Yesterday afternoon, a jury in Prince George's County Maryland returned a verdict in the amount of $1,525,000.00 in an auto negligence case. The case involved a multi-vehicle, intersection collision with a significant impact. Liability was conceded the morning of trial. The claimed medical expenses were approximately $20,616.00. The jury awarded $1,500,000 in non-economic damages. The injuries claimed were a concussion, cervical strain, left shoulder strain with bursitis, lumbar strain, left hip strain and a contusion of the left knee, as well as nerve root impingement in the cervical spine with left upper extremity tingling and numbness, and nerve root impingement in the lumbar spine with left buttocks and lower extremity radiculopathy. No surgery was recommended.
The plaintiff called her treating orthopeadic surgeon, Brett Hampton M.D. from Shady Grove Orthopeadics, and her treating neurologist from the Washington Hospital Center, Michael Batipps, M.D. There was an opinion offered from one of the doctors that the injuries were permanent. The defense medical examiner was Jeffrey Abend, M.D.
The case was complicated by a subsequent accident roughly two months after the subject incident, as well as a significant past medical history.
The jury deliberated for one hour. The case was tried before Judge Toni Clarke. The case was defended by State Farm's house counsel's office in Greenbelt, Maryland.