Maryland Accident Lawyers
Finding the right lawyer can be pretty tough. Who can I trust? How much will it cost? Do they have a solid track record of success? Will they keep me informed? Will they get me the result I deserve? The accident lawyers of LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton have been the choice of thousands of Marylanders since 1987. For over 30 years we have been successfully helping Marylanders get the results they deserve. We want to be your lawyers.
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At LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, your satisfaction is our #1 priority. We are committed to treating each client with the highest level of respect while providing unsurpassed service with accountability, ethical behavior, and the best result.
Successful Outcomes in a Range of Practice Areas
From car accidents and truck accidents to Workers’ Compensation and medical malpractice, our skilled legal team has a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes for clients across the state. Using state-of-the-art legal tactics, we will work tirelessly to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve. Our Baltimore personal injury lawyers offer personalized, dedicated, and cutting-edge legal assistance in the following practice areas:
- Aggressive driving
- Bus accidents
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Drunk driving
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Poor weather conditions
- Rear-end collisions
- Reckless driving
- Rideshare vehicles
- Texting while driving
- Uninsured/Underinsured drivers
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Dangerous road conditions
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Tire blowouts
- Trucking company negligence
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Birth injuries
- Doctor negligence
- Failure to diagnose/delayed diagnosis
- Nursing home negligence
- Surgical errors
- Wrongful death
- Construction site injuries
- Delivery accidents
- Electrocution accidents
- Equipment defects
- Slip and fall accidents
- Hearing loss
- Repetitive stress injuries
What is My Car Accident Case Worth?
There is no clear-cut answer to this question because there are many factors to consider, and every car accident is different. An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to provide you with a ballpark estimate of what you can expect to recover, but this number is likely to change if the case goes to trial. In most cases, the victim and the negligent party’s insurer agree on a settlement amount before they go to trial. However, in some cases, a settlement cannot be reached, and the case will go to trial. This often depends on the insurance company and their stance on denying the claim. Our skilled legal team will keep you informed about all important developments, and the impact they may have on your case. As the case progresses, we can provide a more realistic estimate of the damages you can expect to receive.
Depending on the nature of the injuries and the level of treatment that you receive, a typical car accident case can be resolved in as little as six months, or as long as four years in the state of Maryland. Other factors that can impact the amount of time it can take to resolve a case include when you stop treatment and what court the case gets filed in, as district court cases tend to be resolved sooner.
Types of Damages
There are three types of damages that you may expect to receive, including the following:
- Economic Damages: These include medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and any other out-of-pocket losses that are related to the car accident. Of the three types of damages, these are the easiest to calculate because they are tangible losses. However, the full scope of your injuries cannot be determined until you reached maximum medical improvement.
- Non-Economic Damages: These include physical pain and suffering, which covers the current pain and discomfort caused by the accident, as well as the future suffering you may experience as a result of the other driver’s negligence. These also include any mental or emotional pain caused by the trauma of the accident. Examples include anger, depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, mood swings, lack of energy, and sleep disturbances. Severe emotional pain and suffering can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Punitive Damages: While these do not provide compensation for your losses, they do punish the other driver for their negligent behavior. Ideally, this takes a reckless, aggressive, or irresponsible driver off the road.
The more information you can provide about the details of your case, and the extent of your injuries and property damage, the better we will be able to reach a fair settlement. Keep a detailed record of all costs associated with the accident and provide us with that information. This may include the following:
- Medical bills
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Future surgeries
Oftentimes, the settlement amount will depend on the limits of the defendant’s car insurance policy. For example, if the defendant only has the minimum amount of car insurance required by the state, and no significant sources of income or assets, you will likely only recover the amount of the defendant’s policy limits. You will be responsible for providing evidence that proves the other driver’s liability, as well as the scope and extent of all your claimed damages. Determining an exact settlement amount will be difficult to do until your treatment has been completed, you have copies of all medical bills and estimates for property damage, as well as copies of the police report, witness statements, and other supporting information.
If your case goes to trial, a judge or jury will determine what your car accident case is worth, and what your settlement amount will be. Our experienced car accident lawyers have successfully recovered sizeable settlements for our valued clients for over 30 years. With over $250 million in verdicts and settlements, we have a proven track record of reaching successful outcomes for clients throughout Maryland. The following are examples of verdicts and settlements we achieved for our clients:
- $305,000 Settlement in a car accident case in Baltimore
- $250,000 Settlement in a car accident claim in Anne Arundel County
- $167,000 Verdict for a car accident claim
- $165,000 Settlement for a car accident injury from Allstate Insurance Company
- $100,000 Settlement from Nationwide Insurance Company for a rear-end collision
- $100,000 Settlement from Travelers Insurance Company
- Favorable Verdict in Baltimore DUI Case
How Insurance Companies Determine Damages
Insurance companies must consider different factors when determining compensation. For economic damages, such as medical expenses and lost wages, there are exact dollar amounts associated with each of these things. They simply add up the money spent and lost. However, putting a dollar amount on pain and suffering is much more complicated. Insurance adjusters have a formula for determining these damages.
Once the insurance adjuster has added up the total medical expenses related to the injury, also known as the medical special damages, or specials, this is the base figure that the adjuster will use to determine how much compensation you receive for non-monetary losses like pain and suffering. These are called general damages. For relatively minor injuries, the adjuster will multiply the amount of special damages by 1.5 or two. For more serious injuries, the adjuster will multiply the amount by up to five. In extreme cases, the amount of special damages may be multiplied by up to 10. The amount of lost wages resulting from the injury is then added to come up with a figure from which negotiations can begin.
How to Contact Our Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident, do not hesitate to contact the experienced Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Protecting your rights is our top priority, and we will continue to fight for you until we obtain the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.