If you are recovering from an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you have the right to seek compensation from the person responsible. Don’t suffer financial and personal consequences alone. Our firm wants to help you recover by pursuing a financial award on your behalf.
A Pikesville car accident lawyer from Jenner Law will fight for compensation for the physical, financial, and emotional consequences of the accident. Let us alleviate some of your stress and take charge of your case, so you can focus on recovering. In the meantime, we will gather evidence to prove the cause of your accident, negotiate for a favorable financial award, and fiercely protect your rights.
How Much Compensation Will I Receive After a Car Accident?
Depending on your unique losses after the accident, you could recover two types of damages: economic and non-economic. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can help evaluate your damages.
Economic damages you could recover after getting injured in a car accident include:
- Medical expenses. These expenses include the costs of past, current, and future medical care, such as rehabilitation, therapy, doctor appointments, medications, or surgeries. If you are severely injured, we may be able to pursue compensation for life-long treatment costs.
- Cost of living with a disability. If you experience a significant change to your lifestyle because of severe injuries, compensation may be awarded for the costs of making your home and vehicle accessible. You could also claim the costs of in-home nursing care or assistance.
- Lost wages. You could recover unearned wages if you are unable to go to work during your recovery, or if your injuries will result in long-term reduced earning capacity.
- Repair or replacement of property. You could recover compensation to fix or replace your vehicle.
Non-economic damages someone could recover after getting injured in a car accident include:
- Pain and suffering. If you are suffering from mental, emotional, or physical pain from the accident, you could receive compensation. This includes loss of life enjoyment if, due to your injuries, you can no longer participate in activities you once loved.
Determining the monetary value of your suffering can be hard. Our attorneys will discuss your losses with you to arrive at a settlement goal. We can use this amount in our negotiations, so your expenses and personal losses are all accounted for in your financial award.
How Long do I Have to File a Case?
In Maryland, Md. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-101 states you have three years from the accident date to file your case.
Contacting our team as soon as possible after the accident will give us adequate time to prepare and ensure you meet the deadlines. If you can’t reach a settlement with the insurance company, we may have to file a lawsuit within the stated time frame. Miss these deadlines and risk losing your right to compensation.
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Common Injuries from a Car Accident
According to the latest data from the National Safety Council (NSC), 4.8 million people had injuries confirmed by a doctor after a car accident. Those injuries fall into at least one of these categories:
- Soft tissue injuries that involve muscles, tendons, or ligaments.
- Back injuries resulting in spasms, slipped vertebrae, compression of nerves in vertebrae, and/or back fracture.
- Neck injuries such as whiplash are caused by violent movement from the accident.
- Head injuries can be serious when they occur. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have a lasting effect on a person’s cognitive abilities and motor skills. Concussions are also common brain injuries with effects ranging in severity from headaches to memory loss.
- Psychological trauma could lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Broken bones are serious, painful injuries that can result in hospitalization or even permanent changes to your body.
- Cuts and Scrapes may require stitches or treatment for infection.
- Bruising from the impact can indicate more severe injuries.
Sustaining any injury after a car accident can interfere with your daily life and financial stability. You shouldn’t have to suffer the consequences alone.
Next Steps After a Car Accident
Your lawyer can ease the stress of the legal process while they fight for your compensation. However, you can take steps to protect yourself and prepare your case for success. After receiving medical care and before leaving the scene try to:
- Exchange insurance and contact information with everyone involved in your accident. Take a picture of other drivers’ insurance cards and driver’s licenses.
- Get contact information from any eyewitnesses.
- Do not admit fault in any way to responding officers, insurance companies, or witnesses.
- Take pictures of any vehicle damage and area conditions, e.g. potholes, broken street lights, and skid marks.
- Look around to see if there are any cameras nearby, such as surveillance or doorbell cameras. Make note of their location to see if we can get a copy of the footage later on.
- Write or record your testimony after the accident including the location, time, and date.
- Notify your car insurance company but be careful not to make an official statement.
- Keep careful records of anything pertaining to the accident.
If you need guidance, our attorney can help you prevent major mistakes and protect your rights. If you are too injured to secure evidence at the scene, informing your lawyer soon after the accident could allow them to gather it in your place.
Contact Us for Your Free Consultation After a Car Accident
After a car accident, it’s hard to know where to turn. We’ve been helping injured people recover compensation for over 35 years. With hundreds of millions of dollars recovered, we’re confident that we can make a positive difference in your life, too.
Ensure your rights are protected by securing a Pikesville car accident lawyer from Jenner Law. You can contact us by phone call or by completing a free case evaluation form on our website.