October 1, 2008 brought a change in the maximum amount of recovery for non-economic damages in the state of Maryland. The state of Maryland has a " cap" on non-economic damages . This means that there is a legislatively determined maximum amount of recovery available to an individual injured in the state of Maryland as a result of the negligence of others. The amount of the recovery changes every October 1. With the onset of October 1, we thought it best to advise our readers of the change in the amount of recovery for non-economic loss in the state of Maryland. For claims of pain and suffering made before October 1, 2008, the maximum amount of recovery is $695,000. For claims of pain and suffering made after October 1, 2008, the maximum amount is $710,000. In the event there was a death, the wrongful death beneficiary can receive $650,000 for non-economic loss. If there were more than one wrongful death beneficiary in an injury that took place in the state of Maryland, then the total amount available for all of the wrongful death beneficiaries, assuming the death took place on or before September 30, 2008 is $1,042,000 and after October 1, 2008 is $1,565,000.