Our lawyers handle Dorchester County car accident and medical malpractice lawsuits.
This page is about what to expect if you have an accident or malpractice lawsuit in Cambridge and why we think our attorneys are the right lawyers for you have a serious injury or wrongful death case despite our lawyers are on other side of the Bay Bridge.
A Look at Cambridge as a Venue for Personal Injury CasesDemographics
Dorchester County, part of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, is located on the Chesapeake Bay. The population of the county is 32,618, with 38% of that from the city of Cambridge, the county seat.
The Dorchester County courthouse is located in Cambridge. Major towns in this county include East New Market, Hurlock, and Vienna. The population is predominantly white (67.6%) and black (27.7%).
Only 7% of the population is younger (18-24), with most probable members of the jury pool being between the ages of 45 to 64 (25.5% of the population). The median household income is about $34,000.
Dorchester General Hospital, located in Cambridge and now part of the University of Maryland Medical System, has 38 beds and provides emergency and surgical services to Dorchester, Caroline and Talbot counties.
Dorchester County Verdicts and Settlements
There are not many Dorchester County car accident lawyers. In 2019 Dorchester County had only 17 car accident lawsuits filed in Circuit Court. There were 28 total personal injury lawsuits filed in Dorchester County Circuit Court. That is less than two-and-a-half a month.
So our case to you would be if you are trying to find a Dorchester County car accident lawyer, you need to consider looking outside of Cambridge to find the best lawyer. Because our firm handles more serious accident and wrongful death cases than you will see in the entire county.
That is not a lot of car accident lawsuits or personal injury suit. Many plaintiff’s lawyers complain that this venue is less “plaintiff-friendly” than other counties. If we have an out-of-state plaintiff who was in a car accident in Dorchester County, our accident lawyers generally file those cases in federal court as opposed to Cambridge because a federal jury is likely to be more pro-victim than a Cambridge jury.
But this county has had some good jury verdicts where the damages warranted it. In one case (admittedly, a breach of contract case), the plaintiff received a jury verdict of $1,065,000.00. In an car accident case, a Dorchester jury ruled for the plaintiff for $655,858.00.
None of this is to suggest that Cambridge juries are not conservative with their verdicts. They are. But you will get a fair jury and if you have a serious injury case, you should be treated fairly in most cases.
Dorchester County Judges
There are only two judges in Dorchester County. The Circuit Court is run by administrative judge Brett W. Wilson, and John L. Norton, III (retired) is in charge of the District Court. Circuit Court trial dates stick in Dorchester County.
Once the trial date is set, it is extraordinarily tough to get it changed. This is usually a factor that favors plaintiffs. Our lawyers push to get to the trial; the insurance companies and defense lawyers want to stall the case).
Cambridge Trial Lawyers
If you have a serious automobile accident, medical malpractice or other personal injury case in Cambridge or elsewhere in Dorchester County, contact our personal injury lawyers at 800-553-8082 or click here for a free consultation.