Sometimes, it seems as if life is just an accident waiting to happen. A car or truck crash, a medical error, a construction accident, or a slip and fall on someone else’s property can change the course of an individual or family’s life in just a few seconds. Medical bills can quickly escalate, and the injured person may be out of work for weeks or months. In the worst-case scenario, a loved one may be permanently disabled or even lose their life due to another party’s carelessness. Many of these accidents are not unavoidable but instead foreseeable results of careless behavior. Each attorney at Burgos & Burgos has been serving the legal needs of people in Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, as well as the Washington, D.C. area, for more than 30 years. We understand how devastating it can be to suffer injuries from an accident, and we are here to ease the burden on you. Our entire staff is bilingual in English and Spanish.Car Accidents
When a person, business, or governmental entity causes harm to someone else, the injured person or a deceased person’s family may be entitled to pursue substantial damages. For example, in a car accident case, an injured driver, passenger, or pedestrian may be able to obtain a favorable settlement or judgment. Personal injury attorneys at Burgos & Burgos, who have recovered millions of dollars in negligence claims in Maryland and Washington, D.C. on behalf of clients, provide their expertise in proving their clients’ negligence claims. Prevailing in a negligence claim for a client injured in a car accident requires proving that:
Physical evidence can fade quickly, and witnesses’ memories tend to grow less reliable over time, so it is important to act quickly if you have been involved in a car crash. Photographs of the accident scene and of the vehicles involved can be very useful later, as can statements from eyewitnesses and any police reports. A skilled car accident attorney can help gather the evidence necessary to prove their client’s case, as well as secure medical records and expert testimony to explain the nature, cause, and extent of the client’s injuries.
Truck crashes are very similar to car accidents in terms of what the plaintiff must prove in order to recover damages, but truck accident lawsuits are often much more complicated than car accident cases. There are several reasons for this. First of all, big trucks can cause devastating injuries and even tragic deaths, which means that more is at stake than in an ordinary car crash. Unlike the average motorist, commercial trucking outfits and truck drivers may be insured for millions of dollars. With that much money at stake, you can expect that the insurance company will fight hard against a finding of liability and do everything that it can to discredit the plaintiff’s case if possible.
Additionally, there may be multiple defendants in a truck accident case. In some cases, a Maryland personal injury attorney may sue not only the driver but also multiple entities, including the company that owned the truck and anyone that was responsible for securing a load or performing maintenance on the truck. Multiple parties and multiple claims can complicate even a seemingly “straightforward” truck accident case, making legal counsel even more critical.Medical Malpractice
Doctors, hospitals, nurses, and other medical professionals can make mistakes, just as ordinary people do. When an injured patient can prove that their harm was caused by a health care provider’s deviation from the applicable standard of care, the plaintiff can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses. Unlike in some kinds of negligence cases, expert testimony is required in medical malpractice lawsuits. It can be costly and time-consuming to obtain a qualified expert, so it is important to get started on a case as soon as possible if you suspect that you or a loved one has been a victim of a medical error.Construction Accidents
It seems that our roads, shopping centers, and downtown areas are constantly under construction. People who work in the construction industry can suffer serious and even deadly accidents. Because of the range of potential defendants (such as general contractors, subcontractors, and even product manufacturers), these cases can be very complicated. Time is of the essence in filing a claim in a construction accident case, since there may be not only a statute of limitations but also a statute of repose. A statute of repose is a law that requires a party to meet a deadline in order to preserve a legal right. For example, if the government is a possible defendant, there may also be formal notice requirements that a personal injury lawyer in Maryland or Washington, D.C. would need to make sure to meet.Premises Liability
Those who own property, especially business property, have certain duties to people who come to the premises for a business purpose or social visit. Failing to take reasonable precautions to prevent harm to guests, such as customers or clients, can result in a finding of liability if a guest is injured or killed. Since Maryland is a pure contributory negligence state, premises liability cases often involve fighting off the allegation that the injured person’s own negligence contributed to the accident.Wrongful Death
Just as a person who is hurt by someone else’s failure to act in a reasonably prudent manner has the right to seek compensation for their injuries, a family who has lost a loved one due to careless conduct can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party. Maryland has very specific rules about who may file such a claim, as well as statutes setting forth the damages that are available to families who file wrongful death or survival actions. Since each case is very fact-dependent, people who have lost a loved one in an accident are advised to promptly consult a Maryland personal injury lawyer to discuss their situation in more detail.Workers' Compensation
Workers who are injured during the course and scope of their employment may be entitled to several types of benefits, including medical care and hospitalization services at the expense of their employer or the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company, temporary partial disability benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, permanent total disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation benefits. Unlike in other personal injury or wrongful death cases, it is not necessary that the employee prove fault against the employer in a workers’ compensation case, and contributory negligence is not typically a bar to recovery in on-the-job injury cases.Retain a Skillful Personal Injury Attorney in Maryland or Washington, D.C.
The resourceful attorneys at Burgos & Burgos serve people throughout Maryland and the greater Washington, D.C. region, including residents of Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Wheaton-Glenmont, Hyattsville, and communities throughout Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Call us at (301) 681-1111 or contact us online to schedule an appointment to discuss the details of your case and find out more about how we can help you.