People who are hurt because of another’s action or neglect have a legal remedy if their injury resulted in a significant financial loss or physical suffering. By bringing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party, an injured person could be awarded payments to cover their expenses as well as compensation for their emotional and physical pain.
If you were injured due to another’s misconduct, contact our Harford County, MD personal injury attorney. You should not have to bear the financial and emotional burden if you were hurt through no fault of your own. Our attorneys have over three decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured individuals. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Claims Filed in Harford County, MD
Our law office has filed personal claims on behalf of people injured in a variety of ways. The following are some common examples of situations and conduct that result in personal injury lawsuits.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Accidents are an unfortunate consequence of motorized travel. Everyday collisions occur between cars, trucks, or motorcycles. Often, people walk away from crashes without a scratch. However, some unlucky individuals suffer life-altering injuries or are killed. When another driver’s negligent conduct is the direct cause of an injury, they should be held responsible for damages inflicted.
People trust their doctors and other medical professionals to make decisions and take actions that are in the best interests of their health. Sometimes errors occur that have catastrophic medical consequences. A patient who suffers harm due to the carelessness or recklessness of a healthcare provider has the right to seek compensation through a medical malpractice claim.
Slip and Fall
A common cause of injury is merely falling – people slip or lose their footing. Often this is nothing more than an accident or a misstep. However, when an unforeseen hazard increases the risk of a fall, such as a spill in the aisle of a grocery store, the management or an employee’s failure to address the problem could give rise to a personal injury lawsuit.
We expect the products we purchase to not only work, but to also be safe to use. When a product is poorly manufactured, has a design defect, or lacks sufficient instructions or warning labels, the risk of injury increases. If you are ever hurt because a product malfunctioned, call our Harford County personal injury attorney.
Maryland has strict liability laws regarding the management and liability of pet owners. When a person suffers a bite or is otherwise hurt by another person’s animal, the owner is typically held responsible for any injuries.
Determining Fault in Harford County Personal Injury Claims
One of the most critical factors in any personal injury claim is establishing that another party was at fault. Once fault is legally recognized, it is possible to obtain compensation through a court order or through a settlement negotiation.
Determining fault depends on the circumstances surrounding your injury. Our seasoned attorneys thoroughly review all reports, medical records, witness statements, and physical evidence to help establish who or what was the direct cause of your injury.
In some cases, establishing fault is easy. For example, when a pedestrian is hit by a car whose driver ignored a red light. However, most cases do not provide such a clear set of facts. Often determining who was at fault is made more challenging due to conflicting testimony, an unclear chain of events, or layers of potentially negligent conduct. In the previous example, the pedestrian may not have been paying attention, the traffic light could have malfunctioned, or the driver could have been affected by a negligently prescribed medication. It is essential to have our experienced Harford County personal injury attorney carefully investigating the causes of your injury.
Establishing Negligence in Personal Injury Claims
In most personal injury lawsuits, the injured party must demonstrate that negligent conduct occurred. Our seasoned lawyers will have to prove four elements to show negligence.
- The defendant owed a duty of care to the injured person
- The defendant’s conduct or inaction was a breach of the duty of care
- The breach of duty was the cause of the injury
- The injury or harm resulted in quantifiable damages
Personal Injury Lawsuits and the Effect of the “Contributory Negligence” Doctrine
Maryland is one of the handful of states that follows the harsh “contributory negligence” doctrine. This doctrine imposes a hurdle to all personal injury claims. “Contributory negligence” means that if a person contributed to their injury, they are prohibited from being awarded compensation from any defendant.
Using the example above, a pedestrian is struck by a car while crossing the street. Let’s assume that the light was red but the pedestrian was engaged on their phone and not paying attention to their surroundings. It is possible a jury could find that, despite being hit, the pedestrian would have seen the oncoming car was not slowing down if they were focused on the intersection. Therefore, when assigning fault, the jury could hold that the driver was 95% at fault and the pedestrian was 5% due to their lack of attention. That finding would be enough to prohibit the injured person from collecting any compensation for the harm they sustained.
While this doctrine may seem unfair, it is vital to have an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney at your side. We will try to prepare for any allegations the defense might make to imply you contributed to your injury.
Call Our Harford County, MD Personal Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
If you suffer an injury due to another’s negligence, you need the representation of our Harford County personal injury attorney. Our committed attorneys want to provide you with professional and resolute representation. Call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291 to schedule a free consultation.