Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Millersville, Maryland
Personal injury law covers a broad spectrum of issues when one has been physically or emotionally injured, or personal property has been damaged. The law of personal injury is concerned with determining who may be responsible (who is “liable,” or has “liability”) for causing injury and how much the responsible party should be required to pay for any damages resulting from the injury. Personal injury law can be classified into the following three broad categories, or degrees of fault: negligence, intentional torts, and product liability torts.
While The Law Office Phillips & Allen PA can never guarantee the outcome of a lawsuit, we can guarantee that we will work hard — for you and with you — and we will provide sound, objective advice, and share in decision-making. We schedule regular meetings to review our progress with you and to make sure that we are informed about your progress. We will do everything in our power to maximize the recovery for you, with a focus on being prompt, efficient, and professional every step of the way. That we can guarantee.
We cannot accept every case that people consult with us about, but we never charge for giving advice and for consulting with you regarding your claim. In all personal injury cases, The Law Office Phillips & Allen PA provides aggressive representation to injury victims.
For more information on Personal Injury In Maryland, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking and talk to Arnold F. Phillips by calling today.
Statute of Limitations
A law establishing the time limit within which a lawsuit must be brought is called a statute of limitation. Different types of cases have different statutes of limitation. Knowing which statute of limitation applies is critical since if a lawsuit is not brought within the time limit that applies to the case, the right to sue and recover damages is forever lost. The statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is usually relatively short, ranging from as brief as 180 days to up to three years in most cases, subject to a number of factors. It is critical that you contact an attorney immediately after suffering any injury so that the appropriate statute of limitations can be determined. You may have less than 180 days to file a Notice of Claim from the date of the incident which led to your injuries. At The Law Office Phillips & Allen PA, we make sure to explore all aspects of your case as soon as possible to ensure that no claims are lost as a result of untimely action.
The Discovery Rule
Measuring the statute of limitations for a particular situation can be a complex issue. The time usually begins “to run” at the time the injury occurs, however, if a person suffers a hidden injury, the discovery rule may apply. Under the discovery rule, the time begins to run from when the person who is injured knew, or by the exercise of reasonable diligence should have known, that he or she was injured. The discovery rule is commonly applied in cases involving exposure to toxic substances such as asbestos. In such cases, an injured victim normally does not manifest symptoms of injury until well after damaging exposure occurs. Obviously, such is not normally the case in situations involving motor vehicle collisions and other accidents, where injuries are generally immediately apparent.
Special rules apply in measuring the statute of limitations when a child is injured, in which case the time does not begin to run for an injury until the child reaches 18 years of age. These special rules may also apply to people who are mentally impaired or who leave the state for particular kinds of reasons such as for military service. Of course, regardless of the possible availability of an exception, it is always beneficial to bring a lawsuit as soon as it is practical to do so since the availability (and memory) of witnesses to an accident and related physical evidence is much greater shortly after an accident than after years have passed.
For more information on the Statute of Limitations In Maryland, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking and talk to Arnold F. Phillips by calling today. We serve the areas of Millersville, Cumberland, McHenry, Garrett County, and Allegany County, Maryland.