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Wrongful Death Due to Negligent Treatment | November 2, 2021

Lawsuit Against Chesapeake Urology Associates

On November 2, 2021, WVFK&N attorney Dave Grzechowiak filed a medical malpractice claim on behalf of a man who died as a result of medical negligence.

The complaint alleges that on January 11, 2021, the decedent presented to Adventist Healthcare Shady Grove Medical Center to undergo a scheduled radical robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Prior to the procedure the decedent was evaluated and determined to be in satisfactory condition to receive anesthesia. A complete laparoscopy was performed. The doctor documented that the laparoscopy revealed “extensive adhesions of the colon to the left and right-side wall in the pelvis as well as in the lower abdomen, the right sidewall, blocking the area where the right-sided ports will naturally go.” The doctor noted that “greater than 45 minutes was spent lysis in adhesions in total.” Following the procedure, the doctor placed sutures and a dressing and noted that the patient tolerated the procedure well, was awakened, extubated, and taken to PACU in good condition. Despite this, the patient’s condition worsened severely over the hours and days following the surgery. Eventually, on January 14, 2021, a doctor initiated a laparotomy to determine the cause of the severe deterioration in the patient’s condition. He visualized a bowel perforation (i.e., a hole or cut in the bowel) in the mid bowel area that had occurred during the surgery. He proceeded to divide the bowel on either side of the perforation and passed it off the table. The abdomen was irrigated, and no other areas of injury were identified. Surgery was concluded at approximately 1:43 p.m. with the patient noted to be in critical condition. Following surgery, the patient remained hypotensive. He was sedated and remained in the ICU. Blood gases indicated metabolic acidosis as well as an elevated lactic acid. He was described as “very critical” by a doctor that day. On January 15, 2021, at approximately 8:09 a.m., another doctor examined the patient and noted that the patient remained in florid septic shock “with grim prognosis” “with pupils fixed and dilated and mottled extremities.” Over the next several hours, the patient’s condition continued to deteriorate. On January 16, 2021, at approximately 12:03 a.m., the patient was noted to be asystole with no blood pressure or pulse recordable. He was pronounced dead.

The lawsuit alleges that the death was a result of the negligence of Chesapeake Urology Associates and its employees in failing to properly perform the procedure and recognize the signs of bowel perforation in the post-operative period.

The action is pending in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland.

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