Fatal House Fire in Elkton

Early morning on December 5th, emergency response officials responded to a call about a fire in a residential outbuilding. The 911 call was received at approximately 3:16 AM from a neighbor of Michael and Dave Stamper, the owners of the property. Singerly Fire Company responded to the scene of the two-alarm fire at 929 Blake Road in Elkton, Maryland. 30 personnel from the Company, as well as two other fire…

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What to Know About Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Besides liability coverage which covers a driver for crashes they cause, every Maryland driver is required to have uninsured motorist coverage (UM coverage) as a part of their auto insurance. This coverage helps to protect drivers who may be the victim of a driver who has no insurance policy; however, UM coverage is also valuable in other scenarios. Here, the auto accident attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz detail…

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Drug Recalls and Your Rights

Medications are tested rigorously to ensure their efficacy and safety, and this process is overseen by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After a medication is put on the market, the FDA continues to oversee its effects—sometimes, the FDA will initiate a recall if a medication does not meet expectations or causes harm to its users. It is important to understand how drug recalls work and the steps you should…

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New Laws Going into Effect for October 2018

On October 1st, 2018, a wide range of new laws, spanning from bans on bump stocks to “sextortion” penalties, went into effect in the state of Maryland. Here, the victim advocates at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz provide the details on a variety of new Maryland laws. Firearm Laws Recent mass shootings, as well as gun violence in Baltimore, have prompted legislators to pass laws placing further restrictions on firearms…

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Teaching Children About Fire Safety

Home fires can start and spread quickly, which is why it is essential to be prepared and educated in fire safety. A little bit of planning and training can make the difference for you and your family. Here, the fire loss attorney at AFSL detail ways to educate your children about fire safety. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), approximately 271 children died in a fire or…

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What You Should and Should Not Do After a Car Crash

The actions a plaintiff takes immediately after a car crash can have a massive impact on the outcome of their personal injury claim. Here, the personal injury attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz detail some of the most important actions you should and should not take when filing a personal injury claim. Do Seek Immediate Medical Attention If you have been involved in a crash, you should consider seeking…

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What to Do if You Are the Victim of a Hit & Run

A “hit-and-run” accident refers to a situation where a driver who was involved in a motor vehicle collision flees the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, this leaves you, the victim, with the burden of proving what happened. Here, the auto collision attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz provide information on what to do if you have been the victim of a hit-and-run. A hit-and-run accident includes hitting another driver…

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What Car Accident Victims Need to Know About Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Personal injury protection, also known as PIP insurance, can be extraordinarily valuable after an auto accident—unfortunately, many policyholders have not been adequately informed by their insurance companies about this vital protection. Here, the auto accident attorneys at Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz detail the necessity of PIP insurance. Brief History of PIP Insurance Before PIP insurance coverage was mandated in Maryland, there was concern by legislators and attorneys of the…

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Woman Charged with DUI and Vehicular Homicide after Baltimore County Crash that Killed a 5-Year-Old and Her Grandmother

A Timonium woman, 22-year-old Callie Noble Schwarzman, was charged on July 25th with driving while impaired by alcohol and other controlled substances, negligent manslaughter by automobile and vehicular homicide in the recent auto crash that killed 5-year-old Delaney Gaddis and 60-year-old Deborah Limmer, Gaddis’ grandmother. On Monday, July 23rd at approximately 6:50 a.m., Limmer was pushing Gaddis in a stroller on the sidewalk along Girdwood Road when Schwarzman allegedly lost…

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Gas Station Fire Safety

Service stations are fire-prone areas. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) there are on average more than 5,000 service station fires in the US each year. Here, the fire loss attorneys at AFSL detail steps to take when practicing gas station fire safety. Structure fires and other outdoor fires at service stations have decreased 70 percent between 1980 and 2008. However, vehicle fires at service stations rose steadily…

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