Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer

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Maryland personal injury lawyers are legal professionals who have graduated from at least a four-year university program, passed the written Maryland State Bar Examination, the Multistate Bar Examination, the Multistate Essay Examination, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam, and are now free to practice in any field of law.

However, it is rare to find a personal injury lawyer who practices other forms of law. Most of these lawyers not only limit their practice to personal injury law, but tend to concentrate on specific areas within that broad field of law. Whereas one attorney's specialties may be vehicle accidents and workman's compensation, another lawyer's specialties may be medical malpractice and nursing home claims. Concentration in specific areas is necessary because each area requires special skills and expertise.

Personal injury is the legal definition of an injury to a person's body as opposed to an injury to a person's property. Personal injury can also include emotional and mental injury. A personal injury lawsuit, therefore, is a lawsuit which alleges that the plaintiff's injury or illness has been caused as a direct or indirect result of another person's negligence.

Personal injury claims may be divided into two types, including general damages personal injury claim and special damages and future loss personal injury claim.

General damages involve a demand for restitution for any emotional or physical pain and suffering that may be endured as the result of an injury or accident which has taken place as a result of negligence.

Special damages, on the other hand, will refer to any monetary loss which has been incurred as a result of the injury or accident. It also includes costs directly resulting from the injury, as well as earnings that have been lost as well. Expenses typically associated with special damage claims include damage to property and medical treatment expenses, as well as loss of pay for any time spent in the hospital.

If it can be proven that any part of the injury was partly or wholly the fault of the plaintiff or that the plaintiff did not attempt to keep health care and lost income at a minimum, their claims can be greatly reduced.

Personal injury law encompasses a wide scope, including such types of cases as slip-and-fall accidents, medical malpractice, construction or worker's compensation accidents, product liability, automotive accidents, toxic exposure, or any other instance of accident or injury which is due to another's negligence. Even cases like slander, libel, false arrest or false imprisonment are covered under personal injury law.

Wrongful death cases are another aspect of personal injury law. A family member such as a spouse, parent or child can sue for loss of income or loss of consortium incurred by a wrongful death. There are personal injury lawyers who specialize in wrongful death cases, and who can help assist a grieving family with their claim.

The primary objective of a personal injury lawyer is to help injured persons obtain the largest monetary settlement possible for any losses or expenses related to an accident, including medical bills, lost wages, and emotional distress. Since most personal injury claims involve obtaining settlements from insurance companies, the personal injury lawyer's expertise allows them to overcome the bureaucratic and strategical hurdles presented by these companies.

A personal injury lawyer fights for you, from the initial settlement discussions with the insurance company all the way to the courtroom. Many cases are settled outside the courtroom, but your attorney can get you significantly more than you may get on your own. They can fight for lost wages, past and current medical expenses, future anticipated medical care, property damage costs and pain and suffering. If you are looking at a future in which you will have a reduced ability to make money, your lawyer can fight for those damages as well.

In Maryland, clients are not usually charged any fees upfront. Personal injury lawyers usually work on a contingency basis, whereby they take a portion of settlements awarded to their clients. Studies show that claims in which lawyers are employed receive as much as two-and-a-half times as those where lawyers are not involved. If you have been injured through the negligence of another person, a company or a group, seek out a personal injury lawyer today to begin the process of receiving all the compensation to which you are entitled.


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