In Annapolis, Maryland, a deadly car accident on Aris T. Allen Boulevard brought traffic to a halt for over four hours last Saturday. According to an Annapolis police spokesperson, a stolen white Volvo sedan had been speeding east on the boulevard near the Vineyard Road intersection when it crossed over the grassy median and hit a green Toyota SUV going westbound.
The passenger in the Volvo was declared dead at the accident scene, while the driver of the stolen vehicle was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. The driver of the SUV was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center. Both drivers were in critical condition when they were admitted.
Because of the extensive traffic, motorists were forced to turn onto side roads to get to their destination. Aris T. Allen had to be closed on both sides following the accident. The traffic was diverted to other roads, which created gridlock in other parts of the city.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to win compensation for the injuries. It is important that you consult with a competent personal injury attorney before filing your lawsuit—especially if your injury is very severe. There may be complex legal rules related to your claim and the amount of compensation you could win might be different than the norm because of the kind of injury you’ve sustained. A personal injury attorney can help you with these issues. Retaining a personal injury can also make an insurance company less resistant to paying your accident claim.
Nolo.com recommends retaining a lawyer for the following kinds of accidents and injuries:
Long-Term or Permanently Disabling Injuries
Some accidents result in injuries that significantly affect your physical capabilities or appearance for a long time — over a year — or even permanently. Figuring out how much such a serious injury is worth can be a difficult business. You’ll probably require some assistance from an experienced lawyer to get the most out of your claim.
The amount of your accident compensation is mostly determined by how severe your injuries were. And the severity of your injuries is measured by the amount of your medical bills, the type of injuries you have, and the length of time it takes for you to recover. As the amount of your potential compensation increases, the range within which that compensation may fall becomes wider. In such cases, it may be worth the expense to have a lawyer handle your claim and make sure you receive compensation at the highest end of the range.
If you have suffered an injury or illness due to careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment at the hands of a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic, laboratory, or other medical provider, both the medical questions and the legal rules involved are complex. They almost certainly require that you hire a lawyer experienced in medical malpractice cases.
In the increasingly chemical world, we sometimes become ill because of exposure to contaminants in the air, soil, or water, in products, or in food. Claims based on such exposure are difficult to prove, however, and often require complex scientific data. And because the chemical and other industries have erected a huge wall to protect themselves from legal exposure while they continue to expose us to potentially harmful chemicals, the required evidence is very hard to come by. Get expert help.
When an Insurance Company Refuses to Pay
In some instances, regardless of the nature of your injury or the amount of your medical bills and lost income, you will want to hire a lawyer because an insurance company or government agency simply refuses to make any fair settlement offer at all. In these cases, something — what the lawyer can get minus the fee charged to get it — is better than nothing.
The personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen represents clients in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas that have been injured due to someone else’s negligence—whether on the road or elsewhere. To schedule a free consultation, contact Lebowitz and Mzhen today.
Deadly wreck involving stolen car creates gridlock, Hometownannapolis.com, January 21, 2007
When You Need a Lawyer to Handle Your Personal Injury Claim, Nolo.com
Related Web Resource:
Personal Injury, DMV.org