Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in Baltimore, you may wish to seek legal representation. That’s where our personal injury lawyers come in.
Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation with our team.
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 trial lawyers in the state.
- We have help previous clients recover 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?
If you or a loved one were injured, you may think that you can handle it on your own. Filing a personal injury claim may seem like a straightforward process, but there are many intricacies involved. There are elements of negligence you must satisfy before making a claim. You will also require a legal advocate who is familiar with the laws in your jurisdiction. 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 experienced lawyer knows these 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?
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. 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 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. The responsible party must pay for those costs. In some cases, life-long care is needed. An award that includes medical damages will need to include enough to cover future medical costs, as well.
- Lost Wages. Injuries frequently result in time off of work. Lost wages can be periodic or permanent. Lost wages, include wages that would have been earned over the rest of the plaintiff’s lifetime had the injury not occurred.
- 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.
- Loss of companionship. Also called “loss of consortium,” these damages exist to compensate certain family members for the loss of a relationship. Loss of a relationship happens when someone dies. They can also apply to situations in which the victim is changed significantly as a result of the injury. Examples include, if a spouse is unable to have intimate relations or 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.
Statute of Limitations
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. Don’t run out of time before you can receive compensation. Contact an attorney right away to see if you can still file a claim.
How Much Can Be Awarded for Pain & Suffering?
One of the questions we often receive 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.
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.
“These lawyers understand the world of medicine and physicians. They helped my family make sense of what happened, and helped us recover what was rightfully ours.” – Dana