An Experienced Trial Lawyer Is Only A Phone Call Away — (410) 321-0818
The Law Office of Clay M. Barnes LLC, located in Towson, Maryland, represents clients throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area, including, but not limited to, those in the nearby communities of Aberdeen, Annapolis, Bel Air, Catonsville, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Glen Burnie, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne, Owings Mills, Parkville, Towson, and Westminster.
There are two types of pain that can occur after many types of injuries: physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering. Even when physical injuries heal, you may still suffer from long-term psychological trauma.
Are you entitled to collect damages for mental anguish or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Find out!
One reason you need an attorney is that insurance companies have their own team of aggressive lawyers who will try hard to deny your claim or settle it for less than you are entitled to. Insurance companies are large corporations and their only motive in resolving claims is to serve their own best interests. As your attorney, my interest will only be in serving your best interests.
An Experienced Attorney Blending Compassionate Methods With Vigorous And Effective Litigation Strategies
To schedule a free initial consultation, you can contact me at (410) 321-0818 or take a moment to submit a confidential email through my online contact form. From my office in Towson, I represent clients throughout the Baltimore metro and the state.
Accidents Happen, But The Insurance Company Still Has To Pay The Victim
It can happen in an instant: your life is shattered because someone else caused an accident that resulted in catastrophic injuries or the tragic loss of life of someone you love. Your life changes because of someone elses’ carelessness and negligence and now the insurance company wants to blame you! You are left wondering: who will pay my medical bills? My loss of income? Am I entitled to pain and suffering or other damages for all I have been through? The short answer: yes you are.
The worst part of being injured by someone elses’ carelessness is often not knowing what to do and how to protect your rights in a complex legal system. Insurance companies have lawyers to protect their corporate interests and that is why you need your own lawyer to protect your rights.
Maryland law defines an accident as “an event that takes place without one’s foresight or expectation; an event which proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect from a known cause, and therefore not expected.”
The problem with the word “accident” is that it implies a forgivable offense — an honest mistake was made, and we are taught from a very young age that we forgive others for their mistakes. Insurance companies now even offer “accident forgiveness” insurance, but if you have a wreck, you will probably lose your safe driver discount.
The truth is, however, that insurance companies don’t let people off the hook for their “mistakes.” They do not really “forgive” drivers who cause accidents — they may charge higher rates for other types of coverage or the insurer may deny policyholders future coverage altogether — therefore you should not let the insurance company off the hook by accepting an unfair settlement offer.
In motor vehicle collisions, most crashes are caused by choices made by the driver at fault. For example, speeding and reckless driving are both dangerous and illegal acts and are choices a driver makes. Tailgating, road rage, driving under the influence, are also choices people make. Using a cell phone or texting while driving is also a choice that can have deadly consequences. These choices are not “accidents”, but careless or negligent behavior that can lead to crashes that injure or take the lives of innocent people.
One of the reasons it is important to understand “negligence” is because Maryland’s highest court ruled that accident victims cannot recover damages from an injury in a negligence case if they are found to be partly at fault. That is why insurance companies often attempt to blame victims — to avoid paying on claims. That is just one of the many reasons why you need a lawyer if you have been seriously injured in an “accident” that was caused by someone else.
Why Hire Me To Handle Your Personal Injury Case?
I am Clay M. Barnes, founder and primary attorney at The Law Office of Clay M. Barnes LLC. For more than 35 years, I have successfully represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases and probate litigation matters throughout Maryland. Unlike high-volume personal injury firms that look for quick, easy settlements, I focus on people, not medical charts or case files. By demonstrating quality cases, I help victims and their families look beyond their immediate needs to obtain full compensation for long-term or permanent injuries, impairments and disabilities.
Having handled many personal injury cases throughout my career, I can understand a client’s initial impulse to accept an initial settlement from the insurance company after an accident. For many victims and their lawyers, the prospect of going to trial is intimidating. However, by taking the time to prepare and present a strong case on behalf of my clients or other attorneys, I routinely maximize awards when going before a jury.
Some common personal injury and auto accidents I see include:
Throughout my career, I have earned the respect of my clients and with the insurance companies. As an attorney firmly committed to the system of justice, I vigorously pursue my clients’ best interests — whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table.
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The Law Office of Clay M. Barnes LLC, located in Towson, Maryland, represents clients throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area, including, but not limited to, those in the nearby communities of Aberdeen, Annapolis, Bel Air, Catonsville, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Essex, Glen Burnie, Havre de Grace, Joppatowne, Owings Mills, Parkville, Towson, and Westminster.