Our lawyers have handled hundreds of herniated disc injury cases. If you are coming here looking for information on the value of herniated disc cases in Maryland, we have a good deal of information for you.
The average jury verdict in a disc injury case nationally over the last three years is around $360,000. The median jury verdict is closer to $80,000. What does this tell us? Well, there are a lot of very serious disc injury cases out there that really kick up the averages in these cases.
Below is a list of herniated disc verdicts and settlements in Maryland. Many of these are cases that we at Miller & Zois handled. Others are pulled from jury reports or are verdicts of friends and colleagues.
The theory is that you can match up your case with these to figure out a range of values for your claim. But keep in mind that it is hard for anyone to ascertain the value of individual cases without reading and understanding all of the nuances contained in your medical records and learning all of the details about your particular case.
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- 2018, Maryland: $200,000 Our client, a seat-belted driver, was driving on a clear and dry day on Maryland Route 695 in Baltimore County when he came upon traffic ahead of him and slowed his vehicle accordingly. The defendant rear-ended him. He underwent C5-C6 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion for decompression and stabilization of his spinal cord nerve roots. The insurance companies argued that the injuries were pre-existing and degenerative but ultimately paid the full amounts of the underlying and uninsured motorist policies. Miller & Zois handled this case.
- 2016, Maryland: $164,000 Verdict Plaintiff was a 51-year old bartender. She was rear-ended at a low speed by Defendant on Indian Head Highway in Fort Washington. 2 days after the accident Plaintiff went to the hospital complaining of back pain. An MRI later revealed a lumbar disc herniation for which she underwent physical therapy. A year later she complained her back pain had come back and she was treated with epidural steroid injections. A jury in Prince George’s County awarded $164,000 in damages.
- 2014, Maryland: $315,000 Settlement Our client was in a limousine going back to BWI Airport when the driver swerved to avoid debris and crashed the car. Plaintiff was taken to Harbor Hospital's emergency room. He suffered nerve damage in his neck at C-8 and had aggravation of a preexisting bulging disc in his back. He also suffered ankle and shoulder injuries. Defendant sought to settle the case pretrial at mediation and offered $25,000. We filed suit. The case settled before trial at a second mediation for $315,000. Miller & Zois handled this case.
- 2014, Maryland: $64,040 Verdict A 24-year-old woman was riding in her friend's vehicle on Pulaski Highway in Cecil County when the Defendant pulled out from a side street and struck her side of the car. She was diagnosed with a lumbar disc herniation and assigned 20% impairment by her treating doctor. She had physical therapy and pain management, as well as three epidural injections. She settled with the tortfeasor for liability policy limits of $50,000 and then sued State Farm for underinsured motorist benefits for past and future medical expenses. State Farm disputed the extent of the Plaintiff’s claims for future medicals. A Cecil County jury awarded her $64,040. The amount was subject to a $50,000 set off of the prior tortfeasor settlement consistent with Maryland uninsured motorist law.
- 2014, Maryland: $290,000 Settlement Our client, a very sweet 40-year-old woman, suffers a lumbar disc injury after a rear-end collision. Her MRI showed limited injury but her pain was hardly limited. GEICO offers $70,000 so we file suit. The case settles for $290,000 just before trial. Miller & Zois handled this case.
- 2013, Maryland: $216,859.00 Verdict Defendant driver knocks our client's small car into the center jersey wall. She suffers a variety of injuries, including two disc herniations in her back. An MRI also shows degenerative disc disease. She undergoes physical therapy and injections. She has $26,597 in medical bills. State Farm fights hard on the degenerated disc disease finding on the MRI, arguing at trial that her problems were preexisting. The jury did not buy it. You can read more about this Miller & Zois case here.
- 2013, Maryland: $20,599 Verdict A young woman stops her car at an intersection and is rear-ended by the defendant. She suffers a painful neck injury, which requires prescription medical treatment. Defendant admits liability but disputes the causation of the plaintiff’s injuries, claiming the neck injury occurred from a pre-existing condition. A Queen Anne’s County jury gave the young woman a $20,599 award.
- 2013, Maryland: $11,900 Verdict A man suffers a cervical disc herniation when he is rear-ended at a red traffic light. He is unable to work for over eight months, and future surgery remains a possibility. Plaintiff seeks pain and suffering damages, as well as lost wages. A Howard County court awards him $11,900.
