Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to a persons’ body, mind or emotions, as opposed to damage to property. “Personal Injury” is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit in which the person bringing the law suit (the “plaintiff”) has suffered bodily harm, or harm to their mind. Personal injury lawsuits are filed against the person (or entity, such as a retail store, business, etc.) that caused harm through negligence, gross negligence, misconduct (reckless or intentional), and in some cases on the basis of strict liability. Damages (or, the things for which the injured person may be compensated) usually include the injured person’s medical bills, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life.
People ask what sets our firm apart from others. Why should someone who was in an accident come to the Law Offices of COHEN|HARRIS as opposed to any other firm? There are many different answers to that. I could talk in detail about how important each of our clients are to us. How we consider each client as part of our family. Not just another number.
I could discuss for hours how we work as a team on each and every case so that no fewer than 4 attorneys and 3 paralegals knows about each case as we work on each case together. But the most important thing is the bottom line. We handle each personal injury case in a way that maximizes the amount of money settlements or judgments. Let me explain. There are many types of law firms out there that say they handle car accidents.
We Are Personal Injury Lawyers in Maryland
There’s the solo or very small one or two member firms who literally can’t afford to do the work necessary to properly handle a car accident case. This type of firm will try desperately to get you, the client, to settle a case early…too early. They do this, not because they don’t want more money for your case but, rather because if they have to file a lawsuit in several cases, it takes up too much time and it becomes too burdensome. So they’re willing to convince you, the client, to take less money so that they don’t have to do the necessary work to get the most money.
Compensatory and Punitive Damages
The financial reward for winning a civil case is divided into two categories. Compensatory damages are the amount of money you need to compensate you for your financial loss and pain and suffering. Punitive damages are an amount that is imposed on the person or party who is liable as a punishment. In most cases, punitive damages are used to keep the person or entity from further negligence.
Then there’s the very large “factory” type law firms with a few partners and an entire building filled with case workers who have never had any formal education in the law and those people will ask you questions from a questionnaire, not really understanding anything about the process. And that case worker will work the case all the way to settlement with one goal in mind… Get you to settle at all costs. Why? Because these firms don’t do litigation at all. If you want to sue, they will sell your case to another firm that does litigation and sues people. These big factory firms don’t like to do that because they make much less money, having to share the fee with the firm they give the case to.
In each of these scenarios, the law firm has a vested interest in getting you to settle your case for less than it’s worth.
So again, how are we different?
We literally built our firm on the idea that we WILL NOT be either of those other types of firms. We will take your case from the beginning to verdict, if necessary. When we tell you the value of your case, we have no interest other than getting you the most money. When you get more money, we get more money. That’s the type of attorney you want on your side. In most cases, we sue on behalf of our clients because, usually, the insurance company doesn’t give a reasonable offer before the lawsuit is filed. They know the other types of firms are trying to settle at low amounts so they wait until after the suit before giving us what we want.
And there’s more. We, at COHEN|HARRIS, make sure that we are the absolute most prepared attorneys that EVER walk into a courtroom. We guarantee that we will know more about your case than our opponents!