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Read About The Five Most Important Reasons Why You Should Hire Personal Injury Lawyer In Maryland, Virginia Or Washington D.C.

Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately.  Our Maryland personal injury attorneys and Virginia car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injury, but even if you do not contact us, you should consult with a lawyer.  Read on to learn why it is so important to get a competent personal injury attorney to handle your claim. Examine our case results and our blog library to get a sense of the complex legal issues we handle for our clients on a day-to-day basis.

  1. 1. Experienced Injury Lawyers Have the Knowledge and Expertise You Need to Win Your Case

Experienced personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and expertise you will likely need to maximize your recovery.  While self-representation may be appropriate in some instances, in many others it can be detrimental or even destructive to a case. If you try to represent yourself pro se, you should be aware of the following:

  • -The rules of evidence apply in most courts where large claims are heard
  • -Large claims include claims for any amounts over $5000.00
  • -A pro se litigant’s lack of knowledge about rules of evidence will not prevent a judge from dismissing their claim for failure to comply with local evidence and/or procedural requirements.
  • -Many self-represented individuals end up in litigation because the insurance carriers do not take them seriously.
  • -Many unrepresented people frequently end up accidently providing evidence directly to the insurance carrier, which damages or in some cases destroys their own case.
  • -Once involved in litigation, even in small claims court, the opposing counsel may not provide the pro se litigant with the detailed evidence they need to win their case.
  • -The law and procedure relating to recovery of money for personal injuries is often complex enough to require expert witness testimony
  • -Police reports are not generally admissible as evidence in a courtroom
  • -Opposing counsel, who is familiar with the above rules of law, such as local evidence rules, may use procedural tactics against you to prevent you from arguing your case on the merits.
  • Consider: If you are considering going it alone in a courtroom or head to head with an insurance carrier, and are not familiar with the discovery rules or what documents you are entitled to as a matter of law, or what documents the judge may or may not consider, you may not be able to effectively prove your case. If you go it alone, you may even run the risk of having your case dismissed for failure to correctly prosecute or prove your case, let alone destroying any chance you have at a reasonable settlement sum.
  1. 2. Most Competent Injury Lawyers are Experienced at Negotiating with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies may be difficult to negotiate with, especially if you do not understand how they value personal injury claims. The insurance company’s main goal is to protect the assets of their client. They will frequently make low offers of settlement to unrepresented parties. A skilled personal injury attorney with years of experience negotiating settlements with insurance companies will likely have more of a sense when the adjuster is unfairly refusing to offer fair value for the case. A skilled attorney will most likely possess detailed information relating to each insurance companies usual practices and procedures, including specific insurance adjusters and what their usual policies and procedures are. Attorneys familiar with such procedures will be able to evaluate your cases value in a fairer manner and provide you with a realistic assessment of various outcomes.

  1. 3. Lawyers Advocate on Your Behalf

We routinely and aggressively advocate for our client’s legal rights. We believe any competent lawyer must do this. When you retain an experienced personal injury attorney from our law firm, or any other, you will have a skilled and experienced attorney representing you throughout all the stages of your personal injury case, striving to maximize the value of your recovery, while simultaneously protecting your rights and helping you understand the “legalese” relating to your case. It is usually a good idea to examine a lawyer’s track record to see what kind of results a particular attorney is capable of before hiring them. For example, we have helped many individuals recover multi-million dollar settlements over the years to compensate them for their serious injuries. Check out our personal injury case results for more information.

