Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer
Every day, careless inattention causes injuries that severely impact people’s lives. When these incidents occur, those who’ve been injured may wish to seek legal representation. That’s where our personal injury lawyers come in.
If you’ve recently been involved in an accident or obtained an injury in Baltimore, contact our law office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Maryland has a statute of limitations on personal injury claims that limits the amount of time you have to take legal action on your injury. Don’t wait until your time runs out, call us today.
Personal Injury Cases Our Firm Takes On
The personal injury attorneys at Murphy, Falcon & Murphy have represented hundreds of clients in injury cases, leading to multi-million verdicts and dollar settlements. We’ve spent decades successfully resolving claims involving car accidents, trucking accidents, wrongful death, nursing home neglect and abuse, exposure to toxic substances, and more. In addition to these, we defend the following personal injury claims:
Personal Injury Damages Awarded in Baltimore
The purpose of damages as they relate to a personal injury case is to compensate the injured party for any financial, physical, emotional, or psychological injury incurred as a result of the negligent party’s action or inaction. It’s challenging to assign a dollar amount to pain and suffering. Most injuries can’t be “fixed” with money, but the goal is to try and minimize the future consequences of the event.
Depending on the type of injury and the extent of the consequences suffered by the plaintiff, the different types of damages that can be awarded include:
- Medical bills. Medical care is expensive. Even a single visit to the doctor with a few lab tests can be enough to cause financial hardship. If the injured party receives medical care or testing of any kind, needs hospitalization, nursing home support, physical therapy, or wound care, the responsible party has to pay for those costs. In some cases, the care needed is life-long. An award that includes medical damages will need to include enough to cover future medical costs, as well.
- Wages lost. Injuries frequently result in time off of work. Lost wages can be from periodic time off to attend doctor or therapy appointments, leaves of absence for recovery time, or permanent or partial disability. To calculate lost wages, it may be necessary to compensate based on wages that would have been earned over the rest of the plaintiff’s lifetime if the injury had not occurred.
- Emotional distress. Injuries and accidents are upsetting and can cause emotional distress with long-term ramifications for some people. Proof in the form of psychiatric records or a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are usually needed to receive damages for emotional distress.
- Wrongful death. Family members of someone who has been killed in an accident due to another person’s negligence or act of malice, can sue for wrongful death. Who can file a wrongful death suit is decided by each state. Every state allows for a spouse to sue and parents can sue on behalf of minor children. Whether or not adult children, siblings, or distant relatives can sue varies from state to state. In Maryland, who can sue also depends on who has survived the decedent.
- Loss of companionship. Also called “loss of consortium,” these damages exist to compensate certain family members for the loss of the relationship. Loss of a relationship happens when someone dies but it also applies to situations in which the victim is changed significantly as a result of the accident or injury. Examples include, if a spouse is unable to have intimate relations, or if a spouse can no longer carry out household tasks.
- Punitive damages. Punitive damages are not allowed in all states. They are allowed in Maryland. Unlike the other types of damages that are designed to compensate for loss, punitive damages are designed to punish. These are awarded at the discretion of the jury or the judge. Generally, they are for cases that involve an act of malice.
- Pain and suffering. Sympathetic juries are inclined to award large amounts in damages for pain and suffering. This is why many insurance companies prefer to settle cases. Pain and suffering damages usually take into account the actual financial loss and then use a multiplier to come up with a final number.
How Much Can Be Awarded for Pain & Suffering?
“Pain and suffering” is a non-economic category of damages. It refers to intangible harms that do not come with a set price tag, unlike medical bills or lost wages. Pain and suffering can encompass physical pain, emotional distress, mental anguish, lost quality of life, loss of consortium, and other such damages. An accident victim in Baltimore can seek recovery for things such as depression, anxiety, fear, PTSD, and nightmares.
The amount the plaintiff will receive for pain and suffering depends on many different factors, including:
- Severity and extent of injuries
- Impact the injuries will have on the victim’s life
- Age of the victim
- The nature of the defendant’s actions
- How traumatic the accident was for the plaintiff
It is up to the plaintiff and his/her lawyer to prove pain and suffering damages to a jury, which will calculate the award amount using either the multiplier or per diem method. The multiplier method multiples the amount of compensatory damages by a number from one to five depending on the severity of harm.
