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

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

Happy 4th of July 2019

Happy 4th of July 2019

Happy Holidays from Jonathan Scott Smith, LLC

Jonathan Scott Smith LLCThe trust you place in us is a gift, and we are grateful. We wish you all the gifts of the season and a peaceful, prosperous new year.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

At this time of year, we stop to give thanks: for our friends and families, for meaningful work, and for valued clients like you. We are truly grateful that you choose to work with us and we are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.

We wish you all the blessings of a peaceful holiday with those you love. Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 2018

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year!

Woman Perishes in Fatal Fire

Fatal Fire Claims Woman’s Life in Townhome Fire

A fatal fire occurred in a townhome that caught fire on May 21, 2013. Anne Arundel firefighters were called to the residence in Crofton around 1:40 p.m. on May 21, where they discovered smoke coming out of the second floor of a two-story, end-unit townhome. Pursuant to a search of the premises, they found a woman in a second floor bathroom. She was immediately taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, and later transferred to the Bayview Burn Center in Baltimore.

A total of 23 firefighters took nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control. Officials report property damage at approximately $60,000. No one else was hurt in the blaze. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Fatal Fire Cases: Top-Ranked Ellicott City Personal Injury Lawyer

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has been fighting for people’s rights and protecting their interests in Maryland personal injury and fatal fire cases.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results, including fatal fire cases — has earned him the recognition of his peers and clients:

  • Maryland Super Lawyer.
  • 10.0 Superb” as a litigation attorney by AVVO.
  • “Client’s Choice Award” by AVVO, based on average client reviews of 5 stars — the highest client review possible.
  • Client Distinction Award (Client Review Rating of 4.5 or higher on 5.0 scale – less than 4% of 900,000+ attorneys listed by Martindale-Hubbell)
  • 2013 Top Attorneys in Maryland (American Registry)
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law  by The American LawyerMagazine and Martindale-Hubbell.
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers (by invitation only and limited to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state).
  • AV-Preeminent™*” Highest Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (25 consecutive years).

These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, a lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Attorney Smith handles all types of serious and catastrophic injury claims, including fatal fire cases, burns, broken bones, paralysis, brain and spinal cord injury, and amputation or loss of limb. He also represents individuals and families who have lost a loved one because of a wrongful death, including fatal fire cases.

Maryland Fatal Fire Attorney

Our firm represents injured people in Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

If you have been hurt in a fire, or a loved one has perished in a fatal fire, 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.


Safety Tips for Summertime Pool Fun


Swimming pool accidents are hardly ever minor. Deep water, rough-housing kids, cement corners, inattentive lifeguards, poorly maintained equipment-these are some of the top threats to children’s safety at community and private pools

As parents, you want your children to enjoy their time in the water. But – also as parents – you need to take every available step to make sure they are safe. There are actions you can take to help keep your children safe, and there are questions you should ask about the pools where your children swim.

As a parent, you can:

  • Enroll your children in a water safety class that concludes with a safe swimmer certification.
  • Keep a fully charged cell phone with you whenever your family is at the pool.
  • Learn CPR.
  • Pay special attention to your children under 5, who are at higher risk of pool-related submersion deaths and injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Ask these questions at community pools where your children swim:

  • Are lifeguards trained and certified?
  • When was the last time the pool drains and pumps were serviced? Do you make service records available to pool users?
  • What was the last injury at the pool?
  • How do you decide how many lifeguards to staff?
  • Where is life-saving equipment located? When is the last time it was checked for wear and tear?
  • Do your pool drains use the new safety covers required by the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act?

If your children swim in private residential pools, whether your own or someone else’s, check these issues to decrease the risk of drowning or drain entrapment:

  • Is there a 4-foot or higher fence around the entire pool?
  • Does the pool gate use self-closing hinges and self-latching latches?
  • Does the hot tub or spa have a locking safety cover?
  • Is life-saving equipment located nearby? Is it in good working order?
  • Is a fully charged phone kept near the pool at all times?
  • Does the pool use safety drain covers?
  • When was the last time the pool pump and drains were serviced?
  • Are pool and gate alarms installed?
  • Have you considered a surface wave or underwater alarm?

Learn more about swimming pool safety at the U.S. government’s “Pool Safely” website.

If you or someone you love has been hurt because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, we can help. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent personal injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland

An Airplane Crash—a Passenger’s Worst Nightmare


You probably read about the plane that crashed and burned during a landing at San Francisco Airport a few days ago. It’s every airplane passenger’s worst nightmare. Sadly, two people were killed and another 182 passengers were injured, and 49 of those seriously injured.

Witnesses reported that the pilot may have tried landing short of the runway and one of the wings clipped a rock retaining wall. The end result being that the tail separated from the aircraft, which compromised the fuselage and caused a fire.

Nearly 200 firefighters arrived on the scene immediately, put out the fire, and began tending to the injured. Right now, we can only speculate as to the cause of the accident and a full investigation by The National Transportation Safety Board is forthcoming.

What to do if you are in a plane crash

Although statistics are in your favor and only one in approximately one million flights ends up in an accident, according to National Transportation Safety Board, you should still know what to do in a crash. The following tips may be helpful in ensuring the odds are in your favor if you are in a plane crash:

  • Wear comfortable and practical clothing and shoes. Comfortable clothes that cover the arms and legs and shoes that cover and support your foot, give you a better chance of moving quickly out of danger in the event you have to flee the plane.
  • Choose your seat wisely. You have a better chance of survival if you are seated behind the wing and/or near the emergency exits. And aisle seats are better than center or window seats. If possible, choose a seat in those areas of the plane.
  • Be vigilant during takeoff and landing. The times during which an accident is most likely to occur during a flight is a few minutes after takeoff and a few minutes before landing. So it is wise to keep your shoes on, your tray table up and to be aware of the two nearest exists relative to your seat. It is also advisable to put your carry on items beneath the seat in front of you, which will provide extra protection for your feet and legs in the event of an accident. Also remove sharp objects like pens and keys from pockets which can puncture skin in an impact.
  • Remain calm. The first 90 seconds after a crash are vital and so if you can remain calm and assess the situation you will be able to act quickly to save your life and that of your loved ones.
  • Act quickly. If there is a serious situation, do not stop to gather your belongings, or wait for instructions; just get off the plane as quickly and efficiently as possible

Top-Rated Personal Injury Lawyer in Howard County

If you or someone you love has been hurt because of the carelessness or negligence of another person, we can help. Contact us by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. We represent personal injury victims in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland


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

  • Call for consultation 410-740-0101