If you have been injured in Charles County, you have a lot of questions. Usually the biggest question is how much money will I get in a settlement or verdict. We answer this question elsewhere more generally, but every Maryland county is different.
We talk here about Charles County and what you can expect bring a personal injury case in this jurisdiction.Background
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. The take home message from this: this county is changing quickly and the changes are good for personal injury victims.Is Charles County a Good Place for Injured Victims or Wrongful Death Claims?
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 2014. Today, Charles County is actually a very good place to take a wrongful death or injury case to trial.
Charles County is changing quickly. It is not the same county as it was when we began this firm twelve yeas ago. We have consistently seen the verdicts and, consequently, settlements, 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. Acknowledging the changing juries, we are seeing higher settlements like the $1 million settlement below in a car crash case in 2013.The Logistics of the Courthouse
The court, that sits in LaPlata, 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.Hiring a Lawyer for Your Accident or Malpractice Claim
Our accident lawyers handle a substantial and growing number of our personal injury cases auto accident and medical malpractice cases in Charles County. If you have been injured, call our lawyers at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.Other Jurisdictions
- Prince George's County
- Anne Arundel County
- Howard County
- Calvert County
- Wicomico County (Salisbury)
- Cecil County
- Montgomery County
- Baltimore City
Here are a few unrepresentative sample verdicts in Charles County. Why unrepresentative? Because we have not picked these verdicts at random. There are a lot of defense verdicts and other unfavorable plaintiffs' verdicts we looked past in compiling this list.
Verdicts and settlements are a great weapon in determining the value of similar claims. But they are just one weapon of many. The reality is that past results in a case that is seemingly similar is hardly a guarantee of a future outcome.