Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed in April 2017
Harris v. University of Maryland Medical System (filed April 4, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. While undergoing surgery, plaintiff's femoral vein and femoral artery are injured, resulting in acute vascular insufficiency (insufficient oxygen). The operating surgeons do not recognize the injuries, and therefore fail to repair the lacerations during surgery. The injury is not discovered until the next day, resulting in the need for an above-the-knee amputation.
Evans v. Harbor Hospital (field April 4, 2017): This is a birth injury malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. During her admission to the hospital to have her son, defendants fail to monitor the plaintiff properly. Her membranes rupture, but defendants fail to timely administer penicillin. Plaintiff claims that the standard of care for administering prophylaxis requires Penicillin to be given no more than four hours prior to delivery if the patient's membranes have ruptured. As a result, her son suffers many serious medical conditions including congenital pneumonia, respiratory failure, seizures, and persistent pulmonary hypertension.
Lyon v. Chestnut Village, LLC (filed April 5, 2017): This is a wrongful death nursing home negligence case filed in Baltimore County. A woman falls multiples times during her stay at defendant facility and sustains two hip fractures as a result. Just a week after her last fall, she dies and her cause of death is "hip fracture complications resulting from fall."
Yo v. Boston Dental Group (filed April 5, 2017): This is a dental malpractice case filed in Montgomery County. Defendant performs a root canal and placement of a crown on plaintiff. After the procedure, the woman complains of pain and continues to have the same symptoms she did prior to the procedure. She goes to see a different dentist, who takes an X-ray and then diagnoses her as having an infection due to a particle left during the root canal procedure. This requires her to have the tooth extracted.
Huff v. Multi-Specialty Health Care (filed April 5, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed against a chiropractic facility in Prince George's County. During her first evaluation, they learn that the plaintiff has a spinal cord simulator. During one of her therapy sessions, defendants perform a neck and back adjustment. This causes her spinal cord simulator to dysfunction, resulting in an intense amount of pain and the need for surgery to have it replaced. She alleges that defendants should have known to only perform low-intensity treatment methods, as she was told would be the case during her evaluation.
Fell v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed April 6, 2017): This is a wrongful death medical malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. A woman is diagnosed with cancer in her right palantine tonsil, and she completes radiation and chemotherapy. During a hospital admission shortly after, she continues to receive her blood thinner, Heparin, despite her blood platelet count dropping dangerously low. A nasogastric tube is inserted and results in profuse bleeding, causing her death. Her Estate alleges that defendants failed to appreciate that the woman was at significant risk of suffering a life-threatening bleeding during a nasogastric tube placement.
Calloway v. Bon Secours Hospital (filed April 6, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed pro-se in Baltimore City. Plaintiff undergoes left hip replacement surgery to treat his severe degenerative arthritis. He alleges that the surgery is incorrectly done, leaving him with a one-inch leg length differential. This hinders his ability to walk and to sit properly. He also alleges a protruding screw that is never implanted properly in his bone.
Bentt v. Johns Hopkins Medicine (filed April 6, 2017): This is a malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. Plaintiff has open heart surgery and a bone marrow biopsy done at defendant hospital. After the procedure, the plaintiff's exercise tolerance is not normal and she begins to suffer the same symptoms as she had prior - shortness of breath and fatigue. A different physician finds that she still has a severe ventricular obstruction. The woman alleges that defendant failed to properly correct her heart obstructions.
Sowards v. Allegany Plastic Surgery (filed April 6, 2017): This is a cosmetic surgery malpractice case filed in Cumberland by a woman after she receives breast reduction surgery by defendant. She alleges that defendant failed to timely diagnose her during the surgery follow-up visit and during a revision surgery done after. As a result, she claims permanent injury and disfigurement.
Dorchy v. Anonymous Doctor (filed April 10, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed against an eye surgeon in Prince George's County. Plaintiff receives cataract surgery and lens implantation surgery on her left eye, done by defendant. During the follow-up care, he fails to recognize lens fragments and an improper lens placement. As a result, the woman is left blind in her left eye.
Sakellion v. Proactive Chiropractic (filed April 10, 2017): This is a chiropractic malpractice case filed in Montgomery County. Plaintiff goes to defendant for treatment of her ribs. During her appointment, defendant recommends a neck adjustment, and plaintiff tells him that she has suffered a cervical disk herniation in the past. Despite this, he performs a high velocity neck adjustment. The woman develops face numbness, hand/feet tingling, headache, and nausea after. She alleges that defendant caused a damage to her spinal cord associated with a large central disc herniation, requiring surgery.
