Fire Prevention Week

Cohen & Dwin, P.A. handles personal injury, criminal law, DWI, and work injury cases in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Consultation Available [...]

Reducing Damage from TBI

According to a new study from Johns Hopkins, people with a higher level of education may recover more rapidly from traumatic brain injury. [...]

Brain Injury and Motorcycle Accidents

Brain injury is one of the most common consequences of motorcycle accidents. In an attempt to reduce risks to bikers, the state of Maryland requires riders and their passengers wear a DOT approved helmet while the vehicle is in operation. However, helmet use is not 100% effective and victims of motorcycle accidents often sustain some level of head injury even when a helmet is in use. [...]

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a month dedicated to awareness campaigns that can help the general population better understand the struggles faced by those who have sustained traumatic brain injury. [...]

National Safety Stand-Down Week

Did you know that, among workplace injuries, falls from heights are the most fatal? According to OSHA, this single issue is responsible for over 35 percent of all fatal workplace accidents, though not all employers fully educate workers about their risks. [...]

Workers’ Compensation Eligibility

If you have been hurt while working, you may wonder whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation. In Maryland, the statutes are very specific about who is eligible for workers’ compensation. First, your injury must meet specific criteria, and second, you must be considered an “employee” in the language of the statute. [...]

Workplace Accidents and Teens

In summer, many of our kids are out looking for work so they can get a car, fill the tank, and go out with their friends or girlfriend/boyfriend. [...]

Workplace Deaths

For all the advances we've made in technologies and techniques for protecting workers, workplace deaths remain a significant fact of life. [...]

Maryland Workers' Rights

If you are injured on the job in Maryland, you have certain rights under the Maryland workers' compensation system. [...]

Can You Sue and Collect Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation basically states that you cannot sue your employer for an injury incurred on the job. You’ll get compensation based on the workers’ comp statute. These workers’ comp benefits include payment for medical bills and some wages that you are missing out on as you recover from your injury. You may also be entitled to receive a monetary award if you suffered a permanent injury [...]

Choosing a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

A number of workers’ compensation claims are denied upon their initial submission due to inadequate injury documentation or an otherwise incomplete application. If you have a valid claim for benefits, a denial can delay the money you need for medical expenses and other costs. [...]

Common Workplace Injuries

Americans are a hardworking people, so it’s no surprise that the most common workplace injuries are due to overwork. Sprains, strains, and tears account for about 40% of all workplace injuries requiring days off work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These are followed by bruises, fractures, and cuts for the most common types of workplace injuries. The most commonly injured body part is the back, followed by the finger, the knee, the shoulder, and the ankle. [...]

The Five Most Common Workplace Accidents and How to Prevent Them

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. [...]

Festivals and Unlawful Search

Cohen & Dwin, P.A. handles personal injury, criminal law, DWI, and work injury cases in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Consultation Available [...]

Field Testing for Narcotics

Cohen & Dwin, P.A. handles personal injury, criminal law, DWI, and work injury cases in the Baltimore, Maryland area. Consultation Available [...]

SB364: The Basics of Maryland’s Decriminalization Bill

Beginning October 1, 2014, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana will be a civil, not a criminal offense. Under current law, less than 10 grams of marijuana can result in a drug possession charge and carry up to 90 days in jail and $500 in fines. SB364 both eliminates jail time and minimizes the fine for possession. [...]

Arrested for Domestic Violence in Maryland? Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

When police in Maryland respond to a domestic violence call, they may make an immediate arrest if they have probable cause to believe that a crime may have occurred; some states even have mandatory arrest statutes, which are designed to protect victims of domestic violence. In the interest of protecting victims, however, some people are arrested unfairly, and the consequences of domestic violence charges can negatively impact multiple areas of your life. [...]

Can I be Arrested for Turning Around When I See a Checkpoint?

