My name is John Anderson, Jr. and I am an Associate Attorney with Angelos Legal Group. It is my honor and pleasure to personally introduce myself to you over this 2021 Veterans Day Holiday. Before becoming an attorney, I spent five years in the Marine Corps infantry, traveling around the globe before my last deployment to Afghanistan. After leaving active duty, I started my academic career in the Fall of 2012 and graduated four years later with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore. I then attended the University of Baltimore School of Law and graduated in December of 2019, achieving my Juris Doctor. I became a member of the Maryland Bar in June of 2020.

Presently, I am working on personal injury, medical malpractice, divorce and family law cases, criminal defense, and a variety of other matters with many different individuals. Though I work on a wide array of cases, I do have one case that I want to describe that is particularly important to me personally. A gentleman with prior service was referred to me because I advocate for the rights of other Veterans and those who currently serve our country.

I represented this Veteran in Baltimore City in a factually unique matter. The client was charged with serious criminal charges which are traditionally handled by the criminal courts and can lead to significant jail time. However, in Baltimore City there is a unique court solely for Veterans: Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). While the facts of this matter could have prevented this Veteran from standing before the VTC, I was able to successfully move his case into this court. As a result, the Veteran was able to stay in the community under strict guidance and supervision so he could continue to work and support his family and community. Without this resource for Veterans, this gentleman would not have been able to stay out of jail and receive the treatment that he so desperately needed. If you know a Veteran who is struggling or facing an uphill legal battle in our justice system, please have them call our office.

Veterans Treatment Court is a valuable and underrated resource for Veterans who have been struggling after their service. Each year the court celebrates the VTC anniversary with Veterans Day, and this year, myself and John C.M. Angelos are proud to announce that we will be in attendance at this very special celebration on November 16, 2021.

Lastly, Angelos Legal Group is supporting Wreaths across America by sponsoring Veterans’ Wreaths for Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens (MDDVMG). We will also be in attendance for their 2021 ceremony on December 18th at noon to help place wreaths on each of the 4000+ veterans buried at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens. We invite all of those who are available to please come join us in supporting our veterans and their families. 

Every November 11th, the United States celebrates Veterans Day. It is our country’s way of recognizing all of those who served, honoring their sacrifice and their selflessness. At Angelos Legal Group, we are proud to acknowledge all veterans, active duty, and those who lost their lives in the service of our country.

For most, Veterans Day is a day of rest, allowing parents to take off of work and children to have a day off from school. Some families even have barbeques to celebrate their loved ones. This year though, we must remain diligent in our celebrating while our country deals with the ongoing pandemic.

Moving into the holiday, we would like to recognize our newest Associate Attorney, John H. Anderson, Jr. As a Marine Corps Veteran, John has firsthand knowledge of the battles that veterans must face after they leave active duty. From education to disability benefits, we know how difficult Veterans Affairs can make things. If you have any issues with the VA, contact our office. We are ready to assist you with your claim and get you the benefits you deserve.

Lastly, Angelos Legal Group would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Veterans Day. With the celebration, we always urge you to be safe. Public transportation and rideshares save lives. However, know that if you do get pulled over after celebrating, our office is able to help you.  

Today, November 10, 2020, we celebrate the birthday for the United States Marine Corps. It was established by Congress in 1775 and a Philadelphia gentleman by the name of Samuel Nicholas was commissioned to recruit two battalions of Marines. His preferred place of recruiting duty: Tun Tavern. From this Philadelphia based bar, Samuel Nicholas was able to recruit two battalions of men which became known as the Continental Marines. 

In 245 years, the Marine Corps has evolved into something much greater than just two battalions of men found in a bar. From the first amphibious raid on Fort Nassau in 1776 to the current Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, the Marine Corps has proven time and again that it is a force to be reckoned with, defending the innocent on both foreign and domestic soil. We are happy to celebrate this year’s Marine Corps birthday with our newest Associate Attorney, John H. Anderson, Jr.  

John Anderson joined the Marine Corps in 2007 at the age of 17. He spent the next 5 years in the infantry, concluding his service after his last deployment to Afghanistan. Upon exiting active duty, John Anderson opted to use his GI Bill to go to college to receive his Associates degree. However, his time in the Marine Corps taught him the lessons he needed to be able to go above and beyond just an Associates, continuing to earn his Bachelors, and ultimately, his Juris Doctor. 

While at work and at home, John continues to apply the Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment to everything he does. The Core Values transfer perfectly into our profession as we strive to maintain our integrity, do the right thing, in the right way and stay devoted to our clients. They are the perfectly executed illustration of everything an attorney should be or strive to be.

In closing, though the Marine Corps has a history for being born in a bar, we hope that each of you stay safe and make smart choices when celebrating this year. Have a plan and a backup plan if all goes wrong. Designated drivers, rideshares, taxis and public transportation save lives. Lastly, as we have all heard over the past year, maintain your social distancing, wear your mask, and wash your hands. 

