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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Malpractice Lawsuit Against University of Maryland Medical System Results in $10M Verdict

A Baltimore jury awarded $10 million in damages against University of Maryland Medical System late last month, in wrongful death lawsuit filed over a medication error.

The family of Dennis Allen brought the medical malpractice case against the hospital, alleging that the drug Kayexalate was improperly administered after Allen was admitted for kidney problems in 2013.

Side effects of Kayexalate caused damage to his colon and resulted in Allen’s death.

Kayexalate is classified as a sodium polystyrene sulfonate and is used to treat patients with high levels of potassium in their blood. The prescription medication is taken orally usually between one and four times per day to allow the body to bind potassium in the large intestine so it can be removed naturally. High levels of potassium in the blood can cause heart rhythm issues.



Anonymous said...

There's part of the problem. It's seriously expensive for doctors to operate because Malpractice Insurance is outrageous! Limit the settlement/judgment and that insurance will come down! This is just one of three parts that will lower healthcare expense to patients in the system pre-Obamacare. Insurance companies have heavy DC Lobbying along with Big Pharma. See the connection?

Anonymous said...

200k. Innocent people Went to the hospital to get better and were sentenced to death..The Cause was medical malpractice... 30k deaths involving a gun and media says it's a epidemic....And you think payouts are to much??

Anonymous said...

Medicine and the doctors that push them aren't in business to make you better. No money in that. And a doctors insurance isn't as high as 9:12 claim. Especially when the doctor is in a group or office with other doctors. They all pitch in like Mexicans on pay day. Keeping costs in thirds to even tenths or less than being solo . More lawsuits need to happen with payouts the doctors should have to contribute. Not just the insurance company. Bet they'd tighten up and ensure the best possible treatment then.