Did you sustain an injury from someone who intentionally hurt you? Let our Maryland personal injury law firm help you get the money you need to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and the pain and suffering you experienced.
If another individual’s actions resulted in physical or emotional pain to you, it’s important that you speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Your attorney can tell you whether you have a valid claim and how to seek the most compensation for your case.
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Get Our Top-Rated Maryland Personal Injury Attorneys on Your Side
At some point in their lives, many people will require the services of a personal injury attorney. Car crashes, medical malpractice incidents, slip and fall accidents, and industrial accidents can all leave victims struggling to secure the compensation they need to cover the full cost of their injuries.
Until you need a personal injury attorney, however, you may have no idea what they actually do or how they can help you. Our experienced personal injury team can guide you through the entire process so that you can focus on what is important – healing.
How Long Do You Have To File A Personal Injury Claim?
How long you have to file a personal injury claim depends on the circumstance surrounding your injury.
In most cases, you’ll have between one and three years from the date of your accident to file, depending on how your injuries occurred and what led to them.
Failure to file your claim within this window can lead to an automatic denial of your claim. Regardless of how long you have to file, the sooner you start the claims process, the easier it will be to gather evidence and interview witnesses.
How Can I Make Sure My Insurance Company Doesn’t Take Advantage Of Me?
Insurance companies are in it for their bottom line. Their goal is to pay the lowest settlements, whether justly deserved or not. They may tell you you’re getting a great offer and you don’t need a lawyer.
But remember most insurance companies are trying to maximize profits and many low-ball claims. Never agree to a settlement from your insurance company before knowing whether it is a fair deal. Insurance companies may also deny you were injured and/or delay your claim.
By contacting an experienced personal injury attorney you’ll have someone on your side who’s used to working around the tactics used by insurance companies and defense lawyers.
What Type Of Damages Are Awarded In Personal Injury Lawsuits?
There are two categories of damages you can get in your lawsuit: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are easier to assign a dollar amount and include lost wages and earning potential and past and future medical costs.
Non-economic damages compensate victims for losses that are harder to assign monetary value. These include, but are not limited to pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement or the loss of a companion.
How Much Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Personal injury attorneys typically accept cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning that attorneys keep a percentage of any final compensation amount won as attorney’s fees.
Under this payment scenario, clients do not have to pay out of pocket or up front for legal services. The potential settlement may also pay for costs and expenses associated with the claim, including postage, payment for medical records or billing information, and expert witness fees.
How Do I Prepare For My Initial Consultation With A Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you can, jot dot some notes about the incident in which you were injured to bring to the consultation. Also useful are photos of the accident injuries or damages, names of witnesses and medical records if you have them.
But if you don’t have these things, don’t worry. We’ll have a one on one conversation where you share with us what happened and how the incident has impacted your life. Stop by our office, call us or fill out this form to begin the process.
What Evidence Do I Need To Collect?
In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured victim is the plaintiff and the negligent party is the defendant. If more than one party’s negligent actions caused the accident, then the case may contain multiple co-defendants.
Once a case is filed, it must follow the established legal process for personal injury cases, discussed below:
- Step one. First, lawyers for each side gather facts about the incident, in a process known as discovery. During discovery, your attorney will file written interrogatories—or questions—that the defendant must answer. The lawyer will conduct on-the-record interviews, and gather photographs, medical records, and other important information relating to the accident.
- Step two. Next, you will likely receive a settlement offer. The first settlement offer is the initial attempt by the insurance companies involved to settle the case outside of court for a set amount of compensation. Your lawyer can help you negotiate the amount of this settlement.
- Step three. Finally, your case may go to trial. If you don’t accept the settlement offer provided by the insurance company, or if the defendant is attempting to completely deny responsibility for your injuries, you will need to take your case to trial. At trial, your attorney will present evidence and make an argument that you are entitled to compensation for the full cost of your injuries. Ultimately, a judge or jury will enter a verdict; oftentimes, they use their own calculation to determine the damages amount.