The Baltimore Sun is covering personal injury wrongful death accident trials. Super. Here is how the article begins: “A $100 million civil trial opened Thursday with attorneys contending that Baltimore police officers purposely drove erratically while transporting a suspect, leading to the man’s death.”
The writer is telling the readers $100 million for a reason. It lets us know…absolutely nothing. It is beyond impossible for the plaintiff to actually receive this amount of money, given the cap we have in Maryland which may limit the verdict to less than 1% of the recovery (depending on the amount of economic damages and whether there was pain and suffering before death). Even with the best possible “the tragic victim’s family and next door neighbors all sat on the jury” outcome.
Using $100 million just serves to confuse readers who think there really is the potential for jackpot justice of this magnitude in every case.