Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Filed in September 2017

  1. Thorne v. Garrett Regional Medical Center (filed September 1, 2017): In this wrongful death claim, a 3-year-old girl was sedated during a procedure to treat here severe dental cavities. After the procedure, the girl was still heavily sedated and was having trouble breathing. After many unsuccessful attempts, the anesthesiologists were never able to intubate her and the girl was unable to breathe.

  2. Cao v. Colon Rectal Surgical Associates (filed September 1, 2017): A man presented to the hospital for anorectal surgery. He was a medical student and specifically requested that his surgeon not utilize a scalpel during the procedure because of the risk of incontinence. The procedure was to be for the purpose of examination only, in order to evaluate complaints stemming from a rectal abscess with fistula. During the procedure, the surgeon saw that the fistula was healing on its own. But contrary to the standard of care, the surgeon passed a probe into the nearly healed site and cut through the rectal wall. As a result, the man now experiences severe right leg neuropathy, difficulty standing, and incontinence.

  3. Pearson v. Pain Management Associates (filed September 6, 2017): In spite of the fact that the patient had sleep apnea, hypertension, and obesity, all of which were contraindications for general anesthesia, she was placed under general anesthesia during an injection procedure. Near the end of the procedure, the woman developed respiratory failure. After failed attempts to resuscitate her, the woman was eventually transferred to Doctors Community Hospital where she eventually died.

  4. McClain v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed September 7, 2017): After heart transplant surgery, a girl’s central venous pressures were abnormally high and her blood pressure was dropping. She eventually suffered an arrest with a resulting severe anoxic brain injury.

  5. Vega v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed September 7, 2017): Due to a pathology error, a woman’s entire stomach was unnecessarily removed. She’d had an abnormal change in her intestinal tissue, rather than cancer as her physicians initially thought.

  6. Russell v. Dimensions Health Corporation (filed September 7, 2017): A man who had never graduated from a medical school was granted medical privileges at Dimensions using someone else’s social security number. He delivered a woman’s baby through unplanned emergency C-section surgery.

  7. Wilcox v. Sanctuary at Holy Cross (filed September 8, 2017): In the course of getting a woman out of her bed, Sanctuary staff failed to provide the assistance she needed. As a result, the woman fell and broke her left leg.

  8. Cook v. Emergency Service Associates (filed September 8, 2017): When a woman presented to the Atlantic General Hospital Emergency Department with severe low back pain radiating down her right leg, her treating physician was not thorough enough in his examination. The woman was discharged with pain medication, even though she had spinal stenosis. After returning to the hospital the next day, she was admitted for pain management care. During her hospitalization, the woman’s white blood cell count and temperature were high. She was ultimately transferred to another hospital where it was discovered that an MRSA infection had severely damaged her spine.

  9. Taylor v. Harbor Hospital (filed September 8, 2017): Healthcare providers failed to address a woman’s complaints of abdominal pain and constipation in a timely manner. Her diagnosis and treatment of a small bowel obstruction were delayed, and the woman eventually died in the hospital.

  10. Gray v. Harford Surgical Associates (filed September 8, 2017): A physician improperly repaired a man’s hernias, failing to notice an additional femoral hernia. Because the man was not improving after surgery, the physician followed-up with an unnecessary surgery to remove one of the man’s testicles. Another physician eventually addressed the man’s untreated hernia, but the man continues to suffer from permanent vascular and nerve damage.

  11. Royster v. Johns Hopkins Community Physicians (filed September 8, 2017): A woman continually presented to various Johns Hopkins healthcare facilities with abdominal pain. Even though an ovarian cyst was visible on a CT scan taken on her first visit, she was repeatedly misdiagnosed over ten months, until she was ultimately diagnosed with metastatic ovarian cancer. The delay in diagnosis and treatment contributed to her untimely death.

  12. Owrutsky v. Personal Physician Care (filed September 11, 2017): When a woman presented to her healthcare providers with a persistent cough, no chest x-ray was taken and her history of smoking and tobacco use was not recorded. After returning to her healthcare provider consistently over three years, she was finally diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. She died several months later.

  13. Woods v. Greenspring Station Endoscopy (filed September 11, 2017): A woman’s bowel was perforated during a routine colonoscopy procedure. Complications, including thromboemboli pulmonary infarctions, arose as a result of the untreated perforation, causing the woman to suffer irreversible cardiovascular and respiratory damage.

