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Wrongful Death Caused By Negligent Puncture And Laceration During Surgery

Lawsuit Against University Of Maryland Surgical Associates | March 21, 2019 - Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland

On March 21, 2019, WVFO attorney Cecilia Lavrin filed a medical malpractice claim on behalf of the family of a man who died as a result of a puncture and laceration by a surgeon.

The complaint alleges that in August 2016, a doctor working for University of Maryland Surgical Associates punctured the patient’s diaphragm and lacerated his liver attempting a bilateral thorascopic pulmonary vein isolation MAZE procedure to eliminate the patient’s chronic atrial fibrillation. This resulted in severe blood loss and a cardiac arrest. Five days later, despite the patient having just left the ICU, the negligent doctor attempted a thorascopic left pulmonary vein isolation MAZE resulting in the patient arresting again. The patient suffered significant damage to his heart and lungs. Over the next year and a half the patient’s cardiac function worsened due to the damage and he died in April 2018 during a procedure to place an AICD (Automatic Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator) which was being done in an attempt to prolong his life. He left behind a wife and two daughters.

The lawsuit alleges the defendants negligently performed surgery on the patient. The defendants’ negligence caused the patient t ultimately pass away.

The action is pending in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Maryland.

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