Johns Hopkins Hospital Malpractice Claims

The Johns Hopkins medical facilities are the second largest employer in Maryland with over 20,000 employees (the University employs another 27,000 people). The Hopkins has 1,051 beds and over 1,710 full-time physicians on staff. It handles over 114,000 patient admissions every year. It brings in an astounding $7.7 billion a year in revenues.

It is not hyperbole to say that this hospital is responsible for shaping a great deal of modern medicine. If you are a Maryland resident, you should consider yourself lucky to have access to this unbelievable institution. Calling Hopkins a big and great hospital is like saying LeBron James is good at basketball. This is a great hospital. No one disagrees with this. 

You don't win these cases by arguing this hospital is a cesspool of malpractice. You win cases against Hopkins by telling the jury that, of course, it is a great institution, but, like all medical institutions, it makes mistakes, and one was made in this particular case.

We've heard some plaintiffs' lawyers suggest that there are two Johns Hopkins: one for the world and one for the residents of the City of Baltimore. No matter how you look at it, while this is an excellent health care provider with great doctors, it is a big facility, and dangerous mistakes happen there that should not occur.

The Johns Hopkins Group

Johns Hopkins has been successful acquiring and assimilating other institutions, and it is spreading throughout Maryland. The following hospitals are part of Johns Hopkins Medicine:

  • Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, Maryland)
  • Howard County General Hospital (Columbia, Maryland)
  • Sibley Hospital (Washington, D.C.)
  • Suburban Hospital (Bethesda, Maryland)
  • All Children's Hospital (St. Petersburg, Florida)
Where To File Johns Hopkins Hospital Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Two of the main Johns Hopkins hospitals are located in Baltimore City, so many malpractice cases are filed there. Baltimore City (and its jurors) have a well-deserved reputation among plaintiffs' lawyers. Other Hopkins entities exist in other counties and states, however, so it is not uncommon to see lawsuits filed in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C.

Verdicts and Reported Cases johnshopkinsmalpractice

Johns Hopkins was subject to a $55 million Baltimore City jury verdict in June 2012 (Maryland law automatically reduces the verdict to about $29.6 million). The plaintiffs alleged and successfully proved that Johns Hopkins failed to perform a timely cesarean section and that the child was deprived of oxygen and suffered brain damage and developmental delays.

In many cases, Johns Hopkins acts reasonably and attempts to settle meritorious cases before lawsuits are filed if they are fact, and medical testimony against the hospital is clearly presented. Of course, we sometimes disagree one what worthy cases are, but the fact remains that a lawsuit and trial is not always necessary against Hopkins. Our read is that they are far more willing to stand up when they make a medical mistake than the vast majority of Maryland hospitals. (2016 Update: Hopkins has made a lot of changes to its risk management team and has its reasonable reputation is fraying.) 

Johns Hopkins' Legal Defense Team

Here in Maryland, Johns Hopkins Hospital is often defended in medical malpractice lawsuits by attorneys Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann (Donald DeVries). This law firm is among the best medical malpractice defense firms in the state. 

There are some other law firms that have also represented Johns Hopkins in 2015-2016 in medical negligence claims, including Warnach & Brown, Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, Pessin Katz Law, and Morgan, Carlo, Downs & Everton. Certainly, Hopkins' lawyers are very competent to handle these cases and are going to fight - as we are - at every turn.

Hopkins used to have a reputation among medical malpractice lawyers that it was one of the few hospitals willing to own up to its own mistakes before a lawsuit if filed.  That reputation has diminished in recent years as this hospital appears to be taking a harder line on malpractice cases. 

If you wish to serve Johns Hopkins Hospital, you would serve:

       Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation
       600 N. Wolfe Street
       Baltimore, Maryland 21205

       Serve On:
       Joanne E. Pollak, Esq.
       600 N. Wolfe Street
       Administration 414
       Baltimore, Maryland 21205

