Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed in November 2017
Milone v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed November 1, 2017): Physicians should have known that a man had altered anatomy due to prior diagnosis and treatment of rectal carcinoma and prostate cancer, but they did not make the proper accommodations when treating his urinary retention. A urologist perforated the man’s bowel during the course of suprapubic tube placement because he placed the tube blindly, causing the man’s health to deteriorate until his untimely death.
Adelung v. University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center (filed November 1, 2017): Healthcare providers mistakenly administered eight doses of a blood thinner to a woman who should only have had a single dose. She developed a massive hematoma, which led to her untimely death.
Laws v. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (filed November 1, 2017): A woman underwent a surgical procedure to remove her endometrial polyps. She suffered a perforation of her uterus during the procedure that was not discovered until the next day. Several months later, she learned that she still had endometrial polyps.
Hoffman v. Bon Secours Baltimore Health Corporation (filed November 1, 2017): After a right total hip replacement surgery, a man noticed that his right leg was 2.5 cm shorter than his left leg. As a result of the differential, the man experiences pain and requires additional medical treatment.
Griffin v. Glen Burnie Health and Rehabilitation Center (filed November 2, 2017): A man was allowed to eat a meal unsupervised and without assistance, even though he was a known choking risk. The man choked on his dinner, staff did not intervene in time, and he died.
Wilson v. University of Maryland Medical Systems (filed November 3, 2017): Several weeks after a surgery to repair her left elbow fracture and dislocation, a woman returned to the hospital with left radial nerve palsy. Her physician discovered that he had misplaced a pin during her elbow surgery, causing her to suffer from continuous weakness and pain in her left arm.
Brooks v. Johns Hopkins Health Group at Green Spring Station (filed November 3, 2017): Healthcare providers failed to identify the significance of the continued swelling in a woman’s left leg and failed to recognize her dangerous vascular condition. The woman later died of complications arising from her undiagnosed and untreated deep vein thrombosis.
Bullock v. Chesapeake Women’s Care (filed November 3, 2017): A doctor spilled trichloroacetic acid on a woman, resulting in painful and disfiguring burns.
Shrader v. Ravenwood Nursing Care Center (filed November 6, 2017): A woman suffered a hip fracture as a result of a fall while she was under the care and supervision of a nursing assistant.
McCloy v. Mid-Shore Women’s Health (filed November 6, 2017): During a procedure to remove an endometrial polyp, the physician perforated the side wall of the woman’s uterus, and seized and extracted the woman’s right ovary, right fallopian tube, and 18.5 cm of her right ureter. The woman’s uterus and right kidney had to be removed as a result of these injuries.
Spencer v. First Colonies Anesthesia Associates (filed November 6, 2017): A woman went without oxygen for ten minutes while her anesthesiologist was troubleshooting the anesthesia machine. During those ten minutes, the woman suffered a hypoxic brain injury, causing her to experience headaches, blurred vision, memory loss, weakness, lightheadedness, and fatigue.
Erskine v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed November 6, 2017): A girl was not given the appropriate diagnostic testing when she presented to the hospital with complaints of abdominal pain and constipation. Her bowel obstruction due to twisting of the gastrointestinal tract went undiscovered for three days, during which time the blood supply to her intestine and colon was restricted. As a result of the delayed diagnosis, the girl spent more than a month in the hospital and continues to live with a G-tube and an ileostomy.
Powell v. Oakwood Care Center (filed November 6, 2017): Because nursing home staff did not follow the doctor’s instructions to check a man’s blood chemistries every other day, his deterioration in renal function was not appreciated in a timely manner. After sustaining a urinary tract infection with sepsis, acute renal failure, hypernatremia, and change in mental status, the man ultimately passed away with urosepsis listed as a cause of death.
Smith v. Anne Arundel Medical Group Surgical Specialists (filed November 7, 2017): Despite the known presence of a growing adrenal mass, doctors put off obtaining a biopsy to confirm the presence of a malignancy for over a year. When an exploratory laparotomy was finally performed, the woman’s tumor was inseparable from her pancreas and graded as a T3. The delay in diagnosis greatly diminished the woman’s chances of recovery.
Fox v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (filed November 7, 2017): In spite of an absent end diastolic flow, indicating that flow through the umbilical cord is compromised, healthcare providers negligently delayed delivery. The baby became significantly infected in utero, causing her to suffer permanent brain damage.
Sullivan v. Pulmonary and Critical Care Associates of Baltimore (filed November 8, 2017): Physicians failed to schedule a follow-up appointment or perform additional diagnostic testing after a CT scan showed a mass in a woman’s lung. Eventually, a biopsy revealed that the mass was lung cancer, which had progressed to stage IV in the years since the woman’s first CT scan.
