Wednesday, September 28, 2011
HOW MUCH IS MY BALTIMORE PERSONAL INJURY CASE WORTH? Can I recover for the loss of use of my vehicle?
Most people are familiar with the idea of renting a car while theirs is in the shop. Indeed, Maryland law provides that the measure of damages for the loss of use of a vehicle due to an accident is the reasonable rental value of similar property. Baltimore personal injury lawyers know though, that a plaintiff has an obligation to 'mitigate' their losses, and needs to get that car fixed soon. You may also have 'rental coverage' on your own policy to which you may look. Experienced Baltimore personal injury lawyers have likely confronted the claim, from a self-employed person who needs a vehicle for their job, that "loss of use" should also include loss of profits or income from that self-employment. Even if the person may work form a medical prospective, creative personal injury lawyers have argued that the loss of a necessary vehicle, and the corresponding loss of income, should be cognizable as damages in a Baltimore personal injury case. Of course the duty to mitigate applies here, and likely with more force.