Recently Filed Cases Against Johns Hopkins 

Below are recently filed lawsuits against this hospital and the plaintiff's allegations in the lawsuit. It is certainly incredible that a little more than halfway through January 2017, Hopkins is already facing five malpractice lawsuit in 2017.  
  • 2017: Melnychenko v. Johns Hopkins -- failure to administer antibiotics to fight infection claim
  • 2017: Wiseniewski v. Johns Hopkins Bayview -- bedsore infection leading to sepsis and death lawsuit against Hopkins and an Annapolis nursing home
  • 2017: Ratliff v. Johns Hopkins Bayview - medication error malpractice case
  • 2017: Wallick v. Johns Hopkins Hospital –  eye surgery malpractice claim
  • 2017: Srivastav v. Johns Hopkins Hospital -- malpractice during a c-section caused injury to the mother
  • 2017: Miller v. Johns Hopkins Hospital -- improper use of Plavix caused death
  • 2016: Morgan v. Johns Hopkins Hospital –  failure to diagnose portal vein thrombosis
  • 2016: Jones v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to timely treat, causing stillborn child 
  • 2016: TDJ v. JHU Children’s Hospital – medical negligence resulting in birth of full term son pronounced dead
  • 2016: Benesh v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – incorrect diagnosis of condition 
  • 2016 - Branson v. JHH:  Heart surgery malpractice
  • 2016: Thiam v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to properly harvest bone marrow from donor, permanent injury
  • 2016: Yasinova v. Johns Hopkins Bayview – failure to check conditions 
  • 2016: Cooper v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to remove gauze after surgery 
  • 2016: L.M. v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to provide appropriate care 
  • 2016: Patrick v. Johns Hopkins – failure to properly handle mother during delivery, resulting in injuries to child 
  • 2016: Barbacow v. Johns Hopkins Health – failure to properly diagnose & treat before discharge 
  • 2016: Corbin v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to timely recognize signs & symptoms of epidural abscess
  • 2016: Meyers v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – hernia repair surgery failed to create sufficient space
  • 2016: Estate of Baynard v. Johns Hopkins – negligent rendering of care causing injuries leading to patient’s death 
  • 2016 - Dubin v. JHH: Patients suffered a burn on her stomach from a hot pack after surgery
  • 2016: Savoy v. JHH: Negligent dialysis case
  • 2016: Taub v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – struck nerve while initiating blood donation 
  • 2015: Reimold v. John Hopkins -- told he could return to playing baseball too soon after spinal surgery (interesting thing about this case is the plaintiff was a well-known Baltimore Oriole)
  • 2015: Bowen v. Johns Hopkins Bayview – negligent laceration of left and middle hepatic veins in surgery, death 
  • 2015: Chesley v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to inform of side effects & risks accompanying procedure
  • 2015: Cramer v. Johns Hopkins Bayview – negligent care due to not giving enough plasma before procedure
  • 2015: Meagher v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to diagnose & treat perforated colon leading to sepsis & death
  • 2015: Handleman v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to properly monitor condition 
  • 2015: Singleton v. Johns Hopkins – failure to perform back operation properly, leading to paralysis 
  • 2015: Abdullah v. Johns Hopkins Pharaquip – negligent prescription giving to patient trigger severe reaction 
  • 2015: Kirby v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to provide appropriate care leading to permanent brain injury 
  • 2015: Friedenberg v. Johns Hopkins Health – removal of parathyroid (neck glands)without permission 
  • 2015: Huber v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – negligent feeding of plaintiff while in hospital causing her to choke 
  • 2015: Schultz v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – neck operation without justifications within standard of care 
  • 2015: Waddy v. Johns Hopkins Health – failure to perform procedure, caused serious injuries 
  • 2015: Etal v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – negligent care causing wrongful death 
  • 2015: Clifton v. Johns Hopkins Health – deviation from standard of care causing severe brain damage 
  • 2015: Thompson v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to properly perform sterilization 
  • 2015: Al-Ameri v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – failure to evaluate effects and results of minor’s treatment 
  • 2015: Schilling v. Johns Hopkins Bayview – contraindicated and unnecessary surgery performed
  • 2015: Pinieski v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – infant sustained brain damage due to failure to diagnose meningitis post-chemotherapy
  • 2015: Reimold v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – medical negligence in failing to interpret radiographic studies correctly
  • 2015: Branch v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – minor child suffered brain injury due to failure to treat cortical necrosis
  • 2015: May v. Johns Hopkins Hospital – patient was incorrectly diagnosed with lung cancer and had surgery.  Later correctly diagnosed with California fever (coccidioidomycosis infection)
  • 2015: Townsend v. Johns Hopkins Bayview – failure to use high fall-risk prevention procedures with 79-year old
  • 2015: Williams v. Johns Hopkins Bayview - placement of patient in upright position caused her to fall
  • 2015: Malenski v. Johns Hopkins Bayview – failure to properly inform patient of gestational diabetes risk
  • 2015: Emery v. Johns Hopkins Hospital - medication error causing seizures
  • 2015:  Lee v. JHH -misdiagnosis of arterial thromboembolism (blood clot)
We publish these to show the types of claims that are being brought against this hospital.  But there is another reason, too.  Many people assume that because Hopkins is such a world class hospital, it must be that they are confused, and there couldn't have been a mistake.  But great hospitals make awful errors. Hopkins is no exception. 

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