The legal knowledge of a skilled Maryland personal injury attorney is often crucial to present the case persuasively to a jury and object to inadmissible evidence. In a recent Maryland car accident case, the plaintiff obtained a favorable jury verdict on the issues of her damages. On appeal, the defendant argued that the plaintiff should not have been permitted to introduce evidence of bias regarding the relationship between the defendant’s expert witness and the defendant’s auto insurance company. The Court of Special Appeals of Maryland considered the issue in an opinion released on October 9, 2018.
The plaintiff in the case was a passenger in the backseat of a vehicle driven by the defendant, which rear-ended another vehicle on the highway. The plaintiff received medical treatment the day after the accident for injuries to her knee, neck, and back. The plaintiff filed a personal injury suit against the defendant, alleging that he negligently struck the vehicle in front of him, thereby causing her injuries.
The defendant conceded that he was liable for the plaintiff’s injuries, and the case proceeded to trial on the issue of the plaintiff’s damages. The parties both produced expert witnesses who testified as to the plaintiff’s injuries. During cross-examination, the plaintiff questioned the defendant’s expert witness about an investment of over one million dollars that he received for his corporation from the defendant’s insurance company. The defendant’s objection to the line of questioning was overruled by the trial court. Ultimately, the jury awarded the plaintiff compensatory damages in the amount of $353,000. The defendant brought the subsequent appeal.