December 2009 Archives

Cost of Filing an Auto Accident Lawsuit in Maryland

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The fee for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland in Circuit Court is $120. This is court  where we spend most of our time.  This is the Maryland court where you get a jury trial.  For smaller case, you file in District Court and the fee is $30,  These are the fees in state court.  In federal court in Maryland, the fee for filing a personal injury complaint rises to $350.

Some counties are a little bit more with add on fees.

Our personal injury law firm advances all of the client's litigation related costs in our personal injury auto accident lawsuits, including filing fees such as these.

Auto Accident Settlement Calculator

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Auto accident victims in Maryland want an accident settlement calculator to determine the value of their case.  "What numbers do I punch in to find out how much my case should settle for with the insurance company?"  

A settlement calculator would be great in an ideal world.  We are all wired to hate uncertainty. In lab experiments, our wiring in this regard is underscored by the fact that we actually prefer physical pain to uncertainty.  

The unfortunate reality is that personal injury cases are far more complicated.   The battle over value between plainitffs and insurance companies is fought not over a settlement formula but over the nuances of the medical records including what were the injuries, how painful and life changing were/are they, and were the bills fair, reasonable and casually related to the accident.  

This just can't be reduced to a simple equation.  I wish it was.