Personal Injury Claims in Maryland
Injury attorneys in Baltimore, Howard County and throughout Maryland
A personal injury can occur at work, in a traffic accident, because of a faulty product or faulty repair, a mistake during medical treatment or as a result of a slip and fall on a wet floor or pavement.
If you have been physically or psychologically injured as the result of the negligent or unreasonably unsafe actions of a manufacturer, doctor, landlord, or some other person or organization who owes you a duty of ordinary care, contact the personal injury attorneys at Plaxen & Adler, P.A. to handle your personal injury claim.
Understanding personal injury terms
Often, our clients experience great confusion about the basic terminology involved in an injury case. Here we have defined some of those terms to help you prepare for the road ahead:
- Personal injury: The term personal injury applies to situations where a person suffered bodily injury due to someone else’s negligence.
- Negligence: Negligence is the failure to use care that a reasonable person would apply in any given situation. Some examples include drunk driving, not keeping a dangerous dog on a leash, or failing to take care of spilled substance on a store floor.
- Statute of limitations: Most injury cases have a three-year statute of limitations. This means you have three years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. There are several exceptions to this three-year rule. Speak to an attorney immediately after an accident to learn how long you have to pursue legal action.
- Damages: In a personal injury case, damages do not refer to the harm done, but instead to the amount of money an injured person recovers from the negligent party.
These terms apply in all personal injury cases, including those involving:
To obtain a successful verdict in any personal injury lawsuit, you must be able to prove negligence. This means you must be able to show that the defendant had a duty to exercise a certain amount of care toward you, that the defendant breached that duty, that you suffered harm because of this breach, and that you subsequently suffered financial loss due to that harm.
Know the insurance company is not on your side
The goal of every insurance company is to make profits for its shareholders. This means that your insurance company will do everything it can to deny or delay payments to you. Your insurance claim adjuster will try to get you to claim fault, lessen the extent of your injuries, and employ any other tactics so you do not get the personal injury compensation you deserve.
The first few steps you take after an accident can make or break your insurance claim. Do not accept a quick personal injury settlement offer, and do not give your insurance company any excuse to hold out coverage for you. Speak to an attorney before you make a statement to your insurance company.
To pursue compensation for your personal injury in Maryland, schedule a free consultation with the injury lawyers at Plaxen & Adler. In most cases, we can negotiate a settlement with the insurance carrier. However, we do not hesitate to pursue litigation if the insurance carrier is unreasonable.
Call our Columbia or Baltimore offices, or one of our seven other Maryland offices, for a free consultation
As Maryland personal injury lawyers, we have the knowledge and tenacity required to handle complex causation issues and damage determinations for a variety of accidents. We work to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Let us put our experience to work for you! If you think you have a potential personal injury claim, call the Maryland personal injury attorneys of Plaxen & Adler, P.A. at [ln::phone] or contact us online.