In this case, a volunteer soccer coach injured himself when he tipped over a soccer goal while horsing around. Since the jury found that the coach was partially at fault for his own injuries, he could not prevail in a negligence suit under Maryland law. Now the coach is appealing in an effort to change the law in Maryland, so as to allow plaintiffs to collect damages regardless of their contributory negligence. Maryland remains one of only a few states, which still bars plaintiffs from collecting damages when they are somewhat at fault.
The NFIB Legal Center filed in this case to urge the Court to maintain Maryland's common law rule, which provides the greatest protection for small business owners. If Maryland should reject this rule, employers would face new liabilities.
Status: Pending - Maryland Court of Appeals.