You hear the term ‘personal injury attorney’ on commercials
and websites, but do you really know what types of cases personal injury
encompasses? If you are searching for a
Maryland personal-injury attorney, you need to know what types of cases typically fall under the personal
Personal injury cases are heard in civil court and are filed by individuals
or entities, like a corporation or individual person, whereas criminal
matters are initiated by the government and are filed against a person
who violated a criminal statute. Remedies in personal injury matters typically
involve a financial settlement, whereas criminal cases may involve jail
or prison, fines or restitution, and/or probation or parole.
Car accident attorneys, like the Law Office of Robert R. Castro, specialize in lawsuits related
to injuries and damages sustained during an automobile incident. A careless
driver is financially responsible for the non-negligent party’s
expenses and pain and suffering. These types of cases make up a large
volume of the personal injury lawsuits filed in the United States.
Slip and Fall Cases
Another common type of personal injury case involves a
slip and fall. Property owners and businesses have a legal obligation to keep their
properties safe and free from hazards in order to ensure individuals who
are on the premises do not become injured. Not all injuries are a result
of the property owner’s liability, but many are, which is why these
matters often wind up in litigation. Slip-and-fall cases fall under a
legal theory that is covered by premises liability laws.
Our office has
medical malpractice attorneys who handle claims that arise when a doctor or other health care provider
injures a patient after failing to render competent and reasonably-skilled
Dog bites are another common cause of action in personal injury lawsuits.
In many cases, the dog owner is financially responsible for injuries and
damages caused by a bite from the dog. Laws can vary, and may hold a dog
owner responsible even if the dog has never shown signs of aggression
or bitten anyone before.
Defamation lawsuits are also personal injury matters and fall under two
forms - libel and slander. Libel is the act of writing untrue and negative
statements, whereas slander covers spoken or oral statements. To prove
a case for defamation, there are strict criteria that must be met, depending
on who the victim is (average person versus celebrity).
Assault and Battery
In addition to any criminal charges filed by the state, victims can file
civil suits for causes of action like assault and battery. Battery involves
hitting someone and can cover a wide range of events. An assault is the
threat to injure someone, or an attempted battery, when no actual battery exists.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
Because personal injury cases represent a large volume of attorneys’
cases, it is important to hire a
top Maryland personal injury attorney to ensure you have the best representation available. Please contact our
office to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss the specifics
of your personal injury matter.
This article has been provided by the
Law office of Robert Castro. For more information or questions contact our office to speak to an experienced
lawyer at (301) 870-1200.
Law office of Robert Castro.
2670 Crain Highway #411, Waldorf, MD 20601. (301) 870-1200.