Baltimore Personal Injury Firm Treats Clients Like Family
Maryland Injury Lawyers Focus on Helping Injured People
Personal injury law protects those who suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence. Collins Legal Group, LLC is a Baltimore injury law firm specializing in helping people through some of the most painful moments of their lives. Our firm’s mission is to help our clients get their lives back on track after a devastating personal injury.
What is a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury case is a legal matter that enables an individual to recoup monetary damages for an injury they suffered due to someone else’s negligent behavior. Collins Legal Group handles the following types of personal injury cases:
- Automobile accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Uber/Lyft accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injury
- Hospital errors
- Wrongful death
Personal Injury Damages
There are typically three types of damages recovered in a personal injury lawsuit, including:
- Economic Damages. Maryland law defines economic damages as “loss of earnings and medical expenses,” intended to make the victim whole again.
- Non-economic Damages. Maryland personal injury plaintiffs are eligible for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of consortium, physical impairment, and disfigurement.
- Punitive Damages. Punitive damages are meant to punish the at-fault party for malicious or intentional behavior proven by clear and convincing evidence.
The damages that an injured party might be entitled to will depend on several factors:
- Type and extent of the injury. Generally speaking, an injury that does not involve broken bones or damage to internal organs will result in a lower damages award than a severe neck or head injury.
- Prognosis. If an injury presents a reasonable likelihood of recovery, the damages award will typically be lower than in the case of a permanent injury involving the brain or cervical spine.
- Injury-related expenses. Your case’s value will be directly affected by the costs incurred for past, present, and future accident-related medical treatment as well as lost wages if your injury has left you unable to work.
- Pain and suffering/emotional distress. Noneconomic damages like pain and suffering and emotional distress can be challenging to prove. Still, they can significantly increase the value of your claim if they affect your ability to enjoy life.
There is no limitation on economic or punitive damages in Maryland, but a cap was imposed on non-economic damages for personal injury and wrongful death in 1986, limiting recovery to $350,000. The cap was increased to $500,000 in 1994, with annual increases of $15,000. It will rise to $890,000 on October 1, 2020.