What is negligence anyway?

Maryland juries are instructed that negligence is doing something that a person using ordinary care, caution and prudence would not do, or, in fact doing something that a reasonably cautions person would not, under the circumstances. The standard is typically that of hypothetical "reasonable person". The question is "How would that reasonable person react under similar circumstances". If the person that hurt you has acted in a way that this imaginary reasonable person would not have acted- that's negligence. To prove up a case for negligence in court, a plaintiff must show that 1] the defendant owed them a duty to conform their conduct to specific standard of care that prevents harm- or the risk of harm- to others 2] the defendant did not conform their conduct 3] that failure fairly directly led to an injury that 4] damaged the plaintiff. If you've been injured by someone else, an experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate if you have a claim, and help you document, quantify, and prove it.



Property damage in personal injury lawsuits

The notion that there is a correlation between the dollar amount of property damage in a motor vehicle accident, and the severity of a personal injury has some logical appeal. If a car’s front end is smashed in, then the occupants would seem...

Lost wages in personal injury settlements

The recovery of past lost wages in some personal injury claims amounts to little more than mathematics. The average weekly hours a person works before their accident, multiplied buy their hourly wage, multiplied by the amount of time missed....

Personal injury settlement: Medical bills

Maryland, like many states, has enacted a statute that sets the right of health insurance providers, or third party payors generally, to assert a claim on the proceeds of a personal injury lawsuit. Knowledge of these provisions is a key in getting...

How Much Will I get for my Personal Injury Case?

Of course the most important consideration in any personal injury award is the “in your pocket” number. After attorney fees, litigation costs, outstanding medical balances, and everything else has been accounted for: “How much do...

How much is the case worth?

Medical expenses are one variable in the value of any case. They impact the value in a direct sense. A claims adjuster, judge, or juror, at some point will be presented with those bills. The injured person is entitled to collect the amounts paid, in...

What is the value of an injury claim?

Two things remain true about the valuation of a personal injury case. One, it is one of the core functions of a personal injury lawyer – to assess the likely outcome of a claim at trial. Ideally, this is done with a balance of reason and...

How much is a personal injury case worth?

I’ve said elsewhere that it is by far any away the most common and frequent question that I’m asked. In addition, though, it is probably the most legitimate. The primary role of a personal injury attorney is getting their injured client...
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