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Bob Katz wants Maryland, Virginia and DC accident victims to have all the facts so they can make the right decision when hiring an attorney. Accordingly, this section of our website is meant to provide basic insight into the issues we deal with for our clients on a day to day basis. It is NOT meant to be a substitute for real legal advice or opinion applicable to your particular situation. Please note therefore that the following materials are NOT Legal Advice or Legal Opinion.
All materials provided herein are prepared for a general audience for general informational purposes only. Their sole purpose is to better educate accident victims about a variety of general legal issues so these victims they can become more educated consumers of legal services. Information provided on the Sites should never be a substitute for consulting with a lawyer. Please contact us directly for advice on your specific situation.
Gap insurance usually costs a few hundred dollars and may cover you if you are in an accident and your car is deemed a total loss but the total loss offer is not enough to pay for you loan. Example: John owes $20,000.00 to his bank after taking out a new car loan to purchase a vehicle. John is involved in an accident a month later and the vehicle is totaled. The insurance company offers John $18,000.00 for the total loss of his vehicle, however if John accepts this offer and uses the money to pay off the loan, he will still owe $2000.00 to the bank and will have no vehicle. If John cannot recover additional funds for the car, he will be personally liable for the difference between the total loss value and what he owes to the bank. Bottom line: If you have Gap insurance then it may pay the difference in your loan balance and what the insurance company pays out on a damaged vehicle. Vehicles depreciate the minute you drive off the lot so frequently, owners are suprised when their vehicles are totaled and they end up owing money to the bank.
What to Do Immediately After a Maryland Car AccidentThe period of time immediately after an auto accident can be confusing. If the accident was substantial, then there may be significant property damage or injuries to account for. If you are knocked unconscious in a car accident, then all you can really do is trust in the medical attention that you have been given. But if you are conscious, then there are certain things that you need to do immediately after an accident that will help preserve the information your attorney will need later.
Confirm You and Your Passengers Are Not Seriously Injured.The most important thing to do is to make certain that you and your passengers are not seriously injured. If you are able to move, then get out of the vehicle and see of any of the people in the other vehicle are injured. This is information you will need to know when you call the police to file an accident report. If there have been injuries, then you will need to let the police know so that emergency medical responders can be contacted. It is important to remember that you should avoid any other conversation with the other parties beyond checking to see if anyone is injured. Do not allow your emotions to cause you to say something that could be used against you later in court.
Call and Wait for the PolicePolice may ask you on the phone if anyone is injured. If anyone is in any pain, even minor pain; be sure to answer in the affirmative. Police may elect not to come to the accident scene if no injuries are reported. Once the police arrive, ask if the accident report will include each party's insurance information. The police will either inform you that the information will be on the report, or they will suggest that each party supply the information to the other. The most important thing to do is to follow the instructions given by the police officers. If you see any witnesses to the accident, ask for their name and contact information. The more corroborating stories you can get for your case, the better it will be for you.
Take Pictures of the Accident Scene and/or VehiclesOne of the things that people often forget to do immediately after an accident is take pictures. With most smartphones having cameras in them, it is easier now for people to take pictures of accident scene or vehicle damage. Be sure that you get pictures of each vehicle involved in the accident, pictures of the people that were involved, pictures of the witnesses and as many pictures of the accident scene as you possibly can. Remember, damage to all vehicles involved may be evidence.
Secure Witness InformationThe cause of accidents is not always easy to determine. Make sure you secure phone or address information from any witness who is willing to provide it. Many people do not seek out witnesses at the scene because they feel that fault is obvious and that there will not be any dispute about how or why the accident occurred. Get witness statements anyway. If liability is later disputed, you may need a witness to corroborate the events in order to prevail in your claim.
