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Did a Driver Hit You While You Were Walking?

By Dianne Freed on January 18, 2018

Pedestrian Accident Attorney MarylandWe all walk near streets or in parking lots on almost a daily basis without event. Suddenly, however, you may be struck by a car and your life may be changed by serious injuries for weeks, months, or even permanently. If the driver who hit you was negligent, you have the right to file an insurance claim and/or lawsuit to seek compensation for the many losses you have incurred (legally called “damages”) due to your pedestrian accident.

Generally speaking, such damages can include:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering

The following is some additional information about each of these types of damages that commonly result from pedestrian accidents.

Medical Bills

This category of damages can be relatively obvious. You can recover for bills incurred due to medical treatment of your accident-related injuries, which may include:

  • Ambulance rides and emergency department treatment
  • Time spent in the hospital
  • Surgical procedures and postoperative care
  • Physical and other types of rehabilitative therapy
  • Medical equipment and medications
  • Home health assistance

Less straightforward, however, are the losses you may incur due to future medical bills. Some severe injuries can require years or a lifetime of treatment, which means you will continually face medical bills for a long time. Proving future losses can be complicated and often requires the help of medical experts.

Lost Income

Following a pedestrian accident injury, you may need to spend time in the hospital or simply resting while you recover. This commonly results in missed work, which in turn, results in lost income. Losing out on even a week’s worth of income can significantly impact your household’s finances and you deserve to be compensated for all lost wages.
Similar to medical expenses, you can also recover for future lost income. At the time of your claim, you still may not be back to work and catastrophic injuries may keep you from ever returning to your previous position. You may have to seek a lower-paying job with fewer physical or mental requirements or you may have to rely on disability payments for the rest of your life. Future lost earning power is a compensable loss, as well.

Pain and Suffering

Unlike financial losses, “pain and suffering” is a subjective concept that is much more difficult to quantify. However, certain injuries can cause immense physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as the loss of your normal enjoyment of life. An experienced attorney will know how to use expert opinions and other resources to request an appropriate amount for pain and suffering in your specific situation.

How a Maryland Pedestrian Accident Attorney Can Help You

The legal team at Alpert Schreyer, LLC, have seen how a pedestrian accident can result in a variety of extensive losses. We always fight for the maximum amount of compensation each and every client deserves and have the resources and skill to do so. If you would like to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Maryland pedestrian accident attorneys, please contact us online or call (844) 632-7274 as soon as possible.

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