What Does A Jury Consider When Awarding Damages?

Maryland law provides that jurors are instructed to consider several factors in fashioning an appropriate award:

  • the nature and extent of plaintiff's injuries, and the length of the process of recuperation
  • the effect those injures have on the mental and physical condition of the plaintiff
  • physical and mental pain and anguish, past, present, and future
  •  disfigurement, scarring, and embarrassment
  • medical expenses past, present, and future 
  • loss of earning-or earrings potential- past, present, and future. 

The bottom line, and the job of a personal injury attorney, is to present a compelling case that the Plaintiff  suffered lasting harm as the result of the accident.

 

 

The most effective way I've come across to accomplish this is by the presentation of thoughtful, honest, and well-prepared testimony showing that Plaintiff's day to day activities, pursuits, responsibilities and hobbies were adversely impacted or  hampered as a result of the accident. 

If you've been injured, I'd be honored to personally meet with you to go through the specifics of your claim. This initial legal analysis and case opinion is a complimentary service I offer to my prospective clients. 

CAN I CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON IN MARYLAND?

Maryland law defines a handgun as a pistol, revolver, or other firearm capable of being concealed on the person. A short-barreled shotgun and a short-barreled rifle are within the definition, while a shotgun, rifle, or antique firearm is not. A...

CAN I CARRY A STUN GUN OR TASER IN MARYLAND?

It depends on where you are. Maryland law allows you to possess a stun gun or taser under certain circumstances.  The law also provides that municipalities and local governments can enact more stringent rules should they chose to do so, and...

Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

As long as you’re alive you’re vulnerable to accidents. When this happens, you should consider filing a claim to get compensation for your injuries. Personal injury claims are meant to benefit anyone suffering from psychological or...

IS IT A CRIME IN MARYLAND TO BE A PEEPING TOM?

The answer is yes. It is a crime. Maryland law punishes the viewing of another in a dressing room or restroom at a retail store, by direct sight, or by using a camera, mirrors, or other surveillance device. You can go to jail for a 30 days, and be...

When Do I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

A personal injury lawyer is your advocate when an insurance company is denying you vital compensation due to an injury. When there are great losses at stake if you try to defend your claim alone, it is wise to hire a personal injury...

TOP FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT DOG BITE CASES

As with some jurisdictions, Maryland law holds the owners of dogs that attack and injure others while running at large strictly responsible for those injuries. The animal’s owner is responsible for any injury or death caused by the dog while...

TOP THREE PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT QUESTIONS

Determining liability in pedestrian vs. automobile accidents illustrates the strict and harsh nature of an ancient legal concept still employed by Maryland courts. The principle is called contributory negligence, and holds that an injured person...

FAQs Regarding Automobile Accident Insurance

Around this time of the year, many of my clients do some planning for the following year. I think it's generally a wise thing to do. One of the things I would encourage anyone to do is look at their insurance coverage. It's appropriate for...

WHAT IS THE STATUS OF MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

I’ve sometimes asked “what is the status of my case”, or “what's going on with my case”? These are legitimate questions, to be sure. Any represented person is entitled to reasonable updates, when new...

CAN I SUE MY EMPLOYER IF I AM HURT AT WORK?

I’d be safe in saying most people have a sense that when you sustain a personal injury at work you are entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits. What is not a commonly understood it that an injured worker is typically not...
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