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Maryland’s Contributory Negligence Rule Explained

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Today I want to talk to you about a very important law in the state of Maryland for personal injury claims, and that specifically is the contributory negligence rule. The contributory negligence rule makes it very difficult for an injured victim to bring a personal injury claim against an at-fault party and recover compensation.

What does the contributory negligence rule mean? Well, it means that you file a personal injury claim and you take the at-fault party to court in front of a judge or jury, if you, as the injured victim are found, even 1% negligent –if you as the injured victim are found to have even the slightest 1% contributed to the accident, a jury cannot award anything and you'll be barred from any recovery or compensation at trial.

That is why it is so critically important that if you got into a motor vehicle accident and suffered injuries at no fault of your own, you immediately contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will gather the evidence for you and navigate that brutal, brutal contributory negligence rule that injured victims have to deal with in the state of Maryland.

My name is John Leppler, personal injury lawyer right in Towson Maryland. If you have any questions, feel free to call me. I'd love to talk to you, and I'd be happy to answer any of your questions.