If your loved one suffers a serious injury in Maryland, you may not know where to turn. Injuries can happen at any moment and can have effects ranging from somewhat mild to entirely catastrophic. If an injury results in coma or death of a loved one in Maryland, you may find yourself confused and unsure of where to go. You may find yourself with a mountain of paperwork, egregious medical expenses, and the anxiety of having a seriously injured loved one. If the incapacitating injuries they have suffered are the result of another individual's negligent actions, they may need assistance building a case. If your loved one in Maryland is in a coma, they will be unable to pursue legal action themselves. If they have severe injuries, they may be conscious but unable to spend the precious time they need to recover on pursuing a case simultaneously.
Where to Begin
The first step in Maryland when trying to build a case is to collect any and all evidence possible surrounding the incident. If your loved one is unable to do this due to their injuries, you will want to assist them in this process. This means obtaining things such as:
- Medical Reports: Medical reports will detail the extent of the injuries suffered and what effects they may have later on. It is important to obtain these documents early on and provide them to your attorney so they know what your loved one is going through. If you cannot obtain the records yourself all you need to do is provide your attorney with the names of the medical facilities and medical providers who your received care from. Your attorney can then obtain the records for you.
- Witness Accounts: If anyone has seen the injury take place, you may want to get any account, deposition or recollection of the incident that they are be willing to provide. Witness accounts can help build credibility for your side of the case.
- Police Reports: In the event of a vehicle accident, or any event that emergency responders had to show up for, an officer will usually generate a police report. Police reports most often serve as an impartial, unbiased, and officially recognized version of the events that took place. For car accidents, they often involve diagrams of the events leading up to the accident, the accident itself, and the aftermath. A police report will almost certainly come up in court, so it is best to take a look at it early on.
During this process you will want to speak to a Maryland attorney as soon as you can. Having a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney from the start of the process can ease both your anxiety and the overall process of taking legal action. Bringing the case to an attorney as early as possible will help the both of you prepare a case so you can get the best results for your loved one.
What You Should NOT Do
While trying to prepare your Maryland case, there are some things that you will want to avoid as well. Some actions that can hinder your progress in making a case include:
- Providing Information to the Other Party's Insurance Company: This is especially important in cases involving vehicle accidents. If the other party's insurance agent contacts you, direct them to your own insurance agent or your attorney and do not discuss the events or the case at all. Your insurance agent will better handle those questions and provide only the necessary information.
- Hesitating: While you may at first be unsure of whether or not any negligence took place, or whether you have a shot a building a case, talking to an attorney as soon as possible can help you make up your mind. Time is of the essence in any personal injury case, and you will want to get started as soon as possible.
- Discussing Case Matters Publicly: Personal injury cases should be discussed strictly with only the relevant parties to the matters. This means, you should avoid discussing the matters of the case with anyone except for your attorney, your loved one, and perhaps doctors and insurance agents. You never know how talking about the case can affect it later on down the road. It is best to keep the matters of the case between only the concerned parties. In addition, you should never speak to the adverse insurance carrier without the advice of your attorney.
If your child, spouse, or other loved one has been injured and is unable to pursue legal action themselves, it may be necessary to seek compensation on their behalf. The ability to bring a claim on behalf of a loved one will depend on your relationship to this person, and the laws in your jurisdiction. An experienced and diligent Maryland attorney will be able to help you through this process and provide advice on your ability to bring a claim. Don't let your loved one's injuries go uncompensated. Contact the team at Gilman & Bedigian today for a free consultation.