DeLorme v. MedStar Montgomery Medical Center (filed November 8, 2017): A man underwent brachytherapy surgery to treat his prostate cancer; however, none of the radioactive seeds were placed into the man’s prostate. Improper placement of the seeds caused damage to the man’s urethra lining, requiring him to self-catheterize twice a day. In addition, the negligently placed seeds provided no treatment for the man’s prostate cancer.
Yee v. Cigna Dental Health (filed November 8, 2017): In this wrongful death claim, a dentist administered Lidocaine and epinephrine, known vasoconstrictors, to a patient before a tooth extraction procedure. The woman had a history of coronary artery disease and she became unresponsive in the dental chair. The dentist was unable to resuscitate the woman and she was transported to Holy Cross Hospital. She never regained consciousness and eventually died.
Cromwell v. Barnes (filed November 9, 2017): A woman was badly burned in a fire at the Kozy Cottage Assisted Living Facility. The facility had not been properly inspected and was not in compliance with fire safety protocol.
Kliever v. The Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center (filed November 9, 2017): During a right total knee replacement, the surgeon injured the man’s right popliteal artery. Physicians failed to recognize the arterial injury for two days, during which time the man suffered severe enough tissue loss that his right leg had to be amputated.
Crum v. Prince George’s Hospital Center (filed November 13, 2017): Healthcare providers failed to reinsert a man’s tracheostomy tube after it had become dislodged. The man went without a functional airway for over an hour. As a result, he did not regain cardio-pulmonary stability and was pronounced dead.
Soper v. Calvert Internal Medicine Group (filed November 13, 2017): A man with a history of developing postoperative pulmonary emboli was not properly anti-coagulated after a surgery to remove a mass from his neck. In addition, he had been undergoing testosterone therapy for four years prior to the surgery, further increasing his risk of developing an embolus. The man died of a recurrent pulmonary embolus five days after surgery.
Hetlyn v. Simmonds, Martin & Helmbrecht (filed November 14, 2017): An obstetrician did not use the appropriate techniques when she encountered shoulder dystocia during delivery, causing injury to the baby’s brachial plexus.
Newcomb v. Woods (filed November 15, 2017): The titanium “roots” of a woman’s mini dental implants were placed out of alignment. Her dentist forced the dentures onto their corresponding sockets in spite of the misalignment and poor fit, causing unnecessary and severe pain. The woman continues to suffer pain and irritation as well as an inability to chew properly.
Warren v. CEP America-Maryland (filed November 15, 2017): A woman suffered a sigmoid colon perforation during laparoscopic surgery. By the time her perforation had finally been diagnosed and treated, the woman’s abdominal cavity was so infected that she passed away from multiple organ failure and sepsis.
King v. Franklin Square Hospital Center (filed November 15, 2017): Before emergency appendicitis surgery, a woman had been taking two types of blood thinners. Despite the woman’s high risk for postoperative bleeding, her nurse did not notify a surgeon when the woman’s heart rate elevated and blood pressure diminished. The woman lost nearly half the total volume of blood in her body, her heart went into pulseless electrical activity, and she died.
McLean v. Center for Vascular Medicine (filed November 16, 2017): A woman hemorrhaged and died after physicians tore her left external iliac vein during surgery.
Poliszczuk v. Goldman (filed November 16, 2017): A podiatrist prescribed doxycycline to a man who had begun to notice swelling and redness in his right foot around his second toe. Lab results later revealed that the man’s symptoms were caused by a bacteria that is resistant to doxycycline, but the man was never notified. The infection progressed untreated until the man presented to Franklin Square Hospital, where his toe was surgically amputated.
Baker v. Saint Paul Place Specialists (filed November 16, 2017): When a woman’s pelvic ultrasound revealed multiple benign uterine fibroids, a hysterectomy was presented as the only treatment option. During the hysterectomy, the doctor severed the woman’s left ureter, causing chronic urinary incontinence that persists after ureteral implantation surgery.
Bailey v. Mercy Medical Center (filed November 17, 2017): A baby’s brain was deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery. Physicians failed to use appropriate diagnostic procedures and failed to intervene once decelerations of the fetal heart rate were assessed, causing the baby to suffer a permanent brain injury.
Chambers v. East Coast Ambulance Services (filed November 17, 2017): EMTs caused a woman to suffer a right lower ankle bone fracture while struggling to transfer her from a glide-chair to her bed.
Clagett v. Precision Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (filed November 20, 2017): A woman was never thoroughly examined on any of the occasions when she presented to the orthopedics office with complaints of back pain. Physicians at Johns Hopkins Hospital later determined that she had a serious infection and she remained hospitalized for seven days.
Ebling v. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (filed November 20, 2017): A man developed skin damage, dermatitis, and a bedsore while he was hospitalized for a cervical spine fusion surgery.