Call an Accident AttorneyConsider retaining an auto accident lawyer and turn all of the above information over to your attorney. Accident lawyers are experienced at negotiating and proving accident claims and can guide you through the legal process. There is no easy way to determine if you will need an attorney following a car accident in Maryland or Virginia. The best way to make this determination is to speak with an experienced lawyer who can answer all of your questions in a face-to-face meeting and make the decision for yourself. If you retain a lawyer to help you deal with your accident claim, your lawyer will address any specific legal issues that may be of significance to your case. PLEASE NOTE: Materials are NOT Legal Advice or Legal Opinions - All material located on the Sites, in podcasts, blogs, Faqs and/or social media forums is prepared for a general audience for general informational purposes only. It is not legal advice or a legal opinion. Its sole purpose is to better educate you about a variety of general legal issues so that you become more educated consumers of legal services. While Gordon Feinblatt tries to provide accurate information on the Sites, the law changes quickly. Therefore information contained on the Sites may not reflect the most current interpretation or be complete. Many factors go into the decision-making process of selecting a lawyer and everyone’s needs differ. Moreover, although the specific facts of your matter may seem similar to those of others, they are actually quite different; the law may apply differently or not at all to your situation. Therefore, you should not rely upon or take any action with respect to your specific, personal legal matters based on information contained on the Sites. The Sites are provided “AS IS” and Gordon Feinblatt is not responsible for any action you do or do not take in reliance on any materials on the Sites. Information provided on the Sites should never be a substitute for consulting with a lawyer.
When one is involved in a serious accident that leaves a victim with a permanent injury and the need for extensive medical care, it is very important that you hire the right attorney to handle your matter and that you do so promptly. First - In a serious accident, there will usually be a lengthy and thorough investigation of the accident by the insurance company. Often, the more serious your injuries are, the more thorough the investigation will be, regardless of which driver was at fault. Indeed, many things can go wrong during this investigation process which can jeopardize your claim. It is therefore very important to consult with an attorney right away so that they can be involved in the investigation from the beginning. A good attorney will hire an expert to do an analysis of the crash and the scene of the collision, interview any witnesses, emergency personnel and police to make sure that any evidence pertaining to the accident is properly preserved. Second - when you hire an attorney on a contingency basis, (i.e. when you are not required to pay any attorney’s fees up front) it is often to your advantage to hire an attorney sooner rather than later. The attorney costs do not vary based on when they begin working on your case, but instead will vary based on the result obtained. Therefore, it is generally to your advantage to get them working for you as soon as is practicable. Third -Many cases will involve the need for expert testimony in order to prove a case. One important reason to hire an attorney immediately is to secure the proper expert witnesses you will need to prove your case. A qualified attorney will secure a proper and qualified expert who is competent to testify to the critical issues in your case. The insurance companies for the at fault party have experts on their side from the beginning doing their own investigation and it is crucial that the client has someone on their side. Finally, If, as a result of some else’s negligence, you are left with a permanent impairment, it could have an impact on the rest of your life. This is just one example of many issues that need to be dealt with which your attorney will help you with which you may not be able to effectively convince the insurance company of without proper legal counsel. Bob Katz is the head of the Personal Injury Group at Gordon, Feinblatt. He has been serving Baltimore community for over 35 years and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, whose membership is limited to attorneys that have won million dollar verdicts and settlements. He can be reached at 1-888-540-2599.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident in Maryland, you may be entitled to compensation. Generally, a lawsuit against the party who negligently caused the death can be made by the surviving relatives. Visit our Fatal Accident Practice Area Page to find out more about these types of claims you may be eligible for compensation for the loss of your loved one. The sorrow and pain of losing someone you love can be overwhelming and it can make dealing with legal issues seem trivial. Nevertheless, as a surviving spouse or child, or even as a parent, you may have a claim against the person who caused the accident, for loss of support, sorrow and other damages. Depending on whether your loss occurred in Maryland or Virginia, or some other state, there may be noneconomic damages applicable to your situation. Typically, noneconomic damages have a maximum that is set by the state and may vary from state to state. Economic damages, on the other hand, are generally not limited by the state. The noneconomic damages are the suffering and loss of companionship to the family members because of the victim’s death. The economic damages measure the loss of future earnings. For example, if a father of two children were killed in an accident and he was supporting the two children financially, the at-fault insurance company would be responsible for the amount that would be "reasonably" certain that the children would have been expected to have. Also, if a wife was depending on the financial support of her husband who was killed in an accident, she would be entitled to recover for that financial support. Since damages in these types of cases are often difficult to discern, it is wise to consult with an attorney to discuss your legal options. PLEASE NOTE: Materials are NOT Legal Advice or Legal Opinions - All material located on the Sites, in podcasts, blogs, Faqs and/or social media forums is prepared for a general audience for general informational purposes only. It is not legal advice or a legal opinion. Its sole purpose is to better educate you about a variety of general legal issues so that you become more educated consumers of legal services. While Gordon Feinblatt tries to provide accurate information on the Sites, the law changes quickly. Therefore information contained on the Sites may not reflect the most current interpretation or be complete. Many factors go into the decision-making process of selecting a lawyer and everyone’s needs differ. Moreover, although the specific facts of your matter may seem similar to those of others, they are actually quite different; the law may apply differently or not at all to your situation. Therefore, you should not rely upon or take any action with respect to your specific, personal legal matters based on information contained on the Sites. The Sites are provided “AS IS” and Gordon Feinblatt is not responsible for any action you do or do not take in reliance on any materials on the Sites. Information provided on the Sites should never be a substitute for consulting with a lawyer.
