Civil vs. Criminal Case Guide: The Plaintiff, Defendant, and Burden of Proof

Published on Sep 21, 2023 at 7:13 pm in Legal Information.

Civil vs. Criminal Case Guide - The Plaintiff, Defendant, and Burden of Proof
There are a lot of legal terms that get thrown around on TV shows and in casual conversation. Plaintiff. Defendant. Burden of proof. Beyond a reasonable doubt. Verdict. Acquittal.

But what do all these terms really mean? If you find yourself involved in any kind of real legal matter, you quickly realize how important these words are to your future.

Here is our civil vs. criminal case guide to the legal terms: plaintiff, defendant, and burden of proof. With any questions about a civil or criminal legal matter in which you or a loved one are involved, please contact the Maryland trial lawyers at Belsky & Horowitz, LLC to set up a case consultation.

When Does Workers’ Comp Start Paying Benefits?

Published on Sep 21, 2023 at 6:39 pm in Workers Compensation.

When Does Workers' Comp Start Paying Benefits
If you develop an occupational illness or get hurt on the job in Baltimore and you find yourself unable to work, the good news is that there’s a strong chance that your employer is required to have workers’ compensation coverage and that you can receive any benefits you’re entitled to for your job-related condition. Many individuals, perhaps including yourself, may live paycheck-to-paycheck, though. This often leads prospective clients to ask our Belsky & Horowitz, LLC team when workers’ comp starts paying benefits in Maryland. Continue reading where we’ll respond to this very critical question.

Information To Exchange in a Car Accident

Published on Aug 25, 2023 at 7:42 pm in Car Accidents.

Information To Exchange in a Car Accident
Data published by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) shows some pretty alarming trends, one of which is that 16.2% of all serious auto accident injuries for 2020 occurred here in Baltimore despite the fact that only 9.8% of our state’s population resides within city limits. Considering how other MDOT data from 2022 shows that there were nearly 18,000 traffic accidents reported for our city alone in 2021, that means there are likely many situations in which motorists had to make on-the-spot decisions about what to do at their crash scenes.

Individuals involved in crashes often find themselves stressed and disoriented right after a crash occurs, which can make it challenging to know what steps to take to ensure the best outcome should they ultimately decide to file a claim to recover compensation for their injuries, lost earnings, and other costs they incur due to their involvement in it. Below, we’ll address which information to exchange in a car accident, so you’ll have a resource to reference if you have the misfortune of becoming involved in a crash in Baltimore or elsewhere in Maryland.

Does Surgery Increase a Workers’ Comp Settlement?

Published on Aug 25, 2023 at 7:37 pm in Workers Compensation.

Does Surgery Increase a Workers’ Comp Settlement
After suffering a serious on-the-job injury or developing a work-related illness, you know that you need help sooner rather than later. Depending on your situation, it may be appropriate to seek a one-time, lump-sum payment rather than the payments over time that are typically associated with workers’ compensation.

Before you decide which approach is best for your situation, let’s answer some important questions about the different types of workers’ compensation benefits and whether surgery increases a workers’ comp settlement.

The Role of Expert Witnesses in a Workers’ Compensation Case

Published on Aug 25, 2023 at 7:28 pm in Workers Compensation.

The Role of Expert Witnesses in a Workers’ Compensation Case
You were injured at work, and now you need help making ends meet and paying your medical bills. So why was your workers’ comp claim denied?

If you’re still fighting for the benefits you know you’re owed, it’s time to learn more about the role of expert witnesses in a workers’ compensation case. This could be the component that’s missing from your claim.

Key Takeaways

  • An expert witness can provide knowledgeable testimony based on their unique field or profession.
  • There are rules you must follow when relying on the testimony of an expert witness.
  • Your workers’ compensation claim can be strengthened by an expert witness.

How To Calculate Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Published on Aug 25, 2023 at 7:23 pm in Workers Compensation.

How To Calculate Workers' Compensation Benefits
Do you know how to calculate workers’ compensation benefits in Maryland? The workers’ comp attorneys from Belsky & Horowitz, LLC explain the different types of workers’ compensation benefits and how to calculate them.