Adenaw v. Capital Digestive Care, LLC (filed April 10, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed against a gastroenterologist in Montgomery County. Defendant doctor performs a colonoscopy, during which he finds multiple areas of mucosal injury and bleeding. He treats the areas with Argon Plasma Coagulation (used to control bleeding from lesions in the gastrointestinal tract). Later that evening, the man is taken to the ER where he is found to have thickening of his right colon and fluid in his pelvis. He alleges that defendant should have realized the areas treated during the colonoscopy were clinically insignificant and that they should have been left alone. He alleges that the treatment led to weakening and perforation of his wall.
Engels v. University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Group (filed April 11, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice lawsuit filed in Baltimore County. During surgery, defendants cut the plaintiff's urethra and bladder, resulting in the need for subsequent surgeries to correct the damage.
Rochfort v. University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (filed April 11, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose an aortic dissection case filed in Baltimore County. A man goes to the ER and has a high-risk factor for aortic dissection. Defendants fail to diagnose him, despite his chest pain and EKG results. He dies due to the dissection. His Estate alleges that if an appropriate diagnosis would have been made, the dissection could have been repaired and he would have made a full recovery.
Dixon v. Mercy Medical Center (filed April 12, 2017): This is an emergency room medical malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. A woman arrives at the hospital with symptoms that are suggestive of a cardiac event. She is not immediately evaluated and she is not placed on a cardiac monitor. She is not placed on medications to suppress abnormal heart rhythms or medications to protect her heart from suffering a subsequent cardiac event. She is given nausea medications. She has multiple seizures while in the hospital and ultimately dies due to the failure to treat her cardiac event.
Martin v. Anonymous Doctor (filed April 12, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case field against a doctor. Plaintiff has lumbar decompressive surgery done by defendant doctor. A month later, as her healing is not progressing, she is admitted to the hospital for debridement and irrigation, also performed by defendant. Over the next six months, she continues to have problems and she is wheelchair bound. She experiences a blood clot and is rushed to the ER, where she is admitted for eight days due to an infection. The hardware in her back is replaced, and she files this case against defendant doctor, alleging the failure to monitor and treat her infection.
Helfman v. United States (filed April 13, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism case. A woman goes to the Army Health Clinic with symptoms pointing to a pulmonary embolism (blood clot). The hospital staff fails to recognize that this is what she is experiencing and discharges her. Two days later, the woman collapses and dies in her home due to a pulmonary embolism. She is also found to have had multiple clots in her right calf, likely the source of the clot that traveled to her lungs. Her Estate claims that these clots were likely to have been present when she went to the ER and that she should have received proper treatment leading to her survival.
Cain v. Gastro Associates (filed April 13, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed in Howard County. A woman goes to defendants with diverticulitis and a family history of pancreatic cancer. Defendants recommend an endoscopic retrograde cholangiography due to abdominal pain and possible sphincter dysfunction. Hours after the procedure, she goes to the ER where she is diagnosed with post-ERCP pancreatitis that evolved into necrotizing pancreatitis. She claims that defendant was negligent in failing to recommend the procedure to her since she was at a high risk for developing post-ERCP pancreatitis.
Wilson v. University of Maryland Medical System (filed April 13, 2017): This is a hospital malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. Plaintiff is admitted to the hospital and a PIV/Saline line is placed. However it is placed in her artery, instead of in her vein. It takes a while for defendants to recognize this, due to insufficient monitoring. This causes vascular insufficiency.
Jacobs v. Baltimore Pain Relief Center (filed April 13, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed pro-se in Baltimore City. A woman receives an epidural at defendant’s office, believing the administering individual was a doctor and licensed anesthesiologist. She immediately screams in pain. She later learns that the man was a chiropractor. After the injection, she has to get a walker and cannot walk without assistance, the left side of her has collapsed, and she has surgery scheduled for her left hip, right hip, left knee, and her back. The defendants deny that the specific individual ever worked for them.
Mullins v. Union Memorial Hospital (filed April 14, 2017): This is a pro-se emergency room medical malpractice case filed in Baltimore. Plaintiff is in a car accident and taken to Suburban Memorial Hospital but he needs to see a hand specialist. They attempt to transfer him to Union Memorial Hand Center, however, Union Memorial does not accept the transfer. No doctors are available to treat him and there are no plans to transfer him elsewhere. A large external fixture is applied to his hand and he is discharged. When he has a follow-up at a different facility, permanent damage is found to his hand. He files this case, alleging negligence in the attempted repair of his hand by a defendant without tools or experience to repair such injury and in failing to secure an appropriate transport.
Hargrove v. Genesis Healthcare (filed April 14, 2017): This is a nursing home wrongful death case filed against a Genesis facility. A woman is admitted to Cresent Cities Center after a fall at home. During her stay, she is neglected and is left in soiled clothing multiple times. After a fall, she becomes lethargic and she is transferred to the hospital the following day where she is found to have severe dehydration secondary to a UTI, acidosis, encephalopathy, and septic shock. She dies a few months later.
