FAQs on Personal Injury

Knowledgeable answers from an Oxon Hill & Fort Washington lawyer

Being seriously injured can raise many questions. While attorney William McCaskill is here to answer any questions you have, some of the most frequently asked questions he receives are:

Contact The Law Office of William C. McCaskill PLLC

Reach out to The Law Office of William C. McCaskill PLLC online or at 240-724-2959 to schedule a free initial consultation with Temple Hills attorney William McCaskill. William has evening and weekend hours available by appointment, and operates his practice on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing unless he wins your case.

What is Maryland’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit?

Maryland’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit generally gives you three years to file from the date or reasonable discovery of your injury. The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit is five years, with an extension for plaintiffs under a certain age.

Back to top

How much will this cost me?

Filing a lawsuit will not cost you anything. William McCaskill takes all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay nothing for his services unless you receive a favorable settlement or verdict. Your attorney’s fees come out of the award you receive from the people or company who caused your injury, and do not include the cost of your initial consultation.

Back to top

What information should I provide you with?

You should try to gather as much information as possible if think you may be interested in filing a personal injury lawsuit. Get contact information for witnesses, save copies of medical bills, keep careful track of any expenses you incur because of your injuries via bills and receipts, write down everything you remember in a journal, and take photos of damaged property and injuries.

Back to top

Do I have to see a doctor even if I do not feel hurt?

No, but it is highly recommended you do. Seeking medical attention after an accident may uncover injuries not readily apparent and give doctors the opportunity to treat you before your condition worsens. Doing so also makes it easier for an attorney to argue that your injuries were a direct result of the defendant’s negligence.

Back to top

Can I trust the insurance company?

It is best to proceed with caution when dealing with an insurance company. Insurance companies keep their bottom lines in mind when they give you a settlement offer and often put forth initial settlement figures far less than what they will actually pay — and what you are rightfully owed. Do not sign anything an insurance company gives you or make any statements without speaking to a lawyer.

Back to top

What is the court’s role in a personal injury case?

For personal injury cases that do not settle prior to trial, a court is a venue where legal counsel for plaintiffs and defendants present their arguments. A judge and jury hear both sides and decide whether the defendant was responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries and, if so, what they should be awarded in damages.

Back to top

What can I seek compensation for?

In a personal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation for:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Lost income
  • Emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Damaged property
  • Punitive damages

Back to top

How much do I get for pain and suffering?

As of 2011, the maximum amount of money you can receive for noneconomic damages in Maryland is $755,000. This cap differs for wrongful death lawsuits, medical malpractice cases and instances where there are multiple claimants.

Back to top

If the police report says the other person is at fault, why is the insurance company denying my claim?

The insurance company may deny your claim if your claim was not properly filed or filed within the time limits set forth in your insurance policy.

Back to top

What is PIP?

Maryland insurance companies offer personal injury protection (PIP) plans in addition to regular insurance. PIP plans are specifically designed to cover the medical expenses and lost wages associated with accident-related injuries and act in conjunction with your existing automobile insurance. You can still collect PIP even if you were at fault for your accident as long as you file your claim within the one-year statute of limitations.

Back to top

When do I get my PIP check?

When you receive your PIP check depends on when you file your claim and how long it takes the insurance company to evaluate your paperwork. You must file your claim within one year of the accident.

Back to top

Contact us to speak with a Oxon Hill lawyer about a personal injury matter