Personal injury cases can be complex and stressful, leaving victims concerned that they won’t receive the monetary compensation required to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Here, the personal injury attorneys at Parker, Pallett, Slezak and Russell detail how acquiring legal assistance in your personal injury case can facilitate the legal process.
Personal Injury Law
Personal injury pertains to a complex set of tort laws, that allow those injured in accidents involving the negligence of another to seek restitution—known as damages—for any losses suffered by them or their families. Either the injured party or a legal representative—known as the plaintiff—brings a claim against the defendants, or the individual, party or organization they deem responsible for their injuries. The defendants may respond by settling the claim with an agreed-upon sum of money. Should a settlement not be reached, the plaintiff may choose to pursue the claim against the defendants in civil court.
Negligence is defined as a failure to take proper care in performing an action, resulting in injury or damage to another. As the burden of proof is upon the plaintiff and their representation, they are responsible for proving that the negligence of the defendant was directly responsible in causing injury or harm. Furthermore, in Maryland, contributory negligence prevents the plaintiff from seeking compensation from the defendant if the plaintiff was in any way responsible for their injuries. As such, it is critical for personal injury victims to have a qualified personal injury attorney representing their interests. Personal injury attorneys have the legal acumen and experience to handle your unique case in court. A personal injury attorney can assist in compiling evidence, collecting witness statements and determining the best strategies for countering the defendant’s claims.
Many personal injury cases end in settlement, wherein the plaintiff and defendant agree on a monetary sum to compensate the plaintiff for any damages sustained. Determining a proper valuation for damages can be complicated, especially in serious cases where disability or death has occurred. It can also be tempting to accept the first offer given, but an experienced personal injury attorney will be acutely aware of what your claim is truly worth, and will advise you as to the best course of action for any given settlement offer. As such, consulting with an attorney will allow you to properly value your damages, and assess how a settlement valuation compares to the damages sustained.
Handling Corporate or Insurance Company Pressure
Cases involving large companies, hospitals or organizations can be particularly complex, as these institutions have substantial resources to devote to the defense of legal claims. Product manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies and hospitals, among other organizations, often hire legal teams dedicated to representing them tirelessly in personal injury, wrongful death or medical malpractice cases. Having a skilled lawyer with a comprehensive understanding of personal injury law, in addition to the common pitfalls and defenses of such cases, is critical to ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve.
How Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell Can Help
The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell have years of experience handling personal injury cases of all types: from automobile accidents and medical malpractice, to slip and fall claims, dog bites and more. We have the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to steadfastly defend your rights in and out of the courtroom, and will fight to ensure that you are properly compensated for your injuries. For more information, or a review of your personal injury claim, we urge you to contact us today!