Below are medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Maryland in January 2018.
Lookingbill v. Wexford Health Services (filed January 2, 2018): Delay in diagnosis of laryngeal cancer at a prison in Cumberland, Maryland that caused plaintiff a decreased chance of survival and the removal of this vocal cords.
Bomher v. Villa Rosa Nursing (filed January 2, 2018): Pressure sore and all around poor care lawsuit filed against a nursing home in Prince George's County.
Ward v. Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group (filed January 4, 2018): Delay in diagnosis of a fractured wrist at Gaithersburg Medical Center in Montgomery County against Kaiser and a radiologist.
Murray v. FutureCare Old Court (filed January 5, 2018): Wrongful death medication error lawsuit against a nursing home FutureCare alleging that the resident was administered a medication that caused hypoglycemia that led to a woman's death.
Ferguson v. Sinai Hospital (filed January 5, 2018): Surgery error malpractice claim against Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and an orthopedic surgeon.
Regel v. GBMC (filed January 5, 2018): Undiagnosed endocarditis causes mitral value collapse that leads to permanent hearing loss
Windsor v. Shore Radiology (January 5, 2018): Wrongful death claim in Easton against radiologist for not interpreting decedent's angiogram quickly enough.
Effler v. Aghazarian (filed January 8, 2018): Surgical error during the closing of an operation to repair an injected cyst.
Bonsu v. Waters (filed January 8, 2018): Dental malpractice claim involving a lingual nerve injury.
Anonymous v. Washington Adventist Hospital (filed January 8, 2018): Woman has both feet amputated after a suicide attempt the day after she was released from psychiatric care over her parents' objections.
Anonymous v. Prince George's Hospital Center (filed January 8, 2018): Wrongful death of a newborn child after meconium aspiration during childbirth. The lawsuit alleges that the fetus was in distress necessitating a C-section.
Madden v. Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation (filed January 8, 2018): A nursing home wrongful death lawsuit filed against a Hartford County nursing home for failure to diagnose and treat a fluid buildup in a man's lungs that resulted in aspiration pneumonia that led to his death.
Fortiz v. Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (filed January 9, 2018): Anticoagulant overdoes causing seizures and other injuries to an infant.
Maarawi v. Genesis (filed January 10, 2018): Nursing home fall case where the resident fractured her leg.
Taylor v. Southern Maryland Women's Health Care (filed January 11, 2018): Birth injury lawsuit for failure to manage gestational diabetes and failing to perform a C-section after the fetal monitor showed signs of a fetus in significant distress
Raine v. Johns Hopkins (filed January 11, 2018): Wrongful death case involving a failure to diagnose and treat heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.
- Baker v. National Harbor Dental Associates, DDS, P.A. (filed January 11, 2018): Lingual nerve claim against an oral surgeon in Prince George's County after a wisdom tooth extraction.
Donnelly-Pesa v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed January 11, 2018): In spite of the procedure's high risk and low reward, a physician performed a negligent spinal fusion revision surgery. The patient, who was suffering from Chiari malformation, actually needed a shunt to drain fluid from her brain and relieve intracranial pressure. During the negligent procedure, the physician injured the woman's vertebral artery and failed to appreciate the significance of her high intracranial pressure.
Schmidt v. ExpressCare of Overlea (filed January 11, 2018): A Physician Assistant misread a woman's x-ray films, failed to follow up with a radiologist, and sent a woman home with an untreated and undiagnosed wrist fracture. Due to the delay in diagnosis, the woman had to undergo additional surgical treatment and rehabilitation. The range of motion in her wrist is permanently limited and she has a high likelihood of future arthritis and arthritic pain.
- Guinard v. Patient First (January 11, 2018): Woman alleges negligent intramuscular injection cause permanent injury impacting her balance and gait.
Rana v. Gopalani (filed January 11, 2018): A physician performed a hysterectomy on her patient without providing less invasive alternatives for treatment, injured the woman's bowel during surgery, and then failed to inform the woman about the complication. The woman developed a life-threatening abdominal infection as a result of the physician's negligence.
Chehreghani v. Dompkowski (filed January 12, 2018): Calcified debris left behind after a dental implant procedure caused a man to suffer chronic sinus infections and other related complications.
Johnson v. Staley-Neither (filed January 16, 2018): In another Prince George's County dental malpractice claim, a woman suffered lingual nerve damage during an abscessed tooth extraction.
Palombi v. Metropolitan ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery (filed January 16, 2018): A woman fell and fractured her right orbital floor. Her physician attempted to repair the fracture with an implant but he placed the implant incorrectly, trapping one of the muscles in her eye. Even after corrective surgery, the woman continues to experience double vision and decreased range of motion.
