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January 2nd, 2019

Workplace accidents often result in serious injury. Some on-the-job accidents may also lead to death. Knowing your rights, such as options for workers’ compensation and personal injury lawsuits, is necessary when you are injured on the job - and our Maryland workplace injury lawyers can help with that. But avoiding injury in the first place is preferable to seeking compensation after the fact.

What Are the Most Common Workplace Accidents?

Man slipping and falling on slick floorAccording to the BLS, the leading cause of workplace injury is overexertion. While not a type of accident, per se, overexertion does lend itself to injurious or fatal events and may exacerbate the consequences of common workplace accidents such as:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Being struck by an object
  • Overexertion when lifting
  • Transportation and vehicle-related accidents
  • Fires, electrocution, and explosion

While these accidents can take place in nearly any workspace, a majority of on-the-job accidents occur on construction sites. In fact, OSHA has identified four events that frequently lead to death on construction sites. Known as Construction's Fatal Four, these are:

  • Falls
  • Struck by an object
  • Electrocution
  • Crushing/suffocation (being stuck in between two objects)

Most common in the building trades, these fatal workplace accidents are possible anywhere, making it vital that you know how to reduce your risks of being injured.

How to Prevent Workplace Accidents

The most effective way to prevent any type of accident is to pay attention. This means only doing what you are doing. Avoid multitasking. You increase risk for serious injury (and poor workplace performance to boot) when you multitask. Don’t use your phone when you are walking, driving, or in any other way responsible for movement. Look where you’re going, use proper safety equipment, and be aware of your surroundings. These things will all help you react appropriately to dangers and avoid potential accidents.

Of course, there is no guarantee that these actions will fully prevent an accident - and when that happens, you need a lawyer on your side who can help you get justice.

Some workplace injuries are eligible for workers’ compensation, a no-fault insurance program that covers medical expenses and a portion of lost wages while an injured worker recovers. In cases where the accident was a clear result of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit may be more successful. During your free case review at one of our Baltimore area offices, we will cover all of your options to help ensure you are making the best choice for your needs.

To schedule your free consultation at Cohen & Dwin, please call 410-653-6000 today.

October 3rd, 2018

Burn Injury Lawyer | Baltimore | DCOctober 7th-14th is Fire Prevention Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the leading causes of fire and reducing instances of burn injury. According to the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA), cooking equipment catching fire is the leading cause of fires that result in structural damage to homes. Smoking is the leading cause of civilian fire-related deaths. Portable heaters are the second leading cause of fire-related death in homes across the United States.

Preschoolers and kindergarteners are more likely to start fires in homes in which matches or lighters are readily available. These same children are more likely to die in fires, making it essential that parents and guardians take every precaution to keep firestarters out of the hands of children. Risks are increased for harm to children and adults in homes in which tobacco products are used.

The number one cause of fires in the home is unattended cooking equipment. The NFPA reports that there are 455 cooking fires started daily, resulting in an average of 166,100 cooking-related fires every year. 46% of all fire-related injury and 49% of all cooking fire-related deaths are caused by unattended cooking equipment. Adults over 65 are at the highest risk for injury or death from these fires.

Understanding Your Options

Not all fires are black and white. Even in cases of unattended cooking equipment, defective products may increase risks of injury, explosion, and death. In some cases, it is a product itself, and not inattention, that results in a fire.

When you or someone you love is injured in a fire, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering in addition to compensation for property damage. The best way to determine if you are eligible for legal action is through a private and confidential consultation at one of our Baltimore area offices. During this free case review, we can evaluate the extent of damage, begin to identify contributing factors, and help you determine if you have cause to file suit. We can also advise you on the best way to move forward with your claim.

Burn injury can result in lasting pain, physical limitations, permanent disfigurement, and severe emotional trauma. If your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you have every right to seek compensation for these damages. Our Baltimore personal injury attorneys are here to help.

Call us at 410-653-1000 to schedule your complimentary consultation today. Cohen & Dwin maintains offices in the Baltimore area, including Ocean City and Greenbelt. We serve victims of burn injury in Maryland and DC.

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July 2nd, 2018

July is Cellphone Courtesy Month, offering a great opportunity to reflect on how your interactions with these devices impact other aspects of your life. Good behaviors to monitor this month include:

  • How often do you look at your phone?​
  • How often do you ignore those around you in favor of what’s happening on your phone?​
  • How does your relationship with your phone impact your driving skills?

