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Program Description

  Insurance Defense Litigation

Provides legal defense for cases involving Montgomery County and fourteen local government Self-Insurance Fund participants (including such entities as the Montgomery County Board of Education, City of Rockville, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery College, and the Housing Opportunities Commission) and all of their employees. The attorneys appear regularly before State and Federal courts in Maryland and the District of Columbia for trials and oral arguments and before the Workers' Compensation Commission. These cases involve litigation in the following areas: common law torts; police civil rights claims; other Federal and State civil rights - constitutional torts; Americans with Disabilities Act; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; workers' compensation; and employment discrimination.

Program Contacts

Contact Carolyn Kilgariff of the Office of the County Attorney at 240.777.6766 or Philip Weeda of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2780 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.


Program Performance Measures

Program Performance MeasuresActual FY16Actual FY17Estimated FY18Target FY19Target FY20
Number of workers' compensation hearings 11,9951,9011,8681,8681,868
Worker's compensation cases: Total net gain to the County ($000)3,0153,2992,9802,9802,980
Last settlement amount demanded by plaintiff ($000)$266,636$46,864$263,058$263,058$263,058
Subrogation collected ($000)$550000
Total paid to plaintiff by the County ($000)$143$94$91$91$91
Ratio amount paid by County vs. amount demanded by the plaintiff0.
Total number of settlements3127313131
Number of judgments paid102666
Number of judgments in County's favor5143545454
Self-insurance fund litigation: Win/loss ratio84%96%91%91%91%
1  The increase in workers compensation hearings in FY16 correlates to the increase in work-related injuries, which can be attributed to more safety concerns and less resources dedicated to injury prevention.

Program Budget Changes

FY19 Approved ChangesExpendituresFTEs
FY18 Approved00.00
Decrease Cost: Lapse - Administrative Specialist II-214670.00
Multi-program adjustments, including negotiated compensation changes, employee benefit changes, changes due to staff turnover, reorganizations, and other budget changes affecting multiple programs.1128291.00
FY19 Approved913621.00