Personal Injury Cases in Charles County, Maryland
Located in Southern Maryland, the Charles County Circuit is housed in one of the historic courthouses of Maryland, in LaPlata, Maryland. It is situated between Prince George's County, Calvert County, St. Mary's County, with King George, Virginia on its border to the South. Originally established as a tobacco farming community, Charles County seen tremendous growth as the population of Prince George's County moves further south.
For years, Charles County has been considered a conservation jurisdiction for plaintiffs. Accordingly, many Baltimore and Washington D.C. lawyer put Charles County in the same box as the rural Maryland counties in western and southern Maryland. But that old school view does not really comport with 2013. Today, Charles County is actually a very good place to try a tort claim if you are an injured victim.
Charles County is one of the fastest growing counties in Maryland. Over the past few years, we have consistently seen the verdicts rise. Verdicts in truck accident and medical malpractice cases have been becoming more in line with what city juries are awarding. In 2004, a child plaintiff in a medical malpractice case received more than 5 million dollars for his undiagnosed brain injury. In August 2007, a jury awarded a plaintiff close to $1 million for an injury she sustained at work after a box fell on her head.
The court has four sitting judges, the Honorable Robert Nalley, the Honorable Steven Chappelle, the Honorable Christopher Henderson, and the Honorable Amy Bragunier. The case management system runs quite effectively and cases typically go to trial in less than 18 months. Cases are rarely not heard on the assigned trial date and the court is one of the few that actually budgets for courtrooms to stay open past 5:00 p.m. if necessary for the case to conclude or the day's proceedings to end.
Charles County Settlements and Verdicts
Here are a few unrepresentative sample verdicts in Charles County:
- 2012: $108,000 Car Crash Verdict. Plaintiff is driving and slows to make a left-hand turn when another vehicle attempts to pass on the left. The two vehicles collide, and the driver of the vehicle who attempted to pass drives an additional fifty yards, exits the vehicle, and flees the scene. The owner of the abandoned vehicle is determined, and Plaintiff files suit against the Defendant owner and claims he was driving at the time of the collision. Defendant owner denies driving at the time of the crash and alleges the vehicle had been stolen or was being repossessed. Plaintiff claims permanent injuries as a result of the collision, including cervical disc herniations and TMJ, and was assigned a 19% total body impairment. Plaintiff files suit against the Defendant owner, insured by State Farm, as well as her uninsured carrier, Safeco Insurance Company. A jury determines Defendant owner is liable in the amount of $108,000, even though he was not driving at the time of the crash.
- 2012: $90,992 Arbitration Award. Two Plaintiffs, a driver and passenger in the same vehicle, enter an intersection in Charles County and collide with the Defendant driver and five-year-old passenger. The child passenger in the Defendant’s vehicle dies as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. Plaintiffs argue Defendant driver failed to stop and/or yield at the intersection, and that the resulting collision triggered a cardiac reaction for one Plaintiff and a herniated disc for the other Plaintiff. Defendant argues the cardiac condition pre-existed the crash, and the herniated disc, which was diagnosed one year after the crash, are unrelated. At arbitration, Plaintiff driver was awarded $55,992 and Plaintiff passenger was awarded $35,000.
- 2012: $227,436 Car Crash Verdict. Plaintiff is injured when she is struck head-on by the driver of another vehicle. Plaintiff suffers neck and back injuries, as well as a significant laceration to her forearm. Defendant driver does not dispute liability and offers Plaintiff the $20,000 policy limit before trial. Plaintiff accepts and then pursues the claim against her carrier, Defendant State Farm Insurance Company, for underinsured motorist benefits. Defendant State Farm disputes the extent of Plaintiff’s injuries, and the case proceeds to trial. A jury awards Plaintiff $227,436, although the award is reduced to the underinsured policy limits of $100,000. After the $20,000 tortfeaser settlement is applied, State Farm is required to pay $80,000 to Plaintiff.
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