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The Maryland Daily Record reports on a medical malpractice verdict in Baltimore City last week. Finding a doctor that was not named in the lawsuit negligent, the jury has awarded nearly $1.37 million to the sons of a 34-year-old city woman who died during a surgical procedure at Union Memorial Hospital.

Medical malpractice occurs at Union Memorial Hospital and every other hospital in Maryland. Still, it is worth nothing that Union Memorial Hospital is a underrated Maryland hospital and it has some of the best foot, hand and ankle surgeons in the entire world (as well as a few other particularly excellent specialties).

If you have a medical malpractice claim against Union Memorial Hospital or any other hospital in Maryland call 800-553-8082.

Metro Verdicts Monthly reports on a $1,558,039 jury award in a medical malpractice case in Prince George’s County. Plaintiff’s malpractice lawsuit alleged median nerve damage as the result of medical malpractice.

Specifically, Plaintiff alleged the doctor negligently performed the carpal tunnel surgery, resulting in permanent damage to the median nerve.

The jury agreed, awarding $ 1,500,000 for non-economic damages, $ 11,251 for past medicals bills; and $ 46,788 for future medicals bills. The verdict was reduced to $ 693,039 due to the Maryland cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that a Hamilton County jury found that a local, prominent gastroenterologist must pay $12 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit after a colonoscopy and endoscopy, which were meant to diagnose a 33-year-old woman’s bowel problems, left the plaintiff with serious brain damage.

“It is very, very difficult to get a judgment against a doctor,” said Matt Dwyer, a Georgia medical malpractice lawyer who was apparently brought in on the case. “People don’t like to find doctors at fault.”

Under Tennessee’s comparative fault law, the jury found the doctor’s medical malpractice was 51% percent of the cause of Plaintiff’s permanent brain damage, so the actual verdict is $6.12 million.

Maryland’s average malpractice award payment is nearly $320,000, according to a study by the American College of Emergency Physicians. This is in line with the average settlement or verdict nationally of $285,000.

The following is a sampling of medical malpractice verdicts and settlements from Maryland:

  • 2020, Baltimore City: $1,355,722 Verdict. A 68-year-old man underwent a discectomy on his cervical spine. He bled profusely as the surgeon removed bones from his spine’s left side. The surgeon stopped the bleeding and continued the surgery. The man suffered multiple strokes and never woke up from anesthesia. He died the following day. An autopsy found that the man’s left vertebral artery was lacerated during surgery, which caused excessive bleeding. His estate alleged that the surgeon negligently approached the man’s spine from an angle that resulted in a severed artery that caused his strokes and death. Their neurosurgery experts opined that the surgeon also performed the surgery without knowing the artery’s exact location. The Baltimore City jury ruled in favor of the estate and determined that the damage amounted to $1,355,722. However, the non-economic damages award was capped at $785,000. The net recovery amounted to $840,722.

Yes, there are still medical malpractice lawsuits in Texas. It just requires an incredibly serious case. A Dallas County jury last week decided such a case, awarding $17.5 million to a former maintenance man for a North Dallas apartment complex who lost his arms and legs from a staph infection. Obviously, this is just an awful case.

This case involved a staph infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a strain of staph that’s resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics that are used to treat infections. In this case, the doctor gave the patient eight antibiotics but failed to give the one drug that would have treated for MRSA. The Plaintiff went into septic shock, causing infection and gangrene, necessitating the removal of both arms below his elbows and both legs below his knees.

The post medical malpractice cap award is approximately $7.5 million.