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On June 10, 2015, Partners Michael P. Smith and Ryan S. Perlin obtained a Plaintiffs’ verdict on behalf of their clients in a negligence case tried in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County in Rockville, Maryland.

Smith and Perlin represented a young man with emotional and behavioral disabilities, who was a resident at a residential treatment center which specialized in providing psychiatric treatment for adolescents.  When the plaintiff was fifteen years old, staff members improperly physically restrained him in violation of applicable deescalation and restraint guidelines.  As a result, the plaintiff suffered detached retinas in both eyes.  He required eight subsequent retinal and corneal operations to repair the detachments and cataracts that developed subsequently.  Even with corrective lenses, his vision will never be 20/20, which is what it was before his injuries.

The case was tried for eight days in the Circuit Court in Rockville.  The six-person jury deliberated for approximately four hours before returning a Plaintiffs’ verdict in the amount of $505,611.  The jury’s verdict compensated Smith and Perlin’s client for his past and future medical expenses, the loss of wage earnings he will experience in the future, and pain and suffering, as well as his parents for the lost wages they suffered as a result of caring for their son’s injuries.