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Eric Todd Kirk

Eric Todd Kirk

You need a dedicated advocate to fight for you and obtain full fair compensation
  • Personal Injury, Criminal Law, Workers' Compensation
  • Florida, Maryland, New York
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I am a Personal Injury Attorney, a Workers' Compensation Lawyer and a Criminal Defense Counselor. Over the course of 20 plus years, I have handled thousands of cases involving accidental injury including hundreds of car accident cases in which my clients have sustained serious personal injury, incurred huge medical bills and lost wages, and were caused to suffer from pain and endure mental anguish. I proudly handle cases throughout Maryland, focusing in Baltimore, Baltimore County, Towson, Essex, Dundalk, Middle River, Parkville, Owings Mills, Randalstown, Pikesville, Ellicot, Anne Arundel County, Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Howard County, or Columbia, Ellicot CIty, Maryland. I've secured millions of dollars in compensation for victims of the negligence. I've helped hundreds of injured workers and obtained benefits to which they were rightfully entitled, but wrongfully denied. I've defended hundreds of people accused of crimes. I've tried hundreds of cases. I'd suggest that you let me put this background and experience to work on your case. Why should you hire me? I'd offer two simple reasons why I believe someone should choose me over another lawyer: My experience and My Reduced Fee Program. I've detailed my background above. I also offer my Maryland personal injury clients a reduced fee program that features an attorney fee lower than that commonly charged by personal injury attorneys in this area. I have always believed that every accident and injury victim should have access to the services of a dedicated advocate at a fair rate. My reduced fee program gives my clients the ability to keep a greater percentage of their overall award in their pocket.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Criminal Law
  • Workers' Compensation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
    I adamantly believe every injury victim should have access to diligent, effective representation in their quest to achieve fair compensation. I am also committed to providing that representation at a fair rate. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions about my reduced fee program. Many lawyers handle personal injury matters under what is known as a contingency fee arrangement. The "contingency" aspect means that something must occur for a fee to be earned by the attorney- specifically, a financial recovery. Usually, the lawyer will advance the costs of litigation, and, if there is a financial recovery, the lawyer will retain a percentage of that recovery as his or her fee. However, if there is no recovery obtained by the lawyer, there is no fee -and generally, no litigation costs- charged to the client. This allows the victim of negligence, who may be out of work, or disabled because of the accident, to hire an attorney to pursue the claim without having to pay a sizeable retainer or high hourly fees up-front. "Under my Reduced Fee Program, your fee percentage is always limited." Practices vary from lawyer to lawyer and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In Maryland, a common contingency fee arrangement calls for the lawyer to retain 33.3 % of the amount recovered in the case as a fee, and, under some agreements, lawyers may retain 40% of the amount recovered as a fee if a lawsuit is filed, and the claim is litigated. Under my reduced fee reduced fee program, attorney's fees are always limited to 30% on a presuit recovery, and 35% if the case goes to litigation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Maryland
New York
Education
Albany Law School
(1993) Law
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Honors: Juris doctor, cum laude. Justinian Society
Professional Associations
Maryland Bar Association
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Baltimore City Bar Association
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Florida State Bar # 98566
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    133 Questions Answered

    Q. If I take statements from witnesses of my car accident, will those hold up in court?
    A: The statements of witnesses would be considered hearsay and inadmissible at trial as substantive evidence of what happened. Those witnesses would need to appear in court and give live in-person testimony as to the happening of the accident, so that they are subject to cross-examination. If, however, the witness changes their story from the statement they gave you, the earlier statement can be used to highlight the inconsistency, or, potentially refresh recollection. It is always a good idea to record the contact information of witnesses, at a minimum.
    Q. My family member signed a statement claiming she was going to be living in a house that she would never live in
    A: I would have to believe that there are penalties for signing a statement under oath indicating that you plan to use a home as your principal place of residence, and then never doing so, or having any intention of doing so. I would defer to experienced Real Estate counsel, who would likely be most familiar with the civil and criminal penalties that ensue.
    Q. I was hit while riding my bicycle and I hardly remember it. How can I sue the driver if my memory is so blurry?
    A: You need to look for witnesses, and potentially sources of surveillance that could have captured the event. If Police were summoned that would be a good place to start, as well as any ambulance records, and a general canvas of the area, searching for private or public methods of surveillance. Many personal injury attorneys conduct their own investigation. It might be a good idea to speak to one.
    Q. Someone rear-ended me, and I just found out that they weren't adequately covered in terms of insurance. Does that mean I
    A: Sorry to hear this happened to you. You can file a claim for personal injury protection benefits under your own policy. This would create a source of funds available to pay medical expenses up to the limits of your policy- typically $2,500. You may also file a claim against your own uninsured/underinsured motorist policy. This would create an additional source of funds available to pay medical or other expenses, up to the policy limit. You would probably be best served by immediately consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney.
    Q. When do medical benefits become available to an employee who sustains an on-the-job injury?
    A: Immediately. Make sure that you report your accident and corresponding injury to employer. Make sure that you complete any required documents. Request treatment for your injury. If treatment is not provided or delayed by your employer, immediately seek medical treatment on your own and keep your records and bills.
    Q. Someone rear-ended me, and I just found out that they weren't adequately covered in terms of insurance. Does that mean I
    A: In this instance you would look to your own underinsured coverage for a full recovery. Maryland law requires a minimum of $30,000 in liability coverage. If you opted to purchase uninsured/underinsured insurance above that level, you would have the availability of underinsured coverage on your own policy available to you. If the person that hit you lacked insurance all together, you would file an uninsured motorist claim with your own company to cover your losses. You may benefit from a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
    Q. I had an injury 2 years ago now i am getting pain again can i start back my claim
    A: Not if you settled, it executed a release, or had the claim otherwise resolved by a court of law. The Maryland the statute of limitations for a claim based on negligence is 3 years, so it appears you are within that time frame. It may be difficult or impossible to prove the symptoms occurring 2 years after an accident are indeed related to that accident, in the absence of a consistent treatment history throughout that time. You should consult with our long-time, experienced personal injury attorney for guidance in this regard.
    Q. How long do I have to file a claim for an injury sustained in a car accident?
    A: That answer has a lot of variables and the answer depends in part on what you mean by filing a claim. In Maryland, lawsuits based on negligence must be filed within three years from the date of loss. If the claim is against the government, then there are frequently notice requirements that must be undertaken, with shorter time frames. A claim filed with an insurance company, whether yours or the other side, should be filed immediately upon the happening of an accident. It is usually best to consult with a seasoned and experienced personal injury attorney to fully understand your rights in these situations.
    Q. Can a defendant in a criminal case who is represented by private counsel, help present his defense by cross-examining
    A: No. You can't. You are in proper person, or you are represented, not both. You certainly can get your questions asked, through your chosen attorney. You can get your arguments raised, through your chosen attorney. Or, you can choose to represent yourself. Good luck.
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