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 at $500,000.
Maryland verdicts usually compare favorably with Virginia. Why the disparity? Virginia limits its cap on non-economic damages to medical malpractice. Maryland’s cap applies to all personal injury cases.