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Dorchester County (Cambridge)

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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). 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

As is typical of the smaller counties, in 2014 Dorchester County had only 11 automobile accident cases filed.  That is not a lot of cases.   Many plaintiff's lawyers complaint that this venue is less "plaintiff-friendly" than other counties. However, this jurisdiction has had some good jury verdicts where the damages warranted it.  In one 2011 case (admittedly, a breach of contract case), the plaintiff received a jury verdict of $1,065,000.00. In March 2012, automobile accident case, a Dorchester jury ruled for the plaintiff for $655,858.00.

None of this is to suggest that Cambrige 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 is in charge of the District Court. Circuit Court trial dates stick in Dorchester County. Once the date is set, it is extraordinarily tough to get them changed, which is usually a factor that favors plaintiffs (we try 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.

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They quite literally worked as hard as if not harder than the doctors to save our lives. Terry Waldron
Ron helped me find a clear path that ended with my foot healing and a settlement that was much more than I hope for. Aaron Johnson
Hopefully I won't need it again but if I do, I have definitely found my lawyer for life and I would definitely recommend this office to anyone! Bridget Stevens
The last case I referred to them settled for $1.2 million. John Selinger
I am so grateful that I was lucky to pick Miller & Zois. Maggie Lauer
The entire team from the intake Samantha to the lawyer himself (Ron Miller) has been really approachable. Suzette Allen
The case settled and I got a lot more money than I expected. Ron even fought to reduce how much I owed in medical bills so I could get an even larger settlement. Nchedo Idahosa