Branch v. Davita, Inc. (filed April 14, 2017): This is a dialysis malpractice lawsuit filed in Baltimore City. A woman is undergoing dialysis treatment when the machine malfunctions. She is transferred to another machine, however, there is a problem with the port and she loses a substantial amount of blood. Her clothes are soaked and there is a pool of blood on the floor. She is in cardiac arrest. The woman never recovers from the incident and remains in the hospital for eight weeks until her death due to anoxic brain injury and cardiac arrest.
Thomas v. Wexford Health Sources (filed April 14, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed pro-se, alleging overdose by the medical staff at a correctional facility. The complaint alleges that he was given dangerous doses of Dilantin multiple times, almost killing him.
Vaughn v. Mid-Atlantic Nephrology Associates (filed April 17, 2017): This is a dialysis malpractice case filed in Baltimore County. While defendants are placing a catheter, the catheter coils back on itself and leaks contrast. It perforates the right subclavian vein, entering the right pleural space. The man is transferred to the ER, but he passes away.
Slavin v. Franklin Square Hospital Center, Inc. (filed April 17, 2017): This is an emergency room medical malpractice case filed in Baltimore County. An infant is brought to the ER in clinical shock. Defendants fail to diagnose her accelerated heart beat and instead administer a considerable amount of IV fluids. This causes a fluid overload secondary to congestive heart failure. Her parents file this claim, alleging the cardiac arrest she suffered caused severe neurological sequelae and permanent brain injury, seizures, developmental delays, and cardiac issues.
Hale v. Anonymous Doctor (filed April 17, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose influenza case filed in Baltimore County against man’s primary care provider. A man goes to his doctor’s office and is diagnosed with a virus. He is told to take Tylenol and more fluids. The man and his doctor exchange texts over the next few days, during which the man indicates his fever is increasing. The doctor calls an antibiotic prescription in for him. His condition continues to worsen and he is admitted to the ER where he is diagnosed with influenza and he develops acute kidney injury. He dies less than a month later. His Estate files this claim, alleging the failure to diagnose influenza resulted in the man’s death.
Kenney v. Cumberland Anesthesia & Pain Management (filed April 17, 2017): This is an anesthesia malpractice case. A woman goes to the hospital and is found to be in atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response, and a pacemaker implant is recommended. The surgery is done under general anesthesia instead of local anesthesia. After the procedure, she experiences quick heart beat, low blood pressure, and low oxygen levels in her blood. She files this claim alleging that she was a very poor candidate for general anesthesia, and that local anesthesia and sedation should have been used instead.
Cabrera v. Carroll Health Group, LLC (filed April 17, 2017): This is a medical malpractice lawsuit filed in Carroll County. A man goes to defendant primary care provider to obtain pre-operative clearance for a colonoscopy. Defendant fails to refer him to a cardiologist and clears the man. During the colonoscopy, the anesthesiologist fails to obtain cardiac clearance for anesthesia. He suffers a cardiovascular collapse and dies at the hospital.
Jones v. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (filed April 18, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. A man goes for cubical tunnel release surgery at defendant hospital. During the procedure, the doctor cuts the man’s ulnar nerve. He attempts to repair it and does not tell the man about the nerve injury afterward. During multiple follow-up appointments, he does not inform the man of the mistake until almost four months after the surgery, despite continuing pain and numbness.
Hyman v. Genesis Healthcare (filed April 19, 2017): This is a nursing home negligence case filed in Prince George’s County. A man is admitted to Bradford Oaks Center after having a leg fracture repaired at the hospital. Due to Parkinson’s disease, he is dependent on the staff for feeding. One day, he is given a meal not properly prepared and he is not provided feeding assistance. As a result, he aspirates a portion of the meal into his lung. Two days later he is taken to the hospital and diagnosed with aspiration pneumonia. He dies several months later from consequences of the respiratory failure.
Shaw v. Rockville Family Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry (filed April 19, 2017): This is a dental malpractice case filed in Montgomery County. Plaintiff receives implants from defendant dentist and develops an infection afterward. The implants also fail. She files this claim, alleging that the dentist failed to promptly prescribe treatment in response to her complaints indicative of an infection and that he failed to determine if she was a good candidate for the implants prior to the procedure.
Cole v. Maryland Dental Center (filed April 19, 2017): This is a dental malpractice case filed in Montgomery County. Plaintiff develops an infection and abscess after being treated by defendant dentists. She requires surgery to treat the infection and drain the abscess. She files this claim alleging the failure to diagnose her dental condition and the failure to monitor her condition.
