Negligence is the core of personal injury, plain and simple. If you are injured in a car crash or in a public place through the negligence of another, then you may have grounds to take the person responsible to court to sue for damages. Today we’re going to talk about what negligence is and how it may affect your personal injury case. Let’s take a look.
What is Negligence?
When a person fails to employ reasonable care in a situation where another person is injured, they are acting with negligence. This can apply in any number of situations, but here are a few of the most common.
Car Accidents – If another driver is speeding, doesn’t stop at a stop sign, or makes an illegal left turn, they are proceeding without reasonable care for others.
Driving Under the Influence – When someone gets into the car to drive while drunk or under the influence of another controlled substance, they are definitely not acting with the proper care and can be sued for personal injury damages. They will also face criminal charges.
Dog Bites – If someone else’s dog bites you, then you may be able to sue for damages. However, there are circumstances that may render your case non-viable. To learn more about this, contact us for a free consultation.
Slip and Fall – If you’re in a restaurant and the staff doesn’t clean up a spill that causes you to fall, you may be able to sue for damages.
These are only some of the more common incidents of potential personal injury cases. If you feel as though your injuries have been caused by someone else’s negligence, we can discuss the details of your case.
Contributory Negligence in Maryland
Though your injuries may have been caused by the negligence of another person, if you also acted negligently, then you may not have a case. The state of Maryland has a contributory negligence law that considers the actions of both parties in personal injury cases. If the victim of the injuries is found to be partially responsible, then the other person won’t have to pay damages.
An example of this would be if you were hit by a drunk driver, but you were found to be speeding. Because you were speeding, you would be found employing contributory negligence. However, before you lose hope, bring your case to us and we’ll be able to evaluate your circumstances more specifically.
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