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Details of Settlement Published – $35 Million for Stent Patients

By Byron Warnken

One week ago, the Baltimore Business Journal, reported the details of a settlement previously announced by Jay Miller of Miller, Murtha, & Psoras.  The settlement totaled $35.25 million.  The article states the injured “could receive a total of $35.25 million.”  Nothing in the article indicates anything about what the conditions for that sum to be paid out.

If, in fact, that is the amount, the attorneys fees in the case will amount to just over $14,000,000.

The case involved a heart surgeon giving unnecessary stent implants.  Essentially unnecessary surgeries.

One Baltimore medical malpractice lawyer said to me, upon the launch of InjuryLawyerDatabase, “the stent cases skew the numbers.”  My response was simply, “That’s one way to look at it.  Another way to look at it is the stent cases are the numbers.”  Whatever the specifics, the stent issues involving defendants Mark Midei, St. Joes, Catholic Health Initiatives, and Mid-Atlantic Cardiovascular, were an enormous deal in the Baltimore area.  The news first broke in 2010 and hundreds of people were impacted.

Jay Miller is one of the most active medical malpractice lawyers in Maryland.  He was also quoted in the Daily Record article about InjuryLawyerDatabase.  He said, “They are all the best malpractice lawyers so I can’t criticize it … They also happen to be the top lawyers.  I guess that’s a good thing.  If a consumer would use that site, they couldn’t go wrong.”

Source:

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/news/2013/07/30/court-to-divy-up-lump-settlement-sum.html

Who visits InjuryLawyerDatabase and what do they want to know?

By Byron Warnken

InjuryLawyerDatabase.com expects to generate much of its web traffic from Internet search engines.  There is early evidence the expectation will be met.  In the last three months, InjuryLawyerDatabase.com has seen 1,481 different search terms bring visitors to the site.  Some search terms have brought hundreds of visitors, many only one. Broadly, the searches fall into […]

Baltimore Lead Paint Cases Restored

By Byron Warnken

The Court of Appeals of Maryland has reinstated multiple lead paint cases, according to the MD Daily Record.  The cases are both from Baltimore City. Court cases often need to be proved through expert testimony.  On one hand, if something is obvious, you don’t need an expert to say so.  Let’s suppose a ceiling fell […]

The Peter Angelos and Joe Biden Connection

By Byron Warnken

I was in attendance last night at the opening of University of Baltimore’s new law school building, The John and Frances Angelos law center.  The building is incredible, an impressive display of ultra modern architecture.  The festivities were equally impressive.  As correctly stated by the Washington Post, Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Governor Martin […]

How Can I Find Out How Good a Lawyer Is?

By Byron Warnken

I’ve been asked this question before many times.  For so long, I said, simply, reputation. However, reputation is such a loose concept.  Reputation according to whom? For a long time, when someone I know needs an out-of-state lawyer, and I don’t know anyone personally, I recommend this approach: Call up to five lawyers, in the […]