Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Harford County Jury Awards $3.5 Million in Medical Malpractice Claim

On May 13, 2010, after 12 days of testimony, a Harford County jury awarded Victoria B. Little of Belcamp, Maryland more than $3.5 million in damages against Dr. Mark Gonze and Dr. Roger Schneider of Vascular Surgery Associates, LLC in Bel Air, Maryland.

Ms. Little, a longtime resident of Harford County presented to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center for an aortobifemoral bypass due to blockage in her aorta.  The procedure, if done properly would have bypassed the blockage and restored blood flow to her legs.  Instead, Ms. Little during the procedure lost over 5,100 milliliters of blood, which is more than her total blood volume in her body.  As a result she suffered a prolonged period of low blood pressure and loss of oxygen to her tissues and organs, that led to a spinal cord injury.  Due to the negligence of both doctors, Ms. Little is now confined to a wheelchair and will never be able to walk again.  

The Honorable Stephen M. Waldron, who presided over the two week trial, indicated he has not heard of a bigger award in Harford County, Maryland.  Unfortunately, Maryland puts caps on pain and suffering and it is estimated that the maximum amount Ms. Little will receive is $680,000.00.

If you, a family member, or someone you know has sustained a serious and permanent injury as the result of medical negligence, please contact Portner & Shure and speak with one of our Maryland medical malpractice lawyers for a free consultation.  

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