Frederick County is located in the western part of Maryland. Historically, this has been a rural community that has always been considered a conservative venue for trying personal injury cases which is a nice way of saying jurors are stingy.Frederick Juries Continue to Evolve in a Good Way for Plaintiffs
But as Frederick become more cosmopolitan, their jury verdicts in personal injury cases have begun to increase to keep up with the rest of Maryland. As you will see below, our firm's results in Frederick have been historically very good.
In recent years, this county has become more of a Washington, D.C. suburb, serving as a bedroom community for many government workers and military personnel. This has meant a recent increase in diversity in the county. This may also account for what appears to be a higher average education level of the jury pool than in the past.
This is a community that is somewhere in between its rural roots and suburban future. Frederick County juries have a reputation for being conservative. However, the ongoing demographic changes make this an improving venue for trying plaintiff’s personal injury cases.
The Frederick County Circuit Court is growing along with the county, completing in 2016 a large courthouse renovation of the magistrate hearing room.The Courthouse
Frederick County has four Circuit Court Judges, Hon. G. Edward Dwyer, Hon. John H. Tisdale, Hon. Julie Stevenson Solt, and Hon. Theresa M. Adams. The District Court of Maryland for Frederick County has three judges: Hon. Janice S. Rodnick Ambrose, Hon. Oliver John Cejka, Jr. and Hon. W. Milnor Roberts. This is a good bench with a good reputation.
- Sample scheduling order in Frederick County
- You can get a pretty quick trial date, relatively speaking in Frederick County Circuit Court. Here is a sample Scheduling Order.
Below are some recent jury verdicts in Frederick. We have collected these from a number of sources, including our cases and our colleague's cases. But these verdicts we have gotten in Frederick (and our other verdicts around the state) or other lawyers have obtained should not be considered a representative sampling of all jury verdicts in Frederick because the methodology of collecting these verdicts was not intended to be scientific and cannot be used to figure out the average value of claims in Frederick. Still, we think these verdicts - when used properly and taken with a grain of salt - are useful to both victims and lawyers with claims pending in Frederick to determine the value of the claim:
- 2015: $116,545 Verdict. Plaintiff is driving his vehicle north on the same roadway that defendant is driving his vehicle south on. Defendant attempts a left hand turn in front of the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing a collision. The plaintiff injures his head, neck, back, arm, and wrist in the crash. He files a claim against the defendant alleging negligence in the failure to maintain a proper lookout and the failure to yield the right of way. The defendant admitted liability but disputed the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. A jury awarded the plaintiff $116,545.
- 2015: $50,000 Verdict. A 38-year-old woman slows down with traffic when defendant rear-ends her vehicle. The woman suffers a right sacroiliac sprain and chronic post-traumatic lumbar facet syndrome. She files this claim against the defendant and the defendant disputes the connection between the woman’s injuries and the accident. A jury finds that the defendant was negligent and caused the woman’s injuries, and they award the plaintiff $50,000 for non-economic damages.
- 2015: $44,073 Verdict. A man is driving his vehicle when defendant’s vehicle collides with his when defendant attempts a left turn. The man suffers permanent injuries including a disc bulge requiring spinal surgery, a right shoulder labral tear requiring surgery, and carpal tunnel syndrome. The plaintiff files this claim alleging the defendant failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to yield the right of way. The defendant disputes the man’s allegations, but a jury finds for the plaintiff and awards him $44,073.
- 2015: $20,384 Verdict. Plaintiff is involved in an automobile collision caused by defendant. The plaintiff suffers back strains and lumbosacral facet syndrome as a result. She files a lawsuit alleging that the defendant was negligent for failing to pay proper attention to the road, and the defendant denied liability. A jury awarded the woman $20,384 for medical expenses and lost wages.
- 2013: $820,000 Settlement. Plaintiff is struck by truck that crosses over the median into oncoming traffic. Plaintiff is airlifted to Shock Trauma in Baltimore. He breaks both his arm and his hip. Miller & Zois handled this case.
- 2013: $291,000 Verdict. Plaintiff was rear-ended driving home from work and suffered an annular tear in her back. State Farm offered $8,200. [Miller & Zois handled this case. You can read more about this case here.]
- 2013: $1.3 Million Verdict. Wrongful death medical malpractice case involving the death of a 77-year-old woman who died of complications from surgery after she fell and injured her back. Plaintiffs' lawsuit claimed victim should have been immobilized after her injuries and that her doctors failed to properly communicate about her condition. The verdict was reduced to $719,000 by Maryland's cap on non-economic damages.
- 2012: $61,615 Maryland Verdict. Plaintiff, an electrician/construction worker in his early 40s, is rear-ended. Both vehicles sustain minor property damage. Plaintiff has a history of three or four prior auto accidents, as well as two work-related incidents, all with similar injuries. Plaintiff alleges a pre-existing lumbar condition was severely aggravated by the impact, requiring extensive pain management and narcotics. Plaintiff’s physicians also opined that future fusion surgery is likely. Defendants dispute the extent of the injuries, contending the accident was minor and could not cause any significant aggravation of Plaintiff’s back condition. A jury disagrees and awards $36,015 in past medicals, $4,000 in future medicals, $9,600 in past lost wages, and $12,000 in non-economic damages.
- 2011: $1.2 Million Verdict. Loss of chance medical malpractice case that led to the tragic death of a 25-year-old kindergarten teacher who died from lung cancer. Wrongful death lawsuit claimed that the doctors failed to diagnose the cancer while it was still 90% curable.
- 2011: $2.25 Million Settlement. This malpractice case involved complications from a bowel leak. Plaintiff's lawsuit claimed that his doctors did not respond to the symptoms of the leak that exacerbated his injuries.
Our Maryland personal injury attorneys handle accident and malpractice cases in Frederick County. If you have been injured, call to speak to one of our malpractice or accident attorneys at 800-553-8082 or select here for a free Internet consultation.More in Frederick
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- Sample Frederick Police Accident Report