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Have you or a loved one been injured in a Baltimore car accident? Are you struggling to get back on your feet because someone else was negligent? Since 1977, the Baltimore personal injury lawyers at William G. Kolodner have been helping people in Maryland get the money they deserve after an accident. In that time, we’ve gained a reputation as an experienced and trusted legal team. We handle all personal injury claims, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip & fall cases, and more.
When you feel like you’ve been kicked to the curb by insurance companies, hospitals, or other entities that value money over your well-being, you want William G. Kolodner in your corner. We’ve been fierce advocates for injury victims in Baltimore, Maryland for a long time – three generations, in fact.
Collectively, our personal injury lawyers have more than 100 years of experience and have recovered millions in compensation for clients just like you.
Call us today to learn more about your case. Our attorneys are available to meet you in our downtown Baltimore office and we offer home and hospital visits as well as virtual consultations throughout Maryland. We’re available 24/7 to take your call.
Why Choose William G. Kolodner P.A. To Handle Your Injury Case in Baltimore?
It’s The Last Thing Insurers Want
You Deserve To Benefit From Experts
We’re More Than Ready For Trial
There’s No Fee Until We Win
For more than 42 years, William G. Kolodner P.A. has been dedicated to representing injury victims across the city of Baltimore, MD. During that time, we’ve made quite a name for ourselves as passionate, fierce, and successful advocates. We’ve spent countless hours fighting against the biggest and most powerful insurers, hospitals, and multinational corporations – and emerging with huge settlements and jury verdicts for our clients. Today, our reputation and track record are well known among our adversaries.
For that reason, insurers will want you to avoid calling our Baltimore personal injury lawyers for help after you get hurt. They know things will change the moment you get our law firm involved.
Experts can make or break a personal injury case. The parties you’re going up against will certainly turn to experts for help as they attempt to deny or devalue your claim. The only way to level the playing field and give yourself the opportunity to win is to have experts working on your behalf, too. And, that’s exactly what you can expect when you call William G. Kolodner P.A. for help.
Our Baltimore personal injury attorneys know the value that accident and injury specialists can bring to a case. So, we’ve spent decades cultivating relationships with some of the most respected and renowned experts in their field. From accident reconstructionists to forensic specialists to medical doctors – we have a network of experts who can provide critical insight into the cases we handle. When your claim for compensation is backed with reputable expert testimony, you can rest assured that you’ll have a great opportunity to get all of the money you deserve.
Most personal injury cases settle. We will work diligently to negotiate a swift and sizable settlement on your behalf. However, we’ll never compromise quality or advise you to accept less money than you deserve just to get a win. Instead, we’ll approach your case with care and prepare for every possibility – including the possibility of going to court.
Our attorneys are known for being highly skilled and persuasive trial lawyers. We know how to take your case, craft it for a jury, and tell a winning story. That’s how we’ve secured significant verdicts for countless clients. And, it’s our reputation and history of success that can benefit you today. Why? Interested parties will want to avoid a showdown with us before a judge or jury. So, they’ll be motivated to extend a favorable settlement your way.
You’re hurting right now. You’re overwhelmed. If your injuries are particularly severe, you might not be able to work. In turn, you might be having trouble making ends meet. The last thing you can afford is a lawyer, right? Not when you choose William G. Kolodner P.A. We work on contingency, which means that there’s no fee unless and until we win your case.
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Why Should I Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer in Baltimore, MD?
You Don’t Want to Give the Insurance Company an Advantage
You’re More Likely to Win Your Case
You’re Probably Going to Be Blamed
You Deserve Time to Rest and Recover
Insurance companies handle cases like yours every day. Adjusters know the claims process inside and out. They know that you probably don’t. As a result, they’ll have an advantage from the start.
Hiring a lawyer levels the playing field. It forces insurers to deal with your claim in good faith. It shows them that you won’t be pushed around or manipulated – and that you’re serious about getting the money you deserve.
It’s true. Accident victims who work with attorneys tend to win more often than those who don’t.
Hiring a lawyer is also associated with bigger wins. According to the Insurance Research Council, injury victims who are represented by a Baltimore personal injury attorney tend to recover up to 3.5 times more money than claimants pursuing compensation on their own.
At-fault parties and their insurance providers will try to say that liability is unclear. In fact, they’ll point fingers and blame you.
In Maryland, sharing any degree of fault for an accident is an automatic bar to financial recovery. So, you’ll be entitled to no compensation if you’re assigned just 1% of the blame.
When you hire a lawyer, you’ll have an advocate in your corner who understands how to best protect you from these “blame the victim” tactics. They’ll be able to investigate your case, gather and analyze evidence, and take other steps to disprove allegations that you’re to blame. If you do nothing, there’s a good chance that you’ll get nothing from your claim.
Putting physical injuries aside, an unexpected accident can be traumatic. It can be incredibly jarring and upsetting. You need – and deserve – time to heal. That can be quite difficult to do if you’re attempting to navigate a contested legal claim for damages. When you hire a lawyer, they’ll handle your case from start to finish.
