Prince George's County is the only jurisdiction in Maryland where both Circuit Court and District Court are favorable venues for Maryland personal injury lawyers fighting on behalf of injured clients. Juries in this county have historically given awards in civil tort cases that are fair considering the Plaintiff's injuries.
These are the last two Miller & Zois jury verdicts in Prince George's County:
- October, 2013: $5.5 million (no settlement offer)
- November, 2013: $938,000 ($140,000 offer)
In the serious injury cases our law firm handles in Maryland, personal injury victims typically have the best chance of success in Baltimore City and Prince George's County. Opinions differ from attorney to attorney as to which of these venues is more favorable but there is some empirical data available that suggests that Prince George's County jurors give slightly higher compensation than Baltimore City jurors.Our Track Record In Prince George’s County
Miller & Zois' lawyers have had a track record of good results in many of the cases we have tried in this jurisdiction, including an $8 million jury verdict in a wrongful death case and the verdicts listed above. (Go here to see what some of our clients have said about our results in Prince George’s County cases.)
We are very comfortable asking P.G. County juries to fairly compensate our clients. Because of the jurisdiction (and perhaps because of the results we have achieved for our clients here) we find that insurance adjusters are more reasonable in these case both because of our track record and because of the history of fair outcomes in this county. As a result, our settlements tend to have higher values in P.G. than in other Maryland counties.Prince George’s County Demographics
Demographically, this region is quite ethnically diverse. For people self-identifying as belonging to a single race, 2010 census results show the following breakdown:
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.49%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific islander: 0.06%
Some other race: 8.51%
Two or more races: 3.17%
Obviously, using statistics like this can be this can be complicated, as many people who live in Prince George’s County self-identify as belonging to two or more races. For example, 14.94% of the population identified as Hispanic/Latino, which incorporates those who also identified as belonging to some other race. But for our purposes- namely looking at the demographic make-up of the potential jury pool, these numbers at least offer a reasonably reliable snapshot of the makeup of likely jurors in this jurisdiction. But we think the take home message is that diverse jurisdictions tend to be, for whatever reason, generally more fair to plaintiffs.
The 2011 American Community Survey data shows the highest levels of educational achievement for Prince George’s County residents over 25 years old:
Less than 9th grade: 7.5%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma: 7.4%
High School graduate/GED: 26.3%
Some colleges, no degree: 22.5%
Associate’s degree: 6.2%
Bachelor’s degree: 17.9%
Graduate or Professional degree: 12.2%
High school graduate or higher: 85.1%
Bachelor’s degree or higher: 30.1%
So what you have in this county is educational and cultural diversity. For us, the lesson from all of this is that P.G. County is ethnically, culturally, and educationally diverse. Juries that have diversity tend to be, in our opinion, for whatever reason, generally more fair when compensating victims then homogenous juries.The Path to Trial in Prince George's County
The Circuit Court for Prince George’s County does a good job getting civil injury cases to trial on the dates they are set. In almost every case, the trial takes place before the “try by” date set by the assignment office.
The Circuit Court does a good job in identifying cases that may benefit from Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as mediation. The court will assign cases to its Mediation Program, where it can be sent before one of several retired judges who will work hard to move the parties closer to settlement.
Currently, the court is running a pilot program where Pretrial Conferences are done by telephone conference with a judge. This makes the court more efficient by not requiring the attorneys and/or parties to appear in person for a scheduling conference that typically takes only a few minutes. Hopefully, this program will expand to the entire civil docket. Because it is hard to ask our clients to appear on court when they are clearly not needed.Getting a Personal Injury Lawyer for Your Prince George's County Claim
Our lawyers handle a substantial number tort cases in PG County, including Bowie, Laurel, Greenbelt, Adelphi, Beltsville, Calverton, College Park, Cheverly, Landover, Lanham, Largo, Clinton, New Carrollton, Fort Washington and Oxon Hill. We have recovered tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients in these cases.
If you have been injured, call to speak to one of our personal injury accident attorneys at 800-553-8082 or get free online consultation.More on Prince George's Court Circuit Court Trials
- Sample Prince George's County Scheduling Order
- Sample Prince George's County Pre-Trial Statement
- Bringing Malpractice Claims Against P.G. Hospital Center
- Get more PG County Verdicts and Settlements