  1. 4. Lawyers will Attempt to Resolve Your Case in a Timely Manner

In order to recover damages for a personal injury case, you must file your claim within a specific time frame. In Maryland for example, there is a 3-year statute of limitations for most injury claim types. Personal injury claims must be “suited” within a 3 year window from the date the injury occurred (or in some cases when you should have known of the injury) or they will be time barred by the statute of limitations. Additionally, many injury claims against government entities have particular notice requirements, which require that notice be sent to the proper entities via certified mail in order to toll a shorter statute of limitations. Workers Compensation Accident Claims also require claim forms to be properly filed sometimes as early as two months after the date of injury.  The bottom line here though, is that when you hire a competent personal injury attorney, they will prepare your claim and file or provide notice with the proper court or entity in a timely manner. You do not have to worry about being barred from recovery due to missing particular notice requirements or otherwise messing up your claim due to your own ignorance of the law.

  1. 5. No Fees if You Don’t Recover

Most personal injury lawyers in Maryland operate on a contingency fee. This means that if you do not win your case, or reach a settlement, you do not have to pay attorney fees. This is fairly standard in Maryland and gives claimants a fair shake at a fair result. If every claimant were forced to pay to contest large insurance companies, most potential claimants would be economically priced out of competing for justice. As a result, most lawyers like ourselves, will take a case that we believe we can win on a contingency, electing to be paid only if we can successfully recover money for our clients. (Note that you may still be responsible for other expenses incurred during litigation or outstanding medical expenses and so forth. It’s best to consult with an attorney directly to discuss what kind of liabilities you will face if you are unsuccessful in your case)

