Baltimore Personal Injury Settlements
Our law firm handles car accident cases in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The first question our lawyers get from new clients ask is: "What is the settlement or trial value of my case?"
This is the right question. The whole purpose of bringing an injury claim is to get the highest personal injury settlement amount you can for the harm you have endured.Answers to Your Settlement Amount Questions Are Here
You have come to the right place to research the value of YOUR Baltimore accident claim. Our law practice focuses on how to maximize the value of injury and wrongful death claims. Our lawyers dig to determine the average bodily injury settlement and how to apply these statistical averages to calculate the range of payouts for your case.Studies Looking at Value of Personal Injury Cases
The nationwide median jury award in a personal injury lawsuit is approximately $40,000. Plaintiffs won 48% of jury trials. The average payout for a personal injury verdict, as opposed to the median verdict, is $985,675.
Verdicts in Maryland Personal Injury Lawsuits
In Maryland cases, the median compensation amount in personal injury trials was $12,813. The median motor vehicle accident claim payout at trial in Maryland was $11,925. That sounds awful. But, as we explain below, these numbers are very deceptive and not illustrative in estimating the compensation for your case. Moreover, typical car accident settlement amounts tell you little about the value of your case. You can also expect that the settlement amounts in Baltimore Circuit Court are much higher
Maryland personal injury victims have a high likelihood of getting a favorable settlement or verdict. Maryland victims win in 69% of the cases (as opposed to 55% nationally). Maryland car accident lawsuits have an even higher rate of victory: 83%
The study does not break down the jury verdicts by county. But the larger personal injury settlement amounts in Maryland are in Baltimore and Prince George's County.Settlement Amounts for Specific Injuries
- Average Paraplegia Verdicts
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Disc Injury Verdicts
- Foot, Ankle, and Leg
- Rotator Cuff
- Fractured or Broken Rib
- Vertebrae Fractures
- Chest (including seat belt and airbag injuries)
- Fractured Back
- Facial Scarring
- Fractured Hip
- Wrist and Hand Injuries
- Preexisting Degenerative Disc
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Cervical Dystonia
- Internal Bleeding
- Value of Truck Accident Claims (mostly our law firm's results)
- Average Car Accident Settlements in Maryland (video)
- Concussion Injuries
- Major Auto Insurers
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Bicycle Accidents
Many factors can affect Baltimore personal injury settlement amounts. The settlement value of a case is a prediction of what a judge or jury will decide your claim is worth. Different juries arrive at different verdicts under the same set of circumstances.
Jurors have their personal biases. These biases can either help or hurt you. This unpredictably leads to a wide range of results. For settlement purposes, our lawyers guess - there is no other way to describe it - what we think the jury would award. We use that guess to calculate a range for the client's bodily injury settlement. Ultimately, there is still an average and that is how Baltimore personal injury settlements are calculated.
The settlement value of a claim increases over time. Our lawyers see this over and over. More than 95% of the time, the typical car accident settlement amount will continue to rise AFTER a lawsuit is filed. Our law firm has had many Baltimore accident cases where the pretrial offer was more than 50 times greater than the pre-suit offer.
This is a very important thing to understand. With a few exceptions, a quick settlement payout will not be the path to maximizing your settlement amount. Our lawyers can make this process go faster. Our personal injuries attorneys will not be the reason for the delay. But to get the most money for your case, you do have to have some patience.
Who decides whether to settle the case? Our attorneys present the facts to the client and let them make the call. There are two choices: (1) settle the case, or (2) move forward with the litigation process.
If you have a personal injury or wrongful death claim, you can get a free, no-obligation case review by filling out a case review form today.
Miller & Zois' Results in Personal Injury Cases
Our firm's average is over 20 times that of the Maryland average. We rarely lose. We have won over 98% of the cases we have taken to trial. We have won over 75% of our medical malpractice claims compared to the state average of 8%.
Digest that for a second. Having the best possible lawyer does make a difference.
