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The Medical Malpractice Crisis Myth – Maryland Edition

By Byron Warnken

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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 InjuryLawyerDatabase.com 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.

 

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 […]

Med Mal Lawyers Shouldn’t Have to Do All the Heavy Lifting

By Byron Warnken

CMS Stops, then Starts Again Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which offers health insurance to 100 million people, quietly announced it was going to stop tracking and publicly reporting 8 medicals errors detrimental to patient’s wellbeing. These 8 included when foreign objects are left in patient’s bodies after surgery and […]

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 […]

Who Owns the Law?

By Byron Warnken

That’s the question put forth by the ABA Journal, a publication of the American Bar Association (see story here).  Author Victor Li asks this important question at the right time.  It’s always been a good and relevant question.  However, never before were there so many implications to the answer. For example, this site, InjuryLawyerDatabase.com was literally […]

We’re Improving Every Day

By Byron Warnken

InjuryLawyerDatabase is slow.  It’s a problem.  We’re going to move hosting companies to improve the site speed.  It’s a by product of success.  We’ve had a lot more attention and traffic than we anticipated this early. We launched with a slate of plaintiffs’ lawyers.  From there, we got exhaustive data on the top twenty defendants […]

Terminology on Injury Lawyer Database

By Byron Warnken

The statistics on InjuryLawyerDatabase come from two separate publicly available databases.  The first database we obtained was all of the public filings from the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission.  That data we turned into a book we called The Comp Pinkbook.  We sorted workers’ comp lawyers on both the claimant and employer sides, as well as […]

Woodholme Gastroenterology Lawsuits

By Byron Warnken

There are no fewer than 12 lawsuits against Woodholme Gastroenterology Associates, PA.  According to their website, the group of doctors practices from locations in Pikesville, Severn, Glen Burnie, Catonsville, Eldersburg, and multiple locations in Baltimore.  Other or affiliated names include Endocentre of Baltimore and Endocentre at Quarterfield Station.  The lawsuits against the organization have come […]