Your lawyer will investigate. They’ll handle the curveballs at-fault parties try to throw your way. They’ll do everything in their power to help you secure a meaningful and substantial monetary recovery. All the while, you have the opportunity to focus on yourself.
How Do I Know If I Have a Personal Injury Case?
Generally speaking, you might have a personal injury case if:
- You were injured because someone else was negligent (e.g., you were struck by a distracted driver)
- A defective or unreasonably dangerous product contributed to your injury
- You suffered injuries while you were lawfully on someone else’s property (e.g., you slipped and fell in a store)
- You got hurt while working
- You’ve been injured because a medical professional made a mistake, or
- A family member has died for any of the reasons mentioned above.
If you can prove that you got hurt and someone else is legally responsible, then you might have a legitimate case for damages. Contact our law offices to discuss your case with a Baltimore personal injury lawyer and learn more about your options today.free consultation
Your Firm handled our case over thirteen years ago and Jill acted as if it had happened yesterday. When I called her, she listened patiently. I faxed her the information that I had gathered in regard to my issue. She reviewed the paperwork and took care of the issue in less than a day. Her patience, compassion and kindness is outstanding.
Thank you Jill, you are awesome! Jill is the BEST!
When I was first injured I was considering trying to handle it all by myself. However as my injuries progressed a very good friend recommended Kolodner law firm. The moment I entered the office everyone seemed genuinely concerned about my health and pointed me in the right direction to receive the medical treatment needed to get better. The amount of my settlement, while a major and most welcome surprise, was the perfect bonus and addition to the top notch care and medical treatment received.
I started recommending Bill to friends, relatives and listeners. Every person who’s gone to see Bill for legal advice has thanked me. The comments I’ve gotten have ranged from a friend who told me Bill and his attorneys helped him put his life back together after he had to declare bankruptcy to the woman who said that Bill was always there for her no matter what when she was in an automobile accident and badly hurt.
Determining Negligence in a Baltimore Personal Injury Case
Negligence is the cause of action for most (but not all) personal injury cases in the state of Maryland. It means that the plaintiff (person filing the lawsuit) got hurt because another person (the defendant) didn’t act reasonably under the circumstances.
In order to prove negligence, you’ll have to prove four things:
- Duty: the defendant owed you a duty of care
- Breach: the defendant breached their duty of care to you
- Causation: the defendant’s conduct was the direct and proximate cause of your injury
- Damages: you’ve suffered in some way (e.g., physically, financially) because of the defendant’s conduct
Your personal injury case will only be a success if you can establish each of these elements. At William G. Kolodner Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped clients bring – and win – negligence claims in Maryland since 1977. We understand the best approaches and have tried-and-true strategies that set our clients up for success. Contact us to find out how you can benefit from our team if you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence.
How long do I have to file my personal injury case?
The state of Maryland has strict statutes of limitations for personal injury cases.
The amount of time you’ll have to assert your rights and demand compensation will depend on your particular case. However, in most cases, the statute of limitations is three years. That means that you’ll have up to three years from the date of your accident to file a civil injury claim.
You could have more or less time to act. Know, however, that you will forfeit the right to recover compensation if you miss the deadline that applies to your case.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer in Baltimore, MD?
Most personal injury lawyers work on contingency. In exchange for representation with no upfront fees, the lawyer receives a percentage of a client’s financial award. While this can and does vary, most lawyers charge between 33.3 and 40 percent.
It depends. There are several factors that can influence what an attorney will charge for their services. This might include things like:
- How long the attorney has been practicing
- The type of claim you’re filing
- How easy or difficult your legal case is
- What the attorney believes your case might be worth, and
- How much time the attorney believes they’ll have to invest in your case.
Every lawyer has a different fee structure. Be sure to talk about this before hiring a firm – they should be transparent about what it will cost to hire them and answer any questions you have.
Maryland Personal Injury Law Overview
Like other states, Maryland has certain laws in place to guide personal injury cases. If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s important to know:
- Maryland follows a pure contributory fault system. Sharing any blame means that you’ll lose the right to recover compensation.
- The statute of limitations for most personal injury lawsuits is three years.
- Maryland has a cap on non-economic damages. In 2021, the maximum is $890,000 for most personal injury cases.
These laws can complicate your personal injury case. Our Baltimore personal injury attorneys have decades of experience working within Maryland’s personal injury litigation system. Let us put our insight to work for you and help you make your personal injury case a success.
What Compensation Can I Recover From a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Maryland?
When you file a personal injury claim, you can ask to be reimbursed and paid for any verifiable financial costs and expenses that you experience. These are known as economic damages, and can include money for present and future:
- Surgery, medical equipment, medication, follow-up care, and other medical expenses
- Rehabilitation or therapy
- Nursing care
- Property damage
- Lost income or wages
- Reduced earning capacity, and
By receiving economic damages, it should be as if you were never injured, at all. Maryland does not have a cap (or limit) on them. However, you must be able to prove your losses with bills, invoices, receipts, pay stubs, tax returns, or other documents.
