Accident injuries are a part of life – sometimes, you make a mistake and hurt yourself. What isn’t a fact of life, though, is bearing the consequences of someone else’s mistake. If you believe another party is responsible for your injuries, you could qualify for a personal injury claim, earning reimbursement for several types of damages.
Our firm focuses on solutions and puts our clients and their needs first. We can manage every detail of your case, from initiating a claim to fighting for fair compensation. You can contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today to learn how our Delaware personal injury lawyer can help you explore your legal options.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Team Handles in Delaware
At the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we handle various types of personal injury cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Premises liability
- Slip and fall accidents
These are only a few types of cases our injury team handles. We can provide more information about your case during a free evaluation.
For legal consultation with a personal injury attorney in Delaware, call (410)777-8960
How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury cases hinge on negligence – to win, you must prove another party’s negligent behavior caused your injuries. Examples of negligence include:
- Car accidents: Speeding, ignoring road rules, and drunk driving
- Premises liability: Failing to mark or address hazards on a piece of property, like a grocery store or restaurant
- Truck accidents: A trucking company encouraging their drivers to ignore Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety regulations
- Pedestrian accidents: A driver running a red light, putting pedestrians at risk
Remember, a negligence case not noted here may apply to your case. What’s important is that you believe another party’s negligence led to or caused your injuries.
How Can I Establish Negligence?
Proving negligence requires evidence. While evidence will vary from case to case, typical examples include the following:
- Traffic or security camera footage
- Eyewitness statements
- Expert witness statements
- Incident reports
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Expert input, like a crash reconstruction specialist
After a severe injury, taking the time to gather these forms of evidence can feel impossible. This is where our team comes in. A Delaware personal injury lawyer from our team can undergo an investigation on your behalf and slot the evidence we uncover into the four elements of negligence.
The elements of negligence involve proving that the following is true:
- The liable party owed you a duty of care: Property owners, drivers, and companies are all responsible for keeping others from harm. This responsibility is known as a “duty of care” and is a given in most personal injury cases.
- The liable party breached this duty of care: When individuals or groups behave negligently, they breach their duty of care. As noted before, negligence involves behaviors that unnecessarily put others at risk.
- This breach caused your injuries: Negligence alone isn’t enough to win a case, however. You or your lawyer must prove that the responsible party’s negligence directly caused your injuries. For example, a driver running a red light before hitting you with their car is an example of negligence connecting to injuries.
- You suffered damages: Damages are the specific types of losses you’ve suffered. These losses must be verifiable by medical records, receipts, and other pieces of evidence.
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Personal Injury Damages in Delaware
In Delaware, you can access the following types of damages by filing a claim against the liable party:
- Lost income (past, present, and ongoing)
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Property damages – for example, car repair or replacement expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
The value of these damages varies from case to case. Some will receive a few thousand dollars, whereas others might qualify for over one million dollars in compensation. A Delaware personal injury lawyer from our team can estimate your potential damages so you’re prepared for settlement negotiations.
The following factors could impact how much you receive:
- The type of insurance the responsible party carries
- The outcome of insurance and settlement negotiations
- The law firm you choose to work with
- The severity and type of your injuries
- The type of personal injury accident you were involved in
Wrongful Death Damages
Wrongful death cases share multiple similarities with personal injury cases. They hinge on negligence, allow those harmed to pursue compensation, and frequently involve insurance claims.
If you lost a loved one, we’re here to provide patient, compassionate, and understanding legal support. While we, unfortunately, can’t turn back the clock to prevent the occurrence of the accident that took your loved one, we can hold the responsible party accountable by pursuing the following types of wrongful death damages:
- Lost financial support your loved one would have contributed.
- Loss of household care, like supporting shared children.
- Funeral and burial expenses, with a limit of $7,000.
- Mental anguish resulting from the loss of your loved one.
I Suffered a Personal Injury: What Should I Do Next?
The aftermath of an accident involving serious injury is often stressful and confusing. Taking these steps could bring focus to your case:
- Notify the relevant authorities: If the law requires, contact law enforcement, and tell them about your accident. This applies only to certain types of cases. For example, car accidents involving severe injuries or more than $2,000 in property damages require police reports.
- Seek medical attention: Speak with a doctor as soon as possible. Medical appointments provide valuable evidence of your injuries.
- Gather information: Track down the contact information of those involved in your accident alongside other evidence. If you’re too injured to investigate your case alone, our team can gather evidence on your behalf.
Consider Legal Support
A Delaware personal injury attorney from our team can offer the following services:
- Investigate the details of your accident.
- Pursue compensation on your behalf.
- Negotiate for the best outcome possible.
- Explain your options.
- Connect you with a medical provider.
- Provide frequent case updates via a client specific 24/7 helpline – at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow, we pride ourselves on our accessibility.
We care deeply about our clients. Our services are designed to reduce stress levels and secure the compensation you deserve.
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Delaware’s Personal Injury Statue of Limitations Limits the Time to Pursue Cases
In Delaware, you typically have two years from your accident to file a lawsuit, per the personal injury statute of limitations. Case specifics can lengthen or shorten this deadline. For example, if you’re filing a lawsuit against a government agency, you only have one year.
While it’s likely that your case won’t require a lawsuit, it’s best to get started as soon as you can. Lawsuits are practical legal tools helpful in leveraging settlement negotiations.
Get in Touch With Our Personal Injury Law Firm Today – We’re Ready to Represent You
Delaware residents, the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow is here to help. You don’t need to face insurers or the party responsible for your injuries alone. Connect with our firm today to learn more about what our personal injury lawyers can do for you.