Attorney Bruce Plaxen of Plaxen & Adler, P.A. Challenges Maryland’s Negligence Law before State’s Highest Court

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Maryland's Court of Appeals will hear a challenge to the state's contributory negligence law on Monday, September 10, 2012 presented by Bruce Plaxen on behalf of an injured client.

MD personal injury lawyer Bruce Plaxen

Baltimore personal injury lawyer Bruce Plaxen calls for amendments to Maryland's negligence law

Maryland's contributory negligence rule is unfair and unjust. It denies victims proper compensation and rewards negligent conduct.

Plaxen & Adler, P.A. is attempting to change Maryland’s negligence law for the benefit of all people who are injured by the negligence of others. Maryland currently retains the contributory negligence rule, which Plaxen & Adler is attempting to overturn in the case of James Coleman v. Soccer Association of Columbia, et al. (CSA No. 2011-2048), currently pending before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the state's highest court. Plaxen & Adler will argue the case before the Court of Appeals on Monday, September 10, 2012, according to personal injury attorney Bruce Plaxen of Plaxen & Adler.

Under the Maryland contributory negligence rule, a negligent person who causes injury can escape any responsibility to the person they injured as long as the injured person also contributed to their injury, even if only slightly. “The contributory negligence rule is unfair and unjust. It denies victims proper compensation and rewards negligent conduct,” said Bruce Plaxen.

Plaxen & Adler has petitioned Maryland’s highest court to change Maryland law to the doctrine of comparative negligence. Under comparative negligence, a person who is partly responsible for their injuries is eligible to recover damages from the person who injured them. Their damages are reduced to reflect his or her contribution to the injury, he explained.

“Forty-six states have comparative negligence, and most have had it for many years. It’s time for Maryland to do what’s right and join them,” stated Plaxen.

About Plaxen & Adler, P.A.

The attorneys at Plaxen & Adler understand that when you have been injured, you have special needs. The firm handles only personal injury cases, so clients know that their case is being handled by experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys who work hard to ensure clients receive the compensation they deserve. The personal injury attorneys at Plaxen & Adler are experienced trial lawyers with numerous landmark victories in Maryland’s trial courts, and are willing to take a case to trial if that is what is necessary to protect a client’s rights.

The lawyers at Plaxen & Adler, P.A. have more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured people. For more information about the firm, please go to or call (410) 730-7737.

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