- The defendant failed in his or her duty to provide “reasonable care” for the safety of others; AND
- The plaintiff suffered an injury as a result of the actions (or inaction) of the negligent defendant; AND
- The plaintiff suffered damages (usually associated with monetary value); AND
- That there is a link between the defendant’s actions (or inaction) and the plaintiff’s injury. This is referred to as causation or proximate cause. The defendant’s action (or inaction) must be the cause of the injury, not merely related to the injury.
Injuries sustained due to negligence may be physical, financial, or emotional. However, in order to recover for the injuries, the damage cannot be perceived. The injury must have actually occurred, and the damage must be proven in a court of law.
Contributory negligence can significantly impact the outcome of your case. For this reason, you should contact a negligence attorney immediately after an accident occurs. At Cohen|Harris, our Baltimore negligence attorneys are ready and waiting to assist with assessing the strength of your negligence case. Contact us today at 888-585-7979 for a free case evaluation!