Adelphi, MD Personal Injury Lawyer
Injuries can really put a damper on things. Emergency medical treatment can be expensive, and recovery time can make work or recreational activity an impossibility. Understandably, many victims of injuries can be somewhat frustrated while recovering and may look for legal options to address their needs.
If you were injured around Adelphi and are considering filing a lawsuit, our lawyers are here to help. Our attorneys know how to collect evidence, form a strong case, and argue effectively in court for the justice and financial damages you deserve after an injury. We will work tirelessly on your case from start to finish and will always treat your situation with the care and sensitivity it demands.
To get a free, no-obligation case review, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras at (410) 694-7291 and have a chat with one of our personal injury lawyers.
What Kinds of Accidents Can I Sue for in an Adelphi, MD Personal Injury Lawsuit?
There are a lot of different accidents that can lead to personal injury. The list of circumstances that could lead to someone getting hurt and generating a claim is nearly endless. Below are some of the things that have led to personal injury lawsuits our attorneys have worked on.
Car accidents are the source of many personal injury lawsuits. A drunk driver, or simply a driver who is not paying attention, can easily cause an accident and hurt another motorist or pedestrian. Other driving infractions like speeding, not using turn signals, or running red lights or stop signs can also lead to car accidents.
Buses are much heavier than cars driven by ordinary people. For that reason, accidents involving them can be much more dangerous. Additionally, there is a greater likelihood that multiple people will get hurt in a bus accident because buses are usually full of passengers.
Truck accidents are extremely dangerous for everyone involved. Large trucks can easily hit many different vehicles in one crash, and the mass of an 18-wheeler almost guarantees grievous injuries for victims of truck accidents.
In truck accidents – and all motor vehicle accidents, for that matter – you may be able to sue the driver’s employer in some circumstances. The requirement is that the driver has to be doing something related to their job in order for liability to spread to the employer. So, for example, if a trucker is pulling out of a rest stop on the way to deliver something and hits you, their employer will also be liable for your injuries because the trucker was doing something related to their job. However, if an office worker hits you on the way home from work, you probably will not be able to sue their employer because the commute home is not sufficiently related to their job.
“Premises liability” is an area of law that holds people responsible for injuries that happen on their property. Property owners have a duty to keep their properties in good shape and make sure that nobody is likely to get hurt when on their property. When that does not happen, people can get badly hurt. For example, suppose a store owner does not take care of their building, and part of the ceiling collapses on a customer. That customer could sue the owner of the building for their injuries.
If a medical professional injures you, you can file what is called a medical malpractice lawsuit. These lawsuits happen when a medical professional is negligent and injures a patient. The standard for negligence in these cases is that a reasonable medical professional in the same position would not have made the same mistake the defendant did. For that reason, expert testimony is very important in these cases. You need a practicing medical professional to testify as to what a reasonable doctor or medical professional would do under the circumstances. Medical malpractice lawsuits can have some unique concerns, so you should speak with our personal injury lawyers if this is the kind of lawsuit you are looking to file.
Damages in Adelphi, MD Personal Injury Lawsuits
At the end of the day, the goal of your claim is to get financial compensation in the form of damages. Damages in your case may be classified as either compensatory or punitive damages.
The majority of damages in your case are meant to provide financial compensation for your hardships after getting injured by the defendant. Accordingly, they are referred to as “compensatory damages.”
The first group of things that make up compensatory damages includes items like medical bills and property damage. These items can have their worth evidenced by receipts, bills, or other things that expressly display their value. This category also includes lost income from work when you were injured and recovering instead of working. This can even extend to projected income in the future if you can no longer work due to your condition.
The second group of things in compensatory damages are less concrete in their value. Things like “pain and suffering” are not going to have an invoice you had to pay after the fact. Instead, the value of these damages is based on how it affected you. For example, if it is painful to do basic tasks like getting out of bed or driving to work because of your injuries, you can get damages for that. If you can no longer do certain physical activities you used to do for fun because of your injuries, you can also get damages for what is called “lost enjoyment of life.”
The other kind of damages in your case is called punitive damages. These damages are based on the defendant’s actions rather than your condition. There are some special rules for getting punitive damages, so you should discuss this with our personal injury attorneys when we are working on your case.
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Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s personal injury attorneys can give you a free case review when you contact us at (410) 694-7291.