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Ron Miller is an attorney who focuses on serious injury and wrongful death cases involving motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, and products and premises liability. If you are looking for a Maryland personal injury attorney for your case, call him today at 800-553-8082.

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is an uncommon neurologic condition causing impairment of the arms and legs. CIDP is a condition that is frequently misdiagnosed leading to harmful delays in treatment or unnecessary treatments. If you have been harmed by a misdiagnosis of CIDP you may be entitled to bring a malpractice case and get compensation.

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The original post was about an interesting verdict in New York in a “calling fore” golf course injury case.  The case is still interesting. But it is 11 years-old.  So I’m updating the post in 2020 by including sample settlements and verdicts in golf course injury lawsuits.

Golf Course Injury Verdicts and Settlements

  • 2020, Texas: $125,000 Settlement. A minor girl suffered a traumatic brain injury after falling from a golf cart that was operated by a minor.  Look at the infographic we have on this page.  These injuries are unbelievably common.  The injury left her with permanent impairments. Her family sued the driver for recklessly operating the vehicle and failing to properly brake. They also sued the cart’s owner for negligently entrusting it to an incompetent operator. The case settled for $125,000. Obviously, there was a real problem for the victim’s lawyer in establishing fault because a case like this should be worth millions at trial if successful.

Just before the coronavirus shut the world down, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued an interesting unreported opinion in a premises liability case in Montogmery Counrty that looks at voir dire in Maryland, an issue that has always interested me in Smith v. Rollins Real Estate.  

Case Facts

The case itself is pretty boring. It is slip and fall on the way to a restaurant case.  A woman gets dropped off at the door.  She rolls her foot getting out and blames a separation in the sidewalk.  It is not a case I would ever take.

Elmiron, the brand-name for the drug pentosan polysulfate sodium (PPS), is used to treat interstitial cystitis (IC), a chronic and incurable bladder condition. IC, which primarily affects women, causes mild to severe pain and pressure in the bladder area. Having IC is like having a bladder infection that never goes away, and the condition can also cause lower urinary tract symptoms and pain during sex. IC is also known as bladder pain syndrome (BPS). Currently, Elmiron is the only drug approved by the FDA specifically to treat IC, though there are other medications and treatments.

My law firm is now reviewing Elmiron vision loss lawsuits. I think this could be the next big mass tort claim. This is national litigation and our firm is reviewing these cases in every state in the United States. If you have a claim, call our lawyers at 800-553-8082.  You can also reach out to me online.  There is no cost or fee unless we get a recovery for you.

 According to Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson), the drug’s manufacturer, IC is believed to be caused by damage to the bladder’s lining. Painful symptoms arise because substances in the urine irritate the damaged spots. Pentosan polysulfate sodium, the Elmiron drug, is a blood thinner. PPS seems to attach to the bladder wall, protecting the damaged areas of the bladder wall from outside irritants. In this way, Elmiron is sort of like a band-aid, in how covering a cut with a band-aid immediately relieves pain and prevents it from further irritation.

Monsanto Roundup weed killer lawsuits are the biggest mass tort in the country.  Lawyers everywhere are looking for potential victims.  (August 2020 Update: This is no longer true.)

Our law firm is no exception.  Stunning verdicts and talk of a settlement in excess of $10 billion have poured even more gasoline on the fire.  What are these weed killer cases about and what can we expect moving forward?

Before we start that, there is something you need to know.  If you have a Roundup herbicide non-Hodgin’s lymphoma cancer case, call a Roundup cancer lawsuit attorney.  Not today.  Right now.  The Roundup settlement is on hold and more cases are being filed.  But you want to get in before the settlement, not after (not to mention the possible statute of limitations issues)

The first negligence lawsuit arising from the Covid-19 pandemic has already been filed. On March 9, 2020, a couple sued Princess Cruises for their experience onboard the Grand Princess Cruise ship. An outbreak of Covid-19 on the Grand Princess resulted in 28 or more cases of the virus.

There will be a ton of lawsuits that directly or indirectly involve the coronavirus.  Like the virus itself, I can’t figure out quite how it will all play out.  But it will be a big thing for years to come, even long after this virus is hopefully long gone or controlled.

Background of This Case

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Metro Verdicts Monthly provides the median verdict and settlement value of wrist fracture cases over the last 22 years. The average settlement/verdict in Washington D.C. is $105,000. Maryland is less than half that: $50,000. The average settlement/verdict in a wrist fracture case in Virginia is $52,583. Maryland jury verdicts in series personal injury cases are generally higher in the District of Columbia. Again, I don’t know the methodology of how MVM gets its numbers. If they rely on personal injury lawyers reporting that data – which I do not think they do – then that could skew the data as could a lot of other things that only a statistician could find. Particularly since Metro Verdicts includes settlements in their statistics, it is hard not to suspect that data could be skewed. The only way auto accident settlements (as opposed to malpractice settlements that have to be reported) get on the radar screen is if you call Metro Verdicts and tell them you settled a case. But there are few sources of verdict and settlement statistics in personal injury cases, so it is hard not to find data like this interesting. I would love to see a jurisdiction comparison of Baltimore City and all the counties in Maryland. Most wrist injuries we see are fractures.  A fracture is a broken bone.  Many of these cases are comminuted wrist fracture cases, which means it is not one clean, bony fragment, but multiple fragments.  These cases will have a higher average settlement value.   Also, there is a greater injury settlement value is when there is a fracture that extends into the joint is called an intra-articular fracture.  Ultimately, the more serious and permanent the injury is, the greater the value of the case.

Wrist Injuries on the Rise

Metro Verdicts Monthly’s cover graph is failure to diagnose breast cancer settlements and verdicts in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.

breast cancer misdiagnosis casesBy some estimates, between 8% and 12% of cancer cases are initially misdiagnosed. It is hard to call one type of cancer misdiagnosis case more tragic than another. Every misdiagnosis is going to decrease the chance of treating and defeating the cancer. But, many cancer misdiagnosis cases are not medical malpractice cases because the cancer is so aggressive, but breast cancer misdiagnosis cases are fueled by tragedy because breast cancer is often extremely manageable when caught early, and often fatal when missed. Continue reading

Miller & Zois lawyers are assisting victims of sexual abuse committed by clergy who abused their authority in the worst way imaginable.  These lawsuits are against not only church officials but against the churches themselves.  The crimes committed in sexual abuse cases do more than violate Maryland law.  The involve unimaginable cruelty and evil.  This is why our attorneys have sought out sex abuse cases. There is no question these are emotionally challenging cases for our entire legal team.  We are human beings first.  We feel the pain of these victims.

Sexual abuse in religious institutions is especially distressing to talk about due to the potential for religious intolerance and the fact that children and teens are normally the victims. Some nuns, too, have spoken out about sexual assault and harassment.

International scandals broke in the past two decades, first in 2002 and again in 2018, that revealed chronic and widespread abuse of young boys in the Catholic Church. Worst of all? Investigations, which first began in Ireland and Boston, found that the abuse had been covered up and that perpetrators were barely punished.

It’s been less than a month since the tragic helicopter accident in the Santa Monica Mountains that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 other people. Kobe’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, has already sued the helicopter operating company and the pilot.

Vanessa Bryant is the named plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Los Angles County Superior Court against Island Express Helicopters and the estate of Ara Zobayan, the pilot who died in the crash.

Because the issues in this wrongful death case are so well-known to so many of us, I thought there might be some wisdom in breaking down the claim, how this case will play out, and why I would have waited to file suit.  I also talk about the differences if Maryland law applied to this case.

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