PERSONAL INJURY

Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer

A Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer Who Won’t Stand for Negligence

Injury, illness, and accidents can be devastating for Baltimore residents – not just emotionally and physically, but also financially. In addition to hospital bills, there are many other costs that can compound during your recovery. You may lose wages while being unable to work, in addition to the high costs of medication or physical therapy.

You may have even lost a loved one due to another person or company’s negligence. Though no amount of money can make up for a tragic loss, a lawsuit can help hold the guilty responsible for their wrongdoing and prevent future tragedies. And financial compensation can help with things like funeral costs and lost income that may otherwise prove devastating to your family’s recovery.

Do you have a strong personal injury case? The first step to determining this is to consult with an experienced accident and injury lawyer who has successfully handled cases just like yours.

Common Causes of Personal Injury from an Experienced Injury Attorney in Baltimore

Wrongful Death

Nothing can replace a lost loved one. But wrongful death lawsuits can help cover the unexpected costs of medical bills and funeral expenses, while holding the responsible party accountable

Defective Products / Product Liability

From prescription drugs to car tires to playpens, we depend on the things we buy to be safe and work as advertised. When companies cut corners, it can lead to illness, injury, or even death for their customers.

Asbestos & Lead Poisoning

All property and business owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for others. If they fail to do so, it can lead to slips, falls, and other injuries. If you were injured on the premises of another, you may have a premise liability case.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Trauma to the brain has devastating, long-lasting effects for victims. It’s imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible, to begin to gather the necessary medical evidence for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) lawsuits.

Food Borne Illness

Foodborne illness is no laughing matter—bacteria from unsafe food handling practices make 1 in 6 Americans sick every year, and serious cases of food poisoning can lead to hospitalization or even death. These complex lawsuits require an attorney with a strong background in foodborne sickness cases.

Credit Card Fraud

Credit card fraud perpetrators are not exclusively individuals acting alone. Sometimes the unscrupulous actions of a major credit card company constitute fraud. Some of these fraudulent actions include hidden fees for cash transactions, masked APRs, and failing to acknowledge past payments.

Slip and Fall Accidents

All property and business owners have a duty to maintain a safe environment for others. If they fail to do so, it can lead to slips, falls, and other injuries. If you were injured on the premises of another, you may have a premise liability case.

Auto Accidents

These traffic accidents resulted in 55,232 injuries and 635 fatalities. In Baltimore, where the largest population lives, we have the lion’s share of these traffic accidents.

Truck Accidents

Whether it’s a drowsy or intoxicated driver, unsafe equipment, or overloaded cargo, negligent trucking companies and their drivers can be an enormous danger to others on the road. Because unique laws regulate commercial truck driving companies, trucking injury suits require a knowledgeable, experienced truck accident lawyer.

Car Accidents

Despite a decrease in Maryland car accidents in recent years, crashes still happen, and they are still catastrophic for victims of negligent drivers. According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, the number of accidents involving injury hovers at around 30,000 each year in Maryland.

Baltimore, as the most populated city in the state, is home to many of these accidents. Lawsuits related to car accidents are the most common type of injury suit. The most common reasons for accidents are speeding, drunk driving, and distracted driving.

Auto injury cases are complex, requiring a skilled and aggressive legal team that can construct an effective strategy. Most cases are built on the premise of another driver’s negligent behavior, although in some cases the car manufacturer is at fault. In other cases, misconduct or negligence on the part of a mechanic leads to injury.

Often insurance company payouts fail to cover a fraction of the cost of property damage and any associated medical costs. In order to manage your case successfully, it’s crucial to contact a professional auto injury attorney as soon as possible. Your legal team will need lots of time to collect evidence, contact professional consults, and prepare your suit.

Defective Products/ Product Liability

Almost every moment of our lives, we are putting our trust in some retailer, designer, or manufacturer’s product, whether we realize it or not. We trust that the chemicals in our mattress aren’t toxic, that the brakes on our car will work properly when we need them to, and that our pharmaceutical drugs won’t make us sicker.

