Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Legal Assistance when Medical Professionals Leave Sponge in Body or Fail to Remove Surgical ToolsSponge left in Patient

Medical malpractice can occur when health care providers violate standards of care when providing treatment and when that violation leads an injury or injuries. Medical malpractice can be especially dangerous during complicated medical procedures such as surgery. That’s why you need a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer on your side.

Instrument or Sponge Left in Body after Surgery

One well-known and potentially serious and even fatal instance of surgical malpractice is the failure to remove a sponge or other surgical instrument during surgery. The failure to remove surgical instruments can lead to years of discomfort, the need for otherwise unnecessary surgery, further injuries and even death.

If you have questions regarding your legal rights following a surgical error, contact Maryland medical malpractice lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith. Attorney Smith has over 30 years of experience fighting for injured clients. His track record in handling medical malpractice cases includes numerous six-figure recoveries. For more information, contact our firm by calling 410-740-0101.

What You Need to Know about Maryland’s Medical Negligence and Surgical Error Laws

Medical issues resulting from the failure to remove surgical instruments can manifest quickly or can take years. Statutes of limitation, which limit the time for filing a medical malpractice claim, can expire. It is therefore important to obtain legal assistance as quickly as possible once you suspect medical malpractice has occurred.

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Mr. Smith is a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer who uses over 30 years of successful experience in handling personal injury claims when investigating your case, working to prove negligence, demonstrating injuries and pursuing compensation. As one recent client stated, attorney Smith “thoroughly prepared and presented [our] case… and achieved a fair settlement”. Call 410-740-0101 to or contact us online regarding medical malpractice in Maryland.

What Is Hospital and Medical Facility Negligence?

Maryland Hospital Negligence and Howard County Medical Facility Neglect

Hospitals are not human; however, they can still be liable for the negligence of theirHospital Negligence employees. There are many different causes of hospital negligence or hospital malpractice, for which hospitals and medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical malpractice insurance. While no amount of money can fully compensate you for any loss or serious injury, obtaining the compensation you deserve can help you and your family offset the high medical expenses and other expenses associated with your loss or injury.

Most hospital employees and medical staff have above average education and are excellent caregivers. However, as human beings, like you and I, they do make mistakes. If their mistakes cause injury or exacerbate an existing injury, you may be entitled to fair and just compensation.

Everyone knows doctors can commit medical malpractice; however, they are not the only ones who can negligently injury you or cause the death of a loved one.

Common Hospital Employee Negligence

  1. Doctors, surgeons and other physicians – Medical doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists, and other physicians can cause injury or death through their negligence, including the failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition, failure to timely treat a serious medical condition, operating on the wrong body part or botching a surgery, and mistakes during child birth are just a few examples of doctors and surgeons committing medical malpractice that can have dire consequences.
  2. Surgical assistants and nurses – Nurses and surgical assistants can also be negligent in administering your care, dispensing medication and in monitoring your medical condition. Negligence in any of these areas could cause injury, worsen an existing injury, or cause death.
  3. Orderlies and nurse’s assistants – Orderlies and nursing assistants can also cause injury or death through their negligence, including mistakes when moving or transporting you to another room or facility, failing to properly feed you (including giving you food to which you are allergic), and failing to properly change your clothes or linens, all of which can lead to sores or infections.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a hospital staff or doctor’s negligence, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney and medical malpractice lawyer to ensure you, and your family, receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your serious injuries caused by medical malpractice or hospital negligence. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including hospital negligence.

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City Medical Malpractice Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Doctors Are Only Human: A Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Can Lead to Serious Injury or Death

Maryland Cancer Misdiagnosis and Howard County Failure to Diagnose Brain Damage

Doctors are great. They deserve even more credit than we give them for doing such a fantastic job day in and day out. However, doctors, like you and I, are only human, and as humans, they sometimes make mistakes. Unfortunately, when a doctor makes a misdiagnosis or fails to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, there can be grave consequences.

