Contributory negligence is the concept of contributing to your own injury. It’s common for an insurance company to bring up this issue as they try to prove that you’re partially at fault for your injuries and therefore don’t deserve any compensation.
Maryland is one of just a handful of states that treat injured victims harshly in this respect. If you are even 1% at fault for your injuries, you are barred from receiving compensation for them. As you can imagine, this means insurance companies and lawyers representing negligent people will go to great lengths to claim injured victims deserve zero compensation.
If you find yourself in this situation (Contributory negligence), hiring a personal injury lawyer could be the smartest decision you ever make. Your lawyer can help you build a compelling case that supports your innocence and puts the blame where it belongs.