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If you were injured by someone else’s negligence, you have every right to take legal action and pursue compensation. You should not have to pay for medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and other damages out of your own pocket if someone else is to blame for your accident. Fortunately, you can hold these negligent parties accountable with help from a Charles County personal injury lawyer. The Law Office of Robert Castro is standing by to assist you with your personal injury lawsuit, and we can be reached at (301) 870-1200. But what exactly does a personal injury lawyer do, and how can they help you?

Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits in Maryland

There are many types of personal injury lawsuits in Maryland:

  • Auto Accident Lawsuits: Auto accident lawsuits may include pedestrian accidents, semi-truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, car accidents, and much more. Car accidents are unfortunately quite common, and so are the resulting lawsuits.
  • Premise Liability Lawsuits: Premise liability encompasses a wide range of potential lawsuits, including slips and falls, claims against negligent landlords, and negligent security lawsuits. A property owner has a “duty of care” to provide members of the public with a safe environment – especially if they’re running a business or any other establishment that gets significant foot traffic. An injured plaintiff can sue if they slip and fall due to an obvious hazard, such as a spill or a set of broken stairs.
  • Medical Malpractice Lawsuits: Healthcare providers owe plaintiffs a duty of care, and patients can sue if they are harmed due to gross negligence. Examples include botched surgeries, birth injuries, failure to diagnose, misdiagnosis, and many others.
  • Product Liability Lawsuits: Product manufacturers can be held liable for defects that cause injuries. Examples include exploding lithium-ion batteries, baby products laced with toxic chemicals, and many others.
  • Animal Attack Lawsuits: Dog owners can be held liable for attacking people in Maryland. If you were attacked by a dog or any other dangerous animal under someone’s care, you are fully entitled to take legal action.
  • Wrongful Death Lawsuits: A wrongful death lawsuit may fall into any of the above categories, but it is unique because it involves deceased victims rather than injured plaintiffs. These lawsuits are filed by victims’ family members.

When Can I Sue?

Unless the defendant can be held strictly liable, you will need to establish negligence if you want to win your lawsuit. There are four elements of negligence:

  • Duty of Care
  • Breach of Duty
  • Causation
  • Injuries

Duty of care means that the defendant should have behaved more responsibly. Breach of duty means that they failed to do this, while causation means that your injuries occurred as a direct result of this failure. Finally, you need to prove that you suffered real, legitimate injuries as a result of your accident.

How Much Money Can I Get for My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Your settlement amount depends on a number of factors. First and foremost, your settlement should cover your economic damages, which are things like medical expenses and missed wages. After you add up your economic damages, you can factor in your non-economic damages, which are things like emotional distress, disfigurement, pain and suffering, anxiety, depression, PTSD, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Because these emotional and psychological issues are difficult to quantify in dollar amounts, they may be represented by a “general damages multiplier.” This number represents the extent of everything you were forced to endure due to your accident. For example, your general damages multiplier might be three, and your total economic damages might be $100,000. You would then multiply your general damages multiplier by your economic damages to get a total figure of $300,000. It is not unheard of for plaintiffs to receive millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries after filing personal injury lawsuits.

Book Your Consultation With the Law Office of Robert Castro Today

Even if you are not sure whether you can sue, it is worth getting in touch with the Law Office of Robert Castro to book a consultation. During this consultation, we can assess your unique situation and provide you with targeted legal advice. Internet research can provide you with basic information, but it may not apply to your unique situation. For the best guidance, you need help from a real lawyer – so get in touch 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.