Being the victim in a car accident can leave you with injuries, damaged property, an inability to go to work, and an overall sense of hopelessness about the future. Luckily, you can get compensated for the expenses associated with the injuries incurred during a car accident if you can demonstrate that the accident was someone else’s fault. Seek the assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer today for help with your case.
The attorneys that work with Rice, Murtha & Psoras are eager to help residents of Somerset County after they suffer from injuries in car accidents. Contact our Somerset County car accident lawyers today to learn more about how they can help you. Call (410) 694-7291.
Damages You Can Get for a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Somerset County, Maryland
The circumstances of your accident will determine how much compensation you will be able to receive. Note that you will be ineligible to receive any compensation for your injuries if you were at all at-fault for the accident. Maryland uses a system of contributory negligence, meaning that the court will assess the fault of both the plaintiff and defendant and assign a percentage of fault. If they decide that your percentage of fault exceeds one percent, you will not be able to recover damages. The following are damages that you will be able to recover following your car accident in Maryland.
Our team of legal experts are able to recover compensation for clients’ medical expenses for their injuries. Eligible medical expenses include ambulance rides, stays in the hospital, surgeries, prescription medications, medical equipment, visits with physicians, and physical therapy.
Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Potential
If you have suffered a severe injury, it’s likely that you won’t be able to work while you recover. If your injury was severe enough, you may not be able to work ever again. Fortunately, you can recover the wages that you’ve already lost due to your injuries; you can also get compensated for the wages that you won’t be able to earn in the future.
Pain and Suffering
Most of the damages that you can recover following a car accident are known as economic damages, meaning that they correspond to a quantifiable monetary value. Some damages, however, do not have a monetary value, such as pain and suffering. Other non-economic damages you can recover include physical impairment or disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, potentially shortened lifespan, and loss of consortium.
It happens rarely but victims may be awarded punitive damages if the other driver exhibited extreme negligence. The defendant must have exhibited “actual malice,” which is difficult to prove.
Common Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents
People that are involved in car accidents often come away with injuries. While it’s possible to sustain nearly any injury during a car accident, some are more common than others. The following are injuries that victims of Somerset County, Maryland car accidents frequently sustain.
Our Somerset County car accident lawyers are able to represent clients that have suffered from herniated discs during car crashes. They may also be known as ruptured discs or slipped discs. It happens the impact of the accident pushes the center of a spinal disc into the exterior casing, causing it to disturb a nerve. Victims may experience shooting pains in their arms and legs, numbness and tingling, and muscle weakness.
Many of the car wreck victims that we work with experience whiplash following their accidents. Whiplash happens when a victim’s neck is jerked back and forwards quickly, causing the muscles and tendons in their neck to stretch and tear. It can limit their range of motion and cause lasting pain.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
If a victim’s car crash involves a great deal of impact, it’s possible for them to suffer a traumatic brain injury, also known as a TBI. The brain bruises, tears, and bleeds, resulting in a reduction in normal cognitive functioning, distubed sleep patterns, and an inability to speak, hear, and see.
At Rice, Murtha & Psoras , we’re prepared to help car accident burn victims. Since car accidents not only expose hot engines but produce fires, victims sometimes experience severe burns that can result in extreme pain and physical disfigurement.
Statute of Limitations for Somerset County, MD Auto Accidents
After a car accident, it’s important to file a lawsuit as soon as possible. Maryland has a statute of limitations lasting three years, after which you cannot file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations begins on the date that the injury occurs. If you did not know that you were injured on the date of the accident and found out later, the statute of limitations goes into effect on the date that you discovered it.
Besides avoiding exceeding the statute of limitations, there are other benefits to acting quickly to file a lawsuit after your car accident. Witnesses will have more accurate accounts of what happened and there will be less opportunity for evidence to expire or deteriorate. You will also have more time to build a solid case. Filing earlier means you will receive compensation earlier.
Car Accident Lawyer Serving Somerset County, Maryland
Regardless of the type of car accident you were involved in or the injuries you sustained, the Somerset County car accident lawyers from Rice, Murtha & Psoras will be there for you to help you file a personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about our services and how you can schedule a free consultation, call our offices at (410) 694-7291 today.