Traumatic Brain InjuryTraumatic brain injury, or TBI, is caused by a bump or blow to the head that disrupts normal brain function. TBI could be as mild as a brief change in consciousness or as severe as a protracted period of unconsciousness or memory loss. About 2.5 million emergency department visits, hospitalizations or deaths are associated with TBI annually in the U.S., according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC also reports that TBI contributes to the deaths of more than 50,000 people per year in the U.S. Falls account for about 40 percent of TBIs that are related to emergency department visits, according to CDC figures. About 15 percent of TBIs stem from “unintentional blunt trauma,” which includes being struck in the head by an object. Motor vehicle crashes are linked to about 14 percent overall, but car, truck and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of TBI for people in the 15 to 44 age range. Stories of TBIs related to participation in sports are legion. The effects of TBI may last anywhere from a few days to years, perhaps even the rest of one’s life. “When a brain injury occurs,” writes the Brain Injury Association of America, “the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be affected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure; bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent. They may cause impairment or a complete inability to perform a function.”
What kind of compensation is available for victims of Traumatic Brain Injury?Victims may be entitled to compensation for TBIs that the injured person did not cause, which is the reason that a skilled traumatic brain injury attorney is essential to the process of obtaining the maximum damage award from the responsible party’s insurance company. An attorney who specializes in traumatic brain injury cases is advantageous because the insurance company’s attorney surely will have defense attorneys adept at tamping down the amount of a TBI claim. An experienced traumatic brain injury attorney is well-resourced to negotiate with insurance companies on behalf of the victim and can perform other vital functions, from including consulting medical experts, securing witnesses, documenting the extent of the injuries, staving off medical bill collectors, and, when applicable, establishing a trust. A traumatic brain injury claim can be costly, and receiving a just claim, as the insurance company protects its own interest, can be a complicated process that a traumatic brain injury lawyer knows how to navigate.
