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The Medical Malpractice Crisis Myth – Maryland Edition

By Byron Warnken, on April 30, 2015

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Medical Malpractice Cases in Maryland

In simply quantity, cases listed as medical malpractice in Maryland are almost a rounding error.  They represent less than 1/2 of 1% of all circuit court actions in Maryland, not including PG and Montgomery Counties.  (Those two counties report their stats differently, making it more difficult to parse out which kinds of cases are which.)

Of course, though quite significant, number of cases isn’t everything.  Forty-nine huge dollar cases might be more significant than a larger number of tiny cases.  However, it’s important to keep in mind that circuit court actions involve more than $30,000 in damages in any case.  Therefore, smaller contract or car accident cases are separate and not skewing the numbers.  Moreover, medical malpractice cases are either always or virtually always in the larger dollar courts.

Also key to remember, an enormous quantity of medical malpractice cases that actually go to trial result in defense verdicts.  In this previous post, we report 77% of med mal cases are shown to have defense verdicts.

Medical Malpractice Infographic

The infographic above does one of the better jobs I’ve seen in showing visually, just how small the amount of medical malpractice litigation there is, in comparison to everything else.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Maryland

The goal of is both to educate potential litigants in personal injury, car accident, and medical malpractice cases, and to get potential litigants to the right attorneys for their case.  As such, here is a list of med mal lawyers handling cases in Maryland and here are our thoughts on the best medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland.

The decision about what lawyer for a medical malpractice case is an important one.  Depending on the facts of the case, and how serious, it can be one of the most important decisions a family makes.  Not all lawyers are created equal and not all lawyers are suited to a particular kind of case.

The best thing you can do is talk to multiple attorneys, read a great deal, and study the statistics.


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