Accidents happen every day, to all sorts of people in all sorts of ways. Some accidents are just that—accidents, and no one is to blame. However, many accidents result from someone’s negligence, and this may entitle victims of these accidents to compensation. These types of accidents typically include:
- Traffic accidents
- Premises liability, including slip-and-fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product defects, also known as product liability accidents
While many people are familiar with online sources that will assist you in drafting common legal documents, such as incorporation papers or simple wills, no online forms will help you with a personal injury case. Such cases frequently require expert testimony to show that someone’s negligence caused your accident, resulting in your injury. On your own, you are unlikely to even know exactly what kind of expert you should ask to speak on your behalf, much less where to find such an expert—or how to evaluate how “expert” that witness actually is.
Furthermore, while most personal injury lawsuits settle before trial, most such lawsuits also get to the discovery stage where both sides try to uncover the facts of the accident and seek evidence to help present those facts in the manner that shows the legitimacy of their respective claims. In addition to not knowing what facts might be most helpful for you to discover, in the absence of an attorney, you are extremely unlikely to even know how to begin the process of building a case under court rules regarding discovery. Proceeding without an attorney is a recipe for the loss.
When You Are Injured in an Accident, It Usually Is Best to Retain an Attorney
The People’s Law Library of Maryland—an affiliate of the Maryland State Law Library, an arm of the Maryland judiciary—has determined that personal injury accidents are not well-suited to self-representation. Personal injuries from accidents tend to be difficult to handle and require both investigative and legal expertise beyond that possessed by most people.
Different aspects of the law can apply to the many different types of personal injury cases. While the basic standard for personal injury is that the negligence of another person or entity resulted in your personal injury, different types of accidents involve different standards and determinations of negligence. Automobile negligence, products liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, and other situations that result in personal injuries may involve different standards of proof and different standards of what constitutes negligence. Proving a case may require knowledge of medicine, building codes, physics, engineering, or other fields of expertise. While the attorney might not possess such expertise, an attorney experienced in a particular type of accidental injury will have knowledge of the kind of expert testimony needed and will know people who can provide such testimony.
If You Were Involved in an Accident Resulting in an Injury in Maryland, Contact the Personal Injury Lawyers of Alpert Schreyer
If you suffered an injury in an accident in Maryland, consult a personal injury attorney to determine your rights under the particular circumstances of your situation. You might be entitled to compensation.