As the largest city in Maryland and a major metropolitan center, Baltimore is home to a large population of dynamic residents and businesses. It features the second-largest seaport in the Mid-Atlantic United States and several universities and research centers, including Johns Hopkins University. Nearly one-fourth of the jobs in the city are in the fields of science, technology, math, and engineering. It is carved into several districts and referred to by many as a city of neighborhoods. If you or someone you know has been hurt in the Baltimore area, the injury lawyers at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC can help.Establishing Liability in a Negligence Case
Accidents can occur in a wide variety of situations, including car, truck, and motorcycle collisions, as well as medical malpractice. Regardless of the situation or the extent of an injury, it can create substantial stress and complications for a victim and his or her family. If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation.
To recover damages for your injuries, you must establish that the defendant acted negligently and that the defendant’s negligence was the direct cause of your harm. A negligence claim includes four elements: duty, breach, causation, and damages. In most typical situations, each of us has a duty to act with the same ordinary care and skill that a reasonably prudent person would use in a similar situation. On the other hand, in a medical malpractice case, the duty of care requires a physician to treat each patient according to the practices and procedures that are utilized by other medical professionals in good standing within the same geographic area and specialty when treating patients who have a similar condition. The second element of negligence requires the victim to prove that the defendant failed to act according to the duty of care, resulting in a breach.
Next, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s breach was the direct cause of his or her injuries, and that the harm was foreseeable. Finally, the victim must provide evidence of the damages that he or she suffered. This often includes items like receipts, medical records and bills, and previous paychecks or paystubs. Types of damages that are available to individuals in personal injury actions may extend to medical expenses, physical therapy, loss of income, loss of future earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering.
In some situations, a victim’s spouse or close family member may be able to bring a claim for loss of consortium. This cause of action recognizes the loss of love, companionship, and support that the family member will suffer as a result of the victim’s injuries. If you have been involved in an accident, it is critical that you see a medical professional as soon as possible to determine and document the nature and extent of your injuries.Consult an Experienced Baltimore Lawyer after an Accident
The attorneys at Lebowitz & Mzhen, LLC, know just how difficult a car accident or another devastating event can be for Baltimore residents. While you are focusing on your recovery, the last thing you should worry about is navigating the legal process alone. Our team of professionals is standing by and ready to help you evaluate your options today. Call us at 1-800-654-1949 or contact us online to set up a time for a free, no-obligation consultation.