Ron Miller is an attorney who focuses on serious injury and wrongful death cases involving motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, and products and premises liability. If you are looking for a Maryland personal injury attorney for your case, call him today at 800-553-8082.

This post is about calculating wrongful death settlement compensation payouts in Maryland. Our lawyers have handled scores of wrongful death malpractice lawsuits in Maryland and have developed a strong sense for what settlement amounts and jury payouts you can expect if you have a claim.

Wrongful Death Malpractice Settlement Amounts

What is the average settlement amount for wrongful death medical malpractice cases in Maryland and the District of Columbia? 

Firefighting foam (aqueous film-forming foam “AFFF”)) is a chemical product that has been used for years by firemen and in other commercial applications to extinguish fires.

Various studies have recently shown, however, that chronic use or exposure to firefighting can cause certain types of cancer. This discovery has led to a wave of firefighting foam lawsuits by former firemen and others who developed cancer after long periods of occupational exposure to AFF.

Our lawyers are accepting new clients in all 50 states for inclusion in the nationwide AFFF class action lawsuit.

In the recent decision in Wadsworth v. Sharma, 2022 WL 2763202 (Md. 2022), the Maryland Court of Appeals once again declined to adopted the loss of chance doctrine in wrongful death cases. The decision was based largely on the COA’s long standing tradition of abstaining from judicial policymaking, as the majority opinion noted that it was up to the Maryland legislature whether to adopt this rule. Unfortunately, this decision effectively means that doctors and hospitals in Maryland are immune from malpractice liability when caring for terminally ill patients.

Summary of Facts

Stephanie Wadsworth was diagnosed with Stage III breast cancer in her left breast in 2006. She underwent a mastectomy, chemo, and radiation therapy and subsequent testing over the course of the next few years indicated that her cancer had been effectively treated.

Our law firm has handled a lot of vertebrae fractures in car, motorcycle, and truck accident cases over the last 20 years.  A vertebrae fracture can be a serious, significant, and permanent injury to the musculoskeletal system. You wouldn’t wish this fracture on anyone.

What is the Settlement Value of a Vertebrae Fracture Case?

One study found that the national median award at trial in personal injury cases for a vertebra fracture is $112,537.  The median award for multiple vertebrae fractures is almost double the single vertebra amount, $207,000.

vertebrae fracture cases
This is far lower than our law firm’s average settlement in vertebrae fracture cases. Why? There could be some jurisdictional differences. Because this is not Maryland data, but national data. The pool for these statistics may also include hairline fractures. When I’m talking vertebrae fracture claims, I’m not talking about hairline fractures.

Our lawyers are bringing Paragard lawsuits in all 50 states. 


The Paragard IUD is an intrauterine contraceptive device made by Teva Pharmaceuticals.  It was discovered that a design defect in the Paragard was causing the IUD device to fracture during removal, leaving shattered pieces floating around inside the uterus. Our Paragard lawyers are handling only injury during IUD removal claims.

Over one thousand women who have been harmed by this defect are filing Paragard lawsuits. A Paragard class action lawsuit has been formed.

Our lawyers handle knee injury accident lawsuits in Maryland.  This page is about how to project settlement amounts and jury payouts in knee injury lawsuits.

Knee injuries make up probably 10% of our law firm’s car accident caseload. This is consistent with studies that show how often knee injuries occur in car accidents.

What is the settlement value of a knee injury case? Below we discuss the average and median settlement amounts of these knee injury claims.  We also list more statistics, relevant medical literature, and the importance of expert testimony.

Our attorneys are handling Camp Lejeune lawsuits in all 50 states.

Marines and their family who lived at Camp Lejeune may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water between 1953 and 1987.   There is solid evidence that this toxic water caused people who ingested it to develop cancer and other health complications.

Victims has been denied the right to seek compensation for their injuries.  Marines fought back of the course of many years for justice.  Now, finally, justice is at hand.  A new law allows Marines and their families to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit and seek settlement compensation.

The City of Baltimore has joined the thousands of plaintiffs seeking financial compensation for cancer allegedly caused by exposure to a hidden carcinogen in the popular heartburn drug Zantac (ranitidine). In this post we will look at the odd nature of the Zantac lawsuit filed by the City of Baltimore and evaluate its chances of success.

About the Zantac Cancer Lawsuits

Zantac is the popular brand name for ranitidine, an antacid drug used for the treatment of heart burn, indigestion and other common conditions. Zantac and generic ranitidine had been around for decades in both over-the-counter and prescription forms. It was one of the most commonly used medications in the U.S. Over 10 million people used Zantac on a regular basis.

In 2010 Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old women’s lacrosse student-athlete at the University of Virginia was beaten to death by her ex-boyfriend George Huguely. The tragic case made national headlines and was of particular interest locally because Love was from Baltimore. Huguely was convicted of 2nd degree murder and sentenced to 23 years. Love’s mother and sister brought a wrongful death civil lawsuit against Huguely and last week a jury in Virginia awarded them $15 million. Unfortunately, that judgment will likely never be collected. In this post we will look at the wrongful death case and explain why collecting on the $15 million verdict will probably be impossible.

Murder of Yeardley Love

In 2010 Yeardley Love was a beautiful young student-athlete on the women’s lacrosse team at the University of Virginia. Love grew up outside Baltimore and was living in an apartment near UVA’s campus in Charlottesville. George Huguely was also 22 and played on the UVA men’s lacrosse team. Huguely grew up outside Washington, DC in Chevy Chase.

Our lawyers are investigating Zantac lawsuits in all 50 states.

The evidence is clear to our attorneys that Zantac is causing many types of cancer.  This page is about these suits and my prediction on the future of this litigation and what settlement amounts might look like for victims.  I am providing regular Zantac lawsuit updates in this space.  The last update was on February 24, 2022.

How Zantac Lawsuit Will Proceed

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