Any Marylander who has sustained an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, thoughtlessness or inattention will understand that it is important to consult with a qualified Maryland personal injury attorney before making any decisions going forward. As experienced auto accident lawyers, I and my colleagues are dedicated to representing victims of car, truck and motorcycle accidents.
With years of experience in personal injury lawsuits, as well as having the needed skills and training to handle personal injury cases, we know that people are constantly being exposed to dangers, some of which can result in serious injury and even death. Be aware that any person who is intentional or carelessly injured by a negligent individual has the right to lodge a personal injury suit or claim against the negligent party.
In cases involving an automobile or commercial trucking accident, if a driver, company or other entity is found by a court to be legally responsible for the victim’s injury, the party who is liable for causing a particular injury may be ordered to pay what the law refers to as compensatory damages to cover losses incurred by the plaintiff, such as medical expenses and costs related to work-loss issues. This type of award differs from that of ”punitive damages,” which may also be rewarded under certain circumstances. Punitive damages are levied against a defendant when he court feels the responsible party needs to be punished for causing the injury.
Retaining a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can be the first step toward recovering loses due to a bad traffic collision. For more people who are seriously injured, medical bills will likely be the greatest concern, especially in cases where the victim(s) has received a traumatic injury, such as a closed-head event or spinal cord damage. Following medical and hospitalization costs, the next highest priority is usually the potential of lost wages while the victim recovers. A competent personal injury lawyer will work to get the responsible party to cover any loss of pay due to being laid up in a hospital bed.
How bad can it be? We were reminded of this after running into an article from a number of weeks ago, which described a Maryland woman who was left in critical condition due to a two-car crash in Howard County. The accident, according to reports, occurred along a stretch of Rte 32 a little before 9pm on a Tuesday evening. Based on police information, Mary A. Levant was driving a Toyota sedan eastbound on Rte 32 when she apparently lost control of the vehicle.
Reports indicate that the vehicle left the roadway and smashed into a nearby guardrail, then apparently bounced back into the highway and struck a Ford SUV. Police stated that the 64-year-old Columbia, MD, resident was seriously injured in the wreck and was subsequently taken to Maryland Shock Trauma following the accident.
News reports also stated that the 41-year-old driver of the Ford sport ute, also from Columbia, was not hurt in the collision. Although the police were still investigating the crash at the time of the news article, a preliminary check of the known facts at that time indicated that excessive speed looked to be a contributing factor. There was no mention of whether defective vehicle equipment may also have played a part in the crash.
Woman in critical condition after Howard Co. crash, BaltimoreSun.com, February 22, 2012