Ott v. Peninsula Regional Medical Center (filed November 20, 2017): Physicians failed to diagnose a man’s severe blood infection when he presented to the emergency room with chest pain. He died in his home the next day of cardiac tamponade due to a ruptured cardiac pseudoaneurysm.
Robinson v. Wexford Health Sources (filed November 20, 2017): An incarcerated inmate sustained multiple traumatic injuries over two decades and was denied appropriate medical treatment.
Guzman v. Laurel Regional Hospital (filed November 20, 2017): A baby with a persistent fever, lethargy, and feeding issues was brought to the emergency room three times in less than a week. Each time he was diagnosed with an ear infection and discharged without a complete sepsis workup. On his fourth visit he was finally diagnosed with hydrocephalus and tuberculosis meningitis, but the delay in diagnosis and treatment caused severe and permanent brain damage.
Dingle v. Prince George’s Hospital Center (filed November 21, 2017): A man presented to the emergency department after sustaining a non-life threatening gunshot wound. When he first arrives at the intensive care unit after surgery, the man suffers a cardiac arrest because his anesthesiologists failed to administer a paralytic agent prior to transfer. The man was eventually resuscitated, but not before he suffered a severe anoxic brain injury. He died several days later.
Jane Doe v. Dimensions Health Corporation (filed November 21, 2017): In this class action claim, a man unlawfully practiced obstetrics and gynecology. He had never attended or graduated from an accredited medical school, received his medical license under a fraudulent social security number on three separate occasions, used a false permanent resident card to apply for residency, used a false passport to apply for medical licensure in the State of Maryland, and used a false Maryland driver’s license to obtain medical privileges at Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Deasel v. Upper Chesapeake Medical Center (filed November 22, 2017): A physician improperly interpreted the biopsy results for a mass in a woman’s chest and diagnosed her with a noncancerous breast tumor. Months later, a second biopsy revealed that the tumor had doubled in size and was, in fact, malignant. The woman underwent six surgeries for tumor excision and breast reconstruction.
Camelo v. International Pediatrics (filed November 22, 2017): Healthcare providers did not perform the appropriate head imaging when a boy presented with headaches and vomiting. He returned to the emergency room and to International Pediatrics multiple times, but he was never examined thoroughly. The boy later collapsed at home and died of a ruptured aneurysm and multiple brain hemorrhages.
Thomas v. Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center (filed November 22, 2017): After his call for a nurse’s assistance went unanswered for at least an hour, a man fell attempting to use the restroom by himself.
Cook v. Dunmore (filed November 22, 2017): At 35 weeks gestation, a woman had a high blood pressure and had 2+ protein. Even though these symptoms are consistent with preeclampsia, the woman was sent home after three separate visits to the hospital within five days. On day six, during visit number four, a maternal fetal medicine physician determined that the baby had died in utero.
Hurt v. Vindobona Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (filed November 22, 2017): Nursing staff failed to provide a resident with adequate care, including hygiene, hydration, mobility, turning and repositioning, and pressure relief. The resident suffered multiple falls and developed pressure ulcers on her right heel, right medial and lateral ankle, and sacrum as a result.
Jarett v. Caton Manor (filed November 27, 2017): A woman, who had been previously identified as a fall risk, was not properly supervised and fell. She suffered a fracture of her left humerus and then developed a sacral pressure injury with osteomyelitis and sepsis as a result of poor subsequent care. Her health declined until her untimely death.
Turner v. Manor Care of Roland Park (filed November 27, 2017): A resident’s urinary tract infection and dehydration went untreated, leading to more complicated medical problems such as urosepsis and severe dehydration. The nursing home’s negligence resulted in her premature death.
Monsen v. Holy Cross Hospital (filed November 30, 2017): Healthcare providers failed to utilize a monitored bed during a man’s hospitalization, despite his morbid obesity and demonstrated evidence of sleep apnea. The man was found to be unresponsive, suffered a severe hypoxic brain injury, and passed away soon after.
Caple v. Five Star Physician Services (filed November 30, 2017): A long term care resident at Augsburg Lutheran Home suffered five falls within one month. Her health declined after her last fall until she passed away. Her cause of death is listed as severe sepsis, urinary tract infection, and pneumonia.
Harris v. Women’s Health Services of Maryland (filed November 30, 2017): Healthcare providers missed the telltale signs of preeclampsia when they failed to take a woman’s blood pressure and perform a urinalysis to look for protein in the urine during multiple prenatal visits. The woman went into preterm labor and her baby was delivered stillborn via C-section. The baby regained a heartbeat but suffered permanent brain damage. The woman went into hemorrhagic shock, requiring several surgeries and blood transfusions, and almost died from her injuries.