Harford County Personal Injury Attorney
Personal Injuries are legal disputes that come about when a person suffers harm due to an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else. Incidents like automobile accidents, dog bites, car crashes, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation cases are all classified as personal injury cases.
In Maryland, there is a three-year statute of limitations. This means you have three years to settle or file a personal injury lawsuit after your accident occurs. The following is a short description of the types of personal injury cases handled by attorney Timothy A. Cook listed above:
Timothy A. Cook has been representing clients injured in automobile accidents since 1988. In that time Mr. Cook has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for his clients for their injuries. The state of Maryland is a fault system state with regard to car crashes. This means the driver at fault for the accident is responsible for the damages caused by said accident. Maryland is one of only four states in the US that upholds contributory negligence, which is a harsh rule that means if a person contributes in any way to their accident, they are unable to file a claim against the other driver, even if the other driver was more at fault. Showing that the other driver, not yourself, was responsible for the accident is how you prove “liability” and thus attempt to file a claim and receive compensation for the damages you sustained in your accident.
Maryland dog bite laws were overhauled pretty significantly in 2014. These changes mean a dog who isn’t chained up or in a fence is determined to be “running at large”. If such a dog attacks a person, the owner of said dog may be “strictly liable” for all injuries and damages stemming from the dog’s behavior. If the dog owner is determined to be negligent usually their home owners insurance will pay the medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering to the person injured. Mr. Cook has handled numerous and, unfortunately, serious dog bite injuries for clients in Harford County, Cecil County and Baltimore County. These are difficult and emotional cases and you need an experienced attorney to get fair compensation for your injuries.
Maryland Medical Malpractice Laws
Maryland law is a joint and several liability standard state, which basically means that each defendant is responsible for paying the judgment in its entirety if they are found liable and other defendants are either unwilling or unable to contribute. Maryland remains one of the few states that follow the harsh contributory negligence rule of recovery. This means a plaintiff is unable to recover damages if facts find they were in anyway liable for their injury.
What to Do After an Injury
If you or someone you love have been injured through no fault of your own and need legal advice, we recommend you call us at Timothy A. Cook, Attorney at Law as soon as possible. It’s important to act quickly as time is of the essence in these cases, so contact us today!