- 2013, Maryland: $65,000 Verdict A man is struck at an intersection while driving on a rural road in Calvert County. The accident causes a cervical herniated disc and a rotator cuff tear. He is recommended for future surgery to correct both injuries. Defendant denies liability and states he saw no other vehicles. The Calvert County jury awards $65,000 for past and future medical treatment, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
- 2013, Maryland: $100,000 Verdict A plaintiff receives significant and permanent injuries when she is rear-ended in heavy traffic. Defendant alleges that the victim’s injuries did not require the treatment and that she should have recovered quickly. A U.S. District Court jury disagrees, and the plaintiff receives a $100,000 verdict.
- 2012, Maryland: $89,483.87 Verdict Our client is rear-ended by a commercial vehicle on the Washington Beltway, suffering a cervical disc injury that led to a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery at C3-4, C4-5, and C5-6. Miller & Zois handled this case.
- 2012, Maryland: $61,615 Verdict Plaintiff with previous back problems is rear-ended. He claims aggravation of a preexisting injury that requires pain management and a potential future fusion. Learn more about this case.
- 2012, Maryland: $1,800,000 Verdict Plaintiff, a nurse, slips and falls on a watery substance and suffers multiple lumbar disc herniations after the defendant’s employees negligently leave a recently cleaned elevator unattended. Because of the injury, the plaintiff undergoes several surgeries, develops a painful walking impediment, and is unable to return to work. Even though there are no witnesses to the fall, the urging of the security guard to report the negligence to the defendant’s supervisor lends credence to the plaintiff’s claims. After only four hours of deliberation, a Howard County jury awards the plaintiff $1,800,000.
- 2012, Maryland: $6,000 Verdict Not all herniated disc cases led to large verdicts. Preexisting injuries and conservative juries on the Eastern Shore of Maryland can create real challenges. Both of these factors were at play in this case. Plaintiff is driving on Route 13 when the defendant makes a left turn in front of the victims' vehicle. The crash, happening at nearly 50 mph, leaves plaintiff with neck and back disc injuries. Defendant claims, successfully as it turned out, that the plaintiff had a pre-existing condition that was the real cause of the majority of her injuries.
- 2012, Maryland: $257,002 Verdict Plaintiff is struck head-on in a car collision by an underinsured defendant. The hospitalized plaintiff is told that she has a lumbar disc herniation, a fractured sternum and ribs, soft tissue neck and back damage, as well as a traumatic brain injury with ongoing cognitive limitations. Defendant quickly admits his liability and tries to pay the $100,000 policy limit. State Farm, the underinsured driver’s insurance carrier, denies the brain injury and basically argues the other injuries were not all that bad.
- 2012, Maryland: $106,500 Verdict A husband is driving with his wife and little brother on the University of Maryland campus when he is struck by defendant driver in a traffic circle. The wife suffers a lumbar disc fracture and undergoes physical therapy, orthopedic treatment, and epidural pain injections. The husband, who already possesses a lumbar disc fracture, has the condition worsened and receives soft tissue lumbar damage. The defendant claims the plaintiff was speeding, but a Prince George’s County jury awards a $106,500 verdict.
- 2012, Maryland: $51,550 Verdict A plaintiff is driving when suddenly the defendant ignores a stop sign and attempts a left turn into his lane. The plaintiff swerves to avoid the defendant and collides with an oncoming car in the next lane. The victim suffers multiple herniated discs and upper limb pain with radicular symptoms. The defendant denies liability, but an Anne Arundel County jury awards the victim $51,550.
- 2012, Maryland: $106,225 Verdict A defendant negligently backs out of a private driveway and strikes the plaintiff. The crash is severe, and the plaintiff suffers a disc herniation, posttraumatic headaches, cervical, thoracic and lumbar strains, a sprained wrist, and contusions and lacerations to her head. Defendant denies liability, but an Ellicott City jury awarded $106,225.
- 2012, Maryland: $750,000 Verdict An engineer is working at the defendant’s rail yard when he slips and falls on an uneven surface that was obscured by snow. The plaintiff claims that the negligent defendants failed to provide a safe working environment and were liable for the injury. The Baltimore City jury decides that the defendant was 75% negligent, and awards a $750,000 verdict.
- 2012, Maryland: $86,256 Verdict A motorist is blind-sided by a left turning defendant and rolls his car several times. The plaintiff’s car lands sideways on the driver’s side. The crash leaves the plaintiff with a cervical disc herniation and lumbar disc protrusions that caused permanent spinal impairment. Additionally the plaintiff suffers a left shoulder strain, wrist sprain, and contusions to the head, chest, and knee. Defendant driver alleges no liability, but the Montgomery County jury awards $86,256.
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