Accidents that lead to injuries happen every day. But many of them are inexcusable because they are preventable. Fortunately, if you have been injured by another, you can take action and seek compensation.
However, going through the claims process does not guarantee you a proper payout. In fact, without a Baltimore personal injury attorney fighting for you, it is likely you will only receive a fraction of what your case is worth.
Why Choose Us?
Attorney Steven H. Heisler Has What It Takes to Win
Steven H. Heisler has fought all his life in one arena or another. From his time as a Golden Gloves boxer to working as an organizer and agent for a local union, he has learned to never back down from a fight he believes in.
On the legal battlefield, he has successfully represented thousands of injury victims in desperate need of financial resources to help them settle their lives.
When you choose attorney Steve H. Heisler to fight for you, you get a seasoned Baltimore personal injury lawyer who:
- Is a nationally recognized trial lawyer
- Has won millions of dollars for clients
- Treats clients like family
- Has deep ties to the Baltimore community
- Has served Baltimore and the surrounding areas for more than three decades.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
A personal injury can occur in practically any context where one person owes a duty of care to another. A duty of care can be defined as the obligation to act in a certain way that doesn’t cause harm to others. For example, daycare operators have a duty of care toward the children they care for. Drivers have a duty of care for the safety of others on the road to follow the laws and operate their vehicles responsibly.
Some of the major types of personal injury cases include:
Motor Vehicle Operator
Motor vehicles become dangerous machines when they are not operated correctly. Due to the sheer force that is generated in a motor vehicle crash, injury victims typically face catastrophic injuries and sometimes death. Sadly, drivers continue to engage in the same forms of driver negligence that have historically led to accidents, such as:
- Drinking and driving or driving while on drugs
- Not paying attention while driving, also known as distracted driving
- Driving while fatigued or sleepy
- Failing to obey traffic signals and signs
- Failing to yield the right of way.
Also considered negligent is the operation of a motor vehicle that is not safe for the roadways. For example, a commercial truck driver who drives with bald tires and causes an accident could be liable for damages, as could their employer.
It is unfortunate but true that the professionals who treat us are sometimes negligent. Even more unfortunate are the attitudes insurance companies take against medical malpractice victims. Their adjusters make it hard for injury victims to recover an adequate compensation payout.
Common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Faulty or missed diagnosis
- Failure to treat
- Inadequate training and education
- Prescription errors
- Surgical errors
- Childbirth injuries
- Defective medical equipment and devices.
- Sepsis Injuries
Because of the complexity involved in medical cases, Maryland law requires personal injury lawyers to file a statement from a qualified expert that attests to the healthcare professional’s negligence.
Defective and unreasonably dangerous products lead to injuries to unsuspecting consumers. It is perhaps one of the greatest breaches of trust in the commercial world in this day and age. In Maryland, those who are injured by these products can pursue compensation for the harm suffered. But they must first demonstrate the existence of a defect, such as a:
- Manufacturing defect
- Design defect
- Marketing defect
- Warning defect
For food products, the defect might be the presence of bacteria. In the case of a ladder, the defect might be improperly manufactured steps.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents cover more than just slips and falls — they also refer to injury accidents that occur on property that does not belong to the injury victim. Homeowners, tenants, and business owners have a duty to keep their properties safe for guests.
This obligation requires them to keep walkways dry, maintained, and unobstructed. It also requires them to fix any hazard that has a likelihood of causing someone else harm, such as a broken step on a front porch or a spill on aisle seven of the corner grocery store.
Tens of thousands of workers are injured on the job in Maryland each year, and dozens are killed. If you are injured on the job, you typically may not sue your employer, but you will likely have recourse for some of the harm you suffered through workers’ compensation insurance.
That may not be the end of the story, however. If a third party, such as another company’s delivery driver or a manufacturer of a defective power tool, played a role in your injury, you may be able to pursue a claim against them. Personal injury lawyers can recommend a suitable course of action.
How Our Personal Injury Lawyer in Baltimore Can Help
We Fight While You Heal
After you suffer a personal injury, you should focus all of your energies on recuperating and adjusting. Meanwhile, Baltimore personal injury lawyer Steven H. Heisler will do whatever it takes to recover much-needed compensation for your injury.
As you may know, the law is highly nuanced and filled with details, which explains how two identical cases can receive dramatically different compensation payouts.
Getting the highest payout for your injuries means having someone on your side who has experience in this area. You need a Baltimore personal injury attorney who knows how to handle insurance companies as well as fulfill all of the tedious legal requirements involved in processing a claim, including:
- Drafting and filing all required claims paperwork
- Investigating your case and analyzing any collected evidence
- Calculating the economic and non-economic damages for your case
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Taking your case to trial if called for.
Once you choose Steven H. Heisler to represent you, you no longer have to worry about the progress of your claim. He takes care of everything but keeps you in the loop as the case moves toward resolution.
Frequently Asked Questions
Several key questions and answers will help you understand more about personal injury. Feel free to call us anytime with any additional questions you have.
Is there a time limit for personal injury cases in Baltimore?
Yes. Personal injury victims have a period of three years from the time they are injured to file a lawsuit for damages. In some cases, the “discovery rule” applies, which holds that the three-year clock does not start ticking until you actually discover the injury.
How much do Baltimore personal injury lawyers charge?
Baltimore personal injury lawyers typically take a percentage of the settlement or verdict you receive, which means you pay no costs upfront. This type of arrangement is known as a contingency-fee-basis of payment and allows clients to hang on to valuable resources while their case is being resolved. If the lawyer loses the case, you pay no fees or costs.
Should I speak with an insurance company about settlement?
It is usually better for your case if you don’t speak to any insurance companies before consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer. You need representation when dealing with insurance adjusters. Without an advocate on your side, you may receive a reduced payout or a claim denial.
How long will it take to get a payout?
It is practically impossible for your personal injury attorney to give you a time frame for a payout without first reviewing the facts of your case. Because each case is so different, it is not uncommon to see one personal injury take weeks or months to resolve and another take years.
How much compensation will I be paid?
It is not possible to give you an exact compensation figure. However, we can give you a better idea of how much compensation you may receive after we have met with you and reviewed your case. Generally speaking, the more serious your injuries, the more harm you will suffer, which means more potential compensation.
Will my case go to trial?
You have the right to have your personal injury attorney take your claim all the way to trial if an insurance company doesn’t honor your claim. However, it must be noted that the bulk of personal injury cases find their resolution before a trial is necessary.
Keep in mind that going to trial invariably leads to a lengthening of the entire process. As such, attorney Steven H. Heisler fights hard to get cases resolved in a timely fashion whenever possible.
Trust Baltimore Personal Injury Attorney Steven H. Heisler
Capable, Dependable, and Caring
If you need peace of mind that your personal injury case is being handled by a competent personal injury attorney, look no further than Steven H. Heisler. You can trust in him like many have and continue to do. He cares about your losses and wants to see you made whole again.