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Personal Injury Cases Require an Attorney

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 injury umbrella.

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 Accidents

Car accident attorneys, like the Law Office of Robert R. Castro, specializing 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.

Medical Malpractice

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 medical services.

Dog Bites

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.