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Maryland personal injury trial lawyer.
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Products Liability
- Asbestos & Mesothelioma
- Workers' Compensation
- Insurance Claims
- Animal & Dog Law
- Free Consultation
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- English: Spoken, Written
- Miller & Zois, LLC
- University of Baltimore School of Law
- Honors: Magna Cum Laude
- Activities: Executive Editor of the University of Baltimore Law Review
- Loyola College
- SuperLawyers List
- Best Lawyers List
- Best Lawyers of America
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Forty Elite Lawyers in Maryland
- Baltimore City Bar Association
- Prince George's County Bar Association
- Anne Arundel County Bar Association
- Maryland Trial Lawyers Association
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- American Bar Association
- Maryland State Bar
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Articles & Publications
- Insurance Settlement
- James Publishing
Websites & Blogs
- Ronald V. Miller's Website Profile
- Miller & Zois, LLC Website
- Maryland Medical Malpractice Attorney Blog
- Hello world!
4 November 2015
- Doctors Start a Malpractice Trial in the Lead
29 October 2015
- $1.8 Million Breast Cancer Settlement
26 October 2015
- Who Can Testify in a Maryland Malpractice Case?
2 June 2013
- New Study Underscores MRSA Risk in Nursing Homes
22 February 2013
- Substituting Plaintiffs in Malpractice Cases
15 October 2012
- Kidney Donor Sues for Malpractice Done to Donee?
9 October 2012
- Malpractice Claims Against Baltimore Hospitals
3 October 2012
- Effort to Kick Malpractice Case in Federal Court Fails
19 September 2012
- Maryland Accident Lawyer Blog
- Recorded Statements
3 June 2013
- Devices to Protect Infants in Cars Just Don’t Work
30 August 2012
- Jury Selection: Thoughts From Ohio
10 July 2012
- Neck Pain Now Equals Neck Pain Later
25 June 2012
- Trampoline Injury Lawsuits
25 June 2012
- How Car Accident Attorneys Put More Money in Their Injury Clients’ Pocket
25 June 2012
- Maryland Law on Spoliation
18 June 2012
- Commerce Secretary Hit-and-Run
11 June 2012
- New IME Guideline in Workers Compensation Cases?
1 June 2012
- Baltimore Injury Lawyer Blog
- How to Make Sure A Corporate Representative’s Deposition Testimony Sticks at Trial
14 August 2013
- Keep your kids alive, buckle them up.
14 June 2013
- So, uh, yeah, the internet is public. Just so you know.
30 May 2013
- What it’s like having me as co-counsel
5 April 2013
- Staying Objective Is Not Always Easy
3 March 2013
- Professionalism on Appeal
7 February 2013
- Some ways I use Apple’s iPad in my personal injury practice
2 January 2013
- The best work day of the year.
26 December 2012
- Citing 50 year-old cases from trial courts that no longer exist isn’t super persuasive, just so you know.
12 December 2012
- Lawsuit Information Center
- GEICO Verdicts and Settlements in Oregon in 2016
23 January 2017
- Ovarian Cancer Talcum Powder Lawsuits
14 November 2016
- Cauda Equina Syndrome Settlements and Verdicts
11 November 2016
- Will Nexium Cause You Kidney Problems?
10 November 2016
- Things That Could Hurt You: Prilosec
13 September 2016
- Mirena IUD Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Lawsuits
21 July 2016
- Side Effects From Antibiotic “Wonder Drugs” Spark Medical Concern, Lawsuits
6 April 2016
- Essure Birth Control System May Cause Serious Side Effects
10 March 2016
- Bair Hugger Class Action Lawsuit
3 December 2015
- Maryland Injury Lawsuit Information Center
- Sepsis Misdiagnosis Wrongful Death Cases in Maryland
2 February 2017
- Nursing Home Bed Sore Cases in Maryland | Attention Referring Lawyers
30 January 2017
- Miller & Zois Helps Create New Nursing Home Law in Maryland
5 August 2016
- Social Host Drunk Driving in Maryland | New Law
20 July 2016
- Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits 2016
20 June 2016
- New Spoliation Opinion
9 May 2016
- Maryland E-Filing Update
2 March 2016
- Is Donald Trump Helping Personal Injury Lawyers?
18 February 2016
- Maryland Rule 1-311
16 February 2016
- Drug Recall Information Center
- Nexium Kidney Disease Lawsuits
18 November 2016
- Warming Blanket Lawsuit Case Value
6 January 2016
- Potential Invokana Class Action Settlements
2 September 2015
- Viagra Melanoma Legal Claims
12 September 2014
- Prescription Testosterone Concerns
18 February 2014
- $100,000 da Vinci Robot Verdict | What Went Wrong?
11 December 2013
- August 2013 Medication Safety Labeling Changes
23 September 2013
- Fosamax Lawsuit – Defense Verdict
27 August 2013
- Johnson & Johnson AsksTo Centralize State Court Tylenol Liver Injury Cases
26 August 2013
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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