Verdegem v. Emergency Service Associates (filed January 16, 2017): After stepping on a nail in a horse barn, a man suffered a severe skin infection in his foot. His doctors did not timely or appropriately treat the infection, and the man suffered the effects of prolonged MRSA including a toe amputation.
White v. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (filed January 16, 2018): Cardiologists failed to recognize and treat a woman's risk factors for developing thromboemboli following her redo aortic valve replacement and pacemaker placement surgeries. As a result of their negligence, the woman suffered a devastating stroke and died.
Caswell v. Acute Care Surgeons (filed January 16, 2018): Based on his patient's medical history of colonic necrosis, a surgeon should have anticipated that synthetic hernia mesh would exacerbate the infection and opted for another hernia repair technique.
- Freeman v. Holy Cross Hospital (filed January 16, 2018): A premature baby with a history of breathing problems died of a respiratory infection. Her pediatrician and emergency room physicians did not perform the appropriate diagnostic tests or examinations, considering her medical history, weight, and her siblings’ concurrent upper respiratory congestion.
Fuller v. Pierce (filed January 16, 2018): For several years an inmate had been receiving medication to treat his knee pain. Abruptly, a nurse discontinued the medication that had been successfully treating his knee problems and replaced it with a medication that did not work.
Grimes v. University of Maryland Obstetrical and Gynecological Associates (filed January 17, 2017): Physicians did not implement consistent fetal monitoring and delayed performing a C-section, even though a pregnant woman had gone into premature labor. As a result, her baby was born with permanent brain damage including PVL, cerebral palsy, visual impairment, and seizures.
Russell v. Dabbs Dental Group (filed January 18, 2017): A dentist negligently extracted a healthy tooth instead of the broken and blackened tooth right beside it, causing a man severe pain and disfigurement.
Adams v. Cardiovascular Associates of Maryland (filed January 19, 2018): Considering a man's history of obesity, his physician should have recognized the increased risks of the femoral approach to cardiac catheterization and performed a radial access procedure instead. The man's bleeding became uncontrollable due to the negligent choice of procedure, causing him to develop a hemorrhage and a severe groin hematoma.
Narowanski v. Advanced Radiology (filed January 19, 2018): Physicians at Carroll Hospital incorrectly interpreted a man's head CT, failing to notice his skull fracture and cranial bleeding. The physicians did notice blood clots in his lungs after taking a chest CT and administered blood thinners. The man's cranial bleeding went unnoticed until he entered a coma, at which point his condition was unfortunately irreversible.
Taborn v. Mazza Center for Implant and Aesthetic Dentistry (filed January 19, 2018): During a procedure to replace her broken bridge with dental implants, a woman sustained inferior alveolar nerve damage. As a result, she experiences permanent numbness in her lower right chin and mouth.
Alston v. Villa Rosa Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (filed January 22, 2018): Nursing home staff did not provide a resident with the fall preventions that he needed. The resident fell and suffered an intracranial hemorrhage, a cervical fracture, an injury to his vertebral artery, and untimely death as a result of nursing home negligence.
Fletcher v. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (filed January 22, 2018): After two visits to the emergency room and two misdiagnoses of gastritis, a woman suffered a cardiac arrest and died. Her ER physicians should have appreciated her abnormal test results as indications of atherosclerosis and impending acute coronary disease.
Galloway-Donohue v. Coastal Hospice (filed January 22, 2018): A woman on hospice care received an unsafe dosage of pain medication and died nine days after she was admitted to the facility. If she hadn't been a victim of medical negligence, it is likely that she would have survived longer than nine days on hospice.
Ruffin v. Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (filed January 23, 2018): During a diagnostic endoscopy, a physician at Largo Medical Center perforated a woman's esophagus. Despite the woman's ongoing postoperative complaints of pain and difficulty swallowing, her esophageal perforation was not diagnosed for over 48 hours, by which point her esophagus was beyond repair. She died of septic shock shortly thereafter.
Harvey v. University of Maryland School of Dentistry (filed January 23, 2018): Under the supervision of a professor, dental students removed a woman's wisdom teeth. She was never administered any antibiotics, even though she complained of pain and swelling near her wisdom teeth. The woman's right jaw became infected and she had to undergo emergency surgery.
Tillery v. Emergency Medicine Associates (filed January 23, 2018): Emergency department staff failed to appreciate a man's symptoms of and risk factors for blood clots and failed to provide him with the necessary diagnostic testing. Ultimately, the man required four surgical procedures including an above-knee amputation of his left leg.
Sears v. St. Joseph Medical Center (filed January 23, 2018): When a woman reported a breast lump to her doctor during her six-month postpartum checkup, he misdiagnosed it as a clogged milk duct without performing a thorough examination. In reality, the lump was breast cancer. It wasn't properly diagnosed for nearly a year, by which point the cancer had spread to the woman's liver.