A growing body of research supports the claim that talking on the phone while driving is dangerous, in large part because most people have difficulty dividing their attention between the cognitive demands of driving and those of a phone conversation. Simply put, talking on the phone uses some of the same brain space that driving does. However, in spite of knowing the dangers associated with cell phone use while driving, many drivers choose to use cell phones anyways. For example, in a 2011 poll by AT&T, 98 percent of drivers said that they understood the dangers of texting while driving but did it anyways. Using a cell phone while driving can potentially be important under three different legal theories: negligence, contributory negligence and negligence per se. Negligence, in the motor vehicle context, can be broadly defined as failing to take reasonable care while driving. A person who is injured in a car accident where the other driver was talking on their cell phone may be able to argue that, because of the dangers associated with cell phone use while driving, the other driver’s cell phone use is evidence of that he or she is guilty of negligence. An experienced Maryland personal injury attorney may be able to, through discovery or the deposition of witnesses, find evidence that the other driver was talking on their phone at the time of the accident. If, on the other hand, it is the person in a car accident who is injured that was talking on the phone, the doctrine of contributory negligence is implicated. Maryland is one of only a few states that follows the doctrine of contributory negligence. Under contributory negligence, a person who brings a lawsuit, a plaintiff, cannot recover damages if he or she was at all negligent. This could mean that – even if the other driver was driving recklessly or negligently – a plaintiff who was talking on the phone while driving could be prevented from recovering damages. Negligence per se is when the violation of a criminal law, such as a law prohibiting cell phone use, is introduced as evidence that a party was negligent in a civil case. In order to establish a claim for negligence per se, the harm that was suffered by the plaintiff must have been the type of harm that the statute was designed to protect from. Cell Phone Laws in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Maryland and the District of Columbia have both passed “cell phone laws.” Basically, these are laws that prohibit drivers from texting or talking on a handheld phone while driving. In Maryland, the new law went into effect on October 1, 2013, allowing police to stop any driver they see using a handheld wireless device while operating a motor vehicle. Virginia, on the other hand, allows talking on the phone while driving but prohibits emailing and texting. In general, these laws are implemented to protect the drivers from the dangers of distracted driving. As such, there is a strong argument that violation of a cell phone statute is relevant to a civil claim of negligence. Although there is little Maryland law on point, a recent article published by the American Association for Justice offers an overview of how other states have treated the issue of cell phone laws and negligence per se. In several states with cell phone statutes, courts have ruled that evidence of violation of the statute is relevant and admissible. Even in states without cell phone statutes, courts have generally allowed evidence that a driver was talking on his or her cell phone in order to support a claim of negligence or defense of contributory negligence. See Our Related Blog Posts Distracted Driving and Cell Phone Usage in Maryland – Is it Reckless? Maryland Law Applicable to Pedestrian Accident Cases Silver Spring MD Head-On Collision Car Accident Attorneys
Our firm is experienced in handling a variety of "personal injury" matters throughout Maryland, Washington D.C., and Virginia. We regularly accept cases and represent victims who have been injured due to:
- Automobile Accidents
- Worker’s Compensation / Job Related Accidents
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Fatal Accidents
- Defective Products
- Head and Brain Injury
- Catastrophic Injury
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Animal Attacks
- Wrongful Death
- Birth Injuries
- Food Poisoning
- Medical Mistakes
- Nursing Home / HMO Neglect Abuse
- Auto Defects
- Maryland and Virginia Auto Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Food Poisoning
- Intersection Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Product Defects
- Slip and Fall
- Boating Accidents
- Maryland and Virginia Bus Accidents
- Catastrophic Burns
- Untested products
- Defective Medications
- Dog Bites
- Workers Compensation
- Pharmacy Error
- Train Accidents
- Metro Accidents
- Negligent Fires
Hire an Experienced Maryland Personal Injury Attorney Today. Call Bob Katz. 1-888-540-2599For more information or to find out if your specific injury or loss gives you standing to make a personal injury claim, please contact our office at 1-888-540-2599.
We serve the following areas in Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
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Seek out medical care:This may seem obvious, but it is surprising the number of people who refuse to seek out medical care immediately and who think they are fine after being struck by a car. Often times, injuries can be internal and are not obvious to a layperson. Get yourself seen by experts as soon as possible to rule out more serious complications that can arise from internal bleeding and other internal injuries.
Document Your Accident:This means carefully documenting relevant information to your claim, which may be useful later. Do get contact information from any witnesses to the accident. Do report the accident to the proper authorities. If you need help with this, please let us know. That's what we are here for.
Speak to an attorney:This is critical so you can discuss with your attorney what kinds of problems you are having as a result of your injuries and your attorney can help you preserve your claim. Acting quickly may affect the type and amount of compensation you may be entitled to.
Discuss Your Remedies:If you have been struck as a pedestrian and are not at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries as well as compensation for various losses. Make sure you discuss with your attorney each of the following elements if they are applicable to your situation.