Distracted driving leads to over 28,000 injuries in Maryland every year, contributing to the approximately 390,000 distracted driving car accidents that result in injury in the U.S. yearly. Most of these accidents are entirely avoidable. This makes them entirely unacceptable.

The CDC reports that distraction leads to nine deaths and 1,000 injuries daily. A shocking majority of those accidents are caused by just one thing: cellphone use. Perhaps the most courteous thing you can do - in July and beyond - is turn your cellphone off when you get into your car or, at the very least, silence it and place it out of sight. This will not only reduce your risk of killing someone else, it will allow you to pay more attention to the road and react more swiftly when someone else’s distraction tries to kill you.

No Time Like the Present

Baltimore Cell Phone Car Accident LawyerAAA reports that 46.9 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home on and around July 4th. Because the 4th is mid-week this year, much of that travel will take place on days where weekday traffic is already a problem. This means that increased vigilance will be essential to help protect yourself and your passengers from an accident.

Increased vigilance means putting your phone down and refusing to pick it up - even when stopped - until the car you are in charge of safely operating has been turned off. It’s a big responsibility, safely operating a vehicle, one that cellphone use makes next to impossible. In fact, study after study has shown that humans are incapable of multitasking effectively. Yes, even you, no matter what you’ve tried to convince yourself otherwise. There is no safe way to use a phone while driving a car. Not for calling, not for texting, not “hands-free.” There is literally no safe way to use a phone and drive at the same time.

You Are Setting an Example

If you are a parent, your cellphone use is setting an example for your children. This is particularly disconcerting when you consider that distraction plays a role in 58% of all accidents caused by teen drivers. When you talk or text while driving, you are normalizing dangerous behaviors - dangerous behaviors that could get your teen injured or killed. Recognize that cellphone courtesy is a learned behavior and take steps to teach your children well.

Our phones are amazing devices. They have simplified our lives and placed endless information at our fingertips. By not using your cellphone while driving, you are helping to ensure that you and those who share the road with you can continue to enjoy these wonders of technology for several years to come.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a car accident in or around Baltimore, please call Cohen & Dwin at 410-653-6000 for a free consultation.

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April 5th, 2018

Distracted Driving Attorney in MarylandAccording to the Maryland Department of Transportation, distraction leads to more than 28,000 injuries a year in our state alone. In an attempt to reduce the number of accidents caused by distraction, all handheld cellphone use is illegal while driving in Maryland. But, while these types of laws are well-intentioned, they tend to miss the larger point: cellphone use is only one type of distraction – and there is no evidence that hands-free devices are safer. In fact, there is ample evidence that using hands-free, Bluetooth, and onboard electronics while driving is actually more dangerous than using a handheld cellphone.

Defining Distraction

Talking or typing on a handheld phone is, of course, a major form of distraction. No less distracting are handsfree options, including talk to text and voice-activated entertainment controls. Even still, electronic distraction is only one type of many forms of this dangerous driving behavior that commonly leads to serious or fatal car accidents in Maryland.

Distracted driving can include:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Personal grooming, including brushing hair and applying makeup
  • Looking at a map or manipulating a GPS unit
  • Browsing through radio stations
  • Switching between songs on a portable music device
  • Rubbernecking
  • Reading billboards

Literally anything that takes your eyes or mind off of the road is a form of distraction, and every time you engage in this behavior, you and everyone around you is at risk for injury or death.

There is no safe level of distraction. Many people believe they can multitask, but this is not true. All evidence points to this same fact: no one can multitask well. Not anyone. This means that doing anything besides driving while you are driving is a risk. And that risk is translating to more and more accidents every year.

In 2016, the last year for which full statistics are available, there were 3,450 distracted driving-related fatalities in the United States, up 2.2% from 2015. An average of 9 people dies every day in distraction-related car accidents. 1,000 more sustain injury in crashes caused by distracted drivers every day in the U.S. This number is set to continue rising so long as distraction remains unchecked.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, giving you a wonderful opportunity to educate yourself on the dangers of distracted driving and to make changes in your own behavior that place you and those you share the road with at risk.

The easiest and most effective way to avoid distraction is to commit to paying attention.

