If you have been injured in some type of incident and are wondering if
you have any legal options available to you, it is good to understand
the most common types of personal injury claims.
When trying to pursue recovery of your damages, contacting a Maryland personal
injury attorney is highly-recommended. You may have additional avenues
of recovery you were not aware existed. An experienced personal injury
attorney can advise you on the different options that are available.
Undoubtedly, one of the most common types of personal injury claims relates to
motor vehicle accidents. Collisions can include other vehicles, trucks, motorcycles, bicyclists,
buses, and/or pedestrians. Damages in a motor vehicle accident typically
involve bodily injury and property. Plaintiffs can collect damages for
pain and suffering and loss of earnings in some cases, as well.
Liability is almost always contested as both sides point fingers at the
other. Establishing liability is extremely important in Maryland as the
state follows the contributory negligence doctrine. This means that if
you are determined to be even 1% at fault, you are barred from recovery.
Dog Bite Claims
When it comes to dog bite claims in Maryland, the state follows strict
liability instead of the “one bite” rule. This means that
the owner of a dog is liable for injuries or death to someone or their
property when the dog is “running at large.” There are exceptions,
however. The dog owner is not liable if the person who was injured was
attempting to trespass or was trespassing on the owner’s property.
Slip and Falls
Slip and falls are common claims when a person might slip on something wet in a store
or falls down the stairs at someone’s residence. To present a valid
slip and fall claim, the plaintiff has to show that the property owner,
or the person in charge of its maintenance, failed to properly maintain
the premises or fix a dangerous condition.
There are standards of care and a duty to which medical providers and other
health care professionals are held. When they breach that duty, and the
standard of care is deemed negligent, a plaintiff may have a valid
medical malpractice claim.
Product Defect Claims
Product manufacturers are required to produce safe products. If there is
a known defect, or a product was designed in a manner that makes it unreasonably
unsafe for the intended consumer, then a person who is injured when using
it has a valid product liability case against the product manufacturer.
Defamation claims can be tricky, but when someone says or writes something
false about another person and it does damage to their reputation, he
or she may have a viable defamation of character claim. When the false
statements are spoken, it is called slander, and when they are written,
it is called libel.
Retaining a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in and it was not your fault, you need to contact
Maryland personal injury attorney. The Law Office of Robert R. Castro specializes in personal injury claims
throughout the state and Washington D.C. Contact our office online or
at 301-870-1200 to schedule a consultation.