t hurt anything to make a call to an attorney. If you’re looking for experienced car accident that will fight for you please contact us. We’ll go through every aspect of the accident and let you know if we can help.

 

Why You Should Not Represent Yourself

Have you been injured on the job or in an accident but don’t want to spend money hiring an attorney? Sure, it is perfectly legal to represent yourself in court- but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good idea. Here’s what a Columbia lawyer has to say about legal self-representation, and why you may want to think twice before deciding to be your own attorney for a legal matter that could seriously impact your life.

You’re…Not a Lawyer

You’ve seen lots of legal TV dramas and feel like you have a flair for public speaking, so how hard can it possibly be to represent yourself in a personal injury court case? While it may seem simple on the surface, practicing attorneys everywhere will tell you that there is a lot of hard work and research that goes into representing someone in a personal injury case. In addition to the hundreds of cases that should be researched to provide pertinent arguments for your case, you will need to learn about any state and federal laws that may be cited in order to help successfully convince a judge that you are entitled to receive the full amount of benefits for your injury. Regardless of how intelligent you are, you have not been through the years of law school, the bar exam, or any other measures of competency and knowledge that are set forth to prepare actual attorneys for representing people in a court case. Attorneys are highly-specialized and trained to examine each case in depth for the best possible defense.

Emotion Gets in the Way

Even if you learned the law to a T and did copious amounts of research pertaining to your case, there is still a very good chance that the outcome of your trial would not be nearly as favorable as it would be with hired legal representation. Why? Simple: humans are highly emotional creatures, and it is difficult to argue a case dispassionately and objectively when our own lives are directly involved. It is better for everyone involved if an impartial lawyer is able to argue the points of the case, so that the focus remains on logical, rational facts rather than emotions, which are highly subjective and easily refutable by a judge or jury.

Experience Counts

Being a good lawyer takes time. Even attorneys who graduated first in their class from law school still have a long way to go before becoming great at representing a client in court. This is because experience is one of the most important things a good attorney can have. There’s a reason why junior lawyers often shadow the senior partners of a law firm for a long time before they are assigned cases of their own: they need that extra time to study the processes of the legal system and to familiarize themselves with what actually goes on in a courtroom. If you choose to represent yourself in a court case, you, like those inexperienced young attorneys, are not completely aware of the proceedings, which could trip you up and significantly affect the outcome of your trial.

Columbia, MD lawyer Lloyd J. Eisenberg has decades of experience with personal injury, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases, and is highly knowledgeable in all aspects of state and federal personal injury law. Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can provide the level of representation and legal counsel you need to effectively argue your case for the best possible outcome. Contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates today to schedule an initial, no-cost consultation.

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