Gaithersburg Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Attorneys
Suffering an injury can be life-changing and lead to complications, including expensive medical bills, lost wages, and difficulties returning to work. Whether your injury occurred on the job or because of another person’s negligence, it is important that you understand your legal options and possibilities for recovering benefits or damages. At Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP, our teams of workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers understand the importance of financial recovery following debilitating injuries and illnesses. Call us today at 301-670-7030. We have more than 30 years of experience representing Gaithersburg, Maryland, injury victims, and we can help you navigate the legal system to get you the support you need.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Serving Gaithersburg, Maryland
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to injured employees who suffer harm during the course of their employment. The system is designed to make it easier and faster for workers to recover benefits in the event of an injury that occurs because of their job. Injured workers typically cannot file personal injury lawsuits in response to their work-related injuries.
“No-Fault” Claims in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Workers’ compensation does not include a requirement that the victim proves that his or her employer, or anyone else, was negligent in causing the harm. In fact, the injury can result from the employee’s carelessness, and yet that person can still collect benefits. In some cases, benefits might not apply because the injured person was drunk or otherwise impaired at the time of the accident or because he or she engaged in criminal conduct at the time of the injury. However, in most cases, work-related injuries should result in workers’ compensation benefits.
Benefits in Gaithersburg, Maryland, Workers’ Compensation Claims
The benefits available to an injured worker include medical expenses, a percentage of lost wages, and, sometimes, vocational training. If a worker dies on the job, workers’ compensation insurance should cover certain death benefits for that person’s family. No pain and suffering damages are available in workers’ compensation claims. As a result, workers’ compensation benefits often amount to less money than a person would recover in a successful personal injury claim. However, recovering through workers’ compensation does not require proof of negligence, and therefore the likelihood of recovering is more certain.
Personal Injury Claims in Gaithersburg, Maryland
Maryland law states that people who sustain injuries caused by another person’s negligence have the right to recover compensation from the negligent individual. These cases often revolve around traffic accidents. At Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP, we frequently handle the following types of personal injury claims:
- Car crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck crashes
- Pedestrian crashes
- Cyclist accidents
Injuries caused by accidents vary a great deal. People are often shocked to learn just how severe a person can be hurt, even in relatively minor incidents. Medical bills following an accident accrue rapidly. Contacting an attorney can help you understand the steps you need to take to recover damages in your case.
Proving Negligence in Gaithersburg, Maryland
In Gaithersburg, Maryland, recovering damages in a negligence claim is slightly more challenging than in most other states. The system is complicated because, in Maryland, plaintiffs who are deemed contributorily negligent cannot collect damages. Most other states use what is called comparative negligence. Under comparative negligence, the fault may be divided between the injured individual and another party, and damages can be reduced to reflect the degree of fault which is attributed to the injured person. For example, states that practice comparative negligence will permit a person who is 20 percent responsible for his or her own injuries to recover damages at 80 percent of their total loss if the other person or persons were 80 percent responsible for causing those injuries. In Maryland, even sharing a small percent of the liability prevents an injured person from recovering damages. With that said, many accident victims in Maryland are able to file claims against a negligent person successfully.
Collecting Damages in Gaithersburg, Maryland
If you file a successful lawsuit in Gaithersburg, Maryland, you can expect to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost earnings, property damage, and your pain and suffering. Your economic damages, which involve actual monetary losses, will also include future predicted costs. In many cases, injuries will lead to a need for long-term treatment and can, in severe instances, permanently impact a person’s ability to perform his or her job. The damages available in a personal injury lawsuit will reflect those future losses as well as costs which the injured individual has already incurred. Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, often add up to higher amounts than the economic damages.
Call Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP for Help With Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury Claims in Gaithersburg
Call Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP today at 301-670-7030 to discuss your claim with a dedicated Gaithersburg, Maryland, workers’ compensation or personal injury attorney. The lawyers at Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby LLP understand how important it is for our clients to recover after suffering injuries. Schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you.