Unfortunately, accidents happen every day in Maryland and throughout the
United States. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident
due to the carelessness or recklessness of another, then you may be able
to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault
party. Whether you have been hurt in a
car accident, slip and fall, or an instance of medical malpractice in the Baltimore
area, the attorneys at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt can help.
We have represented numerous clients in successfully resolving their injury claims.
Injury Accidents and Negligence Law
Personal injury claims can arise in a variety of ways including, but not
limited to: automobile accidents, drowning, nursing home falls, spinal
cord injury, toxic torts and exposure, work injuries and wrongful death.
An individual who is injured can typically file a negligence claim against
the at-fault party. Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care
in one’s actions. Reasonable care is defined as how a prudent person
would act in the same or similar circumstances. As such, what is considered
‘reasonable’ will vary according to the circumstances. For
example, a reasonable automobile driver would obey the traffic laws and
drive in a way that would not endanger others on the road. Another example
of behaving reasonably would be when a shop owner puts up a “wet
floor” sign after the floor has been mopped so as to alert customers
of the potential danger of slipping. Essentially, reasonableness is determined
by the context and circumstances of a particular situation.
In order to prevail on a negligence claim, the plaintiff must establish
the following elements: i) the defendant owed plaintiff a duty of care;
ii) defendant breached that duty; and iii) the defendant’s breach
was the proximate cause of plaintiff’s harm. All of these elements
need to be established for a plaintiff to be able to seek compensation
for his or her injuries.
Plaintiffs who successfully establish negligence may be able to recover
a variety of damages including past, present and future medical expenses,
pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, therapy costs, property damage,
and any other cost arising from the accident. The specific amount of compensation
a plaintiff will ultimately obtain depends on the exact nature and extent
of the harm suffered. If you’ve lost someone due to the negligence
of another, then you might be eligible to receive wrongful death damages.
It is important to note that plaintiffs have a limited time frame to file
a personal injury lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations. Under
Maryland law, an injured party has three years from the date of the accident
to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. Failure to act within
this time can result in being barred from pursuing a claim altogether.
Lawyers Protecting Injured Victims’ Rights in Prince George’s County
At Wais, Vogelstein, Forman & Offutt,
our injury lawyers have experience handling virtually all types of accident claims for clients
throughout Prince George’s County. Our talented team of attorneys
has over 100 years of combined experience. We proudly represent clients
throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C. We attempt to get each of our
clients the maximum amount of compensation allowed under the law. While
we try to settle every case as efficiently as possible, we are not afraid
to zealously advocate for you in the courtroom if necessary.
If you want to learn more about your legal rights and options, please do
not hesitate to contact us online or call us at (410) 567-0800 for a