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. 

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Personal Injury Claims

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What is Involved in Litigation?

Litigation is quite simply going to court. When attempts at reaching an amicable settlement of a case have failed, the filing of a lawsuit is the next step in the process. Statistics show us that most cases settle prior to the filing of a lawsuit....

What are some common injuries from a car accident?

  I represented hundreds of people over the years who have suffered with these typical accident related injuries.  Whiplash Cervical and Lumbar Strains and Sprains Pinched Nerve or Herniated Disc Concussion

What Kind of Lawyer Should I Hire?

When it comes to the decision on “what type of attorney to hire”, I would simply suggest that the analysis used is the same as that used when hiring any other type of professional. The bottom line is that you are going...

Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Case?

Some states require advisory language to appear in lawyer advertisements that reads “the hiring of a lawyer is an important decision”. Nothing could be closer to the truth. Hiring the right attorney is perhaps the most...

How long will my personal injury case take?

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Uninsured Motorist Insurance Coverage

What is uninsured motorist coverage? Uninsured Motorist coverage is considered “first party” insurance. Like health, or perhaps disability insurance, it is your insurance. You pay the premiums You have a policy with your insurance...

When Can the Police Search Me or My Car

There are limits on what they police can and cannot do. The Constitution, and, in this instance, the Fourth Amendment, provides an important buffer of protection between citizens, and the power of the State. We are all guaranteed the right to be...

How much is an average personal injury settlement?

Every personal injury clients asks, understandably, “what is the value of my case?” The second question, invariably, and appropriately, is “what do I get in my pocket?” The first question, frankly, is a difficult question to...
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