There was an interesting article today in the Maryland Lawyer section of the Maryland Daily Record about a $1.2 million verdict rendered last week in a Baltimore truck accident case.
The Plaintiff suffered a fractured vertebra, a fractured elbow, and hurt his ankle in the accident. The vertebra was eventually removed and from now on the Plaintiff, who was a foreman at Severn Cable, can only perform light-duty work. Incredibly, before trial, the Defendant offered $475,000.00, and the Plaintiff demanded $500,000.00. Rarely do cases of this size cannot resolve when only $25,000.00 separates the parties. But in this case, the parties and their counsel, Bill Ober of the Law Offices of Matt M. Paavola and Milton P. Warren for the Plaintiff and Mary Malloy Dimaio from the Law Office of Maher and Associates (in house counsel for AIG and all the American International Companies), dug their feet in over the $25,000.00.
In a case like this, authority is often in a pretty round number. It is possible that someone—either the lawyer or the adjuster below the decision-maker—had the full $500,000.00 in authority and chose not to offer it. If this was the case in this truck accident claim, that lawyer or adjuster has a lot of explaining to do.
Congratulations to the Plaintiff and his lawyers on their courageous effort and ultimate victory.