When individuals have been injured as a result of another party’s negligence, they sometimes consider filing a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury case is a civil action that works to hold a negligent party liable for injuries that were sustained as a result. 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 occurs. This may be because of a fear that they cannot afford certain legal fees that come with the lawsuit or they do not wish to cause any further trouble. This is usually the case if the individual would be filing a claim against a relative or friend.
Often times, people do not realize that personal injury attorneys are only paid on a contingency basis. This means the attorney is only paid in the event that they recover an award for the injured individual. In addition to this, the payment is generally taken out of the award that is recovered.
Maryland’s Statute of Limitations
It is important to understand that if someone is harmed in a personal injury accident and wants to pursue a lawsuit, they should not wait too long. This is because there is a statute of limitations on the lawsuit. The statute of limitations is a deadline that people are required to meet if they wish to file a lawsuit against another party. In the state of Maryland, injured individuals have a three-year statute of limitations to pursue a claim for a personal injury case.
If an individual fails to file a lawsuit within the three-year time limit, the state of Maryland will not allow them to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party.
Notice of Claim Requirements
If individuals are injured due to the negligence of a municipality, there may be a different process in pursuing a lawsuit. The individual may be required to file a Notice of Claim. This gives notice to a municipality informing them that the individual plans to bring a lawsuit against them. Having an experienced personal injury attorney can be beneficial for individuals to help navigate their case.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know sustained an injury in a car accident and wishes to speak with a skilled attorney, contact the Law Offices of Markey & Orsi today.
The legal team at Markey & Orsi has proudly represented clients who have been injured throughout the state of Maryland due to the negligence of another party for nearly 30 years. If you require strong legal representation, contact Markey & Orsi today to schedule a consultation.