Have you or a loved one been injured because of someone else’s negligent actions? Many kinds of accidents and incidents are grounds for personal injury lawsuits and consulting with an experienced Baltimore, MD, personal injury lawyer is your first step toward justice and the financial compensation that you or your loved one deserve.
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A personal injury claim can be overwhelming. A serious injury, catastrophic injury, or wrongful death can leave you and your family reeling, struggling to recover, heal, and/or grieve. Holding the liable party accountable may be the last thing on your mind, but fair compensation is an important piece of your healing process. Medical bills, accommodations, property repairs, or mental health treatment all cost money, sometimes more than your insurance company will cover. You deserve fair compensation that allows you to seek the care and repairs you need.
Regan Zambri Long’s experienced Maryland personal injury lawyers can navigate your claim and pursue justice on your behalf. We will deal with defense lawyers and insurance companies to reach a settlement and if a fair settlement can’t be negotiated we will take your case to trial. Our attorneys offer a free consultation and case evaluation that you can schedule online or by calling 202-960-4596.
A personal injury is any injury to your body or mind that results from another person’s actions, intentional or accidental. The definition leaves a broad field to be covered by injury law firms and lawyers. Cases cover a variety of accidents and incidents, including:
When your injuries are caused by someone else’s actions, you are most likely entitled to pain and suffering damages as well as compensation for other damages and losses. Vehicle accidents and medical malpractice are two leading causes of personal injury cases. In 2021 Maryland recorded 108,656 car accidents with 40,788 people injured. And in 2022 so far, 20 medical malpractice cases have been filed in Maryland’s courts.
If you or your loved one have suffered serious personal injury as the result of another person’s negligence, you should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your options and next steps.
The best time to hire a lawyer is as soon as possible after the accident or injury occurs. Even if you aren’t sure you are ready to pursue legal action, consulting with an attorney who is experienced with injury claims in Maryland will help you understand your case and your rights. Even if your injuries and damages were minor, you should still consult with an attorney. Often it takes time for the full impact of the accident to manifest itself, and an early consultation creates a paper trail to link the accident to its injuries and damages in the future.
Maryland’s statute of limitations on personal injury cases is three years from the date of the accident or injury. Your personal injury lawyer will help you determine the right time to file your claim within the statute of limitations. Often you will wait to file your claim until you fully know the extent of your injuries and damages and once you understand (and often reach) the maximum recovery you will be able to achieve.
You and your legal counsel will do a lot of work before actually filing your personal injury lawsuit. In fact, in many claims, your lawyer will not even have to file a lawsuit. Instead, he or she will be able to negotiate a fair settlement with the liable party and/or insurance company.
The first step in pursuing a personal injury case in Baltimore is consulting with a qualified personal injury lawyer. Very rarely will it be in your best interest to take on your claim alone. Your attorney will help you collect evidence and information, draft a settlement demand, and ultimately take your case to trial if a lawsuit is required.
After you have hired a lawyer, he or she will conduct an independent investigation into the accident or incident that caused your injuries. Your lawyer will be looking for evidence of negligence and fault to prove that the other party is liable for your injuries. Evidence will include a police report, medical records, interviews with witnesses and responding authorities, collecting photos and video footage, and speaking with experts in fields such as medicine, accident reconstruction, or engineering, as appropriate to prove the liable party’s negligence.
Once the investigation is completed, your attorney will write up a settlement demand to present to the liable party’s lawyer or insurance company, beginning the settlement negotiation process. If a successful settlement is agreed upon, your claim is completed. If not, your lawyer may recommend taking the case to trial.
Only an estimated 5 percent of personal injury cases proceed to a trial, meaning 95 percent of cases reach a fair settlement without any courtroom proceedings. If yours is one of the few that requires further legal action, your lawyer will file your personal injury complaint with the appropriate Maryland court, which is then served to the liable party or parties. From there, your lawyer will work to further build your already-established case and prepare counters to any evidence or claims the liable party will make. Before the trial starts in full both sides will have another chance to negotiate a settlement. If the case must go all the way through the trial, a jury will hear the evidence, announce a verdict, and award damages. If no one disagrees with the jury verdict, your case will be closed. If anyone appeals the verdict, the process may repeat itself as it goes through the various courts of appeal.
