Laurel Regional Medical Center Malpractice Lawsuits

Background

Laurel Regional Hospital is an acute-care hospital that was founded in 1978 in Laurel, Maryland. It is part of Dimensions Healthcare System, which is the largest not-for-profit healthcare services provider with its headquarters in Prince George's County. Dimensions also runs Prince George's Hospital Center which, along with Doctor's Community Hospital, makes up the lion's share of the hospital market in P.G. County.

This page talks about medical malpractice lawsuits that lawyers have filed against Laurel Regional and how to sue this hospital. But first, let's talk about the hospital itself and its uncertain future.

The hospital currently offers the following specialty services:

  • Emergency services
  • Critical care services
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Cardiac catheterization lab
  • Diabetes treatment
  • Laboratory and pathology testing
  • Medical and surgical services
  • Physical rehabilitation center
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation program
  • Surgical services
  • Behavioral health services
  • Inpatient psychiatric unit
  • Emergency psychiatric services
  • Outpatient infusion services
  • Intravenous infusions
  • Immunoglobulin and iron therapy
  • Blood transfusions
  • Sleep medicine services
  • Wound care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center

The emergency department at Laurel Regional Hospital serves over 30,000 patients each year. It consists of 31 separate treatment areas. These areas include an acute care section for patients with life-threatening problems, and urgent care section, and treatment areas for children with acute conditions. The emergency department has medical staff including cardiologists, general surgeons, gastroenterologists, gynecologists, plastic surgeons, neurologists, and psychiatrists.

The Cardiopulmonary Services Department is full-service and offers cardiology, electroencephalography, a pulmonary function diagnostic lab, and respiratory care services. The pulmonary function lab offers pulmonary function testing, arterial blood gas analysis, and simple spirometry.

The Physical Rehabilitation Center at Laurel Regional Hospital is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities as well as by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital also offers Outpatient Physical Medicine options, including physical, occupational, and speech-language pathology services. The in-patient staff is trained to serve adults with many different types of disorders or injuries, including:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Head Injury
  • Amputation
  • Joint Replacement
  • Fractures and Multiple Trauma
  • Deconditioning
  • Multiple Medical Problems

The outpatient physical rehabilitation staff treats joint replacements, spinal stenosis, degenerative joint disease, arthritis, muscle strains, accidents, work/sports related injuries, lower back pain, aphasia, and dysphagia.

Laurel Regional Hospital's Comprehensive Joint Care unit consists of orthopedic surgeons, nurses, and surgical technicians. The Infusion Center provides intravenous infusions for patients on antibiotics, offers blood transfusions, immunoglobin therapy, and iron therapy.

Finally, the Sleep Medicine Center is directed by physicians that are board-certified in pulmonology and sleep medicine and trained to treat common sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, and periodic limb movements of sleep.

The Future for Laurel Regional Hospital

However, the future of Laurel Regional Hospital is unclear, and it is not going to be a full-service hospital for much longer. Dimensions Healthcare states that revenue and patient decline has led them to make the decision to downsize Laurel Regional, as the hospital has been losing $15-$20 million per year. This change is expected to take effect in 2018 - by Dimensions Healthcare making it a $24 million dollar ambulatory care center with only 30 inpatient beds and limited services. The hospital will continue to offer inpatient services until December 2017, during which time information will be gathered to determine if a new building is necessary, information about the staffing levels, and the hospital finances. This will be done with the help of the University of Maryland Medical System.

After these changes were announced, two Laurel residents and a health care workers filed a suit to stop the closure of the hospital. They wanted to keep the hospital from eliminating beds or services. They argue that the hospital's board cannot decide to eliminate beds or services by itself, and that the loss of services would be devastating to the community who needs a hospital. The lease that Dimensions Healthcare has for the land that the hospital is on states that the corporation is obligated to provide "community services," and that the P.G. County Executive or P.G. County Council could override a decision by the Dimension's board to eliminate services. Legal Defense Team for Laurel Regional

In the past, Laurel Regional Hospital has been defended by Lynne B. Malone at Anderson, Coe & King. The hospital and Dimensions Health Corporation have also been defended by David Roling at Wharton, Levin, Ehrmantraut and Klein, P.A.

