Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed in February 2017
Barnaba v. University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (filed February 1, 2017): This is a wrongful death/survival lawsuit filed in Baltimore County. A man has a cervical fusion procedure done, and the following morning the doctors and nurses find heavy bleeding at the surgical site. He goes into respiratory arrest and suffers a brain injury. He is transferred to hospice care and passes away a week later.
Logue v. Patient First Corporation (filed February 1, 2017): This is a survival and wrongful death case filed in Harford County. A woman needs clearance to have a surgery (septoplasty and tonsillectomy) done by her ENT. She obtains clearance, despite a cardiologist noting concerns regarding her respiratory/pulmonary condition and her risk during surgery. The surgery is done and she is discharged from the hospital despite adverse symptoms after. The following morning, she is found dead and unable to be resuscitated. Her Estate claims that the procedure should not have been done without respiratory and pulmonary clearance, as indicated by the cardiologist, and that she should not have been discharged due to her condition following the surgery.
Knoerlein v. Express Primary Care, LLC (filed February 2, 2017): This is a survival and wrongful death suit filed in Baltimore County after Express Care doctors fail to diagnose a pulmonary embolism. Defendants mistake the pulmonary embolism for an asthma attack, despite test results inconsistent with this diagnosis. The same day he suffers cardiac arrest and dies.
Green v. Lorien at Turf Valley, LLC. (filed February 2, 2017): This is a nursing home survival and wrongful death claim brought in Howard County against Encore at Turf Valley. Plaintiff is admitted to the facility after a fall at home, and is assessed as being a high fall risk. Four days later, she falls and sustains a hip fracture requiring a left hip replacement. Less than a month later, she passes away, allegedly due to the consequences of her fall at Encore.
Shakra v. Bay Manor Nursing Home, Inc. (filed February 3, 2017): This is a nursing home negligence case filed in Anne Arundel County against Future Care Chesapeake. A woman alleges fifteen falls during her twenty month stay at the facility, resulting in various injuries requiring surgeries and significant medical expenses.
Groomes v. Centers for Advance Orthopaedics, LLC (filed February 6, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed in Howard County. Plaintiff has a hip replacement surgery done by the defendant, during which the defendant allegedly implants the incorrect medical device. Additionally, defendant removes areas of plaintiff's bone that render corrective procedures unsuccesful.
Jane Doe v. Potomac Physicians, P.A. (filed February 6, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed in Anne Arundel County. A woman alleges that defendant doctor wrongfully prescribed her anti-anxiety and pain medication in exchange for sexual activity. The complaint came after defendant doctor surrendered his medical license due to an investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians.
Belka v. University of Maryland Medical System (filed February 6, 2017): This is a survival and wrongful death case filed in Kent County. Plaintiff goes to the ER with upper chest and left shoulder pain. An ECG done shows a first degree atrioventricular block and T-wave abnormality, but the staff informs him and his wife that the results are normal and he is suffering a pulled left shoulder muscle. Plaintiff gets a prescription for Cyclobenzaprine and is discharged. Two days later, he dies due to coronary artery disease. His Estate alleges that Cyclobenzarpine was contraindicated for plaintiff's systems.
Collins v. Defendant Doctor (filed February 6, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed in Prince George's County. Defendant doctor performs a hemorrhoidectomy without informing plaintiff of the risks associated with the surgery. During the surgery, defendant removes too much tissues and causes a circumferential scar, requiring several corrective procedures. Plaintiff alleges that her injuries are only transiently relieved by anal dilation and are permanent.
Caroselli v. Fairhill Family Medicine Associates, LLC (filed February 6, 2017): This is a wrongful death failure to diagnose coronary artery disease filed by a man's Estate against his primary care providers in Cecil County. The man presents with symptoms and has a past history indicating that he allegedly should have been referred for testing of coronary artery disease. He dies one morning at home due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease when EMS is unable to resuscitate him.
