Carroll County Personal Injury Lawyers
A Look at Carroll County as a Venue for Personal Injury Cases
Many have discovered that Carroll County is a great and relatively economical place to live and raise children, while convenient for shopping and the employment hubs in Baltimore, Frederick, and Columbia. As a result, while not everyone is excited about it, everything is on the rise in Carroll County - population, per capital income property values (although not in the last few years), and the like. This has meant a recent increase in diversity in Carroll County. This is a community that is somewhere in between its rural roots and suburban future, featuring a charming but delicate balance between rural landscape and large subdivisions.
Filing Personal Injury Lawsuits in Carroll County
Indeed, in spite of the changes, Carroll County is still a relatively rural county. This has a meaningful impact on jury verdicts because, particularly in Maryland, the size of jury verdicts are often directly correlated with the extent to which the venue is cosmopolitan.
But Carroll County is changing and our law firm is more eager to try cases in Carroll County than we ever were five years ago. So although Carroll County has historically been a difficult jurisdiction for lawyers trying personal injury cases, the conventional wisdom of yesterday about whether you can expect a fair verdict in Carroll County is evolving.
At the risk of overgeneralizing, this is where we think we are with Carroll County juries in 2013:
- Jurors are going to be generally tight fisted in relatively minor injury cases. If you have an injury that is not strong objectively - powerful medical and radiological evidence - you better have a plaintiff of amazing character and credibility if you expect a quality verdict.
- Jurors are going to be far more reasonable in serious injury car accident cases where you have a serious life altering injury and a credible plaintiff. Yes, you might get a higher verdict in Baltimore City or Prince George's County with the same case. But the difference is shrinking.
- Jurors are going to give the doctor the benefit of the doubt in a medical malpractice case, particularly a local doctor. A tie is going to go to the doctor or hospital. But, if you have a solid claim on negligence, expect that a Carroll County jury will treat the plaintiff very fairly.
Going to Court in Carroll County
The courthouses in Carroll County are in Westminster. The Circuit Court of Carroll County has three judges: Michael M. Galloway, J. Barry Hughes, and Thomas F. Stansfiled. The District Court of Maryland for Carroll County has two judges: JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones and Marc. G. Rasinsky. You can reach the Carroll County Circuit Court at (410) 778-7460. The District Court's phone number is (410) 260-1235. The address for the Circuit Court is:
Carroll County Circuit Court
55 N. Court Street
Westminster, Maryland 21157-5155
Sample Carroll County Settlements and Verdicts
- 2011: Car Crash Verdict for $2,671. Plaintiff and Defendant are driving in opposite directions when Defendant falls asleep at the wheel, crosses the center line, and sideswipes Plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff, who has a history of prior accidents and injuries, claims the crash caused new neck and back injuries which resulted in pain independent of her prior conditions. Defendant argues Plaintiff’s complaints of pain were preexisting and, at trial, shows Plaintiff had been prescribed strong medication for pain just two weeks prior to the crash. A jury returned a $2,671 verdict in favor of the Plaintiff. State Farm carried the UIM policy in this case.
- 2011: Car Crash Verdict for $11,802,225. Plaintiff works for a landscaping company and his driving his company vehicle when he is rear-ended while stopped at a red light on Route 140. Plaintiff suffers minor property damage, but alleges that at the time of the crash, he was suffering from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), a complex regional pain disorder. Plaintiff alleges that the soft-tissue injuries sustained the crash so exacerbates his nerve condition that he is unable to work, enjoy his hobbies such as hunting and fishing, or even walk. Defendant argues that the minor-impact of the crash could not have caused the Plaintiff's symptoms (Defendant driver was insured by State Farm). The jury found for the Plaintiff in the amount of 11,802,225 which included future lost wages and future medicals, and the award was reduced to $4,382,224 pursuant to caps on damages.
- 2009: Car Crash Verdict for $5,000. Plaintiff is driving and comes to a stop at a T-intersection. The Defendant driver, insured by State Farm, is traveling down the road perpendicular to the Plaintiff and then turns left in front of another driver which results in a collision with the Plaintiff. Plaintiff alleges to have sustained soft-tissue injuries to her thoracic and lumbar spine. Defendant admits liability for the crash, but argues Plaintiff's preexisting degenerative spinal condition played a part in Plaintiff's treatment. A jury awards the Plaintiff $5,000 for her injuries.
- 2009: Car Crash Verdict for $50,000. Plaintiff is traveling as a passenger in a pickup truck and claims to have suffered a low back injury and facial scar as a result of a rear-end collision with the Defendant driver. Plaintiff claims the pain from his low back injury will prevent him from returning to his job as a heavy equipment operator and that the injury will require future surgery. Defendant driver, insured by State Farm, admits liability but argues Plaintiff's complaints of pain are due to his job, as there was a significant gap in between the crash and the date when Plaintiff sought treatment. A jury awards the Plaintiff $50,000.
- 2008: Car Crash Verdict for $23,700. Plaintiff is rear-ended on Maryland Route 140 as he is turning into a gas station, and alleges Defendant driver negligently caused the collision. Plaintiff claims to have suffered soft-tissue injuries to his neck and claims the collision directly aggravated his degenerative disc disease which required extensive chiropractic treatment. Defendant driver, insured by State Farm, argues the extent and severity of Plaintiff's injuries, but the jury ultimately sides with the Plaintiff in the amount of $23,700.
- 2007: Car Crash Verdict for $200,000. Plaintiff is a passenger in a vehicle that is involved in a collision with two other vehicles on Route 32 near Sykesville. Plaintiff alleges all three defendants, the driver of the vehicle she was a passenger in as well as the other two vehicles involved in the collision, are negligent. Plaintiff also claims she suffered a fractured arm in the collision which resulted in permanent range of motion limitations. One Defendant admits liability, but claims the other two defendants are liable as well. A jury sides with the Plaintiff in the amount of $200,000 and holds the Defendant that admitted liability responsible.
Hiring a Lawyer for a Serious Personal Injury Case in Carroll County
Our firm handles serious - only serious injury claims - accident, malpractice and premises liability claims throughout Maryland. Our law firm is not located in Carroll County, but we have a lot of experience handling serious injury claims in Carroll County. You want to get the best lawyer you can who will fight to maximize the value of your claim, not the closest. When needed, we meet with many of our clients in the offices of law firms that work with us in Westminster.
If you have a claim in Carroll County - including Westminster, Finksburg, Sykesville, New Windsor, Taneytown, Mount Airy, and Eldersburg - call us today at 800-553-8082. You can also get a nearly instant free case evaluation on-line. Contact us today and let's start finding out if you have a case that we think we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
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