Harford County is located at the northernmost part of the state. It is geographically situated between Cecil County (to the east) and Baltimore County (to the west). Harford County's northern border is the Mason-Dixon Line. No doubt, it is a traditionally rural county that still has a deep connection to its agricultural past. It is also home to many military families, because Aberdeen Proving Ground is located here.Demographics
The demographics are important because they can give an idea of what an average jury looks like in Harford County. It has a population of 244, 826. According to the 2010 census, the population is comprised of 81.2% white, 12.7% black, and 3.5% Hispanic or Latino. 24% of the population is under age 18, and 12.8% of the population is 65 or older. 91% of people over age 25 are high school graduates, and 30.5% have a bachelor's degree or higher. The median household income is $77,010. The major cities in order of population, are Aberdeen (14,959), Havre de Grace (12,952), and Bel Air (10,120). Bel Air is the county seat. It is home to the Aberdeen IronBirds, a minor league baseball team founded by Cal Ripken, Jr. The largest civilian employer is the Aberdeen Proving Ground.Hospitals and Health Care Facilities
There are a two hospitals in Harford County.
- Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (Bel Air) (the second-largest private employer in the county): you can read about malpractice claims against this hospital here.
- Harford Memorial Hospital (Havre de Grace) (part of Upper Chesapeake Health)
Medical malpractice cases involving these hospitals are sometimes tried before these juries, though plaintiff's lawyers sometimes try to move the cases elsewhere because of a reputation for conservative juries. In 2010, there was a $3.5 million medical malpractice verdict against Upper Chesapeake in a vascular surgery that lead to spinal cord infarct resulting in paraplegia.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in this jurisdictions. Contact us with any questions you have, or for an analysis of the value of your case.Circuit Court Judges
The Circuit Court is located at 20 West Courtland Street in Bel Air, Maryland. There are five judges:
- William O. Carr (administrative judge)
- M. Elizabeth Bowen
- Angela M. Eaves
- Emory A. Plitt, Jr.
- Stephen M. Waldron
The District Court is located at 2 South Bond Street in Bel Air, Maryland. There are four judges:More on Harford County Injury Claims and Settlements
If you had a serious auto accident or medical malpractice injury, call us at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.Other Nearby JurisdictionsRelated Harford County Claims Information
- Sample pretrial scheduling order: how fast will a case proceed in Hartford County?
- Sample medical records subpoena for Upper Chesapeake Emergency Physicians
- Follow Harford County traffic on Twitter
Still, this jurisdiction has a reputation for extremely conservative jury verdicts. This is a jurisdiction that most plaintiffs' personal injury lawyers are reluctant to file suit in if an alternate venue is available. I think this is changing this area is becoming more cosmopolitan (particularly Bel Air) and we are seeing better jury verdicts there. More so than in the past, juries in many cases seem to appreciate the full extent of injuries in cases where liability is proven.
There are so few reported from Bel Air. Here are a few more sample settlements and verdicts in this jurisdiction in different types of tort cases. Obviously, these verdicts are not representative cases and you cannot use these cases alone to ascertain the value of your claim.