Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed in October 2017
Turner v. Meritus Medical Center (filed October 2, 2017): After it was determined that a man with hypertension experienced a transient ischemic attack rather than a stroke, his physicians failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent a future stroke. They should have performed a cerebral revascularization, but they discharged him with prescriptions and follow-up instructions instead. The next day he had a stroke from which he never fully recovered.
Martinez v. University of Maryland Medical Center (filed October 3, 2017): Physicians failed to perform a timely delivery, causing the unborn baby to go into a state of distress and suffer a permanent brain injury.
Sturgill v. Advanced Radiology (filed October 3, 2017): When interpreting a woman’s abdominal CT scan, healthcare providers mistook pre-metastatic pancreatic cancer for an enlarged lymph node. By the time her pancreatic cancer was finally diagnosed eight months later, it had spread to her lymph nodes and was no longer curable.
Henson v. Advanced Radiology (filed October 3, 2017): Doctors missed the evidence of an ischemic stroke in a woman’s head CT scan, taken after she presented to the emergency department with a headache, elevated blood pressure, and blurred vision. Her condition was eventually managed at Mercy Medical Center, but the woman now suffers from permanent neurologic injuries due to the delay in treatment.
Mason v. Orthopedic and Wellness (filed October 3, 2017): After spinal fusion surgery, a man experienced numbness and weakness in his left leg, as well as symptoms of infection at the site of his incision. He had to undergo irrigation and debridement procedures to treat the infection and a revision spinal surgery to address the numbness and weakness.
Alberto v. Primary Care and Wellness (filed October 4, 2017): A man presented to his healthcare provider with a swelling and redness of the face and a cough. The doctor diagnosed an allergic reaction and prescribed medication, but she failed to properly assess him or address his abnormal blood test results. Two weeks later the man died at the hospital with multisystem organ failure, Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and influenza recorded as the causes of death.
Mitchell v. Cabalar (filed October 4, 2017): A woman was diagnosed with polymyositis (an inflammatory disease causing muscle weakness) and prescribed Methotrexate. Four months later, she died of heart failure due to interstitial pneumonia – a lung injury induced by Methotrexate.
McClain v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed October 5, 2017): A girl suffered an arrest with resulting severe anoxic brain injury after her heart transplant surgery. Her health care providers did not treat her rising postoperative central venous pressure or her low blood pressure with necessary gravity.
Evans v. Community Radiology Associates (filed October 6, 2017): Physicians missed an aneurysm on a woman’s MRI. By the time it was discovered, the aneurysm had grown in size and caused the woman additional suffering.
Johnson v. Barenburg Eye Associates (filed October 6, 2017): During a follow-up appointment for a cataract extraction with intra ocular lens procedure on a woman’s left eye, the physician noticed a severe buildup of fluid in her retina but failed to refer her to a specialist. As a result of delayed treatment, the woman now experiences pain and complete loss of sight in her left eye.
McGrew v. Washington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine (filed October 6, 2017): A man underwent two revision surgeries after he experienced pain, discomfort, and stiffness following his initial shoulder surgery. During one of the revision surgeries, the physician cut a portion of his axillary nerve. Even after an additional revision surgery, the man continues to experience muscle weakness, atrophy, and limited range of motion.
Lazaro v. MedStar Medical Group Women’s Health at Good Samaritan Hospital (filed October 10, 2017): During surgery to remove a woman’s ovarian cyst, the operating physician caused a tear in the woman’s bladder. After an additional surgery to repair the tear, the woman continues to experience bladder spasms that require medication to control, as well as painful intercourse and extensive scarring.
Footes v. Wexford Health Source (filed October 10, 2017): An inmate at North Branch Correctional Institute tore his bicep tendon and required surgery to repair his rotator cup and bicep. When he finally underwent surgery after continuous delays, the physician did not perform a complete repair and left the man’s bicep tendon untreated.
Philip v. Adventist Medical Group (filed October 10, 2017): A baby died during delivery as a result of the negligent administration of Pitocin. Physicians administered the drug to the mother even though the yet unborn baby was showing signs of an abnormal heart rate.
Cronin v. The Village at Rockville (filed October 10, 2017): A woman fell after she was not properly assisted to the bathroom. During the fall, she sustained a sacral fracture and had to undergo a two-stage revision of her previous lumbar fusion surgery. She now suffers from a permanent nerve injury and constant pain.
Sims v. Greater Chesapeake Hand Specialists (filed October 10, 2017): A woman complained of constant pain and decreased mobility in the months following shoulder surgery. Her physician dismissed her complaints, suggesting that she must have “emotional issues” because her x-rays came back normal. A CT scan later revealed that the woman had been suffering from a comminuted fracture of her scapular spine.
Levine v. Rozmaryn (filed October 11, 2017): During orthopedic surgery, the physician improperly set a man’s broken metacarpal bones so they would heal in a misaligned position. As a result of the surgical negligence, the man experiences chronic pain, reduction in dexterity and strength, the onset of an arthritic condition, and disfigurement.
