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Personal Injury Jury Awards in Minnesota and Maryland

A Jury Verdict Research study found that the median compensatory award for personal injury trials in Minnesota is $32,468. To the delight of Minnesota personal injury lawyers, the study also found that plaintiffs recovered damages in 67% of personal injury cases that go to trial. Both of these statistics are higher than those in Maryland. The median compensatory award in personal injury trials in Maryland is $12,813. Specifically, in auto accident cases in Maryland the median verdict is $11,277. This data is arguably misleading. Many small claim type cases find their way to Maryland juries because defense lawyers in personal injury cases in Maryland have the ability to remove cases to Circuit Court if the plaintiff seeks more than $10,000 (but less than $25,000, which qualifies it for District Court), which they frequently do, primarily to increase the burden on Maryland personal injury lawyers.

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