Hough v. Sports Pro Physical Therapy, LLC (filed February 7, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed in Prince George's County against a physical therapist. A woman goes for physical therapy after a car accident, and then has a right total ankle arthroplasty done. When she returns to physical therapy after the surgery, the therapist allegedly fails to follow the rehabilitation instructions provided by her physician, and she sustains a non-displaced medial malleolar fracture as a result.
Taylor v. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (filed February 8, 2017): This is a wrongful death medical malpractice case due to improper administration of Ancef, filed in Prince George's County. A woman has two incidents where she has intense reactions to Ancef, and goes to defendant hospital, but they never document an allergy to the drug. Due to the third reaction, she is declared brain dead due to anaphylactic shock and she dies a few days later. Her Estate claims that she should not have been given Ancef due to two prior allergic reactions.
Rupp v. Suburban Hospital Center (filed February 8, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed by a woman's family in Montgomery County. A woman's family alleges that surgical repair of her aneurysm was contrary to the management criteria. Additionally, the failure to recognize her symptoms post-operatively lead to her death. Her cause of death was inflammation of her colon with sepsis, secondary to c. diff.
Koontz v. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Inc. (filed February 9, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice lawsuit filed in Baltimore. A man goes in for a procedure to restore his normal heart rate. During the procedure, doctors impact his rotator cuff, leaving him with a full thickness and full-width tear.
Storms v. University of Maryland Medical System (filed February 9, 2017): This hospital malpractice case was filed in Baltimore City. A man receiving chemotherapy treatment begins to experience constipation - a rather normal side effect of chemo. However, doctors order an enema without attempting to treat his constipation with other methods. This kind of treatment in a cancer patient is contraindicated unless there is an emergency situation. As a result, the man sustains a large necrotic wound, requiring wound care and other procedures.
Evans v. Maryland Primary Care Physicians, LLC (filed February 10, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose influenza case. A man presents to defendant doctors with symptoms consistent with a prior episode of pneumonia. He is evaluated and given a prescription for bronchitis. Within two days, his symptoms are severe enough that he goes to the ER where he is immediately diagnosed with influenza. He dies less than a month after he first presented to defendants.
Taylor v. Mercy Medical Center (filed February 10, 2017): This is a survival and wrongful death case filed on behalf of a man who went for a scheduled left total knee arthroplasty at Mercy Medical Center. The procedure goes well, however, after he is administered what plaintiff alleges is a dangerously high level of Dilaudid and Oxycodone, and the hospital staff fails to monitor him properly. He dies within three days of the surgery.
Murphy v. Pineview Extended Care Centre (filed February 10, 2017): This is a nursing home malpractice case filed against FutureCare Pineview. A woman is admitted to the facility after fracturing her left toe at home. Within a few days of her admission, she falls while being assisted by staff members at the facility. She fractures her right ankle and left femur.
Richardson v. FutureCare Canton Harbor (filed February 10, 2017): This is a nursing home fall case filed in Baltimore City. Within two days of being admitted and documented as a high fall risk, the man falls and a right hip fracture goes undiagnosed for a long period. Once it is detected, surgery is done to repair it. He dies within a few month, and the death certificate lists his right hip fracture as the cause of his death.
Trudel v. Prince George's Hospital Center (filed February 13, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed in Prince George's County. A man goes to the hospital and a laparoscopic cholecystectomy is done. His discharge instructions tell him to discontinue use of his glaucoma medications. He follows the instructions but suffers a permanent loss of his vision, optic nerve damage, and rapid progression of his glaucoma.
Burdette v. Medical Access, Inc. (filed February 14, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed in Montgomery County. A man goes to defendants with pain, discomfort, cramping, bruising, and cold sensations in his foot. They fail to conduct thorough exams or testing until the fourth visit. He alleges the failure to diagnose gangrene in his leg cause the need for it to be amputated.
