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A County Court jury awarded nearly $4 million to a couple who had filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the Clinic and one of its doctors. Jurors deliberated for a day and a half before awarding the plaintiff’s $4 million. According to the couple’s lawyers, the jurors found the Clinic and Dr. were negligent in medical care rendered to the victim, which caused a permanent injury, including paralysis, because of violations of safety rules in performing a lumbar puncture procedure in May, 2008.The Hospital was initially a defendant in the lawsuit but had settled prior to trial. The jury was very attentive and reached an unanimous verdict.The message is that doctors are not allowed to violate safety rules and when they do, the community will hold them accountable.

Safety rules are the backbone of practicing good medicine and their violation can create a case of negligence against the doctors and hospitals.You or your family as patients have the right to expect top notch medical care and to leave the hospital in a better position then when you entered. Many patients are under the impression that the doctors are doing all they can and that when the outcome isn’t favorable it isn’t their fault, nothing could be further from the truth and you are well within your rights to receive compensation from the doctors and hospital in this instance.
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Our law firm has received numerous inquires from former patients of Dr.Nikita Levy; ranging in age from teenagers at the time of their examination to adulthood, who may have been possible victims of his illegal recording practices.Johns Hopkins has issued a few statements regarding their ex employee Dr. Nikita levy trying to explain why they didn’t inform his patients immediately regarding the reason for his dismissal.Hopkins officials learned from a colleague of Dr. Levy’s on February 4th of his alleged videotaping of his patients but they waited until after Dr. Levy’s death on February 18th to inform his patients of his egregious behavior.

Dr. Nikita Levy, after questioning from Hopkins security on February 5th admitted that he was filming his patients during their exams with a pen equipped with a camera worn around his neck. The doctor who had worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital for over 20 years surrendered his recording devices to security and was barred from further contact with patients. He was encouraged to seek psychological services and escorted off the Hospital property. According to reports Hopkins then contacted the Baltimore city police on February 6 and turned over all Dr. Nikita Levy’s evidence to them on February 7th. Dr. Levy was officially terminated by the Hospital on February 8th.At that time it was suggested to Johns Hopkins Hospital not to disclose any information regarding Dr. Levy as this could potentially compromise an on going investigation. The hospital sent out a letter on February 11th to Dr. Levy’s patients to inform them he was no longer employed with them and to help them find another doctor on their staff for their medical needs.In the interim the police had issued search warrants and obtained additional evidence in the case.It was only after Dr. Nikita Levy ended his own life on February 18th that Hopkins could issue a public statement detailing his misdeeds.What is still unclear is what if anything was known by Hopkins and why they let it go on for so long. Many former patients reported that Dr. Nikita did not have a nurse in the room with him during exams which is a typical standard of practice by OB/GYNs.It is not known at this time whether or not Hopkins condoned this practice. What is clear though is that Dr. Levy had been recording his patients for quite some time which is evidenced by the “mountain” of material seized by police. Patients are entitled under the law to expect privacy from their doctors and Hospitals which was certainly not the case with Johns Hopkins and Dr. Nikita Levy.
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The first lawsuits have been filed against Johns Hopkins Hospital and Dr. Nikita Levy arising out of the alleged negligence and invasion of privacy of Dr. Levy’s patients. The lawsuits seek millions of dollars in compensation for damages. The investigations are currently ongoing and it my be weeks or months before the final official investigation into what happened can be determined. It is alleged that Dr. Levy may have used video or photographic devices to secretly record his patients during exams. My office has been contacted by many individuals who were patients of Dr. Levy who have expressed emotional trauma as a result of Dr. Levy’s actions and we are actively investigating these cases. The patients have expressed betrayal, shock and dismay at the conduct of Dr. Levy and the lack of supervision by Johns Hopkins Hospital and its staff and officers. It has been reported that there maybe hundreds if not thousands of patients of Dr. Levy who may have been subjected to his secret recordings and may be entitled to recovery.

