Winning A Personal Injury Claim—Part One


If you’ve been injured because of the actions of another person, you may have a right to bring legal action to recover for your losses. In most instances, such a lawsuit will be based on a legal theory of negligence. To successfully argue a negligence claim, you need to prove three things:

  • That the defendant (person whose actions caused your injury) failed to act reasonably under the circumstances
  • That the accident occurred because of the defendant’s breach (failure to act reasonably) of the duty of care
  • That you suffered actual injury in the accident

As a general rule, all persons in society are expected to act as a reasonable person would in the same situation. There’s no specific legal rule or standard—it’s determined on a case-by-case basis, typically by the jury.

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Maryland Super Lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith has protected the rights of personal injury victims in Maryland for more than 30 years. He understands the impact a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life and will work hard to get full and fair compensation for all your losses.

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