Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed in June 2017
Scott v. Dental Care of Bowie (filed June 1, 2017): A dentist in Prince George’s County improperly placed bridges over a man’s teeth that were suffering from abscesses. Because the dentist failed to adequately evaluate the man’s teeth before the bridge placement, the man would require additional dental treatment, including the removal of teeth and replacement with implants.
Jackson v. Harbor Hospital (filed June 1, 2017): A pregnant woman with a persistently high heart rate (tachycardia), low blood pressure (hypotension), and abnormal white blood cell count was discharged from the hospital. If the physicians had followed the standard of care, which included further medical testing, they would have discovered inflammation in the muscular tissue of her heart (acute fulminant myocarditis). Due to the hospital’s negligence, the woman went into heart failure and both she and her unborn child died as a result.
Frank-Cambell v. Laurel Diagnostic Imaging (filed June 1, 2017): During a CT scan, the claimant’s health care provider caused an injury to her hand. The claimant, as a result, underwent emergency right hand and forearm surgery.
Ward v. Zachary L. Chattler, DPM, P.A. (filed June 2, 2017): After an bunionectomy at Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, the claimant developed a hammer toe, a pinched nerve, and significant pain. Even though the claimant’s right toe had been shortened and no longer lay flat on the ground, the defendant doctor continued to insist that the surgery had been successful and told the claimant to continue normal walking and weight bearing on her foot. The claimant had to undergo an additional corrective surgery, and she injured her left ankle due to the pain, weakness, and imbalance of her foot.
Taylor v. ConMed/Wexford Health Sources (filed June 2, 2017): The claimant fell and fractured her left wrist while she was an inmate at Somerset County Detention Center. The orthopedic surgeon recommended that the claimant undergo surgery. The claimant was transferred twice to other detention centers after her fall, and the orthopedic surgeon’s orders were not communicated to her doctors at SCDC or any other detention center. Because the claimant did not receive the treatment she needed, and as an inmate she was not free to follow-up with her doctors independently, she suffered decreased range of motion, nerve damage, and deformity of her left wrist.
Velte v. Genesis Healthcare (filed June 2, 2017): Despite being classified as a fall risk after sustaining a hairline hip fracture from a previous fall, the claimant was not properly supervised at his nursing care facility and fell again. The second fall caused displacement of screws from the claimant’s previous procedure, as well as a displaced left femoral neck fracture.
Martin v. Lifeline (filed June 2, 2017): Lifeline failed to provide a safe environment for its residents, foster children, and a 10-year-old boy died in his Anne Arundel County group home as a result. There were not enough staffers to properly care for the home’s disabled residents, and the boy ultimately died of suffocation because mucus was not suctioned from his tracheostomy tube in a timely manner.
Tarr v. O’Brien (filed June 2, 2017): In the process of wisdom tooth extraction, the defendant dentist severed the claimant’s left lingual nerve. The dentist should have referred the wisdom tooth extraction to an oral surgeon, and failed to immediately administer steroids or refer the patient to a nerve surgery specialist after it became apparent that the lingual nerve had been severed.
Miller v. Yazhary/Borkowski (filed June 5, 2017): Without informing the claimant about the risks or purpose of the procedure, a dentist performed an interproximal enamel reduction. The enamel removal was uneven, and another dentist placed a composite in an attempt to level the enamel during a follow-up appointment. The composite later detached from the claimant’s teeth, leaving the claimant with uneven surfaces on five of her teeth and causing her pain and disfigurement.
Adams v. Bon Secours Hospital (filed June 5, 2017): After undergoing the surgical placement of a permanent spinal stimulator at Mercy Medical Center, a woman suffered back pain, weakness, episodic vomiting, and fever. She was transported to Bon Secours Hospital via ambulance, where she was evaluated with minimal imaging or other testing before being transferred to Harbor Hospital. A doctor at Harbor Hospital performed a surgical exploration of her spinal area, during which he removed the stimulator and a large epidural hematoma. Due to the delayed surgical response, the woman was never able to walk, control her bowel and bladder function, or care for herself independently again. She later died as a consequence of her lower extremity paralysis.
