Injury victims throughout Maryland often turn to insurance claims to seek compensation for injuries they faced. Whether you file a car accident claim, a homeowner’s claim, or another insurance claim, you may not receive full compensation for the injuries you faced. In some cases, it is impossible to get your injuries fully compensated without filing your claim in a court of law as a personal injury lawsuit.
If you or a loved one was injured in Frederick, Maryland or the surrounding areas, the injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice might be able to take your claim and fight to hold the at-fault parties responsible for the injuries you faced. Filing a personal injury claim may be able to get you and your family the compensation you need for pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. For your free legal consultation, contact our law offices today at (410) 694-7291.
Getting Compensation for Injuries in Maryland
Injury victims can often seek compensation for their injuries by filing a lawsuit with the courts. To prove the defendant was at fault for the injuries, you must prove their connection to the case and how they were responsible for the injuries. After proving their fault, you must also prove to the court what injuries and damages you suffered so that you can get compensation for the full value of the harm you faced.
To prove someone was at fault for your injuries, you must prove their connection to the case. In cases of intentional injuries, such as assault and battery or other injuries caused by the commission of a crime, the defendant’s connection is clear. In cases of a car accident, the defendant is also obviously connected to the case because they were driving the other car. Many at-fault parties in other cases are connected to the injury because they own the property where it occurred, they were responsible for maintenance or security at the accident location, they manufactured something that injured you, or because of some other relationship with the victim.
The relationship with the victim often creates a legal duty, such as the duty to repair hidden dangers on your property or the duty to drive safely to avoid an accident. If the defendant breached this duty, the court can find them liable for the injuries the accident caused.
Proving damages can be complex in many cases. The damages for medical care can typically be shown by producing the medical bills you already faced. Similarly, financial records can show what your typical paycheck was so that you can claim damages for lost wages. Calculating these damages becomes difficult when looking at projected future damages. In many cases, you can claim damages for future medical expenses and lost wages in addition to the damages you already faced, but calculating these damages and proving them in court may require you to use a financial expert.
You can also claim damages for pain and suffering. Proving these damages is different because there are no records or financial statements that prove how much your injury was worth. Instead, your testimony and information about your experiences can help show a jury how your injuries affected your life and convince them to order higher damages for serious injuries.
Settling a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Maryland
The majority of personal injury cases are settled rather than going to a jury verdict. In a settlement, the defendant agrees to pay the victim money in exchange for dropping the case. This can help save both parties the cost of pursuing the case in court and gives them guaranteed money as opposed to relying on the jury for the damages. However, settlements are not always helpful for the victim.
Many settlements are lower than what you might be able to receive in court. Defendants typically seek to reduce their payout by settling cases early, before the victim has gotten their “discovery” and gotten access to evidence and depositions related to the case. This might mean that the case ends before egregious fault and widespread problems are discovered. Those issues could be worth additional “punitive” damages, which you would miss claiming in court because punitive damages are not typically paid in a settlement.
Defendants, such as manufacturers, stores, trucking companies, doctors, and other groups that are common targets of lawsuits often work with insurance companies that aggressively work to shut down claims and offer low settlements to end cases quickly. It is vital to work with a lawyer who represents you and your best interests instead of relying on these insurance companies and their valuation of the case. Your lawyer can help you understand what your case is worth and advise you on whether a settlement offer is too low for your case.
Ultimately, the decision of whether to settle or take your case to court is your decision, not your attorney’s. However, it is important to work with a lawyer who can give you all of the information and tools you need to make an informed decision.
Call Our Frederick, Maryland Injury Victim Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you were injured by a negligent product manufacturer, driver, doctor, property owner, or another party who failed to keep you safe, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against them. Our attorneys are not afraid to take on insurance companies and big legal teams to fight to get you and your family the justice they deserve. Many injury cases are worth substantial financial compensation, especially if the injuries caused permanent disabilities or serious injuries. Talk to one of our Frederick, MD personal injury lawyers today for help understanding what your claim might be worth. For your free initial case consultation, call us today at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice. Our number is (410) 694-7291.