Metro Verdicts Monthly’s graph this month is wrongful death median settlements and verdicts in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. The average wrongful death settlement in Virginia and the District of Columbia is $800,000 and $575,000, respectively. Maryland lags behind at $500,000.
Maryland verdicts usually compare favorably with Virginia. Why the disparity? Virginia’s cap on non-economic damages is limited to medical malpractice. Maryland’s cap applies to all personal injury cases.