What’s the difference between a workers’ comp and a personal injury claim?
If you were injured at work, you may be entitled to benefits through a workers’ compensation claim; but what about a separate personal injury claim? At the Law Offices of Stuart L. Plotnick LLC, we sometimes get calls from hurt workers who ask, “Can I file a personal injury claim for my work accident?” In...Read More
What are my legal options if I was hurt in a multi-vehicle car accident?
Crashes involving multiple vehicles are often catastrophic and frustrating to deal with. The likelihood of sustaining a serious injury is much greater in a multiple vehicle crash than a two-car crash. You could be pushed into the line of high-speed traffic or struck more than once. There is also more difficulty in resolving such cases,...Read More
How do I rebuild my life after a serious accident?
Nobody can predict when they will be involved in a serious collision. According to the car insurance industry, the average driver is involved in a crash every 17.9 years. Some people sustain only minor injuries in crashes, but others aren't as fortunate. Each day, we hear about people sustaining serious or fatal injuries in crashes....Read More
Traffic safety efforts in the D.C. metro area
The first week of 2020 offered sobering news for Washington D.C. residents. Four people — two pedestrians and two motorists — died on District streets. Reducing traffic deaths in Washington D.C. has proven difficult. In 2015, the District signed on to Vision Zero, a global initiative that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. The...Read More
Traumatic Brain Injury: What causes it and how can you pursue a legal claim?
Sustaining a traumatic brain injury can be a life-changing event. The brain is one of the most vital parts of the body. Any damage sustained to it can be permanent. A concussion is the most common type of brain injury and generally the most minor. It occurs when there is a blow to the head,...Read More
Do I need a personal injury attorney if a vehicle defect caused my car accident?
Driver error isn't the only cause of serious or fatal car accidents. Sometimes, defective car parts come loose, break, or fail to perform. Since 1966, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recalled nearly 400 million cars due to dangerous manufacturing defects. In addition, the agency has recalled nearly 50 million tires, nearly 70...Read More
I was struck by a driver who crossed the centerline. What are my legal options?
Most major roadways are separated by centerlines, which can include painted lines in the road, barriers, and guardrails. Some have jersey or solid concrete walls. When a car or truck crosses a centerline or barrier, it will likely broadside or collide head-on with a car traveling in the opposite direction. Centerline crashes on major roads...Read More
Fall nighttime driving can be risky. Here are some safety tips.
The fall season is now in full swing, as Maryland residents enjoy the mild, crisp climate before the bitter, cold winter arrives. Most drivers don’t typically associate any clear and present roadway dangers with fall – at least not until they’re involved in a crash. Among the many underestimated risks ushered in by the fall season,...Read More
How well do guard rails protect drivers in the event of a car accident?
Guard rails act as a safety barrier to prevent drivers from serious harm in lane departure crashes. In some cases, they may not be necessary — such as when a driver can safely exit the road in an open area without the risk of a collision. Guard rails are often found on or for bridges, used...Read More
Drivers have a duty to prevent "doorings"
An increasing number of residents in the greater D.C. area prefer to reap the economic and health benefits of getting around by bicycle instead of sitting in a car. Many bicyclists comply with the rules of the road and ride defensively but a common danger bicyclists face is the actions of drivers and passengers exiting...Read More