On this page we will look at medical malpractice cases against Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, which is better known as Hopkins Bayview Hospital or Bayview Hospital. Hopkins Bayview is good hospital with a solid reputation, but like any large hospital it commits medical malpractice on a regular basis. Our Maryland hospital malpractice lawyers have a great deal of experience with malpractice claims against Hopkins Bayview and this page will explain what you can expect when suing this hospital.About Hopkins Bayview Hospital
Hopkins Bayview is located in southeast Baltimore on Eastern Ave. The Hopkins Bayview hospital and the larger Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center campus is massive. The hospital and its related facilities cover several blocks and can be seen from miles in any direction. Bayview is a very large and busy hospital. With 411 staffed bed, Bayview hospital is the 5th largest hospital in Maryland. Bayview has one of the biggest and most comprehensive neonatal intensive care units (NICU) in the state, with almost 50 staffed neonatal beds. Bayview is also home to the Johns Hopkins Burn Center, which is the only adult burn center in Maryland.
Hopkins Bayview hospital has an excellent reputation and is widely considered to be one of the better hospitals in Maryland. Bayview has consistently received very high grades for patient care and safety. In the most recent report on hospital safety from the healthcare watchdog group Leapfrog, Hopkins Bayview hospital was one of only a dozen hospitals in Maryland to receive a letter grade of A.Malpractice Claims Against Hopkins Bayview Hospital
There is no doubt that Bayview is a good hospital by any standard, but this does not mean that nothing ever goes wrong. Like any other busy, urban hospital, mistakes and medical negligence are a regular problem at Bayview. This is inevitable when you have thousands of patient admissions each year. Even the very best hospitals in the country regularly make mistakes and commit medical malpractice.
Hopkins Bayview hospital gets named as a defendant in at least a dozen major medical malpractice cases in Maryland every year. Our firm, Miller & Zois, has sued Hopkins Bayview hospital in a number of medical malpractice cases and we have had a great deal of success against them.
When Hopkins Bayview gets sued for medical malpractice they usually prefer to settle legitimate claims. This is typical for all hospital defendants in malpractice cases. Hospitals generally make better defendants in malpractice cases because are very concerned about their public image and they will settle claims to avoid negative publicity. Hospitals are self-insured so they have the freedom to settle cases without any approval from an insurance carrier or concern with how a settlement will impact their malpractice rates.
In our experience, these generalizations about hospitals preferring to settle very much apply to Hopkins Bayview. This does not mean that Hopkins Bayview will simply make an immediate settlement offer any time they get sued. Bayview will invest time and money going through the discovery phase of a case to evaluate whether they think the allegations of medical malpractice have any validity. Once they go thru this process and if they determine that the malpractice claim are not frivolous, Bayview will typically shift gears and make a strong push to settle out of the case for a reasonable amount.Venue for Malpractice Cases Against Hopkins Bayview Hospital
Johns Hopkins Bayview hospital is located in Baltimore City. This is significant because it means that the judicial venue for any medical malpractice lawsuit against Bayview will be Baltimore City. Judicial venue makes a big difference on the outcome of medical malpractice cases in Maryland. It is much harder to win a malpractice case in certain counties in Maryland. Baltimore City, however, is notoriously friendly to plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. Juries in Baltimore City frequently come down very hard on big hospitals accused of medical negligence.
Hopkins Bayview and its defense team are painfully aware that the odds are stacked against them if they go to trial in Baltimore City. This makes them even more willing to settle legitimate claims and avoid a headline grabbing very from a Baltimore City jury.Hopkins Bayview’s Maryland Defense Counsel
Hopkins Bayview is most often defended in medical malpractice cases by lawyers from the Baltimore law firm of Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann. This is one of the top medical malpractice firms in Maryland. Recently, Hopkins Bayview has occasionally been using other firms to defend their med mal cases. These firms include Warnach & Brown and Pessin Katz.Recent Malpractice Claims Against Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital
- Burgamy v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (2018): surgical error case in which a vascular surgeon at Hopkins Bayview was allegedly negligent in cutting patient’s aorta during surgery and failing to call for a cardiothoracic consultation.
- Johnson v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (2018): birth injury case alleging that delivery team at Hopkins Bayview negligently failed to diagnose placental abruption in time to perform emergency c-section.
- Ratliff v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (2017): medication error case in which patient at Hopkins Bayview died after medical team failed to read her history and gave her drug she was allergic too.
Miller & Zois regularly represents victims of hospital malpractice. Our team of hospital malpractice lawyers have recovered millions in compensation for the victims of hospital negligence over the years. If you have a malpractice case against Johns Hopkins Bayview or another hospital in Maryland, contact our medical malpractice lawyers today to discuss your options.