In the state of Maryland, you cannot be arrested for turning around when you see a DUI checkpoint. However, turning around may rouse suspicion and, if it is determined you have violated a traffic law in doing so, officers may have probable cause to pull you over and perform field sobriety tests. [...]

Questions to Ask your Divorce Lawyer

When you are entering into a divorce, it is important to have a highly skilled divorce lawyer on your side who can ensure your rights are protected throughout the process. There are many issues that need to be resolved as part of a divorce which can have a dramatic impact on your life moving forward. [...]

Time to Start Making Summer Plans

Despite the current cold-snap, now is the perfect time to start discussing summer vacation plans and other child-related issues with your co-parent. Squaring up plans now can help ease the transition from school to summer for all involved parties, and help ensure everyone is able to enjoy quality time together. [...]

Wills

Wills are an important part of life, even though they are legal representations of what happens once we die. They are set up so that any property you own goes to who you choose, the beneficiaries, such as family. [...]

Holiday Visitation Schedules

If you are co-parenting, chances are your divorce decree has provisions regarding where the child spends holidays. Depending on your particular arrangement, this may not always work with the other parent or family’s schedule. When possible, coming to mutual agreements regarding the child’s time is best. This produces the least amount of stress and honors the important role both sides of a family paly in a child’s life. [...]

Determining Child Support in Maryland Divorce Cases

In Maryland divorce cases that involve children, child support is determined in large part by calculations geared toward one of two circumstances: primary physical custody assigned to one parent or shared physical custody. [...]

Maryland Divorce

If you are considering divorce in Maryland, then you should consider hiring an experienced domestic attorney to help you through the process. Divorce is a very trying time in anyone's life. Our Maryland domestic attorneys at Cohen & Dwin will represent your interests and guide you through the complex steps of divorce. [...]

Adoption Lawyers Baltimore

The Baltimore family law attorneys at Cohen & Dwin have been helping aspiring parents through the adoption process since 1977. We take great pride in being able to facilitate the process of connecting children with caring, loving families who will give them the life they deserve. We view adoption as one of the rare instances in our legal system where everyone comes out a winner. [...]

Choosing a Divorce Attorney

A divorce can be the most difficult thing you go through in your life. It ends the family and social situation you may have been in for decades. If you’re not careful, a divorce can cost you not only your family, but your financial stability. Many people have literally lost everything in divorce proceedings because they did not know, or seem to care, what the legal steps were. [...]

Divorce and Separation Agreements in Maryland

Divorces are never easy. The emotional toll of ending a relationship comes at a time when it’s especially important to make good decisions, because those decisions have long-term consequences. That’s why it’s smart to work with a talented divorce lawyer who can guide you through the process. [...]

Estate Planning With the Right Domestic Attorney

If you need to write a simple will or require representation for a more complex estate plan, then finding the right domestic attorney in the Baltimore, Maryland area can be critical. Our Cohen & Dwin, P.A. domestic attorneys have assisted multiple Maryland residents with their individual estate planning processes. [...]

Is Baltimore the Heroin Capital of America?

According to a National Geographic program that airs on August 27th, Baltimore is “where you want to be” if you are looking for heroin. The program, "Drugs, Inc.: The High Wire," features masked “drug dealers” discussing their various run-ins with police and experience selling drugs in Baltimore. Very few of these speakers are identified. [...]

Does Nursing Home Abuse Trigger a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Medical professionals are responsible for providing a high level of care for their patients. This includes elderly patients at nursing home care facilities. As baby boomers age, our nursing home population grows and the number of nursing homes grows as well. Unfortunately, this means nursing homes have become a profitable business for some and facility decisions can often be profit-driven. [...]

National Bike Month

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. [...]

Pain and Suffering Damages

Personal injury lawsuits attempt to put a price on the priceless. Ever since the legal codes of Babylon (the most famous of which, but no longer recognized as the oldest, is the Code of Hammurabi), laws have tried to ensure fair compensation for injuries that are not easily valued. [...]

