Dedicated Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers
Catastrophic personal injuries happen in a moment, but they often carry consequences that can last a lifetime. Sometimes it seems that the world is booby-trapped against us – the medication we take every morning might be poisoning us; the car we drive to work might be hit by an out-of-control truck; when we seek medical attention, we might become a victim of malpractice.
Obviously, none of us can afford to sit around worrying about these dangers all the time. But when a catastrophic accident actually occurs, pain and suffering are not the only problems you’re likely to face. Financial consequences can be just as devastating, as medical bills roll in while you delay returning to work to concentrate on recovery. Discussing these concerns with our Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers can help.
The Art of Fighting Back
Perhaps the most distressing moment for you, other than the moment when the accident actually happened, is the moment when you realize that it was caused by someone else’s misconduct. Circumstances like these absolutely demand a decisive response. That’s OK with us, though, because responding decisively on behalf of our clients is what we do all day, every day.
Compensation for your medical bills is probably only the tip of the compensation iceberg that you are entitled to. It’s hard to enforce a claim, however, if you don’t know its true value. The skilled and trusted Maryland personal injury lawyers at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, however, are trained to calculate this value – to the point that we have recovered over $1 billion in compensation for our clients over the years.
If We Don’t Win Your Case, You Won’t Owe Us Anything in Legal Fees
You needn’t worry that you can’t afford to pay a team of expensive lawyers. With us, it is ultimately the defendant who pays. In other words, you will owe us nothing in legal fees until the defendant pays you compensation. And in the unlikely event that our Maryland personal injury attorneys don’t bring home compensation for you, you will owe us nothing.
Our Clients Say…
“We owe so much to Mr. Schloss and you for taking care of us and leading the way when times were tough. Money can’t buy that kind of dedication.” – Client from Maryland
“You have taught me so much about patience and the law. My wife and I both believe you have done an excellent job watching out for our best interests. It’s because of your hard work that we have had about the best year since the start of this whole mess.” – Another Maryland Client
Motor Vehicle Accidents: Traffic injuries and deaths have increased steeply in Maryland over the past few years, possibly due to an increase in the use of electronic devices while driving. If you were injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you need to be seeking compensation through the legal system.
Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is far more common than most people realize, a fact that is readily admitted even by the American Medical Association. When a health care professional harms you through professional misconduct, you have the right to full compensation for your losses, including your emotional suffering
Construction Accidents: A staggering 10 percent of construction workers are injured every year, meaning that a construction worker’s chances of being injured at some point in his or her career are probably well over 50 percent. Some of these claims can be pursued as workers’ compensation claims, some can be pursued as product liability claims, and others can be pursued as standard personal injury claims.
Nursing Home Neglect: Nursing home neglect can take many forms, it can be difficult to detect, and it can be difficult to trace the victim’s condition to the neglect. A good nursing home abuse lawyer, however, can meet all of these challenges. The worst nursing homes in Maryland (a minority) are responsible for the majority of abuse and neglect that occurs.
Asbestos Disease/Mesothelioma: Only about 35 percent of mesothelioma patients are still alive one year from the date of their first diagnosis. It is important to pursue a quick settlement so that a personal injury claim does not become a wrongful death claim. Asbestosis and lung cancer are also common consequences of exposure to asbestos.
Products Liability: Just about any consumer product can hurt you if it is defective. In many cases, you can sue the manufacturer of a defective product without proving negligence, which can make it easier to win a products liability case than it is to win a standard personal injury case.
Premises Liability: Owners and occupiers of premises are legally responsible for the safety of guests who enter their property (and, to a lesser degree, non-guests such as mail carriers). In particular, an owner or occupier is expected to repair or warn of unreasonably dangerous conditions on the property.
Federal Tort Claims Act: The Federal Tort Claims act allows you to sue the federal government for the misconduct of a government employee who injured you. This right, however, is more restricted than the right to sue a private party, and certain additional procedural requirements apply.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What types of damages are available to me if I win my case?
Damages can be categorized into three classes:
- Economic Damages: Easy-to-quantify losses, such as medical expenses and lost earnings.
- Non-Economic Damages: Intangible psychological losses, such as pain and suffering.
- Punitive Damages: Awarded in unusual cases to punish the defendant for particularly outrageous behavior.
What are “pain and suffering” damages?
Pain and suffering damages are designed to compensate you for the physical suffering caused by your injuries. In many cases, pain and suffering damages, in combination with any other non-economic damages you may receive, exceed economic damages by a multiple of three to five.
Am I eligible for punitive damages?
In Maryland, an award of punitive damages requires actual malice by the defendant. Moreover, it is very unlikely that insurance will pay out on a punitive damages claim. Although punitive damages awards are rare, they can be quite sizeable when they are awarded.
What is attorney/client privilege, and will it apply to me?
Attorney/client privilege is your personal injury lawyer’s ethical obligation to keep confidential the content of any confidential communication with you unless you authorize the release of this information. A lawyer is even obligated to refuse a court order to divulge this information.
Can I file a claim against the manufacturer or distributor of a defective medical device?
Yes, under Maryland products liability law. In some cases, you do not even have to prove that the defendant was negligent. Instead, you must prove that the product was defective and unreasonably dangerous.
What is a wrongful death claim?
A wrongful death claim is like a personal injury claim, except that the victim dies and damages go to the victim’s survivors. Under the Maryland Wrongful Death Act, damages go to next of kin, with preference to “primary beneficiaries” – the surviving spouse, parents, and children.
What do I have to prove to win a personal injury claim?
You must prove four elements under a “more likely than not” standard:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care (the duty to drive safely, for example);
- The defendant failed to perform this duty;
- This failure to perform caused the accident; and
- You suffered damages as a result.
Do I have to prove owner negligence to win a dog bite claim?
Yes, unless the dog was “running at large,” in which case you can win a lawsuit without having to prove negligence. Under Maryland’s dog bite law, the owner can still attempt to prove that he or she had no way of knowing the dog was dangerous.
What can I expect from an asbestos/mesothelioma lawsuit?
Very large settlements are possible within months or, in some cases, up to two years. Damages are awarded for personal injury or wrongful death, depending on whether the victim is still alive at the time the claim is resolved. It is best to file soon after diagnosis in order to beat the statute of limitations deadline.
35 Years of Excellence
At Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, we are not a giant mega-firm. Nevertheless, although we are large enough to possess investigatory and financial resources, we are not so large that our clients become faceless case numbers to us. Since we practice only personal injury law, we are not distracted by any other area of practice, and we have gotten good at what we do. Very good.
So good, in fact, that four of our lawyers were selected Top Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine, five were named by their peers as Washington D.C. Super Lawyers, and five were included in the prestigious Best Lawyers in America list. We can put that expertise to work for you if you want us to.
Contact Our Maryland Personal Injury Attorneys for a Free Initial Case Evaluation
It is important that you take decisive action as soon as possible after your accident. If you have been injured in Greenbelt, Maryland, call our personal injury attorneys at (301) 637-4061 or fill out our online contact form so that we can schedule a free, no-obligation initial evaluation of your case.