Archives for October 2014

Promising Freshman Running Back and Naval Midshipman Dies After Collapsing at Practice

Tragedy struck when a promising freshman running back and Naval Academy midshipman collapsed at football practice. He was taken to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he remained in a coma for three days before dying.*

The news was devastating to the Naval Academy and the boy’s family. He was evidently in spring practice when he collapsed and was subsequently airlifted to the Shock Trauma Center. The family said in a statement released through the school that the young man had not had a “bad hit or unusual or extreme contact” during the practice.

Navy coaches are reviewing all films of practice, but have found nothing so far. The promising young man had everything to look forward to. He had also played high school football, coached by his own father. During a game in 2012, when he was a senior, he had been injured in the head and went to the hospital. But he had been cleared to play again after extensive testing.

Jonathan Scott Smith helps victims of accidents caused through no fault of their own obtain full and fair compensation to pay for medical treatment and other damages. He brings more than 30 years of experience to each personal injury and wrongful death case he handles. His commitment to his clients and his effectiveness in personal injury law has been recognized by his peers, who have voted to give him the AV rating** under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System.

Smith has also been named a 2012 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell, and has earned the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO, based on an average client review of 5 stars (the highest rating possible), and a perfect 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO.

Baltimore Wrongful Death Lawyer

Our personal injury and wrongful death law firm represents those who have been injured and the families of those who have lost their lives in accidents caused by the negligence or careless mistakes of another person or organization. We work with clients throughout Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

If you have suffered injuries from a car crash or any other type of accident or you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by negligence or carelessness on the part of another, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith will aggressively help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses. Contact us by e-mail or call our office at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment.

*http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/annapolis/bs-md-ar-midshipman-identified-20140218,0,7894818.story#ixzz2th6zjHN5

**AV® Preeminent™, BV® Distinguished™ and Rated are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

When Three or More Cars Collide

Multicar accidents are often more serious than typical car crashes involving just two cars. And navigating insurance and a personal injury claim is also more complicated when you are dealing with an accident that involved three or more cars.

One issue that can get muddy around multiple-car collisions is fault. For example, let’s say that in a chain reaction crash, the most common type of multicar collision, one car strikes another car from behind. The sudden stop then causes the cars behind the car that initially rear-ended the first vehicle to crash into it. Clearly, the individual who caused the first rear-end crash is the one at fault for all the other ensuing accidents in the multicar pileup.

However, let’s take the same four-car collision and look at it from a different perspective. What if the person in the fourth car involved in the pileup was actually the one at fault? That can easily happen if the fourth driver, or the one at the very rear of the pileup, was driving in a distracted manner, for example, and not paying attention to the fact that the cars in front of him had slowed down or stopped. He could then have plowed into the car in front of him, which in turn rear-ends the car in front it, which in turn rear-ends the car in front of it.

Now, let’s look at another scenario. Let’s say that the front vehicle in the crash suddenly stopped for no reason, and this caused the other cars to crash into one another. Sometimes, a car will change lanes and slow way down, not giving those behind appropriate time to slow down.

Finally, sometimes the driver of the rear car that caused the collision will claim that there was actually another vehicle involved that rear-ended her. No one else has seen this car, but then no one else was looking in their rearview mirror for a car two or three or four cars behind. Again, this will need to be investigated.

Problems can ensue when the people who were really at fault deny they were at fault. Insurers and attorneys need to investigate closely all damage to the cars, interview witnesses and otherwise come to resolution about fault. However, this can take a longer time than for your typical two-car accident, for obvious reasons. Problems are compounded when all the insured drivers swear they are not at fault. Indeed, having an attorney in situations like these can be an enormous reassurance and make a great deal of difference in the outcome of a personal injury lawsuit.

Experienced Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you have been injured in a multicar pileup or any other crash that was caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness, Maryland attorney Jonathan Scott Smith can help protect your rights while you focus on getting the medical treatment you need to recover. Mr. Smith has been fighting for the rights of the injured in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., metro areas since 1984. He will leave no stone unturned in an effort to build a strong personal injury case on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Smith has been included on the Maryland Super Lawyer List and has earned a 10.0 Superb rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO, the AV-Preeminent™* Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, and the Clients’ Choice Award from AVVO based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible. He has also been named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer magazine and Martindale-Hubbell (2012).

Baltimore Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law Firm

Our law firm represents clients in personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and criminal defense cases throughout Maryland, including Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster and Baltimore, and throughout Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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*AV® Preeminent™, BV® Distinguished™ and Rated are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

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