Personal Injury Attorney in Maryland
A sudden accident in Maryland can change the course of your life in an instant. Physical injuries may prevent you from working, and medical expenses can quickly put you in debt. Should you be left to suffer the consequences of someone else’s carelessness?
The Maryland personal injury attorneys at Cohen & Dwin, P.A., firmly believe that you should not. We are committed to helping people like you seek the fair compensation you deserve following an accident that was someone else’s fault. And we have been successfully doing just that for more than 40 years.
Let us put our experience, skill, and dedication to work on your case. Contact us today for a free consultation with a Maryland personal injury lawyer at our law firm.
Do I Need a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney?
Coping with the aftermath of a traumatic accident can be challenging. Recovering the compensation you need to move forward with your life can be even more difficult. If you feel like your life has been turned upside down by someone else’s careless actions, you need to talk to our Maryland personal injury attorneys about your situation.
The sad truth is that at-fault parties rarely want to take responsibility for their careless behavior. Their insurers are more interested in protecting profits than doing what’s right. How can you be sure you are getting what you deserve? Who is looking out for your best interests?
The legal team at Cohen & Dwin, P.A., has more than 100 years of combined legal experience helping injured people in Maryland during their time of need. We know what it takes to recover the money you deserve after an accident someone else caused. Let us help you hold the person who hurt you accountable for their careless or reckless behavior and demand they compensate you for your losses.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Our attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide range of personal injury cases in Maryland, including those involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bites
- Nursing home abuse and neglect cases
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
At Cohen & Dwin, P.A., we have the resources to handle even the most complex personal injury cases. If you’ve been injured in an accident and need more information about your legal options, contact our skilled Maryland personal injury attorneys as soon as possible.
What Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to pursue a range of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to losses with a specific dollar amount, such as medical expenses and lost income. Non-economic damages cover more subjective losses, like reduced quality of life.
Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to seek money for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
Your case is unique, and the legal team at Cohen & Dwin, P.A., will treat it as such. We can thoroughly review your situation and calculate the total compensation you may be entitled to receive. Our team can then aggressively negotiate on your behalf from a position of strength.
Before you accept any settlement offer and sign away your legal rights, talk to our seasoned Maryland personal injury attorneys about the value of your claim.
Determining Fault and Liability in a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Maryland
The person at fault for an injury is liable for its consequences. Proving fault and liability takes evidence, which can be difficult to recover in some cases. Our experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys can investigate the cause of the accident that injured you and collect valuable evidence establishing liability before it can be lost or destroyed. With this evidence in hand, we can build a solid and compelling case arguing for maximum compensation.
Keep in mind that Maryland is one of only a handful of states that follows the contributory negligence rule. Under this system, anyone even slightly responsible for their own injuries is barred from recovering compensation for them in court.
For example, suppose a driver blows through an intersection and hits you while you are driving 5 mph over the speed limit. You file a lawsuit against them, seeking compensation for your injuries. If a jury in the case deems you are even 1 percent responsible because you were speeding at the time, you will be unable to recover compensation for your financial losses. This rule is why it is so important to work with an attorney who knows how to demonstrate that you were not at all responsible for the accident that injured you.
Maryland Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims
Maryland gives accident victims three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their injuries. If you allow more than three years to pass before filing a personal injury lawsuit, your case will almost certainly be dismissed, and you will lose your right to pursue compensation through the court system. Don’t let that happen to you. Instead, talk to an experienced attorney at our law firm to get started today.
Common Types of Serious Injuries
Accidents can cause a wide range of significant injuries, including:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Facial and dental injuries
- Broken bones
- Orthopedic and soft tissue injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
In some cases, coping with significant physical injuries can also lead to mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. Victims of particularly traumatic accidents like traffic collisions and dog attacks often develop symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Frequently Asked Questions in Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury law governs the right to pursue financial compensation when you suffer injury due to the intentional acts or negligence of another person or entity. Although most people think of car accidents when they speak of personal injury claims, personal injury law covers a wide range of accidents and incidents that have the potential to cause injury, such as defective products, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, dog bites, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, or pedestrian accidents.
Even though most personal injury claims are brought when a party suffers a serious injury, like traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or soft-tissue and joint injuries, even less significant injuries can require expensive medical treatment, leading to considerable damages in the form of medical bills, lost wages and earning potential, and pain and suffering.
In a personal injury claim, it is necessary to prove that your injuries were caused by the intentional acts or negligence of another person or entity. If you claim that your injuries were caused by someone else’s negligence, you will have to prove that:
- The other party owed you a duty of care.
- They breached this duty of care through some act or omission.
- Their breach of the duty of care directly and proximately caused you injury
- Your injuries have resulted in some compensable damages.
Even if an accident is caused by someone else’s intentional acts or negligence, if the accident does not cause serious injuries, it is usually not necessary to pursue a personal injury claim. When an accident or incident does cause serious injury, however, it is almost always necessary to pursue a personal injury claim against the persons or entities responsible for the injury.
Typically, a serious injury is any injury that will require extended or ongoing medical care, physical or occupational therapy, extended time away from work, resignation from employment, or changes to lifestyle or physical ability. Examples of serious injuries that lead to personal injury claims include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
Serious injuries often require months or years of medical care, rehabilitation, and therapy, along with medical equipment, adaptive technology and prosthetics, home modifications, or in-home nursing care.
If you are injured in an accident, you may be quickly presented with a settlement offer from the responsible party’s insurance company, or even from your own insurance company. When you are offered compensation with no effort on your part, you may wonder why you need to hire a personal injury attorney. The fact is that such quick offers for a personal injury settlement are often totally inadequate to cover the expenses and damages you have incurred and will continue to incur long after you accept a check.
When you hire a personal injury attorney to represent you, your lawyer will advocate on your behalf to push the insurance companies to offer you a settlement that fully compensates you for all your past and future medical expenses, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering. If the insurance companies are not willing to fully compensate you, an attorney can file and pursue a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
It is very difficult to estimate how long a personal injury case will take. If the other party accepts responsibility for your damages, and your damages can be easily calculated, it may be possible to resolve your case in a matter of weeks. However, many personal injury cases will take at least a few months to resolve. If the other party denies responsibility for your injuries, or contests the amount of damages you have suffered, it may become necessary to file a lawsuit to pursue your claim. Personal injury lawsuits sometimes take years to resolve.
The reality is that most personal injury claims do not go to trial or even see the inside of a courtroom. Instead, most claims are settled before they go to trial. However, if you have a clear right to recover compensation and the other party denies that it is responsible for your injuries, or if it wants to contest the amount of compensation to which you claim you are entitled, it may be necessary for your case to go to trial.
At a minimum, you should be compensated for the specific financial losses that you have incurred as a result of your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages due to missed work, and property damage. If you are unable to return to your old job because of your injuries, it may be necessary to calculate your lost earning potential – or the future income you would have earned – had you not been injured.
You may also be entitled to recover pain and suffering damages, which is a more subjective determination of damages. Our veteran personal injury lawyers have decades of experience in personal injury cases, and we can use that experience to help you determine how much your personal injury case is worth.
Talk to a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney Now
Talk to an experienced Maryland personal injury lawyer at the law firm of Cohen & Dwin, P.A., today. We want to help you seek fair compensation for your injuries. Contact our Maryland office for a free and confidential consultation, during which we will review your case and discuss your legal options for pursuing justice.