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The field of personal injury law is designed to compensate victims that suffered injuries because of other people’s negligent actions. The process of making a personal injury claim is difficult and complex. Insurance companies make this process even more difficult by downplaying the severity of a victim’s injuries or by outright denying a victim’s claim.
If you recently suffered an injury, a Baltimore, Maryland personal injury lawyer can help you navigate this process that you should not go through alone. The personal injury attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A. have spent over 25 years successfully fighting to obtain proper compensation for personal injury victims.
On This Page:
- What is a Personal Injury Claim?
- What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle?
- What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Personal Injury Claim in Baltimore?
- Defenses in Personal Injury Cases
- What is a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
What is a Personal Injury Claim?
To have a viable personal injury claim, a victim must be able to prove certain legal elements. These elements are that the negligent party owed them a duty of care, breached their duty, and that this breach caused them to suffer injuries. A victim must be able to prove all of these elements by a preponderance of the evidence, i.e., 51%.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle?
The Baltimore, Maryland personal injury attorneys at Portner & Shure, P.A., handle a variety of cases including:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Defective Products
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Workers Compensation
- Wrongful Death
What Damages Can Be Recovered in a Personal Injury Claim in Baltimore?
The negligent actions of another person can cause innocent victims to suffer bodily injuries. These injuries often require emergency medical treatment. Follow-up rehabilitative treatment such as physical therapy, orthopedic care, and occupational therapy is also required in many cases. Injury victims are often unable to work due to their injuries.
In Baltimore, as in other areas, personal injury claims allow the injured party to seek compensation for the damages they have suffered as a result of someone else's negligence. Some of the types of damages that can be recovered include:
Medical Expenses: This includes the cost of medical treatment related to the injury, including hospital bills, medication, physical therapy, and other medical expenses.
Lost Wages: If the injury causes the victim to miss work or to be unable to work in the future, they can seek compensation for lost wages and lost earning capacity.
Property Damage: If the injury involves damage to the victim's property, such as a car in a car accident, they can seek compensation for the cost of repairs or replacement.
Pain and Suffering: Non-economic damages that compensate the victim for physical pain, emotional distress, and other intangible harms caused by the injury.
In cases of gross negligence, the victim may also be entitled to punitive damages. The specific damages that can be recovered will depend on the facts of the case so it is important to consult with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer to learn more.
Defenses in Personal Injury Cases
Several legal defenses can be used to defeat a personal injury lawsuit. Insurance companies use the defenses to deny claims and defend against lawsuits.
The two most commonly used defenses in Maryland are contributory negligence and assumption of risk. Contributory negligence is a defense that precludes a personal injury victim from recovering anything if the opposing party produces evidence that proves the claimant acted negligently and that their negligence contributed to the accident. Assumption of risk is a defense that precludes a personal injury victim from recovering anything if the opposing party produces evidence that proves the claimant knew of the risk of potential harm, appreciated the risk, and voluntarily undertook an action despite the risk of danger.
What is a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Victims that suffer injuries at their jobs are likely eligible to receive benefits pursuant to Maryland’s Workers’ Compensation scheme. Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to provide benefits and compensation to people who suffer injuries while working. Prior to its creation, injured employees had to sue their employer. Various legal defenses made winning these lawsuits extremely difficult. In response to this issue, the State of Maryland passed the Workers’ Compensation Act and required employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which is a form of no-fault insurance. Unlike a personal injury claim, an injured worker does not have to prove fault.
To have a viable workers’ compensation claim, the victim must have suffered an “accidental” injury that arose out of and “occurred within scope of employment.” Several benefits are available for injured workers, which are discussed in further detail on Portner & Shure, P.A.’s workers' compensation page. Be sure to give it a visit if you were recently injured while working in Baltimore.
Contact Portner & Shure, P.A. Today
If you were recently suffered an injury due to an accident, we can work with you to obtain proper financial compensation for your injuries. Our staff is fluent in English, Spanish, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean, and Vietnamese. Portner & Shure, P.A., receives no fee unless our client obtains a settlement or judgment in court.
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