Hutley v. Peninsula Regional Medical Center (filed June 7, 2017): During her hospitalization at PRMC, the claimant developed a stage IV pressure ulcer. The ulcer was not treated properly with enough urgency, and the claimant’s pain was not adequately managed. The claimant continues to suffer from permanent disfigurement and constant pain.
Dodson v. Brookdale Senior Living (filed June 7, 2017): A woman was improperly assessed as being at a low risk for falls when she was admitted to the nursing facility. She fell, and complained of a sore leg. Even though her medical history included dementia, and therefore an inability to complain, she was not sent to an emergency room or given a proper medical examination after her fall. A few days later she sustained a repeat injury to her hip, and was transported to the emergency room. It was determined that she had fractured her hip, the woman was unable to recover, and she passed away shortly thereafter.
Halper v. Potomac Valley Orthopaedic (filed June 8, 2017): The claimant suffered headaches, fever, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea after a spinal surgery. She was diagnosed with a buildup of fluids in her spine, and she underwent an additional corrective surgery. She returned to the emergency department again with complaints of the same symptoms, and it was determined that she continued to have an excess of spinal fluid that resulted from a previously undiagnosed spinal fluid leak. She underwent yet another corrective surgery. Afterwards, she still experienced dizziness due to the spinal leak and fell, fracturing both of her hips.
Johnson v. Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (filed June 8, 2017): The claimant presented with testicular and scrotal pain and a high temperature. He was prescribed antibiotics and sent home. He returned to Mid-Atlantic Permanente Group several times, and despite the fact that his symptoms continued to progress, each time he was sent home and told to finish his course of antibiotics. Because his health care providers failed to assess or treat his condition with the necessary urgency, he was eventually admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with gangrene. He underwent a total of four surgeries, and continues to suffer permanent and disfiguring injuries.
Gray v. Wexford Health Sources (filed June 9, 2017): A man was improperly diagnosed with hemorrhoids when he was, in reality, suffering from colon cancer. Due to his health care providers’ negligence, the man’s correct diagnosis was delayed and his colon cancer was allowed to progress untreated. He has since undergone partial liver resection and continues to receive active treatment for the metastatic colon cancer.
Miller v. Correctional Dental Associates (filed June 9, 2017): Dismissed.
Scales v. Kessous (filed June 9, 2017): Dismissed.
Turrentine v. Southern Maryland Hospital (filed June 12, 2017): Because the attending physician failed to suction from below the baby’s vocal cords after delivery, the baby suffered unnecessary, permanent effects of meconium aspiration syndrome. During the baby’s treatment after delivery, he sustained a lung puncture, was bleeding from his nose and mouth, and suffered a stroke. Several years later, he continues to have bouts of severe vomiting that often require hospitalization, during which he would become weak, lethargic, and constipated. He also has cognitive and learning issues, all due to the mismanaged treatment of his meconium aspiration syndrome.
Grier v. Parkway Anesthesiologists/Union Memorial Hospital (filed June 13, 2017): In this wrongful death claim, a 46-year-old man went to Union Memorial Hospital for an elective surgical procedure for a deviated septum. After the man woke up from the anesthesia with emergence delirium, his physicians were unable to reintubate him for at least seven minutes, depriving him of the oxygen he needed during that time. He suffered profound acidosis, or acidity of the blood caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide from poor lung function, went into cardiac arrest as a result, and died.
Scales v. Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group (filed June 14, 2017): In this medical malpractice class action claim, a pain management specialist at Largo Medical Center and Kensington Medical Center sexually abused several of his patients while conducting physical examinations. Even though Kaiser Permanente had received multiple reports of this pain management specialist’s sexual misconduct, they never informed his patients or provided a chaperone during his subsequent examinations.
McDonald v. Frederick Memorial Hospital (filed June 16, 2017): A patient at the hospital was allowed to fall off a stretcher. He fell to the ground, and suffered unspecified physical injuries and pain as a result.
Breedlove v. Manor Care of Towson (filed June 16, 2017): The nursing facility did not categorize a woman as a fall risk even though she had a history of falls, an unsteady gait, and muscle weakness. The woman fell and suffered severe head trauma, which ultimately led to her death.
Cox v. Oakview Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (filed June 19, 2017): A woman, who should have been categorized as a high fall risk at the time of her admission, fell from her bed twice at the nursing home. Even after she fell the first time, her health care providers never put any preventative measures in place to protect her against future falls. She sustained a hip fracture during her second fall, which caused her health to deteriorate and eventually resulted in her death.
