Last month, a St. Mary’s County Jury awarded $365,000.00 to Plaintiff Sue Cropper for injuries she suffered in a car accident on July 31, 2011. The Plaintiff, a resident of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, was driving near her home when she was struck by another car. The Complaint alleged that she suffered a broken sternum and bruised heart. The jury, comprised of one woman and five men, deliberated for only an hour before returning with its verdict of $330,000.00 for pain and suffering and $35,000.00 for medical expenses.
While we at RSRM did not participate in this litigation, and do not have first-hand knowledge of this case, the verdict serves as a reminder that, even in historically conservative jurisdictions, juries do sometimes return significant awards if they feel that the Plaintiff has faced significant and legitimate injury.