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Kelly Kess Malone
Kelly Kess Malone
15:50 20 Nov 18
Very helpful paralegals and attorney assistants. Also informative on various types of cases. Reasonably priced for the work that they provide.
Brittany Peterson
Brittany Peterson
08:19 17 Nov 18
Had a very awesome experience fast settlements... Communication was a A+ ...Strongly recommend Mr.Katz. !!! Ms. Robin made me felt like family was always there when i needed her and when i had a question.
Yarnell Goodwin
Yarnell Goodwin
23:38 15 Nov 18
Got a little more settlement money than expected. Was provided great service and prompt responses. I greatly appreciate it!
Ashley Poole
Ashley Poole
01:05 08 Nov 18
Attorney Bob Katz and his staff are highly recommend. Customer Service was impeccable. Every phone call and email was responded to in a timely manner. Natalie Ulrich was very professional, helpful and thorough every step of the way, which resulted in a stress free experience. I will recommend this law firm to family and friends!
Tania Jefferson
Tania Jefferson
17:51 06 Nov 18
Customer service was A+. All questions were answered promptly and information was shared appropriately. Concerns were addressed and I was made aware of all updates on my case. I would whole heartedly recommend this firm.
edward Robinson
edward Robinson
03:00 06 Nov 18
I highly recommend Mr. Katz and his staff. They were friendly, compassionate and really showed they had their clients best interest at heart. There was never a time you called them they didn't respond or returned your calls and answer your questions.They took the worry, and stress and turn it into reassurance. They were diligent and just down right professional. My wife and I really thank God for allowing us to cross paths on a professional business experience. Ms. Rebecca Slatery is the most courteous, compassionate soul. We wish you all peace, love and blessings. Thank you for your service.
J JR
J JR
20:11 31 Oct 18
I decided to use this firm again for an accident I was involved in. As always they were professional and caring. Rebecca slattery was the paralegal assigned to my case and she was professional and kept me up to date with everything. I would recommend this firm to friends and family!
Cedric Jones
Cedric Jones
19:04 23 Oct 18
Erica Z is amazing with keeping you to date and staying communication with you during the entire process. Meghan Young was a wonderful lawyer made me feel extremely comfortable in the courtroom and she also fights for the best possible outcome for you..GREAT LAW FIRM
Nguyen Le
Nguyen Le
16:44 23 Oct 18
It was a great experience being taken care of by Rebecca Slattery and Meghan Young, they helped me resolve my case and were very courteous and professional. Highly recommend working with this law firm
Soun Gil
Soun Gil
21:35 17 Oct 18
Ms. Park helped me out through my whole accident process. She took her time with me and made sure I understood everything. I would recommend to her all of my friends if they were to get into any accident.
Yejin Chung
Yejin Chung
15:40 12 Oct 18
I highly recommend. My family’s experience with this office was great. Christina Franetovich was very helpful throughout the whole process, which made this experience less stressful. She responded to my questions immediately and made sure that I understood everything.
Claudette Pope
Claudette Pope
13:18 30 Aug 18
I was referred to Gordon & feindblatt in 2014 when my family was in an accident, Mr. Katz personally consulted with me by phone and he was very polite and professional, Mr. Carpuso, one of the litigation attorneys even came out to our home and went over our case with us, he made sure all of our needs was addressed and before he left our home that day I felt like we were old friends. that case was settled and I was very pleased, I have used this law firm twice since then and the results are always the same, I have nothing but great experiences with Gordon & Feindblatt the staff are courteous and professional and they get the job done but the one in particular that really stood out for me is Rebecca Slattery, she is truly a gem, she is so compassionate, she walked me through the entire process, she even checked up on me from time to time just to see how I was feeling and I really appreciated her kindness. I will use this law firm again and again for any future legal issue that may arise and I would highly recommend Gordon & Fiendblatt to friends, family and co-workers.
UniversalSniping
UniversalSniping
02:32 04 Aug 18
The lawyer who was initially handling my case parted ways with the company and I was assigned a new lawyer. This new lawyer was amazing! Christina Franetovich made me feel secure by double checking all the facts and notes in my case so that I was not worried during this transition. I was on disability from an a different accident while she was finalizing my case, and I had called and hounded her about the time frame of my settlement very frequently to the point that I felt guilty for calling so much. Christina was very sympathetic to my situation and assured me that she would do everything in her power to make sure the situation would be resolved quickly. She actually finalized my case before the time frame she had given me, was always very courteous and knowledgable on the phone, and I feel extremely lucky that she ended up handling my case because the previous lawyer was not as amazing with customer service as Christina. She also has a way of making you feel comfortable and builds incredible rapport quickly. I am going to highly recommend her to my friends and family. Thank you Christina!!!
Richard Hose
Richard Hose
02:26 27 Jun 18
On Feb 23, 2017 I was in a bad accident on the JFX. I had been rear end by another driver. Almost immediately I felt pressured by the other drivers insurance. Everything from wanting a recorded statement; to failing to acknowledge responsibility. No one would answer my questions, nor would anyone take responsibility. I was frustrated and overwhelmed with everyone from the towing company, to the repair shop, to the insurance company nightmare I just entered. I reached out to Attorney Robert Katz and I was assured they were here to help. He provided with some much needed information, and told me not to worry, Sarah his Paralegal would be in touch to help get things moving. Sarah reached out as expected and explained their process and walked me through what my expectations would be. She as well assured me they were here to help me navigate the obstacles. What Sarah really did was so much more than help. She took the stress and burden off my shoulders and assumed ownership for handling everything on my behalf. I knew what to expect, and I received regular updates throughout the entire process. Honestly, I received so much more than I anticipated. Some of the most frustrating items to chase after are medical records and hospital charges. While I was trying to recall events and timelines, she had already obtained my records and information. She made this process so painless. I truly cannot say enough about the exceptional service she provided. Many thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Richard Hose
Andrea Barajas
Andrea Barajas
15:13 16 May 18
My husband and I were in a car accident in August 2017. We contacted Bob Katz team for legal representation in our case. Kristen A. Turner was our paralegal and she was excellent. It took 9 months for us to receive our settlement and Kristen kept us updated throughout this entire process. She was very kind and patient as I happened to have several questions. She always answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I would highly recommend this firm and Kristen if you are in need of legal assistance.
TheOfficalCeeandDee
TheOfficalCeeandDee
15:24 09 Feb 18
My experience here was great. My lawyer Rebecca was so professional and I love her personality. She handled my case well and kept me updated and made the process easy and always made me feel comfortable to call whenever I needed to know anything.
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