  14. Stevenson v. University of Maryland Medical Center (filed September 11, 2017): During lumbar laminectomy and posterior spinal fusion surgery, a woman sustained a neurologic injury. As a result, she developed cauda equine syndrome, meaning that something was compressing on her spinal nerve roots. She now suffers from bowel and bladder dysfunction, among other injuries.

  15. Savage v. Advanced Radiology (filed September 11, 2017): Healthcare providers did not timely recognize a man’s kidney cancer. By the time that the cancer was discovered, it had spread to the man’s brain. The delay in diagnosis and treatment was a proximate cause of the man’s death two years later.

  16. Wright v. Bradford Oaks Center (filed September 11, 2017): In this nursing home negligence claim, staff did not provide adequate care and a man developed pressure sores. His health declined as a result of the ulcers until his untimely death.

  17. Pazornick v. McDonough Dental Associates (filed September 11, 2017): As a result of the dentist’s decision to inadequately reduce his patient’s tooth segments, the patient’s bridge failed. Attempts to repair the bridge also failed, until the patient went to see another dentist who successfully attached a well-fitting bridge.

  18. Martinez v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed September 14, 2017): A physician negligently stitched a woman’s ureter during her C-section. As a result, the woman suffered complications such as Urosepsis and underwent multiple stent surgeries.

  19. Muhammad v. Kumar (filed September 15, 2017): After a procedure to remove a tumor from a woman’s right index finger, the physician applied a dressing so tight that it restricted vascular flow. The woman’s finger was amputated as a result.

  20. Hargett v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed September 15, 2017): A man was treated after getting hit by a stray bullet in 1993. He was not aware that the bullet was still lodged in his left calf until it started to cause him pain over twenty years later.

  21. Hill v. Bell (filed September 15, 2017): During a wisdom tooth extraction, the dentist negligently extracted a substantial segment of a patient’s bone in addition to the tooth, causing a severe sinus infection.

  22. Green v. Robinwood Orthopaedic Specialty Center (filed September 15, 2017): A woman’s arm was put in a cast after she struck her left hand against a table, even though x-rays showed no evidence of a fracture. Her symptoms of pain, weakness, numbness, and stiffness worsened. The woman now has permanent nerve damage in her left hand.

  23. Sparks v. Franklin Square Hospital Center (filed September 18, 2017): Physicians discharged a woman from the hospital without determining the cause of her GI bleeding. She returned to the hospital the next day, went into cardiac arrest, and died shortly thereafter.

  24. Theodore v. AllCare of Maryland (filed September 18, 2017): A woman developed postpartum hypertension and a headache ten days after delivering her baby. She was improperly diagnosed with an infection of the breast tissue. Fewer than 36 hours later she suffered a massive cerebral hemorrhage resulting in extensive brain damage.

  25. Cannon v. Peninsula Urology Associates (filed September 18, 2017): A delay in diagnosis and treatment allowed a man’s bladder cancer to progress unnecessarily. His bladder, prostate, seminal vesicles, and lymph nodes were all removed, and he will have to utilize a bladder bag for the rest of his life.

  26. Burton v. Advanced Radiology (filed September 18, 2017): Physicians did not recognize breast cancer when reviewing a woman’s mammogram, even though a significant change was observable when compared with her mammogram that was taken six months previously. If the woman had received a timely diagnosis and treatment, her life could have been saved or extended.

  27. Reamsnyder v. Johns Hopkins Hospital (filed September 18, 2017): After a surgery to remove a woman’s first and cervical rib, a woman developed complications including stenosis of her left internal carotid artery which required surgery. X-rays later revealed that her first and cervical rib had never been removed.

  28. Passwaters v. Homestead Manor Assisted Living (filed September 18, 2017): A man suffered three fractured ribs and significant bruising when he was abused in his nursing home. He was also isolated and negligently locked in his residency room.

  29. Winters v. Family Dental of Bel Air (filed September 19, 2017): Negligent dental extractions caused a woman to suffer a left temporal abscess. She required a craniotomy and drainage of the abscess.

  30. Montagne v. Waugh Chapel Center (filed September 19, 2017): While staying at the Center, a man was at significant risk for an embolism. Little or no appropriate precautions were taken, and the man died of a pulmonary embolism.

  31. Hale-Thomas v. Baltimore Washington Medical Center (filed September 19, 2017): After blood transfusions, a woman developed transfusion-related pulmonary edema. She suffered a cardiac arrest and was successfully resuscitated, but she suffered severe encephalopathy as a result of the arrest. She no longer has any substantial use of her arms and legs.

