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. Our firm is located in Baltimore and a large percentage of the cases our law firm handles are in Baltimore City. We regularly settle scores of accident and medical malpractice cases in this jurisdiction ever year. We are rarely required to go to trial in Baltimore to get our cases resolved because the majority of our cases result in an out-of-court settlement. But sometimes we do. When we do take a case to trial, we are looking to ring the bell. Loudly. Our last verdict in Baltimore City was last year when a jury awarded our client $5.2 million.
Why do most of our cases settle? Certainly, we think our reputation as Baltimore injury attorneys who get large verdicts when the insurance companies will not make a generous settlement offer 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
I refer all of my serious injury cases in Maryland to Miller & Zois because they turn over every last stone to maximize the value of their case. The last case I referred to them settled for $1.2 million.
As former insurance defense lawyers, Miller & Zois “know the other side’s playbook.
When I was injured, I went to see a doctor who referred me to Miller & Zois. They took great care of me and got me a better settlement than I expected.
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:
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
Our attorneys have fought and won millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts in Baltimore. If you need a lawyer to fight for you in a serious injury case, call us at today at 800-553-8082 or get a free on-line case evaluation.
- Harbor Hospital
- Mercy Hospital
- Union Memorial
- Johns Hopkins
- University Hospital (UMMS)
- Franklin Square
- Maryland General Hospital
You can find us at:
One South Street, 24th Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
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 helping Baltimore personal injury lawyers understand the value of their client's case and because, if you are a victim, it may give you a better idea of the range of jury awards for the loss of a life and/or pain and suffering.
- Baltimore Personal Injury Verdicts and Settlements
- Baltimore Injury Claims | Questions & Answers
- Baltimore Bicycle Accidents
- Baltimore City Judges
- Baltimore Lead Paint Claims
- Baltimore Pedestrian Accidents
- Baltimore Taxi Accidents
- Damages in Maryland Accident and Medical Malpractice Cases
- Baltimore-Washington Medical Center
- Baltimore Medical Malpractice Cases