Maryland Workers’ Compensation Legislative Updates for 2024

June 2024 | By Julie D. Murray

The Maryland legislature had another active session and passed three bills during the most recent 2024 legislative session. These bills will go into effect either in July 2024 or October 2024. Below are summaries of these three bills, which will have an impact on employers and insurers. Overhaul of Industrial Noise-induced Hearing Loss Claims HB0669/SB0843 will go into effect on October 1, 2024, and overhauls…

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Could Claim Payouts Increase with Proposed Noneconomic Damages Cap Increase for Personal Injury Claims?

May 2024 | By Anthony Benito Blanchfield-Felice

In personal injury cases, understanding the distinction between economic and noneconomic damages is crucial. In Maryland, economic damages encompass quantifiable financial losses directly attributable to the defendant’s actions or negligence. These losses typically include expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and rehabilitation costs. See Md. Code Ann., Cts. & Jud. Pro. § 11-109. Unlike economic damages, which are relatively straightforward to calculate…

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Uninsured Motorist Claims and the Subsequent Negligent Medical Treatment Defense

May 2024 | By Marcus K. Jones

In general, a tortfeasor is liable for the damage he or she causes, in addition to the subsequent acts of a negligent medical practitioner. Underwood-Gary v. Mathews, 366 Md. 660, 668 (2001). Particularly, “[a] negligent actor is liable not only for harm that he directly causes but also for any additional harm resulting from normal efforts of third persons in rendering aid, irrespective of whether…

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The Semmes Spotlight: The Rise of Attorney Richard Medoff

May 2024 | By Simone T. Fair

Attorney Richard Medoff has spent over a decade working his way up at Semmes, becoming an indispensable member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He recently sat down with fellow Semmes attorney Simone Fair to discuss his path to principal at the firm, his time at University of Maryland Law School, his views on trends in the industry and his unique passion for metal detecting,…

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Analysis: SCOTUS’ Ruling Keeping Former President Trump on the 2024 Ballot

May 2024 | By Trevor F. Gee

In September 2023, a group of Colorado voters (hereinafter collectively referred to as “respondents”) contended that the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits former President Donald Trump, who seeks the presidential nomination of the Republican Party in this year’s election, from becoming president again.[1] The Colorado Supreme Court agreed with the respondents’ contention and ordered Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold to exclude…

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Future of Maryland Handgun Licensing Law Uncertain After Fourth Circuit Agrees to Review Decision Declaring It Unconstitutional

May 2024 | By Richard J. Medoff

In November 2023, a split three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit struck down provisions from Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013 requiring a handgun qualification license as a condition for obtaining a handgun, with the 2-1 majority finding that it was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s new test for Second Amendment challenges espoused in New York State Rifle…

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