Silver Spring Car Accident Lawyers- Client Reviews
Were you or a loved one injured in a car crash?
You may qualify for financial compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages, property damage and other expenses related to the accident and your injuries. It is important to discuss the situation with a licensed attorney to determine your legal options.
The Silver Spring car accident lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan have decades of experience and have recovered more than $130 million on behalf of our clients, including $1.5 million for a client who was severely injured in an automobile accident. Founding partner Kevin Goldberg has been selected for Maryland Super Lawyers and received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is held by an elite group of just 10 percent of all attorneys.
There are no upfront costs to discuss, and your initial consultation is free. We do not charge an attorney fee unless there is a recovery in your case. A representative of our firm is ready to take your call anytime, 24/7.
Free consultation. No upfront fee. Goldberg Finnegan: (888) 213-8140
How Do I Know if My Car Crash Claim May Qualify for Compensation?
Determining whether your claim qualifies for financial compensation could be difficult without speaking to a licensed attorney who has successfully managed these claims.
As the victim/plaintiff, you and your lawyer will need to provide proof that:
- The person you have filed a claim against caused the accident (either partially or completely)
- The injuries you sustained were a direct result of the accident
- You suffered damages, such as medical bills, lost wages and property damage
Sometimes accident victims are taken advantage of by insurers and lawyers from the other side, even when the other driver is clearly at fault. Having a licensed Silver Spring car accident attorney on your side could make a significant difference in the outcome of your claim. Victims who hire attorneys often recover more compensation than those who do not.
How Much Compensation Could I Receive for my Car Accident Claim?
This is something you should review with your attorney, as there are various factors to consider, such as the severity of your injuries and length of your recovery.
You may be eligible for compensation for various damages, such as:
- Medical bills – This includes any past, present or future costs for treating or managing your injury, such as doctor visits, emergency care, hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy, rehabilitation, medical equipment, at-home care, and transportation to and from medical appointments.
- Lost wages/earning capacity – If you miss time at work during your recovery, your lawyer may be able to recover lost wages. If you are no longer able to work in the same capacity or not able to work at all, you might be eligible for compensation for lost earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering – This refers to the physical pain and emotional/psychological trauma that result from your injuries. Psychological trauma could include things like post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
- Loss of companionship – If your injury damages your relationship with your spouse you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for loss of companionship.
- Lost enjoyment of life - Victims who can no longer take part in activities they once enjoyed may be compensated for loss of enjoyment of life.
If you lost a loved one in a car crash, you may be able to recover compensation for loss of future income, loss of companionship, and funeral and burial costs, among other damages.
The Silver Spring car accident lawyers at Goldberg Finnegan have decades of combined experience handling car crash claims and we have recovered millions in compensation.
What Happens if I am Partially at Fault for the Accident?
Maryland is one of just a handful of states with a pure contributory negligence law. That means if you are even one percent at fault for the accident, you are barred from recovering compensation from the at-fault party. In most other states, victims can be partially at fault and still be eligible to recover compensation from the other party.
While the insurance company may try to convince you that you bear some fault for the crash, it is important to discuss the situation with a licensed attorney. The insurance company does not have your best interests in mind.
The initial consultation with an experienced lawyer at Goldberg Finnegan is free and confidential. Our attorneys have assisted many auto accident victims and know how to determine if you may be partially at fault for the accident.
Have legal questions? Call (888) 213-8140.
Filing a Car Insurance Claim in Maryland
In Maryland, like most states, the driver who is found to be at fault for a crash is financial liable for the victim’s damages. Our state requires drivers to carry liability insurance coverage to pay for damages from an accident they cause.
Maryland requires drivers to purchase $30,000 of bodily injury liability coverage per person and $60,000 per accident. While these are the minimum requirements, drivers often purchase more than the minimum. This coverage pays for the victim’s medical bills.
Maryland also requires drivers to purchase property damage liability coverage. The minimum requirement is $15,000 and it pays for damage to the victim’s vehicle or other personal property in the crash.
While crash victims generally pursue compensation from the other driver’s insurance policy, they may also be able to obtain compensation from their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This coverage provides compensation for medical bills and lost income, up to $2,500 per person, no matter who is at fault for the accident.
What if the Other Driver does not have Insurance?
Some drivers either do not purchase insurance or they let their policies lapse because they did not pay the premium. That is why Maryland requires drivers to purchase uninsured motorist coverage if they are ever involved in an accident with an uninsured driver. This coverage may also apply after a hit-and-run accident when the police cannot locate or identify the driver of the car that left the scene.
Uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage pays for medical expenses. You are required to purchase at least $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident. Uninsured property damage coverage pays for damage to your vehicle. The minimum amount required is $15,000 per accident.
Uninsured motorist claims can be complicated, which is why you should discuss the situation with an experienced Silver Spring car accident lawyer.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Insurance adjusters may contact you immediately after an accident to offer a settlement or question you in hopes you will say something that hurts your claim or your credibility. If they offer a settlement, it is likely to be far below the full value of your claim – it is very difficult to determine the amount of compensation you may need for future medical care so soon after the accident.
When you file an insurance claim, the insurance company’s goal is to pay out no compensation or the smallest amount possible. Adjusters are trained in how to trick accident victims into accepting a lowball settlement or admitting fault for the crash. Adjusters may even try to convince you that hiring a lawyer is a bad idea.
That is why you should strongly consider having a qualified attorney handle all communication with the insurance company. The Silver Spring car accident attorneys at Goldberg Finnegan have been successfully negotiating with insurance companies for over 20 years while obtaining tens of millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of our clients.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?
The statute of limitations for car accident cases in the state of Maryland is generally three years. This means that you have three years from the date of your crash to file a damages claim. If you fail to submit your claim before the deadline, it could be dismissed by the court.
However, some claims have different deadlines. If your claim is against a government official or entity such as Montgomery County or Prince George's County, you must provide notice within one year of the date of the crash.
How Can a Silver Spring Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?
There are many advantages to hiring an experienced car accident lawyer representing you. Many crash victims who retain an attorney recover larger settlement amounts compared to those who do not.
At Goldberg Finnegan, we do not want you to be burdened with the demands of the legal process. We are prepared to manage your entire claim so you can focus on your recovery. This includes things like:
- Obtaining police/accident reports
- Evaluating medical documentation
- Taking pictures and collecting other evidence from the accident scene
- Reconstructing the crash scene to help prove fault
- Interviewing witnesses
- Hiring expert witnesses to further strengthen your claim (if needed)
- Preparing your case for trial (if needed)
- Negotiating a settlement
Schedule a free consultation today by calling (888) 213-8140.
Steps to Take Following a Car Crash
If you are involved in a car accident, there are several steps you can take document it and possibly strengthen your claim:
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your health and safety are of paramount importance. Delaying treatment could also hurt your potential claim as insurance companies may question whether you were injured because of something besides the accident.
- Report the accident to local police, so they can file a police report. You should be able to obtain a copy of the report from the Central Records Division at the Maryland State Police website. If your accident occurred while you were driving for work, you should also report it to your employer immediately.
- Do not provide a written or recorded statement to the insurance company until you speak to a licensed attorney. If you do talk to the insurance company, keep the conversation brief. Stick to basic facts about the crash and do not make statements you are unsure of.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, including damage to the vehicles involved, debris on the road, landmarks that help identify the location of the accident and any visible physical injuries such as bruising, cuts, bleeding, etc.
- If possible, talk with witnesses and ask them what they saw. With their permission, you can record your conversation on your smartphone. Ask for their contact information as well, that way your lawyer can contact them later.
Common Car Accidents in Maryland
Our licensed attorneys are prepared to help victims of many different auto accidents in Maryland. While there are many types of accidents, some of the most common crashes we see include:
- Rear-end crashes
- Left-turn accidents
- Drunk-driving accidents
- T-bone crashes
- Crashes involving more than two vehicles
- Rollover crashes
- High-speed accidents
- Head-on accidents
These accidents often result from many forms of negligence, such as:
- Distracted driving
- Violating the right of way
- Violating traffic laws
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- Failing to check blind spots when changing lanes
- Driving while intoxicated
Have a Question? Contact Our Silver Spring Car Accident Attorneys Today
If you have any questions about your car accident claim, do not hesitate to contact a knowledgeable attorney at Goldberg Finnegan. Our dedicated team of legal professionals is standing by to help determine if you may qualify for financial compensation.
Partners Kevin Goldberg and Kevin Finnegan have been selected for Maryland Super Lawyers. Goldberg has been selected each year since 2007 while Finnegan has been selected each year since 2008. Goldberg is also a past president of the Maryland Association for Justice. Take a look at our client testimonials to learn what some of our satisfied clients had to say about the representation we provided them.
Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and you will not be required to hire our firm, so there is nothing to lose by meeting with us. We do not charge attorney fees unless we recover compensation on behalf of our clients.
Our main office is centrally located in Silver Spring at 8401 Colesville Rd Suite # 630, just minutes from the District Court for Montgomery County.
Goldberg Finnegan. Licensed attorneys. No upfront costs. (888) 213-8140