A serious accident can permanently alter the course of your life, affecting your family, your career, and your future. You may be worried about how you will pay for your medical bills, whether you will be able to work again, and whether you will make a full recovery. If your injuries were caused by another person, you may be entitled to financial compensation, including compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost earnings. Severn personal injury lawyer Randolph Rice is here to help your family fight.
An aggressive and hard-hitting litigator, Randolph Rice is prepared to work tirelessly for you and your loved ones. He will explain your legal rights to you, obtain crucial evidence to support your claim, handle insurance negotiations for you, prepare and file all of the necessary legal paperwork, and pursue the greatest amount of compensation possible for your injuries. If you were injured in Maryland and need a personal injury lawyer in Severn, call (410) 694-7291 for a free legal consultation, or contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice online.
Types of Accident Claims We Handle
There are many different types of personal injury claims, and not all attorneys have the relevant experience necessary to litigate effectively. It is important to choose a personal injury attorney who has experience handling claims like yours, ensuring that you are represented competently. For instance, if your claim involves a defective product, you should select an attorney who possesses a strong track record in product liability cases.
Attorney Randolph Rice, founder of the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, brings a comprehensive depth and breadth of experience to a wide range of accident claims and injury lawsuits in Severn. He knows what it takes to maximize your recovery and is ready to fight hard for every dollar you deserve. Types of personal injury claims that Randolph Rice can assist you with include:
- Bicycle accident claims
- Bus accident claims
- Car accident claims
- Dog bite claims
- Medical malpractice claims
- Nursing home abuse claims
- Premises liability claims
- Product liability claims
- Slip and fall accident claims
- Truck accident claims
- Workplace injury claims
- Wrongful death claims
Examples of injuries that are often involved in these types of claims include:
- Amputation and loss of limbs
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Head and brain injuries
- Loss of fingers or toes
- Permanent scarring
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Maryland
To file a personal injury lawsuit in Severn or other parts of Maryland, you must meet a deadline called the “statute of limitations.” In Maryland, there is a three-year personal injury statute of limitations, which means that, with some exceptions, you generally have up to three years to sue. The three-year period begins counting down from the date of your injury or, in certain malpractice cases, the date on which you became aware of your injuries.
After you file your case, you will need to prove certain facts in order to receive compensation. This is due to the fact that personal injury plaintiffs have the “burden of proof.” Most personal injury claims revolve around the theory of negligence, which has four elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care, such as a bus driver’s duty to passengers, a doctor’s duty to patients, or a landlord’s duty to tenants.
- The defendant failed to meet the duty of care by acting in a negligent, careless fashion that did not meet reasonable standards and expectations.
- The defendant’s actions, or lack thereof, resulted in an accident.
- You suffered some form of harm due to the accident, such as financial harm (like medical bills) or physical harm (like bone fractures).
Injury Compensation in Maryland
Different forms of compensation may be recoverable in a Maryland personal injury lawsuit. Compensation, or “damages,” may include:
- Economic Damages – Economic damages provide compensation for out-of-pocket financial losses, such as lost income, diminished future earning potential, property damage, and medical expenses (like surgery or hospitalization). In a wrongful death lawsuit, expenses related to burial and funeral services are also recoverable.
- Non-Economic Damages – Non-economic damages are more challenging to calculate, because they attempt to compensate non-financial harm, like the victim’s pain and suffering.
- Punitive Damages – In certain cases where the defendant’s actions were particularly extreme or egregious, the court might award “punitive damages” to punish the defendant.
Maryland places limits, or caps, on certain types of damages. For example, non-economic damages are generally capped at $860,000, though the limit increases to $2,150,000 in certain cases involving wrongful death. This limit will be raised in October 2019.
Severn Personal Injury Attorney Representing Accident Victims
If you were injured in an accident, you need to focus on resting and recuperating – not insurance policies or legal statutes. Let Randolph Rice be your advocate for justice, so that you can concentrate on getting the treatment you need. To set up a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, or call today at (410) 694-7291.