Baltimore Woman Wins Largest Medical Malpractice Award in U.S. History

Court Upholds $205 Million Verdict

Baltimore Woman Wins Largest Medical Malpractice AwardA Baltimore court has agreed with a jury award granting a Prince George’s County woman $205 million in a personal injury lawsuit based on medical malpractice. The woman’s daughter suffered a brain injury during delivery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

According to attorneys for the plaintiff, she was told by doctors before the child’s birth that the pregnancy could be terminated and that the fetus was not viable. Those assertions turned out to be incorrect. Unfortunately, based on that diagnosis, the woman opted not to have a C-section and medical personnel discontinued fetal monitoring. The child, now five years old, was deprived of oxygen and suffered significant brain damage, resulting in cerebral palsy and a requirement of 24-hour care.

The jury originally returned a verdict of $229 million, but the court lowered it, basedon state of Maryland caps on tort claims. The hospital has indicated that it will appeal the damage award.

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Jonathan Scott Smith, a Maryland Super Lawyer, has successfully represented personal injury victims throughout the state for more than three decades. He is a skilled, experienced and respected trial lawyer with reputation for getting positive results for his clients.

Attorney Smith holds a 10.0 (Superb) rating as a trial attorney from AVVO, as well as AVVO’s Client’s Choice Award, with an average client review of 5 stars. He belongs to the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, where membership is limited to less than 1% of all American lawyers who have obtained million dollar judgments, awards or settlements. Smith has been listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in Maryland by Super Lawyers, and was named a Top Rated Lawyer by The American Lawyer Magazine in 2012. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys honored him as one of the “10 Best Attorneys in the State of Maryland in Client Satisfaction.”

Smith has received an AV-rating (the highest rating possible) from his colleagues in the legal profession every year since 1988 and has also been honored with Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, an award given to less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” professional organization, has included him among the state’s top 100 attorneys.

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If you have been hurt because of the wrongful act of another person, we can help. Contact our office by e-mail or call us at 410-740-0101 to schedule an appointment. There’s no cost for your first consultation. We represent injured people in Howard County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Prince Georges County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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Legal Assistance when Medical Professionals Leave Sponge in Body or Fail to Remove Surgical ToolsSponge left in Patient

Medical malpractice can occur when health care providers violate standards of care when providing treatment and when that violation leads an injury or injuries. Medical malpractice can be especially dangerous during complicated medical procedures such as surgery. That’s why you need a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer on your side.

Instrument or Sponge Left in Body after Surgery

One well-known and potentially serious and even fatal instance of surgical malpractice is the failure to remove a sponge or other surgical instrument during surgery. The failure to remove surgical instruments can lead to years of discomfort, the need for otherwise unnecessary surgery, further injuries and even death.

If you have questions regarding your legal rights following a surgical error, contact Maryland medical malpractice lawyer Jonathan Scott Smith. Attorney Smith has over 30 years of experience fighting for injured clients. His track record in handling medical malpractice cases includes numerous six-figure recoveries. For more information, contact our firm by calling 410-740-0101.

What You Need to Know about Maryland’s Medical Negligence and Surgical Error Laws

Medical issues resulting from the failure to remove surgical instruments can manifest quickly or can take years. Statutes of limitation, which limit the time for filing a medical malpractice claim, can expire. It is therefore important to obtain legal assistance as quickly as possible once you suspect medical malpractice has occurred.

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Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful Past Results — has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition.

Mr. Smith is a Maryland medical malpractice lawyer who uses over 30 years of successful experience in handling personal injury claims when investigating your case, working to prove negligence, demonstrating injuries and pursuing compensation. As one recent client stated, attorney Smith “thoroughly prepared and presented [our] case… and achieved a fair settlement”. Call 410-740-0101 to or contact us online regarding medical malpractice in Maryland.

What Is Hospital and Medical Facility Negligence?

Maryland Hospital Negligence and Howard County Medical Facility Neglect

Hospitals are not human; however, they can still be liable for the negligence of theirHospital Negligence employees. There are many different causes of hospital negligence or hospital malpractice, for which hospitals and medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical malpractice insurance. While no amount of money can fully compensate you for any loss or serious injury, obtaining the compensation you deserve can help you and your family offset the high medical expenses and other expenses associated with your loss or injury.

