COVID-19 Notice: We are providing FREE consultations by phone or video for your safety & convenience. Learn More »
Super Lawyers
Justia Lawyer Rating for Ronald V. Miller Jr.
Best Law Firms
Avvo Rating - 10
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Litigator Awards

Maryland Nursing Home Lawsuit Settlement Value

Average Nursing Home Settlements and Verdicts in Marylandnursinghomeerrors

Nursing home cases are often the most egregious medical malpractice cases our lawyers see. Car accident and medical malpractice cases are typically about the negligence of otherwise well-meaning people who made a stupid mistake with awful consequences.

The facts of serious injury and wrongful death nursing home cases are often darker or even sinister: serious injury or death because vulnerable people are treated with indifference...or worse.

Jury verdicts reflect this. Nursing home lawsuits often end with huge verdicts. Juries cannot award punitive damage in Maryland in the vast majority of nursing home cases. Why? Because "actual malice" is required for punitive damage in Maryland - what we usually have in nursing home cases is a cold indifference. But juries are human. Rightfully, they get mad. This leads to higher compensation awards. 

Are There Limits on How Much a Victim or Their Family Can Recovery?

You can learn more about how insurance companies go about valuing malpractice and nursing home cases here.

The average settlement value of a nursing home case is less than your average medical malpractice case with the same injuries. Why? The reality is that there is a damages cap on noneconomic losses (pain and suffering for the victim or the victim's family) in nursing home cases so that for injuries occurring after January 1, 2019, is between $815,000 and 1,018,750 (depending on how many wrongful death beneficiaries there are).  

So you may read about a $5 million nursing home verdict by a Maryland jury, but it is very unlikely the victims are actually collecting all of that money because pain and suffering damages are reduced by the cap.

Unlike many viable medical malpractice claims, nursing home lawsuits usually lack economic damages because nursing home residents are rarely earning significant income.

So the most you can recover in most Maryland nursing home lawsuits is the noneconomic damages cap plus any medical bills that were causally related to the treatment of the injuries. Often, nursing home patients did not get much medical treatment because proper medical treatment would have averted their deaths.

In 2020, with the COVID-19 pandemic, there are going to be whistleblower lawsuits against nursing homes for Medicare fraud and other False Claims Act cases that are brought either by lawyers like us or by federal government attorneys.  

Maryland Nursing Home Settlements and Lawsuits

The median nursing home verdict nationally is $329,000. Plaintiffs win 63% of nursing home suits.

We have not seen any data on nursing home negligence cases in Maryland. Jury Verdict Research did a study that found that nursing home plaintiffs get a median award of $329,000. Nursing homes are not racing to the courthouse steps to try these cases: plaintiffs win at trial a stunning 63 percent of nursing home personal injury trials.

Because most nursing home cases are strong cases, most cases in Maryland filed by an experienced, competent lawyer are settled before trial. Of course, these statistics are of little help in evaluating your potential nursing home cases because each case is so very different.

Getting an Advocate to Fight for You

If someone you love has been hurt or killed in a nursing home, injuries of unknown origin, bed sores, a broken hip, or frequent falls, and you are suspicions of elder abuse or nursing home negligence, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed on their behalf.

If you believe that you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury as the result of nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, call our nursing home attorneys at 800-553-8082 for a free Internet consultation to discuss a potential lawsuit. There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.

Common Nursing Home Defendants in Maryland
One Big Problem in Nursing HomesNursing Home Lawsuits in Maryland: Samples and Explanation of Maryland Law
Client Reviews
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