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Maryland may dramatically alter its personal injury law

Residents of Silver Spring and across the state of Maryland are watching Maryland's highest court closely as it weighs the decision whether to significantly alter its personally injury law. A case brought by a 20-year-old Maryland soccer player injured when a soccer goal fell onto his face, crushing the bones around his eye, may change a legal standard in place since 1847.

If the court decides in favor of the soccer player it may have great implications for personal injury and dangerous premises law in Maryland. Dangerous premises law allows individuals to recover from personally injuries that occur on another's property. Maryland law currently prevents an injured person that created an unreasonable risk from recovering compensation. But for the vast majority of states, 46 states in total, an injured person may recover for their injury even if their actions contributed to the accident.

In 2008 the young soccer player was taking shots on an empty goal before a practice organized by his soccer association. When he entered the goal to retrieve a ball he grabbed the goal's crossbar and it fell over onto him. He sued the soccer association for failing to properly secure the goal. A jury found the association was at fault but because the soccer player was partially responsible for the accident he received no compensation.

There are number of accidents that can occur because of a dangerous premises the most common are slip-and-fall accidents. Such accidents may occur in private parking lots, public parks, outside a business, or on a soccer field. Maryland's court may improve the chances of recovery for the injured, but regardless of the court's decision the injured should be aware of their rights following an accident.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Soccer field accident could remake Maryland personal injury law," Ian Duncan, Sept. 18, 2012


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