Because people are at the mercy of these medical professionals, hospitals and other medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical insurance, sometimes referred to as “medical malpractice insurance” or “medical negligence insurance” to cover medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose by doctors, surgeons, nurses or medical assistants. This insurance helps offset some of the costs associated with injury caused by a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition.

Common Types of Misdiagnosis or Failure to Properly Diagnose a Serious Medical Condition

  1. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of cancer – cancer is one of the leading causes of death in this country, and often times, many types of cancer can be successfully treated if they are caught in time. A misdiagnosis of cancer or failure to diagnose cancer can lead to serious injury or death. Common types of cancer include: melanoma (skin cancer), breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer and other types of cancer.
  2. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a heart condition – the failure to properly diagnose a serious heart condition or a misdiagnosis of a heart condition can be fatal. Common types of heart conditions include: heart attacks, blood clots, hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) or a stroke.
  3. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a brain injury or head injury – brain injuries and head injuries are serious and can lead to death if not properly or timely treated. Common types of head injury or brain injury include traumatic brain injury (TBI), closed head injury and aneurisms.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you, and your family, receive the maximum compensation for the injuries sustained.

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your serious injuries caused by a misdiagnosis or a failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis injuries.

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City Medical Malpractice Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Driver Convicted of Wrongful Death in Fatal Car Accident

Accident in Car Results in Two Deaths

On November 10, 2010, a car accident occurred on Route 175 in Columbia, Howard County. A Saturn Ion that was traveling westbound on Route 175 was speeding in excess of the 55 m.p.h. speed limit on a spare tire. It crossed the median and then entered the eastbound lanes, crashing into a minivan, killing the driver. A passenger was thrown from the Saturn and also died. On April 11, 2012, the Saturn’s driver, Joseph G. Lawrence, entered an Alford guilty plea to negligent manslaughter, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Fatal Car Accidents Claim Many Lives

In 2009, 33,808 people died in fatal car accidents in the United States, according to U. S. Census statistics. A car accident that results in deaths of loved ones leaves tragic and devastating consequences on surviving family members.

Compensating Victims of Wrongful Death in a Car Crash

No amount of money can replace a loved one killed by a driver’s carelessness. Wrongful death can result in not only the loss of a loving relationship, but also medical expenses, funeral expenses, and lost income. Maryland law permits legal claims by the deceased’s estate, as well as wrongful death claims by surviving spouses, parents, and children.

Howard County Car Accident and Wrongful Death Attorney

Jonathan Scott Smith is a top-rated trial lawyer, with over 30 years of courtroom experience. He has successfully handled many car accidents, fatal car accidents, wrongful death, and other injury cases. He fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him. Mr. Smith is considered to be one of the best lawyers in Howard County.

Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries and wrongful death.

Successful Claim for Pedestrian Killed in Car Wreck Caused by Drunk Driver

Deaths Caused by Drunk Drivers in Car Wrecks

 

Too many innocent people are injured or killed by drunk drivers in Maryland and the United States every year. Tragically, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that over 13,000 people were killed annually in the United States by alcohol-impaired drivers. DUI drivers should be punished for causing fatal auto accidents, and make restitution to their victims. Mothers Against Drunk Driving was established to stop drunk driving and to support its victims.

Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Driver

On October 1, 2010, Scott T. Berenbach left a wedding reception where he had been drinking alcohol and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He struck and killed Adam J. O’Connor, a pedestrian who was attempting to cross Ft. Smallwood Road in Anne Arundel County. Investigating police officers made Berenbach submit to an alcohol test, which revealed his blood alcohol level to be .07 – equivalent to driving while impaired by alcohol in Maryland. He later plead guilty to a drunk driving offense and was sentenced to jail.

Death Claim Settled Against Drunk Driver

The drunk driver’s victim, Mr. O’Connor, left behind a mother and 15-year old daughter to grieve over the loss of their son and father. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith, an experienced personal injury lawyer, represented the victims and successfully resolved their claims with the insurance company. The insurer agreed to pay the full policy limits. The money was used to pay for Mr. O’Connor’s funeral expenses and to create a fund to pay for his daughter’s future college education.

