Myths of Maryland Personal Injury LawyersWritten by admin
Have you heard the latest funny lawyer joke? Probably not, because there aren’t many original ones anymore, and people are rapidly realizing that Maryland personal injury attorneys are often nothing like the stereotypes they have received. Here are just a few of the major myths revolving around the legal field:
All courts are gummed up by people with inane lawsuits
If that was the case, many lawyers would become very wealthy. However, the vast majority of cases revolve around businesses and contracts. In fact, just one in 20 cases in courts these days revolves around a plaintiff who was hurt on the job or by a manufacturer’s product. It is just that it is easy to describe a drug’s side effects versus an obscure clause in a contract between two conglomerates.
Maryland personal injury lawyers ask for high jury awards
There are often a lot of numbers thrown around during the course of a trial. For example, most claims have to include the amount sought, though some are simply greater than a certain sum of money. However, these are not usually the amounts that are awarded or become part of the settlement. Rather, they are starting points for negotiations. Just as no one would pay list price for a new car, we try to do the best we can for our clients.
More importantly, we have to account for someone’s lost wages. Annually, workers in Maryland make $52,000 on average. So if they have 20 years to go before retirement, that’s $1 million off the bat. It is often higher because employees with seniority make more. Medical bills can often be much higher than relatively healthy people could honestly imagine.
Lawsuits use ridiculous precedents to win cases
Each personal injury case has its own merits as well as its own facts. Not all are successful, but many have unique aspects that make it difficult to follow “standard protocol”. Some Maryland medical malpractice lawyers point to cases where hospitals no longer have access to records that would purportedly prove their innocence. However, if federal or state law requires them to hold on to the paperwork and they lose it, it’s not a plaintiff’s fault.
Instead, plaintiffs’ lawyers will cite this as well as their clients’ injuries. It is impossible to prove a negative. On the other hand, it is easier to show that Maryland medical malpractice attorneys do serve victims and are not the monsters some may think.