  • Turn your phone off while you are driving
  • Program GPS and choose a station/playlist before you begin driving
  • Do not smoke while driving
  • Do not eat in your car
  • Do not apply makeup, brush your teeth or hair, or shave in your car
  • Do not read in your car

These things seem like common sense and yet car accidents related to distraction in Maryland are on the rise. If you or someone you love is the victim of one of these accidents, call Cohen & Dwin at 800-692-2500 to schedule a free consultation and learn how we may be able to help you get compensation for all related damages.

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January 5th, 2018

Serious Injury Attorney Maryland | BaltimoreEven the smallest of accidents can result in injury – but in a majority of cases, these injuries are not serious enough to demand substantial medical care. Those that require more than home-care can typically be covered by insurance and, when necessary, a small claim can be filed against the responsible party to recover damages. However, when it comes to serious injury, you absolutely need an attorney on your side who is prepared to try your case before a jury in an effort to help you secure the full compensation you deserve.

What is Serious Injury?

Serious injury is an injury that will demand:

  • Extended or ongoing medical care
  • Physical, occupational, and other types of therapy
  • Extended or permanent time away from work
  • Changes to lifestyle or ability

Serious injury may also result in significant physical pain and emotional suffering.

When you sustain a serious injury, you may face expensive medical bills and an inability to pay them due to an inability to work. Insurance settlements in these cases will often fail to provide adequate compensation, but once you have accepted a settlement, you waive your right to seek justice through other means. This makes it very important that, before you accept any offer from an insurance company, you speak with one of the Baltimore serious injury attorneys at Cohen & Dwin.

Examples of Serious Injury

Any injury that causes long-term or permanent changes in comfort and ability is a serious injury. The attorneys at our several Maryland offices have successfully handled cases revolving around catastrophic injuries including:

These types of injury often require months or years of rehabilitation and therapy. They may demand adaptive technology, prosthetics, home modifications, round-the-clock care and assistance, and unbelievable amounts of patience and perseverance – despite which full recovery, in many cases, will be impossible. You deserve compensation for all of these things, but you need an attorney on your side to make sure that happens.

Cohen & Dwin: Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

The serious injury attorneys at Cohen & Dwin have decades of combined and personal experience helping victims of traumatic injury get justice. Our legal team has access to resources that can be used to build a strong case on your behalf – and our attorneys possess the tenacity and drive to take these cases as far as needed in our pursuit of justice.

We welcome an opportunity to meet with you, free of both charge and obligation, to learn about your case and to help you determine the most effective way to move forward.

If you live in Maryland and are in need of a serious injury lawyer, please call Cohen & Dwin at 410-653-6000 to schedule a free consultation at our Owings Mills location or at one of our satellite locations in Bel Air, Glen Burnie, Ocean City, Columbia, Greenbelt, or Baltimore City. If your injury prohibits travel, please inquire about one of our attorneys coming to your location for your free consultation.

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October 12th, 2017

The CDC reports that an average of six teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are killed every day in car accidents in the United States. Teen drivers are three-times more likely to be involved in car accidents than those over the age of 20, and teen boys are twice as likely as girls to be driving when these accidents occur.

National Teen Safe Driving Week is October 15-22. Take this time to talk to your teen about safe driving habits that can help prevent their causing and being seriously injured or killed in an accident.

What Safe Driving Looks Like

Call our Baltimore car accident lawyers if your teen has been injured in an accident anywhere in MarylandWords alone won’t teach your kids how to drive responsibly. You have to model appropriate behavior if you really hope to reduce your child’s risk of dying in an accident.

Safe driving means:

  • Never driving while intoxicated
  • Refusing to use your cellphone, for any reason, while driving a car
  • Keeping your full attention on the road at all times
    • No personal grooming
    • No eating or drinking
    • No adjusting the radio, switching CDs, or looking through a portable music device
  • Keeping a 3-4 car gap between yourself and the vehicle in front of you
  • Always using turn signals
  • Refraining from aggressive behavior

Remember: Your actions as a driver, more than anything else, will inform how your child acts when driving a car. Take care to both model appropriate behavior and provide calm and useful pointers to your child to help prevent his or her involvement in an accident.

Sadly, even the safest of teen drivers cannot always prevent an accident. If your child is injured or killed by another driver’s negligence, Cohen & Dwin can help. Call us at 410-653-6000 for a free consultation at one of our Maryland offices. We have locations in Baltimore, Bel Air, Columbia, Ocean City, and surrounding areas of Maryland to better serve families living throughout the region.  

