By Paul D’Amore
As a busy medical malpractice attorney in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., this story in USA Today, by Alison Young does not surprise us. We often get calls from distraught family members relaying tragic accounts of mothers being injured and lost due to medical issues that appear easily avoidable.
It reminds me of a case we handled in which a 23 year old woman literally bled to death over the course of 6 hours under the watch of an obstetrician and a nurse midwife. When we deposed the nurse midwife and the doctor who was supposed to be supervising her, they could not decide which of them was supposed to be managing the patient. Yet, this duo had no trouble lining up their highly qualified colleagues to come into court and opine that their abhorrent care was “reasonable.” Furthermore, these two providers and their employers were “protected” by Maryland’s statutory limits on non-economic damages. The two year old little boy this young woman left behind was forced to accept that Maryland’s elected officials could place a limit on the spiritual and emotional value of losing his mommy. Fortunately, we were able to settle the case.
However, based upon my decade of experience defending doctors and hospitals in Maryland and DC, and another decade representing patients, it is my sincere belief that the only thing that will make health care better is for good people to show up for jury duty, realize that the experts hired by the medical profession are completely biased, and hold providers fully accountable when they cause avoidable harms to innocent patients.
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