Ronald V. Miller Jr.

Ronald V. Miller Jr.

Miller & Zois, LLC
  • Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect...
  • Maryland
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Maryland personal injury trial lawyer.

Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
  • Products Liability
  • Asbestos & Mesothelioma
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Claims
  • Animal & Dog Law
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  • Contingent Fees
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
University of Baltimore School of Law
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Executive Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review
Loyola College
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Baltimore City Bar Association
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American Bar Association
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Legal Answers
75 Questions Answered

Q. If I'm at fault in an auto accident, can I still get my car repairs covered by insurance?
A: It depends on the language of your insurance policy. Some people carry just liability insurance and "go naked" on property damage claims that are their fault, particularly if their car has relative low value.
Q. I gave a verbal agreement to a car accident settlement, but now more medical stuff is happening
A: Withdraw more money? Was this an uninsured motorist settlement or was it with the defendant personally? You probably have not settled your claim but we would need more information to give you a more meaning answer.
Q. How do the police (or a court) determine who's at fault in an accident if both drivers insist it wasn't them and want
A: That is actually a good question. Let me ask an even more important question first. Does the police officer's conclusion as to who was at fault matter in a civil trial? It really does not. Insurance companies are no bound by the police officer's conclusions as to who was at fault for the accident. They get it wrong all of the time because they do not have all of the facts and evidence at the scene to make the call. We have had many clients who are marked at fault because they were taken away by ambulance or helicopter and could not give their own side of the story. The critical thing to understand is that a jury is not going to be told of the officer's conclusion as to fault in the overwhelming majority of car accident cases in Maryland. So if it is an injury claim, we pay very little attention to the police officer's conclusion and focus on what we can prove. In property damage cases, the insurance company is going to put a lot of stock in what the police say because it is a shorthand way of determining liability. But you can marshal evidence to overcome that assumption pretty easily in most cases if the evidence is there. Okay... let's answer your question. The police make the determination based on what they think happen. Different officers have different views on how much evidence they need to draw a conclusion. A court is going to take all of the evidence and assess the credibility of the witnesses and draw a conclusion. In a straight he said/she said case, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff to make the more convincing case. The plaintiff has to get the judge or jury to believe there is a 51% chance their version is correct and the defendant is liable for the crash.
Q. Question for a friend - her son died in an accident and he was married but didn't have any children.
A: It is wrongful death claim for the mother. If there is a living father, he also has a claim which would increase the cap on noneconomic damages.
Q. If you signed an informed consent can you still sue for malpractice?
A: Yes, yes, and yes. Informed consent just means that you consent to the procedure. You are not consenting to medical malpractice. In fact, we have a motion we regularly file to keep in informed consent that the patient signed out of evidence if it is not an informed consent case.
Q. What are the first steps to take if you suspect inadequate care at a relative's nursing home?
A: This is a pretty broad question. First, I would look at the nursing home itself. How do the Medicare ratings look? Second, I think you research the deficiencies you are concerned about. Then I would talk to the resident about the concerns, if possible. You can ask to review the medical chart if you are authorized to do so. You can also ask for a meeting with the nursing home to let them know there are concerns. Finally, you can call the state authorities. Which of these makes sense or does not make sense in your case? You would have to provide more details before we could give more specific answers.
Q. I had a surgeon leave a half of lump in my breast, breast cancer runs in my family what should I do?
A: This is an important question but it is a medical question at this point, not a legal question. You should ask your doctor and if your are not satisfied with the answer you should collect your medical records and take them to another doctor for a second opinion.
Q. I had a colonoscopy yesterday. I later found out i had to be intubated becuase I stopped breathing.
A: It would be impossible to answer any question like this with such limited information. The key to any medical malpractice case is to review the medical records to see the entire picture. Any other opinions as to what happened to you would be worse than naked speculation.
Q. What does informed consent consist of for a medical procedure?
A: In Maryland, a healthcare provider's duty to communicate information to enable a patient to make an intelligent and informed choice of all material risks and benefits of a proposed course of medical treatment. We can probably answer a more specific question. But just because a risk is listed does not mean you cannot bring a malpractice claim if that harm comes to pass.
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Miller & Zois, LLC
1 South St
Baltimore, MD 21202
Toll-Free: (800) 553-8082
Telephone: (410) 779-4600