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Personal injury claims, like many other areas of the law, can be complex and difficult to understand. The frequently asked questions addressed below are designed to help our clients and prospective clients understand some of the issues commonly involved in personal injury claims in Maryland.
These are designed to provide a brief understanding of the issue. To see whether and how any of them apply in your case, please call or text us at 443-275-NEIL(6345) for a free consultation.
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When and How Can I Recover Accident-Related Damages?
As long as you are able to prove that you sustained physical injury as a result of an accident that was caused by the negligence of another person or entity, you would be eligible to receive compensation not only for the physical injuries you suffered, but also for the pain and suffering and emotional distress inflicted on you as a result of the accident. Retaining the services of an experienced attorney like Neil Dubovsky greatly enhances the likelihood that you will receive the compensation your claim deserves.
How Much Will it Cost Me to Pursue a Personal Injury Claim?
It will cost you absolutely nothing at the beginning of the representation or at any time during the representation. The beauty of the contingency fee arrangement is that our compensation is a percentage of the overall recovery amount, so we do not get paid unless we receive a recovery on your behalf. In addition, we advance all case-related expenses so you will not have to pay us even a single penny during the life of the case. There is no risk to you, the client and because our fee is a percentage of the recovery, you will never be asked to pay anything out of pocket at any time.
What if I Am in a “Hit and Run” Accident?
In Maryland, you are still eligible to recover damages if you were injured in a hit and run accident. First, by hiring an attorney, you would allow us to undertake an investigation to see if we can determine the identity of the driver of the “phantom” vehicle. Sometimes there are video cameras in the area that may help or potentially witnesses who can provide information. And if we can determine the identity of the other vehicle, we can pursue a claim with their insurance company.
However, even if we are unable to determine the identity of the other driver, you would still be able to pursue a claim under your own insurance policy’s uninsured motorist coverage provision Either way, we would still be able to pursue a claim on your behalf and work to obtain a recovery on your behalf for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Time is of the essence in hit and run cases though because witness memories fade and camera footage is generally preserved for only a short period of time. So if you have been injured in a hit and run as a driver, passenger or pedestrian, call Dubo Law, LLC today at 443-275-NEIL (6345) and let us investigate your claim for you.
What is the Time Limit for Me to Pursue My Claim?
In Maryland, you generally have three (3) years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in Court. This is more commonly known as the Statute of Limitations. However, there are exceptions and nuances to the “rule” that make it more complicated. For example, some cases have a shorter statute of limitations (you have one (1) year from the date of accident to file an assault claim) and in other instances, you may have three (3) years not from the date of the negligence, but from the date you first discovered or should have known about the negligence. This would likely not apply in car accidents, but may well be an issue in a medical malpractice case. There are also different rules that apply in cases involving minors. And finally, separate and apart from any applicable statute of limitations, if you are pursuing a claim against any governmental entity, you are required to place that entity or department on formal notice of your claim. In Maryland, such notice is required within one (1) year from the date of the accident, and failure to do so could result in your claim being dismissed, even if it is filed within the three (3) year limitations period.
For all these reasons, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate these complicated legal issues and it is also important that you do so as soon as possible to avoid potentially losing out on an otherwise valid and compensable claim.
How Long Will My Case Take?
There is no standard answer to this question because every case is different. Cases where clients sustain more serious injuries and treat for a longer period of time will, on average, take longer to resolve than cases involving less serious injuries with shorter treatment. Additionally, if the insurance company is unwilling to make a fair and reasonable offer to resolve the case, we will be required to file a lawsuit on your behalf which will also affect the length of time the case will take to resolve. While we cannot make any guarantees about how long each individual case will take, we at Dubo Law, LLC can and do commit to ensuring that each case is handled as expeditiously and efficiently as possible to ensure not only that you receive just compensation, but that you receive it promptly.
What is Maryland Case Search and How Do I Use It?
Maryland Case Search is a great resource to keep up to date on a pending case or learn more about any closed case. Find out more here.
Can You Assure Me That An Attorney Will Be Handling My Case?
Yes, 100%. Neil Dubovsky will personally handle your case from beginning to end. Although certain aspects of any case are handled by paralegals, Neil is your attorney and any questions or concerns you have related to your case will be addressed by him directly. Our primary concern at Dubo Law, LLC is the happiness and satisfaction of our clients and we will always strive to ensure that your needs are met in a way that meets and exceeds your expectations. Neil’s philosophy has always been to ensure that every client he represents is treated the same as if it was a member of his own family. It is that personal touch that sets him apart from many other attorneys and why you should choose Dubo Law, LLC to handle your personal injury or medical malpractice case for you.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for My Personal Injury or Malpractice Claim?
Having spent the early part of his career representing insurance companies, Neil knows first-hand how insurance companies are set up to take advantage of people who do not retain attorneys to represent them. Personal injury and medical malpractice cases are complex and time-consuming and you only get “one bite at the apple” so you could really prejudice yourself and your claim by trying to handle it on your own. Contact us at 443-275-NEIL (6345) and allow us to help you obtain the justice and compensation you deserve.
What is Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) and Do I Have It?
Under Maryland law, insurance companies which issue automobile policies within the state are required to offer PIP insurance to their insureds. The only way someone would not have PIP benefits under their policy is if they expressly waived those benefits, which is required to have been done in writing by way of a formal PIP waiver. Assuming you have not waived PIP, the minimum (and most common) benefit is $2,500. These funds can be enormously beneficial in helping an injured person deal with some of the stresses of being involved in an accident. First, because it is a no-fault benefit from your own insurance company, it is frequently paid out early on in a case, well before the case is resolved with the adverse insurance company. The enables you to get reimbursed for some or all of your lost wages and/or pay some medical bills up to the coverage amount. Moreover, because Maryland has adopted the collateral source rule, you can still recover those exact same medical bills and/or lost wages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, effectively permitting you to recover twice for the same damages.
Under Maryland law , you have one (1) year from the date of the accident to pursue a PIP claim and any failure to do so may result in your being ineligible for PIP benefits.
Dubo Law, LLC handles PIP claims on behalf of its’ clients at no additional cost, nor do we take a fee from any PIP funds recovered. For a free consultation to see whether you qualify for PIP benefits and how we can help you obtain them, please contact us at 443-275-NEIL (6345).
How Much Will It Cost Me?
It will cost you absolutely nothing out of pocket for us to handle your case for you. Zero. Nada. Every single one of our cases is handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not receive a fee unless we obtain a recovery on your behalf. In addition, we advance any and all case-related expenses for your case prior to resolution. So when we order medical records or pay filing fees or retain the services of any experts on your behalf, we’re not sending you an invoice. We pay those costs and just like our fee, we do not get reimbursed for those expenses unless we recover for you.
So there is no risk to you at all. Contact Dubo Law, LLC at 443-275-NEIL (6345) and then allow us to go to work for you. You focus on your recovery and well-being and we handle the rest.