When a person is injured because of another party’s negligence, the injured party may wish to file a personal injury lawsuit. This is a civil action that works to hold a negligent party responsible for the injuries that happened as a result of their neglect. There are some cases in which people may hesitate to bring a lawsuit against another party for a long period of time after an accident. This may be because of a fear that they cannot afford certain legal fees that come with a lawsuit or they do not want to cause any trouble. This can sometimes be seen if the claim would be filed against a relative or friend.
Often times, people do not realize that personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency basis. This means the attorney is only paid if they recover an award for the injured party. In addition to this, the payment is generally taken out of the award they recover for the individual, not any personal expenses.
Maryland’s Statute of Limitations
If someone is injured in a personal injury accident and wishes to pursue a lawsuit, it is crucial they do not wait too long to do so. This is because there is a statute of limitations on the lawsuit. A statute of limitations is a deadline that people are required to meet if they want to file a lawsuit against another party. In the state of Maryland, injured parties have a three-year statute of limitations on a personal injury case to file a lawsuit.
If an individual fails to file a lawsuit within this period of time, the state of Maryland will not allow them to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party.
Notice of Claim Requirements
It is important to know that a different process exists for those who are injured because of the negligence of a municipality. In the event of this, the injured party is required to file a Notice of Claim if they wish to pursue a lawsuit. This notifies a municipality that the individual plans to bring a lawsuit against them. A personal injury attorney can be beneficial for individuals during this time to help navigate their case.
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If you or someone you know sustained an injury in a car accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact theLaw Offices of Timian & Fawcett, LLC. today.
If you are in this situation, it is important to discuss this situation with an attorney. The attorneys at Timian & Fawcett, LLC provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.