- Medical bills you have incurred
- Costs of presently needed medical treatment (physical therapy, chiropractic care or other forms of treatment)
- Future Medical Treatment
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of consortium
- Lost Wages
- Out of Pocket Expenses
An attorney's "contingency," fee is a fee that is agreed upon prior to the commencement of the attorney’s representation of the client. Typically, these fees vary depending on the complexity of the type of claim being handled. In Maryland, for example, most personal injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis such that the lawyer is paid contingent upon recovering money for the client. In these types of cases, lawyers are paid out of the money recovered and it usually a percentage of the total recovery. Many lawyers advertise the phrase, "No Fee, No Recovery," however this can be misleading because prospective clients sometimes equivocate the terms "fee" and "costs." It is important to note that occasionally, a client will be responsible for litigation costs, court costs (filing fees) or other costs, medical expenses incurred, etc. regardless of whether there is a recovery or not. Therefore it is important to discuss with your lawyer whether you will be charged any of these costs, depending on the result of your case. Depending on what type of insurance coverage’s are available for example, you may or may not be left owing medical expenses if you lose your case and this will depend uniquely on the facts specific to your particular case. You should discuss these fee items with the prospective lawyer before deciding to hire them so there are no misunderstandings down the road. Additionally, it should also be noted that some lawyers will charge higher fees than others, so it is always a good idea to make sure you are comfortable with the amount of the fee, as well as the experience and reputation of the lawyer who will be handling your case or whatever other factors are most important to you. Sometimes, the fee being charged by the lawyer is commensurate with the difficulty or complexity of the legal matter, the amount of time it will take to handle the legal matter or the experience and reputation of the lawyer. For further information: Wikipedia has a nice entry on contingency fees. PLEASE NOTE: Materials are NOT Legal Advice or Legal Opinions - All material located on the Sites, in podcasts, blogs, Faqs and/or social media forums is prepared for a general audience for general informational purposes only. It is not legal advice or a legal opinion. Its sole purpose is to better educate you about a variety of general legal issues so that you become more educated consumers of legal services. While Gordon Feinblatt tries to provide accurate information on the Sites, the law changes quickly. Therefore information contained on the Sites may not reflect the most current interpretation or be complete. Many factors go into the decision-making process of selecting a lawyer and everyone’s needs differ. Moreover, although the specific facts of your matter may seem similar to those of others, they are actually quite different; the law may apply differently or not at all to your situation. Therefore, you should not rely upon or take any action with respect to your specific, personal legal matters based on information contained on the Sites. The Sites are provided “AS IS” and Gordon Feinblatt is not responsible for any action you do or do not take in reliance on any materials on the Sites. Information provided on the Sites should never be a substitute for consulting with a lawyer.
ere the victim of a negligent act by a non-employer third party, it is important you know what damages you can and cannot be compensated for. Like many states, Maryland law places caps, or limits, on the amount a plaintiff can recover for non-economic damages in personal injury claims.
Economic and Non-Economic DamagesIn general, there are two distinct categories of damages: economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses are considered both past and future medical expenses, lost income, lost future wages and earning capacity, and other financial expenses attributed to the wrongdoer. These damages do not have a cap, or ceiling, in the State of Maryland. The only requirement is that they are substantiated at trial. Non- economic damages include compensation for things like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the loss of enjoyment of life as a result of the negligence. These damages are more subjective, not easy to quantify, and vary from plaintiff to plaintiff.
Personal Injury CapsAt the urging of Virginia lobbyists for hospitals and the insurance industry, caps on damages were passed by the Maryland House of Delegates. The caps are modified and increased slightly from year to year to account for inflation and other factors. The Maryland statute places an $830,000 cap on non-economic damages for injuries and wrongful death cases arising in the the 2016 calendar year. The cap increases to $1,245,000 in wrongful death cases if you include the cap on survival actions. If there are two or more claimants in a wrongful death case, the cap increases to $2,075,000. Jury awards in Maryland that exceed these caps in the applicable circumstances will be reduced by the Trial Judge in a legal process known as remittur, pursuant to the laws of Maryland.
