If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury in Maryland, you may be unsure of where to turn. Hospital visits, aftercare physician trips, and any medical devices will leave you with a growing heap of expensive medical bills. You may find yourself in debt, or in battle with your healthcare insurance provider. With all the stress, you may not even consider the fact that your injuries could be the result of someone else's negligent actions. It may not even occur to you that you may be entitled to certain compensation for your pain. If you have the slightest sneaking suspicion that you may be owed legal damages for what you have undergone, you will want to get in touch with a skilled, experienced, and persistent Maryland personal injury attorney.
Questions to Ask Yourself
If you are on the fence about talking to an attorney, you will want to take some time to analyze the details of the situation. Asking yourself some of these questions can help:
- Who is responsible for my injuries? Whenever an accident or incident happens that lands someone with a serious injury, the first part of building any case is determining responsibility for the injuries. If you slipped and fell in a public place, shouldn't they have noted or disposed of any hazard? If you have been struck by a vehicle, did the other driver exert a reasonable amount of care? These types of questions will help you consider who is really at fault for your injuries.
- What events led up to my injuries? Think back to what happened. Take into consideration the circumstances surrounding what happened. Try to remember the details leading up to what happened. This can help you when you meet with an attorney. A detailed account of the events will help you and your attorney piece together the elements of a case and will help in the long run in court.
- How was I affected? Obviously you have been injured in some way. Injuries can be painful, expensive and burdensome. Seek medical opinions on the long term effects of the injury. Consider how your injuries have affected your quality of life, or if they prevent you from doing things you enjoy. These things will be important for both you and your lawyer to know, and they will certainly come up in court.
- Am I ready to seek legal aid? You are ready to seek legal aid when you feel ready to seek legal aid. You will want to seek legal aid as soon as you can (and, depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, as soon as you are able). There is no set level of readiness that an attorney can expect from you. Your attorney should be compassionate and understanding of your situation and your injuries, and help you prepare even if it is just the start of the case. Not everyone has the time to fully prepare before seeking legal help, and your attorney should be willing to work with you regardless of your progress in preparation. If you are able to get an attorney early on, you can gather evidence together and even get some insight on some things you may not have considered.
When Is A Good Time to Contact An Attorney in Maryland?
The best time to contact an attorney is the moment you think you may have a case. An attorney will be helpful not only by having an initial discussion with you to determine whether or not you may actually have a case; he or she will also work with you to build a case, and should accommodate you and your needs. Not every case is the same, and not every client should be treated with a blanket policy. If you contact an attorney early on, the two of you can establish a proper method for conducting the case. Working together from the start can you at an advantage in court.
If you feel as though you have been injured as a result of another person or entity's negligence, get in touch with us today. Don't go through the legal battlefield alone. Contact Gilman and Bedigian today.