Criminal and Civil Litigation
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Helping Injured Workers
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General Counsel to the Maryland Troopers’ Association
Experience against more than 35 different agencies
Counsel on more than 250 appeals in State and Federal Courts
Multiple cases in the Supreme Court of the United States
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.
Warnken, LLC completed five workers’ compensation cases in August. No two cases are ever the same, and getting good results in one case doesn’t mean it will be the same in another. This is true even if the injured body part is the exact same. But we do want to give you an idea of the value of workers’ compensation injury cases. This is a monthly series that includes cases for the month just concluded. You can look to the workers’ compensation category of our blog for more.
- Injury: Asthma and formalin exposure with mucous membrane, skin, and upper respiratory irritation
- Body Part: Lungs
- Amount: $40,000.00
- Claimant was injured when she was exposed to toxic chemicals while she was working in a science lab. As a result, her pre-existing asthma was exacerbated and she requires medication for the remainder of her life associated with her condition.
- Injury: Illioinguinal hernia
- Body Part: Groin and Back
- Amount: $108,000.00
- Claimant sustained an illioinguinal (sports) hernia as a result of lifting heavy furniture while at work. Claimant was unable to return to work due to this injury, and will require lifetime care. He was not a candidate for surgery due to the area in which he was injured.
- Injury: Peroneal Neuropathy
- Body Part: Left leg
- Amount: $6,500.00
- Claimant sustained an injury while sitting at his desk during a meeting. After the meeting, he lost feeling to his left leg, which lasted approximately six months.
- Injury: Allergic Reaction
- Body Part: Hands and Face
- Amount: $1,800.00
- As a result to chemical exposure at work, Claimant had an allergic reaction on her hands and face. Her condition improved once she was no longer exposed to the offending chemicals.
- Injury: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy and complex regional pain syndrome
- Body Part: Left foot and ankle
- Amount: $32,200.00
- Claimant was injured when she missed a step and tried to stop herself from falling. She sustained injuries to the foot, ankle and leg.
In addition to completing the comp cases listed above, Warnken, LLC took in 16 new cases on behalf on injured workers. A few of those cases were injuries to the neck from repetitive motion. Neck injury cases have a unique wrinkle in workers’ compensation. Often, neck injuries produce pain or loss of function to other parts of the body besides the neck. Is that a neck injury or an arm injury or a shoulder injury? The value of neck injury cases is different than shoulder injury cases.
In a perfect world, compensation would be based on fairness after examining the entire body and corresponding pain or loss of use. However, the workers’ compensation system has grown up over years as a series of compromises. Some represent the interests of injured workers’, some are looking out for the employer or insurer. This is true not just of lawyers, but of politicians as well.
Whatever the history, workers’ compensation compensates injured workers for permanent injuries sustained to specific body parts. More than one body part can be injured at a time, and some injuries are actually “whole body” injuries – the body part doesn’t correspond to a specific schedule.
Warnken, LLC concentrates in getting compensation for injured workers. If we can help you, please call now at 443-921-1100 or contact us here.