Some injuries can’t be seen. That doesn’t mean that those injuries aren’t real, don’t carry costs, and don’t have a significant impact on your life. In Maryland, non-economic damages are paid to help compensate for these personal injuries. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring, and
- Pain and suffering.
These damages can be very difficult to value in terms of dollars and cents. That’s why it’s critically important to have an experienced Baltimore personal injury attorney fighting to get you all of the money you deserve.
Note that Maryland does cap non-economic awards. For 2020, the cap is $875,000. In a wrongful death action where there are at least two beneficiaries, the cap is $1,312,500.
Unlike economic and non-economic awards, punitive damages aren’t paid to make you whole after an accident. They’re not paid to compensate you for your suffering. Rather, punitive damages are paid for the singular purpose of punishing the defendant.
Punitive damages aren’t available in all personal injury cases. They’re reserved for situations where a defendant’s conduct is malicious. Most often, the defendant must have actively intended and attempted to cause harm or death.
Unlike many other states, Maryland doesn’t have a cap on punitive awards.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases in Baltimore, Maryland
Driving in Baltimore can be dangerous. In fact, Baltimore is known for having some of the nation’s worst drivers. Unfortunately, insurance companies won’t rush to your aid after a crash. They’ll make you jump through hoops and complicate the claims process. Once our attorneys get involved, however, things will change. We’ll fight to hold insurers and at-fault parties fully accountable by backing our demands with solid evidence, expert testimony, and hard facts.view practice area
Baltimore is one of the oldest cities in the United States. Its infrastructure was designed long before bicycles were used as a primary form of transportation. This means that many roads don’t have bike lanes or safety barriers. In turn, cyclists are forced into traffic with larger vehicles. When accidents occur, its the rider who tends to suffer the consequences. Our Baltimore bicycle accident attorneys know that cyclists often need compensation after an accident. We will work tirelessly to help you maximize your recovery from all at-fault parties.view practice area
Accidents in Baltimore, unfortunately, can result in the worst outcome: death. This can be devastating for the families of these victims. While money won’t bring a loved one back, it can make a massive difference in the years to come. Our passionate legal team is here to help you file a Maryland wrongful death claim and seek full compensation from anyone who played a role in your loved one’s tragic death.view practice area
Slip and Fall Accidents
After a slip and fall accident in Baltimore, owners will go to great lengths to deny responsibility for your injuries. So, you’ll have to have evidence to prove the owner was negligent in the maintenance and care of the premises. Our attorneys will dig deep as we conduct an exhaustive investigation into your accident. We’ll speak with witnesses, obtain security footage, and work with experts to get the proof that’s needed to get you the money you deserve.view practice area
Motorcyclists are often blamed for the accidents in which they’re involved. However, these claims of fault aren’t always true. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Baltimore or anywhere in Maryland, our attorneys will fight to respond to these claims and protect your rights.view practice area
When a truck is involved in a collision in Baltimore, the consequences can be catastrophic. Physical injuries can be debilitating. The trauma of the crash can cause extensive emotional distress. The financial costs can be astronomical. Following an accident, the negligent truck driver and/or their employer must be held legally and financially accountable. Our Maryland accident attorneys will roll up our sleeves and work diligently for you.view practice area
Taking an Uber might be convenient. However, it’s not the safest way to get around Baltimore. Rideshare drivers are perhaps the most distracted motorists on the road. Following an accident, getting money can be complicated. This is true, in part, because rideshare companies will deny any responsibility for your injuries. So, you deserve to work with attorneys who will aggressively pursue damages from all liable parties – including the driver, insurance companies, manufacturers, and others on the road.view practice area
Even friendly dogs can be vicious. When a dog bites, it’s the owner who should shoulder the responsibility for any injuries or harm that results. Our lawyers will aggressively pursue compensation from the dog’s owner, as well as anyone else whose negligence might have put you in harm’s way.view practice area
At William G. Kolodner P.A., we know that all injuries – big and small – can change the course of your life forever. We also know what an impact a financial settlement or award can have in the short term and for years to come. That’s why we’re committed to helping all injury victims in Baltimore. We represent clients in injury cases involving defective products, medical negligence, workers’ compensation, workplace accidents, bankruptcy, and more. To find out more, just give our law office a call or connect with us online today.view practice area
Hire Our Compassionate Baltimore Personal Injury Lawyers
Experienced Attorneys Fighting For You
Have you recently been injured in an accident in Baltimore, MD? Do you feel like insurance companies are making things more difficult than they have to be? They probably are. That’s because they are more interested in money than in your well being.
To the Baltimore personal injury attorneys at William G. Kolodner, that’s simply unacceptable. Contact our Baltimore law office to find out how our legal team can help you get all of the money you need and deserve. We will put more than a century of experience to work for you as we fight to maximize your recovery. You’ll benefit from attorneys who truly care about you and will stop at nothing to help you get through this tough time.
Your first consultation is 100 percent free. So, don’t hesitate to give our law firm a call to arrange a time to discuss your case today. We assist clients throughout Maryland and offer virtual consultations.