Dedicated Motorcycle Injury Lawyers Serving the People of Maryland
An injury motorcycle accident is a traumatic event, especially since serious injuries are far more common for motorcyclists than for other motorists. When you are laid up in the hospital due to a motorcycle accident, you need to be concentrating as fully as possible on recovering your health, not on battling a stingy insurance company.
In addition to the shock and pain that inevitably accompanies an injury accident, you are likely to face two other concerns – financial distress and a profound sense of injustice. The financial distress mounts as medical bills roll in, while the sense of injustice rises as you realize that the accident was caused by somebody else’s misconduct, not yours. We aim to help you deal with both of these concerns.
Your Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury claim is a legal right to monetary compensation, and it arises when you are hurt in an accident caused by someone else. A claim doesn’t magically turn itself into the cash that you are entitled to, however – that takes dedication, experience and skill. The motorcycle accident lawyers at Koonz McKenney Johnson DePaolis & Lightfoot LLP, turning claims into cash is what we have been doing every day for 35 years now.
“Can I Afford an Accident Lawyer?”
If you lack financial resources, you might assume that you can’t afford to hire a law firm. You can afford to hire our personal injury attorneys, however, because we won’t charge you anything unless we win. That means you won’t owe us a dime until the other side pays. Unlike your relationship with the insurance company, which loses a dollar for every dollar it pays you, we are on the same side – the more you make, the more we make.
What 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.” – A Maryland Client
“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
Our Other Practice Areas
Car Accidents: Car accident injuries are perhaps the most common subject of personal injury claims. Unfortunately, many claimants receive pennies on the dollar for their claims because of the sharp business practices of savvy insurance claims adjustors. A skilled car accident attorney can help you stand up for your rights.
Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is far more common than most people think. Even the American Medical Association concedes that it is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Since these types of cases can get technically complex and often require the testimony of expert witnesses, therefore, the assistance of a medical malpractice attorney can be crucial.
Worker’s Compensation: The worker’s compensation system is both a blessing and a curse for victims of workplace injuries. It is a blessing for victims who might be blamed for the accident, because compensation is generally awarded on a no-fault basis. It can be a curse for those whose injuries cause them great suffering, because worker’s compensation awards do not include compensation for pain and suffering. In some cases, this limitation can be avoided by filing an ordinary personal injury claim.
Construction Accidents: Construction accidents are frequently catastrophic, and they can devastate the finances of a low-income family with a single breadwinner. Although most construction accident claims are compensated through the worker’s compensation system, some are resolved as ordinary personal injury claims. A good construction accident attorney can help you navigate the bureaucratic maze.
Nursing Home Neglect: Nursing home neglect qualifies as abuse just as much as active abuse does. Maryland nursing homes are regulated by a vast patchwork of state and federal regulations, and a regulatory violation by the nursing home often provides the basis for a successful personal injury claim. A nursing home abuse lawyer can help you trace your loved one’s malady to neglect by the nursing home.
Asbestos Disease/Mesothelioma: Mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis caused by exposure to asbestos are among the most insidious of all diseases, because their symptoms often show up decades after the exposure that caused the disease in the first place. Compensation can often be obtained, however, even if the victim’s employer is no longer in business.
Products Liability: Defects in the design or manufacture of a product can trigger a product liability claim, as can a failure by the manufacturer or distributor to warn of dangers associated with the product. Product liability claims are somewhat unique, because you don’t necessarily have to prove that the defendant was at fault to win.
Premises Liability: A property owner or renter is expected to keep his premises safe for guests on the property. This obligation extends to inspecting the property and repairing or warning of dangerous conditions. Failure to abide by this obligation can trigger liability if a guest is injured on the property. Premises liability applies to both commercial establishments and private homes.
Federal Tort Claims Act: A lawsuit against the government for money damages is essentially a lawsuit against the taxpayers. For this reason, governments place restrictions on the right to sue them. The U.S. federal government has waived these restrictions with respect to most personal injury claims. The Federal Tort Claims act, however, establishes special procedures for suing the federal government.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is lane-splitting legal in Maryland?
No. If you were lane-splitting at the time of the accident, you will have an uphill battle winning your claim, because Maryland bars recovery if you were even one percent at fault for the accident. It might still be possible to prove that your lane-splitting was not negligent (even though it was illegal), or that it did not cause the accident.
What types of damages might I be eligible for?
Maryland offers three possible types of damages:
- Economic Damages: Medical bills, lost earnings and other financial losses.
- Non-Economic Damages: Intangible damages, such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
- Punitive Damages: An extra amount designed to punish the defendant for “actual malice.” A “road rage” claim might qualify for punitive damages.
Can I file a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who died in a motorcycle accident?
You can file a wrongful death claim if you are the spouse, parent or child of the victim. Damages are substantial and are apportioned among the victim’s next of kin, although not necessarily equally.
My motorcycle accident occurred because the other driver turned left in front of me. Whose fault was the accident?
The determination of fault depends on many factors. However, in automobile/motorcycle accidents that occurred while the driver was turning left, the automobile driver is usually held liable. You could still lose your claim, however, if you are judged partly at fault.
What are some examples of automobile driver misconduct that causes motorcycle accidents:
Some of the most common causes are:
- Failure to yield;
- Failure to see the motorcycle;
- Texting or driving drunk; and
- Turning left in front of a motorcycle.
Is Maryland a “fault” or a “no-fault” auto insurance state?
Maryland is a “fault” auto insurance state. Your options in the event of an accident that was the other driver’s fault are:
- file a claim against the at-fault driver’s auto insurance policy;
- file a claim against the at-fault driver’s personal assets; or
- seek compensation from your own insurance policy, if its terms allow you to (uninsured motorist insurance, for example).
How can I receive compensation for a “hit and run” accident if the truck driver is never found?
Maryland’s uninsured motorist policy covers hit and run accidents. If your damages exceed policy limits, however, you might have trouble locating a source of compensation. Uninsured motorist insurance is not mandatory in Maryland.
You Probably Won’t Have to Go to Court
The ideal resolution to your claim would be a quick and generous out-of-court settlement. Although we cannot absolutely guarantee results in any particular case, we can say that the great majority of our cases are settled out of court (although sometimes only after we file an initial complaint with the court). One of the reasons defendants are so eager to settle with us is that when we do go to court, we usually win.
Let’s Make It Happen Together – Call Our Maryland Injury Lawyers Today!
Koonz McKenney Johnson DePaolis & Lightfoot LLP was established for one purpose and one purpose only – to help personal injury victims receive the full compensation they deserve. Our Maryland motorcycle accident and injury lawyers don’t represent insurance companies, only injury victims like you. And it works – over the past 35 years, we recovered more than a billion dollars from our clients, including numerous mult-imillion dollar recoveries.
The right personal injury law firm can make a huge difference in the amount of compensation that you eventually receive. If you have been injured in a Greenbelt, Maryland motorcycle accident, call us at (301) 830-4344 or simply contact us online for a free case evaluation.