What Qualifies As A Personal Injury?
Accidents can happen to anyone at any time, and they can leave you with injuries that impact your quality of life. If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages by filing a personal injury claim.
However, not all accidents and injuries qualify as personal injuries under the law. Our personal injury attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross LLP can review the facts of your case and help you determine if your injury can be considered “personal injury” under the law.
What Qualifies As a Personal Injury?
A personal injury is any harm that a person suffers due to the negligence or intentional actions of another person. The injury can be physical, emotional, or psychological. An injury may qualify as a personal injury if it was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence is a legal term that means someone failed to behave with reasonable care or prudence, and that failure caused harm to another person. For example, a driver who runs a red light and causes an accident may be considered negligent because they failed to exercise reasonable care.
Common Examples of Personal Injuries
There are many types of accidents and injuries that qualify as personal injuries. Some of the most common ones include:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Workplace accidents
- Nursing home abuse
If you suffered injuries in any of these accidents or incidents, seek the guidance of an attorney. Our attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross LLP can investigate the facts of your case and determine if you have grounds to file a personal injury claim.
Damages You Can Seek for Your Personal Injury
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages. Damages can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
The amount of compensation you can receive depends on the severity of your injuries and other factors.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Maryland?
Maryland has a statute of limitations that determines how long you have to file a personal injury claim. In most cases, you have three years from the date of the injury to file a claim (Maryland Courts and Judicial Proceedings § 5-101).
However, there are some exceptions, such as for medical malpractice cases. In medical malpractice cases, injured patients have five years from the date of the injury or three years from the date the injury was discovered.
It is important to start working with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your injury to ensure that you do not miss the filing deadline.
Contact Our Attorneys to File a Personal Injury Claim
Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone, and they can be devastating. However, not all injuries qualify as personal injuries under the law, and there are many factors to consider when pursuing a claim. Contact our attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross LLP to ensure that your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. Call 800-248-3352 to get a free case evaluation.