Metro Verdicts Monthly has a graph in this month’s issue that reflects the median verdicts and settlements when the injury victim loses vision in one eye in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The median for the loss of vision in one eye in Maryland is $231,000. You could drive a truck through the gap between Washington, D.C. and Virginia’s median settlements in verdicts with loss of vision in one eye cases: Washington, D.C.’s median is $162,500; Virginia’s is $320,000. If you read graphs regularly, you would expect Washington, D.C. and Virginia to be reversed because Virginia as a whole typically has more conservative verdicts.
These numbers are a bit misleading I think because most loss of vision cases are products liability cases. Many products liability cases have questionable liability which decreases the average and median recoveries. If liability is not an issue, the values of these cases are much higher.
In Maryland, any vision loss should be a “cap” case which means you would get Maryland’s statutory cap of $785,000 for an accident occurring in July, 2014 plus whatever you economic losses might be. Because of the potential loss of wages, employee benefits and loss household services on top of future medical care, the economic losses in these cases can reach the millions very quickly.