Logan v. Mercy Hospital (filed April 20, 2017): Baltimore City
Morton v. Mercy Medical Center (filed April 24, 2017): This anesthesiologist malpractice case was filed in Baltimore City after the plaintiff underwent cataract surgery. She suffers a posterior capsule tear to a tendon in her eye during the procedure, and some of the lens fragments were left in her eye. She needed another surgery to correct this, but suffer a stroke in her eye due to retinal hemorrhage. She now has no vision in her right eye.
Cornelius v. MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (filed April 24, 2017): This OB/GYN malpractice case was filed in Montgomery County. Defendant urges a woman to have an IUD inserted instead of tubal litigation. The doctor improperly places the IUD in an upward facing direction, without taking into account the woman’s medical history. This results in discomfort, pain, and vomiting. Two attempts are made to find the IUD, but they are successful and her tubes are tied. The IUD remains lodged in her uterine muscle after attempts to remove it are unsuccessful.
Sadeghi v. Maryland Neurological Center, LLC (filed April 25, 2017): This neurological malpractice case was filed in Howard County. Defendants fail to recognize symptoms in the plaintiff and fail to diagnose her with an atrial septal defect. As a result, she suffers a stroke. She files this claim, alleging that if defendants had diagnosed her earlier, she would not have suffered the stroke. She is now wheelchair bound and unable to use the right side of her body.
Keating v. University of Maryland Shore Regional Health (filed April 25, 2017): This hospital malpractice case was filed in Talbot County. A man goes to the ER and defendants are moving him from his hospital bed into a wheelchair. During this transfer, excessive force is applied to his left arm and he suffers a spinal fracture in his arm.
Smith v. Bradford Oaks Center (filed April 26, 2017): This nursing home negligence case was filed in Prince George’s County. A woman develops multiple stage IV wounds. She is eventually taken to the ER when she experiences respiratory distress, an acute change of mental status, and weakness. At the hospital, she has a UTI and septic shock. She is taken back to the nursing home facility and dies shortly after.
Williams v. Dimensions Health Corporation (filed April 26, 2017): This is a hospital medical malpractice case filed in P.G. County. Plaintiff is taken to the ER after being in a car accident, but the hospital staff fails to timely notify a vascular and orthopedic surgeon to quickly address vascular issues and perform a graft procedure. As a result of the delay, the man’s leg has to be amputated.
Lynch v. Glen Burnie Operating Company, LLC (filed April 26, 2017): This nursing home negligence case was filed in Anne Arundel County. Upon a man’s admission to the nursing facility, he is at a high risk for skin breakdown. Within a month, he develops serious wounds and pressure ulcers on his body. He dies several months later and his Estate files this claim, alleging the facility failed to properly document changes in the man’s condition and failed to treat his injuries.
Grimes v. University of Maryland Medical System Corporation (filed April 26, 2017): This birth injury medical malpractice case was filed in Baltimore City. A woman is giving birth to her child and has ruptured membranes and preterm contractions. She is at high risk for umbilical cord incident but she is not properly monitored. The mother files this claim, alleging that defendants failed to properly monitor the baby and failed to perform a Cesarean section timely. As a result, the infant suffers physical and mental injuries that are permanent.
Messick v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed April 26, 2017): This is a wrongful death medical malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. Defendants fail to diagnose a woman’s Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma and she receives the wrong chemotherapy treatment for several months. She passes away and her Estate files this claim, alleging that it should have been diagnosed at a much earlier stage where she would have had a 50% chance of survival.
Thibodeaux v. Urological Consultants, P.A. (filed April 27, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose cancer malpractice case. A man goes to defendant doctors with blood in his urine but they do not tell him that he could have kidney or bladder cancer. They do not offer any imaging tests for over a year. The plaintiff is not diagnosed with bladder cancer until it has spread and he also had metastatic renal cancer. Due to the delay in diagnosing his cancer, it spread to his lungs and he now has terminal cancer.
Pointer v. Magnolia Gardens (d/b/a Doctors Community Rehabilitation and Patient Care) (filed April 28, 2017): This is a classic bed sore case filed on behalf of a 63-year-old woman whose pressure sore progressed from stage 2 to stage 4. Her wound did not kill her but she will likely require treatment for the remainder of her life.
Robinson v. Heartland of Adelphi Md, LLC (filed April 28, 2017): A woman is a resident and receiving rehabilitation services at the facility of the defendants, Heartland and ManorCare. She is non-ambulatory and requires a lift when being moved from a chair to her bed. One day the lift is not functioning and two employees of the facility attempt to manually lift the woman from a chair to her bed. The woman's ankle becomes lodged in the railing of the bed and she suffers multiple ankle injuries requiring medical treatment and surgery.