For anyone who has never experienced an injury at the hands of another person’s negligence, the words “Personal Injury” tend to have a negative meaning. In reality, personal injury law is a vital part of the Maryland judicial system.
What is a Personal Injury?
The American Bar Association states that a personal injury case must encompass two parts – liability and damages. If the defendant can be found liable for your damages, you can receive compensation for any injuries you have sustained. While it may sound simple, personal injury law requires the tenacity and intelligence of an experienced attorney if the plaintiff is going to prove their case and receive compensation.
What are negligence, strict liability, and intentional wrongs?
There are three core areas of personal injury law – negligence, strict liability, and intentional wrongs:
- Negligence is a failure to exercise due caution or care for another person. Negligence is the most common area of personal injury law and encompasses cases such as slip and fall, workplace accidents, auto-pedestrian accidents, or other accidents where someone else’s carelessness resulted in your injury.
- Strict liability holds manufacturers and designers responsible for defects in their products that can cause harm to the consumer. If a product, when used the way it was intended, causes harm to the person it was intended for, strict liability may apply to the manufacturer or designer.
- Intentional wrongs are relatively rare but are still an important part of personal injury law. If someone intentionally causes you harm and breaks the law in the process, they can be tried in a criminal court for violating the law of the land. You can also bring civil charges against that person for any damages you have incurred.
I have been injured as a result of another person’s negligence. What do I do now?
For some reason, people are often reluctant to consult an attorney for a personal injury case. In reality, many personal injury cases are settled after discovery or the initial information-gathering phase of a suit. However, once you accept compensation from an insurance company for your injuries, you have accepted their settlement, and the case is considered closed. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, strict liability, or because of an intentional wrong, discuss your case with a tenacious, qualified attorney before accepting any settlement.
For more information on personal injury law or to discuss your case, contact Catherine Flynn for a consultation.