Martin v. Wexford Health Sources, Inc. (filed February 15, 2017): This is a medical malpractice wrongful death case filed after a man was incarcerated for three and a half years. He seeks medical treatment for a tight chest, feeling tired, hot, and week. He is supposed to have a chest x-ray done, but he does not and is told to return to his cell. He receives no medical treatment for the next two days. He begins vomiting and is found unresponsive. He is taken to Johns Hopkins where he is pronounced dead. His Estate alleges that if the man's condition was timely identified and treated, that he would have survived.
Aznar v. Defendant Doctor (filed February 15, 2017): This is a heart attack failure to diagnose case filed against a man's primary care provider in Carroll County. A man presents to his doctor with symptoms that he alleges should have indicated a cardiologist referral and testing to be necessary. He returns to defendant three times, and during his last appointment, becomes unconscious. He dies from a heart attack.
Inmate v. Wexford Health Services (filed February 15, 2017): This is a medical negligence suit filed pro-se by a prisoner residing at North Branch Correctional Institute in Cumberland, against Wexford Health Services. The man alleges that the doctors do not properly attend to his injuries and that they perform knee injections without asking him to sign a waiver of liability or notifying him of the risks. He additionally alleges that the doctors failed to properly sterilize the equipment and caused a severe infection.
Pozo v. Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (filed February 16, 2017): This is an anesthesia malpractice case filed in Montgomery County. A man with a history of hypertension and is hypovolemic, in addition to not being able to eat or drink. Defendant doctor clears him for anesthesia administration prior to surgery. After surgery, his cognitive condition declines, he develops cognitive distrubances, and he remains in a long term care facility with permanent brain damage.
Gay v. Peninsula Plastic Surgery, P.C. (filed February 16, 2017): This is a plastic surgery malpractice case filed in Salisbury. A woman has breast augmentation surgery done by defendant, and realizes soon after that the results are asymmetrical. She asks defendant to fix this. He then attempts an improper "push down" procedure in which he causes one of the implants to rupture.
Ratliff v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (filed February 17, 2017): This is a medication error wrongful death lawsuit filed in Baltimore. A woman frequently is admitted to hospitals, due to severe allergic reactions to medications. She has a documented severe reaction to Avelox. However, a physician at Hopkins fails to note this and administers it. She dies and her cause of death found to be cerebral edema, anoxic brain injury, and PEA arrest.
Knight v. Future Care Chesapeake, Inc. (filed February 17, 2017): This is a nursing home wrongful death case filed in Anne Arundel County. A man with a history of wandering has a device planted on him while residing at the facility, with permission, after he wanders off the premises twice. However, one day he is found in the parking lot after falling out of his wheelchair. He is transported to the hospital and diagnosed with a spinal fracture. Three days later, he dies as a result of the injuries.
Rotz v. St. Agnes Hospital (filed February 22, 2017): This is a hospital negligence case filed by a woman in Baltimore. She claims that after being seen in the ER and then admitted as an inpatient, the nurses and nursing assistants fail to follow routine safety standards. The railings on her bed were not in place, the call button on her bed was broken, and they fail to keep up with her ice packs and medication requirements. Her bed malfunctions and she was thrown from it, causing her to suffer many injuries.
Newton v. Genesis Healthcare, LLC (filed February 22, 2017): This is a nursing home bed sore case filed in Prince George's County after a woman died from sepsis. A woman develops a massive bed sore after a year of residing at Larkin Chase, a Genesis Healthcare facility. She goes into septic shock and dies as a result of sepsis and an infected sacral wound.
MacDonald v. The United States of America (filed February 22, 2017): This is an orthopedic surgery lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Maryland. A woman has carpal tunnel release surgery done at Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, part of the U.S. Army Medical Department. During the surgery, the doctor slices through the woman's median nerve.
Jennings v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed February 22, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose cancer case filed in Baltimore City. A woman's right eye carcinoma goes undiagnosed for almost two years, resulting in the need for her right eye to be completely removed and the spread of the cancer to her left eye.