Kikola v. Stella Maris Nursing Home (filed January 24, 2018): An unsupervised nursing home resident fell from her bed and suffered a hip fracture. The woman had dementia and should have been provided with a working body alarm, among other fall precautions. One week after the fall, the woman died as a result of her injuries.
Bent v. Potomac Valley Orthopaedic Associates (filed January 25, 2018): After an unnecessary spinal surgery, a woman experienced complications including numbness, a burning sensation, and weakness in her right leg. She is permanently disabled and requires the use of a wheelchair.
Strube v. Orthopedic Associates of Frederick (filed January 26, 2018): A doctor, allegedly without board certification, performed a negligent spinal fusion procedure on a woman experiencing back pain. The woman continues to experience even more severe back and leg pain after the surgery because the doctor misplaced a screw, piercing the woman's spinal canal through her left L4 nerve root.
Johnson v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (filed January 25, 2018): A pregnant woman under observation in the labor and delivery unit was showing signs of internal bleeding. Even though placental abruption should have been suspected, her physicians did not perform an emergency C-section in a timely manner. As a result, her baby suffered birth injuries including cerebral palsy.
Stanges v. Ear, Nose & Throat Associates (field January 26, 2018): Twice over the course of nine months, a man sought treatment from his otolaryngologist for neck discomfort and a recurring cough. During both exams, the physician failed to notice a cancerous mass growing in the man's throat. As a result of the delayed diagnosis, the man underwent the complete removal of his vocal cords.
Helmick v. University of Maryland Medical Center (filed January 26, 2018): Physicians failed to appreciate the signs of fetal distress recorded on the fetal heart monitor during labor and delivery. An emergency C-section was performed too late and the baby was born with a permanent brain injury resulting from oxygen deprivation.
Koshkhou v. Emergency Medicine Associates (filed January 26, 2018): A man fell down the stairs at his home and was transported to MedStar Montgomery Medical Center via ambulance. For the first three days of his hospitalization, none of his health care providers made any attempt to immobilize his cervical spine despite strong evidence of a spinal cord injury.
Walker v. FutureCare Homewood (filed January 26, 2018): Within four days of his admission to FutureCare, a man fell twice and died as a result of the injuries he sustained during the falls.
Strube v. Orthopedic Associates of Frederick (filed January 26, 2018): A doctor without Board Certification performed a negligent spinal fusion procedure on a woman experiencing back pain. The woman continues to experience even more severe back and leg pain after the surgery because the doctor misplaced a screw, piercing the woman's spinal canal through her left L4 nerve root.
Fishpaw v. Bernstein & Robinson Dermatology (filed January 26, 2018): A dermatology intern broke two needles in a woman's leg while trying to prepare her for a skin tag removal. The needle fragment remained in the woman's leg for over a year.
Perez v. Rhodes (filed January 29, 2018): A baby suffered at least six urinary tract infections in her first three years of life. Her pediatrician continually to prescribed the wrong antibiotics and failed to refer her to a urologist. The baby sustained permanent kidney damage as a result of the reoccurring and negligently treated UTIs.
Chiungos v. Powerback Rehabilitation, Brightwood Campus (filed January 29, 2018): While recovering from hip surgery at a rehabilitation facility, a woman developed pneumonia and a UTI. Her antibiotic treatment was delayed while she waited nearly two weeks for a urine culture test to be performed. The woman's condition deteriorated while she waited until she ultimately died of complications from her untreated UTI.
Blackston v. Doctor's Weight Loss Centers (filed January 29, 2018): Following her liposuction at Heron Smart Lipo Center, a woman suffered excessive fluid collection and drainage from her incision sites. Her abscesses became infected and she spent nearly a month recovering in the hospital.
Reeves v. Center for Pelvic Pain at Annapolis (filed January 30, 2018): A woman underwent a laparoscopic surgery to treat her endometriosis. During the procedure, her doctor negligently removed nervous tissue, causing her to suffer permanent incontinence.
Snyder v. Josephs, Turner & O'Malley (filed January 30, 2018): A woman with a history of diverticulitis presented to her doctor with abdominal pain and constipation. Her doctor waited a week before ordering a CT scan and diagnosing her with another episode of diverticulitis, by which point her colon had already perforated.
Grimes v. University of Maryland Medical Center (filed January 30, 2018): As a result of inconsistent fetal monitoring and a delayed C-section, a baby was born with significant brain injuries including cerebral palsy, periventricular leukomalacia, and seizures.
Frieman v. Northwest Hospital Center (filed January 31, 2018): Healthcare providers including a pulmonary medicine doctor, a respiratory care practitioner, and a physician's assistant negligently attempted to intubate a man's difficult airway without an anesthesiologist present. During one or more of the five intubation attempts, the man sustained an esophageal perforation.
All medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Maryland in 2017