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
In this case after a two week trial, the panel of six jurors unanimously rendered its verdict in favor of the couple finding the hospital liable for medical negligence. The jury required less than an hour of deliberation. The couple has been described as being “very simple people with an abiding sense of fairness. The husband in particular had tremendous faith throughout this incredibly difficult trial that the jury would see the truth and understand,” said the plaintiffs’ attorney.
The plaintiff testified that she complained of severe discomfort throughout her pregnancy and repeatedly requested a Cesarean section. Her doctor’s charts didn’t note her complaints, nor did they mention the possibility of a c-section. The same doctor, despite living only 2 blocks from the hospital, did not arrive to see the patient until hours after she called on her way to the hospital. He later admitted on the witness stand that he ‘wandered in and out’ and only came into the delivery room a minute before the baby was born – despite the fact that his patient was his only patient in the hospital at the time.
According to testimony, in the doctor’s inexplicable absence, only a first year resident and a nurse were in the room while the plaintiff was excessively anesthetized and being subjected to exaggerated hyper flexion abduction birthing maneuvers. The defense repeatedly pointed out that this made sense because the hospital is a teaching hospital. The attorney for the couple responded in summation by asking the jury who exactly was teaching that first year resident when the attending physician was busy ‘wandering in and out’ until a minute before the birth? The plaintiff suffered a broken and separated pelvis and back injuries requiring surgeries to install hardware and neurological devices and has used a cane since the occurrence. This verdict sends a message that hospitals are responsible for the safety of 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.
When an injury such as the one described here happens to a person, it not only affects the victim but the family of the injured person. If you have been subjected to a medical malpractice call my office at 1-800-320-0080 to make an appointment at one of my offices in Rockville or Baltimore, Maryland for a free consultation.