Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer
Why Choose Our Personal Injury Attorneys?
- Our firm has been a household name in Baltimore for over 70 years.
- We have some of the top injury lawyers in the state.
- Previous clients have recovered millions for their injuries.
- We offer free consultations for all types of personal injuries.
- We take injury cases on a contingency basis. If we lose, you don’t pay!
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
After an injury in Baltimore, filing a personal injury claim may seem unnecessary. However, getting the compensation you deserve might be more difficult than you assume. Insurance companies may deny your claim and medical bills can pile up. Without legal representation, you may be stuck with costs you cannot afford. This is where a Baltimore personal injury attorney can help.
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 unlikely to end in your favor. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to assess which cases will not work in your favor. Furthermore, attorneys are able to examine situations and come up with the list of damages.
- Navigating the Legal Waters. Personal injury cases involve a lot of red tape and paperwork. An good injury attorney knows the specific procedures and can help you compile the right information.
- Alternative Dispute Resolution. In some personal injury cases, the trials are lengthy and complicated. An attorney can determine whether the best option for your case is a settlement. A lawyer will play a huge role in negotiating fair settlement terms.
- 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.
What Damages Can I Receive?
Most importantly, the purpose of damages in personal injury cases are to compensate the injured party. In some cases, it can be challenging to assign a dollar amount. Money can’t “fix” most injuries. But, the goal is to try and minimize the future consequences of the event.
Depending on the event and type of injury, the different types of damages 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. In some cases, there is a need for life-long care. An award that includes medical damages will need to include enough to cover future medical costs.
- Lost Wages. Injuries frequently result in time off of work. Lost wages, include wages that would have been earned over the rest of the plaintiff’s lifetime had the injury not occurred. They can be periodic or permanent.
- Emotional distress. Injuries are upsetting and can cause emotional distress. Psychiatric records or a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can prove damages for emotional distress.
- Punitive damages. Punitive damages are allowed in Maryland. Unlike other damages that compensate for loss, punitive damages punish. These are awarded at the discretion of the jury or the judge. Generally, they are for cases that involve an act of malice or gross negligence.
- Pain and suffering. Pain and suffering damages usually take into account the actual financial loss and then use a multiplier to come up with a final number. Read more on the topic below.
How Much Can Be Awarded for Pain & Suffering?
A common question we hear is how much can be awarded for pain and 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 and emotional pain.
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 injury was for the plaintiff
It is up to the plaintiff and their lawyer to prove pain and suffering damages to a jury. The jury will then 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. The skill of your attorney affects the amount of pain and suffering damages the jury awards you.
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Maryland has a statute of limitations on personal injury claims of three years. This limits the amount of time you have to take legal action on your injury. If you do not file a claim within this time limit, you can lose the ability to receive compensation as a result. Don’t run out of time before you can receive compensation. Contact an injury attorey right away to see if you can still file a claim.
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.
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