Parents of Ellicott City Train Victims Blame CSX

In August of 2012, two young women were killed when a coal train derailed in Ellicott City. The victims were on a walkway next to the track when the train derailed and were subsequently crushed and asphyxiated by coal spilling from the cars. Now, following an exhaustive investigation, poor maintenance of the rails has been identified as a factor in this tragic accident. [...]

Safest Vehicles in an Accident in 2012

Every year there are vehicles that are better able to withstand an accident. They either have more safety features to protect you, or they have features that help you avoid a motor vehicle accident altogether. Airbags, roll bars, advanced braking systems, and other computer sensors are all good things, but they are not all created equal. [...]

What is Personal Injury Law?

Personal injury law can pertain to a broad range of circumstances, but its purpose if fundamentally simple: If you suffered injury due to the negligence or deliberately harmful act of another, you have the right to pursue financial compensation for related damages. [...]

What Should I Do After a Personal Injury?

After suffering a serious personal injury, it’s understandable that you might be nervous or confused about what to do next, especially if you are confined to a hospital and unable to give attention to the legal details of your situation. Even if you are certain that a third party was directly responsible for your injury, proving this can be difficult, and you might not have all of the facts about the accident at hand. [...]

Who is Responsible in a Birth Injury Case?

Birth injuries can be caused by countless different factors. When a mother is close to giving birth, she is surrounded by several different medical professionals responsible for her well-being and the baby’s safe delivery. Medical errors, malfunctioning medical equipment, a mismanaged birthing process, and prescription errors can all contribute to a child being born with a birth injury. [...]

Workers’ Compensation Claims

In the state of Maryland, workers’ compensation claims are administered by the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission, which assesses applications to determine liability and any associated benefits. [...]

Workers’ Compensation vs. Personal Injury

When 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. [...]

Distracted Driving Cases Baltimore |Injury Attorneys at Cohen & Dwin

Maryland is one of 41 states that currently ban all drivers from texting while behind the wheel. Despite these measures, fatalities resulting from texting-related car accidents have increased while the overall number of deadly traffic accidents has declined; a recent survey by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicates that Maryland and other states lag in distracted driving education and enforcement. [...]

Baltimore Rear End Accident Injuries

The most common auto accident is rear end collisions. Over two million rear end accidents are reported each year across the country. While most rear end accidents are relatively minor, and at low speed, serious injuries can still occur. Most motor vehicles these days are very well built with sturdy bumpers to absorb most of the impact of a rear end collision. However, occupants of the vehicle can still be thrown forward and then backward, even in low speed rear end collisions. [...]

Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury can have devastating effects on you and your family for the rest of your life. Our Baltimore personal injury lawyers at Cohen & Dwin take a personal interest in each of our client's cases. We want to see justice done when this injustice is visited upon a family because of someone else's wrongdoing. [...]

Dangers of Tailgating

Motor vehicles accidents are still among the leading causes of death in the United States, especially among the 13-30 age range according to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration. Our Baltimore auto accident attorneys at Cohen & Dwin have seen too many lives disrupted and cut short by careless aggressive drivers. [...]

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Even 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. [...]

Driving Safely at Night

Nighttime driving is more dangerous than daytime driving. It's harder to see your surroundings, lights can glare or be momentarily blinding, and drunk drivers are more likely to be out. At Cohen & Dwin, our auto accident attorneys want to let you know there are precautions you can take to have a safer driving experience at night and avoid personal injury. [...]

Help for Victims of Pedestrian-Car Accidents in Maryland

The greater Baltimore area sees a significant share of pedestrian and bicycle traffic. When those on foot or bike are involved in a collision with a passenger vehicle, they face a much greater risk for suffering severe injuries than the occupants of motor vehicles. [...]

How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Claim?

Being injured at the hands of another is a scary experience. While you should be focusing on recovery, you are often wondering how to pay for medical expenses and time away from work. That's where a personal injury lawyer can really help. [...]

