When Should You Sue After a Car Accident?
In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, I've had clients tell me repeatedly, they are simply unable to focus because of the number of pressing concerns. Sometimes, the fog can last for hours, or days. After you’ve been in a car accident, one's mind races between thoughts like:
- “How did this happen?”
- “Am I okay?”
- “Is the other driver okay?”
- “What happened to my car?” ,
- “How will I afford to fix this?”
- “Is my insurance rate going to skyrocket because of this?”
Not surprisingly, being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience, whether you’ve sustained serious injury or not. While some car accidents are simple "fender benders", many others cause serious destruction that can not only ruin someone’s car, but also change the course of their life. Those questions outlined above are what I would refer to as the more "practical" concerns for a person hit with an unexpected calamity. There are other less obvious questions, and concerns, that will need to be addressed. This is area of law where I focus my practice. If you’ve had the misfortune of being involved in a serious car accident, other legitimate, pressing questions arise.
- How seriously hurt are you?
- Do you have a permanent injury or disability?
- Who pays your medical bills?
- Who makes up for your lost wages?
- What if you need future medical care?
- What non-economic compensation should you receive?
- What is fair value for your claim?
- Does contributory negligence play a role in your case?
Maryland law sets the type of compensation, called “damages”, and provides instructions for jurors to consider key factors when determining how much the plaintiff should be awarded.
- The nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries
- How long it will take the plaintiff to recover from the injuries
- How those injuries affect the mental and physical health of the plaintiff
- Any scarring or disfigurement that will leave the plaintiff with a lifetime of embarrassment
- Medical expenses immediately after the accident, as well as the cost of current and future medical treatment
- The plaintiff’s past, present, and future loss of earnings or earning potential
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact me immediately. I have two decades of experience helping people in your position get the compensation that is owed to them. The longer you wait to file after the accident, the harder it can be to prove your case, so contact me today to schedule your free initial consultation.Accidental injury is something for which you can never fully prepare, no matter how careful you are. Even if you use extraordinary caution in every area of your life, you cannot protect yourself from every accident.
Accidents, by their very nature are unexpected happenings.
As an experienced personal injury attorney, I know what it takes to collect the compensation injury victims deserve. Factors to be considered include:
- Medical bills for hospital stays, surgeries, doctor visits, or trips to the emergency room that you had to pay for because of the injury
- Wages you lost because you were unable to work while your injury healed
- Wages you will lose if your injury prevents you from working in the near or distant future
- Damages to your property that resulted from the accident
- Emotional pain and suffering
-This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 5/27/20.