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If you were involved in an accident, you might be suffering from serious injuries that need medical treatment. At the same time, you may be forced to miss work due to your injuries, resulting in worrying income losses. Perhaps your injuries are so severe that you will never work again. It is easy to feel stressed when faced with these issues – especially if you are also trying to deal with the psychological trauma of your accident. The good news is that you can take legal action and hold negligent parties accountable with the help of a qualified personal injury attorney. The Law Office of Robert Castro is standing by to assist you in this matter, and you can reach us at (301) 870-1200.

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit? 

When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you sue a negligent party for causing your injuries. The goal is to receive enough compensation to cover all of your various damages. Damages are divided into two categories:

  • Economic Damages: As the name suggests, economic damages have to do with money. They include things like missed wages, medical expenses, and perhaps things like funeral expenses if you are filing a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one.
  • Non-Economic Damages: Non-economic damages are psychological or emotional in nature. They include things like emotional distress, pain and suffering, disfigurement, depression, anxiety, PTSD, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.

Filing a lawsuit does not necessarily mean going to court. In fact, the vast majority of civil cases are settled out of court. Once a defendant faces a personal injury lawsuit, they may turn to their insurance provider for help. The insurance provider may then negotiate with you and your lawyer directly, hoping to provide you with a sum of money in order to avoid a lawsuit. This sum of money is known as a “settlement.”

Even though you probably will not experience a trial, a lawyer can still be instrumental in helping you get the settlement you need. They can negotiate on your behalf with the defendant, their lawyers, and the insurance adjusters. When you come to an agreement, and the defendant offers you a settlement that covers your damages, you will be required to drop your lawsuit in exchange for compensation.

If the defendant refuses to negotiate or you are offered a settlement that will not cover your damages, you may need to go to trial. This may be a bench trial, where only a judge makes the final decision. On the other hand, it could be a jury trial, where a jury of your peers makes the final decision. During the trial, each side has the chance to present evidence and question witnesses. They then make their final arguments, and a jury or judge makes their decision.

This final decision is very unpredictable, which is why it is generally a good idea to accept a settlement rather than seek a trial. However, a jury may decide that you should receive more money than you initially asked for. They may also decide that you should receive far less – or none at all.

Who Should I Sue?

It is important to sue the right defendant when moving forward with your personal injury lawsuit. The best party to sue might not be immediately obvious. For example, you might think that a negligent trucker is the right person to sue if they injured you while driving drunk. But it would actually be far more logical to sue the trucking company that employs the trucker, since this entity has insurance coverage and is capable of providing you with much more compensation. Your lawyer can provide you with advice and guidance when it comes to these kinds of decisions.

Book Your Consultation with Us Today

If you are ready to move forward with your personal injury lawsuit, do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Robert Castro at your earliest convenience. Book a consultation, and you can begin the legal process with confidence and efficiency. During your consultation, we will assess your unique situation and provide you with targeted, personalized legal guidance. From there, you can file your lawsuit and pursue a settlement. Remember, the statute of limitations may prevent you from suing if you wait too long, so reach out today.

For more information or questions, contact the Law Office of Robert Castro to speak to an experienced lawyer at (301) 870-1200. The Law Office of Robert Castro is located at 2670 Crain Highway #411, Waldorf, MD 20601.