Most of our typical car accident claims end in a favorable settlement. Why? The very best cases bodily injury cases are usually settled out of court. Insurance companies settle the best cases and let the weaker cases go to trial. Studies show close call cases go to trial far more often than great cases. So our accident lawyers tend to settle our best cases and fight like crazy in close calls.
Having a lawyer with a history of getting big verdicts can drive Baltimore accident settlement amounts. No one can argue this. Having a top attorney with a history of success is even more critical when the case reaches a pre-trial settlement. Insurance companies need to believe there are repercussions when offering an unfair deal. You need an advocate who the insurance companies know will come after them hunting for a big verdict.
Further, you need an advocate who has a history of getting those big verdicts. Attorneys that frequently try cases and get big verdicts are the same lawyers getting the best confidential wrongful death and bodily injury settlements. Why? Because insurance companies want to resolve cases before history repeats itself.
So if you have a good case, hire experienced counsel with a real track record. You need a Maryland personal injury lawyer who is willing to fight for you. The best attorney is your best chance of pushing past the verdict and settlement averages. That is how you increase settlement value.
Remember, included in that data are cases handled by lawyers who have no clue how to handle a severe injury or death claim. What is your best bet to rise above those averages and maximize the value of your claim? Get an aggressive attorney who specializes in personal injury cases and knows how to win.The Factors That Matter in Personal Injury Cases
“My prior lawyer was not able to get the insurance companies to offer a single penny in my case. Then my lawyer referred me to Ron and Laura. My case settled for $1.31 million.”- A.A (Baltimore City).
Again, verdict and settlement statistics and our law firm's history of significant verdicts are not predictive of the results in any individual case. It sounds cliché but.... your case is unique. Figuring out what settlement payout or verdict you can expect cannot be determined with an advanced calculus formula.
You need to discuss with your lawyer the particular facts of your case and the possible defenses to your claim Then, you can conclude what is an acceptable amount of money for the resolution of your case.
This discussion with your advocates will include:
- the type of injuries you suffered (permanent injury settlement amounts will be higher on average)
- the economic damages (lost wages and medical expenses)
- the amount of available insurance
- how clear the causal connection is between your injuries and the accident
- how strong your liability case is
- the quality of all of the witnesses
- the expected jury perceptions of you and the defendant
- how your pain and suffering from the injuries have impacted your life
We already touched on the other huge variable that the insurance company considers right from the beginning when computing settlement value: the location of a trial.
In Maryland, Baltimore City and Prince George's County are the most favorable venues for plaintiffs. Conversely, in more rural areas of Maryland, jury awards are often more conservative. This is true not just in Maryland, but throughout the United States -- jury awards are typically higher in urban areas than in rural areas.
Personal injury settlements in Maryland in a city or county that is becoming more metropolitan - think Hagerstown, Frederick, Charles County - will have higher compensation payouts in 2022 than in 2012. What drives higher settlement compensation is larger verdicts and jurisdictions than have been seen before.
How Do the Insurance Companies Calculate Settlement Compensation Payouts in Maryland Accident Cases?
How do insurance companies determine Maryland personal injury settlement offers? Most insurance companies use a computer system called Colossus or a similar program. The insurance adjuster inputs the data from your case, and it spits out a range of personal injury lawsuit settlement amounts. The insurance adjuster has a settlement payout range to work with to make an offer. But the computer limits the insurance adjuster's flexibility to fashion a settlement amount of a claim based on its unique facts that you cannot input into a computer.
While Colossus and similar programs do have some value, the problem is they cannot grasp the complexity of a human's pain and suffering. A computer cannot place a dollar value on pain and suffering or how an injury impacted a person's life. How much is it worth not being able to pick up your newborn baby without extreme pain? How does it feel to lose your only living parent?
