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Law Enforcement

General Counsel to the Maryland Troopers’ Association

Experience against more than 35 different agencies

Litigation

Criminal and Civil Litigation

Trial and Appellate

Workers' Compensation

Helping Injured Workers

One Case at a Time

Appeals

Counsel on more than 250 appeals in State and Federal Courts

Multiple cases in the Supreme Court of the United States

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Workers’ Compensation “Reforms” are Corporate Welfare

When companies pay injured workers less, something has to make up the difference.

This difference is made up by food stamps, social security disability, and various forms of medical assistance.  Who pays for these things?  Taxpayers.

Why do taxpayers pay for things that companies should pay for?  In most cases, the companies are profitable.  In many cases, the companies are hugely profitable.

Laws get passed.  According to ProPublica, 33 states have cut workers’ comp benefits or made it harder to qualify in the last 13 years. Non-equitable reforms are reasoned by the idea that injured workers should get back to work and not be dependent on the system.

OK, fine.  What happens then?  Whole companies become dependent on free money from the government.

Most voters, simply speaking, are too simple to see what is happening.  Much of corporate America relies on this simpleness.

It is corporate welfare. There is no other way to look at it.

Maryland Workers’ Compensation

Maryland workers’ comp is better than many other states.  We do not have the draconian reforms that states like Oklahoma do.  Despite the fact that companies have seen their average comp insurance premium more than cut in half over the last 27 years, laws have, according to ProPublica, been only lightly negative for the injured worker.

We are still a choose your own doctor state. Yes, in Maryland you can choose your own doctor for workers’ compensation matters, assuming the doc takes workers comp. Some insurance adjusters either think the opposite or posture the opposite.

Despite having horribly low payouts for some injuries (like fingers), Maryland has reasonable rates (comparatively) for most comp injuries, and high rates for a few. (An example: Maryland has a high rate of compensation for permanent disability on foot injury cases.)

Someone Pays

When workers’ get hurt on the job, someone pays.  That’s life.  The worker always pays.  When workers’ compensation laws work properly, the employer and the employer’s insurer alleviate much of the burden. When workers’ compensation laws favor the employer and insurer too heavily, others pay. These others are you and me. It’s the taxpayer who pays for the injured worker. As if we didn’t have enough to pay for, now we have to pay for some company too cutthroat, cheap, and, often, corrupt, to pay it’s own tab.

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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.  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.

Litigation

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 handles personal injury cases and workers’ compensation appeals.  However, through of-counsel relationships, 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.  Our comp practice is likely the fastest growing in the state.  Warnken, LLC had less than 20 comp files at any given time a few years ago.  Today there are more than 250.

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

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.