Archives for November 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving 2019

“Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don’t get what you expect.” – Victoria Osteen

Liability for Holiday Parties in Maryland

Can You Be Responsible If Someone Becomes Intoxicated at Your Holiday Party and Causes an Accident?

Liability for Holiday Parties in MarylandThe holiday season is just around the corner and there likely will be plenty of holiday cheer going around. What happens in Maryland when a person becomes inebriated at an office or private party, gets behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, and causes an accident? Can the person who served the alcohol be held responsible for injuries suffered in the accident (including those of the party guest)?

In Maryland, unlike most other states, there are no dram shop or social-host liability laws. The courts have consistently refused to find that a social host has liability when a party guest over-imbibes and causes an accident. It’s important to understand that the person who became intoxicated may still have liability—the court simply won’t extend that liability to a third party who made alcohol available. If the party to whom the alcohol was provided was a minor, there may be criminal charges filed, but there’s still no social-host liability for personal injuries.

Experienced Montgomery County, Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has protected the rights of personal injury victims across Maryland for more than 30 years. A proven and effective trial attorney, Smith knows that a personal injury can change your life, and will aggressively fight to get full and fair compensation for all your losses. He’s a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an honor held by less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million-dollar judgments, awards or settlements. He has the experience, skill, knowledge and resources to zealously protect your rights after a personal injury.

The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has designated Smith as one of the top 100 attorneys in the State of Maryland. He has been honored among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers and was named a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer in 2012. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys lists attorney Smith as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.”

Every year since 1988, Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by other lawyers under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. He also has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, given to less than 4% of all attorneys in that directory. He holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a litigation attorney from AVVO and has received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of five stars.

Top-Rated Carroll County, Maryland Accidental Injury Lawyer

We offer comprehensive legal counsel to anyone who suffers a needless injury because of the carelessness or negligence of others. Send us an e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent slip-and-fall injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Injuries Due to Ice and Snow in Maryland

The Duties of Property Owners to Keep Sidewalks and Thoroughfares Clear

Injuries Due to Ice and Snow in MarylandThough there is no state law mandating the removal of snow or ice from sidewalks in Maryland, many municipalities have their own ordinances requiring property owners to take action:

  • Business owners and homeowners in Prince George’s County face a $100 fine if they fail to remove snow or ice within 48 hours. Howard County has a similar requirement.
  • In Montgomery County, snow and ice must be removed within 24 hours.
  • Baltimore County and the City of Baltimore give residents and business owners 24 to 48 hours. Fines range from $25 to $100.
  • The City of Rockville has a sliding scale, based on the amount of snow—less than three inches must be gone within 24 hours; three to nine inches must be removed within 48 hours; and 10 or more inches must be cleared within 72 hours.

Results-Oriented Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has consistently obtained positive results for personal injury victims in the Baltimore metropolitan area and across the state for over 30 years. Attorney Smith holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys honored him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.”

He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization comprised of less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million-dollar judgments, awards or settlements. Smith has been named as one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers and was lauded as a Top-Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer in 2012.

Smith has been AV-rated (the highest rating possible) by his colleagues in the legal profession every year since 1988 and also has received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an award given to less than 4% of all attorneys listed. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, includes him among the state’s top 100 attorneys.

Experienced Baltimore County Personal Injury Accident Attorney

If you have been hurt because of the wrongful act of another person, we can help. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

Happy Veterans Day 2019

Happy Veterans Day 2019

“We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” — Ronald Reagan

ADDRESS :

  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101