Accidents in a parking garage can be surprisingly serious. People hit by cars or involved in low-speed crashes can still receive surprisingly serious injuries that could lead to medical expenses, time off work, and pain and suffering. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in a parking garage in Maryland, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today.
Our Maryland parking garage accident and injury lawyers represent injury victims and their families, and we work to help them get compensation for their injuries from the at-fault drivers, parking garage operators, and property owners whose negligence allowed them to be hurt. We also take cases involving intentional injury from assault in a parking garage. For a free legal consultation on your case, call our attorneys today at (410) 694-7291.
Suing for Injuries in a Parking Garage in Maryland
If you were injured in a parking garage, you might have a legal case. Personal injury claims are filed nearly every day against negligent property owners and operators who leave dangerous defects on their property that could allow someone to be hurt. These claims are also commonly filed for car accidents, assault and battery, and other injuries, whether intentional or accidental.
One of the first things you and your attorney will need to determine when filing a lawsuit is whom to file the case against. In a parking garage, car accidents are usually filed directly against the other driver. Similarly, cases of assault or sexual assault in a parking deck are usually filed against the assailant. However, some of these cases can involve the parking garage owner and operator, who might share a portion of the blame if they did not provide customers with a safe place to walk, if blind corners were dangerously designed for drivers and pedestrians, or if they failed to provide adequate security to keep their patrons safe.
Other claims are filed directly against the parking garage owners and operators. This is common for injuries caused by unsafe conditions on the premises, such as patches of ice, dangerous stairways, unlit areas, or crumbling structures.
After you file a lawsuit, you must prove what the at-fault party did wrong to cause your injuries. Property owners and operators must keep their premises safe, so hidden dangers, black ice, and other structural issues should be repaired and cleaned up. They must also provide adequate security, so negligence in that department could be attributed to them. With individuals, bad driving, failing to look where you are going, speeding, and other negligence behind the wheel can be grounds for a lawsuit. Intentional violence is also always grounds to sue your assailant.
Damages for Injury Lawsuits from Maryland Parking Garage Injuries
The goal of most lawsuits is to compensate the victim for any harms they suffered. In a lawsuit for injuries, those harms usually take the form of injuries and the expenses related to those injuries. In a lawsuit, you can claim direct compensation for the pain and suffering of an injury as well as the medical care costs to treat the injury and any lost wages for time off work.
The damages for pain and suffering can pay you back even though there is no clear price tag on these harms. You usually prove the value of these damages by discussing how severe the injury was and what that struggle was like and by pointing to limitations you now face because of your injury. For instance, if you were hit by a car and broke your leg, you might not be able to run or play tennis or take part in other activities you once enjoyed, and you can claim damages for this.
Damages for medical expenses can cover the cost of emergency treatment as well as follow-up care. A particularly severe injury might be very expensive to treat, and you should not have to rely on out-of-pocket payments or coverage from your medical insurance to pay to treat injuries you did not cause. This means that other ongoing care, such as physical therapy or rehabilitation, should also be covered.
Damages for lost wages can cover the value of any wages you missed if you have to take time off work to recover from your injuries. These damages can also cover your ongoing lost wages and reduced earning capacity if you were forced to take a job with less physical tasks for lower pay or if you were forced to stop working altogether because your injuries were so severe.
How to Get Damages for Injuries in a Parking Garage
If you were hit by a car or injured because of dangers on the premises at a parking garage, you might be able to file an insurance claim for your injuries. A driver’s insurance policy might cover some of the injuries they caused, and the parking garage’s liability insurance might cover a portion of the damages you faced. However, damages for pain and suffering usually are not covered in an insurance claim, and damages for medical bills and lost wages might only be covered in part. To ensure you get the full damages you are entitled to, it is important to go over your case with a lawyer so that you know what your case is worth. It is important to listen to your lawyer’s counsel when you are offered a settlement because these settlements might also be too low and we may need to take your case to trial to maximize the damages you can receive.
Call Our Maryland Parking Garage Injury Attorneys for a Free Legal Consultation
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident in a parking deck in Maryland, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our Maryland parking garage injury and accident lawyers represent injury victims and work to get them the compensation they need for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (410) 694-7291.