Seabrook, MD Personal Injury Lawyer
Accidents that cause serious injuries, sadly, happen every day. Victims of these accidents often have to deal with intense medical treatment regimens that are very expensive. That is to say nothing of the mental and emotional toll that getting seriously injured can take on victims.
All of the stress and frustration of getting injured can make people feel helpless, but our lawyers are here to lend a hand. We have the determination and experience to work on your case from start to finish, and we will not rest until we have exhausted all legal options to get you the financial compensation you need after getting injured.
To get a free review of your case, call our personal injury attorneys from Rice, Murtha & Psoras by dialing (410) 694-7291.
Who Can Be at Fault in a Seabrook, MD Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In personal injury lawsuits, you file a claim against the party you believe caused your injuries in order to get damages. Of course, to do that, you need to know who caused your injuries. Plaintiffs often have an idea of who injured them when they first meet with our lawyers, but other parties may be found to be involved as well when our personal injury lawyers get a better look at your case. You can file personal injury claims against:
A good portion of our personal injury clients file lawsuits because they were hurt in motor vehicle crashes. Indeed, drivers of all kinds of motor vehicles are responsible for a great deal of personal injury lawsuits. Drivers can cause accidents that injure people in all sorts of ways. Speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, and ignoring basic traffic rules can all lead to a dangerous crash on the road.
If your injury happened on someone’s premises, you can file a lawsuit against the property owner. The area of law this falls under is called “premises liability.” Essentially, if someone owns a piece of property, they are responsible for keeping it in good shape so that nobody who enters the property gets hurt. If a property owner has shirked their responsibilities in this regard, you can sue them for not holding up their end of the bargain, so to speak.
Doctors are often thought of as responsible and consistently effective individuals. In fact, the vast majority of the time, they are. However, doctors are only human, and even they can mess up and injure someone through their own negligence. A lawsuit filed against a doctor – or any medical professional for that matter – for personal injuries they caused is called a medical malpractice lawsuit.
While the general legal framework for medical malpractice lawsuits will be similar to any other personal injury lawsuit, some things in medical malpractice suits will be different from other kinds of personal injury claims.
In some circumstances, you may be able to sue not just the individual who hurt you but also their employer. In many cases, someone’s employer is better situated to compensate people who are injured than the employee who caused the injury. For that reason, the law allows injured parties to sue employers for the negligent conduct of their employees.
The “catch” is that the employee must be doing something work-related in order for liability to also fall on their employer. So, if an employee for a pizza place hits you on the way to deliver an order, you can sue the pizza place because delivering pizza is part of their job. However, if that pizza delivery driver is clocking out for the day and hits you on the way home, you probably cannot sue the pizza place because that activity is not sufficiently related to work.
When someone gets hurt by a defective product, you can sue the manufacturer of that product for your injuries. Something is considered “defective” when it will hurt the user when the product is used for its intended purpose. For example, if a car has defective brakes or faulty electrical wiring, it may not stop when it is supposed to and result in an accident. In that case, the injured parties could sue the car/brake manufacturer in court because they were responsible for the accident taking place.
Damages in Seabrook, MD Personal Injury Lawsuits
The goal of a personal injury lawsuit is to get financial compensation from the defendant in the form of damages or through a settlement. While a settlement will usually involve an amount of compensation agreed to by both parties, damages are awarded at trial and are determined by the jury. The primary objective of awarding damages is to put the plaintiff back where they were prior to getting injured. Usually, this means financial compensation, but damages can also include requiring a defendant to take or refrain from taking a certain course of action.
Almost all personal injury lawsuits will include medical expenses as part of the requested damages. This includes things like surgery costs, paying for pain medication, and paying for long-term physical therapy.
You can also get damages for lost opportunities to earn income. This could mean missed pay from time spent recovering instead of working, or it could mean getting a payout based on your projected earnings for the rest of your career if you can no longer work.
Additionally, you can get damages for things that may not have an up-front value. This includes physical pain and mental distress from your injuries as well as other “intangibles” that do not necessarily have a price tag.
Call Our Seabrook, MD Personal Injury Lawyers Today
Rice, Murtha & Psoras has personal injury lawyers ready to help you with your case when you call us at (410) 694-7291.