Personal Injury Law: Answers To Commonly Asked Questions
At Wampler & Souder, LLC, our attorneys advocate for injured persons in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. We understand that the claim process can feel confusing and complicated. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will walk you through each step of the case so you can proceed with confidence.
Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about personal injury claims. If you have additional questions, call our firm at 301-732-7675 to schedule a free initial case consultation. You can also contact us online. For your convenience, we have offices in Frederick, Silver Spring and Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim after my accident in Maryland?
You typically have three years to file a personal injury claim in Maryland from the time of the accident. If you fail to file your claim before the statute of limitation expires, you may forfeit your ability to pursue compensation.
What types of damages can I collect for my personal injury claim?
If you file a personal injury claim in Maryland or Virginia, you can pursue compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage caused in the accident
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning potential
- Permanent disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
How do I know if I was offered a fair settlement after a car accident?
Do not accept a settlement offer from your insurance company until you have spoken with a personal injury attorney. It is impossible to say whether you were offered a fair settlement without first carefully evaluating the facts of your case.
The attorneys at Wampler & Souder, can evaluate the extent of your injuries, medical bills, on-going medical care, your lost wages and pain and suffering to advise whether you should accept the offer.
Do I have to go to court if I file a personal injury claim?
Not necessarily. Most personal injury cases settle before going to court. However, if we are unable to secure a fair settlement offer through negotiation, our trial lawyers will not hesitate to take your case to court.
What are the signs that I may have suffered a brain injury in a car accident?
You may not know that you have a traumatic brain injury for days or even weeks after your car accident. Symptoms vary depending upon the severity and nature of your injury, but they can include any of the following:
- Loss of consciousness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Ringing in your ears
- Blurred vision
- Changes in mood
- Difficulty remembering information
If you experience any of the above symptoms, immediately seek medical attention. Traumatic brain injuries are serious and can have a lasting impact on your health.
What should I do after a car crash?
Take the following steps after a car crash to protect your health and potential personal injury claim:
- Seek emergency medical care if necessary.
- Call the police and ask for a copy of the police report.
- Write down the name, contact and insurance information of all parties involved in the crash.
- Ask witnesses for their names and contact information.
- Take photos of the scene of the accident, all property damage and visible injuries.
- Visit your medical provider for a thorough examination if you did not already receive emergency medical care.
- Contact Wampler & Souder, LLC’s personal injury attorneys to discuss your accident before speaking with your insurance provider. Call 301-732-7675.
Is my personal injury settlement taxed?
Typically, the damages you collect from a personal injury claim are not taxable under state or federal law. However, punitive damages and any interest on your verdict is taxable. If you have questions about this, our attorneys are happy to explain how this will apply to your specific case.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
All personal injury cases are accepted on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe us any attorney fees unless we successfully recover damages on your behalf.