Unfortunately, this trust is sometimes misplaced—all of the above examples have been the center of product liability suits against major companies. Businesses have a responsibility to their customers to ensure their product is safe. Yet every year, there are over 22,000 deaths and 29 million injuries related to consumer products. Additionally, consumer products cause more than $500 billion in damages by harming people or property.

Product liability claims are complex and multi-faceted, and require the services of an experienced defective product attorney.

Asbestos and Lead Poisoning

Asbestos and lead poisonings may seem like public health issues that modern life has left behind, but illnesses related to both toxic substances continue to develop in Americans to this day. Asbestos, in particular, has a very long latency period—meaning quite a bit of time can pass before individuals exposed to asbestos develop symptoms. In certain cases, it has taken over 40 years for individuals to show signs of asbestos-related diseases.

Lead poisoning can also be insidious, as lead can collect in the body for months or even years. Victims often show no outward signs of poisoning until advanced stages of the condition. Often this condition occurs in young children. Lead-based paint and contaminated dust in older buildings are the leading causes of lead poisoning in children. Other sources include contaminated air, water, and soil. Adults who have a job working with batteries—such as auto mechanics—are also at risk.

A personal injury lawsuit based on lead or asbestos claims requires a legal team with specialized knowledge of the medical and scientific data surrounding these conditions.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Often caused by blunt force to the head, traumatic brain injuries are another common type of injury suit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1.4 million Americans suffer a brain injury every year.

Any kind of sudden blow to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury, from a car accident to a sports mishap. If you or someone you care about has suffered a brain injury and you believe someone else is liable, you should consult with a qualified attorney who specializes in this type of claim. Brain injuries can be difficult to prove without working with an expert, since they lack the measurable evidence of many other injuries.

Even if you are negotiating with an insurance company, filing a worker’s compensation claim, or applying for any other benefits, an experienced brain injury attorney can guide you through the complex legal and medical issues surrounding TBI claims.

Wrongful Death

The legal definition of “wrongful death” is the taking of a life through the willful or negligent actions of another person. It is a separate legal claim from the criminal charges, and neither has any bearing on the other. For example, if an individual is found innocent in a manslaughter trial, they still may be sued by the victim’s family for wrongful death.

Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to help recover financial loss for the victim’s family, including medical bills and funeral expenses. Compensation can also be recovered from the loss of the financial support of the victim, and in some cases, financial recompense can also be recovered for the grief suffered by the victim’s loved ones.

Truck Accidents

Special regulations govern commercial trucking companies and their employees on federal and state levels, so auto accident injury claims brought against these parties requires a legal expertise in the field of trucking.

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous for drivers, and trucking companies have a legal obligation to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Unfortunately, these companies often forgo safety for a better bottom line. Truck accidents may be the result of outdated equipment or overloading. Often, truck drivers are subject to mileage incentives or requirements that encourage them to drive at high speeds—even when they are exhausted.

Food Poisoning

Most food poisoning occurs when a restaurant, grocery store, or other food service business fails to follow the legal food safety guidelines set by the FDA. This occurs more than you might expect—1 in 6 Americans become sick from food poisoning each year. That comes to about 48 million people, 128,000 of whom require hospitalization. 3,000 of those people will even die.

In the past, our law firm has successfully represented many victims of food poisoning in Baltimore and around Maryland. An experienced legal team is essential to mounting a successful case, as it can be difficult to prove the liability of a food service establishment.

Slip and Fall/Premises Liability

Property owners, such as landlords and retail business owners, have a responsibility to maintain their property so it is safe for other people to visit. When the hazardous conditions of a property lead to another person’s injury, this is referred to as “premises liability.”

“Slip and Fall” refers to a personal injury case centered around an incident in which the plaintiff fell and was injured due to unsafe conditions on another person’s property. It is one of the more common types of premise liability case.  Some other examples of unsafe conditions that lead to injury might be uneven pavement, torn up carpeting, or potholes.

Make Our Area Safer with a Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer

Don’t let someone else get away with hurting you without paying for what they’ve done. Winning compensation not only helps you get back on your feet after a horrible experience, but sheds light on serious issues that could be harming others just like you.

Start your recovery today by getting in touch with our law offices. You can fill out our simple online case evaluation form, email DShapiroLaw@aol.com, or call 410-576-9100.

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