Atwell v. Brain and Spine Specialists (filed October 11, 2017): A woman underwent a L5-S1 spinal fusion surgery to treat her leg pain. Her symptoms did not improve after the surgery, so her physician performed a second surgery to adjust her pedicle screws. She sought a second opinion when her symptoms still did not improve and discovered that the pedicle screw instrumentation had been positioned improperly during the first surgery. After undergoing two additional surgeries, the neurologist concluded that misplaced screws caused chronic nerve pain.
Thompson v. Maryland General Hospital (filed October 12, 2017): After difficult labor and delivery, healthcare providers negligently maneuvered the baby out of the birth canal. The baby was born with a weak right arm and was sent for brachial plexus reconstruction surgery. Despite the procedure, the baby still experiences a very limited range of motion.
Davis v. Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates (filed October 13, 2017): In spite of his classic symptoms, a man was not timely diagnosed with mesenteric ischemia, often referred to as intestinal angina. The delay in diagnosis resulted in the man’s premature death.
Bradford v. Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (filed October 13, 2017): A woman suffered from numerous bed sores, urinary tract infections, and a blood infection during her time at a nursing home. Staff did not take the proper preventative measures or provide adequate treatment and the woman eventually died of her injuries.
Murray v. Family Dentistry of Annapolis (filed October 16, 2017): A dentist used Septocaine as a local anesthetic during a root canal procedure, even though Septocaine is known to cause permanent inferior alveolar nerve injury including persistent numbness. After the root canal procedure, the patient developed persistent numbness of her right lower lip and chin.
Berry v. Brookdale Senior Living (filed October 17, 2017): Staff members failed to protect a woman from another violent resident. The woman was punched and pushed into a wall, causing her to sustain fractures of her spine, pelvis, and left iliac wing. Her health declined as a result of these injuries until her death, one month after the violent incident.
Strawser v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed October 18, 2017): Without waiting for the results of genetic testing, physicians went ahead with the scheduled procedure to reduce one of the unborn twins. Genetic testing later revealed serious genetic defects in the remaining twin and no genetic defects for the reduced twin.
Martin v. Nasseri Clinic of Arthritic and Rheumatic Diseases (filed October 18, 2017): A physician negligently prescribed methotrexate without sufficiently reviewing the woman’s past medical history. After five days on methotrexate, the woman presented to the emergency department with fatigue, weakness, inability to walk, fevers, and chills. She was ultimately diagnosed with methotrexate-induced pancytopenia (deficiency of red cells, white cells, and platelets in the blood) with severe mucositis.
Linder v. Lighthouse Senior Living at Hopkins Creek (filed October 18, 2017): A woman passed away from sepsis and osteomyelitis related to the sacral ulcer that developed while she was residing at the nursing home.
Williams v. MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center (filed October 19, 2017): A woman fell while she was left unattended in the restroom. She was not given the appropriate supervision, given that she was documented as a high fall risk when she presented to the emergency department.
Sencion v. OB-GYN Associates (filed October 19, 2017): Physicians injured a woman’s left ureter during a total abdominal hysterectomy procedure. The woman underwent an additional surgery, but her left kidney and renal function are permanently impaired.
Williams v. Wexford Health Sources (filed October 19, 2017): A man’s rectal cancer went undiagnosed long after he first complained of rectal bleeding. Even after his diagnosis, six weeks went by before he received treatment. The delay in diagnosis and treatment contributed to the man’s untimely death.
Almquist v. MEP Health (filed October 20, 2017): In this wrongful death claim, emergency room physicians failed to notice the warning signs of pulmonary thromemboli on multiple occasions. The woman was sent home, where she was later found unresponsive and pulseless by emergency medical services.
Raia v. Matlaga (filed October 20, 2017): A man with a history of deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism underwent a bilateral ureteroscopy with stent placement procedure. Physicians failed to take the necessary precautions to avoid another embolic event after the man’s surgery, and the man consequently suffered injuries to his liver, kidney, and significant bleeding.
Manning v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed October 20, 2017): During a surgery mitral valve repair, the physician used the wrong size ring. Rather than replace the ring with a smaller size, he performed a repair procedure that was reserved only for elderly patients with short life expectancies because of its high risk of causing stenosis. The whole surgery, which was supposed to take 3-4 hours, lasted for a total of twelve hours. The negligent repair procedure coupled with the extended surgery time caused multiple complications including heart failure, stenosis, stroke, and cognitive issues.
Banks v. Prince George’s Hospital Center / Fairfield Center (filed October 20, 2017): A man suffered multiple traumatic injuries during a car accident. He developed multiple pressure sores during his stay at the hospital. After his transfer to Fairfield Center, the man’s pressure sores were not properly treated. He became dehydrated and developed sepsis, acute renal failure, and a deep vein thrombosis.
Byrom v. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (filed October 20, 2017): A baby was born with brain damage and global developmental delay because her healthcare providers did not perform a timely delivery, induced labor with excessive amounts of Cytotec, and failed to maintain continuous fetal monitoring.