Officials and Johns Hopkins have been reluctant to share any information regarding their investigation which was made public after Dr.Levy’s death on Monday. There are many unanswered questions which investigation will reveal in the near future. Police and officials are examining the computers, hard drives and servers belonging to Dr. Levy to determine what happened to the images and whether they were downloaded to the internet. We are pursuing avenues to determine the investigations are done promptly and diligently to determine that the facts of the cases are carefully considered. Eventually the lawsuits filed on behalf of the victims for invasion of privacy and negligence will shed light into the conduct of Dr. Nikita Levy’s practices and operation.It is our goal to immediately obtain answers to the lingering question of whether our client’s images have been redistributed, disseminated or shared with others in violation of our client’s rights and what has been done with such images and where the investigations are leading up to. Our main concern is that this investigation may drag on for weeks if not months which may increase the anxiety by which our client’s are currently suffering by adding to the feelings of frustration and betrayal caused by Dr. Nikita Levy’s actions and Johns Hopkins Hospital’s inaction.
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A man was awarded $400,000 in damages after his 5 year old disabled daughter drowned at a children’s center while taking part in an after school program.The child was found submerged in a mineral pool where she was taking part in hydrotherapy, at a Crippled Children’s Center in Desert. The child, who was autistic and legally blind, died the next day from her injuries.Her father filed a wrongful death suit against Crippled Children’s Foundation, the School District, the Cerebral Palsy Organization as well as three people who had worked with his daughter. As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of wrongful death and have completed same with favorable results. The jury voted to award $40,000 in damages for past loss of companionship and $360,000 for future loss of companionship.

The little girl, who was diagnosed with low-functioning autism, was in a special education kindergarten class in a local Elementary school at the time of her death, which police investigators deemed accidental. Her father’s lawsuit claimed that three people affiliated with the program knew his daughter was autistic and blind, yet they did not give her a life vest before she went into the pool.While unsupervised and without a lifesaving vest the victim drowned the suit claimed.

The program was subsequently shut down by the state Department of Social Services.
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A jury awarded $1.5 million to a man who was shocked by low-hanging power lines.
The victim, 52, sued a major electric company after he was shocked while working for a paving company. As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of workplace accidents and have completed same with favorable results.
He was paving a portion of a Highway when the vehicle he was operating struck the lines and sent 7,600 volts of electricity through his right arm. Doctors contend that more than twice the amount of electricity that’s used for the electric chair went in to his right hand and out of his right elbow.

The victim can only perform limited tasks with his right arm and is in constant pain.He also wears a sleeve to reduce swelling and is no longer able to contract his hand. Two doctors testified at the trial that the plaintiff will suffer from pain for the rest of his life.
The jury returned the verdict after studying the plaintiff’s medical bills and determining that he can no longer work.
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A settlement has been reached in a malpractice suit brought against a Dr.and Hospital by a woman whose left leg had to be amputated as a result of complications from spinal surgery performed at the hospital. The 63 year old plaintiff reached a $5.25 million settlement with the treating doctor and the hospital according to court documents. As an experienced trial attorney I have reviewed many cases of medical malpractice and have completed same with favorable results.The suit alleged that the doctor who performed an “anterior transabdominal approach to the lumbosacral spine” on the patient, and the hospital staff that took care of her in the intensive care unit after her surgery failed to properly provide care and treat the victim resulting in the loss of her left leg.

The victim’s attorney stated that her client’s injury was one of the most heinously injured clients that he had ever had and it was amazing that the victim had survived. The doctor who was the hospital’s chief of surgery at the time, is now retired.His attorney,declined comment last week and said he could not comment on the settlement because of a confidentiality agreement. The victim’s lawyer said that she went into the hospital to have an elective back surgery. The doctor who had experience in general surgery, performed the initial portion of the surgery that exposed the spine. That doctor is no longer affiliated with the hospital but at the time his job was to do the vascular surgery. He is not a vascular surgeon. He is a general surgeon.

According to the lawsuit during the patient’s post-operative recovery in the intensive care unit; she suffered intra-abdominal hemorrhaging, post-operative bleeding, abdominal wounds, and other severe complications that the medical staff did not appropriately diagnose or treat, resulting in a gangrenous lower leg condition that required an above-the-knee amputation. The lawsuit alleged that the nursing staff did not properly supervise or monitor her care and, when complications arose, her physicians were not notified promptly so adequate medical interventions could be made.

