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Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawsuits in Baltimore City – January 2019

By Byron Warnken, on March 11, 2019

How Many Personal Injury Lawsuits are Filed in Baltimore?

The exact number of personal injury lawsuits filed in Baltimore can be a difficult number to know exactly.  Personal injury lawsuits are torts – someone or something injures another person.  But not all lawsuits are called “torts” in Maryland’s Judiciary case search (Maryland’s official records kept by the judicial branch.). However, when you really look at the data, you find a lot of information that helps determine how many personal injury lawsuits there are in Baltimore.

As we do every month, the pulls the judiciary’s data and analyzes it.  In total, there were more than 5,000 civil actions in Maryland circuit courts in January and nearly as many in February.  This does not mean there were that many personal injury lawsuits, as “civil actions” also means many other things, most notably family law and home foreclosures.

Here is the breakdown for Baltimore City Circuit Court in January of 2019:

  • 974 Total Civil Cases
  • 90 Car Crash Cases (including jury trial prayers)
  • 28 Lead Paint Cases
  • 10 Medical Malpractice Cases
  • 16 Workers’ Compensation Appeals from the Comp Commission
  • 35 Other Tort Cases
  • 14 Asbestos Cases

According to these statistics above, there were 193 personal injury cases in Baltimore in January.  That’s 19.82% of the litigation in Baltimore.  For frame of reference, there were 397 foreclosure actions.

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