If you were recently in a car accident in Dundalk, Maryland, you may be entitled to receive compensation if:
- You sustained bodily injuries.
- You suffered significant property damage to your vehicle.
- You lost a loved one in the accident.
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you with your case for damages suffered and fight for compensation. We offer free case assessments to discuss how a car accident lawyer from our team can help you.
You May Be able to Get Compensation from the At-Fault Driver or Liable Party
When pursuing compensation, you must calculate the value of the damages you suffered. We can help you figure out this estimate by evaluating your economic and non-economic losses, which are your financial and general losses, respectively.
We Will First Calculate Your Financial Losses
Economic losses include any financial expense, loss, or debt you now have due to the car accident or your injuries. These losses may include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Costs to repair your vehicle if it was damaged in the accident
- Costs to replace your vehicle if it was totaled in the accident
- The income you lost because you needed to treat or recover from your injuries
- The income you expect to lose because your injuries are long-term or permanent
- Mileage costs for traveling to doctor’s appointments if your physician is far from your home
Next, We Will Assign a Financial Value to Your General Losses
Non-economic losses are based on physical and emotional pain you suffered, so they are more subjective and do not immediately have a monetary value. Our team can use formulas accepted by the courts to assign a value to these damages.
General losses may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Losses related to living with a permanent disability, such as vision loss
- Losses related to disfigurement, such as scarring and burn marks
- Diminished quality of life if you lost a sense of independence due to your injuries
- Emotional distress or mental anguish
Other losses may be listed in your compensation demands, depending on how the car accident affected your life personally.
Contributory Negligence May Affect Your Ability to Receive Compensation
When building your case, we must make sure the opposing party cannot claim you were partially negligent in the car accident. In Maryland, if the plaintiff is deemed even one percent at fault for the event that caused their injuries, they cannot receive compensation.
Our legal team will scrutinize your case to strategize potential counterarguments we might need to make. A car accident lawyer from our team serving Dundalk can bring previous experience from similar cases and fight on your behalf.
For legal consultation with a car accident attorney in Dundalk, call (410)777-8960
Our Team Will Work to Help You Build Your Car Accident Case
When you become a client of the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we will be there for you whenever you have questions or concerns about your case. You can reach us via phone or text anytime, any day, as our team is available 24/7.
Other services we offer include:
- Private investigation: We will identify who may be liable for your damages and search for evidence to support your case.
- Legal paperwork: We can fill out and file paperwork on your behalf so that it is accurate and correct.
- Legal representation: Whether at the negotiation table or the court floor, we will represent your case and advocate for your interests.
- Legal guidance and referral: If you ever want advice on a settlement offer or another legal decision, we will be here for you. Also, should you need medical treatment, we can refer you to someone we know and trust.
Dundalk Car Accident Attorney (410)777-8960
Your Car Accident Case Has a Strict Filing Deadline
Many people try to negotiate an insurance claim to avoid having to take their case to court. However, sometimes negotiations can come to a halt if the insurance company does not agree with your settlement terms or believes you could be partially negligent in your case.
Should that happen, you may be able to pursue compensation through a trial, but only if you file your case on time. Per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code §5-101, you generally have three years from the date of the car accident to file against the liable party.
What Happens If the Deadline to File Passes?
If you do not file your car accident case on time, it could get dismissed by the court judge. You would not be able to compel the at-fault or liable party to cover your damages.
As part of our legal duties, our team will identify the filing deadline for your case based on certain information (e.g., the crash report, your medical records, or time stamps on video footage). As we get closer to the deadline, we will inform you of whether filing may be necessary for your case based on how negotiations are panning out.
What Happens If My Loved One Passes Away Before They Can File?
In worst-case scenarios, car accident victims are unable to fight for justice due to suffering severe, fatal injuries. However, that does not mean you and your family have no legal options. Should your loved one pass away before being able to take civil action, you may be able to do so on their behalf.
Per Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code §3-904, you have about three years from your loved one’s death to file for wrongful death, which allows you to pursue compensation for damages related to their death. On top of the damages listed earlier in this article, you may also seek compensation for:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of financial support from your loved one
- Inherited medical debt from your loved one
- Emotional damages, such as loss of companionship and parental guidance
Our team can handle several duties on your behalf while you cope with your significant loss.
Let the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Help You Build Your Case
If you are facing financial setbacks due to injuries you sustained in a car accident in Dundalk, a car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you fight for compensation. Call (410) 777-8960 today for a free case evaluation and learn how our team can help you build your case. You may be entitled to financial recovery, and we want to help you fight for it.