The doctor was previously disciplined by the state Department of Public Health in relation to an accusation that, he had previously scheduled the repair of a hernia in a woman who had just undergone a Caesarean section but mistakenly performed a minor surgical operation on the wrong side,the lawyer argued in the suit. In that case,the doctor opted against a full hearing to contest the action and signed a consent order related to the facts in the case. He was required to pay a civil penalty of $5,000.

At the time of her planned back surgery, the lawyer said, she was unaware the doctor was to be involved in her surgery until just before the procedure was to take place. He said that denied her an opportunity to check on his credentials, which would have indicated prior medical malpractice complaints. As part of the lawsuit against the hospital, the victim’s lawyer arranged for two independent medical personnel — a 39-year health care administrator and a registered nurse certified in nursing administration — to provide their findings.Their findings alleged the doctor’s surgical procedure prompted complications he did not diagnose in a timely manner.

In addition, the experts deemed the intensive care nurses did not recognize the patient was facing a vascular emergency and failed to promptly notify the doctor of the patient’s escalating complications.
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A victim of police brutality sued a state trooper in federal court, claiming she shocked him with her Taser during a traffic stop, while he was sitting in his car and asking to speak to his lawyer. The victim claims that the Highway Patrol Trooper pulled him over while he was driving. She checked his license and other paperwork and then asked him to take a breath test for alcohol because she smelled alcohol in the car. The plaintiff said he wanted to speak to his lawyer before taking any tests, according to the lawsuit. He claims that the trooper pulled out her Taser and threatened to deploy it if he did not get out of the car. As a Maryland personal injury lawyer we have seen and investigated many similar cases on behalf of injured victims.

When he asked her not to fire the Taser, the trooper pressed it against his arm and fired. After the victim recovered, he again said he wanted to speak to his lawyer, the suit claims. Without further commands or warning, the trooper deployed the Taser on his arm again, he claimed. The lawsuit states that the Trooper threatened to fire the Taser again and arrested the plaintiff when he refused to take a field sobriety test.

The lawsuit claims the Trooper used excessive force and violated the victim’s constitutional rights. “We know that troopers do get sued from time to time,” he said. The defendant remains employed as a state trooper at the present time the spokesman said.
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A teen who emerged unhurt from a single-vehicle wreck only to suffer electrocution when he touched a downed power line has won a $4.4 million verdict against a Power Co. in a negligence suit. A jury awarded actual damages to the plaintiff. The lawyers said a key factor in winning the verdict was countering a corporate policy under which the power company claimed evidence from the scene wasn’t subject to disclosure. Under the policy, “once they get notice that a non-employee is injured by line contact, that immediately triggers notice of anticipation of litigation, and they dispatch a claims person to the scene immediately so everything they do is under the umbrella of an attorney,” said a lawyer who represented the victim. “That gives them the claim of protection from having to disclose information because it’s in anticipation of litigation,” she said. As a Maryland personal injury lawyer I regularly encounter cases against corporate negligence and their failure to upkeep their equipment.
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A Supreme Court jury has awarded a couple $5.5 million dollars against a Hospital for serious pelvic injuries suffered eight years ago during the course of labor and delivery of a 10 pound baby. “This verdict clearly sends the message that hospitals are responsible for the safety of their patients. Those who have suffered an injury caused by hospitals, doctors or nursing homes should not be afraid to ask an attorney to evaluate their claims”. As a Maryland medical malpractice attorney we review and evaluate these cases in detail and hire experts when needed to determine if a cause of action against responsible people could be filed Continue Reading

The daughter of a 49-year-old immigrant detainee who died after an infection overwhelmed his body has filed a federal civil lawsuit accusing officials at House of Correction and its privately run infirmary of gross negligence leading to his death. The claim seeks unspecified damages in the death of shuttle driver who was in jail fighting deportation to the Dominican Republic. As a Maryland lawyer I review these types of cases for potential liability of the correctional facilities and state actors in pursuing claims on behalf of familys aggrieved by such misconduct.

In the lawsuit,his daughter accuses jail and infirmary officials of reckless neglect, saying her father “died from a heart attack caused by a massive infection that the defendants failed to properly treat.” The lawsuit, which alleges civil rights violations and medical malpractice, cites a federal report last year that said jail officials waited too long to take the victim to the hospital, allowing the infection to spread. His death triggered protests from advocates for immigrants and others concerned about detainees’ care.
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