Many types of accidents cause personal injuries. Each one has its own set of details to consider. Trying to navigate the web of federal, state, and local laws that may apply to your situation can be confusing and overwhelming. If you are trying to recover from injuries and tend to your family, then this process becomes even more difficult.
A Fallston personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow can assist you with these tasks when we represent you. As a full-service law firm, you can focus on your recovery while we investigate your case, gather evidence in your defense, and fight for compensation on your behalf in settlement negotiations or on trial.
Call the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow today at (410) 777-8960 for a free, no-obligation case review with a member of our team.
Accidents Known to Cause Personal Injuries
When people think of personal injuries, they often think of car accidents. But the fact of the matter is that there are multiple types of accidents that cause personal injuries. Many of them carry the potential for severe bodily harm that may take a lifetime of medical intervention to treat and correct. Here are some of the most common forms of accidents known to cause personal injuries:
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur without any notice. Falls can take place in public spaces or private places of business. They can take place both indoors and outdoors.
If a negligent property owner caused a slip and fall accident by failing to remove a hazard from their premises—such as a puddle of water, a broken stair, or uneven flooring—they may be liable for the damages they cause. These accidents can also relate to poor lighting conditions and other premises liability factors.
Car and Automobile Accidents
Driving poses some risks to everyone involved. High speeds accidents can cause serious injuries, such as brain trauma and spinal cord injury, but even car accidents that occur at lower speeds can lead to injuries like broken bones, concussions, and whiplash.
Drivers who are distracted by their mobile devices, passengers, or radios may fail to account for traffic signals and other drivers. Drunk drivers and drivers under the influence of other substances often exhibit risky driving behaviors that put others in danger. Drowsy driving may lead to someone falling asleep at the wheel and causing a collision. No matter what the cause, any time a driver violates a traffic law and causes an accident, they may be liable for the injuries.
All doctors owe their patients a reasonable standard of care. If a negligent doctor harms a patient, they may be liable for the injuries they cause. Medical malpractice may relate to a missed diagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, birth injuries, and more.
If another party’s negligence causes fatal injuries, the victim’s surviving family members may be able to pursue compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in an accident, regardless of the type of accident, a Fallston personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to manage your case and go after any compensation that you may be entitled to.
To discuss your case for a free with a representative of our firm, call us today at (410) 777-8960.
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Pursuing Compensation After an Accident
If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, you may be able to recover compensation for your accident-related damages. However, there is a process that must take place before compensation can be awarded.
The first step is to establish the responsible party’s liability. A Fallston personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow may be able to investigate your case, determine who is liable, and gather evidence such as:
- Photos, videos, or a police report from the accident
- Witness statements
- Your medical records
- Testimony from accident reconstruction experts
- And more
This evidence is important because Maryland is one of four states with a contributory negligence law where any amount of negligence on behalf of the victim, even just 1%, may prevent them from recovering compensation.
We can also gather evidence of your damages to demonstrate the value of your case. This may include:
- Your medical bills
- Receipts from your out-of-pocket expenses
- Documents from your employer related to lost wages
- Testimony from medical and economic experts about the future costs you may face
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A Time Limit for Your Case
In Maryland, you face a limited timeframe if you want to take action after an accident.
Per Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5–101, you generally have up to three years after an incident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
For wrongful death lawsuits, the general deadline is also three years, per Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 3–904.
When it comes to medical malpractice lawsuits, Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5–109 generally gives you either five years from the date the injury occurred or three years from when it was discovered, whichever comes first.
Failure to take legal action before the deadlines in your case expire means that your lawsuit may be dismissed.
Contact the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow Today
As you can see, personal injury accidents can be both serious and life-altering. Dealing with these circumstances while also tending to your health and your family can pose substantial challenges, even for the most resilient person.
If you sustained personal injuries in an accident of any kind in Fallston, reach out to the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow. A Fallston personal injury lawyer from our firm may be able to defend your rights and pursue compensation on your behalf.
Call us today at (410) 777-8960 to learn more about your options in a free consultation with a member of our team.