A number of states have begun requiring certificates of merit before someone can file suit against a design professional, and Maryland is one of them. Professional engineers often carry malpractice insurance due to the amount of liability they face for allegations of breaches of contract, property damage and personal injury or wrongful death due to negligence or malpractice on their part. As a result, engineers are often targeted by individuals seeking relief for alleged harm.
In some cases, the connection to an engineer for damage or injury is tenuous at best. The goal of a certificate of merit is to verify that a professional engineer may well have been part of the reason that someone or something suffered harm. Without a certificate of merit, individuals may not file suit for malpractice.