Easton, MD Personal Injury Lawyer

Serious injuries can have serious outcomes. You may not be able to work for a time or be unable to work in the future. Certain activities you used to enjoy may prove painful or impossible. Hefty medical bills may weigh on you well beyond your physical recovery. These situations can be very upsetting for people injured in accidents.

If you got hurt somewhere around Easton, MD, we can assist you. Our lawyers have the know-how and professional dedication to fight for your rights in court, have the defendant answer for what they did, and get you the financial payout you deserve after getting injured.

To have a chat with our personal injury attorneys, reach out to Rice, Murtha & Psoras at the number (410) 694-7291.

How Personal Injury Lawsuits Work in Easton, MD

Many people know that they want to sue right after getting injured but may not necessarily know how personal injury lawsuits work. The first step is always retaining legal counsel. Then, a great deal of research and evidence gathering takes place before trial. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for this process to take at least a year.

During that time, we will also be talking to opposing counsel. In fact, we may even be able to resolve the issue without going to trial. However, if a case does go to trial, we will have prepared a very strong argument for you to have the best shot at a favorable verdict from the jury.

Injuries in Easton, MD Personal Injury Lawsuits

Many different injuries can happen because someone else was negligent. Your injuries from your accident form the basis for a lot of your damages, so it is important to discuss your particular injuries with our personal injury lawyers.

Broken Bones

Broken bones can happen in all kinds of accidents. Car crashes, truck accidents, a nasty slip and fall, or extreme sports with defective safety equipment can all result in fractures. While all fractures will likely require a sling, cast, or other immobilizing device to properly heal, some breaks are more complicated and dangerous than others. For example, compound fractures, where a bone breaks in multiple places and/or pierces through the skin, may require surgery to heal properly. Additionally, breaking certain bones, like hips, can be dangerous to certain populations, such as the elderly.

Even after the fracture is fully healed and you have use of a limb/part of the body again, you may need to undergo strength training or eat a specific diet if that area of the body has atrophied due to lack of use.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are common in accidents where there is a hard impact to the head. This would include car accidents, motorcycle accidents, construction injuries, and some slip and fall injuries. A very common form of brain injury is a concussion – sometimes known as a “mild traumatic brain injury.” Concussions have side effects like memory loss, mood swings, and increased discomfort because of bright lights or loud noises. Moreover, concussions have exponentially worse effects, so a second concussion is likely to be much worse than the first.

Other kinds of traumatic brain injuries can be much more serious. They may result in loss of basic motor functions or even death.

Cuts and Puncture Wounds

Cutting and puncturing injuries can happen in any accident involving sharp objects. Falling onto a sharp or serrated surface, being cut or pierced by warped metal in an automotive accident, or a mishap involving factory machinery can all result in these injuries.

Deep cuts require stitching to heal fully and can leave potentially permanent scars. Moreover, a “cut” around a finger, toe, or other appendage can lop it off, resulting in permanent disfigurement. Puncture wounds – sometimes colloquially referred to as “stab wounds” – are much more dangerous because they are more likely to hit internal organs, putting someone in dire condition. They are also more difficult to stop bleeding and sew shut than cuts.

Damages in Easton, MD Personal Injury Lawsuits

Damages are the court’s way of compensating victims who were injured by defendants. In your lawsuit, it is extremely helpful to have some sort of explanation of what exactly you are basing your damages on. For this reason, damages are generally put into categories.

Economic Damages

Your economic damages come from expenses that have their value displayed and proven quickly. Medical treatments have invoices for their cost, time missed at work will have a salary or hourly pay, and property damages will likely have repair bills.

Your economic damages for medical bills can include not just the cost of emergency care but also long-term treatment like physical therapy or pain management medication. Additionally, lost wages include not just missed pay when you are recovering. Taking a less lucrative job because your injuries stop you from doing your previous job can lead to damages for the pay differential, or if you have to stop working altogether, your expected future income can be included as damages.

Non-Economic Damages

As you might have guessed, non-economic damages, however, are not based on invoices, income, or medical bills. Instead, these damages are based on more intangible things like physical pain or mental distress. For example, if you have post-traumatic stress disorder after your accident, you can get economic damages from the treatment for PTSD but non-economic damages for having to live with the symptoms of your condition. Similarly, if you break a bone in an accident, you can get economic damages for surgery to set the bones but non-economic damages for the pain you felt when the bone broke and during recovery.

Punitive Damages

What we call punitive damages are different in that they are not based on your injuries but on the defendant’s condut. These damages need to be asked for in your initial filings and can be hard to prove, so speak with our personal injury lawyers about claiming these damages in your injury case.

Call Our Easton, MD Personal Injury Lawyers Now

Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s personal injury attorneys offer free case reviews when you call (410) 694-7291.