Anyone who has experienced a serious physical injury as the result of a car, truck or motorcycle accident already knows the extent to which medical treatment can impact one’s financial situation. Medical care, including emergency room treatment, surgery, recovery and subsequent rehabilitation are all expensive and, most often, necessary following a very bad traffic collision. Whether it’s an injury received in a pedestrian accident here in Baltimore City, a municipal bus crash over in the District, or a bike crash in Annapolis, the odds are some medical costs will be associated with one or more of those incidents.
As Maryland personal injury lawyers and auto accident attorneys, I and my legal staff are dedicated to helping victims recover costs related to a roadway accident caused by another individual’s careless or negligent act. Some accidents are worse than others, such as high-speed motorcycle collisions or multiple-vehicle wrecks caused by a commercial truck driver. Of course, other factors come into play, but the chances of a serious or life-threatening injury can be quite high even for in-town crashes involving passenger cars or light trucks.
Understanding one’s rights under the law is essential following a serious personal injury accident. Many people who have been badly hurt in a car or trucking-related collision may find they do have just cause to file a personal injury claim if the person who caused the crash did so either intentionally or through a thoughtless or careless and negligent act.
Here at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, our primary objective is to fight for our clients so that they might obtain full compensation for the costs associated with serious and permanently disabling emotional and physical injuries resulting from any kind of road accident or other physically injurious event. Once a defendant is found by the court to be legally responsible for another individual’s injury or injuries, then that person may be ordered to pay what we refer to as compensatory damages to the injured person or persons.
Compensatory damages are levied in an effort to help the injured plaintiff recover as fully as is possible. Many people have also heard of “punitive damages,” which can also be levied against the negligent party as a punishment for having caused the accident, and therefore the injuries, to the plaintiff. Since medical bills can mount up fairly quickly following a bad car or trucking accident, it is best not to wait too long to consider a legal action against the other driver. This is all the more important, because many times the injured person cannot work during his or her recuperation and should therefore also claim their lost wages as part of the lawsuit.
These kinds of actions often happen following a serious accident. Adults as well as children can be hurt or killed in senseless auto mobile accidents like the one we came across late last year. In that instance, a woman who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 695 crashed head-on into a car carrying another woman and her two young children. The wrong-way driver died as a result and also ended up killing a three-year-old toddler in the other vehicle.
According to news reports, the collision took place in Baltimore County on a late Sunday evening. Based on a news article, a 21-year-old Dundalk, MD, resident somehow ended up going the wrong way along the Curtis Creek Drawbridge; a situation for which police and local residents could not find an immediate reason or cause.
In the aftermath of the collision, the 29-year-old mother, her toddler and a two-month-old baby were all taken to the hospital for emergency treatment; the three-year-old died a short time later. And while the baby was subsequently released after being admitted into the hospital, the mother was said to have a long road ahead of her before she could fully recover. Police did not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but were looking at the effect that construction at the Quarantine Rd. Beltway entrance may have had; authorities speculated that the deceased driver may have been confused at that point and entered the opposing lanes without realizing it.
2 Dead After Wrong-Way Crash On I-695, CBSLocal.com, November 26, 2012