Friday, June 29, 2012
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF MY BALTIMORE PERSONAL INJURY CASE? Venue, revisited.
I discussed in another volume the role of "venue" [i.e. where the case is tried] in assessing the value of case. It's perhaps one of the more important variables. For example, seasoned Baltimore personal injury and accident lawyers that try their cases know that district court cases in Baltimore City are worth less than those in Baltimore County. For more serious cases that make it to circuit court, the reverse is true. You'll see a lot of studies addressing the topic. The numbers are different in every sample, in part because different counties and different time frames are analyzed. One study highlighted a fact well known to Baltimore personal injury and accident lawyers- personal injury cases is Maryland are worth less than personal injury cases just about everywhere else. A lot less. Although plaintiffs tend to prevail more often in Maryland personal injury cases, their awards are, on average, only about 30% of the national averages.