A serious car crash may cause permanent injuries and lasting pain. In Maryland, an individual may recover damages for pain and suffering, as well as past and future medical expenses and other losses, in a personal injury suit. In a November 14, 2019 Maryland car accident case, a jury awarded the plaintiff over 1.1 million dollars in damages for the injuries he suffered. The defendant appealed the jury award as excessive, and the matter came before the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.
The plaintiff was driving home from work when he was struck by the defendant’s vehicle in a head-on collision. The day after the accident, the plaintiff sought medical treatment for severe pain and decreased range of motion. Further testing indicated that the plaintiff had suffered a disk injury in his back, which likely would not heal due to various factors. The plaintiff filed a personal injury suit against the defendant, who conceded liability for the accident. The only issue at trial was damages.
At trial, the plaintiff’s medical experts testified that the injury permanent, painful, and would continue to cause substantial pain. Despite the pain, the plaintiff declined pain relief medication that would prevent him from working as an equipment operator. The jury awarded the plaintiff approximately 1.1 million dollars for future pain and suffering, which was subject to the Maryland non-economic damages cap, and also awarded damages for his medical bills and lost wages. One of the arguments asserted by the defendant on appeal was that the jury verdict was excessive.