Frederick Personal Injury Attorneys
Aggressive representation for the injured throughout Maryland
A serious personal injury can cause more than pain; it can change the whole path of your life. When that injury is the result of another person’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation to pay for your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, plus compensation for your pain and suffering. The Frederick personal injury lawyers of Plaxen & Adler, P.A. have represented clients throughout Maryland for more than 40 years. Call us today to find out if we can help you, too.
What does a personal injury lawyer do?
The attorneys of Plaxen & Adler, P.A. not only represent clients during trials and negotiations, but also:
- Review all medical records to understand the full scope of your injuries
- Help clients secure rental cars and get their vehicles repaired
- Deal directly with the insurance companies
- Interview witnesses, and review video and photos of the scene
- Work with independent field experts, like accident reconstructionists, doctors, and economists, to help bolster your claim
- Ensure that your documentation is always correct, up-to-date, and filed on time
Can I afford a Frederick personal injury attorney?
Personal injury claims are handled on a contingent basis. This means that Plaxen & Adler, P.A. covers the costs associated with your case for the duration of your case.When we win or settle your case, then we take our costs and fees from your total award. There are no additional bills for our service, and your injury award is tax-free, as well. We only get paid if we recover money for you. If we do not recover money for you, then you do not owe us anything.
How much is my injury claim worth?
There is no set answer for much a claim is worth, but generally speaking, the more severe your injury is the higher an award you could be entitled to receive. This is because in Maryland, there are two types of compensatory damages:
- Economic damages. Economic damages are your monetary losses: medical bills, costs for repairs, lost wages (past, current, and future), and other expenses which you incurred as a result of your injury.
- Non-economic damages. Non-economic damages are more subjective. They include losses such as pain and suffering, emotional or mental trauma, and the loss of companionship/consortium between an injury victim and his or her loved ones.
Under Maryland law, there is no cap on economic damages: if your injury resulted in $2 million worth of bills and lost wages, you can make a claim for the entirety of that amount.
Non-economic damages are a different story, because the caps change based on what kind of lawsuit you are pursing. There are different caps on non-economic damages depending on the type of injury or claim being made.
Common causes for Frederick personal injury claims
In order to make a successful claim for compensation, you must be able to prove that another person or entity’s negligence is what led to your injury. Some of the most common causes for injury claims include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Defective products
- Unsafe premises
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home neglect
If you are hit by a speeding driver on I-70 or I-270, or are hit by an object falling off of a shelf at a store in the Francis Scott Key Mall, or fall on a broken piece of sidewalk during First Saturday, you could be entitled to compensation from the driver, the retail property manager, or the city (respectively).
Workers’ compensation help for injured Frederick employees
If you are hurt while on the job, you can make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits are available to eligible employees, and are designed to help you pay your bills while you recover from your injury. They also pay for vocational training, as well as lump-sum payments if you are left permanently injured, scarred, or disfigured.
Services for those in need of Social Security Disability
If your injury or illness leaves you permanently unable to work, we can help you make a claim for Social Security Disability benefits. The Social Security Administration is very strict when it comes to approving applications for Disability, so working with an attorney could increase your chances of getting your benefits more quickly.
Time limits for filing a personal injury claim in Frederick
The statute of limitations in Maryland is generally three years from the date you were injured or from the date you knew, or reasonably should have known, that you were injured. There are some exceptions, however. Claims against a government entity must usually be filed within six months, and PIP claims must be filed within a year.
Should I settle or go to trial?
The decision to settle or try a case rests on a number of factors, not least of which is “What is best for our client?” There are benefits to both. For example, settlement negotiations usually take less time, and the details of your case and your award can be confidential. On the other hand, juries can be more generous than insurance negotiators, so a jury trial may lead to a greater compensation award. There is also something to be said for lawsuits against manufacturers who make defective products, as making the award for your injuries public could spur advocates and legislators to act.
At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we prepare every case we take as though we were going to trial. In this way, we are ready to pursue whichever path is best for you. In many cases, we have found that our willingness to try cases is enough for the defense to offer a more fair, just settlement at the beginning of the negotiation. If you are happy with this outcome, we can settle the case for you. If you are denied a claim, or given a lowball, unjust offer, our Frederick personal injury attorneys will fight for your rights in court.
Local resources in Frederick
Frederick County Government
12 E. Church St.
Frederick, MD 21701
6th Judicial Circuit Court
100 W. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Frederick Police Department
100 West Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Division of Fire & Rescue Services
5370 Public Safety Place
Frederick, MD 21704
Frederick Regional Health System
400 W 7th St.
Frederick, MD 21701
Frederick Memorial Hospital
7196 Crestwood Blvd.
Frederick, MD 21703
Frederick personal injury lawyers protecting your future
A serious personal injury can affect every aspect of your life. If that injury was the result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice for your ordeal. At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we help the injured throughout Maryland get what they need to recover. To find out more about our services, or to schedule your free consultation with a Frederick personal injury lawyer, please call [tel] or fill out our contact form.
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