Whether you’ve been in a car accident, have been injured by a negligent physician, or were hurt by a product you purchased, injuries have a way of throwing a person’s life off kilter. At Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC, our Rockville personal injury lawyers understand how overwhelming it can be to handle a claim for an accident you didn’t cause while trying to recover from your injuries. That’s why we’re here to provide you with the legal guidance and support you need to move forward.
The Challenges of Seeking Reliable Legal Representation
Choosing the right lawyer for your personal injury claim can be a complex process. While making a list of prospects is often the easiest part to do with a quick Google search, choosing the wrong lawyer can end up costing you a significant amount of time and money. You’ll want to conduct interviews with the attorneys you like the best and proceed from there. It’s a good idea to compile a list of questions. Their answers will likely help you decide your best option and you won’t feel overwhelmed during the meeting. You could ask questions like:
- What experience do you have working with clients in similar situations?
- What are your credentials?
- How do you go about achieving a successful outcome for your clients?
- How does payment work?
- Do you have any questions for me?
The questions above will give you an idea of what the lawyers are like. Based on their responses, your gut feeling, and who you like and trust the most, you’ll be able to narrow down your options and choose the right law firm for your needs.
Maryland Personal Injury Law Basics
If you’re planning on filing a personal injury claim or are in the midst of a case, it’s crucial to understand the state laws that might apply to your case. While we’ll go over the basics, your personal injury attorney will be able to discuss the laws in significant details, so you always feel in the loop.
One of the most critical laws to be aware of is the statute of limitations, which is the amount of time you have to file your lawsuit and go to court after an accident. In most cases, you’ll have three years after the accident date to take action; however, there are situations where you may have longer. Your attorney will know how long you have based on the circumstances surrounding your accident.
It’s also important to understand the shared fault rules. It’s not uncommon for the opposing party of your claim to argue that you share blame for what occurred. In the event it is discovered that both parties played a role in the accident, Maryland courts apply a rule called contributory negligence. This means that the injured person will not be able to collect damages from the other at-fault party, no matter how low the percentage of fault. Being prepared for this type of argument is crucial to filing a successful claim.
When it comes to collecting damages for personal injury cases, you may be eligible for economic and noneconomic awards. While economic rewards refer to things that can be calculated like medical bills or lost wages, noneconomic damages refer to areas of loss like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment. In Maryland, noneconomic damages are capped in certain circumstances. Your lawyer will be able to tell you if the caps apply to your case.
Rockville: One of Maryland’s Oldest Cities
Dating back to Colonial America, Rockville was a small community of only a few families, a tavern, a courthouse, and a jail. It was known originally known as Hungerford’s Tavern – which was the name of the area’s most popular business and landmark. In 1801, the Maryland General Assembly officially named the area Rockville because of its proximity to Rock Creek. The population grew steadily in the latter half of the 19th century, and Rockville became incorporated in 1860.
In 1873, the Rockville depot on the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad put the area in closer contact with the growing District of Columbia. The city’s growth, however, slowed until the 1950s with the increase in suburban residential developments. Today, there are over 60,000 residents in Rockville and future growth is expected.
There are a number of attractions, dining options, and events and festivals to attend in Rockville all year. History buffs can check out the Josiah Henson Park or the Glenview Mansion. There are also a number of breweries to visit. Families can participate in annual events like the Lunar New Year Celebration or the Hometown Holidays Music Fest. The city really comes to life in the summer with farmers markets, Movies in the Park, and holiday celebrations for Memorial Day and Independence Day.
Get Help from Belsky, Weinberg & Horowitz, LLC
While we may be located in Baltimore, we’re dedicated to helping all of Maryland’s citizens when they need it most. We understand how difficult it can be to find a legal team willing to take on your case and help you recover what you’ve lost. Our Rockville personal injury lawyers have years of experience in a significant number of practice areas and will not shy away from complicated cases. We’re here to provide free consultations to accident victims, so they know how best to proceed to get their life back in order.