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Below are the Warnken, LLC workers’ comp cases that received a permanent partial disability award in October. In month with only workers’ compensation cases coming to a close – no car accidents or other personal injury matters – it’s a good time to talk about the truth about workers’ compensation. The truth: it sucks.
You will not get enough from workers’ compensation. If when all is said and done, you’re genuinely happy, something is wrong. Workers’ compensation never pays enough for legitimately hurt workers. We think it’s important in our role as comp lawyers to reveal this harsh reality.
Just because you aren’t happy with the result, doesn’t mean you won’t be happy with Warnken, LLC as your workers’ compensation lawyer. You most certainly will. We make it our mission to make you happy. The first way we do it – we tell you the truth. We won’t sugarcoat. And we fight to get you all the compensation we can in this flawed system.
- Injury: Fracture of the right distal radius
- Body Part: Right arm and wrist
- Amount: $11,412.50
- Claimant sustained a fracture of the right distal radius after tripping and falling over an uneven concrete edge. He had fractures of the distal radius and ulna. He was placed in a cast and received physical therapy following the removal of the cast.
- Injury: Sprain/strain of the right shoulder
- Body Part: Right shoulder
- Amount: $12,000.00
- Claimant injured her right shoulder while working on a production line. She sustained a sprain to the right shoulder and was treated conservatively. There was no shoulder surgery performed.
- Injury: Back strain
- Body Part: Lower back
- Amount: $5,500.00
- Claimant was lifting a patient when she injured her back. She underwent a course of conservative treatment. There was no back surgery performed.
- Injury: Back strain
- Body Part: Back
- Amount: $7,750.00
- Claimant was injured after being assaulted at work. She underwent conservative treatment that included physical therapy and medication. Again, no back surgery.
- Injury: Injury to the scapholunate ligament
- Body Part: Left wrist and hand
- Amount: $39,600.00
- Claimant underwent three separate surgeries on his hand following a work-related injury that included an open left scapholunate ligament repair and placement of a temporary compression screw, removal of the compression screw, and tenolysis of extensor tendons, tenolysis of the flexor tendons and capsulectomy of the finders. He was unable to return to his pre-injury employment and was placed on permanent light duty restrictions.
- Body Part: Right knee
- Amount: $15,000.00
- Claimant injured her knee while in a training academy. She underwent arthroscopic, diagnostic surgery and a course of physical therapy following surgery.
- Injury: Small disc protrusion at L5-S1
- Body Part: Back
- Amount: $35,000.00
- Claimant injured his back while lifting heavy equipment at work. He underwent a miscrodiscectomy at L5-S1 to reduce pain and was able to return to work.
Warnken, LLC Attorneys At Law
Warnken, LLC started more than 20 years ago. The senior member of the firm, Byron L. Warnken, Esq., has been an attorney for more than 35 years. He is also a full-time law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. Warnken teaches various criminal law related classes. In the past, he taught issues in law enforcement. From his classes, came his practice. In the beginning, being a scholar meant interesting specialty litigation at the appellate level. Things grew from there.
Warnken, LLC has handled more than 1300 criminal cases in more than 20 years of practice. This includes all phases of criminal litigation, including trial work and post-verdict work. Post-verdict means criminal appeals, post conviction, sentencing and other collateral review. Professor Byron L. Warnken teaches criminal law and constitutional criminal procedure. He is also the author of Maryland Criminal Procedure, a 1940-page three-volume treatise on the subject.
Warnken, LLC’s civil litigation practice, at this point, is primarily appeals. However, through of-counsel relationships, we handle car accidents, negligence, contested liability cases, personal injury, medical malpractice, and other injuries or disputes.
Workers’ compensation is by far the fastest growing practice area at Warnken, LLC. Our comp practice is likely the fastest growing in the state. Warnken, LLC had less than 20 comp files at any given time two and a half years ago. Today there are approximately 100.
Our comp practice grew from serving law enforcement. Being one of the most dangerous jobs, police officers and other public safety employees often need counsel for workplace injuries. In order to serve our existing clients, we gained the expertise.
For more than 15 years, Warnken, LLC has been general counsel to the Maryland Troopers Association. We handle administrative discipline, trial boards, disability retirement, grievances, and generally anything else active or retired law enforcement personnel face. We take great pride in the work.