Fava v. Greater Baltimore Medical Center (filed February 23, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose liver cancer case filed in Baltimore County. A woman goes to GBMC, and has a CT done that shows three lesions in her liver. During follow-up appointments, these lesions are not addressed. Two years later when she goes to St. Joseph's Medical Center to have bilateral breast cancer removed, an abdominal scan is done, revealing cancerous tumors in the woman's liver.
Brown v. Holy Cross Hospital (filed February 24, 2017): This is a hospital malpractice case filed in Montgomery County. A woman is having her intrathecal pump refilled with her pain medications, which was a periodic procedure. While refilling the pump, the defendants miss the refill port and inject the medications into her soft tissue. This causes an overdose and subsequent hospitalization for ten days. As a result, she suffers a cerebral hemorrhage and severe headaches, confusion, and word loss.
Brooks v. Mercy Medical Center (filed February 24, 2017): This is a hospital malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. A woman has a colonoscopy done, during which the doctors tear her mesenteric artery. The plaintiff's allege that the colonoscopy procedure was contradicted for her, due to her age and history and recent colonoscopy. She later suffers a stroke while in the intensive care unit. The woman dies due to septic shock, pneumonia, and stroke.
Pratt v. Gastro Associates (filed February 24, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed in Howard County. A man claims that his doctor did not send him to the ENT over the course of two years while he was experiencing problems with his throat. Once he finally is referred to an ENT, the man is diagnosed with a stage four malignant tumor at the base of his tongue. He alleges that if the appropriate consultations had been made at first, his cancer would have been timely detected before becoming terminal.
Cooper v. Pulse Medical Transportation (filed February 24, 2017): This is a medical malpractice case filed in Baltimore County. A woman is discharged from the hospital, and defendant transportation company is in charge of her transportation since she is unable to ambulate on her own. Once they arrive at her home, they attempt to use a wheelchair to get her up the stairs. However, she slips out from the wheelchair and hits the ground. She stays in the hospital for 33 days, on a breathing tube. She dies a few months later.
Staggs v. University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health System (filed February 27, 2017): This is a failure to diagnose medical malpractice case filed in Harford County. A man goes to the hospital several times, with his last diagnosis including eating disorder, anxiety and major depression, GERD, chronic pain, hypotensive with a history of hypertension, and chronic dysphagia to solids. The medical staff fails to do a colonoscopy, and fail to diagnose his chronic mesenteric ischemia, which leads to his death.
Burdsall v. The Lasik Vision Institute (filed February 27, 2017): This is a case filed by a man in Baltimore County after having LASIK surgery to correct his vision. After the procedure, he develops worsening blurry vision and is unable to recognize faces. Due to his deteriorating condition, he has a second procedure done as defendants claim they can fix it. The second procedure is ineffective, and the man suffers permanent abnormalities and scarring of his cornea.
Sample v. Maryland General Hospital/University of Maryland Midtown Campus (filed February 27, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed in Baltimore City. A man undergoes a carotid endarterectomy (a procedure done to reduce the risk of stroke). After the procedure, defendants prematurely and excessively administer blood thinners to him. This results in significant bleeding and a large hematoma in the man's neck. Defendants fail to treat him, and he dies due to brain damage and lack of oxygen a few days later.
Foote v. Advanced Radiology (filed February 27, 2017): This is a radiologist malpractice case filed in Baltimore. The defendants failed to properly interpret the plaintiff's CT scans and to observe his dilated pancreatic duct. They failed to relate these results to cancer, and fail to recommend a biopsy of the plaintiff's pancreas. Due to the defendant's actions, the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer was delayed four years.
Fleming v. Johns Hopkins Health System Corporation (filed February 27, 2017): This is a surgical malpractice case filed in Baltimore. A 15-year-old girl goes to defendants with a short fourth toe on her left foot, and pain with activity and with wearing certain shoes. Defendants recommend conservative treatment or a "very successful" surgery to lengthen her metatarsal. During the surgery, the girl is left with a second-degree burn on her left calf, from which a large blister forms. She is left with a scar of nerve tissue on her sensory nerves.