How Long Can Workers' Comp Benefits Be Collected?

How long you will be able to collect workers' compensation benefits depends on the extent of your injuries and your ability to return to work. The Maryland workers' compensation attorneys at Cohen & Dwin can help you understand the workers' compensation system and give you an idea of what kind of benefits you can expect in your case. [...]

Child Pedestrian Accidents

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. [...]

The Coming Storm: Safe Winter Driving Habits

As we prepare for the next winter storm, the Baltimore personal injury attorneys at Cohen & Dwin would like to encourage you to practice safe winter driving habits. Remember, when visibility is limited and conditions are wet and icy, avoiding driving is always preferable. When that is not an option, giving yourself extra time and taking things slowly are key to avoid causing car accidents. [...]

Curbing Police Brutality

Following a six month investigation conducted by The Baltimore Sun, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts have unveiled a plan to curb police brutality in our city. According to The Sun, civil actions taken against multiple police officers following numerous instances of excessive force have been obstructed by a 40-year old law that protects officers from punishment, regardless of their offense. This law, among other inappropriate protections, are now the focus of the City’s sweeping reforms. [...]

Halting Tragic Holiday Accidents the Focus of National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

With increased celebration and travel for the holidays, December is an appropriate time to observe National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This effort by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is aimed at raising awareness of the risks and reducing the instances of accidents caused by driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. [...]

Impact of Icy Roads Lasts Well into Summer

Icy roads can contribute significantly to auto accidents. Your car's ability to maneuver depends on friction with the road, and when the roads are icy, that friction can drop to practically zero. [...]

Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License after a DUI or DWI

conviction of driving under the influence (DUI) can impact many areas of your life. One of these is a potential suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. If you were arrested for DUI or driving while impaired (DWI), or for driving with a suspended or revoked license, the Baltimore criminal defense attorneys at Cohen & Dwin are here to advise you on your legal options and help you protect your rights. [...]

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month – a month dedicated to raising public awareness of the dangers of distracted driving while encouraging motorists to take steps to help avoid causing car accidents. While the basic focus of National Distracted Driver Awareness month is to increase awareness of all forms of driver distraction, this year the National Safety Council is giving extra attention to the risks posed by so-called “hands-free” devices. [...]

Questions to Ask Your Auto Accident Attorney

When you meet with one of our auto accident attorneys at Cohen & Dwin, we'll ask you a lot of questions about your accident and injuries. But we expect that you'll have some questions for us too. Don't be afraid to get your questions answered. We want you to feel comfortable and confident with our representation. [...]

Should I Refuse a Field Sobriety Test in Maryland?

Although Maryland has an implied consent law that means drivers agree to undergo a preliminary breath test if stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence, there is no penalty for refusing to submit to a field sobriety test. [...]

Six Injured in Northeast Baltimore Car Accident

Six injuries were reported in a midmorning car accident on Wednesday, August 13th. Two of the victims were children and two others police officers. The officers are currently listed in serious condition. [...]

Steps to Follow if You’re Stopped for DUI or DWI in Maryland

In Maryland, drivers who are stopped for suspicion of drunk driving may be charged with driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), depending on your blood-alcohol concentration. Both are severe offenses with potentially life-changing consequences, and knowing what to do in the event that you’re pulled over can help ensure that your rights are protected. [...]

Teen Safe Driving Week

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. [...]

Thanksgiving Travel Forecast

AAA releases its 2014 Thanksgiving Travel Forecast this morning and is predicting the largest number of motorists on the road since 2007. According to AAA, 46.3 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from their homes next week, a 4.2 increase over 2013. 90 percent of these travelers will reach their destinations through driving alone. [...]

Types of Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents can all too easily result in life-altering – and sometimes fatal – injuries. A surviving victim of a car accident might face a permanent disability or a significantly shortened lifespan, requiring full-time supervision and care for the rest of their lives. Meanwhile, those who are able to make a full recovery might need extensive, specialized therapy to be able to return to their normal lives. [...]

