Accidents happen every day. While they are sometimes just that, accidents, on other occasions, they are the result of someone else’s negligence. If you were hurt by another party’s negligence in an auto accident, slip and fall accident, or another way, you may be able to hold the at-fault party financially responsible for your injuries.
An Edgewood personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to support you by investigating your accident, gathering evidence in your defense, and pursuing compensation on your behalf.
Allow us to take the burden of legal action off your shoulders so you can focus on healing from your injuries. For a free initial consultation on your case, contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 777-8960.
Common Types of Personal Injury Accidents
There are a wide variety of personal injury accidents. Some of the most common types of personal injury accidents include:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents can be caused by many forms of driver negligence, such as violating a traffic law, distracted driving, drugs or alcohol, or even fatigue. If you can prove that another driver’s negligence caused your accident, they may be liable to you in a personal injury lawsuit. This may be true whether you were a driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian involved in an accident.
We like to think that we can trust physicians and nurses implicitly. Unfortunately, sometimes doctor negligence can harm their patients. If a patient experiences worse symptoms or new injuries because a doctor’s care fell below a reasonable standard, that patient may be able to recover compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice can occur at many levels of the healthcare system, from individual negligence of a doctor or pharmacist to system defects.
Slip and Fall Accident
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries. Whether you have a valid personal injury case after a slip and fall accident may depend on whether the person who created the unsafe situation had a duty to act and whether they took reasonable care.
If the defendant was a business owner and the victim a customer, they are in a business/voluntary relationship, and the defendant owed the customer a duty of care. If there is a foreseeable likelihood that the business owner’s behavior––or lack thereof––could cause injuries, they may be liable for negligence.
Products liability refers to situations where any party who is involved in the supply chain of a product causes a defect that results in harm to a plaintiff. The defect could be in the design, one that occurred in manufacturing, or one that was created by marketing. An example of a marketing defect is if a drug manufacturer fails to warn the public about potential dangers or side effects that a product could have.
These are not the only scenarios that may give rise to a personal injury lawsuit. If you believe that another party’s negligence caused your injuries in any way, call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow for a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our team at (410) 777-8960.
For legal consultation with a personal injury attorney in Edgewood, call (410)886-6215
Laws That Could Impact Your Personal Injury Claim
According to Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5-101, a personal injury lawsuit generally must be filed within three years of the date of the accident in Maryland. If you fail to take action within three years, you may be barred from recovering compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Another law you should be aware of is the legal doctrine of contributory negligence. Maryland is one of four states that follows a contributory negligence law.
Negligence laws, in general, are designed to allocate damages if more than one party is responsible for causing the accident. With contributory negligence, though, if the plaintiff is at all responsible for the accident, they may be barred from recovering any amount of compensation. That means even if plaintiffs are just 1% responsible for the accident, and the defendant is 99% responsible, they may not be able to recover damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Defense lawyers may use contributory negligence to try to get their clients off the hook for accidents. They may try to claim that a plaintiff is even 1% responsible to eliminate all financial responsibility that their client might have.
An Edgewood personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can defend you against underhanded tactics like these when we represent you.
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Types of Recoverable Damages After a Personal Injury Accident
There are many damages you may be able to recover if you succeed with your personal injury accident claim. While the types of damages ultimately depend on the details of your case, such as the extent of your injuries and the total amount of financial losses, some common types of damages victims may recover in cases like these include:
- Ambulance rides
- Doctor’s examinations
- Assistive devices like walkers and wheelchairs
- Disfigurement or dismemberment
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
- Overall impact that the accident has had on the victim’s life
If your loved one died in the accident caused by another party’s negligence, your family may be able to recover the following damages in a wrongful death lawsuit:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Wages and benefits previously provided by the deceased
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- And more
The Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow is Here for You
You do not have to go through a personal injury lawsuit alone. An Edgewood personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can help you gather evidence, calculate the value of your case, and negotiate for a settlement. If the responsible party’s insurance company is not willing to make you a fair offer, we can take your case to trial.
For a free initial consultation on your case with a member of our team, contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 777-8960.