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March 2016 Workers’ Compensation Cases

If you might have a workers’ comp case in Maryland – please watch the warning on this video.





The cases below reveal the amounts that our workers’ compensation clients were awarded last month.  In most instances the amount is a permanent partial disability (PPD) award.  (In one instance it is a permanent total disability award.)  Sometimes, the amount represents a full and final settlement.  Understand that each workers’ comp case is different.  The value of cases are dependent on multiple factors.

  • Body Part: Neck
  • Injury: Disk herniations in the cervical spine
  • Amount: $12,200.00
  • Claimant was injured in a car accident while at work, when she was rear-ended. She was treated conservatively and with injections. The insurer waived the lien against the at-fault driver in the third-party personal injury case.
  • Body Part: Heart
  • Injury: Hypertension
  • Amount: $6,700.00
  • Claimant developed hypertension as a result of employment in law enforcement. The officer is being treated with medication at this time.
  • Body Part: Back
  • Injury: Thoracic and lumbar strains
  • Amount: Between $20,000 and $25,000
  • Claimant was injured after being rear-ended in a car accident while at work. Claimant was treated conservatively.
  • Body Part: Back
  • Injury: Lumbar strain
  • Amount: Between $8,000 and $10,000
  • Our injured client slipped and fell at work, twisting his back.
  • Body Part: Back
  • Injury: L5-S1 herniation
  • Amount: PPD award of just under $25,000
  • Claimant was injured as he was lifting heavy boxes and felt pain in his back. He underwent successful surgery in the form of a left sided L5-S1 hemilaminectomy, partial medial facetectomy, foraminotomy, and discectomy.
  • Body Part: Shoulder
  • Injury: Shoulder strain
  • Amount: $17,587.50
  • Claimant injured his shoulder while lifting heavy objects at work. He was treated conservatively with physical therapy.
  • Body Part: Shoulder
  • Injury: Shoulder strain
  • Amount: $11,725.00
  • Claimant was injured when he slipped and fell at work. He was treated conservatively.

As you can see from the two examples above, two very similar cases can produce different results for a myriad of reasons.  It’s great to do research online to get an idea about your workers’ comp case.  It’s even good to get a rough estimate of the value of your claim.  However, it’s important to understand there can be vast differences in the value of claims.

  • Body Part: Right shoulder
  • Injury: Shoulder strain
  • Amount: $5,025.00
  • Claimant was rear-ended while driving for work, causing injury to the shoulder. He was treated conservatively with physical therapy.
  • Injury: Paralysis from neck down
  • Amount: Permanent total disability
  • Claimant tragically suffered catastrophic injury as the result of an accident during his work as a tree trimmer. Claimant received permanent total disability benefits.
  • Body Part: Left shoulder
  • Injury: Torn rotator cuff
  • Amount: $33,300.00
  • Claimant was injured when he was climbing a ladder and he felt a pop in his shoulder, aggravating a pre-existing shoulder injury. He underwent surgical repair for a torn rotator cuff and was unable to return to pre-injury employment.
  • Body Part: Left knee
  • Injury: Foreign body lodged into medial aspect of knee
  • Amount: Approximately $7,500
  • Claimant was injured when a piece of metal became lodged into his knee while he was working. Claimant underwent surgery to have the metal removed from his knee.
  • Injury: Partial tearing of the hallucis longus tendon at the first metatarsal
  • Body Part: foot
  • Amount: $5,500
  • Claimant had heavy object fall onto foot. Claimant did not miss any time from work, was on light duty for approximately three weeks and was discharged to full duty thereafter.
  • Injury: Contusion
  • Body Part: knee
  • Amount: In excess of $5,000
  • Claimant was injured when a pallet fell and struck his knee, causing a contusion
  • Body Part: Back Injury
  • Amount: $22,500
  • Claimant was injured running up a flight of stairs during a training exercise.

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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.  In the early 1990’s, Warnken, LLC consisted of Byron L. Warnken and his wife Bonnie L. Warnken, who handled mostly medical malpractice and personal injury cases.  In 1997, the firm began to expand, with more lawyers being hired to handle the work associated with representing the Maryland Troopers Association.  Since then, the MTA has been Warnken, LLC’s focus.  The past decade has seen the firm gain great expertise in personal injury matters and workers’ compensation cases.

Litigation

Warnken, LLC has handled more than 2000 litigation matters in more than 20 years of practice.   This includes numerous kinds of litigation and includes trial work, post-verdict work, and appeals.

Warnken, LLC’s civil litigation practice handles personal injury cases and workers’ compensation cases.  We also handle truck accidents, negligence, wrongful death, catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, and other injuries or disputes.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is by far the fastest growing practice area at Warnken, LLC.  A decade ago, Warnken, LLC had less than 20 comp files at any given time a few years ago.  Today there are more than 300.

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.

Law Enforcement

Since 1997, 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.