Personal Injury Lawyer in Rockville, MD

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If you have been injured in an accident, you are likely to be in a lot of pain. Much of your time is probably taken up by doctor’s appointments and you may have missed work because of those appointments. If you have filed a claim with an insurance company, you may find that they will try to shortchange you when they make you a settlement offer. You need an experienced, aggressive personal injury lawyer in Rockville, MD in your corner to make sure that you get the money to which you are entitled.

Personal Injury Law

 There are two basic types of auto insurance rules in the United States. Some states have a no-fault rule, which means that a driver’s own insurance company will pay their accident-related bills no matter who caused the accident. Most states have an at-fault rule for auto insurance. This means that the person who caused the accident will be the one responsible for the expenses associated with the crash. Maryland is an at-fault state.

What to Do in an Accident

Whenever you are involved in a car accident, it is important to call the police, wait for them to arrive and get a copy of the police report. Be sure to exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver and get the names of any witnesses at the accident.Use your phone to take still images and videos, but only from a safe vantage point. Do not jeopardize your personal safety when moving about an accident scene. Do not try to move if the nature of your injuries don’t allow it.If you are injured in a Maryland car accident, there are several different ways you can go about recovering money. You can call your own insurance company and have them call the at-fault driver’s company. You can call the other driver’s insurance company directly and file a claim. If the other driver did not have insurance, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit against them. Do not accept a settlement for your injuries without first discussing it with a qualified, Rockville car accident lawyer, like attorney Hector Z. Oropeza.

What are the Insurance Requirements for Drivers in Maryland?

Before you can register a vehicle in the state of Maryland, you must be able to prove you have insurance. The Old Line state requires its drivers to carry $30,000 of bodily injury insurance for one person and $60,000 per accident. A driver must carry at least $15,000 for property damage insurance. You must also carry $2,500 for personal injury protection, although you may have the option of waving that fee if you select a limited PIP option.

What if I am Hit by an Uninsured Accident?

Drivers in the state of Maryland are required to carry a certain amount of insurance to cover their own medical expenses if they are hit by an uninsured driver. If you are hit by a driver who is not insured or if you are a victim of a hit and run accident, your insurance company is required by law to lower your deductible to $250. You may also want to discuss the possibility of suing the other driver with your attorney.

How Much Will I Pay an Attorney?

Personal injury attorneys generally work on a contingency basis. This means that they will take a percentage of the settlement that is given to you by the insurance company. You will normally not have to pay upfront.

Areas of Practice

Our staff has years of experience dealing with every kind of personal injury. We know just what research to do and what negotiation tactics we need to use to get you a fair settlement.

Car Accidents

A car accident can be a devastating occurrence in a person’s life. We can help you recover money for medical expenses, time off work, and damages to your car. Throughout Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia hundreds of car accidents occur every day. Being involved in an car accident is a traumatic experience. Car accidents sometimes occur through no fault of your own, and can involve rear end accidents, side swipe accidents, and intersection accidents. Any accident has the potential to result in injury to the people involved. Car accidents in Washington, DC involve a number of issues including insurance laws, overlapping jurisdiction and other complex legal issues. Properly interpreting the law and effectively advocating your position is vital if you want to completely recover the damages from your car accident. Damages for these types of accidents can include property loss, medical costs and lost wages.

Truck Accidents

There are many trucks on the turnpike and a good number of accidents as a result. If you have been hit by a truck or you have lost someone due to a truck accident, we can help you negotiate a deal with the insurance company. We can also represent you in a wrongful death lawsuit. When trying to recover damages as a result of a truck accident, you will almost always be dealing with an insurance company. The goal of the insurance adjuster is to settle cases and save the insurance company as much money as possible. Without an accident attorney, the settlement process proceeds completely on the adjuster’s terms. This scenario will never yield the best possible result for you. Your attorney’s job is to level the playing field. Their main goal is to settle your claim to maximize your compensation. If you have been involved in an truck accident in Washington, DC you should contact an accident lawyer quickly to ensure that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled.

Pedestrian Accidents

Although pedestrians technically always have the right of way, there are some cases in which an insurance company may deny a claim from a person on foot. If the person was walking in an area not meant for pedestrians or if they crossed against a signal, an insurance company may try to get out of paying. An attorney can negotiate a reasonable settlement. Everyone who decides to take a walk is at risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 4,092 pedestrian fatalities caused by being struck by a vehicle – car, truck, or motorcycle. That same year, more than 70,000 pedestrians were injured. There are some people who are more at risk of being involved in an accident with a vehicle than others.

Medical Malpractice

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. If you have lost a loved one to medical malpractice, or if you have been injured due to malpractice, our firm can represent you in a lawsuit. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor, or other healthcare professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. Some examples of medical negligence that may lead to a lawsuit include failure to diagnose, unnecessary surgery, or improper medication. If you have suffered significant injury from a negligent act or omission from a healthcare provider, you are entitled to compensation for past and future medical bills, loss of income and/or diminished earning capacity, disfigurement, among other damages.

Nursing Home Neglect

If you have a loved one who was injured in a nursing home, you may be able to sue the institution for neglect. Nursing homes tend to be understaffed and that can lead to the needs of patients being ignored. There are laws regulating nursing homes in the state and in the country. When nursing home laws are violated, there are grounds for a lawsuit. Unfortunately, neglect can sometimes occur in nursing home facilities, breaking the trust that was placed in the nursing home facility and its workers. Nurse Home Neglect is defined as a breach of duty or form of sub-standard care that results in harm to the patient. Nursing Home Neglect can look different from case to case, but the four main categories of Nursing Home Neglect are Emotional and Social Neglect, Personal Hygiene Neglect, Basic Needs Neglect, and Medical Neglect which can lead to painful bedsores, infections, among other ailments. On top of protecting your family member or loved one from continued neglect, The Oropeza Law Firm can help you recover damages for the harm that was inflicted.

Wrongful Death

If you have lost a loved one to an accident, you have experienced emotional pain and financial loss. If the accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may be entitled to compensation. If you come in for a consultation, we can discuss the possibility of a wrongful death lawsuit. There is no greater loss than the loss of a loved one or a family member. If the death was caused by the negligent actions of another party, you will need the assistance of an attorney who has experience in both Personal Injury Law and Wrongful Death cases. There are many types of Wrongful Death claims, but many claims are brought in the context of medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, and workplace hazards. Usually, the person(s) permitted to recover damages for a wrongful death are the spouse, children, or parents of the decedent.

Slip and Fall

If you take a spill at a business or even in a personal home, the owner of the home or business may be liable for your medical bills. If a business or homeowner was negligent in the maintenance of their property, a person who injures themselves on that property may be entitled to compensation. The National Safety Council reports that falls are the number one cause of injury for adults 65 years and older. Unnecessary falling accidents can happen in shopping malls, parking lots, hospitals, retails stores, or any location where the property has not taken the proper precautions for the safety of the public. If you have suffered from a slip and fall accident on the premises of a business as a result of dangerous conditions on the property, The Oropeza Law Firm can help you begin filing a claim against the responsible party.