When someone becomes hurt as a result of another party’s negligence, the injured party sometimes considers filing a personal injury lawsuit. This is a civil action that exists to hold a negligent party responsible for the injuries that occurred as a result of their neglect. Sometimes, people may hesitate to bring a lawsuit against another party for a long period of time after an accident. This may be because of a fear that they cannot afford certain legal fees that are associated with the lawsuit or they do not want to cause further trouble. This is usually the case if the claim was filed against a relative or friend.
Often times, people do not realize that personal injury attorneys are paid on a contingency basis. This means the attorney is only paid if they recover an award for the injured party. In addition to this, the payment is usually taken out of the award that is recovered.
Maryland’s Statute of Limitations
If someone is injured in a personal injury accident and wishes to pursue a lawsuit, it is important to not wait too long to do so. This is because there is a statute of limitations on the lawsuit. A statute of limitations is a time limit that people are required to meet if they wish to file a lawsuit against another party. In the state of Maryland, injured parties have a three-year statute of limitations on a personal injury case to file a lawsuit.
If an individual fails to file a lawsuit within this three-year time limit, the state of Maryland will not allow them to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party.
Notice of Claim Requirements
It is important to know that there is a different process in place for individuals who are injured due to the negligence of a municipality. The injured party may be required to file a Notice of Claim. This notifies a municipality that the individual plans to bring a lawsuit against them. Having an experienced personal injury attorney can be beneficial for individuals to help navigate their case.
Contact our experienced Maryland firm
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an attorney about your best course of action, contact the Law Offices of Albers & Associates today.
Albers & Associates is comprised of experienced personal injury, criminal defense, and family law attorneys. Our firm is proud to serve clients in Baltimore, Maryland. If you require strong legal representation that will fight to protect your future, contact the attorneys at Albers & Associates to schedule a consultation.