A personal injury claim is a serious matter. When another person’s negligence causes you injury and damage, he or she must be held accountable for those actions. Likewise, you deserve financial compensation to help you recover from your injuries and adjust to life after the accident or incident.
The most important piece in your Baltimore injury claim is having an experienced attorney on your side. Regan Zambri Long is a law firm filled with top injury lawyers ready to take on your case. Our personal injury law firm has been practicing law for more than 25 years, but our Baltimore attorneys and paralegals have decades of cumulative experience with cases like yours.
With knowledge about Maryland’s laws and processes, you can rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands with us. Our legal team has recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims and we can recover compensation for you, too. Schedule your free case evaluation today online or by calling 202-960-4596.
When you’ve suffered an injury due to negligence, you are eligible to claim both economic and non-economic damages. When you calculate these damages, you and your lawyer will come up with a monetary number to represent the ways the accident has financially impacted you. Economic damages are generally quantifiable losses, including:
Non-economic damages are less easily quantifiable but still significant losses, including:
If the negligent party acted with special recklessness or disregard for others, or if intentional action was involved, you may be able to claim punitive damages as well. This award does not compensate you for any particular losses but instead serves as further punishment for the liable party and a deterrent for others. If the liable party acted against you with malicious intent and is facing criminal charges in Maryland, you are still allowed to sue in civil court for the injuries and damages you suffered.
In most personal injury cases you will need evidence to prove the negligence of the liable party. This could be a police report, witness statements, photos or video footage of the accident, or your medical records. When you consult with a Baltimore attorney from Regan Zambri Long, he or she will help you determine what evidence is needed to prove negligence and pursue financial compensation.
Legally speaking, negligence is comprised of four components: 1) that the negligent party had a duty of care to behave in a certain way, 2) that the duty was breached by the negligent action, 3) that the breach caused the accident or incident, and 4) that you suffered injury or damage as a direct result of the breach.
A thorough investigation will usually determine liability following an accident. Liability could belong to a drunk driver who caused a car accident, a road maintenance crew who failed to conduct their work safely or provide adequate warning and signage, or a landlord or other property owner who failed to maintain the safety of their premises. Many other people or groups can be liable for negligence, so if you were injured or had your property damaged as the result of someone else’s actions, you should consult with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer to determine the extent of your case.
Maryland is one of the few states still following pure contributory negligence laws. Under contributory negligence, any person or party found to be at all responsible for an accident or injury is completely barred from claiming compensation in an injury case. This makes it crucial that you have an experienced personal injury lawyer working on your behalf to protect you from carrying any liability for your accident and injuries.
Each injury case is different, and the time each one requires depends on the facts, evidence, and injuries, the willingness of the liable party or parties to take responsibility, and whether the case is settled pretrial or must proceed to court. Once your claim process begins, it may take between 1 and 3 years to be finished. However, if the facts and evidence are clear-cut or the injuries and damages are minor, your case could be settled sooner. A consultation with a Baltimore injury will give you a better idea of how long your case may take, but remember that your lawyer cannot account for any delays or procrastinating on the part of the liable party.
Many accident victims may worry that pursuing a claim or lawsuit will cost them more financially than the compensation is worth. And depending on the law firm you choose, that could be true. However, Regan Zambri Long believes that legal fees should not stand in the way of justice in personal injury claims. That’s why our Baltimore injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. We don’t collect any legal fees until we’ve won a recovery in your favor. If we are unable to recover compensation for you, we waive all the fees.
At Regan Zambri Long, our Baltimore personal injury attorneys are committed to providing the best legal advice in town. Our law firm and lawyers are consistently recognized by the press and peers alike as being top-tier counsel for injured victims. We work tirelessly to achieve favorable results for you.
We recovered $3.5 million in a medical malpractice case for the surviving family of a Maryland man who died as the result of negligent medical care. We also recovered $5 million after a fatal vehicle accident involving a drunk driver.
Our Baltimore personal injury lawyers will negotiate with the liable party’s insurance company and lawyer to settle your case and where settlement isn’t possible, we will pursue a jury verdict on your behalf. Call today at 202-960-4596 to schedule your free consultation.