  32. Dyson v. Oser & Tauber (filed September 19, 2017): Over the course of eight years and 31 office visits, the physicians repeatedly failed to timely perform and interpret the proper tests in order to diagnose and treat the woman’s lung nodules. She was eventually diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, but only after it had advanced to the point where it could not be effectively treated.

  33. Clark v. Pryor (filed September 20, 2017): After rupturing his inferior patella tendon, an inmate at Western Correctional Institution was denied surgery, contrary to the doctor’s express orders.

  34. Gaymon v. Northwest Hospital Center (filed September 22, 2017): A woman went into cardiac arrest, developed an anoxic brain injury, and passed away after her healthcare providers failed to address her numerous abdominal aneurysms.

  35. Hoffman v. Kennedy Kreiger Eye Institute (filed September 22, 2017): A woman suffered complications after eye surgery to remove a cataract and implant a posterior chamber intraocular lens. Postoperatively she continues to experience severe pain, foreign body sensation, floaters, migraines, nausea, and blurred vision.

  36. Ade v. Future Care Pineview (filed September 22, 2017): In this nursing home negligence claim, staff failed to implement fall precautions. A man suffered a subdural hematoma and brain bleed as a result of a fall.

  37. Drager v. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (filed September 22, 2017): Methadone was negligently prescribed to a woman, causing her to suffer a near-death experience. Eight of her ribs were fractured as a result of CPR. The woman’s health declined and she died two months after the incident.

  38. Lindsey v. Forest Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center (filed September 22, 2017): Healthcare providers perforated a man’s bowel in the process of removing a wound VAC that hadn’t been changed for a week.

  39. Rupli v. Advanced Pain Management Services (filed September 22, 2017): A doctor prescribed a man with a potentially lethal mix of pain medications. The man was never informed of the possible side effects and his healthcare providers failed to treat his ensuing conditions.

  40. Septembre v. Anne Arundel Medical Center (filed September 25, 2017): During and before the process of labor and delivery, healthcare providers failed to timely inform a woman about the true nature of her and her unborn child’s true medical condition.

  41. Crenshaw v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States (filed September 25, 2017): A woman suffered a temporal hemorrhage and brain death after her healthcare providers failed to treat her complaints of persistent headaches with the appropriate gravity.

  42. Madison v. Brinton Woods of Frankford (filed September 25, 2017): Despite being identified as a high fall risk, a woman was not properly supervised by nursing home staff and fell. As a result, she suffered a fracture of her left hip.

  43. Murphy v. Baltimore Washington Medical Center (filed September 25, 2017): A woman received an overdose of Lovenox after she presented to the hospital with sudden onset shortness of breath. She developed large areas of bruising and hematomas, lost a significant amount of blood, and required a blood transfusion. The hematomas eventually resolved but left behind numbness and a painful lump.

  44. Evans v. Future Care (filed September 25, 2017): A woman negligently suffered falls at her residential nursing home. During her three falls, the woman suffered facial trauma including multiple fractures.

  45. Jasmine v. Fairfield Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (filed September 26, 2017): Insufficient communication between nursing staff, physical therapists, and physicians resulted in a failure to address a woman’s deteriorating medical condition. The woman was predisposed to a deep vein thrombosis and showing the warning signs of a pulmonary embolism, but her healthcare providers did not respond in time. She was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

  46. Buckley v. University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton (filed September 26, 2017): A woman presented to the hospital with increased and different back pain after a steroid injection to treat her prior back pain. She was discharged despite her new neurologic symptoms and recent medical history. Later the same day the woman presented to a different hospital, where she was diagnosed with a spinal epidural hematoma compressing her spinal cord. She had an emergency procedure to evacuate the hematoma, but the delay in diagnosis and treatment caused her to suffer a permanent neurological injury.

  47. Guzman v. Laurel Regional Hospital (filed September 27, 2017): After failing to perform a complete sepsis workup, physicians treated a year-old baby for an ear infection when, in reality, he was suffering from hydrocephalus and tuberculosis meningitis. As a result of the delayed diagnosis and treatment, the baby sustained severe brain damage.

  48. Turk v. Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center (filed September 27, 2017): Despite an overdue delivery and the presence of meconium in the ruptured membranes, healthcare providers chose not to transfer a woman and her unborn child to an appropriate hospital setting. Special Beginnings was not equipped to handle the resuscitation secondary to meconium. The baby was rushed to a hospital, but the delay in treatment caused significant injury to her brain.

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