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Damages in a Maryland Personal Injury Claim

Economic and Non-Economic Damages

Damages in a Maryland Personal Injury ClaimIf you’re hurt in an accident caused by the wrongful acts of another person, you have the right to pursue full and fair compensation for your losses. In a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland, it’s typical to ask for damages (financial compensation) for a wide range of losses. Damages are customarily identified as either economic or non-economic.

What Are Economic Damages?

Economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit are those that are tangible and easy to quantify, usually tied to actual out-of-pocket expense or loss. Common types of economic damages are compensation for lost wages or other income, property losses, and compensation for medical expenses not covered by insurance.

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Conversely, non-economic damages are those that are intangible and less capable of specific calculation. Common non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of companionship or consortium. Because of the lack of concrete numbers representing the loss, the amount of such damages is subject to the discretion of the jury, with review by the court. Juries typically look at a number of factors when calculating non-economic damages, such as the age of the injured party, the severity of their injury, and the lifestyle they had before the accident.

Proven Baltimore Injury Attorney

Maryland SuperLawyer Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than three decades of experience to people in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland who suffer personal injury. Highly regarded by attorneys throughout Maryland, Attorney Smith has consistently held an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System and has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine. He has also received positive reviews from his clients, earning the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), as well as a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Effective Maryland Accident Injury Lawyer

When you’re hurt because of someone else’s wrongful act, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Contact us by email or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Maryland Motorcycle-Accident-Injury Claims

The Unique Hurdles You Face in Court

Maryland Motorcycle-Accident-Injury ClaimsIf you’re hurt in a motor vehicle accident because of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek full and fair compensation in a court of law. If your injuries are suffered while operating or riding on a motorcycle, though, you may face greater challenges in court. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney who has successfully handled motorcycle-accident claims.

What Challenges Are Associated with Motorcycle Accident Lawsuits?

The first obstacle you may run into in court is the societal bias toward motorcycles and motorcyclists. While most adults have driven or ridden in a car or truck, fewer than one out of ten Americans get on a motorcycle on a regular basis. That lack of familiarity can result in bias:

  • A perception that motorcyclists are outsiders, rebels, or people who ignore rules
  • A belief that injuries suffered on a motorcycle are not caused by someone else’s negligence but because motorcycles are an inherently more dangerous way to travel on the roads

An attorney who handles motorcycle claims will anticipate these prejudices and use the law and facts to counter them.

In addition, you want a lawyer who can help jurors understand the unique factors involved in riding a motorcycle. Most jurors won’t know that you need to maintain a certain speed to keep your balance and maintain control of the bike. Most won’t understand, either, how you can lose control of your bike if another motorist comes too close to you without even making contact.

Finally, you want an attorney who understands the type and severity of injuries that commonly result from a motorcycle crash.

Results-Oriented Maryland Motorcycle-Accident Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland SuperLawyer, brings more than 30 years of experience to victims of personal injury in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland. Well-respected by attorneys throughout the state, Attorney Smith has consistently received an AV-rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. He has also earned accolades from his clients, earning the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), as well as a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney. Attorney Smith has been named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine.

Effective Baltimore County Motorcycle-Wreck Lawyer

If you’re hurt in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s wrongful act, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Contact us by email or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is free. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

ADDRESS :

  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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