Sustaining damages in the aftermath of a personal injury accident may have a major impact on your day-to-day life for the weeks, months, and even years to come. You should not be obligated to pay off these damages alone. Rather, you should seek financial compensation from the negligent party via a personal injury claim. Follow along to find out what types of damages may be associated with this claim and how a proficient Howard County personal injury attorney at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can help you attain justice.
What are the different types of damages associated with a personal injury claim?
Likely the most common types of damages that are associated with a personal injury claim are economic damages. As the name suggests, these damages refer to the monetary losses that you sustained as a direct result of a party’s negligent actions. Popular examples of this include your lost wages, your lost earning capacity, your medical expenses, and your property repair bills, among other things. Of note, there is no cap limit for the amount of economic damages you may seek in your claim.
In addition, there are non-economic damages. These damages contrastingly refer to the subject, non-pecuniary losses that you incurred in the aftermath of your accident. Examples include your physical pain and suffering, your emotional distress, your loss of companionship or society, and your reduced quality of life, among other things. Usually, these types of damages are only sought after in medical malpractice claims and wrongful death claims. Importantly, the state of Maryland places a cap limit for non-economic damages of $875,000 in medical malpractice cases and $1,093,750 in wrongful death cases made by two or more surviving family members.
Lastly, there are punitive damages. These damages exceed simple compensation and rather are awarded to deter the negligent party from engaging in similar conduct ever again. With this, there is no statutory cap in Maryland.
What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim?
We understand that you may be taking ample time to properly heal from your injuries and damages. But recovering your damages may not be possible if you do not file your personal injury claim on time. That is, the state of Maryland holds a statute of limitations of three years. This means that you may only have three years from the date on which your accident occurred to sue the negligent party.
And if the negligent party is a state, county, or city entity, you may also have to file a Notice of Claim. Maryland places this deadline at 180 days from the date on which your accident occurred.
At the end of the day, if you have sustained damages after a personal injury accident, you need a talented Howard County personal injury attorney on your side. Contact Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates to retain our services today.