What You should Know about Field Sobriety Tests

If you’re stopped for suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while impaired (DWI) in Maryland, you are required by law to submit to a blood, urine or breath test. As part of their protocol in potential DUI or DWI situations, police may also ask you to take a field sobriety test; what police will likely fail to mention is that field sobriety tests are optional and should generally be declined by drivers. [...]

Why do I Need an Attorney for My Car Accident?

Everyday there is a car accident somewhere. Most of these are fortunately minor with a simple exchange of insurance information, and no hard feelings. However, sometimes there are car accidents in which one party has been seriously injured, someone is grossly negligent, or an insurance company refuses to pay out damages as they should. For these latter instances, it is in your best interest to hire an experienced car accident attorney. [...]

Will the motorist have to pay my medical bills after a bicycle accident in Baltimore?

As the popularity of road biking increases so does the unfortunate side effect of increased motor vehicle and bicycle accidents. When you're injured in an accident with a motorist, you can feel helpless as you start to see your medical bills pile up. Because you are so exposed on a bicycle, the injuries can be much more severe than if you were in a car accident. A personal injury lawyer at Cohen & Dwin can help you seek compensation from the motorist for your injuries. [...]

Honda Fined for Not Reporting Injuries

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has fined Honda $70 million for failing to report more than 1,500 serious and fatal injuries over the past 11 years. Auto manufacturers are required to report accident information to the NHTSA for review. [...]

Cell Phone Courtesy Month

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: [...]

Distracted Driving, Injury attorney Baltimore - Cohen & Dwin

Maryland is one of 41 states that currently ban all drivers from texting while behind the wheel. Despite these measures, fatalities resulting from texting-related car accidents have increased while the overall number of deadly traffic accidents has declined; a recent survey by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) indicates that Maryland and other states lag in distracted driving education and enforcement. [...]

July 4th Travel Forecast Calls for Heavy Traffic

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. [...]

Lawsuit to Seek Stricter Regulations on Truck Driver Training

Current regulations require only 10 hours of training before a trucker can take to the road in a heavy and dangerous 18-wheeler. Aware that this inadequate training can lead to serious truck accidents, the Department of Transportation has been pressured several times in the past to make training requirements more stringent. Their unwillingness to do so has resulted in a recent lawsuit. [...]

Hands-Free Technology and Car Accidents

Texting on a handheld device while driving in Maryland is illegal. In May of this year, legislators even increased fines associated with this offense in cases where the action causes serious injury or death. This focus on handheld distraction is necessary as this behavior is clearly dangerous – but focusing exclusively on handheld devices may be giving the impression that hands-free technology is somehow safer. [...]

Do Texting Drivers Cause Traffic Accidents?

Now more than ever drivers and pedestrians are in harm’s way because of distracted driving. Texting occurs every second of every day and a reported 171.1 billion text messages have been sent in the U.S. since the inception of “texting.” At any given moment around 660,000 drivers are manipulating their electronic devices while driving and over 421,000 people are injured annually in distracted driving traffic accidents. [...]

Defensive Driving Tips to Avoid Car Accidents

The scene of a car accident is a common sight for Maryland drivers. Witnessing another motorist’s misfortune is usually enough to make us drive more carefully the rest of the way to our destination. Unfortunately, reckless drivers and unforeseen road hazards can take even the most diligent driver by surprise. [...]

Dos and Don’ts After a Car Accident

By their nature, car accidents are sudden and shocking. Within seconds, an accident can turn a mundane commute into a crisis. When you are reeling from impact, it’s easy to forget how to protect your rights and keep yourself safe – especially if you have been seriously injured. [...]

Driving with a Suspended License after a DUI in Maryland

A driving under the influence (DUI) conviction impacts your life in many ways, one of which may be the suspension of your driver’s license. If you’re later caught driving with a suspended license, you will likely face additional and more severe penalties. [...]


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