In our state, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) recognizes several different types of benefits that qualified employees (or their family members) may be eligible to receive for an occupational injury, illness, or death.

How Do I File a Civil Lawsuit for Negligent Security at a Hotel?

Published on Jul 24, 2023 at 7:13 pm in Negligent Security.

How Do I File a Civil Lawsuit for Negligent Security at a Hotel
As a hotel guest, you put your trust in the property owner, whether you realize it or not. You trust that no one can enter your room while you’re sleeping. You trust that you won’t be ambushed while walking to your car. You trust that giving your credit card to the front desk employee is a secure procedure.

In fact, you put more than just your trust in a property owner. When you stay at a hotel, you put your very life in the hands of the party responsible for securing the premises from the actions of criminals.

So what happens if your trust is misplaced? What if someone does enter your room while you’re sleeping, ambush you in the parking lot, or pull a gun in the hotel lobby?

Are you wondering: How do I file a civil lawsuit for negligent security at a hotel? Belsky & Horowitz, LLC can guide you through this complicated legal process. Please contact our office to discuss your case with a member of our team. There is no cost or obligation to learn your legal options.

What Are the Common Hurdles When Applying for Workers’ Comp?

Published on Jul 24, 2023 at 7:05 pm in Workers Compensation.

What Are the Common Hurdles When Applying for Workers' Comp
Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals suffer injuries while on the job in the U.S. The 2022 Annual Report published by the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) shows that there were 22,075 claims filed between the fiscal year July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022 here in our state alone.

As for the source of these on-the-job injuries or occupational disease claims (and respective appeals), the following Maryland counties (and one city) made it onto the top 5 list, according to the most recent WCC data for 2022:

  • Baltimore County: 3,832 claims, 284 appeals
  • Prince George’s County: 2,969 claims, 258 appeals
  • Baltimore City: 2,922 claims, 178 appeals
  • Montgomery County: 1,963 claims, 186 appeals
  • Anne Arundel County: 1,787 claims, 118 appeals

While many employers in Baltimore may be of assistance to their employees as they look to file a claim to receive benefits they may be entitled to, doing so comes at a cost in terms of higher premiums with each filing their workers make. Thus, many companies may be far less than assistive in equipping their workers with the necessary insight about filing a claim to receive compensated medical care or recover lost wages after a workplace accident or occupational illness sets in.

Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect My Job?

Published on Jul 24, 2023 at 7:00 pm in Bankruptcy.

Will Filing for Bankruptcy Affect My Job
It’s never easy to realize that you have more debt than you can pay back. But for some people, what’s even more upsetting is wondering, “Will filing for bankruptcy affect my job?”

Key Points

  • In most cases, bankruptcy will have little to no impact on your job.
  • Your employer may become aware of your bankruptcy under certain circumstances.
  • Filing for bankruptcy can potentially impact your employment if you have a security clearance.

What Are the Chances That Filing for Bankruptcy Will Impact My Job?

For most people, filing for bankruptcy will have virtually no impact on their current job. However, certain individuals working under specific circumstances might see a minor impact on their current employment.

To be able to make the most informed decision possible, you need to have a firm understanding of all potential impacts that filing for bankruptcy may have on your life—both positive and negative. So while most people find that pursuing bankruptcy is a smart option for financial security, others may need to weigh possible job-related concerns.

Can You Work While Accepting Workers’ Compensation in Maryland?

Published on Jul 7, 2023 at 10:34 pm in Workers Compensation.

Can You Work While Accepting Workers' Compensation in Maryland
Many people who are injured at work find themselves looking for new employment while still recovering from injuries. This may be to earn added income while unable to return to work. Or it may be to look for a new career path altogether.

There are many reasons this can happen, and it leaves many workers wondering about the future of their workers’ comp benefits. Can you work at another job while accepting workers’ compensation in Maryland?

The experienced workers’ comp team at Belsky & Horowitz, LLC wants to help you understand your rights and obligations when it comes to working while accepting benefits. Let’s look at a few commonly asked questions about workers’ compensation laws in Maryland.



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