Accidents and mishaps are a part of everyday life. If someone else’s negligence created a situation that caused you to suffer an injury, you have grounds for filing a personal injury claim against them. An injury can affect every aspect of your life, from your physical health, to your ability to work, and to your relationships with your loved ones. You deserve compensation for your injury so you are not financially burdened.
The Law Offices of Randolph Rice handle all types of personal injury cases, including car accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice. If you have been injured because of someone else’s actions, get in touch with the Talbot County personal injury lawyers as soon as possible. Call (410) 694-7291 today to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss the possibilities in your case.
Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Talbot County, Maryland
Maryland is a contributory negligence state. This means that the court assesses the degree of fault of each party in a Talbot County personal injury case and assigns a percentage of fault. If the court determines that the plaintiff’s percentage of fault is one percent or more, they will not be able to recover economic damages for their injuries.
Maryland is one of only a few states that use the contributory negligence doctrine. Most other states use the comparative negligence system. In this system, the court assigns the percentage of fault to each party. The plaintiff’s compensation is then reduced by their percentage of fault.
The amount that you can receive in compensation in a personal injury case depends on what happened during the incident or situation that caused your injury. The injury that you suffered doesn’t matter—we can fight for you if you suffered from a traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken and fractured bones, organ damage, among other injuries. However, there are certain types of compensation that are common across most cases. The following are types of compensation that plaintiffs in most Talbot County personal injury cases can expect to recover.
Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Potential
Serious injuries can leave a victim unable to work, which means that they won’t be able to make the same income that they made before their injury. Fortunately, it’s possible to recover lost wages in a personal injury lawsuit. Plaintiffs can get compensation for wages that they have already lost; they can also get compensated for the loss of their ability to make an income through work in the future.
Nearly all personal injury cases involve physical injuries, although some are based on emotional injuries. You can get compensation for the medical treatment that you required and will require in the future, including physical therapy, medical equipment, prescription medications, hospital visits, ambulance rides, surgeries, and more.
Most of the damages in a personal injury lawsuit have a clear monetary value. Some damages, however, don’t but plaintiffs can still receive compensation for them. Plaintiffs can get compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, potentially shortened lifespan, and physical disfigurement or impairment. It’s possible for a plaintiff’s spouse to be added to a lawsuit if the plaintiff’s injury has resulted in a loss for the spouse; this is known as loss of consortium.
If a defendant exhibits “actual malice” in the actions that led to the plaintiff’s injuries, they may be ordered to pay punitive damages by the court. This type of compensation is rare and difficult to prove but important in that it dissuades other entities from acting similarly.
Wrongful Death Benefits
The families of people that die because of someone else’s negligent behavior are able to file wrongful death lawsuits. These suits can result in compensation for the cost of the funeral of the deceased person and part of the deceased person’s projected future earnings.
Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits in Talbot County, Maryland
Our Talbot County personal injury attorneys are prepared to handle nearly any type of personal injury lawsuit. The following are the most common cases that we help clients with.
Our team of legal experts can help clients file lawsuits following car accidents of all types including hit and runs, head-on collisions, rear-ends, sideswipes, and drunk driving incidents. We can handle accidents involving cars, trucks, vans, busses, motorcycles, and even bicycles and boats.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents usually happen because a property has not been maintained properly. Whether your slip and fall happened in a casino, bar, restaurant, grocery store, hotel, or other establishment, we can work to establish a case for the property owner’s negligence.
If you were injured by a product, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. Products that cause injuries are usually household appliances, medical devices and medications, automobiles and auto parts, and items for babies.
Get in touch with a Talbot County personal injury attorney if your workers’ compensation claim was denied by the workers’ compensation insurance company. We can help you file an appeal. We can also help you file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer if you suffered an injury at work but they didn’t have a workers’ compensation policy for you.
Personal Injury Attorney Serving Talbot County, Maryland
If you or someone close to you was injured when they were involved in a car accident, used a dangerous product, received bad medical treatment, or otherwise suffered an injury caused by someone else, speak with the Talbot County, Maryland personal injury attorneys from The Law Offices of Randolph Rice as soon as possible. Call us today at (410) 694-7291.