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

By Byron Warnken

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.

February 2017 Medical Malpractice Cases

By Byron Warnken

There were 29 medical mal suits filed in the month of February 2017.  Some hospitals are listed as co-defendants in suits against individual practitioners or entities, and vice versa.  These are for cases listed as medical malpractice or med mal, excluding PG County and Montgomery County which do not break out their statistics or list […]

April 2016 in the Maryland Judiciary

By Byron Warnken

There were 7,976 unique cases filed in Maryland circuit courts.  This represents Maryland state circuit courts only – not federal courts or Maryland appellate courts. Torts, as usual, did not make up a particularly large portion of the cases filed.  Housing foreclosures, also as usual, represented the largest swath of cases. Break down of cases […]

April 2015 Maryland Litigation Statistics

By Byron Warnken

April 2015 saw 6699 different cases filed in Maryland Circuit Courts. Of these cases, only 10 were listed as medical malpractice. This is completely consistent with numbers from the first quarter. We highlighted those stats – medical malpractice made up less than one half of 1% of all circuit court cases – in this medical […]

Last Month’s Judiciary Stats

By Byron Warnken

In March, circuit courts of Maryland were, per usual, quite busy.  There were 8723 listed actions, not including criminal cases.  Of these, there were 6633 different case numbers assigned. Also as usual, the number of cases listed as personal injury or related, was only a small fraction of the whole.  There were 30 medical malpractice […]

The Maryland Judiciary’s Budget Request and Last Month’s Stats

By Byron Warnken

The Maryland Judiciary has requested $549 million dollars for their 2016 operating budget. According to the Daily Record, this is approximately a 10% increase over the current fiscal year. On first blush, this might seem like a large number. However, consider, for a moment, last month’s figures that we now report. There were 5410 cases […]

The Largest Law Firms in Baltimore Serve Businesses

By Byron Warnken

If you are an attorney or otherwise sophisticated in the law or business, you read the headline above and say, “Duh.”  Of course the Baltimore’s biggest law firms serve businesses.  Same is true everywhere for that matter. But not everyone knows this simple fact.  Law firms and lawyers are arguably far more important to individuals […]

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 […]