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Soccer Field Accident Could Remake Maryland Personal Injury Law

Soccer Field Accident Could Remake Maryland Personal Injury Law

Soccer field accident could remake Maryland personal injury law


Recently, a Baltimore soccer player suffered severe facial injuries when a soccer goal fell on top of him after grabbing the goal's crossbar as he passed underneath to grab the soccer ball. The player's face was crushed under the weight of the soccer goal when it fell. A jury found that the organization responsible for securing the goal was liable for failing to properly secure it into the ground. However, because the player contributed to the accident, he was not awarded any damages. This accident has sparked a movement towards re-shifting the current Maryland law to get rid of this type of contributory negligence, which could have a drastic impact on the future of these types of cases.

The thrust of the argument advocating for a movement away from the current legal standard in Maryland emphasizes the fact that 46 other states, including Missouri, have already made the shift towards assigning liability according to the relative fault of the parties. If the soccer player had been injured in any of those other 46 states, he might have recovered at least a percentage of potential damages, rather than nothing at all. This shift in assessing liability could incentivize companies and businesses to ensure that the safety of others is still of utmost priority. This movement has not been without opposition. Many in Maryland have stood by the current legal standard despite the overwhelming majority of the country finding for Plaintiff's at least to a certain degree. Taking into consideration the present soccer goal accident, however, one can see how the current law in Maryland decreases the incentive for businesses, organizations, and associations to reduce the risks posed to people who regularly utilize their facilities. A shift in adopting the majority approach would encourage businesses to take responsibility for their negligence, which would provide for a much more user-friendly environment – one in which a soccer player could receive compensation for another's negligence that resulted in that soccer player's traumatic injuries.

The attorneys at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC vehemently oppose any law that caps an injured person's ability to recover for their pain and suffering. The effect of this type of law is to take the decision of what is appropriate to award an injured person out of the hands of the jury and into the hands of the legislature. If you or a loved one has been injured in a medical setting and you need representation to ensure that you receive adequate compensation, please call (314) 436-9958 or (800) 391-4318 to set up an appointment to talk with one of our personal injury attorneys.

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