Fighting for Your Rights in the Local Community for Over 20 Years
Let’s say you break several ribs, a leg and severely injure your back in a car accident.
You learn that the accident occurred because the driver of the other car involved was texting on their cell phone while driving, causing him to swerve into your lane. This driver was clearly negligent and his negligence caused personal injury to your body.
You now have the right – indeed – the obligation – to seek compensation for your physical injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, even diminished earnings.
This is a classic example of a Personal Injury case – a case where there is an injury to a person’s body or mind due to someone else’s negligence.
In such cases, the job of the Personal Injury attorney is to do everything in their power to help you recover fair compensation for your loss. A good Personal Injury attorney will also work to protect your interests against those of the insurance companies, and opposing parties.
And nobody will fight harder for you than the law office of Joseph H. Ostad. We’ve been handling Personal Injury cases in the Baltimore-Washington area for more than 20 years. During that time, we’ve literally helped hundreds of everyday citizens win their cases and receive the just compensation they deserved and in cooperation with other experts and attorneys in various fields.
Whether it’s a minor dog bite, a traumatic brain injury – or even a wrongful death – the Law office of Joseph H. Ostad works each case with the same personal attention and detail, ensuring that all our clients get due process.
Here is a list of the most common Personal Injury cases handled by our firm:
- Automobile accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Boating accidents
- Construction accidents
- Injuries to minors and children
- Pedestrian accidents
- Spinal Cord accidents
- Cancer misdiagnosis
- Traumatic brain injury
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Burn injuries
- Elder abuse
- Nursing home abuse and negligence
- Slip and Fall accidents
- Workers' compensation
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
Each of these kinds of Personal Injury cases present different challenges. Please click on the individual links above to learn more details about each one of these Personal Injury examples.
During your initial free consultation, you’ll have an opportunity to discuss your own situation in full. Our job initially is to ask questions first, and listen to the answers. Once we learn the full details we will then be in position to inform and advise strategies in cooperation with clients.
Often cases become complex than originally anticipated.
For example, during an initial consultation with a person involved in a car accident like the one described above, we may learn that the negligent driver was driving a car for a corporation, had a history of driving offences or should have never been hired in the first place. In this case, we may recommend suing a business or corporate party as well.
Your case may even ultimately involve “mass” personal injury suits. These occur when, for example, a company’s product sickens a large group of people.
Or it may become necessary to attempt to “go to battle” with an insurance company in order to collect the necessary compensation from a negligent party.
In either case, the law offices of Joseph H. Ostad will aggressively pursue a proper course for our clients.
How is compensation determined? Well, first your attorney has to prove one of three things:
- Negligence – one party acted negligently to another. For example, the drive texting a message on his cellphone swerves into your car causing injury or a drunk driver causing an accident.
- Strict liability – if you are injured by a defective product you can hold those involved in the production and sale of that product liable.
- Intentional harm – someone deliberately set out to harm you, usually meaning assault or battery.
Then, the lawyer has to “make” a connection. In other words, he has to prove an injury caused by the negligent party resulted in damages, suffering, and financial loss.
How much your case is worth – whether it’s $5,000 or $50,000 –will be determined by the following:
- Medical bills for the treatment of your injuries
- Disability and disfigurement from your accident
- Lost wages from missing time from your job
- Emotional issues
- Expenses related to your injuries (for example, caretakers, housekeepers, drivers, medical supplies and equipment)
- Repair and replacement of damaged goods and equipment damaged or destroyed in your accident
Keep in mind most states have a statute of limitations. This is the time limit granted to file a claim. Most states grant you three years but the time varies from state to state. So it is best to call us to determine this time limitation for your case as soon as possible.
At the law offices of Joseph H. Ostad, we will always attempt to negotiate a settlement first. If a settlement is not able to be reached, we will most certainly file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, protecting you from unnecessary loss.Let Us Help You Today
The law offices of Joseph H. Ostad have been helping citizens in the Baltimore-Washington area with their Personal Injury cases for over 20 years. We’ll handle each step of the process professionally and quickly. We’ll work hard to protect your rights. We’ll do everything it takes to make sure you’re compensated fairly for your losses. All personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. That means there are no fees unless a recovery is obtained. Please contact us today for a free consultation. You can call 800-320-0080 and talk to us directly or click here to contact us online for setting up an appointment at our Rockville or Baltimore office.