Some people assume vehicle accidents are the only type of personal injury
claim, but there are a number of other types of claims that can fall under
the personal injury umbrella. Finding an attorney who handles a variety
of Maryland personal injury claims can be beneficial if you have legal
issues that need resolution.
While auto accidents make up the majority of personal injury claims filed
each year, they can also involve more than just cars. Accidents can involve
pedestrians, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, bicycles, trucks, etc. Many
accident claims involve property damage and bodily injury, but wrongful
death claims related to fatalities also occur. According to the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss Data Institute, Maryland had 505 fatalities in 2016. They can be broken down by:
- Car occupants: 199 people, 39%
- Pickup and SUV occupants: 82 people, 16%
- Large truck occupants: 9 people, 2%
- Motorcyclists: 73 people, 14%
- Pedestrians: 104 people, 21%
- Bicyclists: 16 people, 3%
Slip and falls are common incidents that fall under premises liability.
Unfortunately, as people age, the risk of injury becomes greater. Because
businesses are required to keep their premises safe and clean. Spilled
food and drink in a grocery store or an unmarked hole on a sidewalk can
present a dangerous situation, especially for someone who is older. Other
scenarios that can result in a premises liability claim include failure
to adhere to building codes. Even dog bite cases can fall under premises
Product liability claims encompass defective and/or dangerous products.
Both manufacturers and sellers have a duty to produce and sell safe products.
There are strict rules on products intended for use in the consumer market.
A product liability claim can include causes of action like a manufacturing
defect or failing to properly include a necessary safety warning.
Work-related injuries comprise another area of personal injury claims.
There are a number of reasons outside of someone accidentally getting
hurt that can bring rise to a workers’ compensation claim. If an
employer does not maintain a safe environment or provide the necessary
safety equipment, there is a risk of injury to the employee. Depending
on the type of work, some employees might have a workers’ compensation
claim for exposure to hazardous materials.
In 2017, there were a total of 23,336
workers’ compensation claims filed with 12,253 temporary total awards issued. 6,468 claims were settled while
7,818 were deferred and 551 disallowed by commission.
Medical malpractice is another important area of personal injury claims.
Medical malpractice claims can often be difficult to prove, but they can
also provide some of the largest settlement awards since the harm is typically
very significant. These are typically lengthy lawsuits and often involve
the use of experts who can testify in support of the level of negligence
by the medical provider.
Retaining a Maryland Attorney
Retaining a skilled
Maryland personal injury attorney is an important first step in pursuing a personal injury claim. Contact
the Law Office of Robert R. Castro at 301-870-1200 to schedule a consultation today.