Drunk Driving Victim Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims of drinking and driving accidents in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto wrecks truck wrecks drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks
on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries.

Howard County Car Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Baltimore Insurance Claims Adjusters and Other Car Insurance Representatives Are NOT Looking Out for Your Best Interest

Why Maryland Car Insurance Companies Are Not on Your Side after a B-W Parkway or Other Auto Accident
(Even if it is your own insurance company!)

Car Insurance CompaniesMost people feel that because they pay their insurance company premiums, the insurance company is on their side. Many claims adjusters would have you believe the same thing, claiming they are trying to get you the most money in your pocket and telling you that you do not need a lawyer.

The fact is that insurance companies, and their representatives, are not on your side and do not even consider your interests. They are accountable to shareholders, who are only interested in profit. Profit is created by collecting as much as possible in car insurance premiums and paying out as little as possible in car accident claims.

Studies have shown, and it has been our experience as well, that the vast majority of people who hire an auto accident attorney net more money than they would have if they had accepted the initial settlement offer by the insurance company. Why else would an insurance company try to convince an injured party to settle without having a lawyer? Many people are not savvy enough to retain a personal injury attorney after a Baltimore car accident, which can be a catastrophic mistake. First, chances are you will not receive the compensation you deserve for your Maryland auto accident. Second, and equally important, without representation, you may prematurely sign a waiver, and not receive compensation if an injury sustained in a car accident manifests itself at a later time, which is not an uncommon event.

Insurance companies take advantage of your situation and your ignorance of Maryland personal injury laws. The insurance companies do not take any action before consulting their lawyers, why should you?

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries.

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

Ellicott City Car Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Howard County Police Officer Injured by Alleged Drunk Driver

Drunk Drivers Cause Injuries and Deaths in Maryland

Drunk drivers are responsible for causing untold tragedies in Maryland every year. Unfortunately, drunken driving accidents are responsible for injuries to other drivers and passengers. Tragically, sometimes people have been killed by DUI drivers in fatal auto accidents. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics reveal that over 13,000 people were killed annually in the United States by alcohol-impaired drivers.

Recently, a Howard County police officer who was conducting a traffic stop was struck by an alleged drunk driver. The officer was hit while investigating a traffic violation at Route 40 and Route 29. An alleged drunk driver struck the rear of the police car, pushing it into another car, which then struck and injured the police officer, according to the Baltimore Sun. Drinking & driving often results in car wrecks that cause personal injuries to innocent people.

If you or a loved one was the victim of a drunk driver in a car accident or auto wreck fatality in the Baltimore, Maryland area, including the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), the B-W Parkway or one of the interstate highways (such as I-95, I-70), or major local roads such as Route 29 and Route 40, you need an experienced Maryland personal injury attorney to ensure you and your family receive the advice, representation and counsel to obtain restitution from the drunk driver.

Drunk Driving Victim Attorney

Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents victims of drinking and driving accidents in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving bodily injuries in auto wrecks, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your car accident injuries.

Howard County Car Wreck Attorney

Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Evaluating Maryland Car Accident Claims

If you have been injured in a car accident in Maryland, you probably want to know the value of your personal injury claim. Quite simply, you want to know, “what is it worth?” Set forth below are the factors commonly considered in arriving at the fair value of bodily injury claims in Maryland automobile accident cases.

If an injury case goes to trial, Maryland law requires that the judge or jury itemize their verdict and allocate the award to economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses commonly include past (and future) medical expenses and lost income. Non-economic losses include the injuries, physical pain, mental suffering, effects on the injured person,
scarring or disfigurement, and any permanency.

1. Fault.

Whether another person is at fault, and to what extent, is the first and most important factor. In most car accidents it is obvious and undisputed which driver is at fault,
whether from rear end collisions, failing to stop at stop signs, going through
red traffic lights, or failing to yield the right of way.

