Maryland Auto Accident Lawsuit Results in $3.1M Jury Award
A jury in Maryland has awarded more than $3 million to a woman who was severely injured in an auto accident involving an undercover police officer.
The personal injury lawsuit was filed by Carlisa Kent, 45, alleging that she was injured when a rental car being used by Prince George’s County undercover narcotics officers crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle head-on in Calvert County, Maryland.
Kent suffered multiple broken bones and fractures, dislocations and spent three months in the hospital and another two months in a wheelchair while recovering from her injuries. According to the complaint, Kent will never fully recover.
Did You Know?
Millions of Philips CPAP Machines Recalled
Philips DreamStation, CPAP and BiPAP machines sold in recent years may pose a risk of cancer, lung damage and other injuries.Learn More
The compensation of $3,091,291,67 awarded by the Prince George’s County Circuit Court jury will be reduced to just over $2 million pursuant to the Maryland lawsuit damage caps. However, according to a blog post by one of Kent’s attorneys, the County only carried the state minimum auto insurance of $20,000. That, combined with her own insurance, will total $50,000 and is not even enough to cover Kent’s medical expenses.
The officer driving the vehicle at the time, Robert Edward Lee, was off-duty. Had he been working, the liability limit would have been $200,000. According to the complaint, he hit the car in front of him and swerved into oncoming traffic, smashing into Kent’s car. Both Lee and Kent were so severely injured that neither of them actually remembers the accident.
"*" indicates required fields
More Top Stories
A Wegovy gastroparesis lawsuit blames the weight loss drug for a stomach paralysis problems which left a woman with permanent injuries.
Uber faces a lawsuit from four passengers who say they were sexually assaulted by drivers, due to the company's lack of security measures and focus on passenger safety.
A Bard PowerPort lawsuit claims the defective design of the port catheter led to a woman developing a severe infection and needing to have the implant surgically removed.