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Top 10 Tips for Protecting your Rights if you are Injured

Getting prompt medical treatment should be your first order of business if you suffer a personal injury in Maryland. However, you also MUST be sure to protect yourself legally. Read Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA)’s top 10 tips for protecting your rights. After a FREE CONSULTATION we can take over your case. In the mean time, you can take steps to protect yourself NOW!

1. You can recover monetary damages for both intentional and negligent injuries

If someone hurts you on purpose or by accident, the Maryland tort law system still applies. Even if the person that injured you was charged criminally, you may also have the right to bring a civil suit against them to recover your monetary damages.

2. Different laws apply for different types of injuries

When you sue someone for injuring you, there are specific elements you will have the burden to prove. For example, you have to prove 1) that some legal duty was breached, 2) that the breach led to your injury, and 3) that your injury caused damages. Moreover, the specific legal duty differs in each case type. For example, in Maryland product liability cases, strict liability often applies. That means that you don’t have to prove negligence; you just have to prove a manufacturer released a dangerous product that injured you. In other situations, such as Maryland medical malpractice, for example, a reasonable professional standard applied; i.e. you must to prove that your doctor did not act with the reasonable care expected of a doctor in his or her field of practice.

3. You usually have a limited time period in which to report your injuries

If you are injured at workplace in Maryland, for example, you must report your injury to your employer within a reasonable frame of time as set by law (which can sometimes be as short as 30 days).  It is important to take diligent action as soon as you are injured. You must seek immediate medical treatment and contemporaneously notify all involved parties that you have been hurt

4. You also have a limited time period in which to sue

In legal terms, this time period is called the “statute of limitations.” The specific time deadline or statute of limitations differs by state. Moreover, distinctive personal injury case types have different statutes of imitation. In Maryland, the time periods range from as short as one (1) year on some intentional tort actions to sixteen (16) years on some medical malpractice suits. This is a very tedious area of the law and thus it is critical to contact a representative of Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) as soon as an injury is sustained in order to be given specific information about timeline of your potential case. Don’t let the time tick away!

5. You may be able to sue multiple people who are responsible for your injury

Sometimes, the person who injures you may have been working for someone else. For example, if a Maryland driver injures you will driving for work related purposes or in a company owed vehicle or truck; the company itself may be responsible. These rules are governed under agency law; if an agent injures you, the person he was working for (called the principal) can be held legally liable.  If you were involved in an accident with a trucker or a person driving a work vehicle it is important that you do not rush to accept some low-ball offer from their companies insurance company. Contact Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) first to protect your rights and get what you are really entitled to.

6. You will need to prove the case beyond a preponderance of the evidence

The burden of proof in civil cases is far less stringent than the one applied in criminal cases, which is beyond a reasonable doubt. In tort law cases, the “preponderance of the evidence” standard means you have to prove that the defendant more likely than not caused your injury. The faster you contact Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) the faster your legal team can start compiling the evidence to prove your case.

7. Expert witnesses and other evidence may be necessary to prove your case

If the defendant doesn’t admit he caused your injury, you may need an expert to prove he breached his legal duty. For example, if you sue for medial malpractice, you may need another doctor to testify that your doctor didn’t act with reasonable care. If you are injured in a car accident, on the other hand, you may need a qualified accident reconstructionist or testimony from eye-witnesses who saw what happened at the scene of the accident.  Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) has compiled a Rolodex of qualified experts and investigators who will work quickly and diligently to put the complex pieces of your legal puzzle together.  Moreover, Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) will make every attempt possible to divert the cost of hiring experts to be deducted from an cases final monetary settlement or judgment.

8. You will also need to prove you suffered damages

Not only do you have to prove that a defendant was the cause of your injury, but you have to prove you actually suffered some compensable loss as a result of said injury. You will have to show that you paid medical bills, lost time at work, lost wages, or that you suffered emotional distress by the injury.  Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) has a dedicated support staff that will work around the clock to gather evidence of any and all perceived loss both tangible and intangible.

9. A personal injury attorney can help

The Maryland personal Injury team at Shapiro Zwanetz & Associates (SZA) can guide you in what you need to prove a case and can help you by filing a lawsuit and negotiating a settlement or trying the case in court.  The faster we are contacted, the faster we can begin to fight for your rights!  ALL CONSULTATIONS ARE FREE! THUS, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN!

10. Most personal injury attorneys will work with you on a contingent fee basis

If we elect to handle your case, you will likely not pay a single dime until and unless you are compensated for your damages.