Medical Malpractice CapsMaryland has a separate cap for non-economic damages in medical malpractice and nursing home lawsuits. The cap is at $770,000 for malpractice cases arising in 2016. The cap rises to $962,500 in wrongful death cases made by two or more family members. This cap applies to a broad definition of health care providers including, dentists, nurses, nursing home employees, and chiropractors. Again, this cap only applies to non-economic damages. There is no limit or cap on the amount that can be awarded for actual sustainable economic losses.
Maryland Statute of LimitationsStatutes of limitations are procedural laws that set how long a plaintiff, or a person who is injured, has to file a lawsuit. A statute of limitations is, in essence, the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Although the statute of limitations may be different depending on the type of lawsuit that the plaintiff files, there are some common aspects to statutes of limitations, in general. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives you three years from the date of the injury to file your complaint. If you do not comply with the statute of limitations deadline your claim will likely be barred and your case disallowed. Typically, statutes of limitations deadlines in automobile, slip and fall, battery, and most injury claims are objective and clear. However, Maryland recognizes the “discovery rule” exception to the statute of limitations in products liability cases, fraud cases, and cases of malpractice. Under the discovery rule a statute of limitations does not begin to run until the wrongful act is noticed. In addition, in the case of minors or incapacitated persons the statute of limitations is tolled until the child reaches the age of majority, or the in competency ends.
When Does the Maryland Limitations Statute Begin to Run?A statute of limitations begins to run on accrual. Accrual is when the person knows, or should know, that they have a legal claim. In most situations, this will be on the date of an accident. Think of the statute of limitations like a clock or a timer that starts to tick the day that an accident occurs. If there is fraud or a plaintiff was not aware that he or she suffered a harm, the statute of limitations may not start to run until the fraud or the harm is discovered. After the statute of limitations has expired, a lawsuit may not be filed. For other claims, such as workers compensation claims, there may be additional time periods and procedures that apply. For example, under Maryland Workers' Compensation laws, there is a shorter statute of limitations (2 years) and the employee must comply with more stringent notice requirements by notifying the employer promptly after the accident date or occupational disease onset date is known or the claim will be similarly time-barred. Maryland also has several different statutes of limitations, most of which are located in Title 5 of the Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings Article. However, most of the statutes of limitations for civil lawsuits are three years. The following types of lawsuits have a three-year statute of limitations:
- Personal Injury;
- Products Liability;
- Property Damage;
- Wrongful Death; and
- Medical Malpractice (although in some instances this can be 5 years, depending on when the injury was discovered).
Example of How Maryland Statute of Limitations Works:For example, suppose that Peter the Plaintiff was in a car accident with Dan the Defendant on June 1, 2014 and suffered personal injuries and damage to his car. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is three years. Likewise, the statute of limitations for a property damage lawsuit is three years. Because Peter is aware that he was in an accident and suffered damages, Peter’s date of accrual is June 1, 2014. He may file a lawsuit to recover damages for his medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and property damage to his car at any point on or before June 1, 2017. If Peter files a lawsuit on June 2, 2017, Dan will file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit because the statute of limitations has expired. In this situation, a Maryland court would likely agree with Dan. As with most legal matters, limitations deadlines can sometimes be unclear. Therefore it is wise to consult with a lawyer early on after an accident, as to the facts applicable to your specific case to determine the statute of limitations in your case.
Does the Statute of Limitations Apply to My Case?One common legal question that persons who are injured often have is “how long after the accident do I have to file a lawsuit?” In some instances, an injured plaintiff may want to file a lawsuit as soon as possible to receive financial help for their injuries. In other cases, an injured plaintiff may want to wait until they have a more complete idea of how much their lost wages, medical treatment, and/or rehabilitation will cost. As discussed about, the law that relates to the time period for filing a lawsuit is called a “statute of limitations.” In most cases, it is a hard deadline. However, as each case is unique, a different timeline or strategy may be warranted in your case. If you have been injured in a car crash, dog bite, slip and fall, or any other accident, you may want to contact one of our Maryland personal injury attorneys to find out what the statute of limitations is in your case and whether or not you will need to file a lawsuit to protect your rights.