Maryland Car Accident Attorney
I've handled hundreds of car accident cases in which my clients have sustained serious personal injury, incurred huge medical bills and lost wages, and were caused to suffer pain and endure mental anguish. The process of recovering compensation for those injuries can be lengthy and frustrating for the injury victim. Legitimate questions arise during the course of the claim, from notification, to negotiation, to litigation. In the articles that follow, I'll give you an insider's view of the anatomy of a car accident case from beginning to end.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE IN A MARYLAND CAR ACCIDENT?
Your actions immediately after a Maryland automobile accident can actually be somewhat critical. An experienced attorney will have specific recommendations about steps you need to take to protect yourself, and your rights. We've all seen the lists of do's and dont's in the wake of any accident.
An experienced lawyer will tell you in no uncertain terms you to seek medical attention immediately after the car accident -even if you do not feel you or family members are seriously injured. Let a doctor make that determination for you and your family. Secondly, take pictures of everything: the vehicles themselves; the tags on the vehicles; other drivers, and of course the accident scene. Cell phones will work but camera produces higher quality pictures. You must write down the names and contact information of any witnesses. With more than 8 million surveillance cameras in the country, Maryland car and automobile accidents are increasingly recorded on video. Accordingly, you should note the presence of police, city or commercial cameras.
REPORTING YOUR MARYLAND CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM
Most attorneys will report a Maryland automobile accident to the at fault driver's liability carrier as part of handling your case. You can also fill out a PIP application, or assist you in that process. But the consensus is that you, as the insured car or automobile accident victim, must at least notify your insurer of the incident as part of your obligations under your automobile accident insurance. I can also assist you in the property damage aspect of your accident, which is typically resolved in the first instance with your own insurance company, as well.
CAN I RECOVER LOST WAGES
You bet. If you are hurt in a car and have to miss work, those wages lost are recoverable. If you are put on light duty, you're entitled to recover the difference. A significantly injured
victim unable to return to their usual employment may recover for a loss of future earning capacity. An experienced attorney will advise his or her client about the obligation to diligently look for work and keep records.
WHAT'S INVOLVED IN A MARYLAND AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT CLAIM
Claims are separated into two categories: pre-suit and suit. "Presuit" would be any car accident claim that resolves prior to the commencement of litigation [i.e. a lawsuit]. Presuit automobile claims processing typically involves setting up the claim, investigation of liability and witnesses, gathering information such a police reports, medical records, surveillance films and the like, and then presenting that information to an adjuster, and negotiating an appropriate settlement figure. If that process is unsuccessful, then attorneys that try their cases will file suit. Suit can be filed in district court, where the limit of recovery is $30,ooo, but a trial date can be had within 60 days.