Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed in August 2019

  1. Carter v. Montgomery Orthopedics (Filed August 2, 2019) – This claim involves an 88-year-old woman who was being examined by an orthopedist when she fell off the examination table and injured herself. She claimed that the doctor should have taken preventative fall measures, however, she recently dismissed the claim.
  2. Mills v. Pineview Extended Care (Filed August 2, 2019) – An elderly man is admitted into a nursing home where he chokes on a piece of steak and dies. The claim centers around the nursing home allegedly failing to adequately monitor him and prevent him from becoming exposed to unnecessary risks.
  3. Pevia v. Doctor (Filed August 2, 2019) – This claim involves a plaintiff who is representing himself pro se. He was approved for cortisone injections to treat knee pain; however, the doctor placed the injection in his shoulder. He was then approved for another cortisone injection that was given in his knee. He alleges the doctor fell below the standard of care by failing to provide him with a consent to treat form prior to both injections and by incorrectly injecting his shoulder on the first visit.
  4. Davis v. Option Care Enterprises (Filed August 5, 2019) – A doctor prescribes a patient with gentamicin to treat a foot infection despite it carrying high risk factors for serious complications. He develops gentamicin toxicity during his 36-day prescription and now has chronic disequilibrium, dizziness, and imbalance as well as vestibular damage, impaired mobility, and oscillopsia/eyesight disturbance.
  5. Jones v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (Filed August 5, 2019) – While undergoing surgery a venous catheter is placed in the patient’s femoral vein. The catheter contains a guidewire that is used to help place the catheter and then removed after, however, in this patient’s case the surgeon failed to remove it. It was not discovered until nearly five months later and removed. He was forced to have a vascular procedure in order to repair damage it caused to his femoral vein.
  6. Riley v. Patient First (Filed August 5, 2019) – A man goes to Patient First with flu-like symptoms and is diagnosed with strep and sent home with medication. His condition does not improve, and he begins to develop a rash. He returns to Patient First and the doctors suspect he may be having an allergic drug reaction and change his prescription. He begins to have trouble breathing, his rashes worsen, and his face is swollen. He goes to the emergency room where he is diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome and dies.
  7. O’Conor v. Mercy Medical Center (Filed August 5, 2019) – While having abdominal surgery a doctor lacerates the patient’s left ureter. The doctor decides the ureter cannot be surgically repaired. As a result, the patient is forced to undergo 14 stent replacements every 60-90 days under general anesthesia, five nephrostomy kidney tube replacements, multiple post-operative infections, and two extended hospitalizations all of which occurred over the following two and half years. Despite being told her condition was irreparable, after obtaining a third opinion her ureter was repaired. This option was never offered to her by the defendant.
  8. Walker v. Fusting Ave. Operations (Filed August 5, 2019) – This case involves a nursing home patient who had a feeding tube improperly inserted. She sadly developed wound infections and debilitating conditions that led to her death.
  9. Devillasee v. Carroll County Digestive Disease Center (Filed August 6, 2019) – While a patient is under her doctor’s care for abdominal issues and continuing abdominal pain, cancer is not considered or tested for over the course of four years. The patient presents to the emergency department for her pain where she is ultimately diagnosed with pancreatic neuroendocrine carcinoma. Despite undergoing multiple rounds of chemo, the cancer was caught too late and she passed away.
  10. Nathan v. Surgeon (Filed August 6, 2019) – A woman undergoes surgery to repair a hip fracture where the surgeon uses hardware to repair the fracture that is too large. As she recovers her hip pain never goes away and she is unable to walk. She does not learn of the surgeon’s mistake until she seeks a second opinion. She ultimately undergoes revision surgery to have the correct sized materials used and since then has remained in an assisted living facility.
  11. Newhouse v. Doctor (Filed August 6, 2019) – A 45-year-old service member with a history of hypertension and other risks factors for heart disease is examined for purposes of determining whether he is fit for deployment. A history and physical exam, electrocardiogram, and laboratory workup are performed and is he cleared. While deployed, he is found unresponsive and pronounced dead. An autopsy reveals he died from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  12. Anyanwu-Nwosu v. Greater Baltimore Medical Center (Filed August 6, 2019) – A woman is suffering heavy menstrual bleeding and is scheduled to undergo a hysteroscopy to diagnose the cause. After performing the hysteroscopy, an endometrial ablation for reasons unknown is additionally performed. The patient is not of informed of this until four months later and never consented to it. She will likely be unable to conceive a child anymore, which she had hoped to.
  13. Johnson v. Franklin Square Hospital (Filed August 7, 2019) – Doctors’ inappropriately prescribe Baclofen to a patient with end stage renal disease. The drug is known to put patients with renal disease at serious health risks. She suffers from Baclofen toxicity and an overdose that cause her health to significantly deteriorate. Despite treatment efforts, it became evident she would not survive, and her status was changed to DNR. She remained in hospice until her death.
