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Were you seriously injured because of someone else? If you were, we can help.

Car crashes, serious falls, dog attacks, and others – all of these are major causes of injury in our community. All of them can be devastating and life-altering, and in some cases fatal. Tragically, many of them are also completely preventable. Many of these injuries are caused by someone not paying attention, or not following established protocols, or just not following basic common-sense safety rules.

Personal injury law is about holding people and companies accountable for the harm they cause when they break basic safety rules. Personal injury law requires that those responsible for causing harm to others have to compensate the people that were harmed. If you were injured by someone else, you may have a personal injury claim against the person or entity that injured you.

As personal injury attorneys, we will fight for you to ensure that those who harmed you are held accountable and that you are fully compensated for what happened to you. We want to be your voice, tell your story, and help guide you through this difficult chapter of your life.

Some of the types of claims we handle through our Personal Injury practice include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Car Crashes
  • Dog Bite / Dog Attack
  • Drunk Driver Crashes
  • Bicycle Struck by Vehicle
  • Motorcycle Crashes
  • Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Slip & Fall
  • Trip & Fall
  • Truck Crashes
  • Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Work-related Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

For more information on Personal Injury claims, please visit our FAQ

 

Were you injured on the job? Did your job cause you to develop significant medical problems? If your answer is yes to either question, you may have a claim under Workers’ Compensation.

Workers’ Compensation is a form of insurance that covers you in case you are injured at work, aggravate a pre-existing medical condition or injury at work, or develop certain occupational diseases from your job. The insurance is paid for by your employer and is generally mandated by state law.

If you are eligible, workers’ compensation provides a package of benefits, including but not limited to medical treatment, prescription reimbursement, wage replacement, gas mileage reimbursement, vocational rehabilitation, a monetary award for permanent disability, and death benefits.

Unfortunately some employers or their insurers are hesitant to pay the benefits that you are entitled to receive. In other cases, disputes may arise as to the need for certain benefits or the amount to which you are entitled. In these situations, it is important to have a firm grasp of what the law is so that you will not be cheated out of your benefits.

As workers’ compensation attorneys, we will fight for you to ensure that you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled. In addition, we will provide you with counsel and help guide you through this difficult period of your life.

Some of the claims we handle through our Workers’ Compensation practice include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Amputations
  • Back Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Car Crashes
  • Chemical Exposure Injuries
  • Construction Injuries
  • Eye Injuries
  • Firefighter Injured in the Line of Duty
  • Head Injuries
  • Heavy Equipment Injuries
  • Lifting Injuries
  • Lung Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Noise Exposure
  • Police Injured in the Line of Duty
  • Repetitive Exposure Injuries
  • Repetitive Use injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Slips, Trips & Falls
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Trucking Injuries

For more information on Workers’ Compensation, please visit our FAQ

Do you have elderly parents? If so, then you are probably aware of the many issues that come with taking care of mom & dad in their golden years. Some of the issues are purely physical – getting around, getting medical care, etc. Others are mental, emotional, or spiritual. And some of those issues are legal, such as:

  • How do you ensure that mom & dad make good choices with their money?
  • How can we make sure that mom & dad get the care they need, at a cost they (or you) can afford?
  • Are mom & dad getting the most out of the government benefits they are entitled to get?
  • Can mom & dad take advantage of government benefits, while still keeping the money they’ve saved over a lifetime of hard work?
  • If mom & dad aren’t able to make good decisions for themselves, how can we help?

These are some of the many questions that fall within the realm of Elder Law.

Elder law is a combination of many different areas of law that impact our senior citizens. Some areas of law include estate law, tax law, social security law, welfare law, family law, and a host of others. Many of the interactions are complex. As Elder Law attorneys, our goal is to help make these complex issues simple so that you can make the right choices for your elderly parents, spouse, or loved ones.

