General Negligence Attorneys in Maryland, Virginia & Washington D.C.
Holding Others Accountable for Negligence & the Damage They Cause
Negligence is one of those words that can be defined in simple terms but may get complicated when applied to real life situations.
So what is negligence? The law imposes on all of us a duty to behave in a reasonable manner in the conduct of all of our activities. If a person fails to behave in a reasonable manner, they are negligent. If that negligence results in harm to another person, a legal cause of action may arise.
Have you been injured by someone else’s negligence? Call Ashcraft & Gerel at (800) 674-9725.
Examples of Personal & Corporate Negligence
We are all familiar with certain types of negligent conduct giving rise to legal action. Drunk drivers causing auto accidents is the easiest example. The drunk driver breached the duty to operate his vehicle in a reasonably safe manner and caused injury to another.
But there is a truly infinite range of possible conduct that may or may not give rise to a cause of action for negligence.
- If a building collapses, was it because of negligent construction by the builder? Defective materials from the supplier? Negligent maintenance by the owner?
- If a drug causes dangerous side effects, is it because the manufacturer failed to test it properly? Did a doctor fail to follow the instructions? Did the pharmacist give the wrong dose?
- If a person is injured by a criminal in an apartment, did the landlord provide adequate security? Was it a situation where better locks, or cameras, or even a guard were appropriate? How much notice of the crime risk was available to the landlord? Can there be negligence when the injury is caused by the intentional act of a criminal?
None of these situations are simple, but all of them represent cases in which Ashcraft & Gerel has successfully pursued claims on behalf of our clients.
If you or a loved one has been injured and you think it’s because of another person’s negligence, don’t try to figure it out on your own. Speak to a professional. Our firm has been having these conversations with prospective clients for 60 years.
Pharmaceutical Negligence $46 Million
Brain Injury Due to Defective Medical Device $16 Million
Injuries Caused by Mining Disaster $11 Million
Injuries to Foster Child From Abuse - Gov’t Agency $10 Million
Injuries Due to Negligent Operation of Train $6.1 Million
Child Injured at Birth - Umbilical Cord Compression $5.4 Million
Injured by Defective Helmet & Negligent Track Employees $3.5 Million
Child Injured at Birth – Deprived of Oxygen $2.9 Million
Injured Forklift Operator $2.5 Million
Burns from Flammable Bathrobe $2 Million
Our legal team understands what you are going through and is committed to defending your rights against powerful businesses and insurance carriers.
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Our advocacy extends beyond the courtroom through our extensive involvement in the community and support for positive change within our industry.
Fearless Advocacy When You Need It
Our experienced legal team is not afraid to go to trial in order to maximize the recovery that our clients desperately need and rightfully deserve.
Respected within the Legal Field
Our esteemed attorneys are highly regarded within the legal community and even command respect from adjustors and defense counsel.
At the Forefront of Major Litigation
Our legal team has spearheaded litigation on behalf of injured clients in many high-profile cases, including major disasters, explosions and sexual abuse cases.
A Long Legacy of Successful Results
Since its founding in 1953, Ashcraft & Gerel has obtained more than a billion dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for injured clients.