Peay v. Teresa Hoffman, M.D. and Associates / Mercy Medical Center (filed June 19, 2017): During the process of labor and delivery, the baby was entrapped in the birth canal. The physician improperly maneuvered the baby, causing an injury to the baby’s cervical and brachial plexus. The baby was diagnosed with Erb’s Palsy, required shoulder surgery, and will never recover full use of his arm.
Kamdjou v. Simmonds, Martin & Helmbrecht / Shady Grove Adventist Hospital (filed June 19, 2017): Even though a woman was experiencing hemorrhaging, had an extended uterus, fever, and the classic signs of retained placenta after the birth of her child, her physicians did not explore her uterus to check if any placenta remained. Concerned about her continued bleeding and discomfort after she was discharged from the hospital, the woman went for several follow-up appointments with her physician and at the emergency room. When she was finally diagnosed with retained placenta and uterine infection, she was not administered enough medication to clear the uterus. After the medication didn’t work, her physician poorly performed a surgical procedure to remove the placenta, causing permanent damage to her uterus and endometrial lining.
Griffin v. St. Agnes Healthcare (filed June 19, 2017)
Scarbrough v. Transplant Resource Center of Maryland (filed June 19, 2017): After a patient was prepped and ready for a liver transplant surgery which she medically needed, her physicians discovered that the donated kidney was unusable. It was hard, cold to the touch, and “freezer burned.”
Lasken v. Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital (filed June 20, 2017): A woman was admitted to the rehabilitation hospital after spinal surgery, with instructions to take “spinal precautions.” An aide roughly placed the woman back into her bed after a therapy session, causing the woman to experience pain in her chest and arms. It was eventually discovered that her injury was causing compression on her spinal cord and she underwent a corrective surgery. Due to the severity of the injury and the delay in diagnosis, the woman suffered permanent neurologic injuries including paralysis of her legs and lower body.
Montiel v. Moubarek (filed June 20, 2017): An incarcerated inmate at Federal Correctional Institution, Gilmer was denied surgery to repair his painful and growing hernia. He finally had a surgical procedure to implant a hernia mesh after spending six months in pain, but claims the hernia mesh was defective.
Browne v. University of Maryland Orthopaedic Trauma Associates (filed June 21, 2017): A woman who had been injured in a car accident was evaluated by several physicians, and it was determined that she was at high risk for developing a venous thromboembolism, a blood clot that breaks loose and travels in the blood. She had fractured her spine, femur, and ankle in the car crash, and orthopedic surgery is a high risk factor for a venous thromboembolism. Her physicians prescribed blood thinners on several occasions in order to decrease the likelihood that she would develop a venous thromboembolism during or after her surgery, but they were never administered to her. During her orthopedic surgery, the woman’s blood pressure dropped. She never regained consciousness after surgery, and eventually died of pulmonary thromboemboli, or blood clots that broke off from her leg and traveled in her blood to block the arteries in her lungs.
Cerato v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed June 21, 2017): A surgical drain was inserted during a procedure to partially remove a man’s kidney. After the surgery, multiple attempts were made to remove the drain, and the drain eventually snapped. A part of the drain was left behind, and the man was discharged home with the broken drain still inside his abdomen. He later had to undergo a laparoscopic removal of the drain.
Doerr v. Anne Arundel Medical Center (filed June 22, 2017): In this wrongful death case, a man presented to the emergency department with severe abdominal pain. His doctors suspected he had mesenteric vein thrombosis (MVT), when a blood clot occurs in one of the veins that drains blood from the intestines. The condition can be fatal, but when diagnosed and treated rapidly, it has a high survival rate. Even though the doctors knew the emergent nature of the man’s condition, they were too slow to conduct the MRI evaluations that were necessary to formally diagnose the MVT. The man suffered from severe, unrelieved abdominal pain throughout the night, and eventually suffered a fatal cardiopulmonary arrest in his hospital room before he received any treatment for his MVT.
Ziegler v. The Heart Center of Northern Anne Arundel (filed June 22, 2017): A man’s doctor did not realize the extent of his cardiac condition, and simply placed a stent in his mid-right coronary artery even though an EKG and echocardiogram showed that the left anterior descending artery was also severely diseased. The man was released from the hospital after his procedure, and died in his sleep at home.