Some of the services we provide through our Elder Law practice include the following:

  • Disability Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Family Mediation
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Guardianships
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Probate
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Wills

For more information on Elder Law, please visit our FAQ

Trusts & Estates is the part of the law that deals with planning for the future, including end of life planning. But Trusts & Estates is more than just Wills, because planning for the future is more than just the end of life. For instance, what happens if you are mentally incapacitated and can’t make decisions for yourself? Do you have a contingency plan for that? Or, what happens if you have a mentally handicapped child that you want to leave money for when you pass on, but you want to make sure the money isn’t squandered? How will you ensure that happens? These are the types of questions that an attorney can help answer for you.

Depending on your legal, financial, and family situation, there are many potential options when it comes to planning for your future. An experienced attorney can help explain your options and give you the information you need to make the best choice for you and your loved ones.

For end of life planning, the idea is generally to make everything – legally speaking anyway – as painless as possible for the loved ones that are left behind. Having a properly drafted Will helps to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible for everyone when life’s final chapter arrives. Unfortunately, an improperly drafted Will can cause headaches for everyone – not exactly the situation you want to leave your family with when you pass on.

Our trusts & estates attorneys help people understand the issues with planning for the future, including end-of-life planning, and help them make the best choices. We would love to help you plan for your future and give you peace of mind about these issues.

Our Trusts & Estates practice consists of estate planning, drafting of documents, and estate administration. We can draft, produce and notarize a variety of legal documents to help you achieve your goals. Within these areas, we handle a wide variety of matters, including but not limited to the following:

  • Disability Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Family Mediation
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Guardianships
  • Health Care Powers of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Probate
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Wills

For more information on Trusts & Estates, please visit our FAQ

Vehicles that have been involved in crashes are worth less money than those that haven’t. That’s a simple fact of life. With CarFax and other vehicle history services, we have more info than ever when it comes to buying used cars & trucks. And when a vehicle has been involved in a crash, even if the vehicle got repaired later, we expect to get a discount on the price. That makes sense.

But what happens if you are the one selling the vehicle that was in a crash, and the crash wasn’t your fault? You weren’t responsible for the crash. You got your vehicle repaired afterwards. But despite all of that, because someone else wasn’t following the rules of the road, your vehicle is now worth less. That’s not fair.

That’s where Diminished Value comes into play. Maryland law allows you to be compensated for that loss of value to your vehicle from the person or entity that caused the crash. This is called a diminished value claim.

The idea is to compensate you – the innocent party – for making your vehicle worth less money now than it was prior to the crash. The amount of the claim is the amount of market value that your vehicle lost as a result of being in a crash.

If you have a vehicle that was damaged (but not totaled) in a crash caused by someone else, even if you got the vehicle repaired, you may have a diminished value claim against the person or entity that caused the crash. As diminished value attorneys, we can help you pursue a claim against the other side so that you can be fully compensated for the loss of your vehicle’s value.

Some of the claims we pursue through our Diminished Value practice include the following:

  • Diminished Value claims for standard passenger vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs, etc.)
  • Diminished Value claims for commercial vehicles
  • Diminished Value claims for motorcycles

For more information on Diminished Value claims, please visit our FAQ

Testimonials

“My relationship with Bill Finch and his staff as my legal counsel representing me for my accident was like no other I have previously experienced. Bill was candid, accurate, and Godly in all his counsel. He always left me feeling wisely guided, but that I was always the decisionmaker in my case. Everything proceeded as he described at the beginning of the case to the end, which lasted about 18 months. When we finished, I felt more like family than a client because of the way Bill and all of his staff treated me. Bill is now my “go to guy” for all of my legal matters and I recommend him highly.”
— Dan N.

“The results went very well.”
— Pheba H.

“Bill Finch took on my car accident case & over the three years until it went to trial, him & his staff treated me like I was family. They made a very stressful period of time much easier by providing confidence & comfort. The victory of my 3 day trial brought tears to my eyes as I was finally able to close this chapter of my life. I will be forever grateful to Bill & his wonderful staff for all they have done for me.”
— Tammy T.

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