Redland, MD Personal Injury Lawyer
Getting injured is never fun. It disrupts plans, is often extremely painful, even during recovery, and can limit your quality of life in the future. On top of all that, the cost of treating and recovering from serious injuries can be incredibly expensive, so many victims of accidents can struggle to handle that cost after getting injured.
If you have been injured in or around Redland and are unsure of how to proceed, our lawyers can help. We have represented countless personal injury plaintiffs in court and have helped them get back to living their lives after serious injuries. Let us help you with your personal injury issues and hold accountable those who caused your injuries.
For a free, no-obligation analysis of your case, call Rice, Murtha & Psoras by calling (410) 694-7291 and talk to one of our personal injury lawyers.
Types of Cases Our Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You with in Redland, MD
Our personal injury attorneys can assist you with a wide variety of cases that stem from a lot of different situations. Of course, many different things can result in serious injuries, so if you do not see the scenario that resulted in your injury listed below, you should not be dissuaded from reaching out to our personal injury attorneys.
Many personal injury cases are the result of a car crash of some kind. The impact forces involved in a high-speed collision can easily lead to injuries like broken bones, brain injuries, paralysis, or even death. While motorists can get very gravely injured in automotive accidents, pedestrians can end up even more injured than drivers in these kinds of accidents since they do not have the benefits of a car’s size and safety feature suite to protect them.
If you get injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to take them to court. For example, if a supermarket does not warn of a spill with a “wet floor” sign and you fall on it, sustaining nerve damage, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the supermarket or the building owner for your injuries.
When a medical professional is negligent and injures you, you can file what is called a medical malpractice claim. These cases are considered personal injury cases but have some unique quirks to them that may require a different approach than, say, a car accident case by our personal injury lawyers.
What Are Damages in Redland, MD Personal Injury Cases?
Damages are how courts help out plaintiffs who prove that the defendant is liable for their injuries. The idea is to “make the plaintiff whole” again through financial compensation. While you will probably get one lump sum award as damages, your damages may be categorized in your filings to better explain why you are asking for a certain amount.
One area of damage is called economic damage. This encompasses things that can have their value shown by bills or receipts. For example, your medical bills would fall under this category.
Another category of damages is non-economic damages. This includes less tangible things that may not have an easily displayed value. For example, physical pain and mental distress fall under this category.
Finally, there is something called punitive damages, which are awarded when the plaintiff proves that the defendant has acted particularly badly. It can be harder to establish that punitive damages should be awarded, so you should speak with our lawyers about this possibility.
Calculating Damages in Redland, MD Personal Injury Lawsuits
Some plaintiffs may wonder what a reasonable amount in damages looks like for their case. Since each case is different, attorneys employ a number of methods of figuring out the final amount of damages to ask for in a claim.
Your economic damages may more-or-less speak for themselves. You can present physical evidence of their worth. Non-economic damages can be tricker to calculate, and there are a number of ways our personal injury lawyers can calculate those damages for the total amount you ask for. While there is no required method for calculating damages – you could even base it on nothing if you wanted to – two common methods of doing so are the multiplier method and the “per diem” method.
The Multiplier Method
The first method of calculating non-economic damages is called the multiplier method. This method simply takes your economic damages and multiples them by a given factor. For example, if you have $100,000 in economic damages and our lawyers multiply that by a factor of 4, you would ask for $400,000 in non-economic damages and a total amount of $500,000 in damages.
The multiplier method is used when plaintiffs are expected to be dealing with their injuries in some form for the rest of their lives. The goal is to choose a multiple that will provide them with a sufficient amount of compensation to offset that burden.
The Per Diem Method
Another method of calculating damages is something called the “per diem” method. This method takes into account how many days you have dealt with or are expected to deal with your injuries. Our attorneys then come up with an amount valuing the pain that you experience per day and then add up the number of days you are going to deal with your injuries. The per diem” method is most often used when plaintiffs are expected to make a full recovery from their injuries. If this method were used when the plaintiff will never fully recover, the defendant could conceivably be liable for an infinite amount of damages, which a court may not want to award.
Talk to a Redland, MD Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s personal injury lawyers are standing by to help you with your case if you call (410) 694-7291.