Archives for October 2020

Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Traumatic Brain Injury

The Legal Basis for Recovering Damages

Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Traumatic Brain InjuryIf you suffer any type of blow to your head, whether in a motor vehicle accident, slip-and-fall, or other mishap, there’s a significant risk of a debilitating brain injury. Even a minor bump to the head can cause a concussion and lead to persistent headaches, nausea and vomiting, cognitive challenges, loss of balance or mobility, and changes in sleep patterns. When the careless acts of another person cause your injuries, you have the right to seek damages in court for all your losses.

Lawsuits seeking compensation for personal injuries are typically based on the legal theory of negligence. To successfully prove negligence, you must show three things:

  • the defendant failed to act as an ordinarily prudent person would under the circumstances (in other words, they breached the duty of care expected by society);
  • the defendant’s actions caused an accident; and
  • you suffered actual losses because of the accident.

The effects of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may not all be immediately apparent after an accident, and some may not show up for weeks, months, or even years. Accordingly, you’ll likely want to introduce expert medical testimony and will want to work with an attorney who understands the full impact of a brain injury.

Proven Maryland Brain Injury Attorney

Long recognized as a Maryland SuperLawyer, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith brings more than 30 years of experience to personal injury victims throughout the greater Baltimore area and across the state of Maryland. AV-rated by other lawyers under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System, Smith has received the prestigious Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars (the highest possible). He has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney. The American Lawyer magazine honored him as a Top-Rated Lawyer.

Knowledgeable Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney in the Baltimore Area

If you have suffered needless injury in Maryland because of the wrongful acts of another person, Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

NHTSA Launches Five-Year Motorcycle Safety Plan

Agency Seeks to Reduce Injuries and Fatalities

NHTSA Launches Five-Year Motorcycle Safety PlanIn 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) launched a five-year plan in response to a long-term trend that has seen the number of fatal motorcycle accidents on America’s roadways more than double in the last 20 years. According to data collected by the NHTSA, more than 5,100 people died in motorcycle accidents nationwide in 2017, compared to just 2,116 in 1997. In 1997, motorcyclist fatalities represented 7% of all deaths on the roadways. Today, they represent 17%.

The agency acknowledges that the primary cause of the rise in injuries and deaths is the increased popularity of motorcycles. Compared to others on the road, motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in a collision with another vehicle, and the annual economic costs are nearly $13 billion.

The NHTSA five-year plan includes:

  • Providing riders with greater access to training and educational programs
  • Increasing helmet use
  • Increasing the percentage of bikers who are properly licensed
  • Increasing visibility of bikers and bikes on the roads
  • Reducing instances of impaired driving
  • Improving roadway design
  • Increasing enforcement of motorcycle safety laws

Experienced Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has fought to protect the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Baltimore area and across the state for more than 30 years. Long recognized as a Maryland SuperLawyer, Smith is AV-rated by other lawyers under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System. The American Lawyer magazine tabbed him as a Top-Rated Lawyer, and he’s also received the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars(the highest rating possible). A highly-respected litigator known for his ability to get positive results at trial, he has a perfect 10.0 (Superb) rating from AVVO as a trial attorney.

Proven Baltimore County Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you have suffered needless injury in Maryland because of the wrongful acts of another person, Jonathan Scott Smith can help. Send us an e-mail or call our offices at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. Your first consultation is without cost or obligation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County in Maryland.

ADDRESS :

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

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101