Being involved in a major accident turns your entire life upside down. Right now, you are dealing with painful injuries and emotional trauma – all while facing massive medical bills, lost income from missed days at work, and piles of complicated insurance paperwork. It’s an incredibly stressful situation to find yourself in, but you don’t have to face it alone.
If your accident was caused by another individual, financial help may be available in the form of a personal injury settlement or award. Owings Mills personal injury lawyer Randolph Rice, founder of the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, can help you pursue compensation by filing a claim or lawsuit against the parties at fault for your accident. We may be able to obtain compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other harm you have suffered because of your injuries. To discuss your potential claim confidentially in a free legal consultation with an experienced injury attorney, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online.
What Are Some Common Types of Personal Injury Claims?
Personal injury is a broad area of the law that involves many different types of accidents. For example, premises liability is an area of law that deals specifically with injuries caused by property defects or hazards. When hiring a personal injury lawyer in Owings Mills, it’s important to seek an attorney who has the necessary knowledge and experience to handle the type of claim you need filed. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we handle all different types of personal injury claims throughout the Owings Mills region, including but not limited to:
- Assaults and attacks
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Dog bites and attacks
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability matters
- Product liability matters
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
Various injuries can result from these accidents, ranging from minor injuries to catastrophic and permanently disabling injuries. Even a “minor” injury can cost thousands of dollars and keep you out of work for months, while a more serious accident can change every aspect of your life forever. You deserve answers for what happened – answers our team will work hard to discover. We handle all types of injury lawsuits in Maryland, including:
- Amputation injuries
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Bruises and contusions
- Burn injuries
- Cuts and bleeding
- Eye injuries and vision loss
- Facial injuries
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Hip, knee, and shoulder injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of toes or fingers
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Strains and sprains (soft tissue injuries)
- Traumatic brain injuries
When Can You Sue for an Accident in Maryland?
If you were hurt in an accident, you may have a cause of action to sue one or more individuals or businesses. Whether you have a case depends on many factors, but two of the most important are:
- Whether or not you can prove negligence. To be awarded compensation, you must show that your injuries resulted from the negligent acts or “omissions” (failures to act) of another person. But what is negligence? In short, negligence can be summarized as a careless failure to meet reasonable standards, considering the circumstances at hand. For example, a driver who fails to check mirrors or stop at red lights might be considered negligent. Other examples might include a doctor who fails to follow up with a patient, a landlord who fails to maintain an apartment building in safe conditions, or a business that fails to place appropriate safety warning labels on dangerous or harmful products. If you can show that negligence led to an accident which caused you financial or physical harm, you may be able to get compensated for your injuries.
- How recently the accident and injury occurred. A strict legal deadline known as the “statute of limitations” provides up to three years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland. Under most circumstances, the three-year period begins counting down from the date of injury, though an exception called the “discovery rule” can extend the timeline in situations where injuries are not discovered until later in time – usually, in medical malpractice cases. Though the law allows up to three years to sue for personal injury, it is recommended to act as quickly as possible. Not only will this allow for better preservation of evidence, it will also give you the opportunity to receive compensation earlier.
Owings Mills Personal Injury Attorney Serving Maryland
Randolph Rice is dedicated to providing compassionate, supportive legal representation that is tailored to meet your family’s needs. Whether we are working toward a settlement negotiation outside of court, or aggressively arguing your case at trial, the Law Offices of Randolph Rice is focused on pursuing the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones. Our goal is to secure the compensation you deserve and the justice you need to begin moving forward again. Contact us online right away to schedule a free consultation, or call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Owings Mills today.