What should you do if you're involved in an accident?

Your actions immediately after an automobile accident can actually impact what your case my ultimately be worth. An experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney will have specific recommendations about steps you need to take to protect yourself and your rights. For years, major insurance companies have been circulating lists of post accident advice, and many of the suggestions make sense. For example, State Farm advises that you "[d]on't sign any document unless it's for the police or your insurance agent; [m]ake immediate notes about the accident, including specific damages to all vehicles involved, witness information, etc; [d]on't tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was; [and to] state only the facts, and limit your discussion of the accident to the police and your insurance agent". While it's hard to argue with what your insurance company tells you to do, the list is hardly exhaustive. An experienced personal injury attorney will advise you to seek medical attention immediately. Even if you do not feel you or family members are seriously injured, it is always a good idea to let a medical professional make that determination for you. Secondly, take pictures of everything: the tags on the vehicles; the vehicles themselves-being careful to note any damage; the other drivers; the accident scene- noting stoplights, lane markings, direction of travel etc. Note the presence of police, city or commercial cameras. With 8 million cameras in the country, more and more things are recorded on video. Cell phones work, and almost everyone has one, but an actual camera produces higher quality pictures. Many Baltimore personal injury attorneys also recommend that their clients that have sustained serious injury keep a "pain diary". A "pain diary" is a chronology of the days, weeks, and possibly months after the accident, detailing daily social, work or household activities that are made more difficult, or impossible, by the injuries from the accident. In some instances, and injury victim is not asked to recall the nature of their injuries until months, or years, later. The diary can be an invaluable document for recreating the process of healing and recuperation.

Property damage in personal injury lawsuits

The notion that there is a correlation between the dollar amount of property damage in a motor vehicle accident, and the severity of a personal injury has some logical appeal. If a car’s front end is smashed in, then the occupants would seem...

Lost wages in personal injury settlements

The recovery of past lost wages in some personal injury claims amounts to little more than mathematics. The average weekly hours a person works before their accident, multiplied buy their hourly wage, multiplied by the amount of time missed....

Personal injury settlement: Medical bills

Maryland, like many states, has enacted a statute that sets the right of health insurance providers, or third party payors generally, to assert a claim on the proceeds of a personal injury lawsuit. Knowledge of these provisions is a key in getting...

How Much Will I get for my Personal Injury Case?

Of course the most important consideration in any personal injury award is the “in your pocket” number. After attorney fees, litigation costs, outstanding medical balances, and everything else has been accounted for: “How much do...

How much is the case worth?

Medical expenses are one variable in the value of any case. They impact the value in a direct sense. A claims adjuster, judge, or juror, at some point will be presented with those bills. The injured person is entitled to collect the amounts paid, in...

What is the value of an injury claim?

Two things remain true about the valuation of a personal injury case. One, it is one of the core functions of a personal injury lawyer – to assess the likely outcome of a claim at trial. Ideally, this is done with a balance of reason and...

How much is a personal injury case worth?

I’ve said elsewhere that it is by far any away the most common and frequent question that I’m asked. In addition, though, it is probably the most legitimate. The primary role of a personal injury attorney is getting their injured client...
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