In some cases, insurance companies will look for any way to avoid or minimize their insured driver’s responsibility. Maryland is one of the only states left that recognize
the affirmative defense of “contributory negligence,” which is where the injured
person failed to exercise reasonable care for their own safety, and caused or
contributed to the cause of their injuries. Contributory negligence completely
bars an injured party from recovery, even when the other party is at fault.

A common situation involves multiple vehicle, or “chain” collisions. For example, assume three cars are involved in a rear end collision. If the first driver in line states
that they felt two impacts, the insurance company for the third car may argue
that the second car rear ended the first car, and then the third car rear ended
the second. The insurance company may argue that the property damage to the
front of the second car was not caused by their insured. In addition, the
insurer may refuse any payment on the injury claim by claiming that the driver
of second car was contributorily negligent, or only accept responsibility for
one-half of the injury claim.

An experienced Maryland car accident attorney can evaluate your claim, and fight
aggressively for you.

2. Nature and Extent of Impact.

The nature and extent of the impact, and the resulting property damage, can carry a lot of weight in determining whether an insurance company will offer a settlement and, if so,
the amount. Special attention must be paid to those accidents resulting in
minimal damage. An insurance company will reason that if the damage to the
vehicle is minor, then it is unlikely that a driver or passenger sustained any injury
or anything more than a minor injury. Insurance companies litigate thousands of
cases and know from experience that judges and juries frequently award nothing
or perhaps only out of pocket expenses only, in these cases

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A rough rule of thumb is that if the damage is difficult to see, or appears minor, in a photograph, or the repair estimate or bill is less than $1,000.00, it will be difficult or
impossible to obtain any personal injury settlement voluntarily from a car
insurance company.

On the other hand, if the damage in a photograph appears extensive, or if the vehicle is declared a total loss, then this will cause greater value to be placed on the claim and
usually result in a higher settlement.

3. Initial Injury and Treatment.

The nature and extent of the injuries is an important factor in evaluating a car accident claim. Many accidents cause neck and back strains, or bruises from seat belts and air bags
that deployed. These “soft tissue” injuries will not be valued as much as more serious injuries such as fractures, ruptured or herniated disks, facial fractures, serious lacerations resulting in scarring and disfigurement.

Another important factor is whether the injured party was treated and/or transported by an ambulance to a hospital emergency room, or whether the first medical treatment
occurred within a couple of days after the accident, or much later. The longer a person waits to see a medical provider, the more likely questions will be raised whether they were in fact injured in the accident.

The best scenario is when the injured party is transported by ambulance to a hospital emergency room, and then receives prompt follow-up treatment by their primary care
physician or a specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon.

4. Follow-up Treatment.

In cases where the injured claimant is treated at the emergency room, followed by a couple of doctor visits, the claim will be evaluated as minor. Often, experienced car accident lawyers will not handle these cases because the time and expense to open a file, obtain police reports and medical records and bills, is not worth the eventual fee.

People who are treated at an emergency room, regularly see treating physicians, receive physical therapy, and undergo common diagnostic tests such as x-rays, MRI’s, and CT
scans will have their claims evaluated much higher. The most serious cases involve treatment for fractures, in patient surgeries, long term treatment and rehabilitation, and are evaluated higher. Car accidents involving fatalities are evaluated as the most serious and usually receive the highest awards. It is critical to have an experienced Maryland wrongful death lawyer to represent you.

Insurance companies also consider the identity of the treating physician. Does the health care provider treat a high volume of injured claimants? Do personal injury lawyers regularly refer clients to the provider? Was the injured party referred to the doctor or chiropractor by their attorney? Insurers also consider the nature and extent of the treatment. Physical therapy or chiropractic treatment lasting no more than two to three months is considered reasonable. Long term therapy, or therapy initiated or repeated many months after the accident is considered unnecessary or unreasonable and will be discounted or ignored in the evaluation of the claim. Under Maryland law, a negligent party is responsible only for the “reasonable and necessary” treatment of the injured person.

