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If It Ever Happened, It Always Happened

By Byron Warnken

That’s sometimes what I say about the Internet and our recorded life.  It’s not exactly poetic, and I’m not sure it defines what I want to say all that well.  I’m simply trying to say: you cannot unwrite the past.  You never could, completely, as we all live in a world we cannot control.  But now, in this digital life, the past is right there.  On a screen.

I’ve wondered how courts would rule on cases in which Internet sites publish things which courts later deem expunged.  In Martin v. Hearst, we now know.

The publisher of arrest records, even if later deemed expunged or even if the arrest was deemed improper, is not liable for simply publishing the information.

Why?  Because it happened.  It happened.  If it ever happened, it always happened.

Does it make damages for wrongful arrest more?  Maybe.

InjuryLawyerDatabase publishes statistics on lawyers.  If a lawyer is really a divorce lawyer, yet tells a potential client he is a personal injury lawyer, statistics will reveal otherwise. It’s about the statistics.  Please note: simply because a profile appears on InjuryLawyerDatabase does not mean the lawyer holds him or herself out to be a personal injury lawyer.  Attorneys did not control what profiles go on InjuryLawyerDatabase.  ILD can be used to search statistics, however.

This is a new paradigm.  Your history comes with you.  It always did, but now it’s digital.


Peter Angelos Still Works Cases?

By Byron Warnken went from algorithmic updates to hand updates within the last few months.  A smattering of the updates come across my desk.  Actually, they do the modern day equivalent and pipe through my inbox.  I’m seldom surprised by what I see.  If I thought a lawyer was busy and handling a lot of car accident […]

November Maryland Circuit Court Statistics

By Byron Warnken

Medical malpractice lawsuits, or the lack thereof, is what stood out in November.  There were only 21 different medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Maryland in November. The number seems smaller than one might otherwise guess. Well known defendants include Frederick Memorial Hospital, Northwest Hospital Center, Emergency Medicine Associates, PA, Franklin Square Hospital, Peninsula Regional Medical […]

St. Agnes Hospital and Medical Malpractice – A Rough Month

By Byron Warnken

Medical Negligence Verdicts Stack Up in November A number of medical malpractice cases in and around Baltimore have made news in recent weeks, more than one involving St. Agnes Hosptial. It might be time to start sweating Briggs Bedigian. If you don’t know who he is, you don’t really know medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore. […]

How Much are Dog Bite Cases Worth: An Example

By Byron Warnken

The Case Within the last few weeks, Dr. Shannon J. Kaiser, a Baltimore dentist, agreed to a $115,000 settlement after suffering a dog attack in September of 2011. The agreement was made in response to counts of nuisance, strict liability, and negligence. Case Number: 03C13004453 What Happened? According to the Daily Record, Oliver, the 70-pound […]

MTA Lawsuits are Plentiful

By Byron Warnken

I’ve been curious about the frequency of lawsuits against the MTA (the Maryland Transit Administration).  When I saw the story of the instigating bus driver in the news, I couldn’t help but look a little further. The MTA Should Be Ashamed On October 9th 2014, Karen Murphy, a former Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) bus driver […]

21 Maryland Medical Malpractice Cases in One Month

By Byron Warnken

In June of 2014, there were only 21 Medical Malpractice lawsuits filed in Maryland Circuit Courts.  Of those 21 cases, only 3 med mal firms filed more than a single case. Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins, L.L.C. filed three cases, Schochor, Frederico and Staton P.A. filed two, and Snyder and Snyder filed two. Other […]