Personal Injury FAQ
As a personal injury law office, we’ve worked with countless Maryland personal injury cases. As such, we’ve also fielded a lot of different questions involving personal injury law. To help you in finding the answers to some questions you may have about your personal injury case, we’ve compiled this list of frequently asked questions (and answers) about personal injury cases.
How Long Will a Personal Injury Case Take?
Your individual lawyer should be able to give you an honest timeline for resolving your case. Give them a call and fill them in on what happened during your free consultation as the length of time will vary depending on your specific case.
What does a Personal Injury Case Involve?
A personal injury case in Maryland involves a lengthy process, but this is why you have a personal injury lawyer to help you through it. In short, you will meet with your lawyer, begin the lawsuit, enter a discovery phase, there will be pre-trial resolutions, and then a possible settlement. If the settlement is not acceptable, the personal injury case will go to trial where there can be payment is you win the trial, and an appeals process if necessary. Here is a more in-depth explanation of the process.
What is Negligence?
For a Maryland personal injury case to be successful, the victim must have been injured as a result of someone’s else’s negligence. Negligence is when a person doesn’t practice a reasonable amount of care for the safety of others.
How Much is my Personal Injury Case Worth?
The amount of money you could receive as a result of your personal injury case is based off of many factors including: lost wages, medical bills, loss of future wages, loss of earning capacity, future medical bills, and any pain or suffering involved.
What is a Contingency Fee?
Typically, a personal injury case will be taken on a contingency basis, which means your lawyer is paid a percentage of your settlement. In other words, your lawyer only gets paid if you get paid.
What Expenses are Involved with a Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury cases in Maryland will commonly involves expenses including: obtaining medical records, court filing fees, depositions, and expert witnesses. Typically, attorneys front the expenses and will be reimbursed that amount out of the settlement or verdict.
Will my Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?
It depends. Whether your case goes to trial, or not, depends on factors such as: liability, damages, and settlement. We always tell our clients to be prepared to go to trial in order to maximize settlement.
What is expected of me in a Personal Injury Case?
The first thing you need to worry about will be healing your injuries. Then, you need to let your attorney know all of the damages you are claiming. Finally, you must sit down with your Columbia, MD personal injury lawyer and decide if you are going to take the settlement offered to you, or take your personal injury case to court. If you do end up filing a lawsuit, then you will be expected to participate in the litigation process.
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The Law Office of Ross W. Albers has years of experience resolving complex Maryland personal injury cases. We represent those who have been injured by someone else’s negligence and whose personal injuries have caused them physical pain, stress, medical bills, and other damages. We care about the future of our clients and work hard to see that each of them receives the most positive outcome in their personal injury case.
Call 443-457-3890 to schedule a free home consultation. Weekend appointments are available and if you are injured and cannot travel, we will come to you.