There is no way a computer can answer these questions. Colossus does not try to bake that into its settlement payout formula. It just assumes pain and suffering have little value. A computer calculator does not care about you. Your agony, your pain and suffering, or the tragedy of you never being yourself again cannot be calculated by a computer. You just have to find a Maryland personal injury lawyer who is willing to buckle their chin straps and fight for you to get you what you truly deserve.The Lawyer You Hire Is Important
This is why your counsel must fully explain to the insurance company why your injuries are different. Otherwise, a lawsuit is the only path to obtaining a fair compensation payout for your case. When your lawyer files a lawsuit, the insurance companies will sometimes take a second look at what is the fair settlement payout for the case. This is particularly true when they know that the attorneys handling the case are willing to go to trial.
Many insurance companies use a program now called Premonition. This artificial intelligence program pulls settlement and verdict data to track personal injury lawyer performance. Insurance settlement payouts are based in part on your lawyer's history of success. So hiring the best Maryland injury lawyer with a track record is crucial not only in court but at the settlement table.
The settlement amount of a personal injury case varies greatly depending on the type of injury involved. Here are the average personal injury settlement breakdown for personal injury cases based on our lawyers' handling thousands of these claims:
|SEVERITY OF INJURY||AVERAGE PAYOUT|
|Light or Minor|
(e.g., back strains, soft tissue, headaches)
|= $15,000 ↔ $25,000|
(e.g., broken leg, ruptured spleen)
|= $50,000 ↔ $200,000|
|Serious or Major|
(e.g., death, brain injury)
|= $200,000 ↔ $5,000,000|
Medical malpractice cases have higher values. Nationally, the average payout in a medical malpractice lawsuit is around $250,000. The typical average settlement value for a medical malpractice case in Maryland (particularly in Baltimore or Prince George's County) is significantly higher than the national average.
In Maryland, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 3 years. This includes both auto accident and medical malpractice cases. The 3 year period begins to run from the date that the plaintiff discovered (or should have discovered) the injury resulting from the malpractice. (Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-101).
There are several exceptions to this 3-year rule. For example, if the plaintiff is a minor at the time of the injury, they will have until their 21st birthday to file a claim. But this deadline is often harshly enforced.
A settlement in a personal injury case is usually calculated by adding together three basic elements of the plaintiff’s losses: (1) medical expenses; (2) lost income; and (3) pain and suffering. The first two are fairly easy to compute in a personal injury settlement breakdown.
Pain and suffering damages are much more difficult. It is a subjective measurement of how to compensate someone for the physical and emotional harm that has been done.
Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you do not get money for your injuries, you do not pay the lawyers anything. Instead, the attorneys get a percentage of any money they recover for you in your accident case.
In Maryland, a frequent contingency fee is 33% if a case ends in settlement. The fee rises to 40% if a lawsuit is filed. (This is the Miller & Zois fee structure.)
We have already made this point. But it is worth repeating. Claims adjusters and even their computers consider whether your attorney has a history of winning at trial. They also look to see if the plaintiff's counsel settles all of their personal injury cases (or has no history at all). This is an important reason the quality of your attorney matters even if you intend to settle your case without filing a lawsuit.
Our law firm handles serious personal injury cases in Baltimore, Maryland. Our attorneys cover all of Maryland and Washington, D.C. If you have been hurt, or a loved one has been tragically killed by someone else's negligence, call to speak to one of our attorneys at 800-553-8082 or get a free no-obligation consultation.Maryland Personal Injury Settlement Values
- How value is different in each different jurisdiction:
- More information you can use in valuing personal injury claims
- Handling Your Motor Vehicle Claim Without Hiring Counsel: tips on proceeding without a lawyer
- Is There a Formula to Calculate Personal Injury Accident Settlement Value?: discussion of whether there is a formula to calculate the expected payout in a personal injury case. The answer is yes and no.
- Deep academic dive into the settlement value of personal injury cases
- Avoid settlement mill law firms if you want to maximize the value of your case. What is a settlement mill personal injury law firm? Read this law review article and you will know it when you see it.
Our attorneys handle personal injury accident and malpractice cases in Maryland. We handle catastrophic injury, wrongful death, and birth injury cases. If you or a loved one has been hurt or killed as the result of the negligence of someone else, call us now at 800-553-8082 or get a free online consultation.