In addition to medical malpractice claims, the lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have years of experience handling cases involving serious personal injury. Read on to learn more about personal injury claims in Maryland and consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your options.
Before you can file a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Maryland, you must meet a series of basic criteria. First, for most personal injury cases, a victim only has three years from the date of the accident to file the claim.1 If you wait too long, you are completely barred from recovery.
Second, as the name implies, a personal injury claim can only be filed if the victim actually sustained an injury. The accident must have resulted in severe injuries and/or other damages, such as lost wages. Once you prove that the defendant was negligent, you must also show that the injuries sustained were the direct result of the accident. The accident could be a vehicle collision, a slip and fall, or any other event where another person’s negligent acts/omissions caused you to be injured. The plaintiff must show that the accident happened solely as a result of someone else’s negligence. Otherwise, the defense attorneys will invoke the contributory negligence statute, which prevents recovery if you share blame for the injury because you were also negligent.
Third, once you show that the accident was caused due to the negligence of the defending party, you must also prove that it resulted in physical, mental, and financial harm. Meeting all of the aforementioned criteria means that you most likely have a valid personal injury claim in Maryland.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
Without the help of an experienced attorney, you may make a common mistake that could cost you the compensation you deserve. Common mistakes made by most people involved in personal injury claims include:
— Waiting too long to sue.
— Communicating with the responsible party’s insurance company.
— Accepting the first settlement check offered to you.
— Refusing to seek medical attention.
— Failing to seek experienced counsel.
If you have specific questions regarding your personal injury claim or lawsuit, call the lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC.
Contact The Law Offices of Cardaro & Peek, LLC Today
Have you experienced an injury as a result of a vehicle collision or other accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Cardaro & Peek, LLC today.
The lawyers at Cardaro & Peek, LLC have the experience and resources necessary to investigate and litigate all types of medical claims throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. Cardaro & Peek, LLC has medical personnel on staff and has access to nationally recognized, board-certified physicians and other experts, to assist in the investigation, analysis, and prosecution of all types of medical malpractice claims. If you or a loved one have experienced malpractice, give us a call at 410-752-6166. Please visit our website www.cardarolaw.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for more information.
1MD Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-101.