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August 6th, 2015

The Baltimore workers' comp lawyers at Cohen & Dwin are here to helpWhen you are injured on the job, it is important to understand all of your options. The Baltimore workers’ compensation lawyers at Cohen & Dwin are here to help. Working personally with you to fully understand your accident and your injuries, we can help you determine if workers’ comp or a personal injury lawsuit will best meet your needs.

To schedule your free consultation at one of our seven Maryland locations, call (800) 692-2500 today. If your injury prohibits travel, one of our attorneys will come to you.

Workers’ comp is a no-fault insurance carried by a majority of Maryland employers. When an employee is injured, workers’ comp will provide coverage for medical expenses, a portion of lost wages, and travel costs until the employee is able to return to work. Workers’ compensation can be sought even when no clearly liable party is identifiable.

Personal injury lawsuits can be filed when there is a clearly liable party, but are uncommon following workplace accidents. However, when an accident occurs on a construction site or in cases where workers’ comp would be grossly inadequate, legal action is often the better route. In both personal injury and workers’ comp cases, having a skilled lawyer on your side is essential for optimal results.

To schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced Maryland attorneys, please contact Cohen & Dwin today. 

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July 1st, 2015

AAA estimates that 41.9 million people will take to the roads this upcoming weekend to celebrate America’s independence. Much of this traffic will be spread out, with the heaviest flow on Friday and Sunday, but extra vigilance should be practiced throughout the July 4th weekend to help protect yourself, those you love, and those with whom you share the road.

The Maryland car accident attorneys at Cohen & Dwin wish you and your family a safe and happy Fourth of July and strongly encourage you to:

  • Avoid drinking and driving
  • Pay attention to the road
  • Slow down and allow for extra time to get to your destination
  • Give the vehicle in front of you enough distance to prevent accidental collision
  • Carefully follow traffic signals, signs, and flow

These simple steps may make the difference between your being involved in an accident and making it home safely.

When your actions alone fail to prevent injury caused by another driver, you need an experienced and dedicated law firm on your side. With offices throughout Maryland, Cohen & Dwin is here to take your case and fight for the full compensation you are due.

If you are in need of a car accident attorney in Maryland, please contact Cohen & Dwin online or by calling (800) 692-2500 to schedule a free and informative consultation.

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June 5th, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 73% of all pedestrian accidents take place in urban settings like Baltimore. This, of course, makes sense – more pedestrians and vehicles sharing an often frantically paced area can’t help but result in more accidents. Tragically, one-fifth of all fatal pedestrian accidents involve children and commonly take place between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. as kids are coming home from school.

If you or someone you love has been injured while walking or riding a bike, please call Cohen & Dwin at (800) 692-2500 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Maryland pedestrian accident attorneys.

Children are the most likely to be seriously injured in pedestrian accidents, even when they are using cross-walks and other areas designed for safe pedestrian travel. Analyzing data obtained from St. Christopher’s Children Hospital following pedestrian accidents, the NHTSA determined that nearly 40% of victims were injured when they had the right of way, commonly resulting in broken bones, brain injury, and other potentially life-long damages.

Maryland was just named one of the safest states for bicycles. Perhaps it’s time our state took steps to protect children pedestrians as well. If your child has been injured in a pedestrian accident, please contact us for a free consultation today. Our pedestrian accident attorneys fight for victims throughout Maryland.

May 14th, 2015

May is National Bike Month, established by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) in an effort to increase public awareness of the benefits offered by cycling. Earlier this month, the LAB also released its 2015 Bicycle Friendly State rankings, ranking Maryland as #10 overall. However, this ranking did find that Maryland lacks proper funding for bicycle infrastructure and is poor at both educating the public on bicycle safety and planning bicycle safety events.

There are hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries sustained in bicycle accidents every year. Tragically, many of these accidents involve children. When a bicycle accident is caused by the driver of a larger vehicle, victims and their families may be entitled to seek compensation well beyond the insignificant offerings of insurance companies. The experienced Maryland personal injury lawyers at Cohen & Dwin are here to take your case, fight for your rights, and help you secure every penny you are due.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a bicycle accident in Maryland, please contact Cohen & Dwin online or by calling (800) 692-2500 for a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. We maintain seven office locations, including Baltimore and Columbia, to better serve victims of serious injury throughout the state of Maryland.