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How Much Money Will I Receive From My Maryland Personal Injury Case?

Placing a value on a Maryland personal injury case is difficult. There are many factors to consider.

  • Who is Responsible? (How Did the Injury Occur?)


How the injury occurred is very important. As Maryland is one of a few remaining states that employ a body of law known as the contributory negligence doctrine, the strength of the liability case is critical in Maryland. Generally speaking, the Plaintiff or claimant must be a victim of another’s negligence. If the victim is held to be contributory negligent in causing their own injury, they will be barred from recovering in tort in Maryland. The clearer the liability case is, the easier it will be to prevail on a claim. This often has some impact on a cases value as a more difficult case may be perceived to have a lower value due to the higher probability that the claimant will be unsuccessful in proving their claim.

  • Damages

The value of cases will also vary greatly based on the amount of damages suffered by the victim. Typically, all else being equal, the greater the damages suffered, the greater the value of the case will be. Given the same liability posture, a victim who suffers from a fracture or broken bone due to another’s negligence is probably likely to recover more compensation than a person who sustains a muscle sprain under the same circumstances (also known as a “soft tissue” injury).

  • Exceptions

For every rule, there is an exception. Accordingly, it cannot be emphasized enough that two identical cases are a physical impossibility of the world. Each case is unique and has unique facts, involving different people in different circumstances. Therefore, it is usually IMPOSSIBLE to determine exactly what a case is worth, especially early on in the case. As the case develops over time, it will be possible for a lawyer to give a more realistic assessment to the client as to the perceived value of the claim based on its strength and weaknesses. That being said, your lawyer may be able to analyze comparable verdicts in your jurisdiction with similar fact patterns to give you an idea of the possible outcomes.

  • Too Many Variables

The law allows for compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, scarring, disfigurement, emotional distress, medical bills, loss of future earnings and other damages. Each person will have unique damages to calculate and often these damages will be “non-economic,” and thus difficult to put a number on. Lawyers typically look to jury verdict histories in the counties where the injury occurred to get an idea of what a typical jury will do with a similar claim, however as each case is unique, these verdicts are not outcome determinative or ultimately predictive. A lawyer who has experience settling personal injury matters AND taking them to trial to obtain a verdict, will be able to give you an assessment as to a case’s ultimate value. The variance among these factors has to be considered. For example, some cases will have strong liability but weak damages. Other cases will have high damages but weak liability. The cases with both extensive damages and egregious negligence with blameless victims will likely have the highest value.

Read Some of Our Recent Client Reviews!

UniversalSniping
UniversalSniping
02:32 04 Aug 18
The lawyer who was initially handling my case parted ways with the company and I was assigned a new lawyer. This new lawyer was amazing! Christina Franetovich made me feel secure by double checking all the facts and notes in my case so that I was not worried during this transition. I was on disability from an a different accident while she was finalizing my case, and I had called and hounded her about the time frame of my settlement very frequently to the point that I felt guilty for calling so much. Christina was very sympathetic to my situation and assured me that she would do everything in her power to make sure the situation would be resolved quickly. She actually finalized my case before the time frame she had given me, was always very courteous and knowledgable on the phone, and I feel extremely lucky that she ended up handling my case because the previous lawyer was not as amazing with customer service as Christina. She also has a way of making you feel comfortable and builds incredible rapport quickly. I am going to highly recommend her to my friends and family. Thank you Christina!!!
Andrea Barajas
Andrea Barajas
15:13 16 May 18
My husband and I were in a car accident in August 2017. We contacted Bob Katz team for legal representation in our case. Kristen A. Turner was our paralegal and she was excellent. It took 9 months for us to receive our settlement and Kristen kept us updated throughout this entire process. She was very kind and patient as I happened to have several questions. She always answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. I would highly recommend this firm and Kristen if you are in need of legal assistance.
Richard Hose
Richard Hose
02:26 27 Jun 18
On Feb 23, 2017 I was in a bad accident on the JFX. I had been rear end by another driver. Almost immediately I felt pressured by the other drivers insurance. Everything from wanting a recorded statement; to failing to acknowledge responsibility. No one would answer my questions, nor would anyone take responsibility. I was frustrated and overwhelmed with everyone from the towing company, to the repair shop, to the insurance company nightmare I just entered. I reached out to Attorney Robert Katz and I was assured they were here to help. He provided with some much needed information, and told me not to worry, Sarah his Paralegal would be in touch to help get things moving. Sarah reached out as expected and explained their process and walked me through what my expectations would be. She as well assured me they were here to help me navigate the obstacles. What Sarah really did was so much more than help. She took the stress and burden off my shoulders and assumed ownership for handling everything on my behalf. I knew what to expect, and I received regular updates throughout the entire process. Honestly, I received so much more than I anticipated. Some of the most frustrating items to chase after are medical records and hospital charges. While I was trying to recall events and timelines, she had already obtained my records and information. She made this process so painless. I truly cannot say enough about the exceptional service she provided. Many thanks for all your help. Sincerely, Richard Hose
Claudette Pope
Claudette Pope
13:18 30 Aug 18
I was referred to Gordon & feindblatt in 2014 when my family was in an accident, Mr. Katz personally consulted with me by phone and he was very polite and professional, Mr. Carpuso, one of the litigation attorneys even came out to our home and went over our case with us, he made sure all of our needs was addressed and before he left our home that day I felt like we were old friends. that case was settled and I was very pleased, I have used this law firm twice since then and the results are always the same, I have nothing but great experiences with Gordon & Feindblatt the staff are courteous and professional and they get the job done but the one in particular that really stood out for me is Rebecca Slattery, she is truly a gem, she is so compassionate, she walked me through the entire process, she even checked up on me from time to time just to see how I was feeling and I really appreciated her kindness. I will use this law firm again and again for any future legal issue that may arise and I would highly recommend Gordon & Fiendblatt to friends, family and co-workers.
TheOfficalCeeandDee
TheOfficalCeeandDee
15:24 09 Feb 18
My experience here was great. My lawyer Rebecca was so professional and I love her personality. She handled my case well and kept me updated and made the process easy and always made me feel comfortable to call whenever I needed to know anything.
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Location: Tysons

Chris Shin
Chris Shin
18:23 20 Jun 18
They were very polite, professional. and informed current status of the case time to time. Great Job !!!
Jonathan Roane
Jonathan Roane
22:51 17 Nov 17
If you ever need any assistance with an accident or injury-related claim this is the firm you need hands down. These are the most professional and caring people I have ever met in my life. Two people you should contact are Rebecca Slattery who was actually my paralegal and also Allan Serrano. You will be in good hands.
Israel Thompson
Israel Thompson
00:52 06 Dec 17
Attorney MR Bob Katz outstanding Human being, went beyond and above to help me during my accident, he showed me tremendous kindness and support.Thank you so much will highly recommend him to anyone who needs help with their auto accident
Marta Kritselis
Marta Kritselis
16:19 01 Sep 17
Rebecca Slattery the paralegal She took care my case and she was very helpful throughout the whole process. I highly recommend to my family and friend the services of Attorney Bob Kats and there team .
Myong Kim
Myong Kim
22:04 31 Mar 17
I am grateful to Bob and Justin Katz and their team for working hard to get me the most money. They were very professional and easy to work with in Korean. I will recommend them to friends and family any chance I have.
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