  14. Gaddy v. Dentist (Filed August 7, 2019) – A dentist extracts a patient’s wisdom tooth and in doing so damages the buccal and lingual cortical plates, comprising her lower right jaw, and additionally left part of the root tip in the tooth’s extraction site. This became infected and required both debridement and a second surgical procedure. She additionally suffered an injury to the lingual nerve that has left her with permanent anesthesia causing her difficulty in eating and tasting food.
  15. Johnson v. Adventist Healthcare (Filed August 8, 2019) – This case involves a woman who had a mammogram misread. As a result, her cancer went undiagnosed for the following six months until a second mammogram was taken and read correctly. She was diagnosed with metastatic stage III breast cancer and underwent a modified mastectomy followed by radiation and chemo.
  16. Canada v. Community Radiology Associates (Filed August 8, 2019) – A mammogram contains suspicious findings; however, it is interpreted as benign. As a result, the woman’s metastatic breast cancer goes undiagnosed and by the time it is diagnosed it is too late. Despite treatment she succumbs to her cancer.
  17. Grohman v. Northwest Hospital Center (Filed August 8, 2019) – While in post-operative care after a having a knee replacement, testing indicates the patient is hypo coagulable and anemic, however, medical staff fail to react and perform further testing and treat him in a timely manner. Sadly, he dies from severe anemia.
  18. Young v. Brinton Woods of Frankford (Filed August 9, 2019) – An 83-year-old nursing home resident who is partially paralyzed and unable to reposition herself on her own is never provided an assessment to determine her risk for developing pressure ulcers. She develops a stage IV sacral pressure ulcer and is additionally diagnosed with osteomyelitis.
  19. Roberts v. Monocacy Health Partners (Filed August 12, 2019) – A surgeon lacerates a patient’s hepatic duct/common bile duct while performing a laparoscopic cholecystectomy causing her physical injury and damages.
  20. White v. Dentist (Filed August 12, 2019) – A dentist extracts the wrong tooth of which he planned to use as an anchor for a bridge. As a result, the patient will have to undergo a second extraction and will now need a larger bridge that has less likelihood of being successful.
  21. Cedillo v. Johns Hopkins Bayview (Filed August 12, 2019) – A patient presents to the emergency department where blood studies indicate he is suffering a severe infection, likely systemic inflammatory response syndrome. He should have been provided with emergent antibiotic treatment, however, none were provided until nearly a full day later. He goes into septic shock, organ shutdown, and a lack of adequate perfusion to his arms and legs. Doctors manage to save his life, but both of his arms and legs must be amputated.
  22. Callahan v. ExpressCare (Filed August 12, 2019) – A 64-year-old woman presents to an ExpressCare with diarrhea, indigestion, belching, and shortness of breath. The doctor fails to consider anything heart related and prescribe her with some medication and discharge her. Later that day she is found unresponsive and rushed the emergency department where she is found to have a total occlusion in her left anterior descending artery. Cardiac catheterization is performed but she was anoxic for too long and passes away.
  23. Bonner v. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (Filed August 13, 2019) – A patient undergoes a laparoscopic appendectomy and suffers ongoing abdominal pain, discomfort, and vaginal discharge after. She is ultimately discharged, and her symptoms continue to worsen until she sought care from another surgeon who discovered that her bowels and colon were not properly resected during the appendectomy. She has had to have additional surgery, treatments, hospitalizations, and rehab since to correct it.
  24. Easley v. Capitol Women’s Care (Filed August 13, 2019) – A surgeon fails to recognize and repair an abdominal vascular injury after performing a hysterectomy. Due to this failure and the delayed diagnosis, the patient suffers multiple injuries including an acute kidney injury, ischemic bowel injury, fistula development, and others. She required multiple surgeries and hospitalizations and permanently needs a colostomy as well as ongoing wound care and total parenteral nutrition. She has been and currently resides in an inpatient facility receiving physical therapy and occupational therapy.
  25. Nguyen v. Capital Digestive Care (Filed August 14, 2019) – A gastroenterologist performs a coloscopy on a patient and fails to detect a polyp. Five years later she has another colonoscopy performed and is diagnosed with Stage IIIC colon cancer. Doctors gave their best effort to treat the cancer, but the cancer had metastasized too significantly. Sadly, she received palliative care until her death.
  26. McNeil v. University of Maryland Medical Center (Filed August 15, 2019) – A 75-year-old disabled patient has multiple pre-existing conditions that place her at risk for aspiration if not intubated while under anesthesia. Despite this risk, she is not intubated during a colonoscopy and suffers aspiration pneumonia. She suffers an aspiration event resulting in hypoxemic respiratory failure and cardiac arrest that leave her with serious and permanent neurologic injuries.
