DeCaro Doran

Our firm is a regional leader, offering legal services to individuals and businesses alike. With three offices, we are minutes from the Nation's Capital, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Northern Virginia. We are dedicated to delivering cost-effective and exceptional legal counsel with individualized attention to every client.


The Maryland Uniform Arbitration Act (MUAA) sets forth several grounds upon which a Circuit Court is empowered to vacate an arbitrator’s award.  Cts. & Jud. Proc. Art., § 3-224(b). These do not include the authority of a court to vacate an arbitrator’s award because the award manifestly disregards applicable law.
The Superior Court for the District of Columbia prepares compilations of data for jury trial verdicts in a variety of civil cases, including medical malpractice, slip-and-fall, and auto accident cases.  The 2017 totals have been released.
It would seem rational that an injured employee’s award for lost income should be calculated based on the average number of hours worked in the weeks prior to the accident.  However, in Richard Beavers Construction, Inc. v. Wagstaff the Court of Special Appeals approved of a different calculation.
The recent Court of Appeals opinion in Davis v. Frostburg Facility Operations, LLC d/b/a Frostburg Village addressed the issue of whether claims for negligence and related claims have alleged a “medical injury” within the meaning of the Health Care Malpractice Claims Act (the “Act”) such that the claims would be subject to initial filing in the Maryland Health Care Alternative Dispute Resolution Office (“ADR Office”) prior to filing in a Circuit Court.
Maryland Rule 2-327(c) provides that a court may transfer a case to any other circuit court where venue is proper “if the transfer is for the convenience of the parties and witnesses and serves the interests of justice.”
DeCaro Doran has new quick reference guides on damage laws in our three jurisdictions (Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia).  These guides are intended to provide an overview of general damage laws in each jurisdiction.


DeCaro, Doran, Siciliano, Gallagher and DeBlasis LLP
Maryland Office
17251 Melford Boulevard
Suite 200
Bowie, MD 20715
Virginia Office
3930 Walnut Street
Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 22030
Washington, D.C. Office
1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 950
Washington, D.C. 20036
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