Maryland Uninsured Motorist Law
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by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
1M ago
Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) is an essential component of auto insurance that protects you when the at-fault driver who caused you injury or property either has no insurance or carries insufficient coverage to compensate for the damages sustained. All of us with car insurance in Maryland have uninsured motorist coverage. It is mandatory. This page explains what you need to know if you are bringing an uninsured motorist claim in Maryland. Everyone with Maryland Car Insurance Has Coverage ..read more
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Maryland Supreme Court Overturns Summary Judgment in Dental Malpractice Case
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by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
1M ago
We will have a lot of new expert witness battles now that we have moved away from Frey-Reed and joined the rest of the nation using a Daubert standard for experts.  This Calvert County dental malpractice opinion is the latest in what will be a long battle. Facts of Deane v. Southern Maryland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.A. In Deane v. Southern Maryland Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, P.A., a patient filed a malpractice claim against an oral and maxillofacial surgery practice and a dentist. She later sued the subsequent treating dentist as well ..read more
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Allstate Claims in Maryland
Miller & Zois | Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog
by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
If you polled Maryland personal injury lawyers who handle car accident cases, most would choose Allstate as the “worst of the worst” among insurance companies to deal with on accident claims. Personally, while I would not put Allstate at the top of my list of insurance companies I want to draw, I would not put them last, either. Don’t get me wrong. They are awful, and I hate them. Our lawyers sue them and their insureds all the time. But we are speaking in relative terms? Who are the worst three insurance companies to deal with in Maryland? Allstate is not on my list. This post gives practical ..read more
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Average Verdicts in Motorcycle and Bicycle Accident Cases
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by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
According to a recent Jury Verdict Research report, plaintiffs on motorcycles receive higher awards for collisions than bicycle plaintiffs. Makes sense. They are driving much faster and frequently roads where speed is more of an issue. Their analysis, based on plaintiffs’ verdicts rendered from October 1999 to October 2006, examines motorcycle and bicycle categories involving collisions with other vehicles, objects, and pedestrians. The study found that the award median for motorcycle accidents was $73,700 compared to $40,912 for bicycle plaintiffs. I assume they base the difference in the fac ..read more
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Value of Rotator Cuff Injuries in Maryland
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by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
Back in March, I reported data I found in Metro Verdicts Monthly research that I thought would interest personal injury lawyers in Maryland on the value of fractured shoulder injuries. Yesterday I received the recent issue of Metro Verdicts Monthly that provided the median settlement value for rotator cuff injuries in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia: Washington D.C. $136,200 Virginia $26,250 Maryland $45,000 It is hard to comment on these numbers.  I can’t believe they are accurate.  That a rotator cuff injury in D.C. is worth three times as much money as t ..read more
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Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Verdict/Settlement Statistics
Miller & Zois | Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog
by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
Metro Verdicts Monthly’s cover graph is failure to diagnose breast cancer settlements and verdicts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. By some estimates, between 8% and 12% of cancer cases are initially misdiagnosed. It is hard to call one type of cancer misdiagnosis case more tragic than another. Every misdiagnosis is going to decrease the chance of treating and defeating the cancer. But many cancer misdiagnosis cases are not medical malpractice cases because the cancer is so aggressive, but breast cancer misdiagnosis cases are fueled by tragedy because breast cancer is often extreme ..read more
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What Are Motor Vehicle Crash Personal Injury Cases Worth in Maryland?
Miller & Zois | Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog
by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
Jury Verdict Research published a new Maryland specific study on the median compensation awards for car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. In cases that go to trial, the median recovery was $11,328. Only in 1% of the cases did the jury award more than $500,000. The plaintiffs prevailed and received a recovery in 74% of the motor vehicle accident cases that went to trial in Maryland. I suspect a lot of that 26% were just awful cases that never should have been filed. The median recovery was $11,277, $51 dollars less than the latest study. (As of 2018, the amount of verdicts has been relatively u ..read more
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Average Premises Liability Verdicts
Miller & Zois | Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog
by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
The average premises liability verdict is $643,099, according to Jury Verdict Research’s review of premises lawsuits around the country. The median verdict in these cases is $98,160. Claims against recreational facilities were higher. The average verdict is $1,007,704 and the median verdict is $125,000. JVR defines these cases as a lawsuit that is brought against an individual, business, landlord, or organization responsible for the maintenance and safety of a property or structure. Average v. Median Verdicts When possible, I try to include the average and median data. Average verdict data inc ..read more
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Value of Femur Fractures
Miller & Zois | Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog
by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
In the past, I have written on the value of fractured legs. Now, in a relentless, unyielding effort to cover the settlement and trial value of every single bone in the human anatomy, let’s thin slice broken legs a little thinner: femur fractures in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. This month’s Metro Verdicts Monthly graph on the front of their publication compares verdict and settlement amounts for femur fractures in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Since 1987 the median verdict or settlement amount of a femur fracture case in the District of Columbia has been $250,00 ..read more
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Should Maryland Require Auto Insurance Companies to Provide Enhanced UIM Auto Insurance Coverage?
Miller & Zois | Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog
by Ronald V. Miller, Jr.
2M ago
The Maryland legislature is currently considering a new law that would force auto insurance companies to offer enhanced uninsured motorist coverage (also known as “stacking” or “stacked” UIM coverage) as the default option for Maryland drivers. The new bill would make this enhanced coverage an opt-out policy feature (similar to PIP) rather than an opt-in feature, which would effectively mean that the majority of insurance policies would have the enhanced coverage. In this post, we will explain exactly what the new law will do and how it will directly benefit you as a Maryland driver. Please us ..read more
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