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Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Maryland

If you were injured due to the careless, reckless, or negligent conduct of another person or party, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. By filing a claim, you can seek financial compensation for your injury-related damages, such as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. 

Navigating the legal process can be challenging without an attorney by your side. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our Baltimore personal injury lawyers are here to guide you and provide the answers you need. Most importantly, we are here to fight for the maximum compensation you are owed so that you can begin to heal and move forward with your life. 

From our office in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Baltimore County and all of Maryland. Call (443) 201-2334 or contact us online for a free consultation.

What Is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Cases in Maryland?

The deadline for filing your personal injury lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations, in Maryland is three years from the date of the accident or injury. There are some exceptions to this rule; for example, you have just one year from the date of injury to file a lawsuit against a state government agency. However, in nearly all cases, you have three years to bring your claim in court.

If the statute of limitations expires before you file your lawsuit, you will almost certainly lose your right to sue the liable party for damages. The court will likely dismiss your case, and you will not be able to recover any monetary compensation.

What Must Be Proved to Have a Successful Personal Injury Claim? 

As the person bringing the claim, known as the “plaintiff,” you have the burden of proof. This means that you are the one responsible for proving your claim. Unlike in criminal cases, in which the defendant must be proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the burden of proof is much lower in civil cases. You must only prove that the defendant is more likely than not to have caused your injury and damages. 

To have a successful personal injury claim, you must typically prove each of the following: 

  • You were injured and suffered measurable damages for which you can be compensated
  • The defendant owed you a duty of care, meaning they had a legal responsibility to take certain measures to prevent/avoid certain acts that could cause foreseeable injury 
  • The defendant breached the duty of care, either by acting negligently, wrongfully, or with intent to cause bodily injury/harm 
  • The defendant’s act or omission was the proximate cause of your injury 
  • You were not responsible whatsoever for the accident or incident that led to your injury 

The exact details of your case may affect the various elements you must prove. For example, if you were injured after slipping and falling on someone else’s property, you will likely need to prove that you were lawfully on the property (i.e., not trespassing) when the incident occurred. If you were injured in a car or truck accident, you must prove that you were not even one percent at fault for the crash. 

Our Baltimore personal injury attorneys can help you build a strong, solid case. We work with teams of experts—including accident reconstructionists, economists, medical professionals, and others—who help us determine what happened, review the nature of your injuries and the extent of your damages, and identify the liable party. Armed with this information, we provide aggressive and focused legal representation aimed at maximizing your recovery.

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Does Maryland Have Caps on Personal Injury Damages? 

Maryland is one of several states to impose caps, or limits, on certain types of personal injury damages. Specifically, the state caps non-economic damages, or those that do not have a set dollar value.

Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering 
  • Emotional distress
  • Lost earning capacity 
  • Disfigurement 
  • Mental anguish 

Non-economic damages caps apply in all types of personal injury cases in Maryland. Different caps apply in different scenarios; for example, non-economic damages are capped at different amounts for medical malpractice injuries resulting from a single incident, medical malpractice claims involving wrongful death with more than one beneficiary, non-medical malpractice injuries resulting from the same event, etc. Each personal injury damages cap is adjusted annually to reflect inflation rates. 

Why Hire a Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer? 

While there is no law requiring you to hire a personal injury attorney, it is strongly recommended that you do so. Numerous studies have shown that people who work with personal injury lawyers tend to receive better settlements than those who try to resolve their claims on their own. Additionally, if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, your attorney can help you prepare for litigation and take your case to trial. 

At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we strive to make the legal process simple with as little stress as possible for you. We do this by: 

  • Meeting with you at no cost to discuss the details of your case 
  • Handling every aspect of your case on your behalf
  • Communicating with the insurance company so you don’t have to
  • Working with renowned experts to gather evidence and build your case
  • Assisting you in finding and receiving medical care (if needed)
  • Continuously communicating with you about your case
  • Remaining consistently available and accessible to you throughout the process
  • Only collecting attorney fees and litigation-related costs if we recover compensation for you

Our firm is known for its aggressive approach—we will do everything possible to ensure our clients receive the full, fair amount they are owed, even if that means taking their cases to court. You can rely on our legal team to be there for you, ready to fight for your rights every step of the way.

Schedule a free initial consultation with our personal injury lawyers in Baltimore today; call (443) 201-2334 or contact us online. Hablamos español. 

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