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Maria Katherine Patterson

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  • Someone hit me in the rear yesterday and I am wondering: 1. What I need to do next? 2. Is it best to report to my insurance too?

    The driver said she just didnt stop in time when I asked what happened, but then followed her statement by asking me if I "stopped short." When she hit me, I was jolted, though I, and everyone in my car was seat-belted. I have a few concerns. I di...

    Maria’s Answer

    So far, you have handled this well. Do report it to your insurance company as they can help you re: property damage and a rental until the at-fault driver's insurance company steps up and will reimburse them. As for the injuries you are feeling, seeking treatment for a condition that pre-existed the accident but was aggravated or rendered symptomatic due to the accident would legally entitle you to care, treatment, and pain and suffering for any worsening of the condition. Treating sooner than later is best and be up front with your medical providers about your prior problems so they can accurately diagnose and treat you and document any worsening of your condition.

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  • Do I need a personal injury attorney?

    Hi, My name is Christopher Rodriguez. I am the father of a 4 year old who was involved in a car accident, on Monday June 15, 2015. My daughter, Chrislyne Rodriguez, was in a 2003 Honda Accord that was hit by a Don Pepino tractor trailer driven by...

    Maria’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about this accident. Your daughter's legal guardian should have an attorney to handle her claim. The trucking company should have plenty of insurance coverage to pay for your daughter's surgery costs, treatment, and all of the other losses she has surely suffered. A personal injury lawyer can handle all of this and preclude contact with your family so your daughter's health and recovery can be your focus.

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  • What are my options after car accident? Other driver at fault w/insurance no insurance for us. Is this medical malpractice?

    Driver fell asleep behind wheel also was drinking.our car was totaled.we had just got it that day.i was a little banged up but my fiancée was in and out of consciousness.She complained of shoulder,head, neck and back pain.She was rushed to the hos...

    Maria’s Answer

    Your cause of action would be against the driver who hit you. His insurance company would either settle or pay any verdict entered against him on your behalf (and your fiance's). Medical malpractice is considered "foreseeable" following a car accident with injuries so it would be covered in any settlement or verdict with the driver's insurance company. However, if the driver did not have insurance or had insufficient policy limits, pursuing a cause of action against the hospital is an option but your damages maybe limited to the one visit and any difference to you physically, in the long run, from not being diagnosed that first night (which maybe difficult to prove).

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  • Do I need to hire a lawyer?

    A tow truck crossed the center line while I was stopped at a red light and crushed me. I just got out of hospital after 3 weeks and 4 surgeries. Can I do this on my own? Insurance offered me 75,000 for my suffering?

    Maria’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues. It is way too soon to settle your case not knowing how well you will recover at this early stage. If you accept a settlement this early, you will forever be barred from receiving compensation for any additional medical care and costs and pain and suffering.

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  • Did I mess up? Can I still get a injury lawyer?

    I was recently in an automobile accident. The other persons insurance adjuster called and I made a recorded statement and gave my social security. I also asked for an offer for settlement. I hope I didn't give to much information. I didn't lie ab...

    Maria’s Answer

    No, you did nothing out of the ordinary. In fact, many individuals who end up eventually getting attorneys already gave recorded statements to the insurance company because they are so quick to call and obtain one. And you will not have to wait three years. What matters is how long your treatment lasts. Once it is concluded and you return to your pre-injury health status, your medical bills, records, and lost wages should be sent to the insurance company for evaluation and a settlement offer. That usually takes about 30 days on their end. Unless the settlement offer is too low, the case can usually be resolved at that point.

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  • Do I need a lawyer?

    I was in a fender bender on last Friday. The young lady hit me from behind. I didn't go to the hospital, but I did go to my obgyn office, I'm 7 months pregnant. I've been experiencing some pains in my upper back and neck. Should I talk to the insu...

    Maria’s Answer

    Hi, I would highly recommend hiring (or at least talking with an attorney) to get an understanding of the process and what to expect from here. Good luck!

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  • Is the attorney obligated to represent me if the case goes to Circuit Court? District Court does not conduct jury trials.

    The total legal fees for our services will be $1,200.00 to represent you in connection with charges currently pending in the District Court for Prince George's County, Maryland. The total legal fees do not include expenses (e.g., investigative se...

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    Based upon the language from your retainer agreement, clearly not.

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  • If a peace order is issued to a person in Maryland will it affect their job clearance? Is it just like having a traffic ticket?

    I opted to have a trail because I didn't want it to affect my clearance. The judge still ordered a Temporary peace order. If I consent to the peace order would it affect my clearance? Is it like having a traffic ticket? Is a temporary peace order ...

    Maria’s Answer

    It is not like a traffic ticket. Consenting to a peace order looks better than having one entered without consent because the court has to find, although by a lesser standard than beyond a reasonable doubt, that you committed one of the offenses alleged. I would talk to your employer to see if you can find put the ramifications for the three possible outcomes.

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  • Should my husband's charge be lowered to voluntary manslaughter based on his defense?

    My husband was charged with 1st degree murder among other charges. However, his attorney put in a NCR, Voluntary Intoxication, and Imperfect Self-Defense defenses. The NCR was not accepted, but the others were. Based on the stipulations/guideli...

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    Second degree depraved heart murder does not require intent, just extreme indifference to the value of human life and consciously disregarding an obvious risk of causing death or such serious bodily harm that death would likely result.

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  • Is it possible to be arrested for a theft scheme under $1000 with six counts ?

    This is my first offense I have never be convicted of anything just made a very bad decision

    Maria’s Answer

    Have you checked online at Maryland Judiciary Case Search? If the case is there, the fifth line down, "document type" will indicate if there is a "summons" (no arrest) or "warrant" (for your arrest).

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