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If you were the victim of sexual abuse or assault, either as a child or an adult, you have the right to bring a civil lawsuit against both your abuser and any school, company, or organization that might be liable for the abuse.

In this post, we will provide a brief overview of sexual abuse lawsuits in Delaware. We will explain the applicable statute of limitations for sex abuse civil cases in Delaware and the potential settlement value of these cases.

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This page explores Delaware settlement amounts and jury payouts. It summarizes Delaware personal injury law, including the types of cases that may be brought, the statute of limitations, and the damages that may be awarded.  It is written both for lawyers who should bookmark this page and victims who want to learn more about settlement value and personal injury law in Delaware.

Delaware Injury Verdicts and Settlements

  • $190,000 Verdict (Kent County 2021): A general surgeon at Bayhealth Medical Center operated on the plaintiff to remove his cancerous thyroid gland and, in doing so, failed to remove part of the cancerous right lobe of his thyroid gland and his cancerous left lobe. The negligent surgery allowed the cancer to progress and required the plaintiff to undergo additional surgery.

On this page, our personal injury lawyers will look at Delaware car accident lawsuits. We will review the key points of law relevant to auto accidents in Delaware and we will explain what the average settlement value of these cases are based on prior settlements and verdicts.


Delaware Personal Injury Law & Settlements

In a recent malpractice opinion in Acree v. Bayhealth Med. Ctr., a Delaware Superior Court provides a ruling of interest to any Delaware medical malpractice lawyer looking to find more deep pockets that are vicariously liable for a health care provider’s care.  In this case, the focus is on a staffing agency that provided an orthopedic surgeon to a hospital.

Facts of Acree v. Bayhealth Med. Ctr.

An orthopedic surgeon performed an arthroscopic procedure on a patient’s right knee at a medical center owned by Bayhealth. Complications and a post-operative infection arose after the surgery, which, the patient alleges, will necessitate a total knee replacement.

Most jurisdictions leave the judge’s discretion whether to admit photographs from a car accident for the purpose of demonstrating the extent of the injuries of the occupants of the car. In Davis v. Maute, 770 A.2d. 36 (Del. 2001), the Supreme Court of Delaware took a minority view, holding that a party in a car accident may not directly argue that the seriousness of the injuries from an auto accident correlates to the extent of the damage to the cars, unless there is testimony from an expert witness that makes a correlation.

Accordingly, lawyers in Delaware may not argue by implication what the lawyer could not argue indirectly and attempt to suggest that the lack of property damage reflects the minor injuries.

This is great for Delaware plaintiffs’ lawyers in car accident cases who have minor property damage and claim injuries. Still, our lawyers prefer the majority rule because if you have a serious injury/serious impact case, you want to get the pictures to the jury to show the severity of the injuries and the Davis v. Maute holding can backfire on plaintiffs.

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