If you are injured in an accident or other situation, the injury might not show up immediately or you might not realize the severity of it for weeks or months following it. Sadly, this can mean that some people never realize they can potentially still receive compensation for their injuries. How long do you have to file a lawsuit if you are hurt in the state of Maryland?
Understanding Statutes of Limitations
Every state defines the statute of limitations for various crimes and incidents. A statute of limitations is the latest point at which you can file a lawsuit or press charges for something. In the state of Maryland, the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit after an injury or an accident is three years from the date of the accident.
If you are unsure of whether you want to file a lawsuit, it’s essential that you keep that date in your mind when debating on doing so. Even if you are planning on filing an insurance claim now, you will still want to think carefully about whether you might want to use the court if you are unable to get a fair injury settlement. If you wait too long to file a lawsuit, you will forfeit your right to have your case heard by the court.
Are There Limits Other Than When You Can File a Lawsuit?
Outside of the three-year requirement for filing a lawsuit, there are also caps on non-economic damage in Maryland. Every year, the cap for non-economic damages is updated, and these rules include separate caps for non-medical malpractice injuries, non-medical malpractice wrongful death claims, medical malpractice injuries, and medical malpractice wrongful death claims.
If you are not sure whether caps or deadlines could impact your ability to collect damages after your accident, Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad LLP is here to work with you. We have years of experience working in a variety of types of accident cases, and we work tirelessly on behalf of all our clients, no matter how big or small. Don’t hesitate to call us today to speak more about your unique case.
Injured in an Accident in Maryland? Contact Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad LLP.
Hoffman, Comfort, Offutt, Scott & Halstad LLP is an established law practice dedicated to assisting auto accident victims throughout Maryland. We specialize in wills, estates, trusts, family law, personal injury law, business law, elder law and real estate law. To get in touch or schedule your consultation, call us at your convenience at (410) 848-4444. We are here to help you get the compensation you deserve and start on the path to healing.