If you suffered from injuries after being involved in a car accident in Washington County, Maryland with another driver and the accident was not your fault, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver that was responsible. Through this lawsuit you can recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income and potential future earnings, and more.
To have a successful case, you’ll need the help of an experienced car accident lawyer. The Washington County car accident lawyers from The Law Offices of Randolph Rice are available to help you with your case today. Call (410) 694-7291 to learn about their legal services for victims of car accidents in Washington County, Maryland. Consultations are free. Call today.
Damages You Can Get for a Car Accident Lawsuit in Washington County, MD
While the damages that a plaintiff can recover depends on the details of their case, there are certain types of damages that are more common than others. Note that calculating the damages that you’ll receive can be complicated. In some cases, it’s simple. If you have already recovered from your injury, you can simply total your expenses and present them in court. Other cases will be more complicated if you are still receiving medical treatment and expect to continue to receive treatment far into the future. A lawyer will be able to help you calculate the cost of your damages regardless of the circumstances of your case.
The following are damages that you can recover in your personal injury case following a car accident in Washington County, MD.
Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Potential
We are capable of helping our clients recover both past and future lost wages. If your injury has kept you from being able to go to work while to focus on recovering, we can recover your unearned income. If you will need more time to recover in the future or if your injury was severe enough to keep you from working for the remainder of your life, you can recover your potential future earnings.
Nearly all of a car accident victim’s medical expenses following their injury—whether it’s from surgeries, stays in the hospital, physical therapy, medical equipment, or medications—can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit. It’s important for victims to keep receipts and documentation of all of their medical treatment as they receive it.
Victims of car accidents can be compensated for the non-economic damages they suffer as a result of their injuries. Compensation for things such as loss of enjoyment of life, potentially shortened lifespan, mental and emotional anguish, and pain and suffering can be awarded to victims of car accidents.
If the driver that caused your injuries displayed “actual malice,” you may be awarded punitive damages. Punitive damages are rare, however, and are only awarded in extreme cases.
Contributory Negligence for Car Accidents in Washington County, Maryland
It’s important to understand Maryland’s system of contributory negligence as you move forward with your case. Under the system of contributory negligence, the court assesses the degree of fault of both the defendant and the plaintiff and then assigns a percentage of fault to each. If the court determines that your percentage of fault is one percent or more, you will not be able to receive compensation.
Only a few states use this system and Maryland is one of them. Other states use a system of comparative negligence. Under this system, the court assigns a percentage of fault to both the plaintiff and defendant and then reduces the plaintiff’s compensation by their percentage of fault.
Proving Fault in a Washington County Car Accident
To win a lawsuit following a car accident in Washington County, Maryland, you and your legal representation will have to show that the other person or entity acted negligently. Doing so has four components. The first is showing that the other driver had a duty of care based on your relationship (in a car accident case, your relationship is based on being drivers on the same road). The second is showing that the other driver breached their duty by doing something—or failing to something—dangerous. The third is showing that you suffered injuries as a direct result of the other driver’s breach of duty. The fourth is showing that your injuries caused you to suffer economic damages that you can be compensated for.
Statute of Limitations for Auto Accidents
Maryland has a statute of limitations for filing lawsuits so it’s imperative to act quickly. Maryland’s statute of limitations last three years, beginning on the date of your injury (if symptoms of your injury didn’t emerge until later, the statute of limitations begin on the date that you discovered them.)
There are other benefits to acting quickly to file your lawsuit. The chances that your witnesses will recall the accident with vivid detail will be greater if you file as close to the date of the accident as possible. Other evidence that you can use in your case will stand less of a chance of expiring if only a small amount of time passes after your accident. Most importantly, filing the lawsuit sooner means you can receive compensation sooner.
Car Accident Lawyer Serving Washington County, Maryland
Don’t allow the injuries that you suffered during a car accident to impact your ability to live your life. File a personal injury lawsuit to get the compensation you deserve. The Washington County, Maryland car accident lawyers from The Law Offices of Randolph Rice are waiting to help you with your case. Call (410) 694-7291 to learn more about the next steps you can take.