We hope this e-mail finds you and your families healthy as we enter the Autumn season. I want to pay our respects to the family and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Justice Ginsburg was the second woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court (Sandra Day O’Conner was the first), serving from 1993 until her death. We trust her legacy of fairness and respect for the rule of law will endure for many generations.      

Locally, the Maryland Courts are open and all cases are proceeding forward, albeit a little more slowly due to the backlog of cases. If you have any legal issues you may have put on hold for the past six months, it may be wise to re-visit them and reach out to me to discuss.

I have been working with several clients regarding their employment contracts and what rights they have if they wish to resign or have been furloughed/dismissed. Generally, most employees are classified as at-will, which means that you can quit your job at any time and an employer can discharge you at any time (cannot be for any discriminatory purposes). Many individuals also work under an employment agreement. This agreement governs the relationship between the business and the individual, regarding salary, benefits, restrictive covenants and confidentiality. 

In these uncertain times, both businesses and individuals working under an employment contract must be counseled on their rights and liabilities. Whether negotiating a fair and reasonable exit strategy or enforcing contractual rights, both parties need legal clarity for a successful separation.
My law office in Timonium is open for in-person consultations (and phone and Zoom) so feel free to reach out if you need our guidance. 

Finally, please vote on November 3.  John CM

Dear Clients & Friends,

When you are driving your car and there is an accident in which the other driver is at fault, you rely on their insurance company to pay for medical bills, vehicle repairs, and lost wages from work. But what happens if the other driver carries minimal insurance and it is not enough to cover your losses?  What if the other driver has no insurance at all? What if you are unable to locate the other driver?

You need to look at your car insurance policy to check your liability protection. That liability protection amount protects you when you are the one who caused the accident – it is how much you are insured for the medical bills and vehicle damage that you had caused. You also need to check your uninsured/underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist coverage. The UM/UIM protects you when the at-fault driver has minimal (or no) insurance. If the at fault driver only has the minimum $15k policy and you have a $100k in coverage, you can reach into your own policy for an additional $85k for coverage. But would that be enough in a serious accident?

You can increase your insurance protection that will fit your needs and the needs of your loved ones but be smart about any changes to your insurance policy. If you have any questions about your policy, feel free to call or email me. If you are ever involved in an auto or motorcycle accident, make sure to call The Angelos Legal Group for a private consultation.

Be well. John CM

The Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder is a shoulder replacement device that is surgically implanted to help restore arm movement. The device is beneficial for patients who have experienced rotator cuff tears or a severe type of shoulder arthritis (known as arthropathy). The manufacturer is recalling their shoulder implant devices because they are fracturing at a high rate and causing serious adverse health consequences.

Surgeries that have used this product mostly took place from October 2008 through September 2015, at many hospitals, to include St. Joseph Hospital in Towson, Maryland. Investigations are proceeding only against Zimmer Biomet at this time, not against any hospital or individual physician.

If you get a letter from Zimmer or your physician, or you have already had revision surgery to fix defective shoulder components, call me to discuss possible legal options. All consultations are confidential and at no cost.

SURGERY TIP: If you are having any type of implant surgery, here are some questions to ask of your provider:

  • What specific parts will you be implanting and what company makes it?
  • How long has the device been in use?
  • What is the success rate of the surgery?
  • What is the success rate of the product?

If you have any revision or replacement surgery, always ask to take home any removed pieces. By law – if it is in your body, you own it.

As you may be aware, a rare type of meningitis is spreading through the state of Maryland. This rare type has been found to be linked to spinal injections for back pain. Specifically speaking, patients who have visited certain facilities between July 30th and September 28th were potentially exposed to a steroid drug that was contaminated with a fungus, Aspergillus. The steroid was mostly used as an epidural (spinal) injection for back pain, but some patients may have received the injection in other joints: knees, ankles, and shoulders.

Our public health community is working with physicians to locate all persons who may be affected, including some 300 individuals who received orthopedic treatment from Greenspring Surgery Center at Quarry Lake. Please note that Maryland Pain Specialists of Towson have stated that no patients of theirs received spinal injections of the compromised steroid.

If there is any question in your mind about whether you received the contaminated injection, please contact your doctor immediately. This form of meningitis, unlike bacterial or viral, is NOT contagious. Health officials advise that those infected may experience symptoms of fever, headache, neck, stiffness, photophobia, nausea, or vomiting. And be aware that the gestation period can be more than four weeks.

On October 17th, Reuters reported that FDA agents raided the company and had announced that they will be expanding their investigation of the outbreak to other drugs that were produced by the pharmacy. If you believe that you or a loved one has been sickened due to contaminated steroid shots, call me directly for legal guidance and assistance.

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