If you have been hurt or a loved one has been killed in a traffic collision or malpractice case, Baltimore is a very good place to bring your claim if you want full compensation for the harm that has been done. A large percentage of the cases our law firm handles are in Baltimore City. We regularly settle scores of cases in this jurisdiction ever year. We are rarely required to go to trial in Baltimore to get our cases resolved. But sometimes we do. Our last verdict in Baltimore City was in May, 2014 for $5.2 million.
Why do most of our cases settle? Certainly, we think our reputation for getting large verdicts in Baltimore has something to do with it. When you have a history of winning cases, it makes insurance companies pay attention. But the jurisdiction is important, too. Unlike some Maryland counties, juries downtown are more likely to make awards that are commensurate with Plaintiffs’ injuries.
In fact, Charm City's reputation as a good place to try a case for Plaintiffs is well-known enough that the American Tort Reform Association (a pro business group that wants to limit tort lawsuits) named our city to its “Judicial Hellhole” watch list. They pointed to "high verdicts" in lead paint, asbestos, and health care providers negligence cases. What they call "high" is what we believe to be "fair."Demographics of a Baltimore Jury
Our city is an independent incorporated municipality that is surrounded on all sides by Baltimore County. It is a large, urban area with a population of 620,961 according to the 2010 Census. In terms of racial/ethnic demographics, as a percentage of population, census data shows the following:
American Indian/Alaska native: 0.37%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.04%
Persons of two or more races: 2.09%
The average per capita income is $23,333 and the median household income is $39,386. 49.8% of Baltimore residents are homeowners, with the median value of owner-occupied homes being $160,400. 21.3% of "Charm City" residents tragically live below the poverty line.
The American Community Survey’s 2006-2010 Five Year Estimate for the highest level of education attained shows that for Baltimoreans over 25 years old:
Baltimore City Circuit Court
4.4% did not complete the 9th grade
7.8% reached 9th through 12th grade, but did not receive a diploma
26.4% graduated from high school or earned a G.E.D
19.3% attended some college, but did not earn a degree
6.3% hold an Associate’s Degree
19.8% hold a Bachelor’s Degree
16.0% hold a Graduate or Professional degree
The Circuit Court for Baltimore City is one of the largest in the state, with 33 judges. The bench is very diverse and has a reputation for competence. Although the court has a very crowded docket, civil trials in Maryland's biggest city usually go to trial as scheduled (unlike many counties in Maryland), and the court is very active in using Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures such as mediation and court-ordered settlement conferences to try to get cases settled before trial. Although the court’s facilities are antiquated (the courthouses pre-date the telephone), the basic technology lawyers need is available, such as Wi-Fi internet and audiovisual equipment.
While jury service downtown is a unique burden (the accommodations are insufficient, the pay is remarkably low, the courthouse lacks on-site parking and jurors typically get called too often - every 18 months), the jurors view the process with an admirable seriousness and they typically work hard to arrive at a result that fairly compensates the Plaintiff’s injuries.
- Answers to frequently asked questions about bring a tort claim in Baltimore City
If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed and you want fair compensation, we can help you stand up for you rights and get you the compensation you deserve for your pain, suffering and agony that the insurance company does not even try to understand. Call us at 410-553-6000 or get for a free online consultation.More on Baltimore Personal Injury Claims and Settlements
- How Fast Will Your Case Go: Sample Scheduling Order in B-More
- Sample City Police Report (accident case)
- Bring Claims Against Taxis (some of the unique challenges in cab cases downtown)
- Baltimore has more bicycle accident tort claims than any other jurisdiction in Maryland
- Harbor Hospital
- Mercy Hospital
- Union Memorial
- Johns Hopkins
- University Hospital (UMMS)
- Franklin Square
- Maryland General Hospital
You can find us at:
Baltimore Inner Harbor Center
400 East Pratt Street, 8th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
In November 2014, we will be moving to the Alex Brown Building. Here is the address:
One South Street, 24th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202Jury Verdicts
This is a sampling of recent jury verdicts and settlements in Baltimore City from analysis of various sources, including our own cases. Due to the lack of scientific methodology (and maybe our pro-injury victim bias) these should not be viewed as a representative sampling of all jury verdicts. We also include below some of our big verdicts and settlements in Baltimore. You should believe that these verdicts predict success in any case we might take in the future. Still, this is valuable information we give because we think that are useful in giving you a better measure of how juries award the loss of life and/or pain and suffering.