Have You Been Injured in An Accident?
Personal Injury & Negligence
If you have been injured in a Maryland automobile accident, what should you do?
If you have been involved in an automobile accident in Maryland you should:
- First, call 9-1-1 and get help.
- Second, if you are able, get the other driver’s identity and insurance information.
- Third, if you can, take pictures of the damage to all vehicles.
- Fourth, do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance adjuster.
- Finally, seek our firm’s professional representation so that we may help you understand and assist you throughout the process.
The Law Office of Peter T. McDowell offers free legal consultations. If you hire our firm, we receive no fee unless we win.
Are you aware of your PIP benefits?
You may not be aware of the PIP benefits, personal injury protection benefits, available to you under your insurance policy. Typically, this is $2,500.00, that your insurance company must pay towards your medical bills and your lost wages. Our firm helps you secure those benefits.
Upon retaining the Law Office of Peter T. McDowell, you will not need to deal with the insurance companies regarding your automobile accidents. Our firm will help you any way we can to navigate the insurance and claims process.
We request and receive your medical records and bills. When you have reached maximum medical improvement, the Law Office of Peter T. McDowell works vigorously to get you the settlement you deserve. If your case does not settle, I have 30 years trial experience and millions of dollars in verdicts achieved.
How long does an automobile accident personal injury claim take?
Depending on the complexity of injuries involved, a typical claim can run between six months and two years.
How long do you have to file a lawsuit?
If your case cannot be settled for fair compensation, you have three years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit in Maryland.
What damages can you recover for?
Maryland law enables you to recover damages for lost wages, past and future medical bills, and physical and mental pain and suffering. In cases involving the death of a loved one, spouses and children have the right to recover damages, such as, loss of society, companionship, advice, etc., in wrongful death action.
Have you or a loved one suffered as a result of negligence?
Nursing Home Negligence
One of the most prevalent problems in nursing home care is the development of bed sores and the vigilant treatment of those sores. The medical personnel and staff have a duty to prevent the development of a pressure wound, which can lead to an open sore. These “pressure wounds” can develop rapidly and lead to life altering and fatal conditions. The most minor pressure wound can quickly become serious if not treated aggressively. We care not only about the person who is injured, but making a difference so that the standard of care is improved. We hope that through our efforts, we can improve the quality of care in the future.
Health care aides, nurses and doctors all know that an immobile person must be turned and repositioned regularly to avoid bed sores.
In this pandemic many healthcare facilities are overwhelmed and understaffed. Family is prohibited from seeing their loved ones, many of whom are immobile and must be re-positioned throughout the day. During this pandemic there has been a spike in bed sore cases because health care aides are not routinely rotating patients.
If this has happened to your loved one, we can help.
Hard to believe, but this firm has represented patients who were physically abused by nursing home staff.
Who is Responsible?
Not only is the health care aide, nurse or doctor who failed to properly care for your loved one, but the facility or institution is responsible for the conduct of their employees.
When your loved one has suffered an injury, we immediately investigate by documenting the injury, procuring the medical records and sending the records to our expert witnesses to determine if medical negligence exists.
How long do you have to file a lawsuit?
In nursing home and medical negligence cases you have three years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit.
Have you been injured in a Trip and Fall accident?
These are hard cases that insurance companies aggressively defend. We have experience at knowing which cases have merit, and for which an injured person can expect reasonable compensation.
- Slip on black ice in a parking lot.
- Trip over an object that is a hazardous condition and which the landowner and other entities knew or should have known of this condition and had a duty to make that area safe for patrons.
- Slipped on a wet floor in a store or place of business where a business knew or should have known of this condition and had a duty to warn patrons.