To file a medical malpractice lawsuit against Laurel Regional Hospital, you would serve:

Laurel Regional Hospital
7300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707

Serve On:

Corporate Finance Department
Suite D1000
7300 Van Dusen Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707

Settlements and Verdicts Involving Laurel Regional Hospital

We have only been able to find one verdict against Laurel Regional Hospital in recent years.

  • 2013: $869,082 Verdict. A 56-year-old male goes to the ER at Laurel Regional Hospital with neck pain. Ten years prior, he had neck surgery and a month before this ER visit he was hospitalized with an infected dialysis shunt. Diagnostic tests reveal a heart ejection fraction of 20%, and a stent is placed in his heart on his fifth day in the ER. He is moved into recovery, where the staff moves his neck to administer his medications. However, eight minutes later, he is unable to move his extremities. A CT scan finds two cervical fractures and spinal cord damage. As a result, he is a quadriplegic. He dies 41 days later. His Estate files the claim, against the hospital and the attending physician/cardiologist who performed the procedure, alleging that he complained of neck pain when he arrived at the ER and that the staff should have performed cervical x-rays before the stent procedure to determine the source of the man's neck pain. Defendants deny any negligence, and argue that the patient did not need an x-ray and that the man was already very ill with end-stage renal disease and congestive heart failure. A jury awarded the man's estate $869,081.71 against defendant cardiologist. This was later reduced due to the statutory cap to $769,081.71. Also, Laurel Regional Hospital and Dimensions Health were found to be negligent, but a jury held it was not the cause of the man's injury and death.
Cases Recently Filed Against Laurel Regional Hospital

Below we have listed some of the recent cases filed against Laurel Regional Hospital. When available, we have provided a short description of the allegations in the complaint but we have sketchy details on some of these lawsuits.

  • Medical Malpractice Claims 2017, McRae v. Laurel Regional Hospital: emergency room failure to diagnose ischemic stroke
  • 2016, Clay v. Laurel Reginal Hospital: negligence and informed consent case alleging a lumbar decompression surgery should not have been performed and resulted in cauda equine syndrome.
  • 2015, Steele v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence case alleging physician malpractice due to failure to timely diagnose and treat the plaintiff, leading to the plaintiff's death
  • 2015, Bramme v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2014, Bailey v. Laurel Regional Hospital: medical malpractice claim alleging the failure to properly examine plaintiff in the emergency room
  • 2013, Adebusoye v. Laurel Regional Hospital: medical malpractice
  • 2013, Patel v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence case regarding failure to treat plaintiff in the ER leading to his eventual death
  • 2013, Philblad v. Laurel Regional Hospital: civil tort
  • 2013, Flores v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2013, Bailey v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence and malpractice
  • 2012, Council v. Laurel Regional Hospital: medical malpractice claim alleging the delay in performing complete decompression surgery resulted in post-surgical paraplegia
  • 2012, Kerr v. Laurel Regional Hospital: malpractice
  • 2012, Thompson v. Laurel Regional Hospital: medical malpractice case involving an OB/GYN who delivered a fetus which suffered a neonatal stroke during delivery
  • 2011, Rush v. Laurel Regional Hospital: medical malpractice claim regarding the failure to properly treat a post C-Section infection
  • 2011, Clardy v. Laurel Regional Hospital: medical malpractice
  • 2011, Lewis v. Laurel Regional Hospital: wrongful death medical malpractice
  • 2011, Kim v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2011, Gregg v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2010, Warren v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2010, Morris v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2010, Boateng v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2009, White v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Kennedy v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Davidson v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Belony v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Chase v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Shennette v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Holiday-Udeh v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Malayeri v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2008, Kennard v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2007, Miller v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2006, McCain v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2006, Cantave v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2006, Burnett v. Laurel Regional Hospital: torts/negligence
  • 2005, Hudson v. Laurel Regional Hospital: medical malpractice case regarding the delay of a C-section
Obtaining a Lawyer for Your Hospital Malpractice Claim

If you believed that you suffered an injury while at Laurel Regional Hospital due to the negligence of a doctor or the hospital staff, please contact the lawyers at Miller & Zois today. Call and speak to one of our attorneys at 800-553-8082, or go online for a free consultation. We are here to talk to you about your options for compensation for the harm done to you at no charge.

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