Although our system of both criminal and civil justice allows individuals to represent themselves, I have found that those faced with certain circumstances choose to employ experienced legal counsel for guidance and expertise. The opposite, unfortunately, can also prove accurate: mistakes are made by not retaining an effective attorney.
Those facing criminal charges.
Someone accused of crime finds themselves in a precarious situation. Their reputation and standing in the community, business or livelihood, and their very freedom are on the line. An experienced and top-rated criminal defense attorney is well versed in the rules of evidence that will be employed a trial. A skilled criminal defense lawyer may be able to keep the State Of Maryland from using illegally obtained evidence to obtain a conviction. A thoughtful, thorough and prepared defense attorney can present valuable and often pivotal information to a judge that alters the outcome of the sentence imposed.
Those dealing with serious personal injury.
There is an old cliche that all injuries are personal- and certainly that is true. However, some are more significant than others. A serious personal injury can have life-altering consequences for the victim. They may suffer from permanent disability and permanent loss of earnings. Someone facing these hurdles will have difficulty receiving full, fair and adequate compensation without the services of an highly rated and dedicated personal injury attorney. A skilled injury and accident lawyer will have access to the Maryland-based experts needed to prove the case a trial. The insurance company on the other side of the case will most certainly have aggressive legal representation advancing their interests. It simply makes no sense for the injured individual to operate at a disadvantage without counsel.
Those that have been denied workers compensation benefits.
The Maryland workers’ compensation system is supposed to be self-executing. In other words, an insurance company is supposed to automatically deliver benefits to the injured worker. It has always surprised me how often this does not happen. The injured worker who has been wrongfully denied benefits needs the services of the best workers’ compensation counsel to obtain what has been withheld. It is guaranteed that that workers’ compensation insurance company will have an attorney working for them. The insurance company will not advise the injured worker of every conceivable benefit to which they are entitled. I've seen it time and time again that an injured worker, unrepresented by counsel and unaware of all of the benefits that they are entitled to under Maryland law, does not receive those benefits.
Those involved in disputes with their own insurance company.
Whether it is a claim for business interruption or loss of income insurance, a homeowner's claim that has been denied, or an uninsured motorist claim, Maryland insurance companies deny claims filed by their own insured individuals on a daily basis. A skilled attorney can help you prevail in that dispute. A knowledgeable insurance disputes attorney will be aware of the full array of remedies to which the insured person is entitled, including things like bad faith.
And finally there is simply a common sense analysis here. In many instances, the results achieved by a competent, experienced and thorough professional will exceed those that an individual may obtain on their own. For example, most people lack the knowledge, experience and training to self-diagnose a serious medical condition. Those in such situation choose to employ trained and skilled professionals to handle that task and to provide that expert medical and diagnostic service. The state of one's health is a grave and serious matter. When it is in jeopardy, it makes sense to seek out the services of a skilled physician. When an injury has jeopardized someone's health, it also just makes sense to seek out the services of a skilled attorney to achieve just and fair financial compensation for that damage to one's health.