$175,000.00 Excess Verdict in Circuit Court for Prince George's County

Justin P Katz

Case Conclusion Date:February 17, 2011

Practice Area:Personal Injury

Outcome:Verdict for Plaintiff

Description:PLEASE NOTE: PAST RESULTS ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF WHAT AN ATTORNEY CAN DO FOR YOU WITH RESPECT TO YOUR PARTICULAR CASE. CASE RESULTS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT. THEREFORE, CASE RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE. $175,000.00 verdict in Circuit Court for Prince George's County for a girl who broke her arm when she was hit by a car while crossing the street in the crosswalk. This verdict was in excess of the defendant driver's $100,000.00 insurance State Farm Insurance policy. State Farm's lawyer disputed liability, arguing that their driver was not at fault and that our client, although a minor child, was contributorily negligent and barred from recovery. State Farm chose not to make a settlement offer in this case, which forced the case to trial and exposed its insured driver to an excess verdict. Although the defendant driver only had $100,000.00 in liability insurance, the insurance company ultimately ended up paying more than its insured's policy limits since it made the wrong decision in forcing this case to trial.