Being involved in an accident is frightening and you are likely facing numerous issues. One of the most important things you should do after an accident is focus on recovering from your injuries. This can be problematic when you are under a great deal of stress due to your financial outlook. After an accident, you are likely facing mounting medical bills and time lost from work. This is when it is important to work with an attorney who understands Maryland’s personal injury laws, and is willing to fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.
Maryland Auto Accident Victims
Car accident victims can suffer a broad range of injuries from minor scrapes and bruises to more serious injuries like paralysis. When someone else is responsible for those injuries, you have the right to file a civil lawsuit. However, the laws pertaining to car accidents are very complicated; Maryland follows a contributory negligence statute that is very harsh. If you are involved in an accident and you are found to be at fault in any manner, you may be barred from collecting any damages. You need to speak with a Maryland car accident attorney to determine your rights and make sure you are well-represented. Make sure you do not answer any questions posed by law enforcement officers or insurance adjusters that may be later used to prove you were partially at fault in any car accident.
Premises Liability Rules in Maryland
Property owners may be sued for negligence if they have ignored a situation on their premises which causes a slip and fall accident. For example, a store owner who knows there is a leak in their ceiling which has gone unrepaired for months can be held liable for the injuries a slip and fall victim sustains. The first burden the victim’s personal injury attorney will have is determining the property owner knew or should have known about the defect that created the conditions for the accident in the first place.
Understanding Maryland Wrongful Death Statutes
There are two primary ways to recover damages when a loved one dies because of someone’s carelessness. Maryland recognizes both survival actions and wrongful death actions which are distinctly different claims. Survival actions are brought by the estate, typically by the personal representative while wrongful death claims are brought by the family. The best way to see the distinction between the two is to consider this: survival actions are the claims that the victim could make had they survived. Therefore, loss of wages, property damages, pain and suffering, etc. would be included. Wrongful death actions may be brought by the surviving family members for loss of companionship and other non-economic damages. There are complex laws that dictate when and if a suit may be filed as well as caps on damages. Contact The Law Office of David V. Diggs, L.L.C. for additional information if you believe you have a wrongful death claim.
Maryland Dog Bite Laws
Strict liability has applied since 2014 in Maryland. This means if a dog was not leashed and attacked someone the owner can be held liable without the owner having prior knowledge. However, if a dog bit or attacked while leashed or otherwise contained, the owner may be able to prove they had no prior knowledge the dog would attack or bite and therefore may not be liable. We can help you determine if you have a dog bite attack case in Maryland.
Defamation, invasion of privacy, false arrest, and malicious prosecution are other types of personal injury claims which may be pursued by victims. In these cases, the victim must prove the other party set out to intentionally cause harm to the victim. Since these cases are sometimes difficult to prove, it is imperative your personal injury attorney have an extensive knowledge of the laws that apply and how best to present your evidence for your claim to be successful.
Nursing Home Injuries
Neglect in nursing homes can be caused by under staffing, poor training or a deliberate act of a staff member. Families depend on skilled nursing facilities to not only care for their loved ones but to ensure they remain safe. Falls, physical and emotional abuse, and other issues can occur putting your loved one in harms way. If your loved one has suffered physical or emotional injuries due to nursing home neglect or abuse, contact us immediately for assistance.
Contact The Law Office of David V. Diggs, L.L.C. located in Millersville/Severna Park if you believe you or a loved one was harmed due to someone’s negligence or deliberate action. Our offices provide services all over Maryland, including Baltimore and Annapolis.