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Maryland Woman Won the Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in History

A woman in Prince George’s County, Maryland, won the largest medical malpractice verdict in US history when a Baltimore judge awarded her $205 million in July 2019. 

Erica Byrom sued the John Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre after complications during the birth of her daughter, which resulted in a serious brain injury to the now 5-year-old girl. The jury awarded her $229 million, but state cap reduced the awarded amount to $205 million soon after.

Violation of Basic Standards of Medical Care

In a medical malpractice case it is critical to explain to the jury, what were the expected standards of care in the treatment how were these standards violated, and why such violation made a difference? For instance, you may have consulted a doctor for some health issue, and after receiving treatment from the doctor, you end up with an injury rather than getting back on track and getting your health back. You would want to know, whether the doctor has violated the basic standards of care that caused you harm.

Objections Raised During a Deposition

In a medical malpractice case there could be instances where one of the defense attorneys could start screaming and yelling at the plaintiff’s lawyer during deposition. For instance, the plaintiff’s lawyer was taking pretrial testimony of an obstetrician in a medical malpractice case involving failure to deliver a baby in a timely manner, which caused significant injuries to the precious baby.

Basics of a Medical Malpractice Case

Another name for medical malpractice is medical negligence or the carelessness of the doctor. In New York, medical malpractice is often seen as deviation from the accepted standards of medical care or violation of basic standards of quality medical care. In a valid medical malpractice case, liability, causation, and damages should be proved. In simple terms, the lawyer must show that there was wrongdoing, this wrongdoing caused injury, and such injury is significant or permanent. However, you still cannot start a medical malpractice lawsuit in New York, since the state requires a medical expert confirming each of these three elements.

Risks Involved with Laparoscopic Gynecological Surgery

Laparoscopic gynecological surgery is an advanced alternative to open surgery and it is used in many cases, for both diagnostic and surgical procedures. The use of laparoscopy takes away the need for open abdominal and vaginal surgery. Cyst removal, tubal ligation, and hysterectomy procedures can be performed easily with this method. Normally, it is quite safe and effective as well.

Filing for a Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in New York

Medical negligence at the time of birth can lead to several tragic scenarios. One of which is that your child may be born with severe brain damage due to an untimely delivery, or because the baby’s heart rate dropped below the minimum level at some point during the birth process. The resulting loss of oxygen to the fetus can cause asphyxiation, leading to a permanent brain injury.

Guilty verdict in medical malpractice suit that left woman dead

Medical malpractice suits often occur because of some form of negligence. This was the case when a Plattsburgh, New York anesthesiologist was found guilty of negligence while caring for a 70-year-old woman in 2007. The woman died following surgery to remove an infected gall bladder. The medical malpractice verdict came down from a civil court case held in the Clinton County Court.