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 the 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 overgeneralization, 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.
The courthouses in Carroll County are in Westminster. The Circuit Court 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 Circuit Court at (410) 778-7460. The District Court's phone number is (410) 260-1235. The address for the Circuit Court is:
Hiring a Lawyer for a Serious Personal Injury Case in Carroll County
Carroll County Circuit Court
55 N. Court Street
Westminster, Maryland 21157-5155
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 this jurisdiction. 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.More on Carroll CountyA Look at the Counties Near and Surrounding Carroll County
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Take these verdicts with more than a few doses of salt. You cannot predict the value of one case by looking at another case. No two set of facts are exactly the same, even if they appear to be in the summary.
That said, you get an idea of how Carroll County juries view personal injury victims. If they are badly hurt, they will pay them what the case is worth. But these juries have little tolerance for soft tissue injury cases where they do not believe the victim was seriously hurt.
You also notice a reoccurring trend. State Farm is particularly wiling to try cases in Carroll County.