Maryland Hospital Malpractice Lawyers: Multimillion-Dollar Settlement Reached in Heart Stent LawsuitAugust 1, 2014
A settlement has been reached in a high-profile heart stent lawsuit involving a Towson Hospital and hundreds of the hospital’s patients.
The allegations arose in 2009, when the patients received a letter from the hospital warning that the artery-opening stents placed in their bodies by a hospital cardiologist may have been unnecessarily implanted. Many of the patients responded by filing suit, claiming the cardiologist had lied to them about the severity of their blocked arteries in the first place.
The cardiologist’s medical license was soon revoked. To avoid the additional costs and unpredictability that comes with continued litigation, the hospital’s former owner agreed to a $37 million settlement on April 7th, 2014. Once approved by state and federal judges, the settlement will be distributed among the lawsuit’s 273 plaintiffs, bringing all but a handful of the cases to a close. This agreement comes after the hospital’s owners reached confidential settlements last year with dozens more of the cardiologist’s former patients. The settlement allowed the hospital owners to avoid admitting liability for the cardiologist’s mistakes, but his actions appear to fit the definition of medical malpractice.
Malpractice claims are often very difficult to prove, as victims must demonstrate the following:
- There was a doctor-patient relationship.
- The doctor made a negligent error, action or inaction that resulted in inadequate care or treatment.
- The patient suffered medical harm due to the error.
- Specific injuries, illness or other measurable damages resulted.
If you or your loved one was a victim of medical negligence in Baltimore or elsewhere in Maryland, consult a Maryland hospital malpractice lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. to explore your options for taking legal action.