Lotz v. Heritage Center / Genesis Healthcare (filed June 22, 2017): Despite being identified as a fall risk, a nursing home resident was not properly supervised and the appropriate precautions, such as fall mats and bed alarms, were not present in his care plan. He fell, suffered a right hip fracture, and soon after died from sepsis and a pressure ulcer.
Smith v. Mid-Atlantic Pain Center (filed June 23, 2017): After a procedure to inject contrast material to examine a woman’s spinal cord, the woman experienced increased pain in her lower back, and then experienced a grand mal seizure. During the procedure, the contrast material had been mixed with an antibiotic, causing the contrast to travel to her brain. The woman was transported to Union Hospital, where she was placed in a medically induced coma for two weeks. After she woke up and was discharged from the hospital, she continued to suffer from memory loss, blurred vision, seizures, and other cognitive deficits. 291.
Jalloh v. Dimensions Health Corporation / Prince George’s Hospital Center (filed June 26, 2017): In this wrongful birth case, a woman was never given the appropriate first-trimester evaluations, including genetic counseling and diagnostic testing, in spite of her advanced maternal age. She was never given enough information to make an informed decision about whether or not she should continue her pregnancy, and her baby was born with Down syndrome, cardiac abnormalities, and Hirshsprung disease.
Keen v. Upper Chesapeake Surgical Associates / Harford Memorial Hospital (filed June 27, 2017): During a laparoscopic procedure to remove gallstones from a man’s gallbladder and common bile duct, the physician negligently cut across the common bile duct and caused an infection. Over the next several months, the man continued to suffer severe complications from the infection and required multiple surgical procedures. Even after he was finally discharged home, he still had reoccurring problems with infections.
Atkinson v. Fort Washington Medical Center (filed June 27, 2017): A man was admitted to the defendant hospital for the re-insertion of a Gastronomy Tube, which had dislodged. The nurse noted that the man was a high fall risk, but fall risk protocols were never implemented. The man later fell and fractured his hip, requiring surgery. He later suffered multiple seizures and mental deficits, which his doctors believe to have been caused by the fall.
Tassalo v. Carenet Health Systems and Services / Mt. Airy Life Center (filed June 28, 2017): A woman fell several times while she was a resident at a nursing home, even though the nursing staff knew she was at risk of falls. She fractured her pelvis during one fall, and never walked again. Soon after she was admitted to hospice, and died several months later.
Wright v. Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center (filed June 18, 2017): After a failed knee replacement surgery, a woman had to undergo an additional revision surgery and developed foot drop, an injury to the peroneal nerve that prevents the foot from bending upward at the ankle.
Weese v. Franklin Square Hospital Center / Advanced Radiology (filed June 29, 2017): A woman died from metastatic breast cancer because her doctors failed to properly monitor, treat, and diagnose her condition, even after she complained of a breast lump and tenderness.
Tongue v. Sunrise Senior Living (filed June 29, 2017): While performing a two-person pivot technique to transfer a woman to or from her bed, chair, or toilet at her nursing home, the nursing staff fractured her left ankle.
Cooper v. University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (filed June 29, 2017): During labor and delivery, the attending doctor failed to diagnose chorioamnionitis, inflammation of the fetal membranes due to a bacterial infection, even though the tell-tale signs were all present. Because she never made the diagnosis, the doctor also failed to perform a C-section in time and failed to provide the mother with an appropriate antibiotic treatment. The baby was born with a brain injury, causing developmental delay, due to the doctor’s negligence.
Sanchez v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (filed June 29, 2017): Even though the woman advised the nurse that it would be difficult to draw blood from her left arm, the nurse went ahead and attempted to take a blood sample from the woman’s left arm. The nurse could not find a source for the blood sample and moved the tip of the needle around in the woman’s arm. The woman felt a jolt of pain in her arm and her vision went dark. Although the woman’s vision returned, the pain in her left arm has persisted.
Walker v. Holy Cross Hospital (filed June 30, 2017): After undergoing a surgical procedure to remove part of his colon, a man suffered from sepsis. His physicians did not respond quickly enough, his organs began to shut down, and he eventually bled to death.