Kramer v. Genesis Loch Raven Center (filed October 23, 2017): When the nursing staff failed to provide a man with appropriate pressure relief, he developed a large pressure ulcer on his sacrum and another pressure ulcer on his right heel. The nursing staff also failed to respond to a visible change in the man’s health – he complained of bloody stools, difficulty breathing, and appeared to be pale and weak. The man died as a result of this negligence.
Robinson v. Wexford Health Sources (filed October 23, 2017): In this wrongful death claim, correctional officers did not follow the doctors’ orders to double cell an inmate on suicide watch and ensure that he was taking his medication.
Nugent v. Greater Baltimore Medical Center (filed October 24, 2017): Three foreign bodies – a surgical drain fragment and two other fragments of rubbery, soft tissue – were left in a woman’s body cavity during her gastric band surgery.
Copaken v. Union Urgent Care of Silver Springs (filed October 24, 2017): A man presented to Urgent Care complaining of being sick for three days. He was not examined thoroughly, his complete history was not taken, and no blood work was ordered. He was diagnosed with acute pharyngitis, asthma, and organic sleep apnea and prescribed Amoxicillin. Four days later he was found dead in his residence. A subsequent autopsy determined that he had died of untreated and undiagnosed diabetes mellitus.
Roberson v. Anne Arundel Medical Center (filed October 25, 2017): Physicians caused injuries to a woman’s vagus nerves, which run along the esophagus, during a surgical procedure. After two years of experiencing severe and debilitating diarrhea, a gastroenterologist discovered that her symptoms were due to the vagotomy that occurred unknowingly during her surgery. Her condition is permanent and irreparable.
Villa v. Endoscopic Surgical Centre of Maryland (filed October 25, 2017): A man’s ascending colon was perforated during a colonoscopy. He required a subsequent surgical repair and has had a variety of ongoing medical problems as a result of the negligent perforation.
Buchanan v. University of Maryland Surgical Associates (filed October 25, 2017): A man suffered complications, including injuries to his intercostal arteries, pleura, and lung parenchyma, from an improperly performed thoracoscopic procedure. In addition, his doctors performed an incomplete Maze procedure even though he had not fully recovered from his intraoperative cardiac arrest, and then returned him to the operating room for one-lung anesthesia even though he had demonstrated poor ventilation and oxygenation.
Hunsinger v. Securus Anesthesia (filed October 26, 2017): As a result of excess and inappropriate sedation, a woman woke up in the middle of her retinopexy surgery. She moved her head abruptly, while the instruments were still in the globe of her eye, causing injury.
Chase v. Clinton Healthcare Center (filed October 27, 2017): A nursing home resident suffered pressure sore injuries which led to his death. The pressure sores could have been prevented by adequate evaluation and a thorough treatment plan.
Knoll v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed October 27, 2017): A physician prescribed Heparin to a man in spite of the fact that his postoperative CT scan revealed an intraventricular bleed. The Heparin further aggravated the bleed, causing the man to suffer respiratory failure, increased cranial pressure, a coma, and a variety of other complications that now require him to undergo physical therapy and nursing care.
Byrd v. Kaiser Permanente (filed October 27, 2017): Physicians failed to inform a woman about the dangerous condition of her unborn child’s left kidney and ureter during her prenatal appointments, and subsequently failed to treat his worsening urological condition.
White v. Colonna (filed October 30, 2017): As a result of tremendous blood loss during a surgery to remove his kidney, a man suffered metabolic acidosis and acute respiratory, kidney, and liver failure. He underwent twelve additional surgeries, including procedures to remove his gallbladder, spleen, and portions of his small bowel, colon, and rectum.
Light v. Chesapeake Surgical Services (filed October 30, 2017): A woman’s bladder was injured during her hysterectomy procedure. She had to undergo an additional surgery and physical therapy to repair her ruptured bladder. She was also treated with antibiotics, which caused her to experience hearing loss.
Alahverdian v. Suburban Hospital (filed October 31, 2017): Technicians provided a physician with a contaminated syringe during a vitrectomy on a man’s left eye. The man developed a suprachoroidal hemorrhage as a result of the contaminated gas, which later caused the man to experience recurrent retinal detachments and diplopia.
Lauren v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed October 31, 2017): A neurosurgeon mistook benign necrosis for the reoccurrence of a woman’s malignant brain tumor. During the subsequent, unnecessary craniotomy, he injured her motor cortex and sensory cortex.
Burdsall v. The Lasik Vision Institute (filed October 31, 2017): A programming error during treatment for a man’s eye caused him to experience blurred vision that cannot be adequately corrected.
Chandler v. University of Maryland Medical Center (filed October 31, 2017): A man underwent orthopedic surgery to treat his broken leg after he had been involved in a motor vehicle collision. He developed severe metabolic derangements related to the general anesthesia during surgery and suffered cardiac arrest because he was not treated in time. Over the next six weeks, the man underwent forty-two more operations until he ultimately died in the operating room.