Suppose you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person or a business. In that case, you need to be compensated for your medical bills, lost income, and any decrease in your quality of life. The trained personal injury attorneys at Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, LLC, can help you get the money you need to get well and get on with your life. 

Whether you need someone to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company, talk to corporate attorneys, or represent you in court, the lawyers at our firm can handle your case. Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, LLC have years of experience representing Maryland residents. Our team of trained legal researchers and attorneys will work tirelessly to get you fair compensation for your injuries. 

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Types of Personal Injury Cases

Not every personal injury case is the same. Different types of accidents are covered by different types of insurance, which have different laws. We specialize in several types of injury cases, so contact us if you live in the Nottingham, Maryland area.

Car Accidents 

People are injured in car accidents every day in the Old Line State. Insurance companies want to keep their money in-house, so it is important to hire a skilled Maryland injury attorney to negotiate with the insurance company for you. 

Whenever a person has an accident, they must call the police and wait for them to arrive. They should always take pictures, if possible, and get the contact information of any witnesses at the scene. It is also important to exchange contact and insurance information with any other drivers involved in the accident. An attorney will advise you to be very polite to the law enforcement officer who arrives at the scene but never admit to guilt.

There are two kinds of automobile insurance laws in the United States; fault and no-fault. In a fault state, the person who caused the accident is responsible for paying the accident-related bills. In a no-fault state, a person’s insurance pays the bills no matter who is at fault. Maryland is a fault state so gathering evidence is very important. 

Our legal assistants will research your case and do everything they can to prove your claim. We know all the tricks insurance companies use to get out of paying you.

Worker’s Compensation

Worker’s compensation insurance was originally invented to eliminate the need for injured workers to sue the companies they worked for to get the compensation they need.

At the beginning of the industrial revolution, workers had no recourse but litigation to get compensation for their injuries. Unfortunately, the laws were stacked against them.

European countries enacted workers’ compensation laws in 1884. It took the United States until 1908 To acknowledge the need for workers’ compensation laws. Each state made its own laws, with Wisconsin being the first and Mississippi being the last. 

Today every state but Texas requires employers to have worker’s compensation. When you are injured at work, you should be able to fill out a report with your company’s HR director. You should be able to go to a doctor within your worker’s compensation insurance plan for treatment.

Unfortunately, not all employers are honest. They may say you were not on duty when you were injured, or you were negligent and did not follow the company protocols when you were injured to get out of paying you everything you are owed. 

Defining what an employee is has become harder in the last decade or so. Many people work as temporary employees or independent contractors. Unfortunately, independent contractors are not covered by workers’ compensation laws in the state of Maryland. In some cases, employers will try to classify certain employees as independent contractors to get out of paying workers’ compensation.

The experienced lawyers of Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, LLC, can assist you in getting the worker’s compensation that you deserve. We can help you with everything from filling out forms to negotiating with the insurance company to filing an appeal with the worker’s compensation office if your claim is denied or underpaid. 

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Medical Malpractice

Medical mistakes are a major cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice may include anything from the overprescription or misprescription of drugs to making a mistake during surgery.

Malpractice cases are very challenging because it is often hard to know who is responsible for a mistake. In some cases, the blame may be very cut and dried. For instance, a doctor may misdiagnose an illness or prescribe a patient the wrong type of medicine.

Other situations are more complex. For example, if a patient is injured during surgery, there may be a few different people to blame. The orderly at the hospital may not have cleaned the equipment properly or the anesthesiologist made a mistake. The doctor may have done something wrong or one of the nurses assisting with surgery may have made an error.

Even if you know who was at fault, you still may not know who you should sue. In the United States, there is a rule of law called Respondeat Superior (Let the master answer.). This means that an employer is responsible for the actions of their employee.

Knowing who the employer is can be challenging. A doctor may work as an independent contractor, or they may work for the hospital. The people who assist the doctor in surgery may be on the payroll of the doctor, they may be employees of the hospital, or they could be employees of a separate service. We do all the necessary research to find out who is liable for your injuries. 

When it comes to medical malpractice, the amount of compensation you should receive can be difficult to determine because not all damages are monetary. An insurance company may offer you enough money to pay for your medical bills but not your pain and suffering. The state of Maryland has caps on non-monetary damages.

The lawyers at Parker, Pallett, Slezak & Russell, LLC are trained negotiators and litigators who will fight to get you the most money possible for both your economic and non-economic damages. Give us a call today.