Prince George’s County borders the eastern portion of Washington D.C. It is also the second most populous county in Maryland and contains a 28-mile portion of the Capital Beltway. With so many people in close proximity, accidents are inevitable. If another person has injured you, you may have a claim. Contact a Prince George’s County personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.
Understanding Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims can be difficult to handle. There are complex laws concerning when to file and compensation limitations. Like most types of cases, personal injury cases carry a statute of limitations. In Maryland for most cases the time to file is limited to three years. However, there are exceptions if the injured is a minor or disabled. However, the earlier you decide to seek compensation, the easier the case can be to prove. So, if you have sustained injuries, be sure to call a Prince George’s County personal injury lawyer to discuss what your next step should be.
No matter the type of injury, at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we have the experience it takes to win cases. We have handled a variety of personal injury cases including, but not limited to:
Liability and Contributory Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
Under the contributory negligence standard, if the plaintiff fails to exercise due care or is even one percent at fault for the accident, they are barred from recovery. This type of standard in personal injury cases can make recovery difficult. Maryland is one of five states to endorse this type of liability law. Most states have comparative negligence laws, which makes recovery a much easier task. Comparative negligence laws allow the plaintiff to recover whatever percentage of damages at which they were not at fault for.
While contributory negligence is controversial, it is still good law and it does not appear that it will be overturned in the near future. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we have the experience it takes to estimate before you step into court the amount of damages that is possible to recover. We have handled hundreds of personal injury cases and have the skills it takes to have a successful personal injury case in Prince George’s County.
Collecting Damages in Prince George’s County Personal Injury Cases
When filing for damages in a personal injury case many people believe that they can only recover the money paid out of pocket for medical bills. However, this is simply not true. There are many different categories of damages that a plaintiff can recover costs from. These include:
- Cost of ongoing and future medical treatments
- Lost wages from missing work
- Earnings you will lose if you cannot return to your job
- Physical pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life due to impairments
- Permanent disabilities
Damages are intended to make a plaintiff whole after being injured. However, there depending on the type of personal injury suit filed, there may be damage caps. A damage cap limits how much compensation can be awarded for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. In 2017 in Maryland the non-economic damage cap for injuries and wrongful death cases was $830,000. There are many more caveats located in the Maryland Code that could limit the amount of damages recovered. To learn more, contact a Prince George’s County personal injury lawyer.
Talk to a Prince George’s County Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Filing a personal injury claim alone is a difficult task. If you want to recover all compensation possible from your injuries, you need a personal injury lawyer. A Prince George’s County personal injury lawyer can walk you through the process of filing a claim. Contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice for a free consultation.