From Rick’s interview for the Masters of the Courtroom series on ReelLawyers.com. From Rick’s interview for the Masters of the Courtroom series on ReelLawyers.com. From Rick’s interview for the Masters of the Courtroom series on ReelLawyers.com. Our Successes Call the Big Dogs ® from the Small Firm at 301-627-8700 or 866-586-6079 *Past Record is No Assurance of Future Results. Individual Claims Will Vary Based Upon The Merits Of Each Case. $300,000+ Awarded to Calvert County Victim An 85-year-old retired government worker was hit by a driver who ran a red light on Route 4 in Dunkirk sustaining neck, back, and shoulder injuries. His medical costs were $6,631. The insurance company’s last offer was $30,000. The jury awarded $306,000, more than 10 times the offer. Prince George’s County Jury Awards Injured Laborer $1,000,000+ A 20-year-old laborer driving a company car was rear-ended sustaining head, neck, and back injuries. His medical bills were more than $40,000. The person who hit him was underinsured, holding only a $20,000 policy. The insurance company’s last offer was $15,000. The jury awarded $1,000,793.28 and was 66.7 times the offer. Injured Worker in Charles County A 42-year-old woman was injured at work when boxes fell on her. She made a Workers Compensation Claim and also filed a Negligence case against the at-fault company. She claimed a closed head injury, alleging that she was unable to work as a result. The defense claimed that she was malingering, and was capable of work. No offer was made. The jury returned a verdict of $949,587.00 Insurance Company Offer Fell Short A 50-year-old female was rear-ended. As a result, she had herniated disc surgery. The insurance company defended, claiming that the amount of property damage did not support the seriousness of the injury. The insurance company also hired a doctor who said that the collision did not cause the herniated disc and that it was due to her age/degenerative process. An offer of $50,000.00 was made. The parties agreed to arbitrate the case. An award of $290,000.00 was made by the Arbitrator, almost 6 times the last offer. Jury Awards Rear End Victim $329,000 A 60-year-old Upper Marlboro resident was rear-ended while stopped at a red light near Waldorf. She sustained injuries to her head, shoulder, and legs incurring more than $40,000 in medical costs. The insurance company’s last offer was $70,000. The jury awarded $329,500, almost 5 times the offer. 18-year-old Prince George’s County Victim An 18-year-old client was injured in a vehicle accident. The other driver admitted fault. She incurred medical bills of $20,000.00, for neck, back, and knee injuries. There was no surgery. The insurance company offered $65,000.00. The jury awarded $167,000.00, more than 2.5 times the last offer. Rear-Ended Firefighter Wins in Trial A 27-year-old firefighter was involved in a rear-end collision. He did not seek immediate medical treatment, and there were gaps in his treatment. At trial, the client was effective in explaining to the Judge why he did not immediately seek treatment, and how the accident affected him. The Judge awarded him more than 7500 times more than State Farm’s offer. College Student Gets Recovery from Ocean City Crash Our client, an 18-year-old girl, was injured in a bad collision coming back from Ocean City. Despite the seriousness of the collision, she received only minor injuries and had medical bills of $3,154.94. The case settled for $18,000.00, through our hard work of persuading the insurance company that although her medical bills were not very high, that this collision affected her first year of college. We will continue to strive to resolve cases at the highest possible settlement amount and will continue to strive to obtain verdicts many times more than the insurance company’s last offer if the case must be litigated. We are very proud of our lawyers’ abilities to value the cases they are handling and to give advice as to when to settle, and when to proceed to trial. Wrongful Death of a Young Mother A 27-year-old Maryland mother of a one-year-old child was killed in an accident when the car she was riding in was rear-ended. She died instantly. The case was settled for $5 million — $1 million more than the Maryland statutory cap on wrongful deaths.