Last Tuesday, May 23, F&P principal Heather Rice secured a strong verdict after a two-day jury trial in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County. The case arose from an August 2017 motor vehicle accident which resulted in serious property damage to the two vehicles involved. Defendant accepted responsibility for the accident and the jury was tasked with determining whether Plaintiff was injured and if so, the extent of Plaintiff’s injuries. The Plaintiff’s claimed medical specials of approximately $16,000.00 were not contested.
In his closing argument, Plaintiff’s counsel argued that his client had suffered from a permanent injury and asked the jury to award Plaintiff $416,000.00 in damages. Ms. Rice utilized surveillance and the testimony of Plaintiff’s own treating provider to convince the jury that Plaintiff’s soft tissue injuries were resolved after two months of conservative treatment. After an hour of deliberation, the jury rejected Plaintiff’s $416,000.00 suggestion and instead returned a verdict awarding the Plaintiff $61,000.00.