  27. Mboge v. Holy Cross Hospital (Filed August 15, 2019) – Obstetrics staff fail to properly care for a soon-to-be mother with preeclampsia and wait too long to perform a C-section. The baby is born with severe metabolic acidosis and encephalopathy and suffers anoxic and hypoxic-ischemic damage to the brain. Sadly, she will be permanently dependent on others for her care the rest of her life.
  28. Amussen v. Shady Grove Fertility (Filed August 15, 2019) – A woman has four embryos in the defendant’s possession in their lab. While transferring them from one container to another one of them was dropped and lost.
  29. Green v. Franklin Square Hospital (Filed August 15, 2019) – Complications arise while a mother with preeclampsia and diabetes mellitus is in labor. Her doctors are unable to carry out a vaginal delivery; however, they do not act quickly enough in performing a C-section. The baby is born and diagnosed with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and now suffers from cerebral palsy and developmental delays.
  30. Davis v. Dentist (Filed August 16, 2019) – During a root canal, a dentist fails to fully clean out all the canals. An infection develops inside the tooth that the dentist fails to diagnose properly. Rather than properly investigate the cause of the patient’s symptoms, the patient is over-prescribed antibiotics that cause her develop C-diff and complications for months following.
  31. Miller v. Good Samaritan Hospital (Filed August 16, 2019) – Doctors place a PEG tube in a patient who is not a proper candidate for one and would have been better fit for a nasojejunal tube. The tube dislodges and causes her to develop septic peritonitis that sadly leads to her death.
  32. Snyder v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (Filed August 19, 2019) – This case involves a patient who was diagnosed with osteomyelitis after having surgery to remove a brain tumor. Doctors suggested she undergo surgery to remove hardware and a bone flap to remove the osteomyelitis. She claims that the surgeon did not inform her that such a large part of her skull would be removed and that she would have a large open scalp wound requiring her to wear a helmet for three months. She also claims that subsequent testing revealed she did not suffer from osteomyelitis and the procedure was unnecessary.
  33. Crawford v. Johns Hopkins Bayview (Filed August 21, 2019) – While preparing a patient to be transferred to hospice care, a respiratory therapist dislodges his tracheostomy tube. The therapist tries to reconnect the tube but is unable to and does not seek help. The patient’s daughter finds his doctor in the hallway who rushes in. By the time the tube is reconnected, he had already suffocated to death.
  34. Powell v. Mid-Atlantic Permanente (Filed August 21, 2019) – A patient on blood thinners undergoes surgery. After the procedure, anticoagulation therapy is restarted too quickly. He quickly starts showing complications and is diagnosed with sepsis. A CT scan reveals a hematoma surrounding his hepatic lobe. He is rushed to surgery where it is drained and determined the hematoma was caused by post restoration of anticoagulation therapy. Sadly, he develops multi-organ system failure and dies.
  35. Babb v. Doctor (Filed August 21, 2019) – This case involves a surgeon who performed foot surgery improperly and allowed the patient to return to work too early. The patient had a corrective procedure but suffers significant pain, is unable to walk and stand, and has missed significant time from work.
  36. Petras v. U.S. Anesthesia Partners of Maryland (Filed August 21, 2019) – While having eye surgery and under anesthesia, a patient’s blood pressure is not properly monitored. She becomes extremely hypotensive, which goes unaddressed for the entirety of the procedure that causes an ischemic optic nerve injury. She is now left with permanent vision loss in her left eye.
  37. Irving v. Metropolitan Medical Specialist (Filed August 21, 2019) – A man is being treated for an abscess on his back. Doctors fail to realize how serious his condition is and treat him urgently. He is scheduled for a CT scan but dies two days prior. His cause of death is determined to sepsis, secondary to the cutaneous abscess on his back.
  38. Ham v. Lorien Bulle Rock (Filed August 21, 2019) – A patient is in a rehab facility recovering from lumbar spine surgery and considered a high fall risk. The proper precautions are not taken, and she suffers a traumatic fall that results in the displacement of her recently implanted spinal hardware. She requires a second spinal surgery and endures a complicated recovery.
  39. Gosier v. Peninsula Regional Medical Center (Filed August 21, 2019) – After being arrested for theft, the arrestee clearly appears to be at risk for self-harm. As a result, the officer executed a petition for emergency evaluation and transported him to the hospital. He was only there for ten minutes before the doctor determined he was not at an acute risk of suicide. Soon after, he hangs himself while detained.
