Michael L Smith
9200 Basil Court
Largo, Maryland 20774
Firm: Law office of Michael L. Smith
No one ever plans on being involved in an accident. However, when you are involved in an accident, you must know your legal rights. Under Maryland and District of Columbia law, a victim of an accident must establish that the other driver’s negligence was the cause of his/her injuries. In many cases the defendant will argue that the victim was partly responsible for causing the accident or that the victim’s injuries are not related to the accident. At Smith, Graham & Crump, LLC, we work with a team of paralegals, investigators, medical experts and liability experts to present the best possible case on your behalf.
What am I entitled to?
There are numerous factors that must be considered before settling a claim. Maryland and District of Columbia law allows recovery for pain and suffering, disfigurement, lost wages, past and future medical bills, and future loss of earning capacity.
How long will my case take to resolve?
At Smith, Graham & Crump, LLC, we always strive to resolve your personal injury claim quickly, but each case varies. The most important factor in the timing of your settlement is your medical treatment and prognosis. Sometimes your doctor will assess your injuries over a period of time to determine the extent of your injuries and whether they are permanent. If you continue to suffer pain after your treatment and your doctor determines your injuries to be permanent, then you should be compensated for all of your future losses.
What are the attorney's fees?
If we accept your personal injury case, then we take the risk. You pay no attorney's fees unless we recover on your behalf. We get our fees and out of pocket expenses after we settle or obtain a favorable judgment on your behalf. This is typically referred to as contingent fee agreement.
Wrongful death occurs when the death was caused, in whole or part, by the conduct of another, the other person was negligent in his action, or strictly liable, for victim's death, there is a surviving spouse, children, beneficiaries or dependents are entitled to monetary damages as a result of the defendant's conduct.
Family law includes adoption, child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support (alimony), separation agreements, divorce, marital property division, premarital (pre-nuptial) agreement and other legal issues pertinent to our families. It is the one area of the law that touches our emotions and every aspect of family relations.
Whether you are contemplating executing a prenuptial agreement (an agreement prior to marriage) or negotiating a separation agreement (an agreement during separation or divorce), having the right attorney is essential.
If you are involved in a contested family law case, we encourage you to seek legal assistance because decisions made regarding alimony, custody, child support or marital property division can have long lasting emotional and economical effect.
District of Columbia
Michael Smith received his Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Smith also practices in the following federal courts: The United States District Court for the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
Mr. Smith is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, the Prince George’s County Bar Association, the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, the District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Mr. Smith, an experienced trial attorney, handles a variety of cases that include but are not limited to motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, criminal defense and family law.
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