Mr. Katz is the Chairman of the Personal Injury Group at Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander. Since joining Gordon, Feinblatt in 1982, Mr. Katz has concentrated his practice in the handling of personal injury claims, primarily plaintiff. His areas of practice include all areas of tort claims and litigation, including auto accidents, premises liability, products liability, toxic torts, air crash accidents, injury claims arising under maritime and admiralty jurisdiction, and worker's compensation.
He received his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1973. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1973, the Maryland Bar in 1977 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and Maryland. He was a trial attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration Office of Chief Counsel from 1973 to 1974 where he handled air safety matters, and was with the Department of Justice, Civil Division, Torts Section as a trial attorney from 1974 to 1976. At the Justice Department, he received merit awards each year for his success as a trial attorney defending the United States in complex, wrongful death cases involving up to 125 fatalities from a single accident. Thereafter, Mr. Katz was Counsel to The Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland where he handled personal injury defense litigation.
Mr. Katz has served as a member of the Maryland State Bar Association Committees on Medical-Legal Issues and Workers Compensation; the Products Liability Subcommittee of the Baltimore City Bar Association; Membership Committee and in 2003, he became a member of the Eagles Club at the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association (MTLA). He also has co-authored a chapter entitled "How to Handle an Indoor Air Pollution Case" published in A Guide to Toxic Torts, by Matthew Bender & Co. Further, Mr. Katz has been asked to lecture at various seminars in his area of expertise. He became a Founder of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association many years ago and he is a Sustaining Member of the American Trial Lawyers Association. He has presented numerous programs for the National Business Institute on Evidence in Trial Practice.
Mr. Katz has 37 years of legal experience; he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum; and became a member of the Outstanding Lawyers of America in 2003. His law firm has attorneys who are admitted to practice law in Maryland, District of Columbia and Virginia, with offices in all three states.
Personal Injury1. If you are involved in an automobile accident, what should you do at the accident scene?After the collision, it is important that you attempt to leave your vehicle in the place where the impact occurred. If the parties move their vehicles, this will allow the other party to provide an account of the accident that is untrue. For example, if you are involved in an accident where the other party changes lanes and moves into your lane when the police officer arrives and the vehicles are left in place, the officer will observe that the other vehicle was in your lane of travel, whereas if the vehicles were moved the other driver can contend that you came into his lane.
It is also important to always remain at the scene and insist on calling the police officer to the scene. When the officer arrives, you should provide the officer with your account of how the accident took place.
If you need an interpreter, you should call a family member to the scene if possible. If that is not possible, you should make a diagram to show the officer how the accident took place.
If there are any witnesses that observed the accident you should make sure to obtain their phone number and address. There is nothing wrong with exchanging insurance information between the drivers.
Furthermore, if the accident was not your fault, you should never apologize, as an apology at the scene of the accident may be construed as an admission of fault. If you are experiencing pain or suffering from injuries you should report that to the officer, who will be willing to call the ambulance if you choose. Oftentimes if you report to the officer that you are not sure if you are injured, the officer will elect not to prepare a police report.
2. Why is it important to have an attorney to represent me?The handling of automobile accident claim is time consuming and complicated, and without an attorney, adjusters who are employed by insurance companies will attempt to take advantage of you.
From the beginning, the attorney will obtain the police repot, analyze and preserve physical evidence, contact the insurance companies, arrange for a rental vehicle, provide client with legal advice with respect to medical treatment, process payment of medical bills, and will speak with the adjusters who are working for the insurance companies.
The primary goal of your attorney will be to protect your interests and make sure you are not taken advantage of and help you recover for damage to your vehicle, reimbursement of medical expenses, lost income and compensation for past and future suffering which would not only include physical pain but mental anguish. Lastly, some injured victims do not fully recover after their injuries and are left with permanent injuries and we will attempt to recover the costs of future medical care that they may need.
3. How long does it usually take to resolve a personal injury claim?Every case is different. After you are injured the ultimate goal of the attorney is to obtain fair compensation for you and protect your interest. Therefore, before the attorney can start the process of determining the value of the claim, the attorney would need to know how you're your medical bills were and how long it took you to get better. For example, some clients may recover in a short time period and others may take years. Accordingly, the attorney will have to wait until your medical doctors advise you that you have received the full benefit of their medical care. When that occurs, the attorney will attempt to promptly settle your case for full and fair compensation.4. What if I am left with a permanent injury and cannot work in the future?A competent personal injury attorney will obtain fair compensation for clients for future needs and losses. For example if you are unable to work, an experienced attorney will hire experts such as vocational rehabilitation specialists or ecomonists who will assess what jobs you may be able to do or may be unable to do with you medical disability and what future earnings loss will be incurred during the rest of your working life. In other words, the attorney will protect you not only for past losses but also for future losses.5. What do I do if I get a call from an insurance adjuster?You shoud advise anyone that calls you about the case that while you would like to cooperate, that they should call your attorney. Do not answer any questions about the accident or provide any information. Also, do not provide any recorded statementsAsk Question, Get Your Answer