  40. Dorsey v. St. Mary’s Hospital (Filed August 22, 2019) – While prepping for a CT Angio, during the injection of radiological contrast the patient suffers extravasation. She developed pain and swelling in her arm, shoulder, and spine as a result. This case was recently dismissed.
  41. Coffman v. St. Agnes Healthcare (Filed August 23, 2019) – Doctors inappropriately rupture the membranes of a pregnant mother when there were no indications to expedite the delivery. Under these circumstances, rupturing the membranes increases the risk of cord prolapse and in this case in fact caused one. The prolapse was not detected quick enough delaying a C-section. As a result, the child suffers permanent brain damage and developmental delays.
  42. Boyd v. St. Agnes Hospital (Filed August 26, 2019) – After being in a car accident, a woman sustains injuries to her face and inside her mouth. At the emergency department, she is cared for by a surgical resident who treats her face but fails to treat the inside of her mouth. He discharges her without any antibiotics. She returns to the emergency department with an infection in her mouth and is treated. Currently, she suffers facial numbness that may or may not subside.
  43. Payne v. Serenity Garden Manor Corporation (Filed August 26, 2019) – A 63-year-old man with dementia is a resident at an assisted living facility where he had a prior history of physical altercations with another resident. Precautions were not appropriately taken, and he became involved in another altercation where he fell and struck his head. He passed away from trauma induced cardiac arrest.
  44. Rhue v. Mercy Medical Center (Filed August 27, 2019) – A 58-year-old woman undergoes surgery for cervical decompression and cervical disk replacement. She had several pre-existing issues putting her at risk for complications with anesthesia as well as a prior history of injury while under anesthesia. While in post-op, she becomes pulseless and is reintubated. Tests reveal she suffered aspiration pneumonia resulting in hypoxia, respiratory arrest, and cardiac arrest. She remains in an acute rehab unit for over one year after and since then requires 24-hour care and assistance at home in all areas of daily living.
  45. Mace v. Coffman Nursing Home (Filed August 27, 2019) – A nursing home patient develops an acute kidney injury that is not detected that leads to septic shock, which then led to metabolic acidosis and organ failure resulting in her death.
  46. Cardamone v. University of Maryland Medical Center (Filed August 27, 2019) – Following surgery, nurses apply moist heat to the patient’s surgical wound who has kidney failure and is on immune-suppressant medication in the absence of a physician order. This resulted in third degree burns that caused serious infections requiring multiple hospitalizations, debridement surgery, a protracted course, and permanent injuries.
  47. Cornish v. Dentist (Filed August 28, 2019) – This case involves a dentist who performed a root canal removal on two of his patient’s teeth. The dentist had a difficult time removing the nerves and punctured his saliva gland where he improperly injected Novocain into his mouth. He now suffers tenderness and swelling in his mouth that has not subsided and is unable to wear his partial dentures. He additionally needs corrective surgery.
  48. Colston v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (Filed August 29, 2019) – Medical staff fail to properly monitor a pediatric patient after having spine surgery for scoliosis. He ultimately suffers an ischemic injury to the cord and is forced to undergo three additional surgeries due to the complications that arise. He endures intensive inpatient rehabilitation for months and is still dealing with the complications from his injury today.
  49. Banks v. Doctor (Filed August 29, 2019) – A patient recovering from a hip fracture is at a high risk for developing pressure ulcers. A plan is put in place where he is checked daily. He is transferred to another facility and upon arrival staff perform an examination and find a pressure ulcer on his heel. Clearly, the checks at the previous facility were either not performed or performed inadequately. The ulcer is unstageable and eventually becomes stage 4. He must undergo multiple surgical debridement’s and the ulcer has yet to completely heal.
  50. Young v. Mid Atlantic Surgical Group (Filed August 30, 2019) – A patient presents to his surgeon’s office for an annual checkup following a procedure on his leg. He agrees to see a new doctor there since his was unavailable. The doctor informs him he wanted to perform an arteriogram which the patient agreed to, however, the doctor also performed a stent placement without consent. His surgeon had specifically informed him previously that in his opinion his was not a candidate for a stent. The patient ultimately suffers an occlusion of his left SFA and popliteal artery and is forced to have his leg amputated.
  51. Marsh v. Hearthomes at Bay Ridge (Filed August 30, 2019) – A resident of an assisted living facility suffers a fall and sustains a serious a hip fracture. Sadly, she is unable to recover and passes away soon after. She had a prior history of falling at the facility and despite being identified as a fall risk, was not adequately monitored.
  52. Keenan v. Dentist (Filed August 30, 2019) – A patient develops an infection in his tooth after having a filling and multiple adjustments to it. The dentist then decides the only remaining option is a root canal. In doing so, the dentist causes nerve injury to the patient, either to his inferior alveolar nerve or lingual nerve.

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