University of Maryland Hospital Malpractice Claims

A Look at Malpractice Claims Involving this Hospital

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) is part of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS)), which includes 11 hospitals and facilities. It started in 1823 as the Baltimore Infirmary and is located in downtown Baltimore City. 

The hospital has 800 beds, 37,000 inpatient admissions, and 300,000 outpatient visits every year. The hospital features the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, which treats 7,500 patients per year. The hospital provides patients with emergency care, cancer, pediatrics, labor and delivery, cardiology, diabetes, robotic surgery, and several other specialties. It aligns itself with the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, and a great deal of patient treatment is performed by residents.

Giving credit where credit is due, this is a great hospital, and we are lucky to have it here in Baltimore. But, like any large hospital, there is also a lot of medical malpractice that leads to severe injury and death.

Where To File University of Maryland Medical Center Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
The University of Maryland Medical Center is in downtown Baltimore City, which is a preferred location for plaintiffs to file medical malpractice lawsuits. Baltimore City Circuit Court typically has a good pool of jurors. By this point in 2012, Baltimore City has been home to a $55 million verdict and a $21 million verdict.University of Maryland Medical Center's Defense Team

The University of Maryland Medical Center has been defended in recent years by numerous defense firms, including Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, Goodell DeVries, Morgan Carlo Downs & Everton,  Whitford Taylor Preston; Chason, Rosner, Leary & Marshall, Waranch & Brown, Miles & Stockbridge, (Mike Brown handles a lot of this hospital's significant cases in Baltimore), and Pessin Katz. It's anybody's guess which of these law firms will defend them in a particular claim. They do not seem wedded to anyone in particular. 

UMMS will settle malpractice cases before suit is filed if they believe they are clearly responsible for harm that was caused.  These are rare.  If the case is defensible, you can expect UMMS, like most hospitals, to force you to put the case in suit and litigate the claim.  This does not mean the case will go to trial. UMMS settles most of the good claims against it.  Eventually. 

We would like to talk about our cases and experience with UMMS in this space. But this hospital requires confidentiality in settlement agreements. 

Ordering Medical Records from the University of Maryland Medical Center

The first step to investigating a medical malpractice lawsuit is to order the medical records. Some of our clients take this first step themselves. Others let us do the legwork for them (and pay for them).  If you want to order your records, send a request to:

UMMS Department of Health Info Management

22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 328-5706
Fax: (410) 328-2358

Does the Hospital Have Immunities as a State Actor?

The Maryland Tort Claims Act caps most civil lawsuits against the State at $200,000 and has a one-year notice provision among other unreasonable restrictions. Does UMMS get these immunities? The answer is no. UMMS has not been a state entity for many years. But the hospital has argued in the past that some contractual relationships it has with the State gives the facility immunity in some cases. So it is important to keep an eye on that issue if you are suing this facility.

Lawsuits Against UMMS

Our law firm, Miller & Zois, won a $10 million verdict against UMMS in September 2016.  Below is other lawsuits filed against UMMS.  

  • 2016: Nelson-Lewis v. UMMC - surgical error case involving a hernia operation that was performed laparoscopically
  • 2016: Chaplin v. UMMC - surgical malpractice case involving a kidney transplant
  • 2016: Martin v. UMMC – breach of medical standard by failing to treat patient after diagnosis causing infection 
  • 2016: Pilarski v. UMMC – breach of standard of care by failing to timely stop medication and develop new plan 
  • 2016: Haigler v. UMMC – failure to provide proper care & treatment during delivery 
  • 2016: Fowlkes v. UMMC – failure to timely diagnose infection, resulting in death 
  • 2016: Craddock v. UMMC – violate standard of care by discharge patient from hospital with MRSA infection 
  • 2015: Woodson v. UMMC – failure to properly evaluate patient’s respiratory condition, resulting in death 
  • 2015: Mumma v. UMMC – failure to properly treat minor’s condition, causing brain injury & cerebral palsy
  • 2015: Duncan v. UMMC – failure to timely render obstetrical care to patient and fetus
  • 2015: Rouselle v. UMMC – negligent care, resulting in death
  • 2015: Bell v. UMMC – negligence causing patient to contract severe sepsis and die 
  • 2015: Porter v. UMMC – failure to properly drain patient’s knee after surgery resulting in sepsis poisoning 
  • 2015: Bobrov v. UMMC – negligent puncturing of esophagus during endoscopy leading to eventual death
  • 2015: Smith v. UMMC – failure to use appropriate tests after treating patient’s broken arm
Getting a Lawyer for Your Claim 
If you believe that you have a negligence lawsuit against a hospital, contact us at 1.800.553.8082, or send us a free internet request for consultation.

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