Potter Burnett Law Client Awarded Largest Auto Verdict in Harford County
April 25, 2017
Bowie, Maryland (April 24, 2017) – Potter Burnett Law is pleased to announce a $1.12 Million verdict in Harford County Circuit Court on Friday. The Plaintiffs, Joseph and Jodi Glaser filed suit against Allmerica Financial Insurance Company, seeking underinsured motorist benefits. Jodi Glaser was in a collision on June 28, 2012, and suffered permanent injuries; the case was tried on damages only. Allmerica was represented by John O’Neill of Rockville, Maryland. Immediately following the 3-day trial, the jury deliberated for 2 hours awarding the Plaintiffs $57,286.43 in past medical bills, $165,000 in future medical bills, and $900,000 for non-economic damages, including loss of consortium.
It is believed that this is one of the largest auto verdicts in Harford County, known as a conservative jurisdiction. “I have always believed that if you try a good case, and tell the jury a good story through all the supporting witnesses, that the jury will listen attentively and take their job very seriously,” said Deborah Potter. “This could not have been a more deserving couple to receive this verdict. This was a life changing injury, and the verdict reflects the testimony of multiple witnesses, including co-workers, friends, and neighbor.” continued Ms. Potter.
This is the second back-to-back million-dollar verdict for Deborah Potter, and Potter Burnett. On March 15th, a Baltimore City jury awarded $1.1M in the case of Durham v Persons, 16-000358, also a motor vehicle collision case
“In any kind of personal injury case, my most immediate job is to educate the injured person about what the law allows, what insurance provides, and what their rights are,” Ms. Potter says. Recent increases in cell phone use and other distractions while driving have caused a like increase in collisions. “Car crashes don’t discriminate,” Deborah says. “They can happen to anyone. Each injury and the circumstances surrounding each incident are challenging and different.”
Debbie Potter first made a name for herself with a $26-million-dollar verdict against Ford Motor Company in 1996. She has handled thousands of car crash cases throughout MD and DC. With our aging population and so many individuals in nursing care and assisted living facilities, Debbie has also established a nursing home negligence practice to protect elderly victims from poor care and abuse. Twice named to the list of Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record, Ms. Potter is active in many associations throughout the state. Her strong commitment to the local community is evident in the volunteer hours she devotes to numerous organizations. She is one of the founders of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – Anne Arundel County, a nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to represent children in the court system.
Potter Burnett Law was formed by Deborah L. Potter, Suzanne V. Burnett and Andrew T. Burnett. Suzanne Burnett, a partner in the Potter Burnett law firm has been in practice with Debbie since the beginning of her legal career, also exclusively representing the injured. Suzanne’s focus is on car and truck crash cases and she is passionate about obtaining justice for her clients. Andrew Burnett, also a partner brings to the firm his litigation and trial experience from years in the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office and a prominent malpractice litigation firm. Andrew’s practice is focused on nursing home abuse and neglect and medical mistakes and malpractice.
Potter Burnett Law is a proven leader in the field of personal injury and is dedicated to protecting victims. Their pride of attorneys represents over 40 years of experience handling complex personal injury cases for people from all walks of life.
The Potter Burnett boutique firm is located in Bowie in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The firm was purposely designed to be intimate so that each client would know the attorney involved and feel that they are a part of the Potter Burnett pride. Their new prime location in Bowie, Maryland—located near I- 495, I-295 and Route 50—provides convenient client access to protect victims of negligence throughout the Maryland and D.C area.
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