5. Effects on Claimant and Activities.

One of the most important elements of an injury claim is the physical pain, and emotional
suffering, that a person sustains as a result of the injuries and any treatment.

An important question is what effects the injuries have on the injured person. This runs the gamut from the inability to work, attend school, engage in the usual activities of daily living, recreational pursuits, social activities, family life, and marriage. The extent of the effects, and the duration, are evaluated. Often, little or no documentation will appear in medical records. An injured party can document this on a calendar, in a journal, or with documents prepared by third parties.

6. Economic Losses.

Economic losses include medical expenses and lost income. Medical expenses includes hospital treatment, doctor’s bills, physical therapy bills, the cost of medical appliances and
prescriptions, and diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, MRI’s, CT scans, nerve conduction studies, etc. A claim can be made not only for past medical expenses, but also for medical expenses that a medical doctor or other expert states are likely to be incurred within a

“reasonable degree of probability.” This is defined as being more likely so than not so (or at least 51%). The mere possibility that an injured person might have surgery, or incur other future medical treatment does not meet this test and is not provable legally.

Economic losses for lost income include lost income from time missed from work, even if the injured party used sick or disability leave and received their normal pay. This is so
because the law recognizes that their sick leave or other work benefit was reduced. Most people return to work. In serious injury cases, the resulting disability may reduce the injured person’s earning capacity. This is compensable and involves experts to prove. Often experienced personal injury attorneys will have the client evaluated by a vocational rehabilitation expert to assess the estimated income the injured person would have received if the injuries had not occurred, compared with the estimated income after the injury and disability. Next, an economist determines the respective income streams and
work life expectancy, and reduces the difference to present value.

7. Permanency.

Fortunately, the typical person injured in a Maryland car accident undergoes medical treatment and returns to their normal functional state after reaching their “maximum
medical improvement.”

In more serious cases, people injured in motor vehicle collisions are left with impairments after treating professionals have done all that is possible. The resulting permanent impairments are significant factors that should result in a much higher settlement. Life expectancy tables can be consulted to determine the estimated time remaining in the injured person’s life during which they will endure the permanent impairment, pain, and effects on activities.

8. “Horrible Factor.”

This refers to a variety of situations where a claim will be given more value than another case where the injuries, treatment, and economic and non­-economic losses are the same. For example, a case where the accident was caused by a drunk driver with a revoked license will have more value than where the negligent driver is a nun driving home from volunteer work at a soup kitchen.

9. The Parties.

Some parties are more presentable, or sympathetic, than others. Accidents caused by tractor trailers, young inexperienced drivers, drivers engaged in texting or cell phone calls,
will be more likely to be won by claimants. Claimants who make a good appearance are more likely to receive higher awards. Race also plays an important factor. An African American claimant in Baltimore City or Prince George’s County is likely to be more successful because jurors are predominantly of the same race.

10. Jurisdiction.

Some Maryland jurisdictions are known to be more likely to award higher verdicts than other more conservative ones where defendants are more likely to win, or where the
awards are lower. Baltimore City and Prince George’s County are known to be more
claimant friendly and juries more likely to award higher amounts. Suburban counties, counties in Western Maryland, and counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are more conservative.

11. Summary.

There is no book, table, or formula that can provide the value of a personal or bodily injury
claim in a Maryland car accident case. In the past, many insurance companies and adjusters used a rule of thumb where they would multiply the medical expenses by three, and then add the lost income, to arrive at a settlement amount. This type of formula has been abandoned years ago and cannot be relied upon. Every case is unique. An experienced Maryland car accident lawyer can evaluate the case using the factors above, and settlements in previous cases, to arrive at a fair value.

If you have been injured in a car accident or motor vehicle collision in Maryland, you need an car accident lawyer such as Jonathan Scott Smith of the Smith Personal Injury Firm to assist you. Call now 410-740-0101, or contact his office online.

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