Salisbury Personal Injury Lawyers
At Otway Russo, P.C., we provide thoughtful, thorough analysis of personal injury cases at any stage of an accident — from right after a crash to sometime later.
When we can have input at the scene of the accident or shortly thereafter, we can take steps to preserve valuable evidence. We often consult with families in hospitals, homes and other convenient locations as necessary.
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving The Delmarva Peninsula
At our law offices in Salisbury, we offer a comfortable setting and convenient services for people who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones in:
- Car, truck and motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents and dog bite incidents
Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience on the Eastern Shore of Maryland which has given us many tools and insights. We are ready to put our knowledge and skills to work for you after you or your close family member has suffered a brain injury, back injury, spinal cord injury or other serious injury.
Personal injury law deals with providing monetary compensation to victims of accidents, malpractices, and acts of negligence. In a personal injury case, the plaintiff (victim of the accident) may sue the defendant (person allegedly responsible for the accident) for things like medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To successfully recover their losses, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant had a duty of care which they breached, and that their negligence caused an accident which resulted in damages and/or injuries for the plaintiff. The plaintiff must then demonstrate the extent of the damages sustained in that accident.
Types of Personal Injury cases
It also covers medical malpractice and negligence cases. In these cases, the plaintiff may bring a lawsuit against a doctor who misdiagnosed or failed to diagnose their condition, or against a doctor that engaged in medical malpractice or negligence. A plaintiff may also bring a case against a hospital or nursing home that caused harm through malpractice, negligence, neglect, or abuse.
Personal injury cases may also involve errors that occurred during surgeries or medical procedures, which could have been avoided and which resulted in significant damages.
In a personal injury case, the plaintiff may receive financial compensation for a number of expenses, as well as for pain and suffering.
Medical issues are at the forefront after a serious accidental injury. Our Salisbury personal injury attorneys review medical records and consult with health care providers. Gathering documentation of serious injuries is a key to pursuit of appropriate personal injury compensation. Our personal injury clients must cope with expenses and losses such as:
- Medical bills
- Therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Disability accommodation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
When an injury is catastrophic or fatal, next of kin (spouse, parent or child in many cases) may also experience loss. We bring wrongful death claims and other actions for family members as the law allows.
In pursuit of appropriate compensation for these clients whose lives have been turned upside down, we often take cases to trial. Claims adjusters and judges alike know that our clients’ injury claims and lawsuits will be well-documented. We bring compelling arguments on behalf of the injured.
In cases where significant injuries were sustained, accidents can end up being extremely costly for the victim. If the victim believes the fault for the accident lies with someone else, they can bring a lawsuit to try and force the person responsible to share part or all of the medical costs associated with the accident. This includes past and future expenses.
Lost wages and earning potential
If an accident forces the victim to take time off from work, or even lose their job due to disability or other factors, the plaintiff can sue for lost wages which they would have received if their health had remained intact. Sometimes, an accident may negatively affect the victim’s earning potential, making it more difficult for them to work regularly, or preventing them from rising to higher-earning positions. In these cases, the plaintiff may request that this lost earning potential be included in the amount paid by the defendant.
In situations like a car or motorcycle accident, the plaintiff may request that the defendant cover the cost of repairing or replacing damaged property.
Loss of consortium
When an accident or medical malpractice results in wrongful death, the family of the victim may claim loss of consortium, which requires the defendant to compensate them in place of the deceased person. Depending on the situation, the family of the victim may be compensated for loss of financial support, funeral expenses, and loss of a loved one.
Pain and suffering
Compensation may also seek to address the victim’s pain and suffering. In this case, money is awarded to the plaintiff for both physical and emotional pain and distress they suffered as a result of the accident.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
The elements associated with proving the defendant’s fault in an accident vary depending on the case. For example, in a traffic accident, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant neglected the rules of the road and/or disregarded safe driving practices, and that that neglect caused an accident which resulted in the victim sustaining injuries and/or damages.
Alternately, in a case of nursing home neglect, the plaintiff must prove that the nursing home had a legal duty towards the victim, that the nursing home neglected this duty through taking or failing to take certain measures, and that this neglect ended up causing harm to the victim.
Further, the plaintiff must prove that the accident, malpractice, or act of negligence caused them significant damages; and they must demonstrate the extent of those damages in order to claim losses and recover financial compensation.