The per diem method calculates pain and suffering for each day the person is in recovery. Your attorney’s skill can greatly affect the amount of pain and suffering damages the jury awards you.
How Are Personal Injury Claims Paid Out?
Once you secure compensation for your personal injuries, you have the task of allocating your settlement or judgment across the parties you owe. The insurance company will mail you a check for your losses within a few weeks of the completion of your case. You will sign a release upon receiving a check that absolves the insurance company and defendant of further liability for the incident.
The defendant may file an appeal, which could mean you won’t get your settlement for a year or longer. Getting your money after a settlement or verdict can get more complicated if you aren’t working with an insurance company. You might receive a lump sum or installations of payments.
Common Personal Injury Case Examples
As the recent victim of a personal injury accident, you might not know if your case qualifies as a personal injury lawsuit. It’s always worthwhile to contact a lawyer for free after an incident to find out if you have grounds for a claim. In the meantime, review some common personal injury case examples to see if they sound similar to what you’ve experienced.
Here are three examples of common personal injury cases that occur in Maryland:
- Car Accident Case– You might have a car accident lawsuit if someone else’s negligence – such as that of a drunk or distracted driver – caused or contributed to your accident. Truck accidents are especially open to lawsuits, because trucking companies have strict responsibilities for the safety of others.
- Slip & Fall Accident – It’s possible to file a claim against a careless property owner after you suffer a slip and fall or other type of injury due to a property defect or hazard. If the landowner should have resolved the issue but did not, he or she could be liable for your injuries.
- Defective Products– A products liability personal injury claim centers on a dangerous or defective consumer item, such as a household appliance, auto part, or child’s toy. Manufacturers may be liable for consumer injuries even if they weren’t negligent.
Sports incidents, acts of violence, dog attacks, recreation accidents, burn injuries, medical malpractice, birth injuries, and wrongful death are other examples of grounds for personal injury claims in Baltimore. Contact our law firm if you believe you may have the right to file a lawsuit against one or more parties for you or a loved one’s recent injuries.
Why Should You Seek Legal Representation?
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, you may think that you can handle it on your own. While filing a personal injury claim may seem like a straightforward process, there are many intricacies involved. There are elements of negligence you must satisfy before you can make a claim. Furthermore, you will require a legal advocate who is familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction to help you file the claim appropriately and within the required time frame. Here are a few reasons you should consider having an experienced lawyer for your personal injury case.
- Experience in Assessing Claims. Some personal injury claims are a waste of time and are likely not to end in your favor. Experienced personal injury lawyers are skilled in assessing claims and determining which cases will not work in your favor. Furthermore, attorneys are able to examine situations and come up with the list of damages that should be demanded.
- Navigating the Legal Waters. Personal injury cases involve a lot of red tape and paperwork. An experienced lawyer is used to these procedures and can help you compile the required paperwork and talk to the right people to help your claim start immediately. It is worth noting that each state has its own laws on filing personal injury claims. With a competent lawyer, your claim can be filed in accordance with the rules and statutory limits of your jurisdiction.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution. In some personal injury cases, the trials are lengthy and complicated. An experienced attorney will determine whether your case is better off settled in court or through other alternative dispute resolution methods. Additionally, if your case is to be settled using dispute resolution methods, your lawyer will play a huge role in negotiating terms that are fair to your position.
- Understand and Abide by Statute of Limitations. For personal injury claims in Maryland, you generally have three years from the date of the incident to file a claim. If you do not file a claim within this time period, you may lose your right to compensation. Because of this, it is imperative to contact a personal injury lawyer right away to ensure that you are not missing any deadlines.
Schedule a Free Consultation Today
With our experience and dedication, we fight for the best possible outcome for our clients. At Murphy, Falcon & Murphy we are prepared to work with you to get the results you deserve. If you have experienced a serious personal injury because of the negligence or outright action of another, you may be eligible to file a claim.
We encourage you to explore your options with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer from our firm, starting with a free consultation over the phone. Call (410) 983-6266 today. We’re open 24 hours.