Personal Injury FAQs
FAQs — Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
Engel Law Group P.C. has provided excellent legal services to clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland, and in the metro D.C. area since 1950.
- Do I have to go to trial to recover damages?
- What factors determine the amount I might receive?
- Should I provide a statement to an insurance company without a lawyer’s help?
- In a car accident, can the insurance company refuse to pay my medical bills if my car is not damaged?
- What is the difference between wrongful death and medical malpractice?
- How much is my case worth?
Do I have to go to trial to recover damages?
About 95 percent of Maryland personal injury cases filed are settled out of court without litigation.
What factors determine the amount I might receive?
Every case addresses three issues:
- Liability — establishing the defendant’s negligence
- Damages — the amount that fairly and adequately compensates you for your injuries
- Source of collection — insurance or other assets from which damages can be recovered
Should I provide a statement to an insurance company without a lawyer’s help?
To protect your interests, only provide your contact information to an insurance company before you consult with a personal injury lawyer. The more significant your injuries, the more imperative it is to seek legal counsel before providing any statement.
In a car accident, can the insurance company refuse to pay my medical bills if my car is not damaged?
No. While the insurance company may try to draw a direct correlation between damage done to your car and the severity of your personal injury, it is possible for you to sustain severe physical damage even if your car did not. The reverse may also be true — a car may be significantly damaged while the people involved only suffered minor injuries.
What is the difference between wrongful death and medical malpractice?
Wrongful death is a type of damage and malpractice is a type of negligence. Not every wrongful death case involves medical malpractice and not every medical malpractice case involves wrongful death.
How much is my case worth?
An experienced Maryland personal injury attorney can assess the potential value of your claim. However, the factors commonly used to determine how much compensation you may receive include:
- The severity of your injuries
- Your past medical history
- Your age
- Your wages
- Responsible party’s insurance coverage