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What Kind of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?

Personal injury law encompasses a wide range of diverse claims. Depending on the details of your injury, a negligent individual, employer, property owner, or other party may be held responsible for your physical, financial, and emotional losses. Personal injury lawyers help the wrongfully injured pursue compensation from the party or parties responsible for their injuries.

No two personal injury cases are the same. It is important to speak with a personal injury attorney about the nature of your injury, who may be held liable, and how best to proceed with your case.

At The Bishop Law Group, Baltimore personal injury lawyer Brian Bishop has built a reputation for excellence in a variety of personal injury claims throughout Maryland. He is committed to helping his clients recover the maximum compensation they need and deserve to move forward.

What is Personal Injury?

A personal injury occurs when someone’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongful conduct causes physical harm to another person’s body. Personal injury claims often involve catastrophic injuries, such as:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Amputation injuries
  • Burn injuries
  • Electrocution injuries
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Wrongful death

In a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove that another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional behavior directly caused your physical injury. Claims for damage done to your property, such as your automobile and the contents of your car are not part of a personal injury claim.

In the most tragic cases, a serious injury results in death. In these instances, surviving family members may be able to seek compensation for their financial and emotional losses in a wrongful death lawsuit. While no compensatory damages can undo the devastation of losing a loved one, compensation in a wrongful death claim can keep a family financially afloat during a difficult time.

Types of Cases a Personal Injury Lawyer Handles

A wide range of incidents can give rise to personal injury claims. Under Maryland law, any time the negligence of a person or company causes another person’s injury, the victim can file a personal injury lawsuit.

Some of the most common types of cases personal injury lawyers handle include:

Motor Vehicle Accident Cases

Driving involves inherent risk in every state, but some cities are more dangerous than others. In its most recent report on America’s best drivers, Allstate identified Baltimore as the nation’s least safe city in which to drive.

As of November, Zero Deaths Maryland reports that 463 lives have been lost in fatal traffic wrecks in the state in 2021. Even in collisions that do not end in death, the lives of motor vehicle accident victims can be forever changed in an instant.

Motor vehicle accidents encompass incidents such as:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents

Attorney Brian Bishop has substantial experience in a variety of motor vehicle accident cases. He understands the hardships faced by injury victims and takes time to meticulously prepare every case as though it will go to trial. When negotiations fail to achieve a fair outcome for his clients, Mr. Bishop will not hesitate to fight for a just resolution before a judge or jury.

Medical Malpractice Cases

In Maryland, medical malpractice occurs when health care providers, such as doctors, nurses, or other medical professionals fail to meet the standard of care. Examples of negligence in these cases can involve issues such as:

  • Surgical errors
  • Emergency room errors
  • Prescription errors
  • Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
  • Failure to treat

In order for a medical malpractice case to be considered valid in the state of Maryland, you must prove that an act of negligence was committed by a medical professional and that the act of negligence directly caused injury, disability, pain and suffering, or death.

These cases are extremely complex and require the knowledge, skill, and resources of an attorney with experience in these difficult matters.

Birth Injury Cases

Birth injury cases fall under the legal umbrella of medical malpractice. These injuries can occur before, during, or after childbirth and can impose lifelong, catastrophic consequences on a child and his or her family.

Birth injuries can be caused by errors such as:

  • Errors during labor and delivery
  • Failure to recognize the need for Cesarean section operation
  • Errors resulting in premature birth
  • Medical misdiagnosis during pregnancy or childbirth
  • Failure to adequately monitor
  • Administering wrong medications
  • Giving wrong advice or medical treatment during pregnancy

Proving negligence in a birth injury case is very complicated. A personal injury lawyer with experience in these matters can assess the merits of your case, gather evidence to support your claim, and pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.

Defective Products

As consumers, we trust that the products we buy will work as advertised and be safe to use. However, many products are designed or sold with inherent defects or faulty parts that can cause serious injury. When people suffer injury or illness because of a defective product, the designer, manufacturer, or seller can be held accountable for the harm and damages that result. These are known as product liability lawsuits.

There are three primary categories of product defects:

  • Manufacturing defects
  • Design defects
  • Failure to warn

From automotive parts and children’s toys to pharmaceutical drugs and home appliances, people are surrounded by potentially dangerous products every day. A personal injury lawyer can investigate the facts in your case and determine if a defective product played a role in your injury.

Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability cases involve situations in which a person was injured as the result of a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. The individuals and businesses who own and manage properties, including public property and private businesses, have a duty to ensure their properties are reasonably safe for visitors who legally enter the property.

Premises liability cases can involve matters such as:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Negligent security
  • Dog or animal attacks
  • Parking lot accidents
  • Construction accidents

Premises liability cases, such as slip and fall accidents, can be very difficult to prove in Maryland. If you were hurt on someone’s dangerous property, it is in your best interest to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible.

Contact a Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Experienced personal injury attorney Brian Bishop is dedicated to helping the wrongfully injured move forward after an accident. We believe that everyone has the right to legal counsel, and we are committed to helping our clients pursue the full and fair compensation to which they are entitled under the law.

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If you have been injured because of someone’s careless or reckless behavior, The Bishop Law Group wants to hear your story. Call (410) 390-3101 today for a free consultation. Our firm serves clients throughout Maryland, including Baltimore, Ocean City, and other areas.