Most hospital employees and medical staff have above average education and are excellent caregivers. However, as human beings, like you and I, they do make mistakes. If their mistakes cause injury or exacerbate an existing injury, you may be entitled to fair and just compensation.

Everyone knows doctors can commit medical malpractice; however, they are not the only ones who can negligently injury you or cause the death of a loved one.

Common Hospital Employee Negligence

  1. Doctors, surgeons and other physicians – Medical doctors, surgeons and other medical specialists, and other physicians can cause injury or death through their negligence, including the failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition, failure to timely treat a serious medical condition, operating on the wrong body part or botching a surgery, and mistakes during child birth are just a few examples of doctors and surgeons committing medical malpractice that can have dire consequences.
  2. Surgical assistants and nurses – Nurses and surgical assistants can also be negligent in administering your care, dispensing medication and in monitoring your medical condition. Negligence in any of these areas could cause injury, worsen an existing injury, or cause death.
  3. Orderlies and nurse’s assistants – Orderlies and nursing assistants can also cause injury or death through their negligence, including mistakes when moving or transporting you to another room or facility, failing to properly feed you (including giving you food to which you are allergic), and failing to properly change your clothes or linens, all of which can lead to sores or infections.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a hospital staff or doctor’s negligence, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney and medical malpractice lawyer to ensure you, and your family, receive the compensation you deserve.

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your serious injuries caused by medical malpractice or hospital negligence. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including hospital negligence.

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

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Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

Doctors Are Only Human: A Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose Can Lead to Serious Injury or Death

Maryland Cancer Misdiagnosis and Howard County Failure to Diagnose Brain Damage

Doctors are great. They deserve even more credit than we give them for doing such a fantastic job day in and day out. However, doctors, like you and I, are only human, and as humans, they sometimes make mistakes. Unfortunately, when a doctor makes a misdiagnosis or fails to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, there can be grave consequences.

Because people are at the mercy of these medical professionals, hospitals and other medical facilities typically carry high amounts of medical insurance, sometimes referred to as “medical malpractice insurance” or “medical negligence insurance” to cover medical malpractice, including misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose by doctors, surgeons, nurses or medical assistants. This insurance helps offset some of the costs associated with injury caused by a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition.

Common Types of Misdiagnosis or Failure to Properly Diagnose a Serious Medical Condition

  1. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of cancer – cancer is one of the leading causes of death in this country, and often times, many types of cancer can be successfully treated if they are caught in time. A misdiagnosis of cancer or failure to diagnose cancer can lead to serious injury or death. Common types of cancer include: melanoma (skin cancer), breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, liver cancer, bone cancer and other types of cancer.
  2. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a heart condition – the failure to properly diagnose a serious heart condition or a misdiagnosis of a heart condition can be fatal. Common types of heart conditions include: heart attacks, blood clots, hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) or a stroke.
  3. Failure to properly diagnose or misdiagnosis of a brain injury or head injury – brain injuries and head injuries are serious and can lead to death if not properly or timely treated. Common types of head injury or brain injury include traumatic brain injury (TBI), closed head injury and aneurisms.

If you, or a family member, were injured due to a misdiagnosis or failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition, you should seek counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure you, and your family, receive the maximum compensation for the injuries sustained.

Contact Our Office

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us now at 410-740-0101. Let us use our skill, experience, knowledge and resources to help you get full and fair compensation for your serious injuries caused by a misdiagnosis or a failure to properly diagnose a serious medical condition. Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in wrongful death cases and personal injury cases involving medical malpractice, including failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis injuries.

We also handle bodily injuries due to auto accidents, truck wrecks, drunk driving wrecks and motorcycle wrecks on the Baltimore Beltway, Washington Beltway, MD 295, Baltimore Washington Parkway, B-W Parkway, I-695, I-495, Interstate 95 in Maryland, I-70, Maryland Route 32, U.S. Route 29, Baltimore National Pike, Route 40, I-83 and serious injury accidents throughout Maryland.

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Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore, Columbia, MD, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.

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