Cumberland, located in Allegany County which is our second most western county in Maryland, has been a historically conservative jurisdiction for auto and truck accident and medical malpractice lawyers handling personal injury cases at trial. If you are a lawyer trying a car accident soft tissue injury case in front of an Allegany County jury... well, you are likely to have a tough time.
But Allegany County juries will award meaningful damages in medical malpractice and accident cases if the cases are serious. For example, a jury in Cumberland awarded $1.5 million earlier this year (2010) in a medical malpractice case.
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- 2013: Medical Negligence for $7,006,729. Two days after giving birth a mother and her newborn are discharged by the hospital. The following day, she arrives at Children’s Medical Group for a routine newborn examination. The pediatric nurse notes that the infant’s heart rate is elevated to 184 beats per minute (bpm) – the normal range is between 130-160 bpm – but all other vial signs are normal. Two days later, the mother and infant return to the pediatrics’ office for a weight check and the same nurse once again notes an elevated heart rate, this time at 192 bpm. During both visits, the treating pediatrician does not address the heart rate. Three days pass and the newborn’s parents begin to notice that she is breathing rapidly and quickly rush her to Johns Hopkins Hospital. The hospital physicians conduct an echocardiogram that reveals an aortic coarctation, a heart defect where the aorta is abnormally narrowed. At this point, the child’s heart had been beating at a fast rate for at least five days and could no longer continue to do so to make up for the obstruction and an emergency surgery is conducted. While on the operating table, the infant goes into full cardiac arrest. Luckily, she survives, but due to the heart failure she experienced during the surgery, she also suffered severe brain damage. She has since been diagnosed with cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. Her parents sue the pediatrician and Children’s Medical Group for medical malpractice for failing to refer their daughter for a consultation for a pediatric cardiologist. They claim that a coarctation of the aorta takes up to a week to mature in an infant and should have been apparent during their first pediatric visit, 3 days after the child’s birth. Plaintiff’s counsel state that the entire point of their initial pediatric visit was to look for post-birth congenial problems and by then the first warning sign, an elevated heart rate, had been observed by the nurse on duty. This observation was made by the nurse not once, but twice and on both occasions the plaintiff’s allege the pediatrician failed to note her abnormally high heart rate. They allege that had he properly noted the heart rate and referred her to a pediatric cardiologist, an ultrasound would have revealed the heart defect and a much simpler surgery would have been conducted to correct the defect and would have prevented the cardiac arrest and brain damage. The defendants argue that the pediatrician did in fact check the heart rate and noted them as normal during both visits. He claims there were no signs of an elevated heart rate that would have been associated with an aortic coarctation. The case goes to trial and after a 9 day jury deliberation, the jury of 5 men and one woman found in favor of the plaintiffs and awards them $7,006,723.13.
- 2012: Car Crash Verdict for $50,000. Plaintiff is at a complete stop at an intersection in Cumberland when he is rear-ended by the Defendant driver who is operating a UPS truck. Plaintiff alleges multiple injuries, including soft-tissue injuries, bruising of his chest, as well as ongoing headaches resulting from the crash. Defendants admit liability, but argue that the Plaintiff’s injuries were not caused by the crash, as Plaintiff had a history of pain management issues. The jury awards the Plaintiff $19,501.00 in past medical expenses and $30,499.00 for pain and suffering.
- 2010: Medical Negligence Verdict for $1,500,000. A patient schedules a procedure with his doctor for a cardiac catheterization procedure and surgery is then performed. After surgery, the patient’s condition deteriorates rapidly and he is rushed back into surgery an hour later. After several revival attempts, patient is pronounced dead, and patient’s wife and three adult children bring a wrongful death and medical malpractice suit against the doctor who performed the surgery. Expert testimony at trial reveals the patient died as a result of a perforated artery. Patient’s family argues the perforation was completely repairable, and if it had been noticed in time, death would not have occurred. Defendant doctor argues patient’s death was coincidence and could have been due to a number of conditions. A jury deliberates for three and a half hours and then awards the estate 1.5 million dollars.
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